Over twenty years ago I was working on a truck and needed an extra hand to hold a wrench. Since no one was available to help I clamped my trusty Vice-grips on the nut so they would jam against something and continued on. After the truck left I realized that my vice-grips were still clamped on the nut.
Today after work I was driving to my hotel and I saw what looked like a pair of vice-grips on the centreline of the highway so I stopped to pick them up.
I recognized them immediately as the ones that I had lost years ago from some of the marks on them. The release latch is bent to one side from using a screwdriver on it because I had clamped them so tight fingers could not release them. There are a couple marks on the sides of the jaws one is from grinding a woodruff key to fit a metric motorcycle the other mark was from wrestling a stud extractor from the exhaust port of a cylinder head in a very confined space.
There is no doubt in my mind that these are the same vice-grips that I lost years ago.