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Journalist Tom Hale’s tweet about his discovery was an instant viral hit
The dishwasher is a luxury addition to any home, saving countless hours of washing up.
So imagine how a Twitter user felt when he discovered he’d been living with one under his nose for two years – but had no clue it was there.
Journalist Tom Hale, 30, posted a photo of his sudden discovery on Wednesday, writing: “I am in shock. Lived in this flat for 2 years and only just discovered TODAY it has a dishwasher.
“I thought it was a fake cupboard. I’ve wasted days of my life washing up.”
His tweet racked up more than 115,000 likes and 6,000 shares in less than 24 hours, with users quick to share their thoughts on the matter.
Some admitted to similar experiences:
@tommyhale91 And here's the herb cupboard I discovered after far too long living here which I thought was a fill-in… https://t.co/DE9lBNHqR6 — L -- R (@L -- R)
@tommyhale91 I moved into my house 7 years past in March , only in Feb this year did I discover this above the cook… https://t.co/DmTCtgi3Q6 — Marie (@Marie)
@tommyhale91 Friend of mine bought a house and had lived there almost two years when I commented about having an at… https://t.co/YWKwjnCZes — Hawkeye (@Hawkeye)
@tommyhale91 This happened to us at university! We discovered the dishwasher the day we were emptying the cupboards… https://t.co/xiFneurzsk — Hovvers 💙 (@Hovvers 💙)
Although a number just took the mick...
@tommyhale91 I've been living in my house for 3 years. Always assumed this door was decorative because it wouldn't… https://t.co/xMjawtM3SO — i.am.wolf©️ (@i.am.wolf©️)
@tommyhale91 I once checked into an appart. hotel to find it only had a bedroom, bathroom and cupboard. Before che… https://t.co/CrUw7wGO3m — Barrie Fairhurst (@Barrie Fairhurst)
Other eagle-eyed users were distracted by Hale’s use of his new appliance.
"Apart from the obvious comment, can I point out that it isn’t a good idea to put your Moka pot through a wash, especially with the rubber seal in," one pointed out.
Another, with specialist knowledge, asked: "Is that a Bialetti in the dishwasher?"
"Yes I’m uncultured," Hale retorted.
@rafayagha Yes I'm uncultured. — Tom Hale🐐 (@Tom Hale🐐)
Meanwhile, a number of sceptics were unconvinced by the journalist’s tale:
For 2yrs you never tried to open this cabinet? The person that showed you the space never bothered to show you the… https://t.co/DyS8cGBWBF — Biggie better than Pac (@Biggie better than Pac)
@tommyhale91 What would be behind the space? There had to be something? Why would you not pull it? I have more ques… https://t.co/MVlduu9hcq — Marty | Gadget Reviews (@Marty | Gadget Reviews)
So for 2years you never cleaned your cupboards? https://t.co/uS4YgDAVsq — Rendani (@Rendani)
But the 30-year-old was unphased by their distrust.
"Remarkable amount of men (it’s all men) trying to call bullsh*t on this," he tweeted. "I’m flattered they think so highly of me."
Still, Hale is not the only person to unearth a secret inside a home.
One man trumped him last year when he found a secret passageway behind a kitchen cupboard while viewing an apartment.
Posting the clip, actor Jamie Wilkes wrote: “Viewed a flat today and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop thinking about the back door..."
Viewed a flat today and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop thinking about the back door... https://t.co/uscUF7pLH9 — Jamie Wilkes (@Jamie Wilkes)
And last month, a couple discovered a hidden bathroom in their new home after knocking down a wall.
Maybe it’s time we all start digging around our own houses a bit more. Who knows what we might find…