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This drawing was sent to me by a friend a few years ago. He said it is a kind of Mystery Case File but what to find is up to me figure them out.

Is there something to find here?

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    $\begingroup$ ^vote with a note: Fun mystery about a mystery, requires popular-culture knowledge. But looking this up on the internet would be cheating. I did. It was. Won't answer. $\endgroup$ – humn Oct 28 '16 at 17:05
  • $\begingroup$ you should probably say what magazine it's from if you know it $\endgroup$ – MMAdams Oct 28 '16 at 17:31
  • $\begingroup$ The first few places I found this didn't attribute it. Didn't look further. $\endgroup$ – humn Oct 28 '16 at 17:35
  • $\begingroup$ @humm I will say most places this comes up actually tells people what they are looking for and I dont think knowing that detracts anything from the puzzle. $\endgroup$ – gtwebb Oct 28 '16 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ @gtwebb i think the more exciting portion of this puzzle is figuring out what the picture is about. the rest is just tedious $\endgroup$ – jstnthms Oct 28 '16 at 17:45
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A cursory glance suggests

There are some obvious Beatles lyrics drawn out. Octopus's garden in the center; a guitar gently weeping in the left center. I presume the walrus is saying "I am the walrus" to the handshake in the bottom area. I can't tell if the meter maid is named Rita, but she is lovely. Lol @ Norweigian Wood up top.

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  • $\begingroup$ There's something in the pond... $\endgroup$ – Kevin Rock Oct 28 '16 at 17:48
  • $\begingroup$ Great start! According to what I found there are a total of 38 (seems most likely), 50 or 100 references. $\endgroup$ – humn Oct 28 '16 at 17:49
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    $\begingroup$ the store is open "24/8" - eight days a week. $\endgroup$ – Dylan Cristy Oct 28 '16 at 18:05
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    $\begingroup$ The spiral slide in the top-right is a (spoiler) $\endgroup$ – 2012rcampion Oct 29 '16 at 0:56
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    $\begingroup$ bee holding a sign reading "for rent" or "to let" in British English (Let it Be) $\endgroup$ – PawnInGameOfLife Oct 29 '16 at 6:58
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The other answer is the right one for correctly identifying "what is it we're looking for in this picture", but I was having fun finding them too, so...

As mentioned already in the other answer (and comments), there are

Octopus's Garden, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, I Am The Walrus, Lovely Rita (meter maid), a Norwegian Wood, a Yellow Submarine, and Strawberry Fields Forever.

In addition, I can see

A store open Eight Days A Week, Here Comes The Sun, a Long and Winding Road, The Fool on the Hill, a Blackbird (singing), She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, the Taxman, Doctor Robert, a Glass Onion, Baby You're a Rich Man, two of the three workmen might be Fixing a Hole, while the other has to Carry That Weight, Penny Lane, "Here, There and Everywhere", She's Leaving Home, "Hello, Goodbye", Come Together, Twist and Shout, Ticket to Ride, and Maxwell's Silver Hammer.

So that's 27.

And I really want

the Russians on the carousel to be "Back in the USSR" somehow, but it doesn't quite seem to fit...

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    $\begingroup$ The guy in the pond seems to be calling for "Help!". The guy with the I'm not dead sign is "only sleeping", and the guy next to him appears to be "so tired". $\endgroup$ – Carmeister Oct 28 '16 at 22:22
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    $\begingroup$ Have you seen the little Piggies on the van? One of the characters also seems to be a Girl. Can't tell for sure, but is that a baby driving that car? Might also be Desmond taking a trolley (in the perambulator) to the jewelry store . . . $\endgroup$ – humn Oct 28 '16 at 22:29
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    $\begingroup$ (Girl is getting a Birthday present) $\endgroup$ – humn Oct 28 '16 at 22:36
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    $\begingroup$ Middle, one guy says goodbye while the other says hello. $\endgroup$ – user662852 Oct 29 '16 at 1:05

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