I hate bugs, and I have one that is in my space
. Can the generous and awesome amateur (or professional) entomologists of MetaFilter help me identify it, and perhaps give me a general sense of how dangerous it might or might not be? [more inside]
posted by SMPA
on Aug 20, 2014 -
suddenly appeared in my community garden/allotment. It has sprays of tiny white buds, that open into tiny white flowers with five petals. Inside there's a small green fruits (?) that look like small tomatoes and have grown to about 6mm-7mm (about 0.25 inches). Any ideas what it is? - Thanks!
posted by carter
on Aug 3, 2014 -
I saw this object on a table outside a thrift shop in a small town in eastern Washington State, US. It is about 3 feet long and made out of hard plastic. It was selling for about $100 and was gone by later that day. What is it? Full view
, Left side
, Right side
. A working theory is that it has something to do with some kind of crafting activity, possibly quilting.
posted by matildaben
on Jul 23, 2014 -
What is this short story I read sometime in the late 1990s? Plot involved two teenage girls in the 1960s, Beatlemania, and the terrifying truths of growing up. [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse
on Jul 23, 2014 -
I have a large tupperware full of a crystalline white powder. It could be sugar, or it could be xylitol. How can I tell?
So far I've found two possible ways: burn it and record the energy per gram; feed it to dogs. I would prefer not to do the second, as xylitol kills dogs. I'm open to the first, if someone wants to link me to a good experimental method for such. But I'd really love a third way.
posted by freyley
on Jul 21, 2014 -
My spouse went surfing and found this bird
bobbing on the waves. There seemed to be something wrong with the bird so he took it home. Here's another pic
. The bird is very passive and doesn't move much, so we're guessing it's either ill, injured or exhausted. What bird is this? And what should we do with it? We're in Holland. [more inside]
posted by sively
on Jun 22, 2014 -
I have a bunch of flowers in my yard. Pic 1
. Pic 2
. What are they? I am particularly interested in the blue one
, but there are an awful lot of flowers.
posted by amber_dale
on Jun 11, 2014 -
I haven't had any luck identifying this through the WhatTheFont! automagical service nor the Identifont step-by-step quiz so now I bring it to you. What's the typeface used in this old GATOR$ sign
posted by komara
on May 18, 2014 -
I have part of a song stuck in my head. The lyrics I can remember are something that sounds like "A A, B B - CCDD, CCDD" - that is literally what is being sung, it's not the rhyme scheme. Who is the artist and what is the track called? [more inside]
posted by 35minutes
on Apr 24, 2014 -
My in-laws are giving me a couple of houseplants, and I'm trying to identify them, or at least find out if they are dangerous to our cats. Photos after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Elementary Penguin
on Feb 22, 2014 -
I received several plants from a friend of mine to start my indoor garden. Neither of us knows what type of plant this is, despite hours of trawling gardening websites. Photo. [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls
on Jan 30, 2014 -
Sometimes, one of the first pages of a library book will bear an identifying stamp made of perforations punched through by a special tool. This practice seems to have disappeared, and Googling for it has only frustrated me. What is the tool called and where can I find one? [more inside]
posted by viewofdelft
on Dec 2, 2013 -
You know how you can just remember a few details about some subject from your youth, and it's going to bother you until you can reveal the full scope of that memory? Yeah, I'm right there. I'm looking for a series of books. They were in the SF/F section in the 1980s. They were probably popular because their covers resembled Frazetta prints, and they tended to be really violent (i.e. jumping on the popularity of Conan). [more inside]
posted by thanotopsis
on Nov 19, 2013 -
My cat had something on his fur, near his left rear thigh, that looked like a slug. It was about an inch long and 3-5mm wide, black, and shiny.
He is a fraidy cat who will not tolerate being touched. He only just tolerates playing chases with a piece of string, so I spent some time with him this morning doing just that and trying to take a picture. I was not able to get a picture that was clear enough. He actually washed around whatever it was, but only once, and he didn't dislodge it in the process.
We tried to catch him and failed. He got outside. Since he has so many hangups it is possible that he won't come back and likely that he won't trust us for another six months if he does. He only knows a few words, but "vet" is one of them and he has a very strong reaction to that one, so the effects of stuffing him into a pet carrier can only be imagined, even if we had any hope of accomplishing that now.
So: what external feline parasite looks like a slug, is about an inch long and lurks on the fur near the thigh, and what do we do about it in the unlikely event that we get the chance?
posted by tel3path
on Nov 19, 2013 -
Heard a Sting (The Police?) song at the bar, never heard it before. Funky '80s sound, totally fit my mood that night. My google-fu failing me, I turn to the wisdom of metafilter.... [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg
on Nov 10, 2013 -
One of my friends posted this picture
on Flickr with the caption, "After several months, there's still no billboard on this thing. So what is it?" I have no idea so I'm turning to you.
posted by komara
on Sep 18, 2013 -
I think this
is a belt buckle, and I think
the flattened star is a familiar a logo, but I can't put my finger on its ID. Help?
posted by mudpuppie
on Sep 6, 2013 -
I am trying to identify a tree (or shrub thing pruned into a vaguely tree-like shape) that I walk by every day. It has purplish/magenta-ish blossoms and it smells lovely. No it is not a lilac. It is currently in bloom (in the Pacific Northwest). Pics inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins
on Aug 24, 2013 -
My cousin is trying to track down the exact location shown in this photo
. The photo is about 20 years old, and was taken somewhere in Ireland.
posted by Paragon
on Aug 12, 2013 -
I inherited an existing plot in a community garden a few weeks ago, and there was a medium sized plant
that seemed pretty established, so I left it alone. It is now an extremely large plant. The vines have fine spiky hairs, and the leaves are about 5 inches long, with 3 or 5 lobes and serrated edges. Does anyone recognize it?
posted by helicomatic
on Jun 2, 2013 -
I'm trying to identify two separate growths I'm unfamiliar with, just for curiosity's sake. The first is a tight, cauliflower-like dome found on the base of a cut tree trunk. The second formed tiny red "spears" on a weed leaf. Pics within. [more inside]
posted by cocoagirl
on May 13, 2013 -
Hazy recollections: A group of young adults move into a snowbound cabin as part of an experimental reality television show. They come to realize that sicko voyeurs are betting on who will die next or who the last survivor will be. [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake
on Mar 23, 2013 -
Please help me find a song I heard on a long-since deleted post-rock Pandora channel based on fragments of memories. [more inside]
posted by Jpfed
on Mar 22, 2013 -
So, walking with the dog in a local land preserve today, we came across an artillery piece. Placed there sometime, I'm sure, in the last 50 years by the former property owner (who has since donated the land). Can anyone identify this
? (No, there hasn't been a major battle anywhere near here, that little skirmish we had with Ohio over Toledo took place 60 miles south of here, and that was in 1836)
posted by HuronBob
on Mar 15, 2013 -
Cleaning apt. of a deceased friend. Their mattresses were on the floor - a boxspring, and a mattress on top. Found these bugs in between the boxspring and the mattress. [more inside]
posted by samoa
on Jan 29, 2013 -
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 -
I think it's a recent song - The chorus has has a woman singing in a simple voice. She sounds young and has a neutral accent - the non-chorus parts of the song I think is a reggae hip hop deal, but not sure. [more inside]
posted by spacediver
on Jan 13, 2013 -
Woke up to this bird
squawking in my backyard in north central Texas. Obviously the video quality is not great, but can anybody help me identify it based on its call? Mississippi Kite? Hawk? And do they eat kitties?
For perspective, its on top of a 30ft bald cypress tree. It appears to be at least 18-24 inches from head to tail.
posted by punkfloyd
on Jan 12, 2013 -
I was just going over our flight info-my husband and I and our two adult daughters are flying out to Texas to my son's wedding. I just noticed that our travel agent used my younger daughter's maiden name instead of her married name (she is separated but not divorced.) The travel agent is calling me back in a bit but how screwed are we? [more inside]
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies
on Jan 8, 2013 -
Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah
on Dec 14, 2012 -
Okay, so there was this show (maybe on the USA network?) around 1990-ish, maybe. The premise was that a former superspy/secret-agent/hero had retired to the suburbs, and his former archnemesis moves into the house next door. They're still kind of enemies, but in a Simpsons/Flanders "friendly" way, instead of trying to kill each other like they used to. What is this show? [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog
on Dec 7, 2012 -
I saw this tall teapot in the British tv-show Wartime Farm, so it's possibly British and from the 40s. I'd love to know what style it is, or anything that could help me find something similar - I've had no luck searching myself.
Screencap of teapot
posted by Signy
on Nov 6, 2012 -
What the heck is this plant bubble thingy? It's sitting in a vase at a restaurant in Bloomington, Indiana next to some little purple flowers (probably a different plant). It's pale green and purple with little hairs on it. It's about the size of a racquetball. [more inside]
posted by ErWenn
on Oct 28, 2012 -
Name this song: female singer, sounds kinda new, on an indie radio station. Lyrics say something about "the worst" or "what's worse?" and "people say I'm _____ because I have no plans to settle down." [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot
on Oct 19, 2012 -
Help me remember the title of this genre novel about a military nurse named Honor? [more inside]
posted by phoenixy
on Oct 7, 2012 -
What was produced at the factory at the beginning of Michelangelo Antonioni's Red Desert
? [more inside]
posted by Egg Shen
on Sep 26, 2012 -