Wow, I can’t believe I haven’t shared this story on this blog yet.
Years ago someone asked me if my workplace had any adamantium pans.
She wasn’t laughing when she asked.
Her facial expression was completely serious. Slightly stern, even.
“No,” I said. “We only have metal ones.”
Disappointment flooded her face.
“Do you know where I can find one?”
I had a choice in that moment. I could tell her that adamantium only exists in the Marvel universe. From her facial expression and body language, I wasn’t sure she’d believe me. She looked so earnest and eager to find it.
I could play along and recommend another store to try. That seemed cruel, though. This didn’t come across to me as the kind of joke she was in on or would appreciate.
Or I could do nothing.
“Sorry, I don’t know of any places that sell it.” The exchange ended, and she melted back into the crowd.
Sometimes I still wonder what her backstory was. Did she have a young relative who jokingly told her it was a superior metal alloy for baking delicate desserts? Did she misread something online and accidentally come to the conclusion that this was something available to people in our universe?
Was she pulling my leg?
The world will never know, but still I wonder.
What’s the most surreal thing that’s ever happened to you?