In Ask Metafilter: can anyone make sense of these glyphs/symbols?
Bizarre cult? Weird geo-caching thing? Red-herring by local eccentric? Unexplained Russian girl scout artifact? Prop for a play? Art installation? Alternate reality game? Film prop? What was this bizarre billboard on the Cornish coast.
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?