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How would you identify the meaning of this symbol?

A colleague likes to put riddles and challenges on the chalk board. This particular question is about how to discover the meaning of an "ungoogleable" symbol. I jokingly suggested that Ask Metafilter is the right answer, and now I am challenged to see if that's right. [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Apr 21, 2016 - 18 answers

What is this mystery logo?

On occasion, I see large-ish stickers of a red-and-white logo that have been put up on signs, utility boxes, construction hoardings, bus shelters, etc. The best way I can describe it is that it looks like a cross between the New England Patriots logo and a slightly abstract/geometic handgun. [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Mar 5, 2016 - 5 answers

What is this key for?

I found this key outside my band's practice space last night. We were hoping to get some clues as to what this key is for so we could attempt to return it to the owner, but we're all totally unfamiliar with the symbol. Anyone got any ideas? If it matters, this was found in an alley in Baltimore, MD.
posted by capnsue on Jan 14, 2016 - 2 answers

Like a shooting star? Like a candle in the wind?

I'm looking for quotes and visual symbols for something that is beautiful but temporary. Whether it's about life, love, passion, or something physical, give me all your ideas. Bonus points if it's brief and elegant enough for a tattoo.
posted by keep it under cover on Oct 12, 2015 - 41 answers

Logos like this?

I am looking for logos that are made of type and symbol (where the type is made of multiple words) but with several versions where the positioning of the words in relationship to the symbol change.
posted by cyrusw8 on Jun 21, 2015 - 7 answers

Symbol identification

Can someone identify these symbols for me?
posted by Tell Me No Lies on Apr 1, 2015 - 17 answers

what is this NSA symbol?

What is this NSA logo called/what does it mean/what does it represent? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Jun 6, 2014 - 9 answers

What is this motif on a Japanese kimono?

Can anyone identify what this symbol is supposed mean or represent? It's a pattern on a kimono. [more inside]
posted by splatta on Jun 5, 2014 - 6 answers

What is this cross-based symbol?

What is this cross-based symbol, as if from a coat of arms or a flag or banner? The image I've linked to is an approximate representation roughly drawn without skill from memory. The closest I've found is the flag of (the country) Georgia, but there are some differences: (1) Georgia's is a lighter red, (2) it's missing the end caps on the main cross, (3) its minor crosses have curves, and (4) it's overall elongated horizontally rather than squared.
posted by Flunkie on Apr 9, 2014 - 6 answers

What is this charm on my necklace?

I've worn this necklace every day for nearly 10 years now, but I don't know what it is. [more inside]
posted by perryfugue on Mar 29, 2014 - 7 answers

Where does the "gratitude" symbol come from?

Does anyone know where the gratitude symbol resembling a lower case "g" comes from? [more inside]
posted by dubhemerak3000 on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Origin of triple moon symbol?

I'm just curious: where did the neopagan "triple moon" symbol come from? I have yet to find an origin for it after much googling and peering into reference books.
posted by Nyx on Sep 4, 2013 - 2 answers


What $20 item will help me remember that I can make better use of my time than playing video games? Exciting snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Jul 12, 2013 - 14 answers

What is this Asian symbol?

My husband has an old, broken jade necklace that I would like to replace. However, he doesn't remember exactly what it stood for, and I have no idea. A brief search has pointed me in the direction of long life symbol. Yet when I search for a long life symbol pendant, a million other things seem to come to the forefront instead of what I'm seeking. Can anyone offer their thoughts? Pendant in Question
posted by soleilMia on Jun 6, 2013 - 5 answers

Decode This German Shorthand Mystery Letter From 1939!

This envelope with a letter inside was found inside a large decaying bound edition of Shakespeare auf Deutsch in a junk shop in Bushwick that was only apparently open for a few months before disappearing. The letter, postmarked 15 March, 1939 - was sent to Paris by a Mr. Henri Wolf. The contents of the letter appear to be German shorthand. Included was small piece of what looks like code, there's nothing else on the back.The letter, envelope, postcard, etc in question are at this imgur album. Hivemind: What the hell is this?
posted by The Whelk on Mar 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Chew the rows.

What is the knowledge and perception of the Tudor Rose symbol outside of England? [more inside]
posted by Jehan on Nov 3, 2012 - 35 answers

Am I an architect and my mind forgot to inform me?

Pseudo scientists, humor me: What does it mean/say about me that I dream about buildings? [more inside]
posted by MinusCelsius on Oct 8, 2012 - 11 answers

Find vector art for symbols of accessibility

Could someone help me find open access vector art for wheelchair accessibility symbols similar to the one in this photo from a shop in Leipzig? [more inside]
posted by bleary on Sep 26, 2012 - 10 answers

What is this weird symbol?

Please identify this weird symbol- white fir tree with balkenkreuz superimposed [more inside]
posted by ergomatic on Sep 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me use my barcode scanner please

Hi - I would really like some advice on how I can improve my shop's ordering/stock level management. I'd like to go for a technological solution. [more inside]
posted by dance on Aug 27, 2012 - 5 answers

Right Arrow Woes

In a Word document, I'm trying to get a simple right arrow symbol in Times New Roman. However, pasting it in from the Character Viewer inserts it as Arial Italic. Changing it back to Times in Word has no effect - it goes back to Arial immediately. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by Yiggs on Jul 27, 2012 - 7 answers

a circle in a pointed cloverleaf

Does this symbol mean anything? It's like a circle superimposed on a cloverleaf symbol (⌘), except that the loops are pointed on the ends. [more inside]
posted by Ery on Jul 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Basic circuit element symbols in DWG format

I'm using DraftSight to make some circuit diagrams and I am looking for basic circuit symbols in DWG format. I've found a nice collections of circuit element symbols in WMF format, but am having a hard time finding a converter on a decent web site. Decent web site as in one that doesn't look like a malware factory. [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Feb 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me decode Unicode

What languages use a U with a ring on it (U+016E), and how is it pronounced? What is an "incomplete infinity" (U+29DC), and why does it need a symbol? Who uses a times sign in two circles (U+2A37), and for what? And why is a small capital psi (U+1D2A) in the Phonetic Extensions block? How do I find the answer to things like this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingmind on Jan 29, 2012 - 9 answers

What is this symbol?

What is the significance of a symbol that was everywhere in the '90s? It consisted of a vaguely heart-shaped urn-like thing with an open top and flames coming out of the top. If memory serves, there were usually Xs across the widest point of the heart, and sometimes flames in the background. I remember this from the sleeve art for Celebrity Skin (Courtney Love is wearing a tee shirt with the symbol) and from the old House of Blues logo. What is this symbol called, and what does it mean?
posted by pxe2000 on Dec 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Info on Info

What are the origins of the info symbol? I'm talking about this guy and all variants. I noticed recently that the new info signs around Vancouver bear the same mark as the dashboard widgets on a Mac, and became curious about the origins and spread of it. I couldn't figure out how to google it.
posted by neuromodulator on Nov 1, 2011 - 9 answers

Mystery symbol on 3DS

What does this symbol mean? It's a rectangle with two circles on the bottom like wheels, and a squat diamond on top. It's on the back of a 3DS. [more inside]
posted by lucidium on Jul 12, 2011 - 20 answers

Could this design be a stylized cross?

Do you think this design would be perceived as a stylized Christian cross? [more inside]
posted by sparrows on Feb 3, 2011 - 54 answers

What is a good visual symbol that conveys strength, determination, willpower, character, conviction and perseverance?

What is a good visual symbol that conveys strength, willpower, character, determination, conviction and perseverance? [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Nov 27, 2010 - 33 answers

Do you know this symbol?

Does anyone know what this symbol / icon? [more inside]
posted by Lorc on May 10, 2010 - 1 answer

What is this symbol on my new US passport?

What is this symbol on the front of my U.S. Passport? [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on May 1, 2010 - 7 answers

Bond, Treasury Bond - Help me find bonds

Need a list of bond, note, and bill symbols - searching online is providing mixed results. [more inside]
posted by fijiwriter on Mar 25, 2010 - 3 answers

New Years Eve - Health Symbol?

New Year's Eve is here and in the four hours away it will be 2010. I have no greenery in the house, what should I use instead? [more inside]
posted by trashcan on Dec 31, 2009 - 12 answers

BUtton Button Who's Got The Button

Shibboleth-Filter: I saw a man on the NYC subway wearing a strange button. A green san-serif "L" on a white background with a big red "No" strike-through symbol. Googlefu is failing me. What was he for or against anyway?
posted by The Whelk on Dec 11, 2009 - 11 answers

History of Copyright Symbol

Can anyone point me to the origins/history of the © symbol? I've read that the symbol was first called for in U.S. Copyright Law in the 19th Century - but where does the symbol come from? [more inside]
posted by cinemafiend on Nov 8, 2009 - 14 answers

Math Symbol Mystery

I've never seen this mathematical symbol used this way before. Can anyone tell me what it means? [more inside]
posted by mazniak on Oct 25, 2009 - 8 answers

Some Symbol!

What is this symbol on my old early 20th-century pin? [more inside]
posted by yellowbkpk on Oct 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Storming the halls of power... with baked goods.

How do I nominate a state symbol? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Mar 4, 2009 - 5 answers

identify this street symbol

Can you identify this symbol (http://h4xr.org/9rb2)? It's a diamond centered between two vertical lines with a dot in the middle. I've seen it on sidewalks and streets and presume it's used by electricians or other street/maintenance workers. What does it mean?
posted by deep_sea_diving_suit on Oct 17, 2008 - 6 answers

Can anyone identify the symbol in this image?

Can anyone identify the symbol in this picture please? [more inside]
posted by kenchie on Sep 14, 2008 - 5 answers

Movies with symbols replacing letters in their logos?

I'm looking to find or generate a list of movies whose logo/font includes at least one symbol replacing a letter. For instance, Night Shift replaces the "i"s with footprints, and more famously Ghostbusters replaces the O with the "no ghosts" icon. Bonus points if the symbol is a dollar sign. [more inside]
posted by Zair TL on Aug 6, 2008 - 23 answers

Logo/Symbol Lookup

A while ago, years, i seem to recall a webpage that would allow you to search for the meaning of particular graphic symbols or logos. There are at least 2 that I'd like to try to find out what they mean. One is on a bumper sticker and it looks like an A with a V superimposed over it, in a circle. This is in Cincinnati area. The other is crudely reproduced from memory here. The more I look at it, it looks like a religious symbol. 2 questions: 1. What are these Symbols? 2. Is there a site that would allow me to identify other random symbols/iconography on my own?
posted by TuxHeDoh on Jul 14, 2008 - 7 answers

What is that printmaking symbol called?

What is that symbol one finds at the beginnings or endings of chapters of books called? It's like a little arabesque, but with a (reasonably) flat bottom or top.
posted by damnthesehumanhands on Jul 10, 2008 - 11 answers

What does a star on the side of a house mean?

Is there any meaning associated with stars on the sides of houses? On Virginia's Eastern shore, I saw a bunch of houses with 5-sided stars like this one on their sides. Most were black, but some were more muted colors. Do they mean anything? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on May 27, 2008 - 11 answers

What is this symbol on this hat?

Does anyone recognize this symbol/logo on this hat? [more inside]
posted by palindromic on May 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Please help tanslate or explain this foreign symbol.

I saw this symbol or statement on a car recently. Can anyone help translate or tell me what it means?
posted by capcuervo on May 2, 2008 - 5 answers

Encircled Letter "F"

What is this unusual symbol? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Apr 8, 2008 - 12 answers

What is that?

This symbol appeared very clearly to me near the end of an otherwise uneventful meditation session. This sort of thing has never really happened to me, and it was quite clear, so I'm wondering if it has significance. Maybe I've seen it before; if so, I wonder where. If not, I wonder if it's an archetype. [more inside]
posted by Slam I Am on Jan 28, 2008 - 18 answers

What is this symbol that looks like an O with a small n or r in it?

What is this logical/matrix/algorithm symbol? [more inside]
posted by i love cheese on Nov 2, 2007 - 12 answers

Help me find an image of a Native-American themed monkey symbol

Help me find a picture of a Kokopelli-esq monkey [more inside]
posted by fermezporte on Sep 4, 2007 - 8 answers

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