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These two objects are very old, very rusty (and, in the case of the top one) very long nails. Evil looking things.

The first one — the long, wicked one — appeared on the step outside the front door maybe six months ago. We had a little laugh about gypsy curses and left it on the sideboard in the hall.

Uncle B found the second one in almost exactly the same spot today.

I know, I know…the house is north of 400 years old, stuff is bound to fall out of it from time to time. But the ground around it is brick and the entryway was stuck on the side in the Seventies. Wherefore came’st it?

If anything…weird happens, AVENGE US! Oh, and have a good weekend.


Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 26, 2019, 9:12 pm

The Stair-Nail Curse

It sounds like a bad British mystery.

BTW, I have completed the latest statistics on the Dead Pools. (Posted in the DP 120 thread, for any who are interested.)

Comment from p2
Time: April 26, 2019, 9:48 pm

You have cats. Cats bring weird things. I maintain they’re aliens here to observe and report, which explains the delivery of weird objects to doorsteps. Also explains why their tails are always vertical when they walk. It is in fact an antenna what for to emit and recieve signals from the mother ship hidden behind the moon……

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 26, 2019, 10:08 pm

Rich! You’re a godsend. I’m hopelessly snarled up with the DeadPool and need to work out who has and hasn’t.

Comment from gebrauchshund
Time: April 27, 2019, 12:12 am


Comment from CantHarkMyCry
Time: April 27, 2019, 12:34 am

Mebbe time for a vid cam, mayhap one of the sort you mentioned recently, focused on the doorstep?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 27, 2019, 3:53 am

Is there a gable over the front door and step, or is the roof pitched so that the nails may have come from an older part of the roof and rolled, then fell, to where they ended up?

If they didn’t roll, then it had to have been a local gang of badminton hooligans.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 27, 2019, 10:29 am

Uncle Al, the little picture in the upper left corner of the site is literally our house. So the little entryway that sticks out there, that’s what I’m talking about.

Originally, the front door was around the side of the house.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 27, 2019, 7:07 pm

The nailman always brings twice?

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 28, 2019, 1:37 am

You haven’t been moving things from the library again have you?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 28, 2019, 3:28 pm

To atone for my groan-inducing post of yesterday¹, I offer this entertaining video on how to hypnotize a rooster.

1. Yes, I know it’s “Postman” – I claim artistic license.

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 29, 2019, 3:04 pm

Stoaty, I think your question should be cast as “Whence came it?” “Wherefore” means “why.” (When Juliet asks, “Wherefore art thou ‘Romeo’?”, she’s not wondering where Romeo is located.) “Whence” = “from where” or “from what place”?

(I know, Andy Griffith had a bit retelling Shakespeare in the good ol’ boy idiom. “Wherefore art thou, Romeo?” “Rat cheer!”)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 29, 2019, 8:11 pm

Thank you, Wolfus. My pidgin Elizabethan is rusty.

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