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Title: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: jpcher on April 24, 2013, 06:03:17 PM
Things that are out of place, things that appear or disappear, odd things that really make you wonder what on earth happened while you were gone.


Two examples:

1. Today, when I got home from work, I saw 4 first-aid kits on the kitchen counter. Our first aid kits are stored in a cabinet above the sink (I know, I really do need to consolidate, but they are somewhat organized for specific injuries.) My first thought was "Oh, no. DD#2 must have injured herself before she left for school" (She won't be home for at least another hour) After looking around for bloody spots/tissue and finding no clue, I thought "What on earth did she do to herself that she took down all 4 kits?" Hmmmmm . . .


2. Last week CW came to work in the morning and said "What the heck this? Where did this come from?" There was a sizable cigarette ash in the middle of her desk. Our facility is a no-smoking building. We figure that a security guard found her desk the perfect place to take an illegal smoke break, but still . . . very odd, and Hmmmmm . . .



What about you? Have you found odd things out of place in your home, at work, or elsewhere that made you go "Hmmmm?"





edited to add a word so the sentence made sense.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dazi on April 24, 2013, 06:12:27 PM
I once found a huge stock pot in my cabinet.  I had no idea where it came from, no one in my house knew where it came from.  One day it was just gone.  We joke that my cabinets must have portals to other kitchens or something since I've also had the same thing happen with a random plate, colander, butcher knife and assorted flatware...none of which matched anything I own and do not belong to any friends or family.

Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Kaymyth on April 24, 2013, 06:29:34 PM
I once found a huge stock pot in my cabinet.  I had no idea where it came from, no one in my house knew where it came from.  One day it was just gone.  We joke that my cabinets must have portals to other kitchens or something since I've also had the same thing happen with a random plate, colander, butcher knife and assorted flatware...none of which matched anything I own and do not belong to any friends or family.

Perhaps your cabinets are a popular vacation spot amongst the cookware population.   ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Thipu1 on April 25, 2013, 07:53:00 AM
My office keys and ID.

Some years ago, we went on vacation.  I swear I left my keys and ID on the dining room table when we left. 

When we returned home, they were nowhere to be found.  Although we turned the house upside down, they remain lost to this day.

BTW, I'd like it very much if a nice, new wok decided to vacation in our kitchen. 
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Coralreef on April 25, 2013, 08:11:44 AM
I once found a huge stock pot in my cabinet.  I had no idea where it came from, no one in my house knew where it came from.  One day it was just gone.  We joke that my cabinets must have portals to other kitchens or something since I've also had the same thing happen with a random plate, colander, butcher knife and assorted flatware...none of which matched anything I own and do not belong to any friends or family.

Wow!  You found the sacred bree*ding grounds of kitchen implements.  ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: MommyPenguin on April 25, 2013, 08:14:58 AM
I went to a mom's group at somebody's house once.  When I went to leave, I couldn't find my keys.  I'd driven there, so they had to be somewhere between the car and the house.  There were a whole bunch of keys on a long, bright-red lanyard, so you'd think it would be hard to miss.  I checked in the car, the path I'd walked to the house, the chair I'd been sitting at that I'd tucked my purse under, everywhere I could think of.  I ended up having to use a spare key to get home.  What mystified me is that I *never* found the keys.  Considering that I'd cleaned and vacuumed the car many times since, and that I continued to be acquainted with the woman who had hosted that meeting (so presumably if she found the keys in her yard or house she'd have brought them to me), it's just such a mystery that they never, ever showed up again.

I also lost my friend Giraffe, Esq.'s key when she so kindly trusted me with one on a visit to her city.  :(  I never found that one, either, even though I didn't bring all that much stuff to her house, so other than being in my clothes, my coat pocket, my purse, or my suitcase, there weren't that many places it could be!
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: 2littlemonkeys on April 25, 2013, 02:32:51 PM
A bird feather.

One afternoon, I was sitting at my work desk and printed something.  I went over to the printer (a few feet away) and when I came back, there was a bird feather sitting right on top of my keyboard.

I looked up and around to see if a bird had somehow found their way into the 50th floor office space of a highrise building but nada.

I have no idea where that thing came from.  It was a decent sized feather.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Kimberami on April 25, 2013, 02:44:41 PM
I once found a rattlesnake rattle on the floor in a doctor's office. 
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Virg on April 25, 2013, 03:04:37 PM
MommyPenguin wrote:

"What mystified me is that I *never* found the keys.  Considering that I'd cleaned and vacuumed the car many times since, and that I continued to be acquainted with the woman who had hosted that meeting (so presumably if she found the keys in her yard or house she'd have brought them to me), it's just such a mystery that they never, ever showed up again."

In this case I'd bet that they either got dropped outside and a passerby took them, or they got left inside in a place where they'd be discarded without anyone knowing.  I had a friend almost lose his keys because they fell into an empty pizza box and whoever put the boxes aside didn't notice when they cleaned up.  The owner of the apartment found the keys the next day when he took the garbage to the dumpster, happened to tip the pizza box on the way and noticed there was something inside.  If he hadn't tipped the box, the keys would have gone in the trash with no one the wiser and when my friend went to leave he'd have had the same problem you had.

Dazi wrote:

"I once found a huge stock pot in my cabinet.  I had no idea where it came from, no one in my house knew where it came from.  One day it was just gone.  We joke that my cabinets must have portals to other kitchens or something since I've also had the same thing happen with a random plate, colander, butcher knife and assorted flatware...none of which matched anything I own and do not belong to any friends or family."

I'd have to suspect a family member or someone with access to your house is playing a prank on you.

Virg
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: reflection5 on April 25, 2013, 03:15:01 PM
Can’t resist – although this is fictional, I think the ultimate example is in Fatal Attraction Michael Douglas’ wife coming home and finding a pot boiling on her kitchen stove.  She frowns, thinks ??? “what the ?”, and most of us know how that turned out.  :-\

Long time ago I arrived at work and found a pair of male briefs on the floor near my desk.  (Janitor?)  I grabbed a plastic bag and very gingerly disposed of them. 
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: snowflake on April 25, 2013, 03:18:29 PM
Yes, this happens often.  I find a book or CD and say to my husband: "Hey!  When did you buy this?  I've been dying to read this!"   And then he looks at me blankly and tells me that I bought it 5 years ago and he saw me read it.  Then I read the first chapter (or listen to a few tracks) and discover that yes, I really did buy it and forgot.

Sigh.

I know Alzheimer's runs in my family, but I was sort of hoping that it would happen when I was 80.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: mumma to KMC on April 25, 2013, 03:24:40 PM
We live in the country and have an outdoor cat. One day, he showed up at meal time with a new collar. Since I knew my dh didn't buy it and I didn't buy it, we have no idea where it came from. A week later, the collar was gone.

Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Twik on April 25, 2013, 03:30:24 PM
We live in the country and have an outdoor cat. One day, he showed up at meal time with a new collar. Since I knew my dh didn't buy it and I didn't buy it, we have no idea where it came from. A week later, the collar was gone.

Oh, dear. I bet someone put it on him, thinking, "There, Snowball's got a collar". Then, next week, realized, "Whoops, that's not Snowball...."
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: mumma to KMC on April 25, 2013, 04:31:46 PM
We live in the country and have an outdoor cat. One day, he showed up at meal time with a new collar. Since I knew my dh didn't buy it and I didn't buy it, we have no idea where it came from. A week later, the collar was gone.

Oh, dear. I bet someone put it on him, thinking, "There, Snowball's got a collar". Then, next week, realized, "Whoops, that's not Snowball...."

That's what I'm thinking as well.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: cicero on April 26, 2013, 06:03:01 AM
Things that are out of place, things that appear or disappear, odd things that really make you wonder what on earth happened while you were gone.


Two examples:

1. Today, when I got home from work, I saw 4 first-aid kits on the kitchen counter. Our first aid kits are stored in a cabinet above the sink (I know, I really do need to consolidate, but they are somewhat organized for specific injuries.) My first thought was "Oh, no. DD#2 must have injured herself before she left for school" (She won't be home for at least another hour) After looking around for bloody spots/tissue and finding no clue, I thought "What on earth did she do to herself that she took down all 4 kits?" Hmmmmm . . .


2. Last week CW came to work in the morning and said "What the heck this? Where did this come from?" There was a sizable cigarette ash in the middle of her desk. Our facility is a no-smoking building. We figure that a security guard found her desk the perfect place to take an illegal smoke break, but still . . . very odd, and Hmmmmm . . .



What about you? Have you found odd things out of place in your home, at work, or elsewhere that made you go "Hmmmm?"





edited to add a word so the sentence made sense.
wait - so why DID she take out four first aid kits? (curious minds etc)
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dazi on April 26, 2013, 06:21:43 AM
Dazi wrote:

"I once found a huge stock pot in my cabinet.  I had no idea where it came from, no one in my house knew where it came from.  One day it was just gone.  We joke that my cabinets must have portals to other kitchens or something since I've also had the same thing happen with a random plate, colander, butcher knife and assorted flatware...none of which matched anything I own and do not belong to any friends or family."

I'd have to suspect a family member or someone with access to your house is playing a prank on you.

Virg

I'd agree with you except that my DH is the only other person that has a key to our home and he is way too cheap to spend over $100.00 for a Cuisinart 10-12 qt stock pot as a joke...now if it was some $10.00 Walmart one maybe. It has reappeared and disappeared many times over the years.  None of my friends or family own a similar pot. Same thing with the butcher knife and colander...both really expensive pieces.  The random small stuff I was willing to chalk up to stuff he may have accidentally brought home from work from the communal extra dishes.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: ladyknight1 on April 26, 2013, 09:18:36 AM
I love to write with fountain pens and have several beautiful ones. I found a clear plastic Lamy pen about three years ago and I used it for a short time. It disappeared. We have moved since then, and my son found it in the garage sitting on top of the table, where I pass every day. I put a fresh ink cartridge in it, and have it in my purse.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: jpcher on April 26, 2013, 03:45:29 PM
Things that are out of place, things that appear or disappear, odd things that really make you wonder what on earth happened while you were gone.


Two examples:

1. Today, when I got home from work, I saw 4 first-aid kits on the kitchen counter. Our first aid kits are stored in a cabinet above the sink (I know, I really do need to consolidate, but they are somewhat organized for specific injuries.) My first thought was "Oh, no. DD#2 must have injured herself before she left for school" (She won't be home for at least another hour) After looking around for bloody spots/tissue and finding no clue, I thought "What on earth did she do to herself that she took down all 4 kits?" Hmmmmm . . .


2. Last week CW came to work in the morning and said "What the heck this? Where did this come from?" There was a sizable cigarette ash in the middle of her desk. Our facility is a no-smoking building. We figure that a security guard found her desk the perfect place to take an illegal smoke break, but still . . . very odd, and Hmmmmm . . .



What about you? Have you found odd things out of place in your home, at work, or elsewhere that made you go "Hmmmm?"





edited to add a word so the sentence made sense.
wait - so why DID she take out four first aid kits? (curious minds etc)

She was looking for an ACE bandage, which was in the bottom box (with splints/slings, etc.) that we never use. She twisted her ankle the night before and thought it would help her since she'd be on her feet all day long.


She's fine, nothing major. Thanks for asking. ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: rose red on April 26, 2013, 05:31:01 PM
I think I told this story before.  Anyway, a relative kept having her paychecks bounce.  She was about to go to small claims court, but could not find the checks.  Years later, they appeared on top of a high window air conditioner.  There is no reason why they would be up there.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: SamiHami on April 26, 2013, 05:56:13 PM
I think I have told this one before, but we came home from work one day to find an egg on the kitchen floor. Yes, a perfect chicken egg. No cracks on the shell or anything. Which is even weirder because I don't keep eggs in the house; we use liquid eggs in a carton.

We have a large, open kitchen so DH and I both got on our hands and knees and looked under the baker's rack and microwave stand. We scratched our heads over that but ultimately put it in the trash.

A little later that same evening I walked out in the kitchen and found...another egg. On the floor. In the middle of the room. I checked the trash can and the original egg was still in there, so it was definintely a second egg. To this day we cannot come up with a reasonable explaination for their appearance.

We still joke that we have the world's only egg-laying cat (male, at that).
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: sevenday on April 26, 2013, 09:01:14 PM
Is your cat indoor-outdoor? My parents had a cat deposit a bird egg on their kitchen floor once...
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: nutraxfornerves on April 26, 2013, 09:25:00 PM
I came home one day to find a sack on my front porch, containing a couple dozen cans of cat food. It was a miscellaneous collection--big & small cans of all sorts of brands and flavors. I do have cats, but they only get dry food. Quizzing of friends and neighbors brought no answers.

My local animal shelter has a pet food bank.  The idea is that it is better to help people in financial difficulty to feed pets than to have to deal with the pets being surrendered to the shelter. Better for both pets & owners. The pet food bank got all the cans.

I never found out where the cat food came from.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: SamiHami on April 27, 2013, 01:06:30 PM
Is your cat indoor-outdoor? My parents had a cat deposit a bird egg on their kitchen floor once...

He is 100% indoor. And even if he were allowed out...how would be he get 2 chicken eggs in (up the brick steps to the house), over the threshold, through the living room to the kitchen without even cracking one of them? I don't know if we'll ever figure that one out.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: SamiHami on April 27, 2013, 01:07:41 PM
I came home one day to find a sack on my front porch, containing a couple dozen cans of cat food. It was a miscellaneous collection--big & small cans of all sorts of brands and flavors. I do have cats, but they only get dry food. Quizzing of friends and neighbors brought no answers.

My local animal shelter has a pet food bank.  The idea is that it is better to help people in financial difficulty to feed pets than to have to deal with the pets being surrendered to the shelter. Better for both pets & owners. The pet food bank got all the cans.

I never found out where the cat food came from.

Maybe a neighbor had a cat that passed away and figured they would give you the food they had left? But...then again, why wouldn't they have said something about it. Very strange indeed.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: reflection5 on April 27, 2013, 04:46:17 PM
Quote
Maybe a neighbor had a cat that passed away and figured they would give you the food they had left? But...then again, why wouldn't they have said something about it. Very strange indeed.

That's what I was thinking - either their cat passed away or the cat of someone they know.  Still odd not to say something or leave a short note.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Thipu1 on April 29, 2013, 09:28:56 AM
We had a head-scratcher a few years ago.  There was an envelope in our mailbox from someone else in our building.  It contained a group photograph from a party we had attended about ten years before. 

We didn't know the people who sent it.  We do know they weren't at the party because we knew everyone there. 

It was a nice photograph and we were happy to have it but it's still a mystery. 

Along the same line, we're still getting mail with our correct address down to the apt. no.  The problem is the people to whom these are addressed have never lived here. We know this because we moved in on the day the building was approved for occupancy.   

We've been keeping track and, if this mail is to be believed, there are now 15 people living with us in our two bedroom flat. 
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: QueenofAllThings on April 29, 2013, 09:53:30 AM
Found a large bright yellow shovel (price tag still on it) in our garage. No clue where it came from, and not the sort we'd use or buy. It's HUGE and ergonomic, and looks too big to even handle.

Puzzled over that one for a few weeks. Turns out my FIL left it for us because it was too big for him.

We also periodically find empty beer bottles and beer caps hidden in weird parts of the house, but there really isn't much mystery to that - generally it happens a week or two after DS1 or DS2 has been home  ;).  .  They are both of legal age, so the only question is why they find it easier to creatively stash them somewhere than to just toss them in the recycling.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: SamiHami on April 29, 2013, 11:00:31 AM
We had a head-scratcher a few years ago.  There was an envelope in our mailbox from someone else in our building.  It contained a group photograph from a party we had attended about ten years before. 

We didn't know the people who sent it.  We do know they weren't at the party because we knew everyone there. 

It was a nice photograph and we were happy to have it but it's still a mystery. 

Along the same line, we're still getting mail with our correct address down to the apt. no.  The problem is the people to whom these are addressed have never lived here. We know this because we moved in on the day the building was approved for occupancy.   

We've been keeping track and, if this mail is to be believed, there are now 15 people living with us in our two bedroom flat.

Well, that sounds cozy!
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Thipu1 on April 29, 2013, 11:12:58 AM
Perhaps a bit too cozy. 

We've talked to the post office about this.  We've put up large stickers on the  inside floor and sides of our mailbox that ONLY mail for (our first names and last names) belong in this box. Still, they come. 

We're just afraid that the Housing Authority might get wind of this and decide to pay us a visit.  If we could contact these people we would, but the only address we have for them is our address.  We've even invested in a rubber stamp that says 'NOT AT THIS ADDRESS'.  So far, nothing has worked. 
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: TOLady on April 29, 2013, 01:16:48 PM
This just happened over the weekend.

We have our transit passes mailed to our house on a monthly basis and they usually arrive around the 20th.  I recognize the envelop and always keep an eye out for it and when it arrives, take out mine and put in my wallet and give my husband his. This month, we didn't get them. I was getting a bit miffed since I would have to go to the headquarters and it's a real pain.

I was cleaning my bookcase and opened a box I keep there for the old transit passes and there on top of the pile was the May 2013 passes. I know I didn't put them there and husband didn't put them there. So how did they get there?  :o
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: siamesecat2965 on April 29, 2013, 01:38:53 PM
My college ring. I think my jr. year, We flew from NJ/Md (me) to OR to spend Christmas with my dadís family. I had only had my ring a short time, and was quite proud of it, gold with black onyx. We were staying at my grandmotherís house, and she had no dishwasher, so that was me. We also had my various cousins etc. wandering in and out. I was wearing that ring, plus 2-3 others.

I took them all off, put them on the kitchen table, and went to do the dishes. When I finished, I think maybe I left the room, donít really remember, but I came back, and all my rings except that one were there. We looked high and low, emptied the trash, moved the stove and fridge out, and looked everywhere. It was nowhere to be found. Yet the others were undisturbed. This was 25+ years ago. After my grandmother passed away, dad went out to help his siblings clean out the house, and prior to that, I had a dream that my ring was in a sugarbowl, so I asked him to look there. nothing. I hate to say it, but the only logical explanation is perhaps one of my cousinís took it. It was only off my hand manybe 20 minutes, including the time it took to do the dishes, so it couldn't have gone far. Had it fallen on the floor, it was heavy enough i would have heard it ping!

The other is my roasting pan. I have had a great cast aluminum roasting pan, double sided, my mom got at a garage sale. I went to use it last Thanksgiving and it was nowhwere to be found. Now its huge; top and bottom, so you can cover it, or use it as two. I tore apart my kitchen but it was nowhere to be found. I either gave it away (which I think I would have remembered) or I left it when I moved here EIGHT years ago. And just missed it, but I could swear Iíve used it since I moved to this apt.  Itís a mystery.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: ITSJUSTME on April 29, 2013, 02:27:51 PM
I had a combination lock on my locker in High School.  Today (5284296) years later I still remember the combo.

Funny "hmmmmm" part - I once came across a lock and unlocked it using my HS combo.  This was NOT my HS locker lock, that was still in a drawer with a slip of paper with the combo written on it just in case I forgot.  I pulled it out just to be sure.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: artk2002 on April 29, 2013, 03:19:57 PM
Perhaps a bit too cozy. 

We've talked to the post office about this.  We've put up large stickers on the  inside floor and sides of our mailbox that ONLY mail for (our first names and last names) belong in this box. Still, they come. 

We're just afraid that the Housing Authority might get wind of this and decide to pay us a visit.  If we could contact these people we would, but the only address we have for them is our address.  We've even invested in a rubber stamp that says 'NOT AT THIS ADDRESS'.  So far, nothing has worked.

I'd be very nervous that someone is perpetrating a fraud somewhere, using your address.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Thipu1 on April 29, 2013, 06:05:24 PM
We have considered this but, with one exception, the mail has been benign. 

Mostly, it's been catalogs for baby things and toys.  We did receive a holiday card.  The only thing that seemed in the least troubling was something that may have been a mailing from a credit card company. 

We keep a close eye on our accounts and everything is just fine but thanks for the alert. 

Now,it's time to go and make dinner for 17 people.  ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Minmom3 on April 29, 2013, 10:13:31 PM
We had a head-scratcher a few years ago.  There was an envelope in our mailbox from someone else in our building.  It contained a group photograph from a party we had attended about ten years before. 

We didn't know the people who sent it.  We do know they weren't at the party because we knew everyone there. 

It was a nice photograph and we were happy to have it but it's still a mystery. 

Along the same line, we're still getting mail with our correct address down to the apt. no.  The problem is the people to whom these are addressed have never lived here. We know this because we moved in on the day the building was approved for occupancy.   

We've been keeping track and, if this mail is to be believed, there are now 15 people living with us in our two bedroom flat.

What a PITA...  What I did when I had easy access to a few sheets of mailing labels was to print up a label that said:  MOVED, left no forwarding address.  Printed up 2 or 3 sheets worth.  That way, when ever we got mail for Not Us, I'd slap a sticker on it over the address, but not blocking the name.  It made dealing with the mail much easier, and did very slowly reduce the incidence of Other People's mail we got.  Mostly I did it so I didn't have to write on envelopes, multiple envelopes, every darned DAY.!   >:(
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: zyrs on May 01, 2013, 12:21:09 AM
We have considered this but, with one exception, the mail has been benign. 

Mostly, it's been catalogs for baby things and toys.  We did receive a holiday card.  The only thing that seemed in the least troubling was something that may have been a mailing from a credit card company. 

We keep a close eye on our accounts and everything is just fine but thanks for the alert. 

Now,it's time to go and make dinner for 17 people.  ;D

It is possible that there is a very similar address with maybe a directional difference?  1121 E. 121st St. rather than 1121 W. 121st St. ?  Or a 1121 E. 121st Lane or Place or Avenue?*

If so, it's possible the people addressing the mail may be making the mistake and the people at the other address are wondering whatever happened to that card or catalog.  Otherwise I might try looking my address up on the web to see who else might be listed as living there.

Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Thipu1 on May 01, 2013, 08:28:46 AM
The odd thing is that our building has an unusual way of numbering apartments.  Other buildings use a number followed by a letter like apt. 12C. Because our building has an odd layout, the numbering system is unique.

  The apartments are given a letter a number and another letter. Although this isn't an actual apartment number, think of 'Q5Z' as an example. 

That would be hard to mistake.     
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: jpcher on July 06, 2013, 12:57:02 PM
Today I found a spoon in the freezer.

I asked DD#1. She said "Maybe somebody wanted something cold? I dunno."

I asked DD#2. She said "What's a spoon doing in the freezer?"



Just odd . . . hmmmm.


Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Yarnspinner on July 06, 2013, 01:14:01 PM
Many moons ago, my little library circle went on a girls getaway vacation to a little Pennsylvania resort.  One member of the group had a birthday that weekend and we were toasting her day when, inexplicably, the waitstaff appeared with a small birthday cake and they sang the traditional anthem.

The mystery?  *I* didn't order a birthday cake for Friend.  Neither of the others ordered the cake and Friend doesn't really LIKE cake so she didn't order it for herself.  Her husband knows she is not a cake fancier, her sisters did not know where she was going and since it was a different one of us who made reservations, the staff would not know her birthday was coming up.

To this day we have no idea where that cake came from.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: happygrrl on July 06, 2013, 01:41:17 PM
I am the Head Buyer of Sox, Drawers and Other stuff around here, and I do the laundry for the past 19 years or so, so I know what we have/need/should buy....

I was taking DH's laundry out of the dryer one day last month, and this weird, blue dress sock showed up. It's obviously a man's but we have no idea where it came from. The very same thing happen the next week, only the sock was a pale mint green. DH has a sense of humor, but he swears they aren't his (and I know that I've never bought pairs like that....)

Now if only yhe dryer could produce a new car......... lol
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Virg on July 12, 2013, 11:58:51 AM
Yarnspinner wrote:

"One member of the group had a birthday that weekend and we were toasting her day when, inexplicably, the waitstaff appeared with a small birthday cake and they sang the traditional anthem."

My bet is that one of the staff overheard you talking about her birthday, and responded with a cake and song.  Most restaurants are prepared to address a birthday at short notice so it's not at all odd that they had a little cake at hand.

Virg
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: siamesecat2965 on July 12, 2013, 12:23:03 PM
I had one the other night. I am blind as a bat, and only take my glasses off to shower and sleep. I will even wear them in teh pool or ocean, as long as I'm not putting my head under.

 Due to the actions of a long-ago cat, who liked to swipe things, including my glasses, off the nightstand, I now put them in a hard case, and the case on my nightstand. I never fall asleep with them on, as Iím afraid Iím going to damage them, and they were quite pricy.  Once in a blue moon, however, since I have no cat, I will just put them on my nightstand, but rarely.  Sometimes I put the  case on the bed, or on the vanity on the other side of my bed, but I always can find it. The other night, it wasnít on my nightstand, but I distinctly recall picking up the case from where it was, so I would think I put my glasses in the case.

Woke up in the middle of the night, rolled over, and felt something hard underneath me. Which turned out to be my glasses! I have no idea how they got there, since if I hadnít felt like finding the case, I would have just put them there, but I remember finding the case. And there is no reason they should have been IN my bed at all. Very bizarre.


Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dawse on July 12, 2013, 12:49:45 PM
We have considered this but, with one exception, the mail has been benign. 

Mostly, it's been catalogs for baby things and toys.  We did receive a holiday card.  The only thing that seemed in the least troubling was something that may have been a mailing from a credit card company. 



I used to work for a catalogue company - it's just possible that someone in their mailing department is being lazy. The way our address system used to work, we put in the post code and house name or number and it would search for the address. If it didn't find anything, it would come up with some suggestions in case you had entered something incorrectly or you could do an override and enter the address manually - but as this takes, you know, time, I'd bet at least a few people just pick an address from the suggested list and go 'that'll do', hence you ending up with a mailing not for you. I agree, though, that many is WEIRD.

Also from working at the catalogue company, if you send an unopened catalogue back with something like 'Return to sender, unknown at this address' they should take your address off their mailing list. Might take a while though :-\
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: rose red on July 12, 2013, 12:57:33 PM
Yarnspinner wrote:

"One member of the group had a birthday that weekend and we were toasting her day when, inexplicably, the waitstaff appeared with a small birthday cake and they sang the traditional anthem."

My bet is that one of the staff overheard you talking about her birthday, and responded with a cake and song.  Most restaurants are prepared to address a birthday at short notice so it's not at all odd that they had a little cake at hand.

Virg

I don't know about that since many people don't like being the center of attention.  Very risky for a restaurant to surprise a customer like that not knowing how people will react.  My thought was they made a mistake on which table ordered the cake and now they are going to have to scramble up something for the correct table.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dawse on July 12, 2013, 01:09:11 PM
Many moons ago, my little library circle went on a girls getaway vacation to a little Pennsylvania resort.  One member of the group had a birthday that weekend and we were toasting her day when, inexplicably, the waitstaff appeared with a small birthday cake and they sang the traditional anthem.

The mystery?  *I* didn't order a birthday cake for Friend.  Neither of the others ordered the cake and Friend doesn't really LIKE cake so she didn't order it for herself.  Her husband knows she is not a cake fancier, her sisters did not know where she was going and since it was a different one of us who made reservations, the staff would not know her birthday was coming up.

To this day we have no idea where that cake came from.

Similarly -

We used to go on holiday to caravan parks when I was young. One year, my mum picked one that had a pretty good kid's programme with a mascot called something like Barney Bear. My birthday tends to fall in the holidays, and so it was this year. On my birthday, a lady from the kid's programme comes over to the caravan, with a birthday card for me and a plushie Barney Bear. To this day, my mum swears she didn't tell anyone at the park it was my birthday, my dad says it wasn't him, afaik it wasn't my grandparents... it remains a total mystery how anyone knew it was my birthday that day. Just weird. I think I still have the bear somewhere though ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Jocelyn on July 13, 2013, 11:21:11 AM
We live in the country and have an outdoor cat. One day, he showed up at meal time with a new collar. Since I knew my dh didn't buy it and I didn't buy it, we have no idea where it came from. A week later, the collar was gone.

Oh, dear. I bet someone put it on him, thinking, "There, Snowball's got a collar". Then, next week, realized, "Whoops, that's not Snowball...."
I've done that with strays, put a collar on them with my phone number on it. I figure that if they're working two households, the other household will call and say, 'Why is a collar with this number on it, on OUR cat?' I had a friend do this, and it turned out that the cat belonged to the previous occupant of her new apartment; the cat would escape from his new home and head back. She'd just call the owner and tell him his cat was back, and he'd come get it. Eventually the cat settled in and accepted his new home.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: White Dragon on July 13, 2013, 12:20:16 PM
Today I found a spoon in the freezer.

I asked DD#1. She said "Maybe somebody wanted something cold? I dunno."

I asked DD#2. She said "What's a spoon doing in the freezer?"



Just odd . . . hmmmm.

I can totally see this...

"Hmmm... I'm in the mood for ice cream" grab spoon, head to freezer to ponder options

"Aha! That one!" reach in to dig out container, realize spoon is in the way. Put spoon down, grab container, re-arrange freezer...forget spoon.

Bonus point for spending the next two minutes looking around the kitchen going "Where's that spoon? I could swear it was just here!"
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: CrazyDaffodilLady on July 13, 2013, 02:05:26 PM
This one had a resolution, but it definitely made me go "hmmmm".

While vacuuming, I found $300 under a sofa cushion. (I live alone.)  It couldn't have been there more than a couple of weeks.  Finding the money was so odd that I mentioned it to my very weird brother, who said he put it there.  No explanation.

Brother does so many weird things that I don't bother to ask for sane explanations any more.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dr. F. on July 13, 2013, 04:47:07 PM
My car registration appeared, I mean APPEARED, on top of my list of things to pack for a recent trip. I had already paid the fee to get a replacement, after SCOURING this house for MONTHS.

How did it appear, and on TOP of what I was working with?
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: White Dragon on July 13, 2013, 05:02:06 PM
Driving home a coupe of weeks ago, I passed a group of teens who seemed to be on their way to the Canada Day fireworks.

What made me go 'hmmmm'- or more accurately  :o :o :o was that each of them was wearing....

,....an ice-cream pail on their head.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Thipu1 on July 17, 2013, 05:50:21 PM
In any neighborhood it isn't unusual to see people in business attire talking on the phone. 

A few years ago I was on my way to work and saw a man in full power suit kit striding toward the subway and talking into what was obviously a banana. 

University psyche assignments and art student projects aren't unusual here but a banana?   ???
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: ladyknight1 on July 17, 2013, 05:51:59 PM
Love it! My son loved to talk to bananas when he was a toddler.  ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: IMissItaly on July 17, 2013, 07:30:16 PM
I came home one day to find that someone had reinforced the gate in my backyard fence. It was a poorly constructed gate, with no cross braces. Now, all of a sudden they were there! I asked the last person who had mowed my yard for me and he said he hadn't done it - I believed him because I know he didn't have access to the tools required for the job.

I have no friends who would have done it. I'd never even complained about the shoddy gate.

This happened over a year ago and I still have no clue. But I am thankful to whomever did it!  :D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: cwm on July 24, 2013, 11:23:26 AM
Okay, so at work I have access to a shared inbox. We get referrals from various companies. This one was kind of weird.

One of our client companies, I'll call them Public Employees Association, is located in a Certain State. We get referrals from them all the time, not a big deal. They come in a certain way and it's fairly standard.

Today we got one in from CertainState Public Employees Association, which is actually a completely different organization. The person submitting the referral was referring herself, and this company has NEVER done business with our company, so one would think she would know the proper place to send referrals, and it would not be to us. We don't have a contract with this company, and the person in charge of assigning all these leads out has never heard of them. Neither has the person whose job it is to keep track of all of our associated client companies. We haven't even had any dealings with this company.

It takes deliberate forethought to submit a referral to our company. You have to know exactly where on the web to go and how to do it. It's not like it could have been an accident, either. Our company has a fairly unique name, there's really no mistaking it for something else.

Just...weird.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Elisabunny on July 24, 2013, 02:15:23 PM
Many moons ago, my little library circle went on a girls getaway vacation to a little Pennsylvania resort.  One member of the group had a birthday that weekend and we were toasting her day when, inexplicably, the waitstaff appeared with a small birthday cake and they sang the traditional anthem.

The mystery?  *I* didn't order a birthday cake for Friend.  Neither of the others ordered the cake and Friend doesn't really LIKE cake so she didn't order it for herself.  Her husband knows she is not a cake fancier, her sisters did not know where she was going and since it was a different one of us who made reservations, the staff would not know her birthday was coming up.

To this day we have no idea where that cake came from.

Similarly -

We used to go on holiday to caravan parks when I was young. One year, my mum picked one that had a pretty good kid's programme with a mascot called something like Barney Bear. My birthday tends to fall in the holidays, and so it was this year. On my birthday, a lady from the kid's programme comes over to the caravan, with a birthday card for me and a plushie Barney Bear. To this day, my mum swears she didn't tell anyone at the park it was my birthday, my dad says it wasn't him, afaik it wasn't my grandparents... it remains a total mystery how anyone knew it was my birthday that day. Just weird. I think I still have the bear somewhere though ;D

Did your parents have to register you for the programme?  Maybe they had to put down your birthdate.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Clarissa on July 24, 2013, 04:07:40 PM
I was in the local carnival years ago. I have no pictures of this and nor has my mum. About 3 months ago, I received a envelope through the post. It was handwritten with a local postmark. It contained 4 pictures of me in the carnival with no note. I posted on Facebook, and asked my relatives. No idea who sent it. Strange.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Shoo on July 24, 2013, 04:20:03 PM
I was in the local carnival years ago. I have no pictures of this and nor has my mum. About 3 months ago, I received a envelope through the post. It was handwritten with a local postmark. It contained 4 pictures of me in the carnival with no note. I posted on Facebook, and asked my relatives. No idea who sent it. Strange.

In the carnival, as in performing in it?  Or *at* the carnival, as in attending it?  The first one, I can see someone taking pictures and then forgetting, then sending them to you later.  The second one would just be creepy.  Kinda weird they were sent anonymously.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: EMuir on July 24, 2013, 04:27:05 PM
I have a microwave and a K-Cup machine in my cubicle. 

One morning I came to work and found an unopened package of hot chocolate in the microwave, and a disposable coffee cup on my desk, empty, but with dried remnants of black coffee in the bottom.

I never drink black coffee, and the hot chocolate thing just baffled me.

I emailed the head caretaker for the building and asked them to ask the janitors to supervise their children more closely.  They got back to me and said their janitors aren't allowed to bring children with them when working, and the current janitor said she hadn't.

Still, two weeks later I saw them training a new janitor for our floor.

I guess the mystery was solved, but it was frustrating for a while there.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dawse on July 24, 2013, 05:55:53 PM
Many moons ago, my little library circle went on a girls getaway vacation to a little Pennsylvania resort.  One member of the group had a birthday that weekend and we were toasting her day when, inexplicably, the waitstaff appeared with a small birthday cake and they sang the traditional anthem.

The mystery?  *I* didn't order a birthday cake for Friend.  Neither of the others ordered the cake and Friend doesn't really LIKE cake so she didn't order it for herself.  Her husband knows she is not a cake fancier, her sisters did not know where she was going and since it was a different one of us who made reservations, the staff would not know her birthday was coming up.

To this day we have no idea where that cake came from.

Similarly -

We used to go on holiday to caravan parks when I was young. One year, my mum picked one that had a pretty good kid's programme with a mascot called something like Barney Bear. My birthday tends to fall in the holidays, and so it was this year. On my birthday, a lady from the kid's programme comes over to the caravan, with a birthday card for me and a plushie Barney Bear. To this day, my mum swears she didn't tell anyone at the park it was my birthday, my dad says it wasn't him, afaik it wasn't my grandparents... it remains a total mystery how anyone knew it was my birthday that day. Just weird. I think I still have the bear somewhere though ;D

Did your parents have to register you for the programme?  Maybe they had to put down your birthdate.

Possibly, although as far as I can recall it wasn't really the kind of programme you registered for and signed up for activities way in advance, I think you just had a look at the schedule for when you were there and picked the ones you wanted to do. (I really could be wrong though, I was about nine.)

That wouldn't explain how baffled my mum was though. She's normally pretty good at remembering that sort of stuff and swears blind she doesn't know how they knew it was my birthday.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Clarissa on July 29, 2013, 04:49:47 PM
I was in the local carnival years ago. I have no pictures of this and nor has my mum. About 3 months ago, I received a envelope through the post. It was handwritten with a local postmark. It contained 4 pictures of me in the carnival with no note. I posted on Facebook, and asked my relatives. No idea who sent it. Strange.

In the carnival, as in performing in it?  Or *at* the carnival, as in attending it?  The first one, I can see someone taking pictures and then forgetting, then sending them to you later.  The second one would just be creepy.  Kinda weird they were sent anonymously.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Clarissa on July 29, 2013, 04:52:14 PM
Sorry Shoo. I tried to quote and reply but it went wrong. I was in the carnival, on the main float. But I still don't know who sent me the pictures!
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: jpcher on August 25, 2013, 03:48:23 PM
I haven't talked to DD#2 yet, she's at work, but this really made me go "hmmmm"  ??? ??? ???


I parked my car in the driveway Friday after work. DD#2 came home shortly after and we did some chores, cooked dinner, watched TV then both went to bed after 10:00.

Saturday we went grocery shopping (used DD#2's car.) I did some yard work in the front and my car was clearly in the driveway. DD#2 mowed the lawn, did some laundry, then BFbob came over, visited for a while and when he left DD#2 went to visit some friends. I watched them both leave, DD#2 in her car and BFbob in his car.

DD#2 came home with a few friends. We cooked dinner and a good time was had by all. Friends left by 9:00 since DD#2 had work this morning. DD#2 went to bed and I stayed up for a couple hours watching TV.

I mention the above because I honestly cannot think of a time when DD#2 left the house without my knowledge.


This morning, Sunday, I had a breakfast date. I was running short on time, also knowing that I needed to stop for gas, and I could not find my keys. Anywhere. Frantic search, retracing my steps, checking pockets, etc. Nope. No keys.

I grabbed my extra set of car keys, called my friend to apologize/explain why I might be a few minutes late, ran to my car thinking I'd stop at the gas station for just a couple of gallons in order to get me there and I'd fill up later.

I start my car.

My gas tank is full.



Hmmmmm . . . I'm wondering why on Earth would DD#2 take my car when she has a perfectly good car of her own . . . Why would she fill the gas tank . . . and, especially, where are my keys?
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Dazi on August 26, 2013, 06:03:43 AM
I haven't talked to DD#2 yet, she's at work, but this really made me go "hmmmm"  ??? ??? ???


I parked my car in the driveway Friday after work. DD#2 came home shortly after and we did some chores, cooked dinner, watched TV then both went to bed after 10:00.

Saturday we went grocery shopping (used DD#2's car.) I did some yard work in the front and my car was clearly in the driveway. DD#2 mowed the lawn, did some laundry, then BFbob came over, visited for a while and when he left DD#2 went to visit some friends. I watched them both leave, DD#2 in her car and BFbob in his car.

DD#2 came home with a few friends. We cooked dinner and a good time was had by all. Friends left by 9:00 since DD#2 had work this morning. DD#2 went to bed and I stayed up for a couple hours watching TV.

I mention the above because I honestly cannot think of a time when DD#2 left the house without my knowledge.


This morning, Sunday, I had a breakfast date. I was running short on time, also knowing that I needed to stop for gas, and I could not find my keys. Anywhere. Frantic search, retracing my steps, checking pockets, etc. Nope. No keys.

I grabbed my extra set of car keys, called my friend to apologize/explain why I might be a few minutes late, ran to my car thinking I'd stop at the gas station for just a couple of gallons in order to get me there and I'd fill up later.

I start my car.

My gas tank is full.



Hmmmmm . . . I'm wondering why on Earth would DD#2 take my car when she has a perfectly good car of her own . . . Why would she fill the gas tank . . . and, especially, where are my keys?

Do not question the ways of the gas fairies.   ;)

I know that I have personally had a similar thing happen, only later to realise I was the one who actually filled up my tank.  I must have been in autopilot and just did it.  Sometimes we just forget the mundane things that we do everyday.  It happens to just about everyone from time to time. 

Option 2 is DD went out after you went to bed and filled up the tank then.  I wouldn't be too upset if she did, but I can't imagine why she would take your car unless you were blocking her in.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Ms Aspasia on August 26, 2013, 07:04:03 AM
I once found a huge stock pot in my cabinet.  I had no idea where it came from, no one in my house knew where it came from.  One day it was just gone.  We joke that my cabinets must have portals to other kitchens or something since I've also had the same thing happen with a random plate, colander, butcher knife and assorted flatware...none of which matched anything I own and do not belong to any friends or family.

Perhaps your cabinets are a popular vacation spot amongst the cookware population.   ;D
Lol!  There's a shiny brochure somewhere, in which the cabinet interiors appear twice their actual size.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 26, 2013, 09:46:56 AM
Fascinating thread! The first thing I thought of was a monthly magazine I used to get. I'd been living at an apartment for about a year, and the magazine just started showing up. I think it had someone else's name on it, so presumably the former tenant of that apartment, but why would it just start showing up a YEAR after they'd moved? And it kept coming for the remaining year and a half I lived in that apartment.

If I recall correctly, I actually went online and changed the address so it would follow me to my next apartment, which it did, again without me paying anything! I honestly didn't really think that would work, but figured no harm in trying--I figured when I changed the delivery address AND NAME they would ask for some kind of verification that I couldn't provide, and that would be that. NOPE!

No one ever mentioned that they'd subscribed for me as a gift or anything, I think it was really meant for this other person. Finally after about two years it stopped.

I can only imagine it was a gift subscription for someone else, and Great-Aunt Matilda finally gave up after a couple years of the little snot never saying thanks or even mentioning the magazine to her... Thanks, Great-Aunt Matilda! :D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: nayberry on August 26, 2013, 09:53:40 AM
I've lost my new casserole dish.   It's a nice Pyrex dish, the perfect 2-qt size that I've been wanting (my 1-qt dish is nice for me, but not for church dinners).  Most of all, I was thrilled to find the perfect 'slot' to store the new dish.......and now I can't find it.   My apartment isn't that big!  I know it's somewhere around the kitchen, but I've looked in every closet at least twice. 
*sigh*   I am *not* buying a new casserole!!  I have one!  It's just......well, buried somewhere.

could it be in the oven?  thats where i find things
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Seraphia on August 26, 2013, 01:06:20 PM
Fascinating thread! The first thing I thought of was a monthly magazine I used to get. I'd been living at an apartment for about a year, and the magazine just started showing up. I think it had someone else's name on it, so presumably the former tenant of that apartment, but why would it just start showing up a YEAR after they'd moved? And it kept coming for the remaining year and a half I lived in that apartment.

If I recall correctly, I actually went online and changed the address so it would follow me to my next apartment, which it did, again without me paying anything! I honestly didn't really think that would work, but figured no harm in trying--I figured when I changed the delivery address AND NAME they would ask for some kind of verification that I couldn't provide, and that would be that. NOPE!

No one ever mentioned that they'd subscribed for me as a gift or anything, I think it was really meant for this other person. Finally after about two years it stopped.

I can only imagine it was a gift subscription for someone else, and Great-Aunt Matilda finally gave up after a couple years of the little snot never saying thanks or even mentioning the magazine to her... Thanks, Great-Aunt Matilda! :D

We've been getting mystery magazines and catalogs since we moved into our new house. In general, they've been at least tangentially relevant (housewares, cooking supplies, that kind of thing). The funny one though? Allure magazine, which is a paid subscription that I never paid for. A stack of women's beauty, fashion and hair tips.....addressed, very specifically, to my husband.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: jpcher on August 26, 2013, 05:10:58 PM
I haven't talked to DD#2 yet, she's at work, but this really made me go "hmmmm"  ??? ??? ???


I parked my car in the driveway Friday after work. DD#2 came home shortly after and we did some chores, cooked dinner, watched TV then both went to bed after 10:00.

Saturday we went grocery shopping (used DD#2's car.) I did some yard work in the front and my car was clearly in the driveway. DD#2 mowed the lawn, did some laundry, then BFbob came over, visited for a while and when he left DD#2 went to visit some friends. I watched them both leave, DD#2 in her car and BFbob in his car.

DD#2 came home with a few friends. We cooked dinner and a good time was had by all. Friends left by 9:00 since DD#2 had work this morning. DD#2 went to bed and I stayed up for a couple hours watching TV.

I mention the above because I honestly cannot think of a time when DD#2 left the house without my knowledge.


This morning, Sunday, I had a breakfast date. I was running short on time, also knowing that I needed to stop for gas, and I could not find my keys. Anywhere. Frantic search, retracing my steps, checking pockets, etc. Nope. No keys.

I grabbed my extra set of car keys, called my friend to apologize/explain why I might be a few minutes late, ran to my car thinking I'd stop at the gas station for just a couple of gallons in order to get me there and I'd fill up later.

I start my car.

My gas tank is full.



Hmmmmm . . . I'm wondering why on Earth would DD#2 take my car when she has a perfectly good car of her own . . . Why would she fill the gas tank . . . and, especially, where are my keys?

Do not question the ways of the gas fairies.   ;)

I know that I have personally had a similar thing happen, only later to realise I was the one who actually filled up my tank.  I must have been in autopilot and just did it.  Sometimes we just forget the mundane things that we do everyday.  It happens to just about everyone from time to time. 

Option 2 is DD went out after you went to bed and filled up the tank then.  I wouldn't be too upset if she did, but I can't imagine why she would take your car unless you were blocking her in.

Bold ^ LOL! I was beginning to think that's exactly what happened! But where on earth are my keys? ;D

Turns out that DD#2 stops at the local gas station (2 blocks away) to get her morning breakfast drink every day before she goes to work. She remembered me saying that I had to get gas before my date and didn't want be to be all gas-smelly, so she took my car in the morning and filled it up for me (then dropped my keys in her purse, and went to work :D)


Darn Tootin! I'm never going to question the ways of the gas fairies again! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: jpcher on August 26, 2013, 05:40:24 PM
Fascinating thread! The first thing I thought of was a monthly magazine I used to get. I'd been living at an apartment for about a year, and the magazine just started showing up. I think it had someone else's name on it, so presumably the former tenant of that apartment, but why would it just start showing up a YEAR after they'd moved? And it kept coming for the remaining year and a half I lived in that apartment.

If I recall correctly, I actually went online and changed the address so it would follow me to my next apartment, which it did, again without me paying anything! I honestly didn't really think that would work, but figured no harm in trying--I figured when I changed the delivery address AND NAME they would ask for some kind of verification that I couldn't provide, and that would be that. NOPE!

No one ever mentioned that they'd subscribed for me as a gift or anything, I think it was really meant for this other person. Finally after about two years it stopped.

I can only imagine it was a gift subscription for someone else, and Great-Aunt Matilda finally gave up after a couple years of the little snot never saying thanks or even mentioning the magazine to her... Thanks, Great-Aunt Matilda! :D

We've been getting mystery magazines and catalogs since we moved into our new house. In general, they've been at least tangentially relevant (housewares, cooking supplies, that kind of thing). The funny one though? Allure magazine, which is a paid subscription that I never paid for. A stack of women's beauty, fashion and hair tips.....addressed, very specifically, to my husband.

I received a mystery magazine for over 15 years. It was addressed to me (although the last name was spelled a bit differently.)

After the first five years, and every 5 years thereafter, I received a post-card saying "Your free gift lifetime subscription will end if we don't hear from you."

Since I liked the magazine, I filled out the post card and sent it back. Either I missed the postcard after 15 years or they decided that was enough of a life-time.


The best I could figure is that I signed up for a raffle or some such thing and won.
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: IceCreamTEA on August 26, 2013, 05:55:26 PM


Sitting down in a Literature lecture, when I feel something hard and spikey brush my leg. Apparently someone in the 9am lecture before felt the need to bring in an entire pinapple, and forgot it under the desk.  :o
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Layla Miller on August 26, 2013, 07:05:22 PM
Darn Tootin! I'm never going to question the ways of the gas fairies again! ;D ;D ;D

Was that a pun?  :P
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Seraphia on August 27, 2013, 09:45:19 AM
Fascinating thread! The first thing I thought of was a monthly magazine I used to get. I'd been living at an apartment for about a year, and the magazine just started showing up. I think it had someone else's name on it, so presumably the former tenant of that apartment, but why would it just start showing up a YEAR after they'd moved? And it kept coming for the remaining year and a half I lived in that apartment.

If I recall correctly, I actually went online and changed the address so it would follow me to my next apartment, which it did, again without me paying anything! I honestly didn't really think that would work, but figured no harm in trying--I figured when I changed the delivery address AND NAME they would ask for some kind of verification that I couldn't provide, and that would be that. NOPE!

No one ever mentioned that they'd subscribed for me as a gift or anything, I think it was really meant for this other person. Finally after about two years it stopped.

I can only imagine it was a gift subscription for someone else, and Great-Aunt Matilda finally gave up after a couple years of the little snot never saying thanks or even mentioning the magazine to her... Thanks, Great-Aunt Matilda! :D

We've been getting mystery magazines and catalogs since we moved into our new house. In general, they've been at least tangentially relevant (housewares, cooking supplies, that kind of thing). The funny one though? Allure magazine, which is a paid subscription that I never paid for. A stack of women's beauty, fashion and hair tips.....addressed, very specifically, to my husband.

I received a mystery magazine for over 15 years. It was addressed to me (although the last name was spelled a bit differently.)

After the first five years, and every 5 years thereafter, I received a post-card saying "Your free gift lifetime subscription will end if we don't hear from you."

Since I liked the magazine, I filled out the post card and sent it back. Either I missed the postcard after 15 years or they decided that was enough of a life-time.


The best I could figure is that I signed up for a raffle or some such thing and won.

You know, I could buy that if it were addressed to me, even incorrectly. But he doesn't even have any hair to speak of, so it's hardly likely that he would purchase something that would flag our address as "Send this person lots of fashion and beauty tips in the Michael Kors and plastic surgery price range."
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: m2kbug on August 27, 2013, 11:33:01 AM
I keep finding clear marbles everywhere, including the car.  These are decorative marbles you put in a vase that can help hold up flowers, which I do have a wall vase that has those marbles in it.  When the kids were little, sometimes they'd get in there and play with the marbles, to which they would get in trouble.  Here it is, years later, the kids are teens, there is absolutely no reason to use the marbles.  I've gotten after them (cuz it's not me) to not touch the marbles and they are not toys, you should know better by now, you have no reason to go after the marbles, etc.  They are not touching the marbles.  Nobody is touching the marbles.  I've started collecting these random marbles in a new cup.  I'm curious to see if I can double up on these marbles.  Random $20 bills would be better. :)

Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Lynn2000 on August 27, 2013, 11:38:58 AM
I keep finding clear marbles everywhere, including the car.  These are decorative marbles you put in a vase that can help hold up flowers, which I do have a wall vase that has those marbles in it.  When the kids were little, sometimes they'd get in there and play with the marbles, to which they would get in trouble.  Here it is, years later, the kids are teens, there is absolutely no reason to use the marbles.  I've gotten after them (cuz it's not me) to not touch the marbles and they are not toys, you should know better by now, you have no reason to go after the marbles, etc.  They are not touching the marbles.  Nobody is touching the marbles.  I've started collecting these random marbles in a new cup.  I'm curious to see if I can double up on these marbles.  Random $20 bills would be better. :)

If you've had the car a long time, you might be finding leftover bits from a spill or "stash" years ago. I remember one time my mom and I had a small disaster resulting in a rain of M&M's inside the car, and for years afterwards we would find random M&Ms that finally rolled loose from under the seat or had gotten caught in the folds of a map in the door pocket or something.

Or maybe the kids are now messing with you on purpose. ;)
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: alkira6 on August 27, 2013, 11:48:16 AM
I moved to a new school this year.  I have thus far found 18 metal Swingline staplers while unpacking.  I packed 4.  Are they reproducing?
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: Harriet Jones on August 27, 2013, 12:22:19 PM
Have you seen my stapler?  ;)
Title: Re: Finding odd things that make you go "hmmmmm"
Post by: alkira6 on August 27, 2013, 12:42:36 PM
Have you seen my stapler?  ;)

 ::)  Feel free - You are also welcome to about 150 dried out pens (that moved with me why?), dry markers, 6 rolls of black duct tape, and as of this morning 6 balls of string.