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Can you identify this music?

It's a page of sheet music, found without context. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Oct 28, 2015 - 13 answers

What is this odd art object?

I bought this thing from an antique dealer's yard sale in Philadelphia about 20 years ago. Around 10 years ago I incorporated it into an art installation, and I dug it out of storage today for a new exhibition, but I still have no idea what it is. Here's a bunch of photos (ignore the electronics and wooden framing I added to the back). [more inside]
posted by moonmilk on Aug 25, 2015 - 19 answers

Another episode of What Is It

We got this as a wedding present, with no note or explanation. It might be a gag gift, but it looks like it aught to do...something. [more inside]
posted by bitslayer on Aug 19, 2015 - 12 answers

What is this tree and seed?

What is this tree and seed (nut?)? Eight or nine feet tall, growing next to a sidewalk and clearly intentionally planted. That seed is marble- or dime-sized, and I just picked this Friday, so it would have to be fruiting now in Austin, Texas. Don't worry, I'm not going to eat it. Just curious. Thanks!
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 5, 2015 - 4 answers

What is this thing, and did it come from my car?

I found this thing under my husband's car in the driveway, and I'm wondering if anyone can identify it or at least tell me that it's not a Very Important Car Widget. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb on Apr 20, 2015 - 8 answers

What is this thing?

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 - 2 answers

Sun worshiping cartoon short

Help me identify this animated cartoon I remember watching in the mid/late 80s about a village of people who worshiped the sun. They all got up while it was still dark to start their preparations while singing, and once the sun rose they worshiped it and collected the golden sunshine in buckets. [more inside]
posted by rhapsodie on Apr 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Dear Google: "red yellow smashy tail ankylosaurus he-man"

When I was a child in the mid-late 80s, I had a toy. In my mind, it was a Masters of the Universe toy, because I always played with it with my He-Man figures, but I may be mistaken. I also think it had one of those trapdoors so that you could jam an action figure halfway into it. What I remember clearly is that it was a red ankylosaurus-like creature, with a big yellow tail/appendage that could come smashing down in front of it with some sort of lever action to demolish other action figures. I can't really describe it any better than that. Can anyone identify this toy?
posted by 256 on Feb 19, 2014 - 5 answers

Who made this candle holder, and where can I find its mate?

My mom gave me a single orange candle holder that was my late grandmother's. It was with a lot of her Fiestaware stuff, but it doesn't seem to be actual Fiestaware (and she had a lot of knockoffs). She most likely bought it in the mid to late 1940s. I would like to get another one similar to it or something sort of matching, but I'm striking out. Help!
posted by kendrak on Nov 6, 2013 - 5 answers

A Cassiopea Plant?

What plant is this? I only have a picture of the flower. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Aug 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Sci-fi/mecha shareware RPG game, but I cannot remember the name or URL

There is a shareware sci-fi/mecha RPG game that a previous room-mate introduced me to. I don't remember the name of the game, but it was shareware, PC/Windows, and very extensive. I have no idea how to get ahold of the person whom introduced me to the game, hence I'm at a loss of how to find it again. [more inside]
posted by jibberish on May 26, 2013 - 2 answers

How to sell a big ass lathe?

I have found myself in possession of a 10ft Southbend Lathe. How do I send it on to somebody that actually wants it? [more inside]
posted by Folk on May 12, 2013 - 16 answers

An early- to mid-90s computer game about mystery-solving kids?

I'm trying to remember the name of a computer game I used to play in the early- to mid-90s. I think it was a series set in suburbia with two kids (possibly brother and sister?) tasked with solving crimes. It had suspects, a map with possible locations, and it was probably vaguely educational. It was not Carmen Sandiego-related. What was the name of the game?
posted by flibbertigibbet on Apr 4, 2013 - 2 answers


This is perhaps the most innocuous, inoffensive house insect I have ever encountered. What is it? [more inside]
posted by rocketpup on Jan 31, 2013 - 15 answers

Who is this photographer?

Help me remember a photographer's name. He photographed his mother's neat and tidy and everything-in-its-place kitchen cabinets and paired them with abusive quotes from his father as he slid further into dementia. I saw his photos in a slide show among other photographers and googling "photographer kitchen cabinets abusive quote" just isn't getting me very far. He may have printed a book.
posted by rhapsodie on Jul 31, 2012 - 4 answers

This reverb unit, it vibrates?

Can anyone identify what appears to be a strange vintage 'wire reverb' unit, which seems to combine a speaker enclosure with a piano-like string attachment to provide the resonance? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Apr 9, 2012 - 11 answers

What's this brass tool?

At a website I write for, a reader sent in a photo of a brass tool, wondering what it was. I'm sure somebody here knows! [more inside]
posted by AzraelBrown on Feb 2, 2012 - 5 answers

Can't you just take my word for it?

What kind of bug is this? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Oct 19, 2011 - 20 answers


Can you provide a date and context to this photographic proof sheet depicting an oversexed minor royal? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Jun 30, 2011 - 6 answers

[fungusfilter] another unidentified fungus, this one with shiny translucent beads

Any idea what this fungus is? Found in northwestern PA.
posted by buttercup on Dec 30, 2010 - 12 answers

What is it?

What is this household item? Looks like an overengineered magazine rack. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 19, 2010 - 16 answers

What is the minty looking, lemony smelling leaf?

Can you help me identify this herb/plant? [more inside]
posted by nfg on Oct 16, 2010 - 3 answers

What is this coin and who is the dour man in the funny hat?

Help me identify this coin which has what appears to be Arabic script on it and probably dates to the first half of the 20th century. [more inside]
posted by 256 on Jun 29, 2010 - 13 answers

What is it?

What is it? What is this fabric item that we unearthed while cleaning out my kitchen drawers? [more inside]
posted by annaramma on Jun 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Cotsa-what now?

What was my Nana calling the baked macaroni and beef dish she used to cook? [more inside]
posted by sascha on Apr 16, 2010 - 15 answers

Knot a potato?

GardenFilter: We just harvested some potatoes and came across these potato-like knot things. We found about five or six in a bed that hosted both potatoes and garlic, though they were found kinda far from the garlic and well under ground—at least four inches. What are they? [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Aug 2, 2009 - 17 answers

Waht is this (apparently NOT popcorn-like) food?

What is this mystery food and how do I prepare it? [more inside]
posted by Midnight Rambler on May 12, 2009 - 8 answers

What are these old copper printing plates?

Anyone recognize these old copper printing plates? They were used to print some sort of encyclopedia or other information book, but which one? [more inside]
posted by gemmy on May 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Take a look at this tool

Help me identify this weird tool I found while metal detecting. [more inside]
posted by cosmicbandito on May 2, 2009 - 42 answers

What is this animal?

Help me identify this animal. [more inside]
posted by not_on_display on Sep 8, 2008 - 8 answers

What are these weird posts on the sidewalk in Manhattan?

What are these weird posts on the sidewalk in Manhattan? [more inside]
posted by dcjd on Sep 1, 2008 - 4 answers

Is this a rim? a lead cover? Thor's discus?

I found this gigantic item in my backyard when I moved in here. It's really the only thing in the back yard that is like this - it's not like there's a pile of junk like this lying around. It is about 3 feet wide, a foot high, and the metal is about an inch thick. [more inside]
posted by royalchinook on Jul 21, 2008 - 11 answers

Show me some mystery objects.

Are there any good online resources for "Mystery Object" games? [more inside]
posted by djstig on May 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Help me identify the solo violin melody/recording from Crispin Glover's "What Is It?"

What composition/recording does the eerie melody played by the solo violin in the trailer to Crispin Glover's film What Is It? come from? Does anyone recognize the tune and/or recording? (YouTube link to trailer inside). [more inside]
posted by treepour on Apr 12, 2008 - 5 answers

Help identify strange swamp cabbage on our property?

Can anyone help me identify this odd cabbage-like plant that we have tons of growing on our property? Pictures and more description inside. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Apr 1, 2008 - 15 answers

God loves a terrier, but what's that thing he's wearing?

Watching last night's Westminster Kennel Club dog show, what is this thing attached to the terrier's lead under his throat? It's made of metal and it isn't a tag.
posted by acorncup on Feb 12, 2008 - 12 answers

What's this?

Any idea what this is? My sister has it in her kitchen, but doesn't know what it is. Our guess is it has something to do with grapefruits, but doesn't look like a regular knife or spoon. Grapefruit spork? [more inside]
posted by MtDewd on Apr 2, 2007 - 18 answers

What is this mystery coin?

One day about six years ago I was headed out to lunch when I found something in the parking lot. What is it? [more inside]
posted by deadfather on Feb 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Technology 0.5?

Any idea what this object is/was once used for? I'm fairly certain it represents an obsolete technology, but I'm curious. It's quite well-made. [more inside]
posted by trip and a half on Dec 9, 2006 - 56 answers

Do you know this insect?

What is this? [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jun 14, 2006 - 10 answers

What food is this?

Help my identify what food this is a picture of. (Picture inside.) [more inside]
posted by pealco on Feb 3, 2006 - 23 answers

What is the font used on these covers?

What is the font used on these covers? I've tried the usual online automated font-identifiers, with no luck.
posted by majcher on Dec 24, 2004 - 8 answers

Blue steel columns - what's up with that?

Occassionally found on the sidewalks of Seattle, and probably other cities, steel blue columns stand about three feet tall, bolted down to the concrete. About seven inches in diameter, they are topped with a cap one foot tall with a door in the side. A padlock keeps the door shut. What are these things? [more inside]
posted by tomharpel on Sep 18, 2004 - 17 answers

Hawkman Car Decal

I keep seeing a weird decal on cars- it's a circle, maybe 8" diameter, with this weird hawk-man thing inside flexing its wings/arms and screaming. This is in Minneapolis- I don't know if this is purely local, or nationwide. Does anyone know what the hell it signifies? Is it some sort of hawkman army planning a violent revolt?
posted by COBRA! on Mar 4, 2004 - 20 answers

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