The Case of the Mysterious Pile in the Daughter’s Room

A recent post in the “Homemaking Tips” Facebook group left everyone puzzled and concerned. Kelli Tarin shared an image of a bizarre pile she discovered in her daughter’s room. The mysterious mess resembled coffee grounds or ant beds and felt like shells. Fearing for her daughter’s safety, Tarin turned to the online community for answers.

The post quickly went viral, garnering over 9000 comments and 440,000 reactions. However, despite the immense attention, no one could definitively identify the source of the mysterious pile. Various suggestions were thrown around, including ants, mice excrement, and even termites. Seeking professional help, Tarin contacted pest control companies, but they were baffled too. This situation felt truly unique to them.

To ensure her daughter’s well-being, Tarin took precautions. She had her daughter sleep with her father until the mystery was solved. She eliminated roaches and mice as potential culprits based on her observations and experience. Tarin even considered bats, but the probability was low in her West Texas location.

The mysterious pile of unidentified pellets found.

In her updates, Tarin emphasized that she diligently cleaned the entire house every day and yet the mysterious pile only appeared in her daughter’s room. It took about two days to form after thorough cleaning. The landlords were called in to investigate, but the puzzle remained unsolved.

Ultimately, a comment from the Facebook group led Tarin to discover the unexpected truth. Someone suggested that a lavender bear belonging to one of her kids had burst, and the contents were inside the pile. Tarin remembered that there was indeed a pile of toys with a lavender blush bear that she had discarded, assuming it was infested. She retrieved the bear and found a hole in it, containing the same material as the mysterious pile. The mystery was finally solved – all thanks to the collective effort and support of the online community.

The identity of the mysterious pile

Throughout the ordeal, Tarin expressed her gratitude for the group’s reaction. Even though the exact answer was not provided, their support and lightheartedness helped her stay positive during a worrisome time.

Can You Identify This “Mystery” Tool?

If you enjoy solving mysteries and identifying unique items, here’s another challenge for you. Take a look at the image below and see if you can guess what this tool is.

Unidentified tool

Stay tuned for the reveal and see if you guessed it right!


  • “Anyone know what this could be? I have found two piles of these … in my daughters’ room.” Homemaking. Nini. August 14, 2023
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