Photo Essay: Mystery of the Rooftop Toys

While driving Mom and Little Miss to a play date this week, I spotted a residence with a few toddler toys outside… or more accurately… on the roof.  When it came time to pick Mom and Miss up, I brought my camera… What exactly is going on here?

Theory Number 1: The residents of this house are body builders and bulk up on vitamins, energy drinks and lots and lots of steroids. Their toddler has obviously been breaking into their stash and now has the strength to toss his toys onto the roof.

Overview photo of a two story house. Six toys are barely visible on the first floor roof

Theory 1 Debunked: Most of the toys are positioned upright, as if they were hand-placed and used on the roof. No toddler tosses with that accuracy.

Theory 2: A toddler in a passing jet broke free of his seatbelt, slammed open the emergency door and tossed his toys out.

Close-up of the roof with a toy piano, colorful plastic teether necklace and other toys visible

Theory 2 Debunked: The neighborhood was not littered with corpses and other debris that would have been sucked out of the plane.

Theory 3: The toddler in this home is a giant. He merely climbed onto the roof as easily as other toddlers boost themselves onto a sofa.

Close-up of a yellow cube sorting toy turned on its side under an overhang. Electrical wires lead from this area to a power pole located off-camera

Theory 3 Debunked: Notice the yellow cube placed precariously under an overhang next to electrical wires that lead to a nearby power pole. A giant toddler could not have played with the toy under such a low ceiling. Also, there were no obvious depressions where a heavy, giant toddler would have caved in portions of the roof.

Mom’s Theory 1: The stork who delivered the infant grew so attached that he comes by to visit now and then and brings a new toy each time. (Debunked: The stork deposits babies down chimneys and on doorsteps… not rooftops. Plus, the roof is devoid of bird droppings.)

Mom’s Theory 2: This was Santa’s final delivery of the evening and by that time he was just lazy. (Debunked: That sounds plausible, but the toys do not exhibit eight months of outdoor wear, nor are they wrapped.)

I’m at a loss to explain the situation. Have any ideas?


8 Responses to “Photo Essay: Mystery of the Rooftop Toys”

  1. ThreePts says:

    The mysteries of life. A couple years from now you’ll see the same story on an unexplained mysteries type of show.

    September 2nd, 2005 at 9:22 am

  2. BeckaJo says:

    It’s possible that the kids threw the toys out of the attic window up there. I used to do that…until my Dad nailed it shut…:^)

    September 5th, 2005 at 8:51 pm

  3. AJ says:

    Nice theory BeckaJo, but it still sounds like a steroid-induced power toss from the attic window. That window, if it even opens, appears to open upward vertically, and is likely to stop at around a 45 degree angle. The kid would need a bionic wrist to fling that toy piano across the roof under such a mobility constraint.

    I’m leaning toward miracle. They say God works in mysterious ways. I can think of no better example than what we have witnessed here on this humble little rooftop.

    September 9th, 2005 at 10:55 am

  4. Fitzgerald says:

    The toys are on a mission like in the movie “Toy Story”. When you look at them they seem to be laying there, but in actuality they are in the middle of some grand adventure.

    Or it could be that those toys were laying in a yard miles away and got caught in a funnel cloud that rained them down on this house.

    Or maybe some kids across town have invented a toy cannon, and those toys are direct hits on that house.

    OK, I really think Mom’s Theory 2 is the real reason.

    September 9th, 2005 at 6:42 pm

  5. AJ says:

    Fitzgerald, you got me. Your three ideas are all plausible. I like the toy cannon theory best. Or perhaps the kids used a giant slingshot made from several of mom’s bras. The raw materials would be readily available on a backyard clothesline and require no knowledge of thermodynamics.

    September 9th, 2005 at 7:06 pm

  6. Genepool23 says:

    This is clearly the work of a big sister.

    January 25th, 2007 at 12:34 pm

  7. marcia says:

    Clearly the work of an irate bully father tired of his kids toys, that he paid hard earned money for, being left out and instead of handling it in a mature manner, took to throwing them on the roof to both punish his kids and humiliate their mother but instead managed to make only himself look like the bully and jackass that he is. (yes, I was married to a guy just like that, lol)

    February 20th, 2009 at 1:56 am

  8. Julie in NC says:

    I think this is a case of older kids doing something stupid because they’re bored. I see it kinda like the shoes hanging from power lines; no real reason (that I know of) but someone had to try pretty hard to get them to stay up there!!

    May 6th, 2009 at 10:50 am

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