Not seeing a magnifying glass that you are speaking of all I see is the search box. If I simply click on search without entering any text it does show recent discussions but none of those are ones I visited or posted in.
Same here, Hoosier, I don't see a magnifying glass either. But the TOOLS drop down selection in the top center of the banner has Find My Threads and a Find My Posts options. I'm thinking this may be what they are referring to.
As far as stuff being off.... I'm running on a 42" monitor and I am wondering if maybe that is throwing stuff off compared to what others are seeing?