Thank you, shiny MeFites, for all the great comments every day! Here are a few recent sparklers:
bonehead describes some of the challenges of search and rescue response to a large cruise ship going down in Arctic waters
citygirl on what it's like to work on a cargo ship
NotMyselfRightNow worked with Alvin Toffler: "He was probably the largest individual purchaser of filing cabinets in California"
What were new the hot bands in Vancouver in the 1980s? philip-random can help, because "I was doing radio there at the time. Still am."
flug bringing the amazing detective work in an AskMe about an old mystery play, David and Abigail
Now is the time when I am typing. I am typing on my computer doing internet things. Isn't this interesting? Cool internet things. I solved a puzzle and now people are taking pictures of me pretending to solve a puzzle. – harperpitt
JannaK reports that the HLN network has produced a short video episode featuring the Ask Metafilter post requesting help with her late grandmother's coded messages, and "the true hero of this story: Metafilter's own harperpitt, her code-breaking skills, and the power of the hive mind in tackling web mysteries."
(Post title text grabbed from littlesq!)
Some great recent posts on the natural world:
A 17th-Century Woman Artist’s Butterfly Journey: gorgeous images and bio info on early entomologist-artist Maria Sibylla Merian
The inner life of the fig: documentary on the sycamore fig tree, focusing on the intricate mutualism between a fig tree and its fig wasp
A tree grows in Israel: an extinct Judean Date Palm is grown from an ancient jar of seeds unearthed by archaeologists
My hovercraft is full of Petromyzon marinus: science, lore, and more on the fearsome sea lamprey
Satan Put the Kettle On: the mystery of Devil's Kettle Falls' vanishing waterfall
Thanks to the work of everyone in this thread, I was able to make a positive identification of the song, order the vinyl, and have it professionally converted to digital.
Looking for more musical mysteries to solve?
I'm trying to identify a sample from the first few minutes of this album
Loving you is . . . easy to forget? What was that song from 2008 - 2009?
Finding a song based on a music video: "a woman riding a horse and she had dramatically long hair that floated through the sky"
Weirdly, I accidentally discovered a lot more about one of the central mysteries today: What the heck sort of prank is knotting a shirt?
Back in October of 2014, sarcasticah asked a simple question about an old 80s or 90s sitcom.
During the intro/ opening credits, there's a bit where one character is painting a wall or a door, and another character opens the door, and the first character rolls the paint roller over the other person's face. I can see this in my mind, but I cannot for the life of me figure out the show it came from.
Shockingly, Ask Mefi did not save the day, and apparently fans of the question have been on the edge of their seats ever since, so we are highlighting this cold case again, just in case there's a last minute lead before the thread closes in a couple of months.
So, "paint roller on the face opening credits": Mass Hallucination or True Thing? Do you know the answer?
(Also, we hired a pug to illustrate the suspense and anxiety surrounding the non-resolution of this issue, in case it helps.)
In the mid-1800s, a snail spent years glued to a specimen card in the British Museum (now the Natural History Museum) before scientists realized it was still alive. What became of this snail? Ask Metafilter found out!
nicebookrack tracks down a gastropodean mystery and reports back on the amazing story of the snail that came back to life after years glued to a specimen card in the British Museum... and what happened next.
I heard a story on This American Life ... about a sausage maker who inadvertently ruins their product by getting a new building. In the end, it turned out the problem was they had shortened the route of the final delivery of the sausages and removed what was thought to be the unimportant work of a clerk named Irving. I thought it was fascinating and I want to find other stories like that. Where would I look for them?
rileyray3000, ISO real life food mysteries.
My ancestral home was requisitioned by the US army to house many soldiers. My great-grandmother cooked for them and became fond of many of them. Enclosed is a sample, I know it is difficult to read but it says: "Edw Clark 9cd Co. 114th US INf, Camp McClellan, Anniston Ala. In nov, in Berlin."
I wanted to send these inscriptions left by their ancestors while serving in that horrible war, but have not been able to trace anyone, unless I am willing to pay for a research service. I do not know the hometown of these soldiers in the US. Camp McClellan, in Ala, was formed in 1917, so I should be able to obtain enrollees names and details, but no success.
A mystery AskMe with a very happy ending.