Minor Strangeness

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Very minor strangeness really but it has us puzzled ...

In the bookshop where I work our current best-selling book is "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy. By the late
afternoon there was only one copy left on the main single title table but our computer system said two in stock. My colleague and I looked everywhere for the second copy but no luck - we concluded the in-stock figure was a computer error. Then, Sam turned to me and said "Oh you found it then" and pointed to the table which now had 2 copies. Of course I hadn't found it and Sam was astonished as she hadn't either. (I should point out Sam is an old and trustworthy friend who has no interest in practical jokes).

We concluded a customer must have overheard us talking about it, found the book and quietly put it on the table. Except that just doesn't happen. It really doesn't! And it had been put back with great precision, lined up with the other copy to the millimetre. There should be CCTV footage available so we'll have to take a look when we can.
 

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Very minor strangeness really but it has us puzzled ...

In the bookshop where I work our current best-selling book is "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy. By the late
afternoon there was only one copy left on the main single title table but our computer system said two in stock. My colleague and I looked everywhere for the second copy but no luck - we concluded the in-stock figure was a computer error. Then, Sam turned to me and said "Oh you found it then" and pointed to the table which now had 2 copies. Of course I hadn't found it and Sam was astonished as she hadn't either. (I should point out Sam is an old and trustworthy friend who has no interest in practical jokes).

We concluded a customer must have overheard us talking about it, found the book and quietly put it on the table. Except that just doesn't happen. It really doesn't! And it had been put back with great precision, lined up with the other copy to the millimetre. There should be CCTV footage available so we'll have to take a look when we can.
Maybe the store ghost was reading it?
 

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We concluded a customer must have overheard us talking about it, found the book and quietly put it on the table. Except that just doesn't happen. It really doesn't! And it had been put back with great precision, lined up with the other copy to the millimetre.
Um, that sounds like something I would do.

:actw: I know, I'm a freak . . .
 

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Bloke came to our door wife answers he says is your mumy in? wife is 63 work that one out.
:dunno:
Have you had a credit card go missing recently?
It's a common social engineering ploy - the response is usually to tell the questioner your age with which they can work out your year of birth and this is very often used as a PIN.
 

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No nothing missing, the guy worked for a local firm that call once a year delivering garden compost.
strangely first thing I thought about with Min's caller was is it the local pond life checking if any one
was in, trusting lot aren't we.
Mind you the depths the local pond life can sink to who could blame us.
 
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Very minor strangeness really but it has us puzzled ...

In the bookshop where I work our current best-selling book is "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy. By the late
afternoon there was only one copy left on the main single title table but our computer system said two in stock. My colleague and I looked everywhere for the second copy but no luck - we concluded the in-stock figure was a computer error. Then, Sam turned to me and said "Oh you found it then" and pointed to the table which now had 2 copies. Of course I hadn't found it and Sam was astonished as she hadn't either. (I should point out Sam is an old and trustworthy friend who has no interest in practical jokes).

We concluded a customer must have overheard us talking about it, found the book and quietly put it on the table. Except that just doesn't happen. It really doesn't! And it had been put back with great precision, lined up with the other copy to the millimetre. There should be CCTV footage available so we'll have to take a look when we can.
We really would like to see when the book appears out of nowhere. Post the video to Youtube or Vimeo.
 

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My cork board fell off the wall in the middle of the night. I heard the crash but didn’t check it out until the morning. The odd thing I found was that the board was not flat on the floor as I’d expected - but leant up against a cupboard halfway across the room. So it had somehow fallen vertically and landed on its side six feet away without falling over. I’m still a bit baffled by it!
 
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A friend has posted on Facebook that he is watching a band, called Fat Albert I think. How come when I put Fat Albert band into Google he results show a grey square in the top left corner and no results?

Have a stumbled upon a back door into something really sinister or is my Google just being strange?

I wonder if men in black will soon be knocking on my door.
Fat Albert IS one of the Men In Black.
 

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No nothing missing, the guy worked for a local firm that call once a year delivering garden compost.
strangely first thing I thought about with Min's caller was is it the local pond life checking if any one
was in, trusting lot aren't we.
Mind you the depths the local pond life can sink to who could blame us.
I briefly wondered this too but it would have been an elaborate ploy as they had the address and a description on a piece of paper. I watched them from the window and they milled around slightly then headed off towards the address they were looking for. I assume Tommy came out of it unscathed as the police didn't turn up later!
 

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Just a few minutes ago, I began watching the
Zimbabwe - UFO - 62 School Children
video on youtube. At 1:59 in the video, just after the first child witness begins speaking, the video suddenly froze. I pressed play repeatedly, and it would not restart. Strange, I thought. I looked over to see if my modem lights were on, and they were OFF! I got up out of my chair to inspect, and the power cord was completely out of the modem (there's no on/off switch, the power cord needs to be removed to cut the power), and was in a position it could not have simply fallen into had it somehow just come loose (which has never happened to a power cord here EVER).

My body is not close to the modem, and I had not moved my body in any way that might have impacted the modem or its power cord; my only movement was of the mouse in my left hand , which is on a separate surface and five feet away from the modem.
 

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Very minor strangeness really but it has us puzzled ...

In the bookshop where I work our current best-selling book is "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy. By the late
afternoon there was only one copy left on the main single title table but our computer system said two in stock. My colleague and I looked everywhere for the second copy but no luck - we concluded the in-stock figure was a computer error. Then, Sam turned to me and said "Oh you found it then" and pointed to the table which now had 2 copies. Of course I hadn't found it and Sam was astonished as she hadn't either. (I should point out Sam is an old and trustworthy friend who has no interest in practical jokes).

We concluded a customer must have overheard us talking about it, found the book and quietly put it on the table. Except that just doesn't happen. It really doesn't! And it had been put back with great precision, lined up with the other copy to the millimetre. There should be CCTV footage available so we'll have to take a look when we can.
Ghosts aside, this is a brilliant book. I suggest everyone buy it for someone (or themselves) as a treat. It's something special.
 

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Very minor strangeness really but it has us puzzled ...

In the bookshop where I work our current best-selling book is "The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse" by Charlie Mackesy. By the late
afternoon there was only one copy left on the main single title table but our computer system said two in stock. My colleague and I looked everywhere for the second copy but no luck - we concluded the in-stock figure was a computer error. Then, Sam turned to me and said "Oh you found it then" and pointed to the table which now had 2 copies. Of course I hadn't found it and Sam was astonished as she hadn't either. (I should point out Sam is an old and trustworthy friend who has no interest in practical jokes).

We concluded a customer must have overheard us talking about it, found the book and quietly put it on the table. Except that just doesn't happen. It really doesn't! And it had been put back with great precision, lined up with the other copy to the millimetre. There should be CCTV footage available so we'll have to take a look when we can.
Be interesting to learn/see what appears on the footage! In my experience earlier today,

https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/minor-strangeness.28407/post-1911196

the power cord that would have had to have been yanked from its socket was within eyeshot, and the manipulation of the cord required to get it into the looped position in which I found it (and to which it is always returned after I unplug it from the device), would surely have been noticed had there been any gradual movement from one position to the other. It had to have been instantaneous.
 

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Be interesting to learn/see what appears on the footage! In my experience earlier today,

https://forums.forteana.org/index.php?threads/minor-strangeness.28407/post-1911196

the power cord that would have had to have been yanked from its socket was within eyeshot, and the manipulation of the cord required to get it into the looped position in which I found it (and to which it is always returned after I unplug it from the device), would surely have been noticed had there been any gradual movement from one position to the other. It had to have been instantaneous.
nest of cables, photo ?
 

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nest of cables, photo ?
Sorry, I have no capture device. It's not a nest, really, just the one cable that I loop around the modem antenna (which stands vertically behind my monitor) when I shut everything down at night. To get it back into that position, though (which is where I found it as soon as I saw it that it was unplugged from the modem) -- if it had been a gradual movement of the cord from the modem back to its unplugged resting position -- the black cord's movement would have stood out against the creamy wall which forms its visual background (only a few feet from my eyes). If it was instantaneous (which it had to be), it would have been much easier to miss, since there would have been almost no movement to perceive, just one position replaced by another one in the blink of an eye...
 

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I have two identical car keys for my car, on two separate fobs. Now I know I had both these fobs on me around two weeks ago, because I had to change the batteries in both keys, and did it at work, one afternoon.

The keys live on the side in my kitchen. I pick up whichever key is closest to hand. On Monday I became aware that there was only one key. No problem, I must have put the other key in the pocket of what I was wearing at the weekend. Didn't really need to look for the other key, one is enough.

This morning I put on a pair of jeans I haven't worn for a fortnight. And the other key was in the pocket. Now, I realise that I've probably been only using one key for longer than I think, they are identical after all. But I last wore these jeans BEFORE I changed the batteries in the keys. And I marked the key fobs when I changed the batteries (to make sure I didn't just change the same one twice) and neither of these fobs have any mark on (I used a fluorescent pen, it probably wore off).
 

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I have two identical car keys for my car, on two separate fobs. Now I know I had both these fobs on me around two weeks ago, because I had to change the batteries in both keys, and did it at work, one afternoon.

The keys live on the side in my kitchen. I pick up whichever key is closest to hand. On Monday I became aware that there was only one key. No problem, I must have put the other key in the pocket of what I was wearing at the weekend. Didn't really need to look for the other key, one is enough.

This morning I put on a pair of jeans I haven't worn for a fortnight. And the other key was in the pocket. Now, I realise that I've probably been only using one key for longer than I think, they are identical after all. But I last wore these jeans BEFORE I changed the batteries in the keys. And I marked the key fobs when I changed the batteries (to make sure I didn't just change the same one twice) and neither of these fobs have any mark on (I used a fluorescent pen, it probably wore off).
My car keys have a habit of wandering about the place too.
 

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My car keys have a habit of wandering about the place too.
I mislaid my car keys, couldn't find them anywhere, so used the spare set for a week. Parked up at Tesco and as I was walking away some-one kindly pointed out a bunch of keys hanging from the boot lock.
 

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I mislaid my car keys, couldn't find them anywhere, so used the spare set for a week. Parked up at Tesco and as I was walking away some-one kindly pointed out a bunch of keys hanging from the boot lock.
The amazing part of that is not that the car keys were still there, but that the car itself was.
 

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I mislaid my car keys, couldn't find them anywhere, so used the spare set for a week. Parked up at Tesco and as I was walking away some-one kindly pointed out a bunch of keys hanging from the boot lock.
I used to do that! Once spent a good, ooh, 40 minutes searching for them. Eventually slammed the car boot in a temper and there they were! The worst thing was that I did the exact thing AGAIN a while later.
 

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I have two identical car keys for my car, on two separate fobs. Now I know I had both these fobs on me around two weeks ago, because I had to change the batteries in both keys, and did it at work, one afternoon.

The keys live on the side in my kitchen. I pick up whichever key is closest to hand. On Monday I became aware that there was only one key. No problem, I must have put the other key in the pocket of what I was wearing at the weekend. Didn't really need to look for the other key, one is enough.

This morning I put on a pair of jeans I haven't worn for a fortnight. And the other key was in the pocket. Now, I realise that I've probably been only using one key for longer than I think, they are identical after all. But I last wore these jeans BEFORE I changed the batteries in the keys. And I marked the key fobs when I changed the batteries (to make sure I didn't just change the same one twice) and neither of these fobs have any mark on (I used a fluorescent pen, it probably wore off).
Could anyone have "borrowed" the fob and then returned it but got it in the wrong set of jeans?

On a different track, I didn't know that fobs required batteries (a silly lack of thinking on my part). Say the battery dies in an emergency, and no new batteries are available—what then?
 

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My cork board fell off the wall in the middle of the night. I heard the crash but didn’t check it out until the morning. The odd thing I found was that the board was not flat on the floor as I’d expected - but leant up against a cupboard halfway across the room. So it had somehow fallen vertically and landed on its side six feet away without falling over. I’m still a bit baffled by it!
The board fell off the wall naturally but the poltergeist moved it out of harms way, obviously!
 

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Looped around your handle bars?
Naaah, I last used it when I went out on Sunday. Techy let me back in so I believe I must've tipped it out of my rucksack while looking for something and I've left it behind. It should be safe.

The rucksack is new*, posh, but has a couple of features I don't like AND has no internal clip for keys. All my bags have that even if I need to install it myself. In fact I'm off to do that right now.

*to me anyway
 

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Could anyone have "borrowed" the fob and then returned it but got it in the wrong set of jeans?

On a different track, I didn't know that fobs required batteries (a silly lack of thinking on my part). Say the battery dies in an emergency, and no new batteries are available—what then?
No one to borrow them, I live with my dog and she can't drive.

If the battery dies (I can speak with authority on this, because it happened to me in the work car park, hence the changing of the batteries), there is a keyhole located under a plastic cover on one door. You lever off the plastic cover and unlock the car the old fashioned way, with the actual key.
 
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