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