Coping: Monday in the WoWW — Keys to the Future

Remember last week, we had that reader in India who had gone bike riding…and whose bike lock key had disappeared?  Looks all over the place, but it’s like the missing key dropped out of our reality?  Well, guess what’s back…

Hi George,

The missing bicycle key turned up, carefully disguised as a dust bunny under the desk in the room NEXT DOOR to where I had emptied my pockets.



long-time reader in sunny south India

This “thing” about keys is really interesting.  It’s because they have HUGE significance down at the archetype level.  You know, the one Jung was all over?

Here’s the thing:  In about one-third of the reports that we get about “things disappearing and then reappearing where they weren’t” there is some obvious archetypical “gruel” (to borrow a Dickens term) that binds the person filing the report with the object that has “gone missing.”

And, as if to prove the point, check out this report from one of Southern California’s finest…


I am an avid reader and enjoy your analysis of current events. I had an interesting WOWW incident recently.

I am a full time police officer and am in charge of a mounted police unit in southern California. I went to work, with my truck, trailer and horse.

I prepared the horse and placed my ‘work keys’ in my saddle bags. I used them off and on all night at a rave concert because the key ring had a handcuff key.

At the end of the shift, I reached into my saddle bag to retrieve the keys and they were gone. I returned home the next morning after working over 15 hours on horseback.

After sleeping for sometime, I examined the saddlebags which were kept in my horse trailer. I removed all of the contents and could not locate the keys.

I turned them inside out and found no keys. During the next two weeks I re-examined the saddlebags at least three times to no avail.

During the third week I was preparing to deploy again with the horse. I picked up that particular set of saddle bags to move them and the key ring fell out of them onto the floor of my trailer.

I was absolutely stunned.

As part of my duties, I have to search people for drugs, weapons and other contraband. Development of searching skills and attention to detail is paramount to job retention and survival.

I do not understand how I could have missed those keys after multiple detailed searches, except that it was a special event as others have experienced.

Thanks for your time,


All of which got me to wondering: “Say, I wondering if The Search Engine Oracle” can help us out?

If you’re not a Peoplenomics subscriber, you may not realize that another one of Ure’s crazy theories is that Search Engines have given us new tools to explains the world around us in ways that are non-apparent.

You take this matter of missing keys:  People lose their keys all the time, but 99.9% of the time they find them quickly and that’s that.  But in the 0.1% of the time something goes wrong.  Like it did for the reader in India and the police officer in SoCal.

So off to Google:  How many references to “keys disappeared” show up?  6.85 million.  But you ain’t seen nothing yet.

How many references to “missing keys?”  Seventy-seven million!

For the sake of comparison, missing walls came up with 41.6 million hits, so about half as many.  And both have spawned industries…

Obviously, that’s why you can buy clip-on key retractors. Outfits like KeyBak make them for around 14-bucks… But wait; there’s more:  You can also get retracting wallets, too.

The (media-backed, science-inspired) urge to be “rational at all times” fails, now and then, I believe.  Because the world of quantum mechanics does provide for for things to occur that are at least statistically improbable.  Like that 16-year old boy who hopped the ride in the jet wheel well from the US mainland out to Hawaii.  By rights, he should have died, but somehow, he lived through the ordeal, however statistically improbable.

And we might mention in passing that one of the big draws in religions is that most have, at their center, statistically improbable events:  Moses going up a mountain and getting handed tablets from on high, or a more recent prophet ascending into the heavens in clouds.  In case you forgot this was a holiday weekend.

The data- at least as submitted by UrbanSurvival readers, seems to suggest that there is a whole World of Woo-Woo.  But the drive to be “rational” has hidden its “Gloryosky!:  (a Little  Annie Rooney term) and has led people to automatically explain missing/reappearing keys as simply “My bad…” and let it go at that.

Tim Dowling did a column in the UK Guardian back in January of 2011.  And you can see this “urge to rewrite real experience” in  his account called “Tim Dowling:The case of the missing keys…

imageYet there’s the Google Trends data:

All of which doesn’t get us anywhere in particular, except to notice that there are bumps and grinds in the Google data (from news reports) and the bring us to wondering if the sample size for generic search (rather than of news sources might reveal even more information about “missing things.”

imageAnd, as long as I’m off pontificating in the WoWW this morning, this gets me to my next point:  According to the same reliable Google Trends graphical engine, there’s been a major increase in news/headlines/stories about “missing time.”

I’m  not sure what it means, except that we ought to be seeing a major uptick in how people start reporting those odd (and often 15-30 minute gaps) that get reported now and again, often in relationship to alien abduction stories or mysterious cloud formations.

If you’ve had one of those “My Timex went one place and I went another” events, please send it along.  There is, says the data, something odd going on and the preponderance of anecdotal reports suggest it’s way more than just a clustering of statistically improbable events, as even quantum mechanics (runaway Reductionism) would have us believe.

Which is why so many people took yesterday as a holiday. “How’d he do that?” Might search engine analysis help on the trail of the unexplained?  Yes, I think so….but for now it’s just a good week-starter for the gray matter.

Breakfast of Champions

I had about the best breakfast a fellow could have this morning.  Leftover Chicken Cordon Bleu (with ham) and a baked potato. 

Elaine’s been tinkering with various cheeses and the mixture in last night’s (and this morning’s) of Gogonzola and Jarlsberg was amazing…

And yes, some red yeast rice, as a nod to cholesterol levels, lol…

Working on some research about the “future of liquid food” which may be served up tomorrow.

Meantime, we’re off to hang some sheetrock…always one of my least favorite tasks.  It approach real work which is why I scheduled it to begin on a Monday I suppose.  Not exactly a Friday afternoon (half-hour from Miller time) kind of event.

Write when you break-even and keep the flash goggles handy./