Disappearing Object Phenomenon: Is it For Real?

Disappearing Object Phenomenon, referred to as DOP or The DOPler Effect is a strange and sometimes bizarre event that happens in homes all across America everyday. You’ve probably even experienced it yourself. Perhaps you were watching TV and when you reached for the remote it had mysteriously disappeared. Now that in itself is nothing to be concerned about. But, you enlisted the help of everyone in the family to help you search your home and it was nowhere to be found. Suddenly it reappears exactly where it should have been. How could everyone have missed it right there in plain sight?

It’s the DOPler Effect.

So exactly where did your remote go and how did it reappear? No one knows for sure, but there are several theories.

The first of which is, yep, you guessed it; plain old forgetfulness. It may seem like objects have a mind of their own and simply show up somewhere else when you aren’t looking. But the truth is; you probably did forget that you moved it. When the object is finally located, you can often think back to prior to losing it and recall leaving the room or answering the phone, probably with the item in hand. And there it is right where you stopped to pet the cat or get a drink of water.

This really isn’t DOP at all, at least not as far as the paranormal kind goes.

But that wasn’t the case with the disappearing remote. Okay. So we ruled out that you didn’t absentmindedly take the remote to another room and forget it. Now what?

Well, the second most common reason for objects going missing and reappearing in the same location, is; someone else moved it and when they saw you upset and searching they didn’t want to own up to it. They quietly sneaked it back in its proper place when you weren’t looking. Admittedly, if you have kids this is a plausible explanation.

But everyone was accounted for and you are absolutely sure no one moved the remote when you weren’t looking.

Hm. Now that’s getting interesting.

Many psychics and paranormal researchers claim that the object slips into another dimension and returns to our dimension later on. This, of course, is just a theory and there really isn’t any evidence to support that multiple dimensions really exist, let alone that your remote has visited one.

Others attribute it to ghostly activity, either because the spirit wishes to communicate with you or he thinks it’s funny to see you running around looking for the remote. You have to admit it.  If you were a ghost and had no way to interact with us mortals thumbing our noses at your existence, a good game of hide seek would probably break up the monotony a bit.

Whatever the reason, we all know that objects do disappear when no one is looking. We’ve all experienced the DOPler Effect at one time or another, but probably didn’t think anyone would believe us if we told them.

So what do you say? Have you experienced The DOPler Effect? Drop a line in the comments and share your stories.

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79 thoughts on “Disappearing Object Phenomenon: Is it For Real?

  1. I have lost a large amount of my clothing! I was gone for 6 months and when I returned to go to my clothing storage area all of my favorites where gone. The only other person who lives in the house swears she didn’t remove them. Lots of my old favorites are gone. I now have an empty rack and had to go out shopping. I’m sick over it!
    Am I dealing with a paranormal situation or a liar in my home? This is really upsetting!

    • Seems odd that something ‘paranormal’ would clean you out. I’d explore rational, logical causes before jumping to conclusions. Would the clothes fit this other person, or would she have any reason to get rid of them? Is there someone she could/would have given them to?

    • Is the other person in your house the same size as you? Or does she have a close friend or family member your size? have been missed pieces of clothing that go missing for long periods of time, but many pieces Whoa! Big disappearing act!

  2. I bought a pendant necklace of an eye with a teardrop a couple of months ago and only wore it once. I remember putting it in a little tin along with some other jewelry. Some days later I look in the tin and it was gone. I looked everywhere for it but no dice. I’m pretty sure it went “poof”. This sort of thing has been happening to me since I was a teenager. All of the objects that mysteriously vanish,I never find again.

  3. I was in the living room with my mother and sister, we were laughing and talking. I decided to get up from the couch and do some dusting while we continued to talk. On a small table near the TV was an Aloe Vera plant in a clay pot about 10 inch diameter and 6 or 7 inches tall sitting on a ceramic plate. When I picked it up with both hands to place on the coffee table it began to vibrate and I commented on it to them, then the pot sort of jumped to the floor. My first thought was the plant which i pick up and laid it on the coffee table, then bend down to pick up the broken pieces of the pot . There was NOTHING there! I crawled around looked under tables, my sister and mother started moving furniture to help me look. It was gone.
    Never to reappear.
    Luisa Potter June 1st, 2017

      • Thinking of Twilight Zone or something like that…maybe someone gardening in an alternate universe needed one more clay pot for their garden – so it left.
        I have had other unusual experiences, but this one was profound, complete with two other people seeing and then not seeing the same thing.
        Thanks for your comment.

      • Maybe, but this happened in 1983-84. My mother has passed away but my sister and I live in another state. But, as we know strange things happen!

  4. I have noticed objects disappear, and I usually attribute it to theft by visitors. By the way, in the first sentence, “bazaar” should be “bizarre” A bazaar is a completely different animal, although you could certainly have a bizarre bazaar. My God, what is happening to our language? It too is disappearing, and being replaced by gibberish.

  5. While intoxicated one night, I had removed a ton of belongings from the house in order to leave. The next day I returned and brought everything back into the house. The one thing that was missing that could not be located was the TV remote. My wife, roommate, and myself all turned the living room and house upside down looking for it to no avail. High, low, on top of cabinets, under couches… Nothing. Fast forward about a month to today. My wife is sitting on the couch watching TV while I had run to the store. Her show suddenly skips back 5 minutes like a button on the remote had been pressed. She swings her legs down to search for what may have caused it and sees the lost remote sitting on the floor at her feet. I have had things go missing before and return a short time later but never for this length of time. This was a first for her, and as someone who does not believe in the paranormal, it has her a little freaked out.

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