Wedding ring found

Norman Dye lost his wedding ring in 2001. The entire family searched everywhere for it, unsuccessfully. Three years later Norman died, and because they still hadn't found the ring, his son slipped his own ring on his father's body in the casket (and took it back before the casket was closed).

But recently, 13 years after the ring was lost, a shiny object caught the eye of Norman's wife, Juanita, while she was in the bathroom. There was the ring, lying at the bottom of the toilet. It remains unexplained how the ring got there. Or how it could have remained there for 13 years. [The Commercial Appeal]
     Posted By: Alex - Thu Dec 11, 2014
     Category: Bathrooms

That is strange and touching. I am sure she will treasure it as a keepsake.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/11/14 at 08:12 AM
You're right, Patty. While I'm sure that the story is true, it does beggar belief. 13 years' worth of flushing and cleaning is a long time.

There was a movie, many years ago, where an abused woman fakes her own death and sets up a new life somewhere else. Before she left, she threw her rings in the toilet. Her husband, after a while, spots the rings, and the hunt is on.

Given the density of gold, it's plausible that the rings would stay in the bottom of the toilet. Given the amount of, er, solid matter that gets flushed, surely the rings would have been swept along at some point over the years. Maybe this was the downstairs toilet - the one that guests use - that might explain it.
Posted by TheCannyScot in Atlanta, GA on 12/11/14 at 08:42 AM
CannyScot -- a plumber hypothesized that the ring might have somehow gotten wedged in some part of the toilet, maybe the water trap, and then just recently came loose.

When I go to the article now it's behind a paywall. When I read it last night it wasn't.
Posted by Alex on 12/11/14 at 09:23 AM
That's a thought Scot. Sometimes older people do not clean as well as they used to or see as well for that matter.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/11/14 at 09:25 AM
You know there is an S type curve in the bottom of the toilet. I know this because when my son was potty training he flushed the plastic pee guard that goes on the front of the potty seat. It got wedged and the toilet had to be replaced. It took a sledge hammer to get the thing out. So maybe that is where the ring was stuck.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/11/14 at 09:31 AM
How about it being in the tank and then, finally, working it way out with a flush?

How about the ghost just placing it there as a gag on the living?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/11/14 at 09:57 AM
Well someone may have accidently swallowed the ring and it took 13 years to work it's way out?
Posted by BMN on 12/11/14 at 10:18 AM
It's a MIRACLE! Poo turned into gold for Juanita's golden years.
Posted by KDP on 12/11/14 at 11:11 AM
My guess is Expat is right -- it was in the tank (he reached in to jiggle something, it snagged the ring, his hand being cold from the water explains why he didn't feel it slipping off, and it hung there until something recently knocked it loose).

My question: are they going to exhume the body to put the ring on him?
Posted by Phideaux on 12/11/14 at 01:46 PM
I think the son just put his ring on dad for the service. I doubt they'd have left the man's own ring on him for burial if it wasn't lost either Phideaux.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/11/14 at 02:08 PM
My dad was buried with his wedding ring, favorite watch, and a silver dollar in his pocket (something he always carried). Maybe valuables are removed if there's a tradition of grave-robbing in the area?
Posted by Phideaux on 12/11/14 at 03:47 PM
I just thought that most people don't bury valuables but that may depend on the family's financial demographic. I am blessed to have daddy's wedding ring which I wear everyday.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/11/14 at 05:27 PM
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