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 Post subject: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:11 pm 
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My mom and I were walking in the woods across the street and saw this nailed to a tree (sorry for crappy cell phone pic):

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Inside the bag is something dark, bound carefully with white string, and the bottom of the bag is filled with orange liquid/mush. My mom wanted to open the bag, but I wouldn't let her!

There are a lot of kids who go into the woods to drink/get high, so it could just be a weird teenager "let's put weird stuff in a bag and nail it to to a tree" type thing. But there are also a lot of people around here who practice santeria and other religions and sacrifice chickens in the woods, so maybe it is something religious? What say you?


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:32 pm 
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hm. where i live i see a lot of santeria/umbanda/vodou practices but i've never seen any offerings nailed to a tree, or put in a plastic bag for that matter. there are pretty strict rules about where offerings have to go (usually in clay bowls or directly on the ground).
the orange stuff makes me think that it is some kind of food or sauce. but frankly i think it might be somebody's dark colored clothing that got barfed on, wrapped up all funny-like.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:40 pm 
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Yeah, the orange stuff does look like some kind of sauce. The black thing tied in twine is weird though! I've been googling "stuff nailed to trees" and found an article about cow tongues nailed to trees in Prospect Park! http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2009/08/prospect_park_n.php This doesn't look like a tongue though. Maybe I'll go back and see if it's still there tomorrow, and if it is, I'll try to rip the bag with a stick or something to see what's inside.


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 7:50 pm 
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Honestly, I would probably report this to local authorities rather than investigate further myself. It is probably harmless, but nailing something to a tree may constitute vandalism, and you have no idea what kind of biohazard is contained therein.


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With all the syringes, used toilet paper, and broken bottles in the woods, I think weird tree bag is probably least hazardous thing there!


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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I've been watching enough true crime shows to guess, a body part.

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Shy Mox wrote:
I've been watching enough true crime shows to guess, a body part.


I don't watch true crime, but I always jump to the worst possible conclusion, so that's where I went too.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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I'm grossed out and extremely curious. Pls to report back.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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I'd be terrified to open it up myself. In the movies, it's always a body part/a dead animal/something contaminated with bio hazardous everything and now you've killed us, you've killed us all!


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My mom wants us to go back tomorrow and open it. I'll let you all know what happens. That is, if we survive.


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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I think it kind of looks like a dead bird? I don't know, but I wouldn't open it.

My own curiosity is too great to advise you not to open the bag, because I am selfish (just kidding- don't do it!).


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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Why not just call the nonemergency police line? Wait, don't you have a family member in the police? What's their advice?


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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My mom is an animal control officer who works for the police force (she wears a police uniform and everything!), and she wants to go back tomorrow and open the bag. My dad is a police officer, and he is asleep, so I don't know what he thinks. Probably he would think it was funny to pull it off the tree and chase me around with it.


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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Why would the bag still be there? Am I the only one who would, like, call the police? Don't you watch Dexter?

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Yeah dude I vote body part. Do not investigate further! Convince yourself you never saw it!

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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IsaChandra wrote:
Why would the bag still be there? Am I the only one who would, like, call the police? Don't you watch Dexter?

I was typing this before I saw the police stuff above. But STILL.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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I see bags like that all of the time in the surrounding Boston area and it's usually just poop that an owner picked up and didn't want to carry so they tie it to a tree. This doesn't seem like poop, though and they don't usually tie the poop with twine.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 10:51 pm 
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eatsbabies wrote:
My own curiosity is too great to advise you not to open the bag, because I am selfish (just kidding- don't do it!).

Make your mom do it. Everyone wins!

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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Doesn't it take more effort to nail your bag of shiitake to a tree than to find a trash can?

Whatever it is, it sounds gross and weird. Should be dealt with by professionals with thick rubber gloves and sterilizable tongs.


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 11:47 pm 
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lavawitch wrote:
Watching Dexter really changes one's world view.


Really? It didn't change mine at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
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Doesn't it take more effort to nail your bag of shiitake to a tree than to find a trash can?

Yes. Some people are very lazy.

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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:23 am 
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I am also voting don't open it, call the police as I am certain it contains a body part!


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 Post subject: Re: Okay, now what the fork is *this*?
PostPosted: Thu May 02, 2013 8:49 am 
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Maybe they were marking it to be cut down but the spraypaint malfunctioned and got orange everywhere so they shoved it in a bag and nailed it to a tree instead.*





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