JACKSON, MS — Jordan Lewis found a bowl of mashed potatoes on the windshield of her car. Michaela Lin found one in her mailbox. Sebastian Bjernegard is perplexed as well after he found mashed potatoes on his doorstep.

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For reasons no one can quite figure out, bowls of mashed potatoes are showing up in random places — and we’re not talking about dinner or picnic tables here — in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson. The neighborhood is known for some offbeat customs, but this mystery takes the, ahem, potato cake.

Lewis made a post about her odd discovery on Facebook and found she wasn’t alone in wondering what was up in Belhaven.

“This neighborhood does a lot of quirky things, we decorate road signs, we put Christmas trees in our potholes, so it’s not surprising at all, that’s why I love this neighborhood, because they do so many strange things, but it’s definitely one of the weirdest things I’ve seen since living in Jackson,” Lewis told news station WJTV of the mashed potato mystery.

Multiple theories have emerged on social media to explain what’s going on with mashed potatoes. Some people thought the potatoes were poisoned bait for animals. It doesn’t appear that anyone has actually eaten the mashed potatoes and no one has seen the prank as serious enough to involve police, according to the Clarion Ledger.

Bjernegard told WJTV he wasn’t taking any chances.

“I have a 3-second rule, so I didn’t touch it but some people were worried,” he said.

Some dismissed it as the mischievous work of a mashed potato fairy. Others branded the perpetrator of the potato prank a “mashed potato maniac.” Lin has done some detective work and thinks the mashed potato gifting spree may have a connection to Belhaven University, a Christian liberal arts college in the neighborhood.

“So far I have realized some of the ‘victims’ of the mashed potatoes are actually staff or Belhaven students or alumni,” Lin told news station WLBT. “I feel like there has to be a connection there!”

The person or people behind the prank “have done a good job of keeping themselves anonymous,” Lin said, adding she’s eager to see how the mystery plays out.

Will gravy be next? And if so, will it be country gravy, brown gravy or something from a mix?

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