by J.D. Rhoades
You may remember a few months ago, after I came back from vacation, I posted about odd things I'd seen. I talked about how the writer's mind can't help but take those little anomalies and run with them, spinning stories out of those glimpsed threads of other people's lives.
So…let's do it again. I've been collecting little snippets, odd and unexplained occurrences for you to think about and, if you are so inclined, to spin your own stories from. They don't have to be full-blown novels or even short stories..but see if your imagination can come up with creative explanations for these little "WTF?" moments.
THE PIANO IN THE WOODS: Authorities in Harwich, Massachusetts, are probing the mysterious
appearance of a piano, in good working condition, in the middle of the
Discovered by a woman who was walking a trail, the Baldwin
Acrosonic piano, model number 987, is intact — and, apparently, in
Sgt. Adam Hutton of the Harwich Police Department said
information has been broadcast to all the other police departments in
the Cape Cod area in hopes of drumming up a clue, however minor it may
But so far, the investigation is flat.
Also of note: Near the mystery piano — serial number 733746 — was a bench, positioned as though someone was about to play.
The piano was at the end of a dirt road, near a walking path to a footbridge in the middle of conservation land near the Cape.
MASSACHUSETTS MYSTERY MEAT:
Police in Framingham are trying to figure out who keeps leaving chunks of meat on the town common, and why.
People who live near the common have been finding butcher-quality cuts of meat under a tree there for about five weeks.
the most recent incident, the fifth one overall, a resident discovered
a large piece of raw, unwrapped meat, along with what appeared to be a
liver and some bones on Tuesday.
Henry Field, who lives across
the street from the tree, told WBZ he's found 4 of the 5 pieces. "It
was a large chunk of meat, two to three inches thick. A delicious
He's already stopped his dog Dorje from eating
it, but he's worried someone might be trying to poison animals in the
Framingham's public health director Ethan Mascoop
told WBZ the meat does not appear to be tainted and, at this point,
there is no reason to be concerned.
WELL, WHOEVER IT BELONGS TO, HE CAN'T HAVE GONE FAR ON FOOT: A severed human foot has been found in Canada's westernmost Gulf
Islands, marking the third such discovery in six months stumped police
said Saturday, noting all three are right feet, size 12, male and shod
"It is not known at this time what relationship, if any, this foot
has with the two feet recovered last year in the same area," Constable
Annie Linteau of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement.
The two previous cases are still under investigation and federal
police "have yet to determine if foul play is involved" in the first
two cases or in this latest discovery, she said.
The standing mystery began in August 2007 when a severed foot in a
white and blue runner was discovered washed ashore on the beaches of
Jedidiah Island in the Georgia Straight between the Lower Mainland and
Authorities speculated it might have been lost in a boat propeller accident, due to foul play, or a hoax.
Six days later, a second right foot in a black and white sneaker appeared on nearby Gabriola Island.
The most recent find was on February 8, when a third right foot washed up on the east side of Valdes Island.
The local coroner is conducting DNA tests on the feet. But so far, there has been no match to missing persons, police said.
I TOLD YOU THAT CULLEN BOY WAS UP TO NO GOOD: 19 vials of HIV-infected blood were stolen from the locked freezer of a
downtown Vancouver hospital.
The blood samples were being stored in a locked freezer on the sixth
floor of the facility's virology lab when they were stolen sometime
between Saturday and Monday morning.
The samples, which were awaiting testing, are labelled with the patients' names, identification number and the letters "HIV VL."
St. Paul's Hospital spokesperson Shaheen Shivji said this was the
first time HIV-positive blood had been stolen from the hospital.
"We've not had such a break-in in any of the freezers before. They
are locked and the area is part of the regular security personnel
patrols," Shivji told CTV Vancouver on Tuesday.
She said the hospital's security video tapes would be checked and security measures were being stepped up.
"If people do come across a vial and they suspect it could be a vial
that was stolen, we ask them to call police right away," Shivji said.
Dr. Akber Mithani, vice president of medical affairs at St. Paul's
Hospital, sought to reassure the public that the only way to infect
someone is to introduce it into the blood stream.
"As long as the vials are sealed, they pose no danger to the public," Mithani said, appearing on CTV Newsnet.
Mithani is baffled as to why someone would steal the vials.
"It is strange. We haven't had any incidents like this one ever before in St. Paul's," he told The Canadian Press.
"We could come up with all kinds of theories around it but it would
all just be speculation," he said. "I have no idea why somebody would
So speculate! Make four stories, or weave it all into one, or pick any one you like. Let your imagination go wild.Tell us WTF you think was going on here.