Thanks. That's likely what happened. I thought I was losing my mind.
If you did adjust your pictures in ACR this is clearly what happened. In fact turning xmp write on in the catalog settings is the ultimate backup solution if you loose you Lightroom catalog. Not very likely, but still nice to know. Of course the xmp files are only for RAW files and only for the edit on the RAW file and not for virtual copies. Any collections etc. is also not saved in xmp files for good reasons.