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Gift or Warning?

Bizarrely marked pencil suspiciously placed on my desk

By Summer Olsson [ Thu May 26 2011 3:03 PM ]

The pencil in its original placement
The pencil in its original placement

When I arrived at work today, there was a strange item smack in the middle of my desk. It was a pencil, but not one I had used or left there. It is a near-perfect number 2, unsharpened with an only slightly used eraser. But near the business end, there are three deep, narrow, perpendicular grooves, equally spaced and cut down to the lead.

What does this mean? Who left this pencil for me to find? What were they trying to communicate? Is it someone who, as a coworker suggested, is harboring a secret, tormenting crush on me and has to chew up pencils? Doubtful. The grooves are too small and regular to be caused by normal human teeth. Is someone trying to send me an ominous message? Confuse me? Make me waste time writing this blog?

Close-up of the grooves
Close-up of the grooves

Admittedly it's not as bad as a dead bird left by your cat, or a horse head left by the Godfather. But it's freaking me out. Who are you, mystery pencil leaver?!

Who is doing this to me?!
Who is doing this to me?!
Creepy pencil, I hate you
Creepy pencil, I hate you
Sketches of possible culprits: three-toothed monster or tiny man with saw
Sketches of possible culprits: three-toothed monster or tiny man with saw
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