Alec Nevala-Lee

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The Eureka Zone

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The Eureka Zone

The majority of lost objects are right where you figure—once you take a moment to stop and figure.

Others, however, are in the immediate vicinity of that place. They have undergone a displacement—a shift in location that, although minor, has served to render them invisible.

Some examples:

A pencil has rolled beneath a typewriter.
A tool has been shoved to the rear of a drawer.
A book on a shelf has gotten lodged behind other books.
A folder has been misfiled, several folders away from where it belongs.

Objects are apt to wander. I have found, though, that they tend to travel no more than eighteen inches from their original location. To the circle described by this eighteen-inch radius I have given a name. I call it the Eureka Zone.

With the aid of a ruler…determine the Eureka Zone of your lost object. Then explore it. Meticulously.

Professor Solomon, How to Find Lost Objects

Written by nevalalee

April 19, 2014 at 9:00 am

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  1. So that’s where all my pens are. Does this theory apply to anything else?


    April 19, 2014 at 9:18 am

  2. It definitely applies to fiction. If you’re missing something, it’s often just a few inches away from where it needs to be.


    April 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

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