While the huge mess has been cleaned up, there are still questions of how it got there in the first place. Read ahead for what really happened.
Some days ago, a city council candidate discovered hundreds of pounds of pasta just along the banks of the Iresick Brook in a wooded section of Old Bridge.
It became a fascinating case as news of it traveled all over the Internet, triggering the question, how did it get there in the first place?
According to the councilman, Keith Rose, there was about 200 pounds of alphabet noodles and spaghetti waiting there to be found.
There were no meatballs and sauce, it was just lots and lots of pasta. It baffled many but the phenomenon has now been solved.
Pictures that circulated showed the pasta looking wet and limp however it was not like that when it was dumped there.
The pasta was initially raw, however there was a lot of rain over the weekend and it affected the pasta. It made them swell so it looked like they had been cooked before they got dumped in the Middlesex County town.
According to people living in the area, the noodles came from a nearby home that has been put on the market.
It was owned by a military veteran's mom and he was moving out following her demise. He had reportedly discovered a stockpile of old food she kept in the house.
Keith Rost, a neighbor, said: "I mean, I really feel like he was just trying to clear out his parents' house and they were probably stocked up from COVID."
Apparently it is a generational thing. Rost also added: "My grandparents always had a cupboard full of cans and pasta, just to be safe."
The swollen noodles would have become a big problem with time. The neighbors could already imagine how it would attract flies and such.
"I just moved in right next door so that would have been a big mess to start cleaning all the flies in the house, maggots," said Rost.
Thankfully, the mounds have gotten cleaned up by the township's public works department. They hauled off most of it but there are still a few bits and pieces lying around.
The mayor told NBC New York that they have closed the case. As far as he's concerned, if there's no harm, there's no foul.