Back in the 1990s, I read an article about a person who had died in a very interesting way. He or She had walked across a bridge (they had the footage), walked up to the top of a parking structure (they had that footage as well), and then jumped. The person had no identification. Because the person had not driven there, they had no vehicle to investigate. An autopsy was performed, hoping to find clues to the person’s identity. The major finding was that the person was a tourist, a fact deduced by the fact that the person’s “lungs were too clean” to have been a permanent resident. (This happened in a smoggy city in California.)
I was pretty amazed that someone would go to all of that trouble.
I thought it was amazing how much time & energy had been invested in solving a mystery that the central person didn’t want solved.
Part of my job always seemed to involve cleaning up after my coworkers. The only alternative was working in deep filth. This is not to complain, just to explain that I started leaving notes that say, “This area last cleaned on (date)” under equipment or on top of cabinets or notes that say, “(DrForrester) is an (expletive)” taped under drawers. The thought being that they wouldn’t be found for years after my departure. And, then, possibly decades from now, they will serve as little mysteries whenever they do appear.
Now, you might think that it’s a pretty passive-aggressive prank. And, hey, I’m not going to deny that. But, what I was shooting for, and what I honestly hope will happen is that they serve as a mini mystery. And, really, the only victim in it all is myself - and it allowed me to get through the day without being really angry at being treated like crap by my coworkers.
What I am wondering is if anyone else here has gone out of his or her way to make someone else’s life interesting? To create a mystery for someone else to solve?