My Creepy Basement
And what I found in it …

My creepy basement

I cleaned my basement last week.

The centipede guy was coming.

You have to clean up for the centipede guy.

While tidying up the basement for my new best friend who has access to commercial bug spray,  I came across a few things.

A few things I’d forgotten about.

Today I will show you one of those things.


Yeah. It’s a vintage prosthetic leg complete with shoe and sock.

And you thought you knew me.


  1. L Nelson says:

    Thank you for making me feel better about my basement. Mine is creepy, but has cinderblock walls and no prosthetic leg.

  2. silvia says:

    I would like to buy it! how can I get in touch with you?
    thank you!

  3. Susie says:

    Am I the only one who thought the leg was yours and this was your way of telling us…especially since you said ‘And you thought you knew me’?

  4. Marti says:

    Conclusive proof… you have better leg than me.

  5. Annie Kip says:

    That is the kind of thing I love and sometimes think I should get rid of and am always so glad that I don’t! How often do you come across a vintage prosthetic leg complete with sock and shoe??? You have to hold onto that!!!!

  6. Martha says:

    Best. Post. Ever.

  7. Debs says:

    Oh…this is too funny! Thanks for the laughs…

  8. redz says:


    Ok so that would SO go out of the basement/house for fear that some night I’d hear it clomping (albeit awkwardly) up the basement stairs! 0_o

    Seriously…your next project needs to be finishing out your basement. That is one CREEPY basement!

    I’m with Tracy…more, please.

  9. Joyce says:

    Make a lamp!!!

  10. Karen Shelby says:

    I wish I had a creepy basement!

  11. jo says:

    Now we *know* WHERE all of those “LOST” laundry SOCKS go!! And I’m sure that there’s a great Cinderfella joke somewhere here too…

  12. Tracy says:

    Please please please can we see something else tomorrow ?!?!?!?!? You said ONE thing from your basement. Surely there’s more where that come from ????????

    • Karen says:

      Nope! Back to butterflies tomorrow. But I will tell you this … there’s a LOT of interesting stuff in my basement. I’ll keep you posted. heh heh.

  13. Squawkfox says:

    This would have been the perfect accent in your kitchen for Style at Home. :|

  14. Ginny says:

    You couldn’t have shown those pictures any better, too funny!

    • Pam'a says:

      I’m with you, Ginny.

      ‘Hmm. A dorky shoe. And sock.
      ‘Again with the shoe and sock. What the…?
      ‘..Oooh… Oh wow! God! Ooo.
      ‘Rear view too!

      Way to suck everybody in. ;)

  15. Lesley H says:

    What the *&#?, sure didn’t see that coming, and why is it so funny? I can’t stop giggling at my desk! You should get on Let’s Make a Deal with that – -does anyone have a limb in their purse, a limb, anyone?

  16. Robyn L. Lupone says:

    I’m with Shannon….a great lamp with a screaming RED lampshade with fringe….Oh if I could find one of these I would so make this and have it next to my Hubs chair when he came home! LOL

    • Dale W. Miller says:

      I found a replica of that lamp, but my wife wouldn’t let me buy it! I keep thinking maybe I can find a leg from a mannequin and make my own for my music room!

  17. Sharon says:

    OH MY GOD! I am still cracking up. This gave me an uncontrollable case of the giggles, in my nice quiet office in my not-so-private cubicle! Oh dear, boss is coming…

  18. Kendra says:

    That just made my day! I’m so glad I was not drinking coffee at the time. ( it would have hurt coming out my nose! )

  19. Kim Norgate says:

    At least you’ve got a leg up on the bug problem, lol.

  20. Erin says:

    No. way. No. way.

  21. ModFruGal says:

    Wow….didn’t see that coming….

  22. Joni N. says:

    OMG! That’s great and creepy weird! I’m laughing so hard. It reminds me of that line from “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgandy”. One of the news station employees says, “It smells like the inside of a fake leg.” My husband and I always say that when we smell something weird.

    So I assume you’ll be doing some investigating as to where this little gem came from and who it belong to. Can’t wait!

  23. Cheryl says:

    OMG – that is way too funny! I think the leg would make an awesome base for another birdbath – maybe you could use a bed pan for the bowl.

  24. Wendi says:

    Karen, you and I could take over the world together. You’re fabulous.

  25. Emily says:

    omg. hahaha. I had a roommate in college who worked at the VA and came home from her office white-elephant-gift party with a prosthetic leg from the 70s…which would be one way to go about getting rid of it, should you choose to. :)

  26. Reenie says:

    Lol I have a friend who would probably buy that off of you!

  27. Langela says:

    I thought I was the only one who kept extra legs in the basement! The real question is, how did you get it? What went through your mind when deciding whether or not to give it a home in your basement? Did you get it so you could always have a leg up on your compitition? Were you misguided in your understanding of what a three-legged race meant? Were you trying to get your own chorus line started?

  28. Vila says:

    what worries me is what had happen to the owner…and the other sock/shue…just remembered the bones you found whilst digging out your back yard…brrrrrrrr

  29. Liz says:

    That is all kinds of awesome. In the first picture i was more focussed on the sock. Quite the wrinkly sock.

  30. Amie says:

    I love the fact that the leg came with a shoe & sock!

  31. amy says:

    veritably creepy and completely unexpected; feels like it belongs to an x-files story somehow…

  32. Helen says:

    I was completely freaked out for abit and then was completely confused when seeing those pictures. and now I’m completely laughing until my guts hurt!!

  33. princesslala says:

    Well, maybe you should have cleaned out your basement before your open-a-wine-bottle-on-tree experiment. Shoe with attached leg? Torque.

    • Shauna says:

      OMG!!! Too funny….can you redo the video…pleaaaaaase….purty please. Cause that would be some funny stuff there!!

  34. Barbara says:

    so uh…. did you FIND the leg in the basement or was this a rummage sale purchase that you stored in the basement?

  35. Laura says:

    does it have a name?

  36. Lindsey @ Hot Polka Dot says:

    Oh thank god! I was so prepared for a few dead centipede photos. I realize now I should have prepared to see a prosthetic leg. Odd, but much preferable to the alternative.

  37. Shannon says:

    is it sick my first reaction was…that would make a cool lamp?

  38. Shea says:

    How bizarre! I’m still laughing.

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