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Old 11-24-2014, 06:37 PM   #1
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Found on the side of the road....

OK, so my main commuting vehicle is a bicycle, followed shortly by a truck or M/C. Over the past 15 years I have found a wide array of stuff riding with 2 wheels, including (but not limited to);
bills of different currencies (mostly $5's and $10's), weed, lighters, cigarettes, multiple sizes of crescent wrenches, monkey wrenches, Porsche hubcaps, CD wallets, wallets, Snap-On socket extensions, a really nice 8" Henckels German made 5 star knife (one of the best finds, used it tonight, curious how it found its way to the side of the road), a dead wolf (wife wouldn't let me bring it home to make a rug from the hide), 10 out of the 12 beers in a case, screwdrivers, many, many, discarded playing cards, a Jamis mountain Bike with a "free" sign on it...
There's probably more, but the above are what I actually stopped and picked up (not the wolf).

I'm going to start chronicling the stuff I found, starting today, I encourage you to do the same. Keeping your eyes open makes the ride so much better so include a pic of stuff you have brought home from the side of the road, better if it was not meant to be there.

Today's find? Not the most exciting; an uneaten Eat-More candy bar and a 17mm Snap-On 3/8" drive socket:

SOOOOOO? What did you find?
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:21 AM   #2
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Stuff. Sooooooo much stuff
When i met my wife 30 ish years ago she said why to you keep stopping (on a walk or cycle ride) to pick stuff up.
It took a few years and then she started to do it.
If it was shinny or metal she points it out or picks it up.
We have no idea why we do it.
Shinny stuff attracts Magpie's I guess.......

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Old 11-25-2014, 08:26 AM   #3
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Keep looking. Several years ago there was a backpack with $70,000+ in cash found on the island. It was the weekly take from a local produce distribution company, and was returned to the owner. I've found a wallet, weed and an assortment of bunji cords and tools over the years. Didn't take any pictures, though...
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:15 AM   #4
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I found a $50 bill on the streets of Manhattan last year on vacation. It paid for the cab ride to the airport.

I've found small bills, coins (we have $1 and $2 coins up here so it's worth picking them up), small tools and books. Plus assorted dead squirrels, etc.

Last year my son found a Gucci wallet with over $300.00 cash in it. No one around? Finders keepers. And we think it's a real Gucci.

I always wonder why you see a single shoe or a shirt on the side of the road. WTF?
I'm allergic to asphalt, whenever I touch it I get a rash.
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Old 11-25-2014, 10:25 AM   #5
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Over here they have a curious habit of picking up lost things and hanging them or putting said item at eye level if possible, so that the owner can come back and find it. We've taken up that custom soon after arriving, as we lost child's soft 'never-leave-the-house-without-it' toy numerous times only to retrace steps and find it picked up and carefully placed where we would see it. I found a wallet with cash once, picked it up, put it on a garden wall where it would be seen. Handed in a card wallet to a local bank so they could contact the owner. I guess we have adapted to our local environment?!!
Far cry from when I was younger
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:42 PM   #6
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Single shoe theory

There was a book written many years ago that stated how to get away with murder. The advise for your clothing and shoes used to to randomly toss them on the side of many roads over a wide area.. so I always equate single shoes with One dead body somewhere.. I as well have always loved the road side finds my Grandfather got me started he could find amazing things in tall grass at 50 miles and hour..
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Old 11-25-2014, 12:44 PM   #7
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:38 PM   #8
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Oh man, I'm going to have to start taking pictures of my finds. I jog on occasion, ride bikes, & motorcycles and have found a wide range of stuff. Some that come to mind are...

Panties (same place as the bra)
Money (never found more than a 20)
Wallets (lots of cash, always returned)
Purse (no money, still returned)
Tools (lots and lots of tools)
Oakley sunglasses (wear them to this day)
Vibrator (didn't touch it)
Spare tires
Cell phone (some working, some crushed)
Diamond ring (bitter sweet story there)

I will start taking pictures from now on.

I found the diamond ring in a pile of cloths/trash when I was about 15. We had a creek down the road form the house and someone dumped trash/cloths and while riding by, I sifted through it and found a ring. I also found some mail with names and addresses on it. I called the Sheriff, long story short, they got their ring back but had to pay fines for littering and the junk was magically gone the next time I went by.
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Old 11-25-2014, 01:42 PM   #9
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Lots of tools and 4 pocket knives a couple 5's and a 20.

I believe the pocket knives are hunters leaving them on the truck bumper, there are lots of hunters around here.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #10
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My dad found a $100 bill in a parking lot. Most I've ever found was a $20 and some ones and fives.

Other than that just trash and the occasional used condom, never anything useful.
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:07 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by -Chris- View Post
... but had to pay fines for littering and the junk was magically gone the next time I went by.
shades of "Alice's Restaurant"
Not all who wonder are confused
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Old 11-25-2014, 04:13 PM   #12
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I have found a lot of money, well, not a lot but at least $500 in change over the years and a few hundred in bills and I just put it in a box and have never spent it, whenever I find any money I put it in my left pocket and when I get home put it in the box. I did find a Rolex once but it had been run over by several cars, I tried to find the owner with no luck, I sold it on ebay for $1,500 +. I found 5 wallets one year, I returned them all, the most that was ever in one was $1600. One I found and called the guy and he drove to my house to pick it up acted like I stole it from him, he snatched it out of my hand and drove off, not even a thank you and no, I've never taken a reward and never expected one, a simple thank you is fine, usually everyone offers though. I used to ride my bicycle to work and you'd be amazed how many drive away from the gas station with wallets and purses on their cars! I have found a lot of tools too. I found a guys wedding ring in the snow in Tahoe and found the owner in Texas, turns out he lost it on their honeymoon, mailed that back.

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Old 11-25-2014, 04:17 PM   #13
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I've found a number of things from screwdrivers to sockets to ratchets and wrenches to hammers. The largest bill I've found was a $100 on a back street sidewalk, I went to a few local houses to see if anybody lost some money but no takers.

I've been almost arrested a couple of times trying to return wallets and I.D. cards, I either mail them back to their owners or drop them off at the Police station now. The most irritating one was in Holland, I found a wallet on the street (obviously fell off the top of a car) and handed it into security at HP (there was an HP I.D. card inside). The owner called the Police and told them that I must have "picked" his pocket! The Police were quite nice about the whole affair. A couple of days later the owner contacted me and offered me a 20 Guilder bill for returning his wallet but I'm still irritated enough that I take that kind of stuff to the Police station now.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:05 PM   #14
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I find a lot of bottles, shoes, towels and life jackets. I live near a lake.There are always tools. The most dangerous thing, from a legal standpoint, I ever found was a folded aluminum foil and within it were 7-8 small folded foils with a brown substance- I think it might have been heroin-could have gone to jail. I got rid of it pronto.
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Old 11-25-2014, 05:19 PM   #15
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A lot of tools. Used to drive a truck on mostly rural delivery routes. Tools stand out as you drive by.

Fun thread, will start taking pics from now on.

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