Slightly mysterious(?) stuff from your life

I just opened up a new vinyl record and couldn‘t remove it from the sleeve. it had SO MUCH static buildup that it was completely stuck in there. I had to like… wedge my fingers in on both sides to slowly inch it out. I’ve never seen that in my life! And I've been looking at records since I was a kid in the gol darned 1980s! Talk about static cling! It was clinging like mad! Made me spooked to play it actually, like is the static gonna make the needle abrasive in the groove?

I did it anyway though and it was fine (I think)

[Note that this is distinct from the ["goofy" stuff]( thread because these are more like "what if a ghost did it" vs "probably my dog did it"]

Back in 2019 this car double-parked in front of my car port every saturday between 7 am and 10 for like 2 months, and made me late for brunch several times. I never saw it there the night before or at any other time of day. Never figured out who owned it.


It's either feds, aliens, or a chav had an early morning booty call in my building.

YouTube‘s become much more aggressive in penalizing adblocking, and try as I might - following Reddit guides to reset uBlock to a state YouTube won’t catch, toggling FireFox add-ons on and off to see which if any are allowing YouTube to catch on - I haven‘t been able to get around it on the site itself. Note that I specify “the site itself” because in my testing, I’ve discovered YouTube can't do shit about video embeds on other sites.


Smash cut to me watching *The Witch from Mercury* in the fucking Cohost text editor.


@“Tradeghouls 'n ghosts”#p136106 car port

I've never heard anyone say this! Very exciting. Also the car is exactly the right kind of mystery.

@"Video Game King"#p136115 wow, this is quite something. I guess they'll eventually catch on to it but for now... I guess it's like pasting a news site's url into to get around the paywall.


it’s like pasting a news site’s url into

disabling JavaScript also works pretty well for this purpose and there's even extension that let you toggle JavaScript just with one click.

@“穴”#p136126 I think I already know the answer, but: would it also work for this YouTube crap?

The bedroom door in my apartment had a chain lock on the outside at one point in time; the chain is still there but there's nothing to lock it to. It haunts me.

“What if my ghost dog did it?”

Back at my old place there was a shoebox full of wedding photos from a previous occupant in one of the cupboards we just tried to forget was there (maybe that belongs in the environmental storytelling thread).

When I was little we played SNES on a very old RCA dial television and I noticed that if I laid my bare arm over the top case where the front met the rest of the case I would get some kind of shock where the two pieces made a seam. I still think that's mysterious. What was the design flaw there??


@“exodus”#p136122 I’ve never heard anyone say this! Very exciting.

That's so funny, I thought carport was the ubiquitous way to describe a garage or parking spot that's not enclosed!! Maybe it's a southwest or southern thing? I can imagine northerners wouldn't have as much of a reason to use that word!

I'd heard carport before but had assumed it was British or Australian. Now I know it was coined by Frank Lloyd Wright!



The Robie House of Oak Park, Illinois was an early commission of Frank Lloyd Wright’s and, because Fredrick C. Robie was an engineer and assistant manager at the Excelsior Supply Company, a bicycle company delving into the growing world of automobile manufacturing, the new house had a three-car garage. In 1909, the year the house was completed, the Robie House became one of the first American homes to incorporate a garage into the design.

But Wright did not like garages, despite the fact that he added an enclosed garage space with fuel pumps to his own Oak Park home. They promoted clutter, he said. Instead of serving as a tidy place to put the car when not in use, the garage became the handy place to put tools, children’s outdoor toys, off-season furnishings and decorations, gardening supplies, snow shovels, leftover wallpaper and everything else big, bulky or outdoors-oriented. As Wright’s career progressed, he worked to turn his clients away from garages and towards simpler spaces less inviting to clutter.

“A car is not a horse, and it doesn’t need a barn,” he told his client, the commissioner of the Usonian Jacobs House. “Cars are built well enough now so that they do not require elaborate shelter.”

Instead he designed what Wright dubbed the “carport,” a minimalist automotive shelter. As his designs evolved, so did his use of the carport. On one of his most famous works, Fallingwater, there is a four-car carport adjacent to the guest house. Edgar Kaufmann, the original owner of Fallingwater, wanted an enclosed garage, but Wright protested — saying an enclosed space would only inspire clutter.

Was Wright didactic and opinionated, as he has often been described? A recent survey conducted by Stanley Black & Decker’s Craftsman brand seems to find that he was, in fact, right on the money and, all these years later, still is.

The numbers bear out Wright’s theory: 36% of Americans surveyed say their garage is so cluttered that they can no longer park vehicles inside. Over 3 in 5 (62%) U.S. adults surveyed feel their garage is the most cluttered space in their home. 90% of Americans surveyed believe that a well-organized garage can make a small garage appear larger; yet more than half (52%) of Americans with garages are unsatisfied with how their garage is organized.

There’s more. While all agree that the function of the garage is to store the car, more than half of U.S. adults (53%) surveyed use their garage or at-home workshop for DIY projects.

“There are over 82 million garages in the U.S., and according to the survey, more than 60% of Americans with garages feel their garage is the untidiest area in their house,” said Tabata Gomez, Chief Marketing Officer of Tools and Outdoor for Stanley Black & Decker. “When asking Americans with garages about items stored in their garage, nearly 80% reported power tools and hand tools as the top products in their space, while 76% keep outdoor tools and equipment inside. In fact, 67% of adults with garages say they have so many tools, that keeping them organized is a must, and 52% prefer that their tools and storage systems match in their garage.”

When asked about storing outdoor equipment, 62% of those with garages reported they keep their leaf blower in their garage, followed by string trimmers (57%), walk-behind lawn mowers (51%), hedge trimmers (49%) and chainsaws (48%).

The online survey of 2,004 adults throughout the United States was conducted by Atomik Research. Fieldwork took place between September 28th and October 5th of 2022. Atomik Research is an independent market research agency.

Craftsman offers a variety of organizational tools but, in fact, we seem to need more storage space than we ever have: we simply have more stuff than people had in the past. Any enclosed space where stuff can be hidden from view is a tempting dumping ground. Perhaps Wright was right: an open carport, where we are not so apt to store stuff, keeps our hoarding tendencies in line.

Florida here. I feel like I heard carport a lot growing up, but not so much anymore. I think I also see fewer carports, so maybe they just went out of fashion or I moved farther away from the suburbs.


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This was the most chilling part of that Frank Lloyd Wright story...

@“exodus”#p136196 I actually thought to myself while pruning the junk text “no one‘s going to point it out if I miss something, that’s low-hanging fruit.” and then!!!

@“the rocky connrrr picture show”#p136197 ha ha. I just can't help but find that sort of thing very funny.

@“Tradeghouls 'n ghosts”#p136184 It's probably because up north, something like that is always enclosed. My very southeastern (FL also, heh) mom always had an open car port that she never parked in and instead used it daily as her chill spot to smoke and read books and relax in her free time, so she referred to it constantly: “I‘m in the carport!… I’ll be in the carport!… just in the carport having a glass of wine!….” very nostalgic for me. One of the things I remember and love about my mom.

... IDK, just like the goofy thread, there's too much mysterious stuff that comes from *living outdoors in los angeles* for 15 years, going on various adventures. Life is nothing but mystery, and I stopped trying to figure it out long ago. hahaha.
Maybe I'll have something really intense for here someday.
The other day, someone chucked a steel propane tank 15 feet over the fence and 10 ft deep into the lot, but that wasn't so mysterious, just random. I threw it back at the hooligan.

@“treefroggy”#p136207 I don‘t know why they wouldn’t be commonplace up here if people park their cars in driveways. Our family had a garage but never put the car in it (because it was too full of junk). Now that I know what they‘re called I’m going to be hunting for them on my walks.

no further information has come to light on who slowly ran their fingers through my hair while I sat on the couch and the only potential culprit (wife) was in the bath. can honestly say the memory of this incident has haunted me a little.

we definitely have carports in australia by the way.

@“Video Game King”#p136169 i tried it and it breaks youtube unfortunately

similarly, someone from the south may have never heard the phrase “mudroom”.

Mudroom (mysterious)