Does anyone know what this beige, squarish thing is supposed to be? What's it used for? [more inside]
Found this mutant-cherry fruit on a tree near Laurelhurst Park in Portland, Oregon today. Can you identify it? Can we eat it?
Tell me some scary and/or mysterious things that are local to your area, but not necessarily well-known to the rest of the world. [more inside]
What movies have the most difficult plots to understand? Movies that are mentally challenging and require multiple viewings but aren't nonsensical. [more inside]
My mobile phone seems to have sent a text message to my girlfriend without my knowledge. I don't understand how. More details inside. [more inside]
My cat hasn't used her litter box in over two weeks. The house smells great. She has no way to get outside. Where is the pee going? [more inside]
What is this giant concrete arrow for? [more inside]
Please help me remember what movie I'm thinking of. [more inside]
Please help me figure out what book this is. [more inside]
Anyone know what city this is? I believe it's from the 1940s or '50s.
MysteryVeggieFilter: can any of you vegetable experts identify this bad boy? It tasted somewhat like a tomato, although tarter, and we have no clues as to its identity as a friend dropped it off along with a bunch of other vegetables from a community garden. Thoughts?
7 days poolside... I need books! Tell me what to buy! [more inside]
Need some book recommendations. Just finished reading Bram Stoker's Dracula...and am getting through the Historian. In the past I have enjoyed The List of Seven, Club Dumas, The Alienist, Name of the Rose and so forth. So I guess I like the mystery-within-history sort of suspense/horror/thriller. The things I didn't get into were Dan Brown, Ian Pears, and anything having to do with Templars or Mary Magdalene. Can you recommend me your favorites? -- Thanks so much.
Something strange is going on in the kitchen...What has done this to the label on top of my recycle bin? Went to the recycle bin under the sink. in the picture you can see the lid with the label on it. Is it a mouse, a rat....something else? picture here No human in the house has done this!
What kind of bird is making this annoying noise (mp3 file; alternate link here) behind my Manhattan apartment building? And what can I do about it? [more inside]
BugFilter: Found a bug on my bed. Legs are in the wrong location on the body for it to be a bedbug, so what is it? Photo here. [more inside]
GardenFilter: We just harvested some potatoes and came across these potato-like knot things. We found about five or six in a bed that hosted both potatoes and garlic, though they were found kinda far from the garlic and well under ground—at least four inches. What are they? [more inside]
What is the name of this cold noodle dish? Most likely Korean or Chinese food. [more inside]
Please help me identify this yummy Armenian treat. [more inside]
Identify this odd, seemingly antiquated children's card game? [more inside]
What are these eggs I found in my underwear drawer? [more inside]
A boy buys an earring at an old junk shop, either he can't afford both or the guy sells it to him for a great price because there's no pair for it. Once he start wearing it though, trash becomes attracted to him. He ends up taking refuge (I think) in a phone booth and the trash falls away when he takes out the earring. My question, what show was this? [more inside]
I have a USB VOIP phone in my possession that does not have any brand or identifying markings on it. Here is a picture of the phone. Can anyone help me identify it? [more inside]
Why/How did I get mystery software from China? Also applicable: Who/What/When/Where. [more inside]
Songfilter: I heard a prog-rock song with chanting in it, please help me find it. [more inside]
What is this? My sister in law was in China and received it as a gift at a dinner. [more inside]
Looking for a gardening tool & have no idea what it is: seedling waterer? bonsai tool? It's a metal rosette like you'd see attached to a watering can, maybe 3" across, with a pencil-sized metal pipe leading to a squeezy rubber bulb on the end. [more inside]
What is this crazy sci-fi looking device I bought at a salvage store? It has knobs, a compass, and a bizarre spinning top. [more inside]
Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
I've just poured myself a Dark Horse Brewery Tres Blueberry Stout. A slow, steady pour that left a modest head on top. And then a droplet or two skidded around over the foam like a water droplet on a hot frypan for maybe five seconds before disappearing. Darndest thing I've ever seen. Beer geniuses, how did this happen? How can I make it happen again?
When do the cranes in the Port of Oakland actually MOVE? [more inside]
I need questions to ask a panel of mystery writers, some of them cross-dressing. [more inside]
What's on Obama's right wrist?
I'm rediscovering the mystery genre and am looking for a fantastic mystery story to read, specifically something older--I'm getting interested in what happened in the genre during and immediately after World War I, so I'm specifically interested in stories/books published before 1920. Elements of international intrigue are a plus. Please, mystery lovers, help me out! Thank you in advance.
What city in Texas could be represented by the number 93711195? Or the string GECAAAABA? [more inside]
Hi guitarists! Help me identify some mystery jazz guitar. [more inside]
On the 21st of March I had a large increase of page views on my blog. The keyword was гомули which Babelfish translates from the Russian as gomuli. [more inside]
Need help remembering the title of a line of young adult books from the 80s involving mysteries and requiring a mirror to solve. [more inside]
Phone mystery: "The number you have reached is temporarily disconnected" -- except it's not! [more inside]
So I recently came to the end of correcting all the ID3 tags on my massive music collection. The last 14 or so took me more time than I'm willing to admit to track down information on. But I knew at the end which two would remain. I've had these two songs in my collection for at least a decade now, and every time I've tried to find any information on the song titles, artist, or even lyrics, I've turned up nothing. I've tried all kinds of tricks I know for finding even the most obscure information on the internet, but still nothing. As a firm believer that anything which exists can be found on the internet, I find myself troubled that these songs, which clearly exist, apparently do not. Help me out, and try to cure my madness? [more inside]
Nero Wolfe Filter: Give me your choices for best Nero Wolfe novels. I recently finished my first Wolfe mystery -- Some Buried Caesar -- and of course I need more. Here's the thing: I refuse to let myself get obsessed. There is no way I am going to allow myself to plow through all 30-plus novels and god knows how many short stories. [more inside]
Help me figure out what book this person is reading based on the cover, a mostly obscured title, and guesstimate of letters in the author's last name. [more inside]
A mysterious gray film/residue is appearing on all of the plastic in my apartment. What is going on? [more inside]
Help me remember the book series I loved as a kid. I can't even remember the genre, but I think it had sci-fi elements, and the kids possibly solved mysteries. I don't remember much, but I know one of the main characters was called Watch, because he always wore multiple watches. [more inside]