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Self Burying Hoses

This may seem like an absurd thing to be concerned about, but nobody’s been able to come up with a satisfactory explanation behind why in 1955, all over the United States, garden hoses started burrowing nozzle-first into the ground. One of the first reported incidents came in Downey, California, at the home of George di Peso. Di Peso’s daughter was watering the garden when she set the hose down. Bizarrely, it started sinking into the earth until nearly 20 feet of it was underground and George had to cut it off to stop its motion. Similar cases were reported in Florida, Kansas, New York and Michigan. Some scientists speculated that the water pressure created a vacuum that pulled the hoses into loose soil, but they couldn’t duplicate the effect when asked.

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