My friends have a house-sit. The house's owners possess two of these objects
. We don't recognize them. The blades are sharpened, and they were stored beneath the sink.
We have some strong theories, but no real answers. The owners are Bangladeshi Americans, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by eyesontheroad
on Jan 20, 2013 -
What is this
mystery object found on the floor of a public bathroom at a Boston Best Buy?
posted by Dragonness
on Apr 30, 2012 -
A quote from a recent NYT article about American-invented Chinese takeout boxes
states, "The structure has come to represent the idea of Eastern cuisine in Western society even though this packaging is not used for food containment in Chinese culture." Is there a term for these kinds of cultural placeholders, objects which end up symbolizing another culture, while not actually having anything to do with that culture in reality? Are there other examples of this?
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Jan 15, 2012 -
What is this
? Spotted in a Goodwill, with no documentation or package. The smushed-ball thing is metal, and the cable is very flexible. The base is plastic.
posted by everichon
on Dec 21, 2011 -
I inserted a product block into an AutoCAD drawing that I downloaded from the manufacturer's website. I moved it to the layer I want, but it won't 'take' the color of that layer. What gives? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago
on Nov 11, 2011 -
Why does Outlook render spreadsheet data pasted into an email so shittily, and how can I avoid this? [more inside]
posted by goethean
on Jun 28, 2011 -
What are some "end user" products (preferably open source) or methodologies that allow complex queries of objects?
I want to allow both programmers and non-programmers to be able to access the data. [more inside]
posted by santogold
on May 20, 2011 -
What sort of performances (dance, music videos, etc) involve a solo dancer dancing with an object as their lover? [more inside]
posted by divabat
on May 16, 2010 -
I found something in the road. It's metallic and magnetic. Just curious if anyone can tell me what it might be. Photo here
posted by various
on Apr 11, 2009 -
Help me identify this mystery object. It looks sort of like a set of metallic false teeth, smaller than life-size, with a metal tube or something where the tongue should be. [more inside]
posted by kpmcguire
on May 30, 2008 -
What is this
large red and orange checkerboarded cone I saw on I-5 somewhere around Olympia, WA?
posted by 0xFCAF
on Aug 6, 2007 -
What is this thing?
I got it from ArtchixStudio
but they're not talking. I use it for jewelry-making purposes, but to me it's so odd it must have a hardware or other practical use. Here
is another view. Help me, hive mind!
posted by agregoli
on Jul 17, 2007 -
Where to find illustrated body parts to mix to create infinite character position/attitudes ? [more inside]
posted by vincentm
on Mar 14, 2006 -
Why do sites show movies embedded in a tiny web page rather than linking to it so I can view it in the media player of my choice?
posted by Nelson
on Jan 20, 2005 -
Why (in general) do you need source files? Why can't applications manipulate binary files directly? [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Jan 15, 2004 -