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Next lot! As ever, I ask a question and you post your answer in the comment box. Try and keep them honest.

3. Which item of your household do you misplace most often and swear to remember where you put them the next time?


Pranni said…
hmmmm. cellphone?
childwoman said…
Remote Control....
Shirsha said…
Does a pair of spectacles qualify as a household item?
Priya said…
the little weight that's kept on the pressure cooker!
sriku said…
we have this red/tattered address/phone diary...last person who used it leaves it wherever they did, walk about with the cordless phone, and then crib about never finding it the next time we need it..!
Me said…
my laundry card - my apartment complex has this nifty laundromat with everybody getting a card.
i can never find mine when the clothes start piling up.
Shyam said…
Would you believe, my pizza cutter and palette knife? They drive me crazy!
s said…
kannadi kannadi mooku kannadi...inspite of having 3 that i regularly use!!

happa embarrasment ellam veliye varudhe!!
Karthik Sriram said…
My wallet and keys - I started keeping them together to make me remember where my keys were, but the idea backfired and now I keep forgetting my wallet and keys are!
Stone said…
Deepa said…
gotta be cellphone.
V said…
cellphone any day!
K.tilakji said…
Mobile, house keys, bank locker keys, cup of tea in the morning which I carry everywhere I go wandering around the house,kitchen-scissors,
Seagull said…
locker keys, books and pens.
lg said…
i don's misplace anything.
rebel said…
Nail cutter.. I swear by everyone I know every time that I will remember where I put it!
Anila said…
My comb!!! :(

By the way, the came across your blog recently. Nice one.. :)
Well, the top 5 items in that list would be:

1. Wallet.
2. Scissors.
3. Car/Bike Keys.
4. Cable/Gas/Electricity Card.
5. Comb/Nailcutter/Socks/Deospray
Roopa said…
The house key just before I have to lock the house. I've always wished the keys had the missed-call option that mobile phones have to find out where they're hidden!

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