There is a strange phenomenon going on in every household across America, maybe throughout the world. And none of us question it, we just live with it.
It’s the Mystery of the Tupperware Lids. That may not sound like the next riveting Stephen King novel, but believe me: It’s taking over the universe.
We all have a stash of these plastic containers. And maybe they’re made by Rubbermaid or Ziploc or some other company, but the problem remains: Our lids and bottoms do not match up. At least not perfectly. We either have too many lids or too many bottoms, many of which have no mate.
How is this possible? We buy them in matching sets, the math is perfect. And then, within days, our world is in disarray.
Imagine if this happened with your shoes. Suddenly no two shoes go together—you have a Nike shoe, a dress shoe, and a slipper. But no mates. You’d call the police, right? And report shoe theft or something.
What if one of your bedsheets was suddenly gone? Or half your shirts? Sure, we all joke about the lost sock in the laundry, but that’s one sock. Not one of every pair.
Does plastic decompose faster than we’ve all been taught, and does it literally evaporate into the air? Is there a vast network of tiny elves who worship plastic, and who sneak into our homes (through the vents?) and then make off with various lids? Did someone melt them in the dishwasher, or try to bake them in the oven?
It makes you want to install a tiny chain from the lid to its bottom, the way banks protect their ball point pens. Or just use ceramic bowls and plastic wrap forever more. Or disposable Chinese-style take-out boxes. Meanwhile, I don’t recommend calling the police. They’d have time for nothing else.
Stay home and guard your plastic containers—curl up with a good book and keep one eye out for thieves.