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]
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]
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!
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]
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.
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]
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?
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!
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]
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]
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?
This is perhaps the most innocuous, inoffensive house insect I have ever encountered. What is it? [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
Can you provide a date and context to this photographic proof sheet depicting an oversexed minor royal? [more inside]
Any idea what this fungus is? Found in northwestern PA.
What is this household item? Looks like an overengineered magazine rack. [more inside]
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]
What is it? What is this fabric item that we unearthed while cleaning out my kitchen drawers? [more inside]
What was my Nana calling the baked macaroni and beef dish she used to cook? [more inside]
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]
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]
Help me identify this weird tool I found while metal detecting. [more inside]
What are these weird posts on the sidewalk in Manhattan? [more inside]
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]
Are there any good online resources for "Mystery Object" games? [more inside]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
What is this? [more inside]
Help my identify what food this is a picture of. (Picture inside.) [more inside]
What is the font used on these covers? I've tried the usual online automated font-identifiers, with no luck.
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]
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?