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'Zones' in science and weird fiction

Looking for examples of science/weird fictions that deal with 'zones': intermediate or parallel realms - often forbidden - beyond the normal sphere of law or reason. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 21, 2016 - 44 answers

Help me find a line of cute/strange fantasy miniatures

I'm looking for a specific product line of fantasy miniatures with factions of cute/strange non-human species--more details inside. But please feel free to recommend your favorite weird miniatures line, if it focuses on non-humans and it's available now or in the near future. [more inside]
posted by Wobbuffet on Sep 18, 2016 - 5 answers

Portland weird

What cool/odd/weird little things can I see or do in Portland OR from now through September 17th? My sis told me about PICA's TBA and I will probably do some of that but I would also be interested in even less mainstream type things. [more inside]
posted by bobobox on Sep 3, 2016 - 13 answers

Weird round creatures washing up on Devon and Cornwall beaches?

What are the weird, pebbled round things washing up in their hundreds on Devon and Cornwall beaches, as reported here? (Daily Mail link, sorry.)
posted by Mistress on Aug 18, 2016 - 3 answers

Strange, dreamy books set by the ocean

Dear Mefi, another ‘books with a feel like…’ post. This time I’m after novels set by the sea (or by a lake if we must), but with a fabulist, magical or eerie feel. Not looking for out and out horror, just a feeling of strangeness in the air. Ambiguity a plus, and many bonus points if set in a run-down seaside town. Examples below the line... [more inside]
posted by reynir on Aug 6, 2016 - 35 answers

Babushka lady behaviour

I'm looking for examples, real or fictional, of people acting in noticeably (seemingly) strange or incongruous ways during important events or crowd scenes. Babushka lady (of JFK assassination fame) was the inspiration for this question and is a great example of the sort of thing I'm looking for.
posted by threetwentytwo on Jun 17, 2016 - 15 answers

Looking for truly one-of-a-kind films and TV shows

And I mean one-of-a-kind—and good!—films and TV shows. (I've included film and TV examples in the 'Extended Explanation' portion of my thread.) [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 15, 2016 - 92 answers

Odd/Interesting/Unique events and attractions?

I'm trying to find some interesting vacation destinations. Recommend me some cities/towns that have unusual annual/semi-annual events or attractions. The more obscure and odd, the better. [more inside]
posted by anthy on May 12, 2016 - 25 answers

What is the weirdest book in the history of English literature?

It could be a novel, a non-fiction book, a diary, poem or play. Bonus question: how about the weirdest book from other global literary traditions?
posted by dontjumplarry on Apr 20, 2016 - 50 answers

What is the most unusual NFL branded item I can buy?

What is the straight up weirdest double-take inducing NFL branded product that you have seen? I'm way beyond t-shirts, coozies, and grilling equipment. I'm talking things like an adult onesie. But that's the bar I have to meet. Also of interest: weird items for sale that are branded with comic book stuff.
posted by bq on Apr 1, 2016 - 10 answers

WTF is going on with my skin?

My legs have developed some weird pigmentation. It doesn't hurt, it just looks super unfortunate. I want to be better armed before a doctor's appt. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Can you find the DIY couch instructions with the funny setup?

Several years ago I found some instructions for building your own (banquette style, I think) seating out of plywood, foam, etc. What sticks out in my memory was the author introducing the need for new furniture. It was something like this: 'I loaned my apartment to some filmmakers for a shoot. After the fact, I discovered they made porn, and you can guess what they used my couch for. (They had sex on it.) Obviously I need new furniture.' Can you track down this page?
posted by Monochrome on Jan 29, 2016 - 2 answers

What is the Source of this Comic Panel?

Where does this comic panel come from? [more inside]
posted by SpiffyRob on Jan 15, 2016 - 4 answers

Odd Animal Out. Which species are not like the rest of their kind?

Any examples of animal species that are vastly different or behave differently, eat differently than the rest of their species. [more inside]
posted by thelloydshow on Jan 4, 2016 - 28 answers

Can I eat it? Potato twin edition

I steam potatoes in the steamer. Did this 14 oz one up, cut open when done, wtf is that in the dead center? Russet. am I THAT hungry?
posted by tilde on Oct 17, 2015 - 9 answers

Offbeat activities in Los Angeles?

Help me find the weird, the wacky, the whimsical, the quirky, the offbeat participatory activities in Los Angeles? [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Sep 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Best sites for news of the weird/occult/bizarre?

What sites do you visit to find news of the weird? Huffington Post's Weird section is kind of bland - I'd like something that covers bizarre crimes, fortean news, unusual findings in science, conspiracy theory related stories, and news of the occult.
posted by clockworkjoe on Sep 4, 2015 - 8 answers

Weird flower identification

My wife brought home this flower, which looks sort of like a fuzzy ear of corn made out of cotton on some very spiky leaves. Any hints on what it is? I've used online resources to no avail.
posted by eschatfische on Aug 29, 2015 - 3 answers

What is this vibrating sensation in my ear, and how do I make it stop?!

For the past few days, I've had this weird fluttering/vibrating sensation in my right ear off and on. You know when your eyelid gets twitchy? It feels like that, but way down in my ear, like my eardrum is twitching, and it's driving me crazy. [more inside]
posted by sarcasticah on Aug 5, 2015 - 23 answers

What are the weirdest foods on Amazon Prime?

What are the weirdest, strangest, wrongest edible items that I can order RIGHT NOW and have in two days via Amazon Prime? Gummi chicken feet is a good place to start.
posted by Faint of Butt on Jul 29, 2015 - 13 answers

Best way to get to 53rd and 1st Ave from Newark at 7:30 friday?

Yay, weekend in New York! I'll be landing at Newark at 6:30, so it will be 7:30 or so by the time I'm out of customs. The friend I'm visiting suggests taking the Air Train to another train that will get me to New York Penn station, and take a cab from there. Would it be easier to take a cab the whole way? [more inside]
posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 on Jun 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Bonjour, Mefi! Paris tips for two NY travelers, s’il vous plaît?

inertia and I will be spending a week and a half in Paris at the end of May. I’ve read the relevent wikitravel and tripadvisor pages and I’m familiar with all of the main tourist attractions. But we’re not sure what we should go see. She’s been twice before but I’ve never been. Give us all of your off-the-beaten-path Paris-related travel recommendations! [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Apr 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Sarcastic celebration in in Baltimore area

I was going to go sky diving to "celebrate" my job being eliminated (I like the symbolism), but weigh too much. Instead, I'm trying to think of something in the Baltimore area to do that I haven't done before to start my forced unemployment. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom on Apr 22, 2015 - 18 answers

What are some weird podcasts for late at night?

What are some podcasts with strange stories (fiction & non-) that sound good late at night?
Some Examples: [more inside]
posted by Going To Maine on Apr 6, 2015 - 21 answers

I'm just WEIRD! And lost in the mists of time.

Name that pro-weirdness novelty song? [more inside]
posted by Sublimity on Mar 18, 2015 - 2 answers

Shadows Slowly Stretching Over Empty Rooms

I have been reading creepy things, and listening to creepy stuff while I read those creepy things, and have arrived unprepared at the horrifying realization that I do not have as much weird, unsettling, mysterious music as I should. Help me fix that--before it's too late. [more inside]
posted by byanyothername on Mar 2, 2015 - 23 answers

I THINK It's Toilet Paper...

What would lead to these very small toilet paper scraps ending up on the bathroom floor? [more inside]
posted by papayaninja on Feb 25, 2015 - 23 answers

What's the deal with this building? How can I find out?

There is a building in Woodley Park, DC that looks completely normal from the front and burnt-out and abandoned from the back. I lived a few doors down from it for about 15 months and never saw anyone go in or out of the back part of the building. Any idea what the deal is, or how I could research this? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Feb 12, 2015 - 6 answers

Twisted and weird, disturbing but not gory

If I like(d) The Babadook, Confessions, Under the Skin, Gone Girl, and Welcome to Night Vale, what should I read/watch/listen to next? [more inside]
posted by Flannery Culp on Dec 21, 2014 - 26 answers

Unusual wall calendars of 2015

Lay your weirdest calendars on me. [more inside]
posted by mermily on Nov 29, 2014 - 33 answers

Wanted : The Wide World of Weird-ipedia

Wee Thumbscrew, aged nine, is a weird, morbid, hilarious child. Lately, at bedtime, we've been reading "weird Wikipedia" articles together, and they have been a HUGE hit. Please provide us with some of YOUR favorite utterly deranged Wiki pages. Spooky/gory/X-Files-y stuff is a-okay, real-life serial killers or smutty stuff is not. Here are some entries we've enjoyed: [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Nov 5, 2014 - 54 answers

Like an ice cream headache, but not in my head!

For about as long as I can recall (roughly 30ish years) I've had an odd recurring pain in my collarbone area. What might this be, and has anyone else experienced anything similar? [more inside]
posted by still bill on Sep 27, 2014 - 6 answers

wat in the world is going on with these linkless spam-like tweets?

Weird account #1 Weird account #2 Weird account #3 [more inside]
posted by univac on Aug 26, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me deal with being the weird single guy in my group of friends

I am newly single, against my will. In the next two months, half of my friends are getting married. Everyone else I know is in a long term relationship. I am the, like, seventeenth wheel. I have absolutely no interest in ever being in a relationship again until the sun burns out. Please help me not feel really weird around my friends. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Aug 3, 2014 - 31 answers

"Weird Al" covers by parody subjects?

Has any subject of a "Weird Al" Yankovic parody ever done a cover of their parody song in concert? Like, has Devo ever performed "Dare to be Stupid"?
posted by Small Dollar on Jul 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Dogs that lick... a lot

I have two Jack Russell Terriers, both sixish years old, and both with odd licking issues. One licks the exposed skin of people: legs, hands, feet. If you push him away, he will lick the couch. He has done this since he was a puppy, and though I think it's odd and slightly embarrassing when he goes to town on an unwitting friend's shin, it doesn't concern me. Our other dog has started licking his own front legs, above his paws (what his forearm would be if he were a person), so much that they are stained pink. He's done this for a few months now. When I took him to our vet for his yearly checkup, I asked whether she thought it was allergies. She said no, that it could be anxiety or arthritis. She didn't get into much depth (she is new to our vet office, and I don't know that I love her). He walks and runs just fine, so I don't think he is in pain. Does anyone out there have experience with compulsive canine lickers? Do I try to stop them (and if so, how?), or just let them be weird? Or do I change to a new vet who might be a bit more forthcoming?
posted by hippychick on Jul 13, 2014 - 11 answers

Weird, unusual, and hidden parts of Washington, DC?

I've been reading Scouting NY ever since Slap*Happy's post about Willets Point and loving it the descriptions of bizarre landmarks, unusual neighborhoods, and hidden bits of history and culture in NYC. What are the equivalent places in Washington, DC? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on May 5, 2014 - 29 answers

Weird NYC & DC! RIYL Mütter Museum, Body Worlds, anatomical collections?

My favorite place in the entire world is Philadelphia's exquisite and incomparable Mütter Museum, I've seen Body Worlds more than a dozen times... and you should probably refrain from clicking either of those links if you are squeamish. I will soon be spending a week in NYC followed by a week in Washington, DC. Can you help me make a list of similar museums, exhibits, and collections to visit while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Apr 16, 2014 - 11 answers

zzzz !!!!!!!

Why do I wake up after a few hours if I go to bed early specifically because I am super tired (not because I have to get up early for a flight or something), rather than just sleeping my normal length time? [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Mar 12, 2014 - 8 answers

What the heck is going on?

I've gotten a pair of phone calls that seem too weird to be unrelated when they're so close together but I can't make head or tails about what it could mean. [more inside]
posted by charred husk on Feb 25, 2014 - 10 answers

Weird me out!

I'm fascinated with the Uncanny Valley theory and would like to see more examples of it. I'll look at anything: YouTube, movies, articles, books, video games - you name it, I want to see it. I've looked at several things online and have poured over the wikipedia entry for it, but I want to see the truly weird and far out examples of uncanny valley. Weird me out, MeFi!
posted by ThaBombShelterSmith on Dec 26, 2013 - 17 answers

Do you know of any weird music/sound creation programs??

i've been scouring the web for free and weird sound generators, sequencers etc... i've found a few interesting things, and i know others exist. i will sample a few i've found below, can you share any you might've found? i would like to use this stuff for ambient/electronica music i create. :D looking for experimental and new ways of creating digital music. highc synth zone tune toys preferably for windows... :D
posted by modbom on Dec 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Space Jam II

My jam did the thing again -- it levitated in the jar overnight. I took a photo this time. I'm asking again in the hopes that someone new may have a definitive answer, as I'd like to know for sure if this means the jam is now inedible. [more inside]
posted by (alice) on Nov 17, 2013 - 34 answers

It rubs the lotion on its skin...

I'm looking to find / make / adapt a costume for a fine art photoshoot that I'm currently planning. The character in the picture is one from myth, who is said to have a skirt made from flayed human skin. Short of sending Ramsay Snow's a raven or becoming Buffalo Bill, how can I put together a costume that will look as creepy-beautiful as I need? [more inside]
posted by gmb on Nov 12, 2013 - 12 answers

THIS IS THE SECOND WEIRDEST STAR WARS BOOK EVER

What are some exceptionally weird tie-in novels and comics? I'm looking for books which are especially weird as a result of not fitting the tone or form of the source material, or of the usual tie-in product. Preferably in fantasy, sci-fi, & horror. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Oct 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Feel bad about going to strip club, Help!

So I went to a strip club when I was pretty intoxicated and feeling lonely and depressed. Long story short I got a series of lap dances where you were allowed to touch the strippers. I feel tremendous guilt and shame about going there and objectifying women. [more inside]
posted by mrdrummed on Oct 4, 2013 - 41 answers

Spooky guides to Seattle?

I'm looking for recommendations for unusual guidebooks to Seattle and the surrounding area, with a particular emphasis on ghost stories, the supernatural, the strange in general and the just plain odd. Being well tied in to historical context would be an advantage, as would be meatier text rather than just bullet points and captioned photos.
posted by Artw on Sep 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Can I save this unevenly shrunk/stretched skirt?

I bought a bias-cut skirt made of t-shirt type fabric from Muji last week. It fit perfectly and draped beautifully and I was in love with it. Now I have washed it (40 degrees C, gentle setting) and it shrank really unevenly. It (just) still fits, but the hemline is dorky and uneven, and the skirt bulges weirdly at the seams. Is there anything I can do to save this? Rewashing and stretching? I can't return it to the store as I was travelling and there's no Muji here.
posted by lollusc on Aug 7, 2013 - 17 answers

Why am I getting crazy/threatening phone calls from my ex's new girl?

I've started getting threatening phone calls from my ex's new girlfriend and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jun 10, 2013 - 25 answers

Bank closed old account for overdraft. How much will this affect me?

An old (free) checking account in another state started becoming inconvenient (no local locations and bad phone service), so I moved my direct deposit elsewhere. I left a little money in the account, thinking having an older account would help with credit. I recently found out, however, that several months ago, they closed down the free checking service and switched to a fee checking service. While this was happening, it eventually drained the money out of the checking account and went negative. They apparently also closed the account for overdrafting, How badly is this going to affect my credit? Can I take any steps to mitigate it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2013 - 11 answers

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