Nada (queensugar) wrote in thequestionclub,

Straw Into Gold?

Hello, thequestionclub. I'd like to hear from your imaginations.

I have lived in my apartment for four years. Outside my windows is a small grassy garden, then a fence, and then a narrow sidewalk bordering another apartment building.

Every day, for the last four years, somewhere between my building and the next, a man has loudly yelled "RUMPELSTILTSKIN."

This occurs at between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. every single day, though there are occasional instances at around 1 p.m. I have never been able to get a visual on the man. I have occasionally yelled "why are you yelling that?" and received no response.

Judging from his voice, he's about 30 to 40 years of age. There is only one man who yells it. There are no sounds that occur after the Rumpelstiltskin call. Nobody else in my apartment building has noticed it, though I haven't asked everyone.

After four years, I had mostly gotten so used to it I stopped noticing it. But after my partner moved in last fall, it became a subject of renewed curiosity. And we are baffled!

So, TQC, tell me:

A) Why do you think this is happening?

B) How can I figure out what is really happening, short of staking out the entire east side of my building every single night?

ETA: As a bit of clarification, the only reason I don't think "dog" (though truthfully, it hadn't occured to me before) is that none of the buildings in this neighbourhood allow dogs, and the sound isn't remotely near any of the houses in the area.

It also doesn't sound like a dog call, because it's never once been "Here, Rumpelstiltskin!" or "Come on, Rumpie!" Just the single, loud, fast, RUMPELSTILTSKIN.

Still, it remains the most plausible of the possibilities.

ETA2 Sometime this week, I'm going to try and capture it on audio, and put it up on TQC_Updates so anyone interested can enjoy the weirdness.

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