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old mart
04-21-2019, 09:06 AM
Over the years, I have picked up some interesting things, these military related.

In 1959, I found a complete 3" anti aircraft fixed round, eroding from the side of a ditch near my school. The shell was corroded and had split the cartridge case slightly. I took it to my teacher and he showed it to the whole school before calling the bomb disposal. An officer arrived later and told us that the most dangerous part was the detonator in the case. He then rolled it up in a blanket, put it in the boot of his car and took it away. I found it at 51-07-34N 0-16-55W.

About the same time my friend and I found an object that may have been a cannon shell from a ME 109. We were throwing it onto concrete from the top of the playing field slide when a man who was passing noticed our antics. He took it away from us and seemed to throw it into some nearby bushes, but we never managed to find it, he probably fooled us and chucked it somewhere else. That was 51-07-21N 0-16-41W.

Many years later, walking on the South Downs near the Roman villa of Bignor, I found a mortar bomb, something like 3", 80mm, stuck almost up to the fins in the chalk. The policeman who responded to my call marked the site and told me that the area had been a range during WW2 and my find was number 50. It would eventually be blown up in situ as it was deemed too dangerous to move. 50-54-48N 0-36-30W.

About 15 years ago, while visiting my cousin in Hampshire, walking the dog, I picked up a cannonball, very corroded and likely 300 years old. Probably fired from a Saker field piece which varied from 4 3/4 LB to 7 1/2 LB. The nearest English Civil War battle was at Cheriton on 29 March 1644, 9 miles away. 51-09-36N 1-07-42W.

Seastar
04-21-2019, 09:11 AM
You live a charmed life.

jmarkwolf
04-21-2019, 09:16 AM
It wasn't the ground but a frozen lake.

When I was about 14, while I was walking across a nearby frozen lake, I encountered an odd looking rock about the size of a baseball, that stood out from the snow dramatically. I picked it up and wondered where it could've come from, noting that it was too far from any shore for someone to have thrown it, and the shores were too deep with snow to dig one up anyway.

I finally shrugged and dropped it and kept walking.

Decades later I realized it was a meteorite that had landed on the frozen lake. It would've been worth some cash if I'd had the foresight to keep it. It's at the bottom of the lake now, unless someone else came along and picked it up and was smart enough to keep it.

A.K. Boomer
04-21-2019, 09:24 AM
Wow - kinda makes sense you live in a small area that was bombarded buy that stuff a few different times...

since were on the topic of explosives I have a story that I feel very fortunate to be able to tell,

years ago my old bossman had stored some things for one of his friends in back of the shop he had, one of the things was a safe, well his friend ended up "crossing over" and things just sat and one day I came into work and the bossman tells me "hey - I think it's time we open that safe and find out whats inside" and hands me a 12 Lb sledge, so I head back there, it was about a 3' 6" cube with external robust hinges - so here I am flipping it all around and banging on the hinges and got a full set of prybars out there --- probably took me an hour of beating the living crap out of it but I started to deform the entire unit and gained enough clearance so the prybars and wedges worked their magic,

get the lid off and what do I see? several sticks of dynamite and not just any old dynamite - dynamite that was very old and soaked through it's wrapping and it's chemical composition had "gone through the change" I was no expert on the stuff but knew enough that when I seen that I completely freaked out and yelled at the bossman to see for himself --- then told him I was damn lucky to be alive - he has a degree in chemical engineering and concurred --- most of the time I was beating on the thing I was standing directly in front of the door --- so there would not have been anything left of me had the instability turned lethal...

old mart
04-21-2019, 09:32 AM
They call it sweating when the nitro-glycerine starts to separate from the filler. How did you dispose of it?

Willy
04-21-2019, 09:39 AM
I'll bet they call it sweating like crazy after AK got the lid off!:)

A.K. Boomer
04-21-2019, 10:04 AM
He immediately called either the police or fire department or someone that knew the right people to send over and take care of it...

I been high risk all my life but this could have been it,,, after they cleaned out the dynamite we found some luv letters from a woman - and I guess the reason why they were in the safe is because they were was not his wife's letters,,,

who knows maybe the "sweating" dynamite was put in there intentionally as a booby trap so nobody would get a chance read the letters...

Tim Clarke
04-21-2019, 10:07 AM
Over the years, quite a few tools lying along the road. Likely lost by mechanics who had left them on cars. The best was a 36" Ridgid pipe wrench. Probably left by a plumber on the bumper of his truck. This came to an end, for the most part, when I stopped riding my bike for daily transportation.

A.K. Boomer
04-21-2019, 10:12 AM
lol Tim - I usually ride trails but got my latest proto-type built on the bike cranks and they are road only (right now)

Yesterdays score? 2/3rds of a roll of electrical tape lol

I have found tons of stuff on the side of the road --- think im set for life with bungie cords and tie downs and have not had to buy a cooler in about 40 years :)

lynnl
04-21-2019, 12:09 PM
I imagine they're still picking up ordinance and fragments around Gettysburg, PA. The museum there is full of stuff recovered by the local land owners years after the battle. For a few years I was an avid reader and student of the Civil War battles, and recall reading that the ordinance just the Union forces used during the battle was measured, not in railroad cars, but in entire train loads.

A few years back I was in Fredricksburg, VA, where many of the shops had large barrels full of recovered bullets/minnie balls for sale as souveniers. I bought a few ...all smashed up from impact with a hard object, and heavily oxidized.

fjk
04-21-2019, 12:18 PM
The WWI battlefields in France are still producing a lot of ordnance. I guess a factor is that they tended to stay in one place for months, continuously shelling the same land. Also, iirc, they claimed that up to 1/3 of the shells were duds.

Frank

old mart
04-21-2019, 12:57 PM
Reading the posts suddenly brought back memories of when I was a teenager, not explosives this time, but having ridden my Norton Jubilee 250 about half a mile from home, I saw a number of small boxes at the side of the road. I turned around and to my amazement, the boxes contained false teeth. I left the hoard of dentures where they lay and later told my father about it. He said I should go and retrieve them as they needed to be reported to the police as lost property. When I returned to the site, they were all gone, so I will never know the full story.

A.K. Boomer
04-21-2019, 01:07 PM
Something tells me the full story was not about happy endings... that's just plain creepy...

danlb
04-21-2019, 01:28 PM
I keep an eye out for things in the road. Not that I'm trying to bring things home. It's more like I'm building a mental database of what things look like so that I can avoid the dangerous stuff. It's a habit left over from riding motorcycles.

The item I find more than anything else? Locks. Padlocks from trucks who failed to lock them after leaving the nearby shopping center and restaurants. Or they were left on the tailgate. I tend to find them in the same intersection. When they make the right turn after delivering to the aforementioned businesses the slight incline and G forces of the turn will cause anything on the tailgate or bumper to slide.

Many of them are pretty good quality. Since locksmithing is a hobby of mine, I pick them, then impression a key for future use. I have several of these "rescued" items hanging on my pegboard.

Dan

754
04-21-2019, 01:46 PM
One time delivering papers I found a large knife. Sort of off to the side by some trees, not really lawn or a path.
Never Been able to determine age or intended use.

It's about 16 inches long, blade is 3/8 wide on thick side, the blade is tapered and as it nears the edge beveled.
Blade slopes slightly forward from hand and has a round tip, about a 1 inch radius, blade is about 2 1/2 wide at the widest.
Has a very big finger guard, brass about 3/8 thick. Wood on both sides of handle with finger notches, wood is weathered as is blade, some pits.
It had some letters and numbers, partly obscured by pits. Looked like US and maybe 18**
Looks like a chopping knife..
We did have a tobbaco industry here a century ago, and other crops, it may be related to that.

I should get a pic and email it to someone on here, I found it around 1970..

Can't find anything under tobacco, it weighs close to two pounds, looks like something a pirate might carry.

Chaper Heavy cutting Knife is pretty similar, but not as nicely made as mine.

old mart
04-21-2019, 03:28 PM
That cannon ball I mentioned in the first post dating from the English Civil War may have been connected with the siege of Basing House which is closer than Cheriton at about 5 miles. That size of cannon could probably manage a mile if it was elevated well.

PStechPaul
04-21-2019, 06:00 PM
When I was in first grade (~1955) I found a 50 cent piece on the playground. I turned it in to lost and found - yeah, I was that virtuous (or stupid). That was serious money in those days, especially for a 6 year old kid!

While on a bike ride I found a nylon sports wallet containing (IIRC) about $65. No ID of any kind. Probably my reward for my good deed as a kid.

I found a fat wallet on the parking lot of a bar I frequented - it had ID and I called the guy, who came over to get it and was very thankful. I think he offered me some cash but I told him to just pay it forward.

A few years ago as I was leaving a campground I found about $30 in the road. Another karmic reward?

Digging dirt on my property, and exposed due to erosion on a hill, I found the remains of a dinosaur - a tiny plastic one. :rolleyes:

When I was a kid I used to rummage through a junk pile behind a shopping center, and I found all sorts of things. I found a roll of exposed color film, and wondered if it might have images that could be evidence of a crime or other exciting things, but color film developing was rather expensive. So my father showed me that it could be developed using chemicals for B&W film. Nothing interesting, though - just some typical bad vacation photos.

I found what appeared to be an arrowhead when digging in my back yard, but it seemed to be more likely a replica. IIRC it was a tan material that seemed more like plastic than stone.

There was an open storm drain behind my house, and I found lots of coins in the cracks between the cement sections.

While taking a break and walking around outside during a Microchip seminar, I found a 3-1/2" floppy disk that had some vaguely pornographic cartoon images. Yeah, I took a risk of getting malware.

I found an 8 ton hydraulic jack on a parking lot about 40 years ago. Recently cleaned it up and it still works:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Bottle_Jack_5133.jpg

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/tools/Bottle_Jack_Painted_5139.jpg

Baz
04-21-2019, 06:01 PM
I used to collect a lot of wheel balance weights when cycling but they seem to be sparser now and as no longer made of lead they are of less use. I do often see small clusters of sparklets cartridges, I understand the co2 is somehow involved in drug enhancement or something. When I pick up a stray screwdriver or spanner I feel sorry for the tradesman who will be rummaging through his toolbox trying to find just that size which he knew he used on the last job.

loose nut
04-21-2019, 06:21 PM
The WWI battlefields in France are still producing a lot of ordnance. I guess a factor is that they tended to stay in one place for months, continuously shelling the same land. Also, iirc, they claimed that up to 1/3 of the shells were duds.

Frank

Question: when was the last person killed in WW1.

Answer: 2018 or possibly 2019 now. Several people, farmers mostly and bomb disposal personnel, get killed every year from WW1 ordinance blowing up. It is possible the last victim of that war could be 2050 or even 2100.

I have never found any ordinance but I did find a penny once.

Wheels17
04-21-2019, 06:48 PM
One lost story, two found stories.

Many years ago, I loaned my brother my 1/2" craftsman drill motor. While loading, he put it on the step of his stepside pickup. Needless to say, it wasn't there when he arrived home 400 miles away. It worked out well, though. I always smile thinking of the guy that found it along the road, I went out and bought a nice Milwaukee that I still have, and I have ribbed him about it for 40 years....

I was going down the thruway one day and this work truck had a side door on a toolbox flapping. I pulled alongside and tried to pantomime the problem. Earned the finger for trying to help. Picked up two nice 3/4" ropes with safety hooks, a sledge hammer, and a 4' prybar when they left the truck as a group.

I worked as an engineer for a large company that had a machine about 12 years old, 500 feet long, 5 stories high, 125 million dollars. One night we were running experiments, and as we crawled deep into the air systems on the machine troubleshooting a problem, I found a wallet wedged in the insulation. It had the guy's driver's license, money, and a bunch of pictures. We were able to trace him down and returned the wallet. (fixed the problem too...)

Ridgerunner
04-21-2019, 07:22 PM
In Belize, I had to stop on an old dirt road for a mother nature pit stop. I saw a wallet there on the road. It did not have any money it but had somebody's green card from Guatemala so I felt it was important to try to get it back to him. I kept it until I found a guard house along the road to turn it in. Mistake! The guy questioned me like I had murdered someone. So much for a good deed. After things settled down he told me where to find a person that may know the owner of the wallet. I found the trail in the jungle to this persons house and tried to explain the situation to him and his wife. Unfortunately, I don't speak Spanish and he spoke very little English so you can imagine how that went. No idea where the wallet ended up.

Stepside
04-21-2019, 09:35 PM
As a non-contributor to road finds, I drove from West Seattle to Kirkland WA with a coffee mug on the step of my 1972 Chevrolet stepside truck. This is about 25 miles on freeway and side streets. The Mug was fine but the coffee was cold. Same route later in the summer with a 3/8 drive SK ratchet on the roof of a 1962 Ford falcon wagon. I picked it off the roof and got halfway to the house when I realized what happened.

Found in the road 1) dead rattlesnake with tread marks 2) two lugs/crates of peaches not spilled just sitting in the middle of the road. 3) a kitchen stove hood still in the box.

GadgetBuilder
04-21-2019, 10:46 PM
In the early '90s we visited Sierra Vista, AZ. While driving along a road on the outskirts of town early one morning I spotted what looked like a wallet in the road.
Turned out to be a small holster. This holster had a little pocket to hold business cards. It contained an FBI agent's card and another card which seemed to grant the agent some capability to operate in Mexico.

We tried to call the FBI office listed in the phone book but got a machine telling us to call another number. Since it was expensive to make long distance calls from the hotel we called the local police who sent an officer over to pick up the holster. The officer said the holster likely belonged to the agent whose card was in the holster and opined it was pretty unusual for an agent to be separated from his weapon. He took our info but we never heard from them.

754
04-21-2019, 11:05 PM
Myself..
I came off the back of a small bike with Front wheel aloft.
Sitting position, and my heels caught and I pitched forward.
I saw the pavement coming at my face and the road smote me a Mighty Blow.
According to witnesses, when my face hit , my feet came abhor 2 feet off the ground.
Worst part is I saw it coming, for a frozen millisecond.

It hurt , no helmet, shorts, did I mention it hurt.. ?

I was doing about 20 mph.. so ever since then...
When I read a news report about a kid getting clipped on a bike, and they say his helmet saved them.. .. I think..maybe..
Faaaccckkk it hurt..

CalM
04-21-2019, 11:08 PM
Rocks, Lots and lots of rocks.

I've got a lot of 'em around the property, and they all seem to be in the wrong place, or are needed somewhere else!

I suppose I should be glad that there are so many.

mickeyf
04-21-2019, 11:09 PM
Underwater welding job, Port Cartier Quebec, early seventies, at bottom of harbour:

http://thesweetoasis.com/misc_photos/wrench.jpg

Finish suffered a bit, but it still works today. Also got a 30 lb.sledge hammer (Yes, needed a new handle by then.) My buddy found an anchor that he eventually traded since it was too large for his 40 ft boat.

darryl
04-21-2019, 11:25 PM
A number of us lived in the same area, and one night as we were walking home from scouts we found a wallet with 90$ in it. We did discuss the possibility of keeping the money- it would have been a little over 22$ each, quite a bit of money to a 14 yr old or whatever we were then- but then we went back to our hall and gave it to the scoutmaster. I suppose that was a proud moment for him- and of course we never did get to know for sure if the owner actually got his wallet back, money in it or not- we just assumed that the scoutmaster did the right thing.

Can't say that I've ever found something really cool. I did pull a hatchet out of a lake one day with a magnet on a string. Got a fishing reel too, but the hatchet was the cool thing.

J Tiers
04-21-2019, 11:35 PM
Indirectly..... City collects leaves from the street... Used to get the composted leaves from the park near us, where they were available.

From the leaves, found at least 4 combination wrenches. For some reason, they were ALL 5/8", which must be a really common size on GM , particularly Chevy.

I've found screwdrivers, torx, straight blade, and phillips when out taking a walk. Also a steamboat ratchet load binder, and a few other things of not much consequence. FIL found a 3 1/2" or so Greenlee hole punch once, complete, and sharp.

kendall
04-21-2019, 11:53 PM
One lost story, two found stories.

Many years ago, I loaned my brother my 1/2" craftsman drill motor. While loading, he put it on the step of his stepside pickup. Needless to say, it wasn't there when he arrived home 400 miles away. It worked out well, though. I always smile thinking of the guy that found it along the road, I went out and bought a nice Milwaukee that I still have, and I have ribbed him about it for 40 years....

I was going down the thruway one day and this work truck had a side door on a toolbox flapping. I pulled alongside and tried to pantomime the problem. Earned the finger for trying to help. Picked up two nice 3/4" ropes with safety hooks, a sledge hammer, and a 4' prybar when they left the truck as a group.


One night I was sitting at a light in Byron center mi, ready to hit the freeway after filling up to finish the trip home (Dayton to Cadillac Mi), two guys in a company truck pulled up beside me. When their light changed they gunned it and dumped some materials, tools and other stuff out the back. I swapped lanes and caught up to them and did the whole honk the horn, flash lights, pantomime 'you lost stuff' routine, and they flipped me off.
I took a look at the sign on the door, then went back and picked everything up. A couple saws, some plywood, a couple of cordless drills and some scrap that I pushed off to the curb. Next morning I looked up the company and gave them a call and told them that I had tools his workers had lost, Turned out it was the owner driving the truck and he started screaming at me about stealing his stuff after an attempt at explaining that I wouldn't be calling if I was going to steal his tools I hung up and used them as loaners.

One find that was pretty useless, but interesting, Was riding across Wyoming heading out to see friends. Super windy day and I see this good sized card board box in the right lane just sitting there, caught my attention because everything else was blowing along with the wind. So I stopped and checked it out. There was a full scuba outfit, mask, tanks, suit, fins etc. Pushed it off to the side and left it there simply because I was on a motorcycle.

Then there was an 'almost find' that always makes me wonder. Back in the late 70s, I was on my old honda riding up Van Ness. Saw a couple cloth bags at the curb by the median, was gonna stop, but decided to ride on up to the next intersection, turn around and check them out. On the way I noticed a wells fargo truck making the same turn around, and some car stopped where the bags were and a guy running to the car with the bags.
Next day in the Chronicle, there was a story about Wells Fargo losing $280,000 out of the back of a truck on Van Ness and the police were seeking information from anyone who may have seen anything.

edit:
I once found a bag with a 9mm, a good chunk of cash and a bunch of small plastic bags one day.

Also, for some reason, every time I go across the 32nd street overpass at 131, I find tools.

Arcane
04-22-2019, 09:32 AM
I've found only a few tools on the street, some combination wrenchs, a really nice Snap-On 3/8" ratchet and a CP 1/2" air impact wrench. Best was a brand new fiberglass extension ladder.

The only time I ever found anything unusual was back in 1973 when I found a revolver in Stanley Park (Vancouver, BC) that was wrapped up in a white cloth and stuffed into a gap under a big old tree stump. The white caught my eye and I wondered what it was since it obviously hadn't just blown there. It was prety rusty so it had been there for awhile. I suspect it was used in a serious crime and somebody hid it there to get rid of it but who knows for sure? I turned it in to the cops.

wdtom44
04-22-2019, 09:45 AM
Back when I was a kid in the 50s while waiting for the school bus I found a $5 bill, and another time a $1 bill. That got me to paying attention to finding stuff. Found a Boy Scout ax in a old grown up gravel pit where they had had a camp for a while. Later as adult I can remember finding a 20 ft 3/8" chain, pipe wrench, small channel lock, 1/4" ratchet, hand truck, bag of zip ties, and who knows what else I am not remembering right now. I always try and notice what it is I am seeing at the side of the road or on it.

SteveF
04-22-2019, 10:08 AM
Years ago I was driving down the road and heard a metallic something bounce off the bottom of the car. Said to the wife "There was nothing in the road ahead of me." Turned around and found a 4" or so long bolt in the middle of the road and picked it up. After getting home discovered one of the three alternator bolts was missing and the bolt I picked up was it.

Always good to pay attention when driving.

Steve

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-22-2019, 10:34 AM
http://www.bbssystem.com/pictures/finder.jpg

A.K. Boomer
04-22-2019, 10:44 AM
Kendall that's incredible --- and serves those idiots right for harping on you for trying to help, try to do the right think - find out your dealing with a bunch of asshats and then keep the stuff with a clear conscience, can't beat that lol

your other stories are equally impressive with what you seen/found...

im always spinning my car back around to check stuff out, most of the time it's a false alarm but sometimes i hit paydirt lol plus its just plain fun,,,

related story about finding something, and I do consider this my best find ever, was on a mt.bike ride on the outskirts of town with a buddy, usually just ride to the trail head due to it not being far from town but this time we both met with vehicles due to being in a hurry - we basically get our whole ride in and on the last mile back to the vehicles this black lab starts chasing me, then leading then disappearing off the trail - then reconnecting, i slow down, it seemed playful, followed me all the way back to my car, hotter than hell day and while loading up my bike the dogs laying in the cars shade panting so Im petting it and it gulps down all the rest of my water from my water bottle - I tell my buddy somethings wrong, even though there's a newer subdivision within sight I don't think this dog knows it or is lost and does not know how to get back home, he was more or less just thinking it came from there and was having some fun chasing us - at that point I felt like it was in distress and was looking to me for help,

so - loaded it in my car and turned the AC on high, got him cooled down a little and set out to the newer subdivision to start going door to door to see if anyone knew him, big spread out area of newer ritzy housing so lot of ground to cover, had to drive way around just to get to the entrance area and as i just get in past a few houses I see a guy and his wife walking, pull up and ask them if they knew of anyone missing a dog, the lady immediately goes "that looks like the dog in the flyer we got on our door"
I follow them to their place and they give me the flyer with a picture the dogs name - I say the name to the dog and it's ears pick up and it's wagging its tail like crazy... pic also looks exactly like it.
Wow - look at the date - dogs been missing for days and in an area with no water at all and in searing heat and like I said earlier it's a black lab so just a toaster oven, I thank the people - put the AC on high recirculation for the brief drive home, get home and lead it to one of the coolers filled with water that i found on the side of the road years before that is my dogs water dish, it was non-stop drinking to the point of getting dangerous for the dog as they can die from overdoing it if they have too much --- I guessed it to be a half gallon so cut her off --- she did not want any food, GREAT nature'd dog, at that point I call the people - they are ecstatic, they are semi-local but not from town just some Mt. bike riders that took there dog and lost the dog during the ride - no collar or info, they felt sick and were driving back daily riding the trail and calling for their pupper, good people, just did not think she'd run off, told them wise choice to put out flyers in the closest area to the trail as that's right where I went too ---- also told them if I could not find the owners I had one last effort to go to the pound and give all the info and see if the dog was chipped and if not and nobody claimed her I was going to keep her. Just a great and grateful dog - so the people show up and the dog was very happy to see them - was a great sight to see - yet after it spends some time greeting them it comes back to me and licks my hand as if to say thanks, that's all I really needed - then they load her up and the guy comes back to me to shake my hand - I feel somethings in it and say - hey you don't have to do that and he says "oh yes i do"
they drive away - i look down at the greenback and it's a bennie... im always flat broke so that was damn nice of them...

that dog did not have long to live - im so glad I was at the right time and place and picked up on it's distress signals...

Dan Dubeau
04-22-2019, 11:39 AM
I found lots of stuff on the road. Mostly wrenches, straps, other hand tools. Nothing really noteworthy. I don't stop for straps anymore. I have enough.

I've left my wallet on the rear bumper of my truck one time when I was 17 driving to baseball practice. Didn't realize til I got there and went to get my gear out of the box that it made the 20 minute trip sitting back there. College coursework binder didn't fare so well another time I drove out of the parking lot with it on the roof. Noticed in the rear view that papers were flying everywhere behind me, then I clued in to where they were coming from......That one sucked. Guess I'm 50/50.


Can't say that I've ever found something really cool. I did pull a hatchet out of a lake one day with a magnet on a string. Got a fishing reel too, but the hatchet was the cool thing.

Was fishing on a remote lake up north with a couple buddies. One guy's line got bit while he set it down to take a squirt, and the fish pulled the rod and reel in before he got back to it. We teased him the rest of the day and that night about it. Next afternoon I hooked into a good one, and when I landed it I noticed there was another line hanging out of it's mouth..... Started pulling, and it was my buddies rod and reel. Nice big lake trout too, but it went back. Friend was happy to have his rod back, as it was a nice one.

Ice fishing in rental huts on lake simcoe we've probably caught 5 or more rods that other people have dropped. Sometimes you can see them lying on bottom, so it gives you something to do when the fishing is slow :). Getting my kids into fishing now, so I'm sure my +/- ratio will soon change. :)

Ridgerunner
04-22-2019, 11:41 AM
This thread made me think. I was digging a parking lot for a restaurant and when looking up at the bucket while loading a truck I saw this phone hanging in some tree branches. I climbed up in the bucket and retrieved it.

On another job clearing some land I saw something in the woods on the ground. I climbed down for a look and it was this pair of climbing spikes. Next to it was some sort of wooden pole about 1 1/2 inches square that was in sections and had brass sleeves to connect the sections together. The wood was rotten from being there so long.

One of the funnest finds was from the drinking days. I was coming home late one night when I saw a pair of eyes shining in some bushes on the side of the road. I backed up and stopped and they were still there. I jumped in the bushes and grabbed this animal. It turned out to be a large rabbit with a collar on it. I stuck it in the truck and the next morning I thought I had had a dream. Anyone that drinks can understand. Anyway I looked in the truck and there under the seat was this rabbit. I went back to the few houses along the road where I found it and no one said it was theirs. When I told a friend he said he would like it for his children so that was where it went.

phone and spikes from 40-50 years ago.

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5092&d=1555946812

old mart
04-22-2019, 01:00 PM
Another thing I found was a diamond. When I was in my early teens, we lived in a cottage which belonged to the local landowner, my mother being employed as his cook. For some reason, I went up to the large house where she worked and she immediately said to go and search for the bosses daughter's diamond which she had knocked out of her engagement ring. It was in the general area of the front door which had a gravel driveway leading up to it. It took me about ten minutes to find it after three people had spent an hour without success. Mother sent me to the boss with the diamond and I got thanked and a pound note for my efforts, quite a lot of money those days for a kid.
12 years ago, I picked up a wallet with cards and cash in it outside my bungalow. I took it to the police station, and when I got home, my next door neighbour told me that his visitor had lost the wallet, so I was able to point them in the right direction straight away.
In the UK, if you find cash and hand it in, it is yours if it is not claimed in 6 months.

danlb
04-22-2019, 02:25 PM
The oddest find was probably the one in the bushes next to the court house entrance. They do not allow weapons in the court house here, so I was only mildly surprised that there was a large folding knife in the planter. It was easily 8 inches long. It had a prominent button so it could have been a locking blade, or maybe a switchblade.

I reported the blade to the guards at the door, and they took care of it. Did I mention that the criminals and jurors used the same entrance? I hope that belonged to someone about to be convicted.

Tundra Twin Track
04-22-2019, 03:06 PM
About 15 yrs while Snowmobiling in mountains at White Fish Montana we found a teenage girl in a drainage that had skis way out of bounds in about a metre of fresh powder.She was unhurt but really glad to see us as she could not walk in the deep stuff,she was about 2km from the top of the mountain with 2 hours of daylight remaining.It took some time to double her back up to the top but got the job done.Later heard we made the newspaper down there,with the the girl thanking the Crazy Cunucks for getting her out of her predicament.

Paul Alciatore
04-22-2019, 04:11 PM
About the best thing I ever found was a few weeks after I retired. It was in a Wal-Mart parking lot and I was walking back to my truck when I came upon a $100 bill. Then a few steps further and there was another one. $200, just laying around. Merry Christmas!

My brother lives near a mall in San Jose and goes there every morning for a walk. While walking he finds things on a constant basis both inside the mall and in the parking lot. One of his most popular finds is one of those baby strollers that they rent there: many shoppers just leave them in the parking lot. He takes them back and claims the deposits. But he also finds many other things, including cash and recent purchases still in the bags, with the tags. On past visits I have also walked to, from, and in that mall and have found some things of value on the way. I guess Californians lose a lot of things; perhaps it's the drugs.

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-22-2019, 04:27 PM
When I was a kid, one of my friends (who was a little older than me) got his first car and I helped him fix it up a little bit. It was exciting for me as this was my first friend that actually got his drivers license and now actually had his own car which meant my world just opened up along with his now that he could drive us places.

He bought the car for $1 from a family friend and while we were both cleaning it up we found something like $1.50+ in change under the seats. So it was kind of cool that his first car paid him a little bit to own it.

Arcane
04-22-2019, 04:47 PM
Kendall that's incredible --- and serves those idiots right for harping on you for trying to help, try to do the right think - find out your dealing with a bunch of asshats and then keep the stuff with a clear conscience, can't beat that lol

your other stories are equally impressive with what you seen/found...

im always spinning my car back around to check stuff out, most of the time it's a false alarm but sometimes i hit paydirt lol plus its just plain fun,,,

related story about finding something, and I do consider this my best find ever, was on a mt.bike ride on the outskirts of town with a buddy, usually just ride to the trail head due to it not being far from town but this time we both met with vehicles due to being in a hurry - we basically get our whole ride in and on the last mile back to the vehicles this black lab starts chasing me, then leading then disappearing off the trail - then reconnecting, i slow down, it seemed playful, followed me all the way back to my car, hotter than hell day and while loading up my bike the dogs laying in the cars shade panting so Im petting it and it gulps down all the rest of my water from my water bottle - I tell my buddy somethings wrong, even though there's a newer subdivision within sight I don't think this dog knows it or is lost and does not know how to get back home, he was more or less just thinking it came from there and was having some fun chasing us - at that point I felt like it was in distress and was looking to me for help,

so - loaded it in my car and turned the AC on high, got him cooled down a little and set out to the newer subdivision to start going door to door to see if anyone knew him, big spread out area of newer ritzy housing so lot of ground to cover, had to drive way around just to get to the entrance area and as i just get in past a few houses I see a guy and his wife walking, pull up and ask them if they knew of anyone missing a dog, the lady immediately goes "that looks like the dog in the flyer we got on our door"
I follow them to their place and they give me the flyer with a picture the dogs name - I say the name to the dog and it's ears pick up and it's wagging its tail like crazy... pic also looks exactly like it.
Wow - look at the date - dogs been missing for days and in an area with no water at all and in searing heat and like I said earlier it's a black lab so just a toaster oven, I thank the people - put the AC on high recirculation for the brief drive home, get home and lead it to one of the coolers filled with water that i found on the side of the road years before that is my dogs water dish, it was non-stop drinking to the point of getting dangerous for the dog as they can die from overdoing it if they have too much --- I guessed it to be a half gallon so cut her off --- she did not want any food, GREAT nature'd dog, at that point I call the people - they are ecstatic, they are semi-local but not from town just some Mt. bike riders that took there dog and lost the dog during the ride - no collar or info, they felt sick and were driving back daily riding the trail and calling for their pupper, good people, just did not think she'd run off, told them wise choice to put out flyers in the closest area to the trail as that's right where I went too ---- also told them if I could not find the owners I had one last effort to go to the pound and give all the info and see if the dog was chipped and if not and nobody claimed her I was going to keep her. Just a great and grateful dog - so the people show up and the dog was very happy to see them - was a great sight to see - yet after it spends some time greeting them it comes back to me and licks my hand as if to say thanks, that's all I really needed - then they load her up and the guy comes back to me to shake my hand - I feel somethings in it and say - hey you don't have to do that and he says "oh yes i do"
they drive away - i look down at the greenback and it's a bennie... im always flat broke so that was damn nice of them...

that dog did not have long to live - im so glad I was at the right time and place and picked up on it's distress signals...

Good on you, Boomer!

A.K. Boomer
04-22-2019, 04:55 PM
Many moons ago im heading back from silverton colo. after a Mt. bike race (placed 3rd IIRC) - again half broke and just on a wing and a prayer with funds lol
think I just went bye pagosa springs and then seen something in the rd. that looked like a cloth pouch - turn around and grab it --- it's a womans little money purse, check out the contents --- 63 bucks and a shopping list,,, no kind of contact info what-so-ever, kinda sad - I cannot say it was guilt free funds but really nothing I could do but put it to good use, ate like a pig and was not stressed out about having enough fuel money to get back home. lol rabbit diesel at the time so a little went along way...

mattthemuppet
04-23-2019, 11:21 AM
awesome story AK, brought a smile to my face.

I've found countless bits and pieces on the road during my daily commute. I'm working on a full socket set for each of my daughters when they go to college. Doing ok, but accumulating ALOT of 1/2" drive 12mm sockets :) The two best things I've found have been an iPhone X, too damaged to turn on and return but managed to sell it for $300 on eBay (bought a new set of wheels for the bike with the proceeds), and a 4ft tall teddy bear on Valentines day
http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=4637&d=1550252115
got a lot of waves and comments from people that day..

MattiJ
04-23-2019, 02:51 PM
Haven’t found much on the streets.
But related find was golden diamond ring from the washing machine that I took from dump to harvest the internals for ”projects”

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-23-2019, 02:55 PM
My wife found some baby bunnies outside on the ground and no mother anywhere.... Luckily for them they are doing quite well.. Cute little things!

http://www.bbssystem.com/pictures/bunny2.jpg

http://www.bbssystem.com/pictures/bunny1.jpg

PStechPaul
04-23-2019, 03:30 PM
Baby bunnies = cat food?

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-23-2019, 03:52 PM
Baby bunnies = cat food?

The cats are well fed and the kids have 10 gerbils, 2 hamsters, and a bunch of guinea pigs so the cats have little interest in lethargic baby bunnies :)

Hopefully we can let the bunnies go and survive outside when they are old enough.

jmm03
04-23-2019, 04:05 PM
Was driving and saw something fly off the back or top of someones car one time. What appeared to be greenbacks flew out of it. On my way back I stopped and looked around and found a wallet, empty of cash but full of ID and credit cards. I looked up the name in the phonebook, (remember those?) and called the guy, told him I had his wallet and where he could come and get it, he was a little put out that there was no money in it and asked me if I could deliver the wallet to him. I gave him my address and told him it would be in my mailbox... I guess you just can't please everybody.

Willy
04-23-2019, 04:36 PM
My wife found some baby bunnies outside on the ground and no mother anywhere.... Luckily for them they are doing quite well.. Cute little things!





Bunnies on the barby and home made applesauce! :)

https://www.fnorman.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/rabbit.png

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-23-2019, 05:21 PM
Bunnies on the barby and home made applesauce! :)

That's disgusting!!! Applesauce!?!?! Come on, how could you eat rabbit without some spicy BBQ sauce!

A.K. Boomer
04-23-2019, 05:48 PM
I would prefer a chipolt'e sauce with a nice chiant'e --- phhhst phhhhhssst...

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-23-2019, 06:02 PM
I would prefer a chipolt'e sauce with a nice chiant'e --- phhhst phhhhhssst...

YES!! Like the Taco Bell chipolt'e sauce.... De-lish.

fjk
04-23-2019, 07:42 PM
AK Boomer
There’s a special place in heaven for people who Do The Right Thing with lost dogs

Fean

A.K. Boomer
04-23-2019, 10:27 PM
I have one now that I love and had two at the time that happened so just doing what I hoped someone would have done for them,,,

it's funny though my buddy said he did not notice anything wrong with the dog, then after I told him what happened in finding the people with the flyer and how the guy and his wife came and picked her up he started calling me the dog whisperer lol

Im amazed at how well dogs meld with people and visa versa --- people who keep them on chains or stuff like that will never know what im talking about --- but if you treat them like family they will treat you like that too...

my dog spends some time on a leash at the trails i take her too it's the law but she's never even seen a chain or rope, she's got a pet door - fully fenced yard - comes and goes and has full access to the couch and futon lol

Doc Nickel
04-23-2019, 11:08 PM
I do often see small clusters of sparklets cartridges, I understand the co2 is somehow involved in drug enhancement or something.

-You're thinking the "nitrous oxide" cartridges used (or intended, anyway) for making whipped cream. Those are simply inhaled directly.

If it's an actual CO2 cartridge (they look almost identical, the CO2 being slightly longer) chances are those are simply discards from other cyclists, who carry them as an emergency tire filler. There's no "drug related" use that I know of for those- the closest I can think of would be using CO2 to charge a beer keg.

On the "found explosives" subject, I think I mentioned it here on the board before, but up in Anchorage (Alaska) some teenagers had apparently found one of the unexploded 75mm shells used by the local ski resort for avalanche control. Supposedly had it rolling around in the backseat of the car for a while, and it was only when the kid's dad saw it in his bedroom that somebody actually realized what it was.

Doc.

QSIMDO
04-23-2019, 11:15 PM
I was operating a Tiger roadside boom mower.
A flail type deck which has a tendency to hang on to some of the things it picks up.
Mowing along a large secondary road I heard and felt the unmistakable "thump-a-thump-a" of something caught.
Picked up the boom, swung it back over the guard rails and shut off the deck.
With cars behind waiting to pass, out fell the LARGEST, PINK, most anatomically accurate adult toy!
Had to be 8x24".
There it was, bouncing and rolling around in the gutter, car horns beeping and folks laughing and pointing as they drove by.
Darn if there was no safety vest in the tractor so I just left it there.
Scariest part is it was gone when I came back by.

A.K. Boomer
04-23-2019, 11:20 PM
lol just when you think you heard it all lol

RB211
04-24-2019, 05:24 AM
Hot sauces? Many good ones but never on my list is the liquid in the packets from Taco Bell. Tried looking up the ingredients, and couldn't find anything resembling a "hot sauce", or even a known pepper.

RichR
04-24-2019, 08:38 AM
... out fell the LARGEST, PINK, most anatomically accurate adult toy!
Had to be 8x24".
...
Darn if there was no safety vest in the tractor so I just left it there. ...

So you wanted to dress it up in a vest?

QSIMDO
04-24-2019, 10:09 AM
So you wanted to dress it up in a vest?

What?
That would have been weirder than the actual find?
I was going to cone the hazard ( 'cuz I'm not touchin' that!) but sure as hell wasn't getting out of the machine without a vest with all those distracted drivers. ;)

Greater fear was meeting up with the owner!

Corbettprime
04-24-2019, 10:44 AM
Amen!

A.K. Boomer
04-24-2019, 11:24 AM
This is one of those rare times where (and im sure I speak for everyone here) the "picture or it didn't happen" rule is abolished...

no need to post - we believe you, I reiterate - we believe you...

PStechPaul
04-24-2019, 06:10 PM
The previous mower dropped a shaft? :rolleyes:

RichR
04-24-2019, 09:24 PM
So you wanted to dress it up in a vest?

What?
That would have been weirder than the actual find? ...

Wasn't judging. Just trying to ascertain your intentions.


I was going to cone the hazard ...
Still sounds like dress up, only with a bright orange dunce cap.

RetiredFAE
04-24-2019, 09:41 PM
About the best thing I ever found was a few weeks after I retired. It was in a Wal-Mart parking lot and I was walking back to my truck when I came upon a $100 bill. Then a few steps further and there was another one. $200, just laying around. Merry Christmas!

My brother lives near a mall in San Jose and goes there every morning for a walk. While walking he finds things on a constant basis both inside the mall and in the parking lot. One of his most popular finds is one of those baby strollers that they rent there: many shoppers just leave them in the parking lot. He takes them back and claims the deposits. But he also finds many other things, including cash and recent purchases still in the bags, with the tags. On past visits I have also walked to, from, and in that mall and have found some things of value on the way. I guess Californians lose a lot of things; perhaps it's the drugs.

Lived in Saratoga CA for a few years, also Sunnyvale and San Jose, wife and I used to walk in the Valco Mall just a short ways from the house over in Cupertino, the mall in Sunnyvale near our first apartment there, and also with a longer drive at the Great Mall of the Bay Area, built in what had been the old Ford auto plant.
We found lots of things in the parking lots and inside the malls as well, and a lot of the things were ditched drugs or drug paraphernalia.
And a couple of guns.
As a federal agent, it created a hassle for me finding those types of things, as it meant paperwork.
Found a brand new looking S&W Model 64, stainless .38 SPL, with the grips wrapped with surgical tape in a puddle of rain water alongside highway 680 there in the valley when I stopped to change a tire for an elderly couple.

It was loaded, ran the serial number and had ballistics run the barrel, came back clean on both. I also owned a gun shop at the time , so it went out for sale after coming back clean, not stolen, not used in any known crime.
In almost the same spot on 680 one night, set of eyes alongside the road, was a golden retriever, with a collar, when I got out to get him, he was setting beside a large, well taped up card board moving box.
Loaded the box, which weighed about 50 pounds, and the dog into my pickup.
Dog had a collar and a chip, next day he was back with his owners. Box held a brand new VCR/DVD player recorder, small micro wave, nice Sonny reel to reel tape recorder and a small black and white TV.
No ID in the box, serial numbers were not reported stolen, and everything worked.

Over the years hunting on my family's ranch in Northern Nevada, and the one in Northern CA, have found lots of old knives, axes, tools, wagon parts, some rusty guns and once, waaaaay out on the back end of the big ranch in Nevada, a stripped and burned Corvair pickup truck. No idea how it got there, no road to where it was setting, and no tire tracks leading up to it in the dirt. Aliens maybe? Lol.

754
04-24-2019, 10:41 PM
Qsimdo, you could have just tossed it in the cockpit..
Sneak it into the lunchroom just before lunch ... toss a jacket or towel over it...

A.K. Boomer
04-24-2019, 10:59 PM
Qsimdo, you could have just tossed it in the cockpit..


The word "cab" would have sufficed no?

QSIMDO
04-24-2019, 11:50 PM
Qsimdo, you could have just tossed it in the cockpit..
Sneak it into the lunchroom just before lunch ... toss a jacket or towel over it...

There wouldn't have been enough room for both of us!
Plus I don't think that bunch of d***heads would have noticed.

QSIMDO
04-24-2019, 11:52 PM
Wasn't judging. Just trying to ascertain your intentions.


Still sounds like dress up, only with a bright orange dunce cap.

Now you make me wish I stood it up and put my hard hat on it!
Damn, talk about life's missed opportunities!

JRouche
04-25-2019, 12:31 AM
Thread: OT Things I have picked up off the ground

Seems like its good to Preface our late posts as to not confuse anyone, myself mostly.

Picking up stuff from the ground can be anything right? Like nothing of value or use. I just want to make sure thats ok before I deside to post LOL

No! No dog turds. I stopped doing that years ago.

I am into metal now.

I walk four miles a day (M-F), and on that walk I usually look where I am walking. Yeah, the ground. There was so much metal (and cash) just right in front of me. Pick it up, in the pocket. Needs to fit in a peanut, plastic container.

After a few years I decided to start picking up all these metal bits and pieces I saw everyday on my walk.

This container holds eight years of junk on my walk. Some neat stuff. JR

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-25-2019, 10:39 AM
The baby rabbits are doing surprisingly well. We've not had much luck raising abandoned infant animals in the past but it appears rabbits are more robust in that regard.

http://www.bbssystem.com/pictures/rabits.jpg

Arcane
04-26-2019, 11:56 AM
This is sorta related to picking stuff up off the ground. Years ago when I was a Lineman on a crew we were working on a job one winter and we were parked on a road. One of the crew was by the ditch and he leaned down and came up with a $20 bill in his hand and waved it around while yelling "Hey! Look what I found!" Then he kicked around in the snow again, leaned down and came up with another $20 bill. "Found another one!" That was enough to get a couple of the tightwads on the crew ( I wasn't one of them!) digging around like crazy in the snow for a good 5 minutes before they gave up. Of course there was never any money to be found, the instigator had just made it look like there was with a little bit of slight of hand and a couple of bills he had "found" in his own wallet.

Ridgerunner
04-26-2019, 12:54 PM
I was digging the footer for our whole house generator when I uncovered a chipmunk nest with a baby in it. My wife raised it and we later released it.

Its name was Chippy munk.

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5117&d=1556297173

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5116&d=1556297155

http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=5115&d=1556297044

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-26-2019, 03:20 PM
Sadly the 4 baby bunny rabbits died last night. No idea why.

Dan Dubeau
04-26-2019, 03:31 PM
Sadly the 4 baby bunny rabbits died last night. No idea why.

They probably weren't able to survive on a diet of cheese its, gatorade, and taco bell snackers.

JRouche
04-26-2019, 04:06 PM
Sadly the 4 baby bunny rabbits died last night. No idea why.

Bummer :( Sorry to hear. JR

Corbettprime
04-26-2019, 04:19 PM
If I remember right, baby rabbits won't deficate until the mother licks them and stimulates them to do so. Has something to do with keeping the nest clean. I've heard that stroking them with a warm moist wash will work. I don't remember how often you need to do this.

mattthemuppet
04-26-2019, 04:43 PM
that's sad, I'm sorry to hear that. Probably not quite the right milk mix, temperature or who knows what.

RB211
04-26-2019, 06:09 PM
The baby rabbits are doing surprisingly well. We've not had much luck raising abandoned infant animals in the past but it appears rabbits are more robust in that regard.

http://www.bbssystem.com/pictures/rabits.jpg

I am not used to seeing them with their heads still attached, courtesy of my uncles since departed cat.

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-26-2019, 06:43 PM
The kids are upset about the bunnies. I think they might have been sick or they were not warm enough. They were eating formula and we did stimulate their bottoms with a wet cue-tip and they were urinating so I think it was either temperature or sickness. They felt cold last night so we put them on an electric blanket under their cage but I don't think they absorbed any of it..

A.K. Boomer
04-26-2019, 08:17 PM
that sucks - I think temperature is a good guess as they all dropped off together and if they were sick there would have been some still hanging on...

tomato coupe
04-26-2019, 11:08 PM
Sadly the 4 baby bunny rabbits died last night. No idea why.
Your mistake was assuming the bunnies had been abandoned. The mothers are generally with the bunnies only at night, so they may appear abandoned to the causal observer.

Corbettprime
04-27-2019, 12:26 AM
You mentioned that they urinated, but said nothing about defecating. Did they?

3 Phase Lightbulb
04-27-2019, 12:31 AM
You mentioned that they urinated, but said nothing about defecating. Did they?

I'm not sure if they did or not, we just noticed urine.

A.K. Boomer
04-27-2019, 01:07 AM
what were you feeding them? takes allot of formula to make a solid poop so poop might not be a good indicator...

better not be anything about little baby bunnies in the "what did you eat today" post or im going to go off...

Dan Dubeau
04-27-2019, 10:13 AM
Would now be a good time to tell the story about when I was about 13 and found a bunny burrow in the garden with the rototiller? Wasn't pretty...... My cat finds them as well, and has even caught a full sized rabbit before. He doesn't kill them, just likes to play. But he wont even lift his head if a mouse runs by him in the house. Doesn't earn his keep, he's useless lol.

A.K. Boomer
04-27-2019, 10:37 AM
I freaked out my conscientious niece cuz she kinda laid a guilt trip on me for eating "warehouse" chickens and that she only ate free range ones, I told her it was a well thought out calculated decision, she laughed at me and then asked "how"

I went into great detail about how the warehouse chickens are all crammed in and don't even like their life - the quicker you eat em up the faster you put them out of their misery and in fact they are wanting that, they don't even know who their bumping shoulders with, it's always noisy and there's no time to even think straight, let alone the smell and no zen what-so-ever...

on the other hand the free range chickens have a great life, they have a wife and kids and know who their neighbors are - are polite to each other --- they got it made - till of course YOU get hungry and decide to yank them away from their families while their basically calling to each other not to go (ba-bahwk ba-bahwk) , you take them away and kill them - the family that's left is traumatized - a perfect little world created and then destroyed...

nothing but silence on the other end of the phone,,,, im a terrible uncle lol but she does need to learn not to toss a guilt trip in my direction, and at least for the time being I think she has :p

vpt
04-27-2019, 11:01 AM
Your mistake was assuming the bunnies had been abandoned. The mothers are generally with the bunnies only at night, so they may appear abandoned to the causal observer.

This ^

Glug
04-27-2019, 11:06 AM
My cat finds them as well, and has even caught a full sized rabbit before. He doesn't kill them, just likes to play.

Fwiw, a local animal rescue resource I work with says cat saliva and claw bacteria are deadly to small animals, specially birds. They can appear uninjured but often die in a day or two.

Dan Dubeau
04-27-2019, 01:19 PM
Fwiw, a local animal rescue resource I work with says cat saliva and claw bacteria are deadly to small animals, specially birds. They can appear uninjured but often die in a day or two.

i'll give the cat a stern talking to....

Illinoyance
04-27-2019, 01:23 PM
toxicodendron radicans. Damn

Alan Smith
04-27-2019, 01:38 PM
Poison Ivy! Than goodness we don't have it here. At least not in the wild. About 2-3 miles from here is Kew Gardens country base. Wakehurst Place. On an island in the middle of a small pond to keep it "contained" is Toxicodendron radicans let's hope it can't swim!

Arcane
04-27-2019, 01:39 PM
I freaked out my conscientious niece cuz she kinda laid a guilt trip on me for eating "warehouse" chickens and that she only ate free range ones, I told her it was a well thought out calculated decision, she laughed at me and then asked "how"

I went into great detail about how the warehouse chickens are all crammed in and don't even like their life - the quicker you eat em up the faster you put them out of their misery and in fact they are wanting that, they don't even know who their bumping shoulders with, it's always noisy and there's no time to even think straight, let alone the smell and no zen what-so-ever...

on the other hand the free range chickens have a great life, they have a wife and kids and know who their neighbors are - are polite to each other --- they got it made - till of course YOU get hungry and decide to yank them away from their families while their basically calling to each other not to go (ba-bahwk ba-bahwk) , you take them away and kill them - the family that's left is traumatized - a perfect little world created and then destroyed...

nothing but silence on the other end of the phone,,,, im a terrible uncle lol but she does need to learn not to toss a guilt trip in my direction, and at least for the time being I think she has :p

I think she experienced a little bit of cognitive dissonance when she heard your explanation. lol

fixerdave
04-29-2019, 02:33 AM
...There's no "drug related" use that I know of for those...

You never know... never know... Some people just can't be second-guessed.

I had to clear out a junkie-nest outside my shop... worse than the damn raccoons. At least the raccoons haven't learned to play with fire yet. Anyway, I found a bunch of white cotton(ish) furniture stuffing all balled up, asked around and discovered they use it to filter out what they're shooting. A bunch of finger-tips snipped off latex gloves, presumably part of the above process, and a really nice Husky 3/8" ratchet :confused:

It had a bit of rust on it but cleaned up well. Repacked it with grease. It's actually my favorite ratchet now. No idea why a junkie would have been packing it around.

Another time, I had a nice chunk of 3/16" checker-plate aluminium, maybe 3 square feet of it. Had a bracelet once. Oh, and a very nice pedal bike. That last one went straight to the police. Rolled it in and the cop yelled at me "that Your bike!" Nope. He settled after that, and then was actually happy when the serial number lined up with the theft report they took earlier that day. "It actually worked" he exclaimed... I guess it was the first time he'd ever been able to return something someone reported stolen. Sigh...

I don't need to find stuff... it gets delivered. Well, not so much now, got a better gate. Well, that and my back-alley shop is now adjacent to 3x $1,400,000 houses. Been gentrified, I have. I guess that makes ME the neighborhood "junkie" now.

David...

fixerdave
04-29-2019, 03:14 AM
The kids are upset about the bunnies...

My condolences for the kids... it's not a place I'd like to be with mine. In fact, as I've gotten older, my anti-pet stance has hardened considerably. Don't get me wrong, I like pets, so long as they belong to someone else.

At the other end of the continuum, I was walking with a friend down a popular path just after a heavy rain. Anyway, we came across a pair of love-struck teenagers busily rescuing the earthworms on the path, carefully putting them back in the grass, one after the other. There were a lot of earthworms.

We elected to not intrude on their heartfelt task by informing them that A) the earthworms were on the pavement because they were drowning in the grass, B) that there are a LOT of earthworms, and C) they're an invasive species anyway.

You sir, are somewhere in the middle of that continuum, so I'll leave it at that. That said, I don't know what it's like on your side of the continent but around here there's something called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Fever... something like that anyway. It's not a problem for people, unless they happen to have pet rabbits they like. If you want rabbits as pets, you might want to avoid the wild ones and get some from the pet store, healthy and weened. The wild ones are having a rough go of it right now, at least around here.

David...

Edit: fact-checked myself... earthworms don't drown. Current scientific theory is that they migrate when things get wet. But, no point letting facts get in the way of a perfectly good story.

MattiJ
04-29-2019, 05:01 AM
My condolences for the kids... it's not a place I'd like to be with mine. In fact, as I've gotten older, my anti-pet stance has hardened considerably. Don't get me wrong, I like pets, so long as they belong to someone else.

At the other end of the continuum, I was walking with a friend down a popular path just after a heavy rain. Anyway, we came across a pair of love-struck teenagers busily rescuing the earthworms on the path, carefully putting them back in the grass, one after the other. There were a lot of earthworms.

We elected to not intrude on their heartfelt task by informing them that A) the earthworms were on the pavement because they were drowning in the grass, B) that there are a LOT of earthworms, and C) they're an invasive species anyway.

You sir, are somewhere in the middle of that continuum, so I'll leave it at that. That said, I don't know what it's like on your side of the continent but around here there's something called Rabbit Hemorrhagic Fever... something like that anyway. It's not a problem for people, unless they happen to have pet rabbits they like. If you want rabbits as pets, you might want to avoid the wild ones and get some from the pet store, healthy and weened. The wild ones are having a rough go of it right now, at least around here.

David...

Edit: fact-checked myself... earthworms don't drown. Current scientific theory is that they migrate when things get wet. But, no point letting facts get in the way of a perfectly good story.


Dunno about invasive species but they seem to die en masse after really hard rain. Seen plenty of drowned or othervise very dead earthworm on pavement sometimes after a hard räin.

MattiJ
04-29-2019, 05:37 AM
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasive_earthworms_of_North_America

Well learn something new every day. Apparently they are kind of rare in northern Finland too. Seem like nobody in here has considered the effect of ice age to them.
Couldn’t find any info on earthworm history in here but I think it has been introduced to here also along with agriculture. Maybe along with potatoes and christianity around 1700’s

old mart
04-29-2019, 07:43 AM
Worms frozen in an ice age are crispy.

Baz
04-29-2019, 08:29 AM
That's weird. I have always heard that worms are vital to the health of soil in providing drainage and recycling dead vegetation and the worry has been that modern agricultural methods reduce the worm population. There is an invasive flatworm I think introduced into Ireland that eats other worms and is seen as a significant threat because of that. I have thousands of worms in my garden, and it is interesting turning over the compost in the spring to see how rotten windfall apples in there are seething with worms who obviously like natural cider. Poor things probably get a terrible hangover when I have broken up their party.

fastfire
04-29-2019, 02:16 PM
Is that how u got the Boomer name?

fixerdave
04-29-2019, 04:38 PM
Dunno about invasive species but they seem to die en masse after really hard rain. Seen plenty of drowned or othervise very dead earthworm on pavement sometimes after a hard räin.

I'll make no attempt at pretending to be an earthworm scientist... just reporting what Google tells me. That said, it is possible that earthworms happen to die en masse, just as much and on a regular basis, in the ground where we don't see them. That they come out during heavy rain is obvious. That a lot die in the process is obvious. But, the why's and comparative mortality rates are beyond my expertise. I just know I'm not rescuing them :p At best, I'll avoid stepping on the critters.

David...

PStechPaul
05-04-2019, 09:21 PM
I found this yesterday, while digging in the dirt and raking leaves for my stone wall rebuild project:

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/house/Glass_Dope_Pipe_5226.jpg

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/house/Glass_Dope_Pipe_5227.jpg

http://enginuitysystems.com/pix/house/Glass_Dope_Pipe_5228.jpg

Something like this:
https://www.grasscity.com/us_en/glasscity-clear-glass-spoon-pipe-with-cane-swirl-3-inch.html

https://stc.grasscity.com/media/catalog/product/cache/4/small_image/200x/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/n/indian-pipes-02d-02.jpg

reggie_obe
05-04-2019, 11:50 PM
A Crak pipe. Good show!