The mystery surrounding the dumping of 500 lbs of cooked pasta in the woods of New Jersey has finally been unraveled.
A resident of Old Bridge stumbled upon this unusual sight while taking a stroll along the banks of Iresick Brook. The discarded pasta comprised of cold spaghetti, ziti, and elbow macaroni, devoid of any accompanying sauces.
News of this peculiar discovery quickly spread across the internet, leaving many perplexed about its origin.
Fortunately, there is now an explanation for this enigmatic pasta incident.
Discover the details of the mysterious pasta case below...
Initially dry and uncooked when dumped, the pasta took on an unexpected twist as the rain rendered it perfectly al dente.
Before the entirety of the pasta was cleared away on April 28, approximately two inches of rainfall had doused the area.
As news of the pasta dumping spread, numerous individuals turned to social media to speculate on its origins.
"It was pasta expiration date," an internet user joked.
"It was in tribute to a famous Italian chef who sadly pasta way," another commented.
"I hope they can unravioli this mystery – it's pasta joke…," a third quipped.
While the act of dumping pasta by the river may appear comical, it is, in fact, an environmental concern.
Nina Jochnowitz, who shared the peculiar discovery on Facebook, sheds light on the matter in an interview with The Philadelphia Inquirer:
"You might say, 'Who cares about pasta?' But pasta has a pH level that will impact the water stream."
"The water stream is important to clean up because it feeds into the town's water supply… it was one of the fastest clean-ups I've ever seen here."
Following extensive detective work, a solution to the mystery appears to have been uncovered.
According to local residents, the dumped pasta is believed to originate from a neighboring house that is currently on the market following the unfortunate demise of its owner.
Reportedly, the son of the deceased homeowner was in the process of cleaning the house, including the pantry, when he stumbled upon a significant amount of expired food.
Neighbour Keith Rost shared this information with NBC News:
"I mean, I really feel like he was just trying to clear out his parents' house and they were probably stocked up from Covid."
It is speculated that the individual in question may have removed the pasta from its packaging and discarded it by the stream.
In response to the incident, Owen Henry, the mayor of the town, has urged residents not to dispose of their unwanted items by the river.
He emphasizes to NBC, "Old Bridge is very rural so we do have people who go out and illegally dump so much material in isolated areas, so we're constantly going out there and cleaning up."
Henry expresses his frustration, stating that such actions are illogical and unfortunate, given the availability of recycling centers where many items can be properly handled.