A Couple Were Renovating Their Bathroom When They Discovered A Secret Message Concealed In The Wall

Jessica and Alex Monney had hired contractors to renovate their bathroom during 2018. As the crew demolished the space, they found a 23-year-old message to the homeowners within the walls of their San Jose, California, property.

The couple had both attended San Jose State University, at which time Alex had no idea they’d get married – at least, according to his future wife. “Little did he realize he’d be stuck with me forever,” Jessica wrote in an Instagram post honoring their 10th anniversary in 2015.

After finishing college, both Monneys held degrees in public relations. Jessica went on to become the director of corporate and employee communications at gaming accessories company Logitech. Similarly, Alex earned the title of senior PR manager at video-games giant Ubisoft.

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The pair settled in San Jose, CA, where they had also bought a home. Both Jessica and Alex posted several social media updates about their renovations over the years. The couple knocked down walls, updated kitchen appliances and cultivated a front lawn.

In early 2018, the Monneys were ready to share even more exciting news with their social media friends. That’s because they were expecting a baby. But transforming a room in their home into a nursery wasn’t the only update they’d need to make.

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With the baby due in August of 2018, the parents-to-be took on one more D.I.Y. project. This time, it was their bathroom that needed a facelift. Jessica tweeted about their plan, which she knew would be seen as ambitious, considering the timeline.

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“If you know me, you know I love house projects. However, even I think I might be a little crazy for kicking off a bathroom remodel four weeks before I’m due. Bye, bye, bathroom,” the mom-to-be shared on Twitter.

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Jessica’s tweet also promised to share plenty of “remodel updates” for her followers. But it would be a tweet from her husband – one of the very progress reports she promised – that would go viral across the Internet.

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That’s because, mid-renovation, the Monneys’ contractors found something unexpected behind their bathroom walls. It was a note written to the couple in 1995, and it came from an unexpected set of authors.

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“Hi! We’re the Shinsekis!” the note began. It seems that the writers had previously owned the Monneys’ house. And they had an explanation as to how their message got there. “We remodeled this bathroom [in the] summer [of] 1995,” they went on.

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The Shinsekis, therefore, knew how the Monneys’ had found their note – and they had a question for the couple. “If you are reading this, that means you’re remodeling the bathroom again. What’s wrong with the way we did it?!” their message continued.

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The couple finished the note by humorously introducing their pet – a bunny named Cassie. Penning a message from her point of view, they wrote, “I lived here too! (I’m potty trained!) I’m going to be the next Cadbury Bunny.”

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It was unclear if Cassie’s aspirations came true, but her message – along with the Shinseki’s – clearly tickled the Monneys. Alex then posted a photo of the hidden note to his Twitter page. From there, the internet-at-large connected to it, too.

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Although Alex eventually removed the tweet, it garnered 112,00 likes in a short period of time. And it inspired many Twitter users to try and figure out who the couple that had left the funny message behind was.

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One thing was for sure, at least, according to Twitter user Elissa Shinseki – the man pictured was not Eric Shinseki, the former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs. That particular Shinseki was the first-ever Asian-American in charge of that department. He was also the first four-star general of Asian-American descent.

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Another of the site’s users, Reverend Jay Shinseki, claimed that the man who wrote the note was his younger brother. When someone responded asking if his sibling’s name was Troy – along with an attached photo of a man who was, presumably, Troy – the Reverend responded, “Yes.”

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And, on top of all of that, the Monneys’ renovation tweet also inspired people to share their own stories of mid-remodel discoveries. Indeed, Mars Garrett, for one, said her that dad had his home custom-built in the 1970s and would give the crew beer at the end of each work week. When sprucing up a shower in 2013, he found an empty can behind the wall.

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T.J. Harris also chimed in. “My wife and I bought our first home last summer. Had to cut a hole in the bathroom wall to install a vent,” he wrote. With it, he shared a photo of his discovery – a stack of Playboy magazines.

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As for the Monneys, they said they would leave a note of their own for the next person who renovated the bathroom, according to the Today show. Alex also shared a picture of their renovation progress, though he never posted any snapshots of the finished product.

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But the lack of renovation updates from the Monneys was for good reason – the couple had completed their best project to date. And that’s because, on August 13, 2018, they welcomed their baby, a daughter named Rosemary Bridget. Here’s hoping the couple finished the bathroom in time…

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