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Best Roadkill? Answered

Not squashed squirrels or a mangled moose, but useful stuff. Let me explain:

I was driving along and there was a bright yellow thing in the gutter. It turned out to be one of those hanging crane controls, with a couple of metres of cable attached. She Who Must Be Obeyed wouldn't let me stop and collect it in her car, when I went back later in my car it was gone. Shame.

What's the best stuff you have found lying dead in the street?

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crapflinger (author)2011-01-13

i was once driving the wife's car and there was an entire set of 2 piece off road locking rims don't remember the brand, but they were still boxed (i pulled over and eyeballed the things they were nice) but there was no way i could get all 4 in her car so i sped home to get my truck. they were gone when i came back

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bg_askins (author)2011-01-12

lets see....... 3 ladders, a drill press(5ft), a box of welding rods, wheel barrel, bike and an unscratced lottery ticket (won $15)

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Easy Button (author)2007-08-13

once i saw and old tv but my mom wouldnt let me pick it up

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Goodhart (author)Easy Button2007-09-25

:-) I got a TV once. Nearly fried my butt too. When it wouldn't come on (the picture) despite the normal "crinkly" sound they make, I opened the back, and started testing the HV power supply. Um, never do that while it is plugged in. I nearly melted through a screwdriver that had a half inch shank on it. Thankfully, the handle was a good 2.5 inches thick, or I could have become a Ghost toasty. The wife, in the next room saw the tv picture she was watching jump and flutter (apparently I generated a odd transmissions with my little HV "short"). The best thing I ever saw on the road, I didn't get to retrieve though. I was on the highway, and a pickup truck pulled off onto the off ramp, and his back axle dropped off. I would have loved to have that trans-axle, but he dumped it into his truck with the help of some buddies, and called for assistance. Oh well, you can't win them all...one every now and then would be nice though ;-)

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pyro13 (author)2007-09-25

Things i didn't pick up:
One pair old underwear
Beer Bottle
Shredded Dollar Bill (who would shred money?)
One Sock
An Unmatched Pair of Shoes
A Towel
Things i did pick up:
Old lighter
2 Ft. long section of copper pipe
Street sweeper bristles
Old file
Just about everything in my neighborhood that isnt nailed down or on someones property =D

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Vendigroth (author)2007-08-19

My theory is that if people put it in a skip, or abandon it somewhere, they don't mind if it goes missing, because they've intentionally got rid of it, so if anyone else (me) takes it, it's all the same to them. Similarly, if they don't nail it down, or station a guard near it, they don't mind it disappearing, because they're not making any great effort to keep it. If they DID nail it down, i'd take the nails as well, but that's just my constant low-level kleptomania. I've had bits of scrap metal, a screwdriver, CDs, various coinage, not all of it british, not all of it current. A penny with Queen Victoria on it, FGS. As for the stuff i've persuaded people to let go of, the list's too long...

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rc jedi (author)2007-08-15

the jeep was left behind by next door moveoutinthedeadofnight. It didn't work due to battery worn out. this 1 had 2 motors, 1 for each rear wheel. lots of power.

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rc jedi (author)2007-08-15

Found this jeep toy, added a garden tractor battery for $20 from walmart to power it as the original batt was bad. Repainted it to look military as it was a "Harley" jeep theme and stickers were peeling. the kids loved it and the batt lasted for many days between charges.

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lemonie (author)2007-08-13

My mate is a skip-rat...
Burned motorbike by the canal, motorbike in the canal (not able to get it out though...) another motorbike, mucky-video, mucky-negatives, big monitor, wheelbarrows etc.

Me, nothing really worth picking up that I remember.

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NachoMahma (author)lemonie2007-08-14

> skip-rat . Around where I live, they're called "dumpster divers." Dumpster diving is a Redneck Olympics event. :)

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lemonie (author)NachoMahma2007-08-14

So which is more prestigious: Dumpster Diving, or Tractor Pulling? L

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NachoMahma (author)lemonie2007-08-15

. Definitely the tractor pulls. But even that is a distant second to smoochin' with one's sister or cousin.

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You hold the hold medal for that, don't you?

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. Alas, it is but a bronze. heehee

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Even with that special advantage you've got?...i'm disappointed in you. (Restart your comp again?)

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whatsisface (author)2007-08-13

Doubt this counts but it's sort of related. Once me and my dad were driving down a street in our neighbourhood when we saw a skip laden with old toys and electronics, including an electric mini-moto which caught my eye. We (both knowledgeable of the UK law) thought it best not to go and simply take things from it, so we figured we'd go and ask the people who had hired the skip if we could have some things from it. It transpired that the people who owned the skip had thrown away said mini-moto because it "didn't have a charger". Foolish. All I had to do was go home, find a 12V 1A Charger and voila, free legal mini-moto .

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lemonie (author)Weissensteinburg2007-08-13

It's a big steel garbage container, that gets delivered and taken away on the back of a truck. (people tend to dump all sorts of stuff in them, whether they're paying for it or not) L

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2007-08-14

They traditionally have either a mattress or a Robin Reliant topping off the pile.

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lemonie (author)Kiteman2007-08-14

The website is all crappy, but they're offering that for rental?

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Kiteman (author)lemonie2007-08-14

Huh? (Looks at what he actually posted) Oh yes, they seem to be. Must be novelty-value.

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yeah, there is always a mattress in one of them.

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Weissensteinburg (author)lemonie2007-08-13

Ohhh, those. There's one next door atm =]

We scavenged a nice big piece of ply wood from it the other day.

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Dumpster. Darned English screwed up our language...no wait, that was us... :-)

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Our word is better. Skipping is to frolic/dance/walk/run. Dumping is getting rid of stuff. Which is a more descriptive name? ;)

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NachoMahma (author)2007-08-13

. From the road/ditch: . Found an old (circa 1940-45) Buick hubcap that I was able to sell for $50US. Found out later it was worth about 4x that much. Oh well, $50 is better than nothing and I have no use for an old Buick hubcap. . Misc audio CDs. Judging by the music, most have been thrown out the window in disgust, not simply lost. . From dumpsters (that's "skip" in American), etc (need to get permission first): . All sorts of furniture. And I'm not talking about worn out recliners with duct tape over the upholstery rips - ppl will throw out almost brand-new stuff. . Computers, monitors, printers. Dumpsters at large businesses can be a goldmine. . Have scrounged several TVs/computers/monitors/radios/printers from the curb the night before trash pickup day. Where I live, stuff on the curb is considered abandoned property, so you don't have to get permission, as with dumpsters. The city will not pickup large appliances, but I put a worn out washing machine out at the curb and before I could close the garage door, some guy was loading it in his pickup. :)

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TheCheese9921 (author)2007-08-13

When my neighbor moved A bag of road flares Spray Paint A chair we rode down the hill Other stuff A Pentium 1 computer (broke) Plastic Yard toys Its also really fun to just sit on old couches and wave at people driving by lol

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rickick (author)2007-08-13

I saw, 3 laptops, a tv,a computer monitor,and a tool set with some pieces missing. once again i couldnt go get it, thnks mom lol

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Easy Button (author)rickick2007-08-13

dude 3 laptops you should of jumped out of the car and got them

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Ya man, I would have just jumped and rolled, but my mom would have stopped lol

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gyromild (author)2007-08-13

A photocopier machine, took an hour to push it back, and up to my 5th floor apartment, took more 2 days to take it apart and scavenged all the useful parts. Seriously worth all the trouble..

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ll.13 (author)2007-08-13

A deer, and a crashed van further along. (with "Police Aware" sticker :( .)

Oh, maybe a shoe, ratchet strap. very interesting.

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Kiteman (author)ll.132007-08-13

Why is it always one shoe?

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whatsisface (author)Kiteman2007-08-13

Makes you wonder how people can lose a shoe and continue on.. Oh the wonders of alcohol

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