Some people really know how to leave their mark.
Alex and Jess Monney are a married couple from the San Francisco, California Bay Area. The Monneys recently went viral on Twitter after the couple decided to renovate a bathroom in their home. While this sort of project is ordinarily pretty mundane, this one became instantly noteworthy when they discovered a hilarious time capsule hidden behind a wall that made them literally laugh out loud.
While the bathroom didn’t look too shabby in the pictures Jess shared, it had been a good twenty years since it had been updated. Even though Jess was eight months pregnant when they decided to rip the room apart, Jess says she loves reno projects, and they were excited to see the results of the renovation.
One day, as Jess and Alex’s contractor pulled down the old fixtures, he discovered a handwritten note on the wall, accompanied by photos of the home’s former residents.
Meet the Shinseki family, who remodeled this same bathroom back in 1995. Moreover, Mrs. Shinseki is not too pleased that someone has decided to undo all of her hard work in order to renovate the room again.
The note says:
“If you’re reading this, that means you’re remodeling the bathroom again. What’s wrong with the way we did it?!?!?”
Alex and Jess cracked up when they saw the note. Alex said, “We thought it was hilarious! Totally unexpected so it gave us a good laugh throughout the day.”
Mrs. Shinseki even included a photo of the family pet, a bunny rabbit named Cassie. Aw!
When Twitter saw Alex’s tweet, it instantly went viral with thousands of likes and retweets. Everyone wanted to start pulling apart their own walls to see if there were any secret messages hidden there, too!
Me going through our house looking for hidden messages right now pic.twitter.com/8fyv8NaDeS
— Benson (@bennyhanaaa) July 4, 2018
The Monney’s story also inspired others to share their own tales of finding time capsules and other goodies left behind by their home’s former owners.
My parents had their house custom built in the late 1970s. Dad routinely stopped by and gave the builders a six pack of beer at the end of the day on Fridays. He found this in the wall when renovating the master bathroom shower in 2013: pic.twitter.com/492jjZHxi5
— Mars Garrett (@marsgarr) July 3, 2018
Some people were happy to share what they themselves had left behind for some unsuspecting homeowner to find one day.
Phenomenal. I love that.
When I remodeled a room on a house years ago, I left a 6 pack of Guinness and a note in the wall. No idea if anybody has found it yet.
— Matt Singley (@mattsingley) July 3, 2018
Although the internet sleuths tried their hardest to locate the Shinseki family, so far the couple hasn’t come forward to accept the praise for being so funny. Alex said if he were able to send them a message he’d tell them:
“Your bathroom, and home, is lovely. It has given us a lot of beautiful memories and we can’t wait to raise our little baby girl here. Sorry we’re changing the bathroom, but the shower is too small for me to fit in (I’m 6′ and my wife is 5′). Thank you for the amazing surprise!”
Thanks for the laughs, Shinseki family! We hope you (and your bunny) are in good health.
If Mrs. Shinseki’s message made you laugh, please share the smile with others!