of the Unwanted Trash©
- Suddenly, Michelle rushed home and threw out the trash.
Below are the questions
and answers. Questions are in the order asked, preceded by the asker's
initials. (Answers are in parentheses.) Correct
answers and clues are in orange. KEY Facts
are in gold.
KS - Is it because the trash smelled bad? (Not at all.)
Is it because something had died? (Define
died.) Did she know if she didn't empty the trash, someone might
find something? (No.)
TT - Is the trash Michelle threw out normal household trash? (Some
people would use the expression "normal household trash" here.)
Did she suddenly rush home: after hearing something? (Yes.)
Remembering something? (No.) seeing something? (No.) Was she visiting
somebody at the time? (No.) Running an errand? (No.) Was there something
in the trash that could have incriminated her? (Negative.) Someone else?
(Strictly speaking - Yes. But don't hate
us for it.) Was there a crime involved? (Define
crime.) Did Michelle commit a crime? (Even if she did, don't
pursue this.) Is Michelle's occupation, age, marital status, nationality,
physical stature or appearance relevant to this mystery? (Her
age and her marital status.) Did she rush home in a car? her
car? a taxi? public transportation of some sort? (Taxi.
KEY Fact #6)
Any other people involved? 1? 2? 3? more? a group? (2
A - Did the trash smell bad? (Nope.)
AS - Is Michelle under the age of twenty? (Her
exact age is not important, but she IS over 21.) Is she married?
(Yes!!) Does she have a boyfriend? (Nope.) Does she have a fiancée?
(No.) Are the two other people that are involved related to her? (One
is.) Are they friends? (Not anymore.)
Did she throw the trash out to get rid of something that was
in the trash? (No.) Was she at a group function before she rushed home?
(Negative.) Was Michelle upset upon arrival at home? (Yes.)
Were the two other people involved a man and a woman/ two women/
two men? (A man and a woman.) Did
Michelle hear something that made her upset? (Yes.)
TT - Is it important to know where Michelle was, when
she heard something that upset her? (Not
really. We'll give this one to you. KEY
Fact #1) Did she hear in from
the radio? (Yes. KEY
Fact #2) from a person talking
to her? (No.) did she overhear it? Is her male relative: her husband
father? son? nephew? uncle? cousin? grandfather?
(Husband.) Is the relevant female: a neighbor? coworker? casual
acquaintance? policewoman? the taxi driver? her husband's lover? (Husband's
lover.) Is her occupation important? (No.) Was Michelle upset
by what she heard because: it meant a loss of money to her? (No.) a
loss of a loved one? (If you mean the death of a loved one, then No.)
a loss of her job? (No.) By crime I mean: felony or misdemeanor, punishable
by law. Was there a crime involved? (There
was no crime as you defined it.) Is it important to find out
where Michelle was when she heard the upsetting information? (Only
to show that she was not home.) Is the fact that she is over
21 important because: she was allowed to vote? to buy liquor? to make
her own decisions independent of her parents? (It
was important only to put her at a marrying age.) Is what was
in the trash bin relevant? (What trash bin?
Ah ha!!) If so, was it made of paper? wood? metal? stone? cloth?
liquid? solid? (Ask these again when the
"trash bin" issue has been resolved.) Was it
there in the trash when she reached home?
Or did she put it in the trash
upon arrival? Immediately? Shortly thereafter?
(Please define "it" and "trash" in the preceding
questions. And, please don't hate us.
:-)) Did she immediately take
out (We said - "threw out.")
the trash upon arriving at home? the same day? several days later? (Immediately.)
PP - PP - Were the two other people Michelle's husband
and his lover? (Yes.) Did Michelle
hear something on the phone? on the television? on the radio? from a
friend? from a stranger? (On the radio.)
Was the trash at with Michelle, before she went home? (No.)
CM - Was there something rotten in the trash? (There
was something rotten "about"
the trash.) Had Michele concealed something in the trash? (No.) Was
she trying to conceal something from her husband? (Nope.) Was she concealing
food wrappers - i.e., fast food wrappers, candy bar wrappers? (Negative.)
Was the trash inside the house? (Yes.)
Did she need to take it out and forgot to do it and didn't want her
husband to find out? (No.) Did Michele hear something on the radio or
TV that sent her hurrying home? (Yes, the
radio.) Did she hear something on the phone or from a friend?
(Neither.) Was Michele very young - i.e., a bride; very old; middle
aged? (Old enough to marry is all that matters.)
Was she at work when she heard what made her rush home? (On her way
to work, but it isn't really important.) Was she at church; at a movie;
shopping; with a friend; in a restaurant? (Exactly
what Michelle was doing when she heard, isn't important.)
YS - Is there something dangerous in the trash? (Nope.) Did her mom
threatened to "ground" her? (No she didn't) Did she put anything
into the trash just before she threw it away? (Nothing
TT - Was the trash Michelle's husband? (No.) His
lover? Both? (Both!! This should
make things easier. KEY Fact #8)
Did what Michelle hear on the radio indicate to her that her husband
was having an affair? (Yes.) That
his lover was with him at home? (Yes.
KEY Fact #7)
Did she recognize a voice on the radio? (No.) Familiar sounds that made
her realize what was going on? (No.) Is the husband's occupation important?
Was he a disk jockey? (His occupation
is not important.) And she heard something
on the radio to indicate he wasn't working that day? (No.) Perhaps a
different DJ? Or a technical problem in the station indicating he wasn't
on the job? (Creative, but all wrong.) There was no trash bin, correct?
(Absolutely correct.) Is
the trash literally something you would dispose of on a daily or weekly
basis? (No, it is not!!)
PP - What Michelle heard on the radio, was it music?
(No.) news? (No.) a human voice? (Yes.)
a commercial? (No.) the DJ speaking?
(Yes, and more.) The trash that Michelle
threw out, was it typical waste (paper, food, plastic, etc.) collected
at a house and disposed of regularly? (No.) Did Michelle rush to a residence?
a retirement home? a home for non-human animals? (A
residence.) Do any of the three people in
this Mystery work at a radio station? (No.)
AS - Did Michelle "throw out" the trash
because her husband was cheating on her??
(Yes!) Was her husband home when she got
home to throw out the trash? (Yes.)
Did she know her husband was cheating on her before she heard whatever
she heard on the radio?? (She suspected
it.) Did what she hear on the radio lead
her to believe her husband was cheating on her?? (Sure
did!) Was what she heard on the radio words
from a caller/dj/ or a song?? (Of
these 3, technically only the DJ. Technically!!) Was
the trash in a wastebasket previous to her throwing it out? (Nope.)
her husband's lover a complete stranger/a friend of hers/a coworker
of hers/his?? (Complete stranger.)
Was Michelle's marriage on the rocks? (Yep.)
Did she throw her husband out when she got home? (Yes!
KEY Fact #8)
TT - Did Michelle's husband or his lover call the
radio station? (No.) Request a song? (No.) Forget to hang up? (Nope.)Therefore
the sounds of their love making were broadcast on air? (Clever, but
not right.) Did Michelle recognized her husband's voice (or groans)?
(Disgusting and WRONG!)
TF - Does Michelle live alone? (No, she is married. She just feels like
she is alone :-))
PP - What Michelle heard on the radio, is it something heard on the
radio frequently? (Depending on the
station - Yes.) Does it matter what kind
of radio she was listening to? (No.) Does it matter what kind of station
she was listening to (classical, pop, rap, etc.)? (Perhaps
a little, but it won't be very helpful.)
Was she listening to a short-wave radio? (No.) Was she listening on
Does that matter? (No.) Is
anything other than what she heard on the radio important? (No.)
Is all that remains is to find out what it is that Michelle heard on
the radio? (YES!!!)
KS - Was her husband a DJ who should have been
working? (Nope.) Continued from before -- in other words, she heard
someone other than her husband on the radio? (Yep.)
TT - Michelle heard the DJ's voice on the radio,
right? (Right!) Was
he announcing the next song? (Nope.) reporting news? (Nope.) weather?
(Negatory.) counseling a caller? (No.) calling someone? (Yes,
indeed.) interviewing someone? (Not
really an interview.) Was he talking to Michelle's
husband? (No.) his lover? (YES!!
But WHY???) Michelle heard something else,
correct? (Not correct.) Noises from the studio? (No.) a recording of
something? (No.) of her husband's voice? (No.) his lover's voice? (Not
a recording.) Did Michelle know the DJ personally?
Did her husband? his lover? (None of these is important.)
TT - Did the DJ call Michelle (The
DJ called Michelle's home number. KEY Fact
#4) because she won a prize
in a sweepstakes? (Close enough. The DJ
announced a contest. KEY Fact #3)
to get information from her? (Yes!!)
Did he call her on her cell phone? (No.) Did he get her number at random?
(Yes.) As from a phone book? (Not
a phone book.) Was he doing a survey? (No.) Confusion: you said Michelle
didn't hear anything else, but previously stated (25/02 to PP) that
Michelle heard the DJ speaking "and more". Please clarify.
Was the "more" something the DJ was doing? tapping his fingers?
dialing the phone? humming? singing? clearing his throat? (By
more, we meant that Michelle heard the DJ and someone else, whom we
now know was the husband's lover.) Did Michelle hear her husband's
lover's voice on the radio? (Yes.) through
the phone? (The lover was speaking on a
phone with the DJ, and this was broadcast over the radio while Michelle
listened.) Did the lover say something to indicate where she
was? (Anything the lover said would have
revealed where she was at the time of the call.) the address
of Michelle's home? the phone number? the name of her friend-Michelle's
husband? (The lover said none of these things.)
PP - Did the DJ call Michelle's home? (Yes.
KEY Fact #4)
AF - Was something rotting in the
trash? (Afraid not.)
CM - Was the lover making a request? (Nope.) Did the
song the lover requested mean something special to Michelle? (N/A) The
DJ called the lover - right? (Right.) Had she entered a contest of some
kind? (SHE didn't) Did the lover
respond to something asked by the DJ (i.e., name, phone number, address)
that told Michelle she was calling from Michelle's own home? (The
lover DID respond to something asked by the DJ. The response isn't important.)
Did he ask if she was alone? (No.) Was the lover's voice familiar to
Michelle? (Not at all.) Do we need to know the lover's name? (Nah!)
Is the lover the girl friend, wife, a relation of the DJ? (Nope.) Are
Michelle and the DJ involved in an affair together? (That's a negative.)
Was the DJ conversation with the lover about his relationship with Michelle?
(No! Stop watching Jerry Springer.)
The next question
solved the Mystery of the Unwanted Trash!!
of the Unwanted Trash, Don Fitzmahan, 2002 / Minute Mystery is trademarked
by Don Fitzmahan.