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Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Oooooh…it’s Dusting Kitteh Monday, GN!

Odd to have daylight so early today.

Sven --

As re the weirdness with your front door (and I’m pulling this straight outta my fundament, as I’m uncertain I fully understand how the Flip Action Door Lock functions):

You mentioned you’d noticed the Flip thingy seemed loose. Further, the item description mentioned it can only be engaged from the inside and that it’s child-safe due -- presumably -- to some way of disengaging it from the outside.

So my wild-ass guess is that for some unknown reason (the looseness?), it (perhaps only partially) engaged when Mrs. Sven closed the door to join you at your neighbors’.

While your repeated solo attempts to enter were unsuccessful, something occurred which caused the flip lock to disengage, thus making it unexpectedly easy to open the door when you tried again a few minutes later with Mrs. Sven.

Your putting a shoulder to the door the first time might have caused the lock to get bent out of true and had something to do with the lock disengaging. Perhaps having to do with the “child-safe” mechanism?

I know the above is pretty-much a useless non-explanation. 🙁

Based on your description of clearing the house such as nothing being out of place, a calm cat, etc., it seems unlikely you had an intruder; ditto that they would have engaged the lock while they were inside which would have required them 1) to notice and, 2) use the lock, impeding their ability to beat a hasty retreat with any loot.

So there you have my pointless $0.02.

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epstein
dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

Best version of the Epstein Meme I’ve seen so far. Although you had to be alive in the 1970ies to get the reference.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Mac

G’monin’, Mac --

You raised several good points.

Wish I had a better notion of how that device works. My -- admittedly poor -- understanding is that it wouldn’t be possible to use a card to defeat the thing.

As you said, perhaps “Mr. Science” will be more helpful than I. 🙂

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

I thought on this last night and don’t have any better ideas than you, Mac. I’m very familiar with that type of lock and while it’s possible the friction of the closing door caused the plate to rotate and fall into position, that doesn’t explain the latch coming undone. If it was bent enough from prior attempts to force it open then it might be possible for repeated short bursts of pressure to allow it to work its way upward, the rotate open, but unlikely. I’d look at the corners of the “ears” to see if there were any rounding. If the metal was too soft, there could be some wear, which might allow the plate to cam out of position.

Or maybe it’s just aliens.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Happy Monday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Mac!

It’s Monday, so that means another day filled with meetings!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Heya, Paddy --

Just watched a short video about it; I think it’d be very hard to defeat from the outside. And, as Mac alluded to, seems highly unlikely it could somehow “undo” itself.

(Sven didn’t mention if they were missing any shoes…in which case it might have been Mossad.) 👿

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago

Mossad? Did Jack Tatum lick the lamb’s blood off the door posts again?

dv8
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dv8
2 years ago

I wanted to make some kind of joke about “Naruto runners” on their way to area 51 running so fast that they ended up in your house. Perhaps, after leaving a shadow clone inside the house, they were able to engage and disengage the lock without leaving a trace.

And… cats love ninjas--kindred spirits--so of course the cat was calm when you arrived back home.

Then I decided against making light of this strange situation.

Then I did it anyway.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  dv8

Hiya, DV8!

Glad you re-reconsidered. 🙂

I did not know that cats love ninjas; ya learn somethin’ every day.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

The title is “Swedish specialties meet German soldiers”.

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

The one smart one in the group is the guy with the cell phone. He let’s everyone else eat the rotted fish.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Misanthropologist
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Reply to  Mac

I’d never heard of the “Surströmming Challenge”, either.

I don’t know why those were funny to me, but they were.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago
Reply to  Mac

“…but I will say, some Asian girls really put these guys to shame.” Uh, something I never expected to read from Mac.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
2 years ago

Thanks, boys, for your thoughts. I don’t know what to think, but I think some extra security measures won’t hurt even if I’ve gone way down the wrong path with this.