Have you ever found something in your fridge that didn't belong there?
Like, say, a box of Camembert cheese?
Only three people live in this house. All three of those people were questioned and denied that they had anything to do with acquiring said package of cheese. I don't think I've ever even tasted Camembert cheese in my life, let alone purchased it, so it was a very, very strange thing to end up in our fridge.
This might have turned into an unsolved mystery...but my friend called one afternoon and said, "Hey, sorry, but I think I left a box of cheese in your fridge last week."
Truth prevailed. Lesson learned: If no one who lives in your house claims to have purchased the item in the refrigerator, start asking people who don't live there, because you never know when someone might stash a snack in your fridge.
This tale reminds me of a very different refrigerator mystery.
The year is 2004. My family is visiting my uncle's family. Both families were smaller then as compared to now, but still rather large, so picture 10 children and 4 adults occupying the same farmhouse and eating at the same dining table. A lot of food is being consumed. My aunt gets out a cut of venison from the freezer and sticks it on a plate in the refrigerator in the garage for it to thaw.
The time to start cooking dinner comes around. She opens the fridge, and the plate where she put the meat is there, but there is no sign of the meat and its freezer wrappings. She checks the freezer to see if somehow she actually forgot to get the hunk of meat out in the first place, but no, the meat that was formerly in the freezer is no longer there. It ought to be in the fridge.
All family members are questioned. Did someone move the meat? Did someone cook the meat? Did someone eat the meat? No. No. No, thank goodness. It was raw, anyways. A thorough search of the house and yard was performed in a last-ditch effort to find our dinner.
We never found out what happened to that large venison roast. It's turned into a family legend--an unsolved mystery. Our two theories, neither of them particularly plausible, are:
1) A barn cat wandered into the garage, found the fridge door left open or else opened the fridge, found the meat, dragged it out of the fridge, and somehow disposed of both the roast and its wrappings so well that no trace of it was ever seen again on the farm.
2) A random person walked off the road, into the garage, opened the fridge, found a thawing venison roast, and decided to take it home with them, but left the plate, because that would be stealing.
We really have no idea what happened to that meat all those years ago. I hate to even tentatively accuse potentially innocent barn cats or random strangers, but those are our best solutions. Do you have any theories to propose about what happened to the venison??
Where's Sherlock Holmes when you need him, huh? Have you ever had an unsolved refrigerator mystery-either where food appeared (like the cheese) or disappeared (like the meat)? Tell me about it.