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Friday, January 22, 2010

Lincoln Square Light Fixture Mystery

There was a mystery at this estate sale that has perplexed me since mid-October (when these photos were taken) and that you may ponder for all of 15-20 seconds before going on with the rest of your day. We'll get to it in a moment. But first, a few of the odd finds I found.

As the package says, these "over glasses protectors" are ideal for racquetball, handball, baseball and basketball. Also for getting your balls kicked in by the local bully when you show up wearing them.

John Hornor Jacobs is a good friend and a good writer, as well as a reader of this blog. Recently he commented that these old Macs might be worth a bit of money if they work. That seems a long shot, however, since I've never known an Apple product to actually do that. (Oh, snap! Send your angry emails here.)


... liked...

... chipmunks.

Now on to the mystery. This lighting fixture caught my eye.

As did its upside-down twin on the filing cabinet nearby.

And their black counterpart. Why?

Because I'd seen them before, at a yard sale about a month earlier. Is it possible these are different light fixtures, even though they're identical to the first three? Perhaps. However, it seems more likely they're the same ones, bought at one sale in September, and on sale again in October. Strange. Weird. Even a little creepy.


  1. PLEASE say you didn't buy the light fixtures! Obviously they are cursed.

  2. No, I did not. And you are right: obviously they are the Hope Diamond of light fixtures.


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