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Digging grave for bunny; found shift lever

Old 07-14-15, 08:30 PM
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Digging grave for bunny; found shift lever

I went to the kitchen and stepped in something wet. I looked down and to my horror discovered that the cat had brought in a small rabbit and disemboweled it on the kitchen floor. I shrieked like a little girl.

I took the remains to the backyard and dug a hole to bury the mess. A few inches down I uncovered a shift lever. Perhaps a Suntour. I tried to clean it but it snapped in two. From the degree of corrosion it may date to the late Etruscan/early Roman era. I was tempted to dig further, because who knows, maybe someone buried a De Rosa?

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Old 07-14-15, 08:33 PM
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I've found some interesting things while burying pets, but nothing to match that.
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You've discovered the mysterious burial ground of drivetrain parts. Archeologists think that a meteor may have hit the earth, leading to the extinction of all component companies other than Shimano and Campagnolo.
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A finely woven tale, rivaling the epic saga of Indiana Jones. I suggest a 40-gallon drum of your rust-and-decay remover of choice. Empty it on the site, wait 48 hours, and resume digging. Future discoveries will be shiny and ready for installation.
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Old 07-14-15, 08:51 PM
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Slip into the arms of the Suntour strangler... Played to the beat of an old Eagles tune, Disco Strangler.

Actually, I found early this morning a mess of feathers, enough to cover a small dove or pigeon.
The local Great Horned Owl no doubt.
Tough life for little critters, much easier near the top of the food chain.
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Oh, the poor innocent Suntour lever!.... bunny too.
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Originally Posted by geehue View Post
You've discovered the mysterious burial ground of drivetrain parts. Archeologists think that a meteor may have hit the earth, leading to the extinction of all component companies other than Shimano and Campagnolo.
FTW!

This has to be the strangest thread title in all of C&V forum history.
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Old 07-14-15, 09:14 PM
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Further proof that early cro-magnon man used simple, archaic technology such as friction shifting. This changes everthing...
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Old 07-14-15, 09:15 PM
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Years ago my exe and I went out to eat, got home and found what was left of a baby cottontail. Got out of the box we had them in and our schnauzer got to it, it ate the entire head. Poor exe couldn't hardly deal with it, but I told her these dogs used to be used for hunting rodents.
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I need a different yard. All we have buried are rocks.
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Best thread title award.

I found a mass of batteries someone had melted in a fire pit in the back yard. Doesn't bode well for growing vegetables. My wife found buried hypodermic needles. Want to trade yards?
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It's not often one hears of a truly Professional Cat.

Good job; carry on, cat.
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As a former designer of in-grade and underwater lighting apparatus, I at first though the shift lever must have come out of the alkaline soils of Florida.

But I see you are in BC, I guess you have alkaline soil up there as well. I just hope that your yard isn't something like a bulldozed meth lab from the distant past.

We used to have to spec very expensive bronze castings for certain locations, to keep the apparatus from dissolving.

As for the animals, I live on a ravine where animals of all types regularly mutilate each other. You should see the turkey vultures circling in, not to mention all of the nighttime sounds might lead someone to believe that sasquatch and demons were having a genuine tussle.
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What a cool find. There was a day that was in a bike shop attached to a glistening bike awaiting a sale.
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Classic and vintage archeology I love it C&V&A.
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I was digging and planting some trees last night and found some broken dishes but no bike parts. Your yard wins. I say keep digging and maybe you'll find the rest of the group or pull up a whole bike.
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If any of you guys is archaeologically inclined, I know where a Porsche 914 is buried.
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What ever happened with that Brit guy who supposedly found all those buried Spitfires in Burma?
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If any of you guys is archaeologically inclined, I know where a Porsche 914 is buried.
6 cylinder or Volksporsche?
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6 cylinder or Volksporsche?
That was the 914/6. That would be a cool car to have. A friend has a 914 13B rotary project going. Kind of wild to look at a 914 engine bay where it's not crammed full.
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6 cylinder or Volksporsche?
Dunno. I'm not a car guy and anyway, like I mentioned, it is buried. All except for the cab, which is still above ground. I sent a photo of it to @crank_addict a while back, but can't find the photo now. Needless to say: I don't know what condition the car was in when it was buried, but I can imagine the current condition of the aluminum bits.


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You diggers are lucky. When excavating by hand for a backyard fence years ago I found someone's buried dead cat. In a plastic bag, of all things. Decomp was still vigorously in process and was fully contained until my shovel hit it. Lovely experience that I'd have been delighted to trade for nearly any other, especially finding some old shift lever.
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In a previous job I did underground contamination cleanup - one was at a wastewater plant that apparently was built over an old landfill. Drilled down and hit the roof of some car. You haven't lived till you pull an auger out of the ground with a bundle of wires wrapped around it, or clipping a sprinkler line and having geysers form.
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If I had the time, if might be fun to bury odd things in odd places just to drive future generations nuts. I have an early iPod I really don't use, maybe bury it at a local golf course? Or buy an old snowmobile and bury it in the Arizona desert.
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