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Help identify this 30+ year old obscure song

I've only heard the song twice in my life. The second time I managed to slam a cassette tape into a tape recorder, capturing the 2nd half of the song. That was thirty years ago. Haven't figured it out since. [more inside]
posted by Hanzo on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Can you identify this peculiar genealogical thriller?

Some time in the mid-to-late '80s, I borrowed a book from my local public library (in the UK). I recall neither its title nor the author's name, but I think it may nevertheless be uniquely identifiable from those details of its plot I can remember. Its protagonist is a genealogist, who is hired to discreetly research the family background of a US presidential candidate. There is an element of cat-&-mouse as unknown individuals try to put a stop to his researches, but he perseveres... [more inside]
posted by zmacw49 on Aug 11, 2014 - 3 answers

COBRA letter from a company I don't recognize

I received a COBRA notice from a company I don't recognize. It seems to be administered through Ceridian. What might be going on? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on Aug 3, 2014 - 13 answers

Latest Version of "XCOM Enemy Unknown" Is Only Half the File Size

I just updated "XCOM Enemy Unknown" for iPad. The previous version, 1.5, was 3.18 gb. The update, v. 1.6, is only 1.75 gb. That's a 45% reduction! Does this mean they've removed a chunk of the game, or compressed the graphics, or done other things which might make me want to bail out of this upgrade (and future ones)?
posted by Quisp Lover on Apr 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Name that tune!

It's a short song, with a female vocalist and what sounds like acoustic guitar and violin/fiddle in the background, relatively fast-paced. I can't make out all the lyrics (it's on Store Radio at work) but the bits I've been able to work out are "remember the years when you and I were young and free" and "a knock at the door, I'm going to have company". Any ideas?
posted by mornie_alantie on Dec 30, 2013 - 5 answers

Songfilter: YouTube edition

Hi Metafilter! Can you ID the song used as background music in this video for me? I was unsuccessful at Googling it based on the (Spanish?) lyrics. The only phrases I can clearly make out are "esta no voy a perder" and the oft-repeated "Oye!"
posted by topoisomerase on Dec 6, 2013 - 2 answers

What was this comic I saw as a child?

Alien blood parasites grow inside of people and then suddenly burst out once they've reached full size. What the heck was this comic book I saw in the late 80s? [more inside]
posted by neckro23 on Oct 24, 2013 - 9 answers

Mindlessly amusing myself with curiosity

I want to go about finding entertaining, engaging, intelligent things I can read about subjects I know nothing about. Ideally, I want a source of these things which will reliably send me off in directions I'm completely unfamiliar with, rather than just new sources which cover individual specific subjects. But it has to be enjoyable, even somewhat mindless reading – think Cracked or Buzzfeed. Does anything like this exist? Are there good places online for me to stimulate myself when I'm in that mindless time-killing mood?
posted by Rory Marinich on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

Hey, it's that guy?

CompleteWasteofQuestionFilter: Who's the fortyish, extremely lanky, English or English-accent-assuming male actor who has a prominent nose and long teeth, and wears his dark hair in a ponytail? I think he has worn a lab coat and/or black trenchcoat in an American television show in the past decade, but I cannot remember which Nerdy Scientist Guy he might have portrayed.
posted by Gingersnap on Jun 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Who wrote this poem?

Who wrote the following (religious?) poem? [more inside]
posted by ar0n on May 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Another "What book did I read?" question!

I've been wracking my brains for years trying to remember the title of a book I read during middle school (or perhaps early high school). [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Apr 16, 2013 - 9 answers

iTunes' Ugly Stepchild lost folder issue

I have an album by The Cult called "Electric" that was in Unknown folder in iTunes. I moved it to the proper music group folder in iTunes "The Cult" where all their other albums are. BUT when I open iTunes, it won't show up with the search of The Cult or under their name. I can find particular tracks in iTunes, go an hit Play and it then asks for me to locate that song. There are other screw things going on (like some albums thrown into compilations, but I can probably fix that) but this is the most frustrating. Any ideas? Do I have to go buy Tune Up or some other application? (I am running the newest iTunes on an iMac w/ Snow Leopard)
posted by snap_dragon on Dec 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Lesser of two risks?

I have an interview for an office job that I don't recall applying to. Do I call and ask what it is or should I wing the interview? Details inside attempting to justify why I can't remember. [more inside]
posted by Helleaven on Dec 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Not to be found in Hot Topic

Where to find awesome, funny, geeky t-shirts that most people haven't seen, along the lines of this, this, this, and this. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright on Nov 3, 2012 - 19 answers

weird whistling noise problem, losing my mind

I can hear a faint whistling noise coming from an unknown location. What could it be and how can I stop it? [more inside]
posted by myntu on Sep 23, 2012 - 27 answers

How did you act when your relationship was entering an unknown period?

How did you act when your relationship was entering an unknown period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2012 - 31 answers

Can you identify this classic blues rock song

Can you identify this classic/blues rock song from a 4-bar GarageBand remake of a guitar melody? [more inside]
posted by germdisco on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for a book, can't recall the title or author.

I'm looking for a book I read as a pre-teen. It's been years since I read it and I can't recall the name of the writer, or the title of the work. I recall a little of the plot, but not much. As far as I recall, it was about a girl living in a small town in the east coast who falls into a pit, or cave, something like that, and is saved by a man made of earth and stone. [more inside]
posted by Rosengeist on Mar 21, 2012 - 6 answers

help me solve a small mystery

unknown texter who knows my name? [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Feb 1, 2012 - 12 answers

Has anyone heard of ezeringame.com?

My girlfriend recently got a charge from ezeringame.com. She has no memory of the charge, but it was only for $6 dollars, so its definitely in range of a quick purchase that she might not recall. [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Jan 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Please help me figure out this song!

I'm grasping at straws here, but I heard a song in Nordstrom last night and the chorus went something like: ...by three by five *something something* next in line... ... oh this is all real, oh this is all real... [more inside]
posted by jstef on Nov 3, 2011 - 15 answers

Unknown fruit.

What is this unknown (to me) fruit? [more inside]
posted by 517 on Sep 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Artist unknown

Artist filter: Who painted this amazing painting seen in Massimo and Lella Vignelli's apartment? [more inside]
posted by ljesse on Sep 9, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me identify this song... Pet Sounds + Joni Mitchell = ?

Help me find a song! It was on Sirius radio on July 23, between 10am and 3pm mountain time. It was a female singer singing over what sounded like a very Pet Sounds-like arrangement. She sounded like Joni Mitchell to me. (Maybe it was Joni Mitchell!) The song also sounded very familiar. I thought it was Both Siders, Now, but I listened to that song again and that's just guitar. This song sounded just a little more upbeat, more poppy, but equally as beautiful. Any ideas?
posted by ageispolis on Jul 26, 2011 - 6 answers

What rock song is this?

Help! What guitar-filled rock song has the lyrics "won't tell a soul" as the refrain, I think? It is a male singer - I couldn't tell if the song was old or new. My Goog-itsu is failing me. [more inside]
posted by rakim on Jul 2, 2011 - 12 answers

Trying to remember the title of a non-fiction book...

Trying to remember a non-fiction book... [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Jun 12, 2011 - 2 answers

Who what?

Does anyone remember a music video from the early 90s where a woman with really long braids walks through a city street and sings about a break-up. She might be wearing a trenchcoat, and she might be on a subway car. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on May 30, 2011 - 6 answers

Name the sappy, instrumental tune, whose basic melody I'm humming.

Can you name this slow, sappy, mostly-instrumental song (and its artist) from the last decade? [more inside]
posted by purefusion on Feb 15, 2011 - 14 answers

Can you identify this movie?

I saw a trailer for a movie, in about 2007-2008(?), that seemed to be shot to look like a 1970s education film/horror movie, and in the trailer it featured men and women running around an abandoned middle school as paranormal events happened, specifically file cabinets and envelopes moving around by themselves... I thought the movie was called "End of the Season" but I can't find any info on it. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by Enigmark on Feb 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Best little known or obscure love songs?

Kiss Kiss Kiss Fun Fun Fun: What are your favorite little known or obscure love songs? The stuff that makes you go "Oh you have to hear this it is great?" Funny is nice, catchy is better, catchy and lively is bestest. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Feb 8, 2011 - 49 answers

Identify these two songs from the late 80's/early 90's.

Help my father identify two songs he recorded off the radio in the late 80's / early 90's. One is bluegrass and the other is alternative rock. [more inside]
posted by wivy on Dec 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Name that tune? (2)

Can you identify these melodies? The first is 1980s synthpop. The second is production music from a ready-made package of tunes used in midlevel entertainment TV programming in Hollywood about ten years ago. Any information appreciated! [more inside]
posted by Cridland on Nov 26, 2010 - 5 answers

Can someone tell me what track this is please?

Can someone please tell me what track this is? [more inside]
posted by PsyDev on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

The Devil Sells Prada Eyeglasses

I think the optician who sold us glasses today played a devil in a 90s movie but he won't admit to it. How can I figure out if I'm right if I don't know his name? [more inside]
posted by smirkyfodder on Oct 9, 2010 - 20 answers

Lady of the Unknown Artist

This is a painting that a friend's mum copied from another (well-known?) artist. I'd love to find the original. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by indienial on Sep 11, 2010 - 8 answers

What flower is this?

What kind of flower is this? [more inside]
posted by byrleyar on Aug 15, 2010 - 11 answers

Help me remember the name of this book?

Help me identify this novel that I read as a teenager? [more inside]
posted by thecaddy on Jun 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Can anyone identify this character or symbol?

I need some help identifying a character, I think it's Chinese but I'm completely unsure. Can anyone help? image here
posted by reverendjim on May 25, 2010 - 11 answers

Leave someone you love if they're not right for you?

How do I know if I should leave her, if I love her? [more inside]
posted by Atlantic on Apr 19, 2010 - 34 answers

ancient latin translation II

I have a lead medallion (about 150mm dia) which has the following inscription : side #1 ESAVO MC SM [] SORDCMPUAESE {picture of a pikeman} SV side#2 PCM POMEVSAVSEBVCIM * 1309 * {picture of a king} ED The A/R and U/V are a bit interchangable and the last M has three loops. Please find some scans here If anyone could translate or tell me more about it I would be very grateful. All the best Dren
posted by Dren on Feb 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Help me destink my parents' newly-bought house

My parents have just bought a house and now realize it has a smell of unknown origin. Ideas on things to do or people to contact to help get rid of it? [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Feb 17, 2010 - 12 answers

Who painted this, and what did they write?

I need help identifying the artist and writing for this ink painting (Japanese). I'll describe more details as well as I can within. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on Dec 22, 2009 - 6 answers

Why do I freak out if I don't know why?

I need help dealing with "unknown", especially in personal issues. I have an intense desire to know why something is happening, what someone's explanation is and I wind up a big ball of anxiety while overthinking it. I want to know how to be comfortable with just "not knowing", and how to be comfortable with the resulting feeling of not being able to control the situation. [more inside]
posted by MultiFaceted on Nov 19, 2009 - 20 answers

What in the world is this?

Does anyone know what this beige, squarish thing is supposed to be? What's it used for? [more inside]
posted by Theloupgarou on Oct 8, 2009 - 15 answers

Help me find this novel?

Help me identify this novel of which the details have been lost? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Sep 15, 2009 - 10 answers

Water Polo movie/scene about Communism?!

What movie did I watch with Water Polo as an allegory for Socialism/Communism? [more inside]
posted by mnop on Sep 12, 2009 - 4 answers

Is there a rat in my kitchen?

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!
posted by razzman on Aug 13, 2009 - 13 answers

Jalapeno-Vodka Induced Hallucination?

Name That Show Used In That Russian Music Video-Filter: I was at a Russian restaurant in L.A yesterday and saw the strangest music video. I got the name of the artist (Something and Federov?) but the video was chopped up clips from what looked like a British TV show. What TV show or movie was being cut up? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Aug 3, 2009 - 5 answers

What is this strange helicopter/fan/pinwheel-like fruit?

A friend of mine made this mobile for my soon-to-be-born baby's nursery from found objects on hiking trips in several states. One of the dangly(sp?) things is this weird pinwheel shaped fruit. Its about 5" across and as you can see the pods dehisced along the one edge--no seeds were found in the fruit. He thinks he found it either in California or Nevada (or the desert SW). [more inside]
posted by buttercup on Jul 9, 2009 - 3 answers

Out, Out, Damn Spot

How do you remove a stain....if you don't know what the stain is? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jul 5, 2009 - 8 answers

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