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Minor Strangeness (IHTM)

As I never tire of mentioning, I live in a cheese-producing area where we drown in the stuff. Exotic and experimental versions of the local staple are sold for risibly small sums in our shops and market.

Next time I'm in the cheese cafe I'll do snaps of the range. You'll be amazed. :nods:
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Minor strangeness disappointed me. I signed onto Netflix Wednesday evening and found that the movie Smile was in the new releases list.

It's a two hour movie and I started watching it late. Determined that I was going to get to bed at a good time, I reasoned that I would watch the first hour and watch the remainder the following evening. I like that your spot is held for where you stop watching a program or movie.

Yesterday evening, I signed into Netflix to continue with the movie. NOTHING! None, nada. The movie doesn't exist on Netflix.:oops: Not listed in new releases and not found in the search. I have never had this happen.

I thought maybe I had accessed it from a VPN, but I changed connections several times, and it exits nowhere.
 
Minor strangeness disappointed me. I signed onto Netflix Wednesday evening and found that the movie Smile was in the new releases list.

It's a two hour movie and I started watching it late. Determined that I was going to get to bed at a good time, I reasoned that I would watch the first hour and watch the remainder the following evening. I like that your spot is held for where you stop watching a program or movie.

Yesterday evening, I signed into Netflix to continue with the movie. NOTHING! None, nada. The movie doesn't exist on Netflix.:oops: Not listed in new releases and not found in the search. I have never had this happen.

I thought maybe I had accessed it from a VPN, but I changed connections several times, and it exits nowhere.
We've seen that on Netflix, some time in the last couple of months. My verdict was boring jump-scare shit but Techy liked it.
 
Minor strangeness disappointed me. I signed onto Netflix Wednesday evening and found that the movie Smile was in the new releases list.

It's a two hour movie and I started watching it late. Determined that I was going to get to bed at a good time, I reasoned that I would watch the first hour and watch the remainder the following evening. I like that your spot is held for where you stop watching a program or movie.

Yesterday evening, I signed into Netflix to continue with the movie. NOTHING! None, nada. The movie doesn't exist on Netflix.:oops: Not listed in new releases and not found in the search. I have never had this happen.

I thought maybe I had accessed it from a VPN, but I changed connections several times, and it exits nowhere.
Contact Netflix. It could be a glitch or maybe the film was pulled for some reason.
 
I’ve noticed ads for these are everywhere at the moment in the more tabloidy online sources.

The photos are identical down to the creases, but with different brand names. I’ve seen a third name as well but can’t find it now. Could have something to do with Mike Ashley & Sports Direct - one of the brands is available there, which leads me to suspect they’re a bit cheap & shoddy. I’m wondering if he’s had a few hundred thousand of these made with different names for different outlets.

The prices are identical as well but different reduction if you buy two.
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That's a result of merchandise suppliers. The item itself is on 'call off' i.e. the item is a general pattern and the 'brand' is inserted when it's sold. This removes the need for a massive store of any one particular 'label'.
Example: Snotmonster the You Tuber sells 'merch' with his distinctive green logo. All permutations are shown on Snotmonster's merch page. A fan decides he wants the black hoodie. The order looks like it goes to the You Tuber, but it's directed to the producer who takes a black hoodie out of storage, imprints the logo relating to Snotmaster, then sends it out to the fan.
It's a form of drop-shipping.
They tend to use the same image (black hoodie, male) then photoshop the brand on it. Not as obvious, but you get it with mugs, baseball caps etc.
 
That's a result of merchandise suppliers. The item itself is on 'call off' i.e. the item is a general pattern and the 'brand' is inserted when it's sold. This removes the need for a massive store of any one particular 'label'.
Example: Snotmonster the You Tuber sells 'merch' with his distinctive green logo. All permutations are shown on Snotmonster's merch page. A fan decides he wants the black hoodie. The order looks like it goes to the You Tuber, but it's directed to the producer who takes a black hoodie out of storage, imprints the logo relating to Snotmaster, then sends it out to the fan.
It's a form of drop-shipping.
They tend to use the same image (black hoodie, male) then photoshop the brand on it. Not as obvious, but you get it with mugs, baseball caps etc.
So Snotmonster doesn't exist?
 
I've been haunting Mumsnet recently (getting ideas for Christmas), and there was a thread Help Me Solve This Strange Mystery, where a lady had lost a lasagne pan that she was convinced she'd put in the dishwasher. I waded in with my experiences for finding things that I'd carried around the house with me thoughtlessly and put down somewhere ridiculous, and suggested on the bed in the spare room.

She found the lasagne dish in the spare room - to her total confusion and consternation. I'm claiming this as either a) an example of my extreme psychic skills (possibly with a bit of precognition thrown in), or b) a knowledge of the sort of thing that I would be capable of doing.

https://www.mumsnet.com/talk/_chat/4940447-help-me-solve-this-strange-mystery?page=1 (for anyone who wants to read about missing lasagne pans and has a boring hour to fill).
 
That's a result of merchandise suppliers. The item itself is on 'call off' i.e. the item is a general pattern and the 'brand' is inserted when it's sold. This removes the need for a massive store of any one particular 'label'.
Example: Snotmonster the You Tuber sells 'merch' with his distinctive green logo. All permutations are shown on Snotmonster's merch page. A fan decides he wants the black hoodie. The order looks like it goes to the You Tuber, but it's directed to the producer who takes a black hoodie out of storage, imprints the logo relating to Snotmaster, then sends it out to the fan.
It's a form of drop-shipping.
They tend to use the same image (black hoodie, male) then photoshop the brand on it. Not as obvious, but you get it with mugs, baseball caps etc.
Yup, I had a work winter jacket with an 'access' zip parallel to the top of the main zip. It was there to allow the company logo to be embroidered on the front.

I of course sneakily installed a secret interior pocket leading off the internal zip.
Showed it to colleagues who were furious that their own jackets didn't have one. :chuckle:
 
Another odd thing this morning, I was taking socks out of the dryer and found 3 socks almost identical (two of course, the pair). I do not remember having two pair of these particular socks. They are thick grey with purple band at top. The odd sock has purple snowflakes.

A friend gave me the one pair for Xmas several years ago. I don't buy this type at all as they are too thick to wear with shoes and I only wear them in the winter, at home. I swear there was only one pair.

Obviously I somehow have two similar pairs and because I rarely wear them, never remembered that there were two. But I also have never had three of the socks washed at the same time either:omg:
 
Another odd thing this morning, I was taking socks out of the dryer and found 3 socks almost identical (two of course, the pair). I do not remember having two pair of these particular socks. They are thick grey with purple band at top. The odd sock has purple snowflakes.

A friend gave me the one pair for Xmas several years ago. I don't buy this type at all as they are too thick to wear with shoes and I only wear them in the winter, at home. I swear there was only one pair.

Obviously I somehow have two similar pairs and because I rarely wear them, never remembered that there were two. But I also have never had three of the socks washed at the same time either:omg:
In a parallel dimension, there is a version of you with 3 legs.
Only possible explanation!
 
I've been haunting Mumsnet recently (getting ideas for Christmas), and there was a thread Help Me Solve This Strange Mystery, where a lady had lost a lasagne pan that she was convinced she'd put in the dishwasher. I waded in with my experiences for finding things that I'd carried around the house with me thoughtlessly and put down somewhere ridiculous, and suggested on the bed in the spare room.

She found the lasagne dish in the spare room - to her total confusion and consternation. I'm claiming this as either a) an example of my extreme psychic skills (possibly with a bit of precognition thrown in), or b) a knowledge of the sort of thing that I would be capable of doing.

https://www.mumsnet.com/talk/_chat/4940447-help-me-solve-this-strange-mystery?page=1 (for anyone who wants to read about missing lasagne pans and has a boring hour to fill).
Mate of mine once rang me in tears after misplacing some money (possibly £40) at home. She'd ransacked the place as the money was for an imminent bill.

I went over, opened a kitchen drawer and pulled out the cash. It was standing up against the left side of the drawer, where I'd've put it myself, being left-handed.

Mate was amazed (as was I!) because she'd already tipped out that drawer along with all the others in the kitchen.
She reckoned she'd've believed I'd hidden it there to pull her leg if I'd been there earlier.
 
Mate of mine once rang me in tears after misplacing some money (possibly £40) at home. She'd ransacked the place as the money was for an imminent bill.

I went over, opened a kitchen drawer and pulled out the cash. It was standing up against the left side of the drawer, where I'd've put it myself, being left-handed.

Mate was amazed (as was I!) because she'd already tipped out that drawer along with all the others in the kitchen.
She reckoned she'd've believed I'd hidden it there to pull her leg if I'd been there earlier.
I bet she couldn't 'see' it because it was standing up. If you've got a mental image of an envelope you tend to think of them lying down. Just as I am (as has been recorded many times) completely unable to find a sink plunger if it is lying on its side. Standing up - no problem, I can find it wherever it is. If it's lying on its side, I can literally walk over it and not see it.
 
I bet she couldn't 'see' it because it was standing up. If you've got a mental image of an envelope you tend to think of them lying down. Just as I am (as has been recorded many times) completely unable to find a sink plunger if it is lying on its side. Standing up - no problem, I can find it wherever it is. If it's lying on its side, I can literally walk over it and not see it.
Yes, that's most likely it.
Doesn't explain how the notes were still standing up in the drawer after she'd tipped everything out though. :thought:
 
A young rat puzzled me today. We popped out in the car and found Ratty lying dead on the front doorstep.
Seemed be a cat-kill but our cats are old and past hunting, and when they did catch prey they'd bring it in and chase it round the house.

Techy reckons it's a gift from one of the neighbours' cats. :chuckle:
 
That's like the time my friend lost her glasses and even tipped out the bag after searching all through it.
I opened the bag and put my hand straight on them.
When I had a job that involved home visits, one evening an elderly client was distraught because she'd lost her specs.
I said 'We will find them! Where did you last see them?'

She mentioned her bedroom so we looked in there, although she'd searched that area, and I spotted them on the bed.

My guess was that she'd sat on the bed with them in her hand and thought she'd dropped them in her dressing gown pocket.
 
A piece of minor strangeness last night, perfectly explicable (I hope!), but due to the late hour and my reading material at the time, it creeped me out no end! My wife is away visiting relatives, so I'm scraping by on my own. On top of her bedside drawers are a whole load of little baskets and things containing mysterious odds and ends for personal grooming and suchlike. Well, I was in bed reading the first couple of chapters of my spanking new Polish poltergeist book The Elusive Force: A Remarkable Case of Poltergeist Activity and Psychokinetic Power by Anna Ostrzycka and Marek Rymuszko until who knows what time, probably after 11pm. When I was sufficiently sleepy, I turned off my reading light and lay down... but there was a strange glow coming from my wife's bedside area. Weird, I thought. I turned on the light, had a quick look, expecting some electronic device (although batteries should be flat by now) but saw nothing and turned off the light again - still a glow coming from that area, blinking out every now and then. Bugger, I thought, I have to get to the bottom of this. So I turned on my reading light and looked for the source of the glow - and found a little torch with a flip lid, which turns on when you open the lid, it looks a bit like a lighter. Well, nothing had been disturbed in that basket for quite a while so I was a bit (i.e. very) creeped out due to what I had been reading, and wondering how it had opened by itself. In the wee hours of the morning my half-asleep brain worked it out - it was a cold night, and during the day I use a dehumidifier in my bedroom. Both of these things will increase conductivity. The torch had been open all along, and the increased conductivity allowed the failing batteries to push a little charge into the bulb, enough to cause the weak glow only visible when all other lights were off, and explaining the occasional flicker as not enough reached the bulb for a split second. At least, I'm going with that, and I'm hoping that someone on here with a better knowledge of electricity and physics and stuff will back me up on that!
 
A piece of minor strangeness last night, perfectly explicable (I hope!), but due to the late hour and my reading material at the time, it creeped me out no end! My wife is away visiting relatives, so I'm scraping by on my own. On top of her bedside drawers are a whole load of little baskets and things containing mysterious odds and ends for personal grooming and suchlike. Well, I was in bed reading the first couple of chapters of my spanking new Polish poltergeist book The Elusive Force: A Remarkable Case of Poltergeist Activity and Psychokinetic Power by Anna Ostrzycka and Marek Rymuszko until who knows what time, probably after 11pm. When I was sufficiently sleepy, I turned off my reading light and lay down... but there was a strange glow coming from my wife's bedside area. Weird, I thought. I turned on the light, had a quick look, expecting some electronic device (although batteries should be flat by now) but saw nothing and turned off the light again - still a glow coming from that area, blinking out every now and then. Bugger, I thought, I have to get to the bottom of this. So I turned on my reading light and looked for the source of the glow - and found a little torch with a flip lid, which turns on when you open the lid, it looks a bit like a lighter. Well, nothing had been disturbed in that basket for quite a while so I was a bit (i.e. very) creeped out due to what I had been reading, and wondering how it had opened by itself. In the wee hours of the morning my half-asleep brain worked it out - it was a cold night, and during the day I use a dehumidifier in my bedroom. Both of these things will increase conductivity. The torch had been open all along, and the increased conductivity allowed the failing batteries to push a little charge into the bulb, enough to cause the weak glow only visible when all other lights were off, and explaining the occasional flicker as not enough reached the bulb for a split second. At least, I'm going with that, and I'm hoping that someone on here with a better knowledge of electricity and physics and stuff will back me up on that!
Yes, MrsF has one of those- does it buzz?.......................

She bought a dehumidifier recently- the amount of water it collects is a mind-blower.
 
Yes, MrsF has one of those- does it buzz?.......................

She bought a dehumidifier recently- the amount of water it collects is a mind-blower.
It's shocking how much water comes out of a dehumidifier - I really think I should be using it for something, like watering the plants or flushing the loo or something. The torch doesn't buzz, the dehumidifier makes a constant hum of varying volume depending on the setting.
 
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