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(Prof. Solomon)   The 12 Principles for finding lost items. Maybe now someone will find all the missing periods at the end of the Fark posts   (professorsolomon.com ) divider line
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2012-11-18 02:22:36 PM  
Mitchell And Webb clip. Took me a minute to find it.
Link
 
2012-11-18 02:22:47 PM  
I hope my local search and rescue team doesn't follow this advice.
 
2012-11-18 02:30:37 PM  
#^: It is possible to look directly at a missing object and not see it. This is due to the agitated state of mind that often accompanies a misplacement. Go back and look again. It may be staring you in the face.

Years ago I was working on a physics project with a friend. We had made a brightly colored paper tetrahedron of 10 smaller tetrahedrons stacked up. It kind of looked like a funky box kite It was about 9 inches tall. It was sitting on the table with our books and notes. We left the area for a few minutes to brainstorm. I went back to get the tetrahedron, and it was gone. I gave it a pretty good look. told my friend I couldn't find it. We both returned to the table and searched for it. Looked on every chair. Looked under the table. Looked at the table edge-on. The two of us searched for several minutes, and couldn't believe it could have just disappeared. It was so bright and colorful, there was no way we were overlooking it.

Except we were. We looked again, and there it was, right where we thought it should have been in the first place. Kind of the opposite of a shared hallucination.
 
2012-11-18 02:44:06 PM  
He left out my favorite: buy a new one.
 
2012-11-18 02:46:55 PM  
Shortly after getting married(37 years ago) I missplaced my balls.
TFA did not help.Any suggestions on where to look?
 
2012-11-18 02:59:12 PM  
There's only one thing you need to do to find anything: the flank pat.
 
2012-11-18 03:20:20 PM  

Bedstead Polisher: I recently went on vacation and emptied my wallet of all of my points/member cards and gift cards before I left and put them "somewhere safe." Took me a week or so after coming back to find that spot.

(I had put them in a zipper pocket of my everyday purse that I didn't bring with me.)


"Somewhere safe" is the worst place to put important things. My father-in-law once gave us a blank check for use in an emergency. That was around 1995. We put it "somewhere safe." It has not been seen since.
 
2012-11-18 03:27:49 PM  

unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?


I have two pair, if one pair is missing, the other ones are always in the drawer in the kitchen. They can assist me in looking for the lost pair, or sub for them.
 
2012-11-18 03:34:09 PM  

crabsno termites: Bedstead Polisher: I recently went on vacation and emptied my wallet of all of my points/member cards and gift cards before I left and put them "somewhere safe." Took me a week or so after coming back to find that spot.

My horror story: Did the same thing with two very high quality 14K wristwatches that I had bought on Ebay back when gold was @ $600. That was March, 2011.
Still haven't found them.


My engagement ring :(, have even moved since and didn't find when packing :(
 
2012-11-18 03:44:34 PM  
13. It is underneath something.
14. It is on a shelf -- out of your line of sight.
15. It was stolen.
16. You (or your spouse) threw it away. Look in the recycle bin and the garbage.

/Can you tell that losing something makes me crazy?
 
2012-11-18 03:55:09 PM  
I lost my wallet the other day, this article did not help find it :(
 
2012-11-18 04:05:51 PM  
If you'd prefer to solve the problem, install security cameras. If you ever misplace something you can simply rewind the footage to a place you saw it, then watch to see what you did with it.
 
2012-11-18 04:29:02 PM  
I only use Jan Hankl's Flank Pat System to find things.
 
2012-11-18 04:34:47 PM  

Just Another OC Homeless Guy: HairBolus: # 13 - look in your hand

I'm sure I'm not alone in cases where I'm doing something (fixing something, leaving the house, etc.) and I wind up looking for something (a bold, keys, etc.) that I have already found and am holding in my hand.

I once went crazy looking for the car keys. They were in my left front pants pocket (where they are supposed to be).


I once had something to do/someplace to go, and it was important. I was running late, and got a bit flustered. I'm standing on the front porch, trying to find my farking keys, so I can lock the farking house, and I can't get my hand in my pocket to look for them and I was on the verge of pitching and why can't I get my HAND in my farking POCKET ... and I realized it was because I was holding my keys.
 
2012-11-18 04:35:36 PM  
"pitching a fit"

ruined it.
 
2012-11-18 04:37:28 PM  

AssAsInAssassin: #^: It is possible to look directly at a missing object and not see it. This is due to the agitated state of mind that often accompanies a misplacement. Go back and look again. It may be staring you in the face.

Years ago I was working on a physics project with a friend. We had made a brightly colored paper tetrahedron of 10 smaller tetrahedrons stacked up. It kind of looked like a funky box kite It was about 9 inches tall. It was sitting on the table with our books and notes. We left the area for a few minutes to brainstorm. I went back to get the tetrahedron, and it was gone. I gave it a pretty good look. told my friend I couldn't find it. We both returned to the table and searched for it. Looked on every chair. Looked under the table. Looked at the table edge-on. The two of us searched for several minutes, and couldn't believe it could have just disappeared. It was so bright and colorful, there was no way we were overlooking it.

Except we were. We looked again, and there it was, right where we thought it should have been in the first place. Kind of the opposite of a shared hallucination.


At least no one purloined your letter.
 
2012-11-18 04:39:16 PM  
I'm dealing with a small soft cooler thingy that I've been kicking around for weeks now. Had no real purpose for it and didn't feel like putting it away with the other cooler type crap.
Now today I want it for something and I can't find it anywhere. And I know damn well that in a day or two, when I don't need it any more, I'm going to trip over it.
 
2012-11-18 04:41:48 PM  
Timely article, This happened to me yesterday doing some plumbing. Searched three times, finally gave up and bought the item again. Finished the project downstairs then went upstairs for project two and set the newly purchased item down RIGHT BESIDE the "lost" item. Arrggghhh!
 
2012-11-18 04:53:26 PM  
If it was up your butt you'd know already
 
2012-11-18 05:25:30 PM  

CaptainBeer: If it was up your butt you'd know already


There it was! It was kicking field goals in there!
 
2012-11-18 05:27:17 PM  

sweet-daddy-2: Shortly after getting married(37 years ago) I missplaced my balls.
TFA did not help.Any suggestions on where to look?


Your wife keeps them in her purse.
 
2012-11-18 05:36:03 PM  

unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?


That's why I have at least two pairs lying around at all times. Sometime you need to put on glasses to find your glasses. So far haven't lost all of them at one time, yet. Yet.
 
2012-11-18 06:42:33 PM  
Talking about missing period .... as long as my gf finds hers, its all good.
 
2012-11-18 08:39:36 PM  
Returned from skiing one afternoon last year, pulled into the garage, and unplugged my iPod from the cassette adapter. When I got in the house I realized the iPod wasn't in my backpack or any pockets. Went out to the car and looked everywhere but couldn't find it. Over the next few days repeatedly searched the backpack, pockets, every nook and cranny of the car, every surface of the garage, and the patio between the garage and the house. Never saw it again.
 
2012-11-18 09:09:34 PM  

mayIFark: Talking about missing period .... as long as my gf finds hers, its all good.


Yeah, she missed it this month, but it's no big deal. it happens sometimes. After all, she missed it last month too, and nothing bad happened, right?
 
FNG [TotalFark]
2012-11-18 10:58:47 PM  
I read "Domestic Drift" as "your SO moves something from where you put it, and when you go to get it, it's gone", and it drives me farking crazy when she does that.
 
2012-11-19 12:19:04 AM  

FloydA: If you have a smartphone with a camera, take a picture when you put down your glasses. Then, when you want to find your glasses, have a friend call you and follow the sound of the ringer until you find your phone and you can look at the picture.


I just sent you an email with my phone number. Help!!!!
 
2012-11-19 12:24:19 AM  

FloydA: oh_please: unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?

If you have a smartphone with a camera, turn it on and hold the screen up close to your eyes.

If you have a smartphone with a camera, take a picture when you put down your glasses. Then, when you want to find your glasses, have a friend call you and follow the sound of the ringer until you find your phone and you can look at the picture.


Jerkwad.
 
2012-11-19 12:30:07 AM  

FNG: I read "Domestic Drift" as "your SO moves something from where you put it, and when you go to get it, it's gone", and it drives me farking crazy when she does that.


Nothing like the "I put it {xxx place} so you wouldn't lose it" discussion after you've been hunting for something for a while, thinking you must be crazy.
 
2012-11-19 07:04:29 AM  
I just wanted to give a golf clap to the subby for making me laugh this early in the morning! It took me a couple times to figure out that when I submitted some clever description that it wasn't me leaving out the period, LOL.

And if you guys think losing/misplacing stuff is bad wait until you find yourself striding purposefully out to your car with your keys in your hand and discovering that even though you remember that wherever you were going was important, you have no flipping clue where the hell you're supposed to be going. So then you have to backtrack and go through the motions of pretending to pick up your keys again to see if you can remember....

I just chalk it up to the "Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your kids" medical theory.
 
2012-11-19 09:24:37 AM  

unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?


I keep mine on my face. They rarely get lost there
 
2012-11-19 10:44:53 AM  
I have a "six foot rule" in the house.

Whatever it is that you lost it is within 6 feet of where you last used it or 6 feet from where it is supposed to be stored. Search that area thoroughly.
 
2012-11-19 11:43:33 AM  

Omnivorous: 16. You (or your spouse) threw it away. Look in the recycle bin and the garbage.


My kid put my keys in the garbage once. I found them in the bin on the curb roughly an hour before the truck came. That was not a pleasant search.
 
2012-11-19 12:02:22 PM  

unyon: FloydA: oh_please: unyon: By far, my most misplaced item is my glasses. Ever try to find your glasses when you don't have your glasses?

If you have a smartphone with a camera, turn it on and hold the screen up close to your eyes.

If you have a smartphone with a camera, take a picture when you put down your glasses. Then, when you want to find your glasses, have a friend call you and follow the sound of the ringer until you find your phone and you can look at the picture.

Jerkwad.


:-D
 
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