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My Glass of Sparkling Wine Travelled 45cm by Itself!

Mona, Tasmania – is a pretty WHAT THE..?! place in its own right. However, Jim and I experienced this unexpected and unusual incident on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Before you think, yeah right, know that 1st February 2018 I received a confirmation email from Mona’s Communications Team, which can be found at the bottom of this post.

Not only that, I’m very happy to report that Mona published my two blog comments regarding the strange occurrence. You can find them in this post too. Thanks, Mona!

It took a while for Mona – Museum of Old and New Art – to publish my posts about the travelling glass.

I’m not surprised.

I could have been a fanciful patron swept up by the wings of imagination buzzing inside Mona’s hive of creativity…

…so they needed time to verify my account of what had happened.

I first contacted info@mona.net.au about my glass that moved by itself on 5th January. Emma from Mona replied that January is peak season (handy to know) and that a response might take longer than usual, but that my email would definitely be passed on to appropriate teams for follow-up.

Also, I was aware that along with Mona having to check every post they receive before publishing it, Mona Communications Team needed to verify the incident via camera surveillance too, to make sure that my posts were of substance.

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You can find my first post dated 16th January 2018 to Mona owner David Walsh near the bottom of his “Journey blog on the Mona blog site along with  my follow-up post dated 25th January 2018. or you can check out the copy below.

Friends and family have discussed a couple of theories as to why my glass glided across the table, but we’ve concluded that these aren’t solid enough to close the case!

So, if you have any theories to offer, please let me know in the comment box below the post.

Sitting at the table that my glass glided across by itself


I’ll let my email and blog correspondence (below) with Mona do the talking and paint the picture for you (pardon the art pun).

At the end, you’ll have the opportunity to rate this WHAT THE…?  out of these categories: Wow, Wacky, Worrying, or Whateva!



My post to David Walsh’s “Journey” blog

– 16th January 2018 –


In David Walsh’s “Journey” post he writes that Pharos – the new section of the museum that Faro Tapas Bar belongs to – is a distraction and a daydream.

In response I wrote wrote this post on David’s blog:

Hi David.

On 4th Jan. ’18, between 4.05pm and 4.40pm, Pharos did prove to be a distraction, a daydream, but on the contrary a bit mind-bending for my husband and me in a way that you might not be aware of.

I emailed Mona on 5th Jan. at 3.22pm about the following unusual incident that we had experienced the day before in Faro Tapas Bar.


“When I returned my glass to its original position it began moving again.”

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We were sitting at a table by the bar. My full glass of sparkling wine began moving by itself! It travelled slowly from left to right in front of me along a grey stretch of marble and stopped at a side plate. When I returned the glass to its original position it began moving again! I alerted my husband. (And moved the side plate out of the way.)

We watched the glass travel steadily for about 45cm. I picked it up 10cm from the edge of the table in case it kept going and fell off!

As I was returning the glass to its original position I said “video it” to my husband. When I placed the glass down, it didn’t move!

I asked the waitress whether this occurrence had been a Mona “trick”. She replied no. She wiped the bottom of the glass and the table with her hand and confirmed that neither were wet. The three of us were puzzled. 

The three of us were puzzled!
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My husband was adamant that the movement of the glass had somehow been caused by the resin sealer on the marble surface. Our construction tradespeople relatives have since advised that this is an implausible explanation, even if the table was tilted slightly.

Also in my email to Mona on 5th Jan., I suggested that the camera surveillance footage be checked and that any explanations would be welcomed. Emma replied that our unusual observation would definitely be passed on to the appropriate teams for follow-up and to bear in mind that a response might take a little time because it’s peak season. I’m looking forward to any feedback that Mona might have.

As today is the twelfth day since the occurrence, I’m hoping that the surveillance video isn’t in danger of being wiped and that Mona has had a chance to check it out.

Thanks, David. Just wanted to let you know. We really enjoyed our visit!


My follow-up post to the “Journey” blog

– 25th January 2018 –

Hi. Just following up on my blog response to “Journey” dated 16th January ’18 about my glass of sparkling wine that moved 45cm by itself in the Faro Tapas Bar between 4.05 and 4.40pm Thursday 4th Jan. ’18.

Although it’s been three weeks since the occurrence and we haven’t received any reply from Mona (and my blog response hasn’t been posted), we’re still hoping that the team is looking into the incident via camera surveillance footage and will get back to us. It’d be really great to get any kind of feedback/reply.

Worried Mona won't get back to me.
Will Mona get back to me with confirmation of my moving glass of sparkling?  It was my first glass, in case you’re wondering…


BTW – After I responded on 16th, I noticed that the blog contains an image of Faro Tapas Bar called Unseen Seen. (Ironic.) We were sitting at the table at the forefront of the photo when the unusual incident occurred.

Thanks for your time.


Email received from info@mona.net.au

– 1st February 2018 –

I received this email from Emma of Mona Museum regarding Mona Communication Team’s confirmation of the moving glass after watching the camera surveillance footage!

WHAT THE..?! I can’t believe that Mona won’t release the footage! Why don’t they pixelate the patrons’ faces!!! ?


Unreconciled theories as to why the glass

travelled 45 cm across the table by itself


As mentioned, our construction industry folk were united against Jim’s theory that the resin on the flat marble table enabled the glass to move.

Also, the Mona wait staff member had studied the glass, confirming that neither the bottom of the glass nor the table were wet.

Our friend, P, is adamant that the glass moved due to vibrations of, for example, a nearby bar machine, or some installation. If that’s the case though, why didn’t the cutlery or plates on the table move or even rattle slightly? And could vibrations cause a full glass of sparkling to move slowly, steadily, and smoothly 45 cm across a marble table?  Naturally, my eyes were glued to that glass.

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The wine didn’t sway or ripple whatsoever!

On Sunday 7th January 2018, Jim and I decided to visit the Hobart Psychic Expo at Best Western Hotel for something different to do. I had wanted to visit a medium for fun in Daylesford a while ago, but we hadn’t gotten around to doing so. So here we were at Best Western Hotel amongst spiritual healers, psychic mediums, crystals, spiritual knick-knacks, metaphysical charts, and an aura photo machine.

Trip Over with Danae - aura photo machine
Polaroid aura photo machine similar to the one I experienced at Hobart Psychic Expo


I asked Rebeccah, the psychic medium, what she could tell me about a glass of sparkling wine.

Guess what she said! If you don’t want to guess, check out the post “WHAT THE..?!s at Hobart Psychic Expo”.

As you can tell by the title, more than one WHAT THE..?! happened there! And I’ll fill you in.

Looking forward to your Moving Glass WHAT THE..?! poll rating of Wow, Wacky, Worrying or Whateva!

Also to any plausible theories that can explain what currently remains unexplained!


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