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Spinside Access: Strangest Things

By Lauren McGill on October 17, 2017 in Company News

What is this? At Spinutech we’re all about the relationship. We don’t just want to be your service provider; we want to be your partner. We’ll be sharing an inside look at who we are in our blog series: “Spinside Access.” Each month we’ll bring you a new post chock full of fun and interesting details about the team, as well as useful tips and resources!

Part 1: Hooray Beer; Part 2: Music makes me...; Part 3: Secret Talents; Part 4: The Best Gift Ever; Part 5: New Year's Resolutions; Part 6: Social Media Favorites; Part 7: March Madness; Part 8: April Fool's Pranks; Part 9: What's Your Entrance Song?; Part 10: Spinside Access: Must-see Movies


"Honestly, there's no way I could limit it to just one and, frankly, this isn't an appropriate platform for the vast majority of them."

- Luke Baldwin, when asked for the strangest thing that has EVER happened to him.

How many times have you walked away from a situation and thought, "Wow, that was really weird"? How often does a weird situation stick in your mind, causing you to wonder if strange things happen more to you than they do to other people? Well, you're not alone– super weird things happen to all of us! The good news is that we can share them and either cringe or laugh together afterwards.

In honor of the Netflix Original "Stranger Things: Season 2" release later this month, we want to share our "strangest things" with you! We asked the Spinutech team to enlighten us with their strangest things, some are funny, some are plain weird, and others might leave you scratching your head.

Our "Stranger Things"

Strangest ghost/UFO/supernatural experience....

When I was in college, it was well known that my then-boyfriend's house was haunted by a college-age kid who always wore a white button down shirt and black pants. One night I thought I heard his brother coming into his room to get some clothes, but then I heard someone's voice on the other side of the bed say "who says it's [brother's name]?" and then I heard footsteps walk out of the room.
-Kiley

One night I experienced sleep paralysis. I kept seeing a large man stand over my bed smiling.
-Lydia

I swear on my grandmother's grave we made a buddy levitate using only our pinky fingers back in high school. I was completely sober.
-Luke

I once was working on a project with a group for our capstone senior year of college. We were in the library late at night and suddenly the lights turned off (strange since it was 24hrs) in the whole building. Now we were not the only ones in the building so everyone just started to yell because we could not see at all. But the strange part was when the lights came back on several minutes later many of the tables were moved around and one of our teammates was gone. So we called and texted him to see where he went. We ended up not finding him that night and went home. We later found out he was lost in a back room without his phone and couldn't get out due to a one-way door closing on him while he was trying to find the lights.
-Ben

Strangest thing that's happened to you at Spinutech...

Well, I did get in a car wreck on a work trip and had a random guy who knew our president stop and give us a ride to our client meeting. Also, Luke Baldwin's Snapchats are pretty darn strange.
-Kiley

I once had a client sing a song to me on the phone. Not just a line from a song, but the whole thing. 
-Lauren

One morning, while I was alone in the kitchen, I heard one of the doors to a conference room close. No one else was in the office yet.
-Lydia

Watching a co-worker get completely sideways after unsuccessfully navigating a hoverboard.
-Shane

I ate an expired package of those crackers with peanut butter (didn't realize it was expired until halfway through.)I looked down at the package to find out that there were little maggots in it. Yummy!
-Katie

Getting barged in on by an electrician while going number 2.
-Eric

Strangest thing that's happened to you at any job...

I've had two different people take their shoes off and trim their toenails at work.
-Kiley

I had a random stranger run (literally) up to my desk and ask me if I liked beef. I told them no (I really don't eat meat) and they quickly ran away and out the door.
-Lauren

In college I was a director for a student organization that set up campus and community events. One of my jobs was to be the main contact for the entertainment we had for that event. One night we were hosting comedian/actor David Koechner for stand-up. He texted me after his first show with a long, heart-felt message expressing his love and affection for me. There were also a few kissy emojis. Moments later, he responded with a curse word followed by: "THAT WAS FOR MY WIFE." We had a good laugh about it after, but when I first received that message I wasn't sure how to respond.
-Katie

Last summer at my job, I'd have to go into the "cockroach closet." It was like a graveyard of cockroaches. And sometimes they weren't dead!
-Lydia

Coming back from vacation to my whole desk being shrink wrapped. Even down to my pens and stapler, separately wrapped.
-Shane

As an intern, I got hit on by a manager. We're now married with 2 kids.
-Luke

When I was in college I worked In a hotel, and one time when working a Sunday shift (busy day) I walked into a room that was relatively clean but had left a very nice note and a large tip for cleaning the room. I thought this was a nice surprise on a busy day... except when I walked into the bathroom. The shower was covered in blood from top to bottom. At this point, i just walked out and started to do another part of the room. The kicker to this story was when I found a full Polk County Jail uniform stuffed into a drawer behind the sheets. Needless to say, I called the Police. They said they have no idea why this person had this and left. Very strange day.
-Ben

Strangest stranger encounter...

When my husband and I were in college he studied abroad and I went to visit him. We went to Paris and went out one night. As we were walking back from the establishments in Montemarte, we were chatting with a guy who was also leaving. When we got to our hostel, we went inside and went to get on the elevator to go to our room. A man came out from a back room and proceeded to argue in French with the man we were chatting with whom we did not know followed us inside. The stranger turned around and left. It wasn't until later that I realized how weird (and probably dangerous) that situation was.
-Kiley

One time when I was at Adventureland, I caught an older man standing uncomfortably close to me in line. When I turned and looked at him he asked me for a lock of my hair. I was 12 years old. In the moment my friends and I just nervously laughed and moved away, but now that I think about it I realize just how creepy that situation was.
-Katie

I've had several stranger encounters in the parking lots of grocery stores. In college, an elderly woman started talking to me as I was loading my car with groceries. She went on and on about all of her sons (3 of them as I remember) and where they all lived, what they did for a living, how old they were, how many children they had, etc. I stood there and listened for probably 10 minutes - long after I was done loading groceries into my car.
-Lauren

I once had a stranger walk up to me and give me a hug and walk away. It was a good hug but very unwarranted and unneeded on my end.
-Ben

Strangest thing you've experienced while driving...

A small green tree frog got into my car once and started crawling on me as I was driving. Luckily it was on a residential street where I could pull over!
-Kiley

I was actually at a standstill when this happened, but the driver in front of me let her foot of the brake and rolled back into me. She then proceeded to SCREAM at me because she thought I hit her, and because I wanted to call the police/exchange information.
-Lauren

A buddy and I were driving down the road when I saw something out of my peripheral. It was his passenger-side back tire keeping pace with us through the Kwik Star parking lot parallel to the road.
-Luke

I saw a group of 2-3 people in the middle of a soybean field really late at night. It was kinda creepy because it was in the middle of nowhere.
-Lydia

I once saw a trucker playing a video game while driving. He was a fairly good driver for not paying much attention to the road.
-Ben

Watching a deer bounce off the front of an SUV in front us and it didn't even stop. Busted grill and headlight and they just kept on truckin.
-Shane

Strangest "wrong number" phone call...

I get a lot of these. My phone number is very similar to the Winterset Sheriff's department so people call me all hours of the night to tell me that their electricity is out, someone is being too loud, "that person is driving by my house again" or report other annoyances (hopefully no crimes... I stopped answering). I've seriously considered changing my voicemail to "This is Kiley Skadburg NOT the Winterset Sheriff's Department. Please DO NOT leave a message, hang up and call [insert correct number here]."
-Kiley

Not the "wrong number" this question is referring to, but I did think I was 33 for the majority of the 34th year of my life, only realizing my error when I renewed my driver's license that year.
-Luke

I got a call from an Alabama area code (I used to live there), and when I answered, the guy on the other end was surprised it was a guy talking. He then proceeded to yell at me for "being" with his wife. I had no idea who that was and when I finally I told him he might have the wrong number he was silent and just quietly apologized and hung up. Never heard from him again.
-Ben

Strangest gift you've received....

A gift card to a beautician. I'm a dude. And bald.
-Luke

I received a pair of scissors at a bridal shower. I actually thought they landed in the gift bag on accident because they weren't packaged. But it turns out they were a part of the gift and funny enough, I use them all the time now!
-Lauren

Notorious B.I.G (biggie) Doll
-Eric

There you go, our "stranger things" at Spinutech! Let us know what you think in the comments below and if you've had similar strange things happen to you.

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