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Old 04-09-22, 04:25 PM
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I once found a USB key in the office car park when I arrived at work on my bike.

It turned out to have a series of pictures of a man and various (many!) women doing the naughty. The man's face was never visible, but there were a bunch of e-tickets for flights as well. These were in the name of a married senior colleague.

I anonymously stuck it in the internal mail for him. Never quite felt the same when passing in the corridor!
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Old 04-11-22, 01:08 AM
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my favorite was a banksy before the city covered it up, and his reply to it that got cover even faster
just ;all sorts of silliness sitting at lights
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A dead body.

Late '80s, west of Miami FL, riding towards the back entrance to the Rinker (Now CSR) cement plant, saw what at first glance looked like a headless scarecrow leaning up against a fencepost and my first thought was, "Damn, that farmer's scarecrow fell down and lost it's head". Then the smell hit me. Trust me, you never want to smell that again.
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Old 05-15-22, 07:40 PM
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Today I found another mobile phone on the shoulder that fell off a vehicle, amazingly undamaged. Dropped it off at a phone shop and they got it back to the owner. If they don't use icloud I bet they are backing up all their photos right now after that scare. The owner contacted me to say they lost it nearly 24 hours earlier and spent some time searching for it.

Same ride I also found a nice USB-C rechargeable Snap-On work lite. Works perfectly but has been heavily used and completely smeared in an amalgam of dirt, metal particles and used motor oil. I noticed the metal particles because it has several strong magnets for attaching the light to metal. It will have to stay with my tools as it smells bad enough I wouldn't want it in my room for extended periods.
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Old 05-15-22, 07:46 PM
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I found a Gerber knife on the road today, but it was a cheap $20 probably made in China job you can find at Lowes, and then the blade got nicked a small bit when it fell off the vehicle with the blade in the open position, I got most of the nicks off but there is still some roughness in the blade, oh well, toss it in the trash.
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Old 06-04-22, 03:33 PM
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Yesterday I found a pasta maker in really good shape. Is this the type of thing people forget on the top of their car as they drive off?


It was just lying on the side of a state highway, barely onto the grass. The handle was lying nearby.
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Old 06-04-22, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by FredMau View Post
A dead body.

Late '80s, west of Miami FL, riding towards the back entrance to the Rinker (Now CSR) cement plant, saw what at first glance looked like a headless scarecrow leaning up against a fencepost and my first thought was, "Damn, that farmer's scarecrow fell down and lost it's head". Then the smell hit me. Trust me, you never want to smell that again.
At about that same time period as your incident, I was riding my bike up a mountain road when I spotted a person lying about 100 feet or so down a sort of steep hill/embankment off the side of the road wearing a running outfit. I stopped and yelled at him and got no response, so I went down the embankment to get to him. He wasn't ripe yet but he was dead, I didn't touch anything on him in case it was a murder or hit and run, but I didn't see any wounds other than some brush scratches, but I wasn't going to turn him over to check and disturb any evidence, so I followed my steps back up the hill just in case it was a murder body dump as not to disturb any more of the scene then I already did going down to him. I stood waiting on the side of the road for about an hour waiting for a car to down, and they went to a pay phone and called the cops which took them about 45 minutes to get there, but that was due to the driver having to drive to find a pay phone, then the cops had to come, it was in a remote lightly traveled area as well. I found out later the guy died of heart attack, they speculated he probably sat down on the guard rail to rest when he died and fell over; the family was glad that someone found him.

When I was in college I had two jobs, one of them was managing a 48-unit apartment complex in Glendale CA. One day I was walking down the sidewalk on the ground floor when I saw something weird on the living room window of a particular unit, it looked like a black mess of something, so as I came closer, I discovered they were flies, and then the smell hit me! I didn't touch the door nothing, called the cops. This is sort of funny, in a weird way. The cops were instructing a new recruit how to investigate a crime scene, I gave the key to the recruit, and then I stepped back about 25 feet to reduce the smell, even though I was breathing through my mouth I still could smell it a bit. Anyway, the recruit opens the door and goes in, he's back out in about 15 seconds puking his guts out, all the cops watching from the outside just start busting up laughing. They had placed bets on how long it would take him to come back out! So, then they instruct the recruit to go back in but breathe through his mouth instead. That guy died of natural causes, he had been dead for about 3 days, but he had left his wall heater running so it got hot inside, so he was overly ripe, so ripe that his skin came off when they tried to remove him! The fire department sprayed the place with something, and opened the windows and put in large fans, and that odor was gone the next day! I had to have everything removed, from the unit, and the carpeting removed, it was rented 3 weeks afterwards with no clue that someone died in it.

Those cops told me some wild stories about going to houses where someone died and some of crazy stuff that people did to live in their houses, that neighbors knew nothing about, including multimillion dollar home owners, which was really strange to me.
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4 cooperheads on a stretch of less than a mile. One indulging on her dinner. I guess I need to ride more often during dusk. Wildlife seems to be most active then.


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Old 06-15-22, 08:25 PM
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Man a first a skunk started crossing the bike path as we were going past at 18mph. he turned around and his tailed was raised and it was like Oh s*it but no spray. maybe use to that. but its the first I have seen round those parts. lots of homeless around there. we did smell some skunk coming back so maybe someone got blasted but it was not as strong as it would have been if it was on the path.
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Old 06-20-22, 08:03 AM
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hare pie.

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hare pie.

yum yum
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Old 06-24-22, 09:27 PM
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I found where I lost my tail light.
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So, did this increase your speed after you picked it up?


...I'll show myself out...
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Old 09-14-22, 06:34 PM
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One after another, I found five (5) Craftsman sockets lying against the curb, spread over about an 80 foot stretch. Not a complete set, but now somebody is short a few.


They were all still shiny chrome with no rust, so they cannot have been lying there for very long.
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Originally Posted by RoderWrench View Post
Yesterday on my return city commute, I found an 18v Bosch impact screwdriver. It was obviously kicked to the side by a car tire and the battery was cracked, but it still worked. It got me to wondering. As cyclists, we have a pretty good view of the road, I'll bet people have found some interesting things lying in the street.

What are some of the things you have found while riding?
I don't understand this. When I ride, I ride. I'm not interested in stopping and picking something up off the ground.
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Old 09-14-22, 10:15 PM
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I don't understand this. When I ride, I ride. I'm not interested in stopping and picking something up off the ground.
I don't understand this. When I come across a thread that doesn't interest me, I move on.
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Sorry. It's just every time I come here and look at the new posts I've seen this pop up for likely the last year maybe longer. I always thought to myself what I just posted and "moved" on. I finally just had to express what I've been think for so long.
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I met a dirty kitten, and though I loved it,
But my family wouldn't allow me to take it back.
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Old 09-16-22, 06:49 AM
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A few days ago I found an assortment of solderless connectors spread across the road. The container was nearby but had been run over more than once and was unuseable.
What's real funny is I had just been thinking, a day or so ago, about buying some for a project I have to do...
Fortuitous lol.
I stopped and spent the next ten minutes or so filling a jersey pocket with the connectors.
Likely cost maybe $20. Well worth the 10 minutes.
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One of the funnier ones was a big, purple d!ldo spotted while on tour just laying on the side of the road on a long 8% climb. Fun trying to think of how it ended up there
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Old 09-17-22, 09:58 AM
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This morning I found a bag of poop along side the MUP. Someone walking their dog had at least picked it up and bagged it, but then left it sitting there.
Dropped it while walking the dog.

I was on the NCR two weeks ago and there was a poop bag drop warning from a dog walker. Dog wanted to follow the woman's husband and child and she was having a hard time getting him to go back the 30 feet with her to grab the poop bag land mine. Two people almost stepped in it going the same direction walking. I was cycling from the other direction so I was lucky........

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I imagine, since it can't be pleasant to be taking a nice walk while holding a bag with a warm turd in it, some people leave them on the side of the road and pick them up on the way back
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I met a dirty kitten, and though I loved it,
But my family wouldn't allow me to take it back.
oh man, that is sad
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