Minor Strangeness

asparagus

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A curious but very small thing just happened this afternoon. Yesterday a small ornament, a candle holder made of thin porcelain, was knocked behind the piano during cleaning and broke. Today I got all the pieces together and tied them up in a plastic bag and put it on top of the piano. A couple of hours later my better half and I were peacefully seated on the sofa when the bag fell off from the piano top onto the floor. It had been placed two or three inches back from the edge on a level surface, it had been there at least two hours (so any 'unfolding' of the plastic should have finished), and there was no vibration or other reason why it should have happened.

We live in an old cottage but this sort of thing never happens. Mrs Asparagus said perhaps we had an entity around who was bored so I said if they're bored they can glue the ornament together tonight while we are asleep. I will leave the glue out but I'm not holding my breath!
 

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A sort of serendipitous strangeness.

I mentioned elsewhere that I had bought some razor blades. Well, just opposite the shop I bought them from is a charity shop. One I haven't been in for years as they are getting expensive (Oxfam). I had intended to look on Amazon for a copy of the book 'The power of Now' By Eckhart Tolle. I went into the shop to see what they had, and there it was on a shelf. Price £1.50. If it hadn't been for the hunt for blades, I probably would not have gone in there. Not a street I often walk down.
 

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A couple of weeks ago we went to Beamaris Gaol. The woman on the desk offered for me us to join a tour with another couple. The guide asked if any one was interested n the paranormal and said she would tell us any spooky stories. We went into the women's washroom and I felt rather than really heard "Jennie, Jennie, Jennie, Jennie". When we left the room it went. The guide asked us later on if we had felt anything. So I mentioned about the washroom. The other couple hung back a bit, and said they were just checking on their daughter they had left in the holiday home especially because i had mentioned Jennie which was her name!
 

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Ooh, Beamaris Gaol! So they'll tell you spooky stories there? I'm up for that!

We sometimes cycle near there. I had relations in the area as a child and we'd holiday with them, and visit Beaumaris and the Castle. I don't think the Gaol was open to the public back then. I thought the Castle was most beautiful thing I'd ever seen. We must go back in the spring!
 

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I think they are going to close until March but are hoping to open all year round from next year. She did say it had been closed for a while. The guide was brilliant, lnowlegable and enthusiastic about the Gaol (not just the ghosts).
 

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Friday I was thinking about Italian sports cars (something I rarely do) and It dawned on me that you don't often see Maserati cars these days. I think they were taken over by FIAT. anyway. I went into town and pulled into a parking space, right behind a white Maserati.
 

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How about this...
We got a new kitchen fitted last week and the fitter left some long pieces of wood on the living room floor overnight. I am always the first person downstairs in the morning, and, when I came down this day I saw one of my son's little toys (a digger from Superwings) on the wood, facing towards me at the door. I didn't remember seeing it there when I went to bed the night before but ignored it, put the kettle on and went for a pee in the downstairs toilet.
When I came back into the room about a minute later the toy was roughly 3 feet away from where it had been, still on the wood - and FACING THE OTHER WAY.
I immediately went upstairs - wife in the toilet, son still in bed playing his tablet, daughter in bed on her phone. I am certain none of them had come downstairs, cos they'd have had to pass the toilet I was in and I'd have heard them.
The fact the toy had turned around was the thing - maybe it might have rolled away, but to turn? On a piece of wood only about 4 inches wide?
 

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I didn't remember seeing it there when I went to bed the night before but ignored it, put the kettle on and went for a pee in the downstairs toilet.
When I came back into the room about a minute later the toy was roughly 3 feet away from where it had been, still on the wood - and FACING THE OTHER WAY.
And just how awake were you at the time? Sounds like you hadn't had any caffeine yet . . .
 

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When it gets close to knocking-off time I have been known to sing 'I'm going home to see my cat!' the the tune of Ilkley Moor.
.. my favourite knocking off time anecdote (apart from the one when a chef in Staffordshire I was working with melodramatically 'flounced' by arm sweeping about 200 glasses off of a bar I was managing .. I agreed with his opinion btw) .. was the time my old flatmate became so pissed off working at Morrisons that he threw his arms in the air out of sarcasm and loudly sang "come with me, and you'll see .. A STORE OF PURE IMAGINATIONNN!" .. you probably had to be there to be fair.
 

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At the end of the last century I was working in a secure area that had to be locked down and locked up with alarms set at 1700 each workday. The security officer of the day would come around, notify us workers it was time to leave, and perform all the securing procedures at closing time.

One particular officer of the day was relatively young and apparently a Monty Python fan. He would always notify us of closing time by coming to the secure area's entrance door circa 1655, poking his head in, and shouting "Run away! Run away!"
 
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This happened a couple of nights ago.
I had a particularly vivid and semi-lucid dream that I was somewhere near a port or harbour. looking to buy a pair of shoes.

In my dream, I distinctly heard a woman say two seemingly nonsense words that sounded like "hugger mansons".
I woke up at this point, with those words stuck in my head. I reached for the iPad on my bedside cabinet, fired up Google translate and typed the words in.
It recognised them (with a slight spelling tweak) as "huggar mannsins" meaning men's comfort in Icelandic.
Apart from the usual basics of yes/no/hello/goodbye/thank you, I definitely don't speak Icelandic.
Thinking back, the dream did feel plausibly like downtown Reykjavik.

Edit: I should add that we did have a short break in Iceland a couple of years back, but I didn't buy any shoes there and had no idea what those words meant. I guess I must have heard someone say them and, for some reason, they stuck deep in my subconscious until my dream brought them to the surface.
 
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A rock in Omaha has become a 'Net sensation because people can't seem to avoid hitting it with their vehicles ...
A rock in Omaha became an overnight attraction thanks to the cars that can't seem to avoid it

A boulder has become a bit of a rock star in Nebraska after an untold number of vehicles crashed on top of it recently, sparking an unexpected fan base.

The rock, which rests inconspicuously in a parking lot median at N 156th St., has become Omaha's hottest new tourist attraction thanks to a vibrant Facebook group, Reddit community, and a 5-star Google Maps rating that features photos of cars, trucks, and SUVs wedged on its perch. ...

Over the past six weeks, Arrow Towing has responded to at least six calls of vehicles that have crashed into the rock, manager Steve Rains told CNN. ...

"The internet loves a good justice story, especially when it comes down to petty crimes being brought to light, like jumping a curb to gain three seconds on your day and instead finding yourself stuck on top of a rock for half a day"

"The beauty here is that 99% of the cars that got stuck on it have the exact same 'pose' in the photos, and it's just comedy at the expense of people's laziness and lack of attention, thinking they are smarter than... a rock."

A Facebook group called "The W Maple Omaha Rock" was started on October 21. The group, which has named the boulder "Rocko," has more than 20,000 followers who have populated it with memes and selfies taken with it. ...

"The whole point of the boulder is to make the curb it sits on more visible, so people stop running it over. You see big rocks that serve the same purpose all over town. For some reason, the people who frequent this area just can't seem to get it."
SOURCE (With Video): https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/09/us/omaha-rock-crash-meme-trnd/index.html
 

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Apparently so they could take a bit of a shortcut, wasnt it?
Yes ... Based on the photos of the repeated accidents it appears they all occurred when someone turned too soon or quickly to enter the parking lot.

I also notice the available photos all show larger vehicles (SUVs; full-sized pickup trucks) of the sort ordinary folks are prone to purchase and operate nowadays in the USA. Such larger vehicles require more care to drive and maneuver than the smaller vehicles most drivers used in earlier times.
 

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A sort of serendipitous strangeness.

I mentioned elsewhere that I had bought some razor blades. Well, just opposite the shop I bought them from is a charity shop. One I haven't been in for years as they are getting expensive (Oxfam). I had intended to look on Amazon for a copy of the book 'The power of Now' By Eckhart Tolle. I went into the shop to see what they had, and there it was on a shelf. Price £1.50. If it hadn't been for the hunt for blades, I probably would not have gone in there. Not a street I often walk down.
Friday I was thinking about Italian sports cars (something I rarely do) and It dawned on me that you don't often see Maserati cars these days. I think they were taken over by FIAT. anyway. I went into town and pulled into a parking space, right behind a white Maserati.
Im sensing ... the return of rynner ???
 
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