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EinsteinsHund 01-18-2017 04:50 PM

Which fictional mystery would you like to be solved?
 
For me it's this: I'd like to know what happened at Troy McClure's aquarium incident. But then, maybe I better don't really ...So, what's yours? (can be anything, books, movies, TV)

Sherrerd 01-18-2017 04:59 PM

I'll say 'what did Bill Murray's character whisper to Scarlett Johannson's in Lost in Translation, because the auteur (Sofia Coppola) probably really did have something other than a joke-on-the-audience in mind. (Which is why I won't say 'what was in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction' because it would certainly have been a joke of some kind.)

Just Asking Questions 01-18-2017 05:10 PM

Which of the nazis in Hogan's Heroes was the deep cover spy "Nimrod"?

Did the creators of Magnum PI seriously intend that Higgins was Robin Masters? (because that would be stupid)

What was "the noodle incident"?

Superdude 01-18-2017 05:14 PM

What happened to Chuck Cunningham?

Ethilrist 01-18-2017 05:30 PM

What was Shepherd Book's past, and why did he know so much about the Operative?

Suburban Plankton 01-18-2017 05:54 PM

Exactly who, or what, was Tom Bombadil?

Sefton 01-18-2017 06:08 PM

If Victor von Doom was expelled for his college experimentation, why does he call himself Doctor Doom?

If Reed Richards wasn't expelled and presumably received his Ph.D, why does he call himself Mister Fantastic?

RivkahChaya 01-18-2017 06:15 PM

Who assaulted Ronette Pulaski? Yes, I know it was Killer Bob, but who did he possess when he did it? He possessed [SPOILER ALERT] Leland Palmer when he killed Laura Palmer, but is that who he possessed when he assaulted Ronette Pulaski, or was it someone else.

Also, did Ronette ever come out of her coma?

chrisk 01-18-2017 06:16 PM

Exactly what did Calvin perpetrate in "The Noodle Incident?" (Or if in some freak chance he wasn't responsible, who was?)

RivkahChaya 01-18-2017 06:17 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Superdude (Post 19930694)
What happened to Chuck Cunningham?

According to the producers, he received an 8-year basketball scholarship to the university of Upper Mongolia.

Quimby 01-18-2017 06:30 PM

I came here to say The Noodle Incident too.

Sangahyando 01-18-2017 06:42 PM

I'd like to know particulars about Conan Doyle / Holmes's Giant Rat of Sumatra.

Stephe96 01-18-2017 06:46 PM

What was thrown of the Tallahatchee Bridge?

E-DUB 01-18-2017 07:05 PM

Who put the bomp in the bomp bah bomp bah bomp?

Sefton 01-18-2017 07:08 PM

Who wrote the Book of Love? (And can I get a copy?)

What happened to Love Potions 1 through 8?

TroutMan 01-18-2017 07:31 PM

Did the Russian survive Paulie's apparent shot to the head in the Pine Barrens? Where did he go?

Ethilrist 01-18-2017 07:53 PM

What's 14 k of g in a f p d?

Bryan Ekers 01-18-2017 08:07 PM

So why is a raven like a writing-desk?

koeeoaddi 01-18-2017 08:40 PM

In Tana French's novel In the Woods
SPOILER:
wtf happened in the woods?!

Ukulele Ike 01-18-2017 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bryan Ekers (Post 19931074)
So why is a raven like a writing-desk?

They both have inky quills?

Poe composed poetry on both?

There are several other "solutions," but I've let my membership in the Alice Nerd Society lapse and don't remember them.

Meanwhile, I wish someone would tell me what "diddy wah diddy" means....

Bryan Ekers 01-18-2017 09:11 PM

So what's keeping Godot, anyway?

Count Blucher 01-18-2017 09:13 PM

Why did Gretchen need to make 'Fetch' happen so badly?

Dale Sams 01-18-2017 10:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sefton (Post 19930954)
Who wrote the Book of Love? (And can I get a copy?)

Why? It's long and boring and no one can lift the damn thing.

Peter Morris 01-18-2017 10:13 PM

Who put the bomp / In the bomp bah bomp bah bomp? / Who put the ram / In the rama lama ding dong?

Who are you? Who, who, who, who?

Why do fools fall in love?

Ethilrist 01-18-2017 10:25 PM

And what about Naomi?

Bayard 01-18-2017 11:58 PM

Who killed Adena Watson.

Superdude 01-19-2017 12:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stephe96 (Post 19930896)
What was thrown of the Tallahatchee Bridge?

According to the song's lyricist, she doesn't even know what happened.

Trinopus 01-19-2017 12:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sangahyando (Post 19930889)
I'd like to know particulars about Conan Doyle / Holmes's Giant Rat of Sumatra.

Beat me to it! That's what I was gonna suggest!

And (C. N. Parkinson notwithstanding) did Horatio Hornblower push Captain Sawyer down the ladder? (Well of course he did!)

Robot Arm 01-19-2017 01:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sefton (Post 19930954)
Who wrote the Book of Love? (And can I get a copy?)

What happened to Love Potions 1 through 8?

What is the Venus Butterfly?

davidm 01-19-2017 02:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RivkahChaya (Post 19930827)
Who assaulted Ronette Pulaski? Yes, I know it was Killer Bob, but who did he possess when he did it? He possessed [SPOILER ALERT] Leland Palmer when he killed Laura Palmer, but is that who he possessed when he assaulted Ronette Pulaski, or was it someone else.

Also, did Ronette ever come out of her coma?

How's Annie?

Meurglys 01-19-2017 05:54 AM

What did Aunt Ada Doom see in the woodshed?

JKellyMap 01-19-2017 06:01 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ethilrist (Post 19931333)
And what about Naomi?

Funny, I just answered that an hour ago!

Annie-Xmas 01-19-2017 08:21 AM

Who was the queen the jester sang for?

JKellyMap 01-19-2017 08:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Annie-Xmas (Post 19931872)
Who was the queen the jester sang for?

Joan Baez? She dated Dylan.

Annie-Xmas 01-19-2017 08:46 AM

What was Agent 99's real name? And Penny's family name?

CalMeacham 01-19-2017 08:47 AM

I want to know what happened in Sherlock Holmes' Adventure of the Lighthouse, the Politician, and the Trained Cormorant.



It's one of the many "unrelated" cases that Doyle has Watson refer to. This one is mentioned in the Adventure of the Veiled Lodger, but never explained or referred to again.


No doubt there have ben pastiches of it over the years (I'm not familiar with any). I've composed some in my head. I doubt if Doyle ever really had anything in mind, and if he ever did try to write it later he might botch it. (The Adventure of the Second Stain was originally one of those only-referred-to cases. When Doyle actually wrote one of that title, it was a good story on its own, but inconsistent with what he had originally written).


It's the interesting possibilities conjured up by that trio that make me curious. And what might come of it. I'm convinced that Frederick Forysyth conceived of parts of Day of the Jackal after ruminating on the untold Sherlock Holmes story of The Affair of the Aluminum Crutch.

kaylasdad99 01-19-2017 08:54 AM

Which fictional mystery would you like to be solved?
 
The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

Of course.

BrotherCadfael 01-19-2017 09:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chrisk (Post 19930832)
Exactly what did Calvin perpetrate in "The Noodle Incident?" (Or if in some freak chance he wasn't responsible, who was?)

Calvin was framed.

CalMeacham 01-19-2017 09:57 AM

Here's a list of pastiches of the Holmes mystery. It's by no means complete -- there are at least two radio play pastiches, too.

Quote:

Politician, The Lighthouse and the Trained Cormorant, The (VEIL)
"The Adventure of the Pius Missal" (Ralph A. Ashton)
"The Adventure of Bell Rock Light" (Rick Boyer)
"The Affair of the Politician, The Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant" (Howard Collins)
"The Politician, The Lighthouse, and the Trained Cormorant" (Craig Shaw Gardner)
"The Dundas Separation Case" (Paul D. Gilbert)
"Adventure of the Opera Ghost" (Steven Philip Jones & Aldin Baroza) 53
Death By Gaslight (Michael Kurland) 52
"Holmes In Scotland" (W.R. Duncan MacMillan)
The Headless Monk (Kel Richards)
"The Adventure of the Barnegat Burglaries" (H.W. Starr & Orville Horwitz)
"The Case of the Abandoned Lighthouse" (June Thomson)
"The Fairy Thieves" (Dana Martin Batory) 143; "As to ĎAn Exact Knowledge of Londoní" (Tony Broadbent) 35; "The Puzzle of the Vanishing Laboratory" (Peter Calamai) 25; Sherlock Holmes and the Alice In Wonderland Murders (Barry Day) 33; Sherlock Holmes and the Apocalypse Murders (Barry Day) 29-30; Sherlock Holmes and the Copycat Murders (Barry Day) 88; "The Adventure of the Forgetful Assassin" (M.J. Elliott) 99; Sherlock Holmes Vs. Dracula (Loren D. Estleman) 11; Prisoner of the Devil (Michael Hardwick) 114; All-Consuming Fire (Andy Lane) 14; "Codeine (7 Per Cent)" (Christopher Morley) 424-425
The Statesman, The Beacon Keeper and the Tame Cormorant: Druid's Blood (Esther M. Friesner) 217-243
http://www.schoolandholmes.com/untoldcases.html

Labtrash 01-19-2017 10:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bayard (Post 19931453)
Who killed Adena Watson.

I came here to ask this too

Dale Sams 01-19-2017 10:06 AM

"Wasn't John Saxon in this film?"-MST3K version of 'Mitchell'

Omega Glory 01-19-2017 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bayard (Post 19931453)
Who killed Adena Watson.

I'd like to know the answer to this one too.

Karen_X2 01-19-2017 11:20 AM

What WAS the frequency, Kenneth?

Don Draper 01-19-2017 12:24 PM

What happened between Picard and Guinan before TNG began?

Who is the Doctor?

Why do fools fall in love?

Where's the beef?

iiandyiiii 01-19-2017 12:40 PM

How do the 3 seashells work?

Casey1505 01-19-2017 12:47 PM

Is Annie okay?

RTFirefly 01-19-2017 12:48 PM

"Two riders were approaching, the wind began to howl."

Who were the two riders?

drad dog 01-19-2017 12:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JKellyMap (Post 19931877)
Joan Baez? She dated Dylan.

He sang for the king and queen. So who was the king then? I can't see the king and queen as Elvis and Joannie. Doesn't really work.

drad dog 01-19-2017 12:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CalMeacham (Post 19931942)
I want to know what happened in Sherlock Holmes' Adventure of the Lighthouse, the Politician, and the Trained Cormorant.



It's one of the many "unrelated" cases that Doyle has Watson refer to. This one is mentioned in the Adventure of the Veiled Lodger, but never explained or referred to again.


No doubt there have ben pastiches of it over the years (I'm not familiar with any). I've composed some in my head. I doubt if Doyle ever really had anything in mind, and if he ever did try to write it later he might botch it. (The Adventure of the Second Stain was originally one of those only-referred-to cases. When Doyle actually wrote one of that title, it was a good story on its own, but inconsistent with what he had originally written).


It's the interesting possibilities conjured up by that trio that make me curious. And what might come of it. I'm convinced that Frederick Forysyth conceived of parts of Day of the Jackal after ruminating on the untold Sherlock Holmes story of The Affair of the Aluminum Crutch.

I've been pondering the "Giant Rat of Sumatra" since I was 11 years old.

mbh 01-19-2017 01:29 PM

So, which was it? The lady, or the tiger?


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