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Old 03-08-11, 10:12 AM   #1
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Strange things found on your commute

So far after 6 months or so of commuting I have found:
A saddle with no rails
various pictures
various grocery store cards
a wallet
a passport
two homeless camps
four empty bottles of Vodka
a car in a ditch

Anything interesting on your commute?
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Old 03-08-11, 10:21 AM   #2
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Only thing of note was a decomposing fox.
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Several of these tied together by long extension chords - over a mile of them


apparently they are seismic equipment - looking for natural gas
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Old 03-08-11, 10:53 AM   #4
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this thread comes up now and then, with entries from bizarre, to sad, to funny....... I think it is a candidate for sticky...... what say the world
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I will see. Hang on.
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One year I found several scissors. All different kinds in different areas. I dont think I have seen any since.
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Oh brass bullet casings - lots of those. Makes me wonder if I should commute in a bullet-proof vest. This is Texas...
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A pair of women's shoes by the side of a busy road. One of the heels was broken off.
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Just the highlights
  • A kitten... alive and she didn't like being carried in a handlebar bag
  • A paring knife
  • Several wallets
  • Some luggage
  • A rear wheel for a bike
  • All kinds of tools
  • A surprisingly small amount of cash
  • A bike...returned to the owner who had biffed his head and couldn't remember where he had crashed and stashed the bike

Those are the G rated things. The X-rated things are
  • A blow up doll
  • A guy and a girl doing the wild thing against a tree
  • A guy, with his pants down standing outside, and a girl doing the wild thing in a pickup...in November
And, finally, 4 teenagers buck nekid doing the wild thing beside a mountain bike trail. One of the guys yelled "****!" as I bombed around the corner. I look down and said "Looks like."
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The commute always gets a bit more interesting here during the spring thaw, when old man winter reveals his treasures in the snow banks.
There is a massive assortment of very colorful.... water balloons out past the back parking path of the high school.
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Old 03-08-11, 12:09 PM   #11
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Oh the usual, loose change, lost or drop tools from contractor, lost dogs whom outruns me when I tried to chase them down and more. However, the strangest thing I found when I started commuting is my Sanity
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I saw an empty golf bag yesterday. Last year while riding to work on a Saturday morning I ended up going the opposite direction along the MUP as some walkers raising money for breast cancer research. There were some cheerleaders along either side of one part of the path who started chanting something about saving the hooters as I rode past.
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Hey, that's weird, I am a big hooter fan too.
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$300 flashlight
ipod, broken screen
Old Leather saddle, I'm using it
A seizing father floating down the river
a couple bikes, dumped there for weeks
thorns in tires, screws, rocks, mud, asphalt, dead animals, one dead guy and a bunch of homeless
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You see the dead guy thing. That's what I do not want to find.
As to No motor? In my neck of woods we have the save the tatas and the I like boobies movements. The Komen Race for the Cure is all about the tatas.
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A Microsoft employee badge. Not so odd, considering where I live; but odd that someone didn't guard it with their life. Seriously, the company is really unappreciative if you lose one of those things.
Lucky for the guy who lost it, my wife works for the company and she interoffice mailed it back to him.

I used to get weirded out seeing little kid's shoes. Then I saw a kid in a grocery cart who kept taking his shoe off and chucking it every time his mom would put it back on; so I imagine that it's fairly common for a kid in a car seat to remove a shoe and fling it out an open window as opposed to whatever grisly scenario I previously imagined.
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I've found a nice pair of gloves I gave to my mother. A winter hat that I washed and use sometimes. A cellphone which I returned to the owner. Some bungee cords that I will use occasionally. But that's about it.

I am hoping to find a bag full of money either dropped by an armored car or from a bank robbery. I can wish, can't I?
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Im going to be riding through the woods looking for hooters this year. I never knew.
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It's hardly strange anymore, but I find lots of pairs of work gloves. I've stopped picking them up after the fourth or fifth pair since I only have two hands...

I found a big antenna and was so pleased with my cleverness at figuring out a way to transport it, that I took a photo:



When I got back up to speed, the ends started whipping around wildly in synch with my pedal cadence, and I realized I was wrong about the whole cleverness thing...
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Chris...
Sorry to be miles off topic, but what kind of tree is that? It's amazing.
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thanks for asking, I was wondering myself.
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There is a massive assortment of very colorful.... water balloons out past the back parking path of the high school.
I don't think those are water balloons.
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Sorry to be miles off topic, but what kind of tree is that? It's amazing.
I believe that's a strangler fig or banyon. They drop roots down from their branches which eventually form into trunks far out from the main trunk. I haven't given them much thought because I grew up climbing them, but you're right - they are amazing.
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I found a prosthetic leg last summer, I wanted to turn it in to the police but it creeped me out so I left it. The leg itself didn't creep me out just the fact that is was half buried in dirt and leaves right on the edge of the river almost looked like a person buried.
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How do you know there wasnt?
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