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2013-04-12 01:30:31 PM
Sorry my skills are bad today...gotta get a new computer...
 
2013-04-12 01:32:01 PM
A giant KFC bucket...the kind that used to be on top of the KFC buildings/signs.  It's been in a field next to the highway on my way to McAllen, TX for at least two years.
 
2013-04-12 01:32:03 PM
A black bull that was so farking big you would have called him Bullzilla, stopped a took a picture but it lost the perspective he just looked like any old cow sitting in a field. This freaking monster was so big he could have made out with an Elephant. He was so big that he could have climbed Empire State Building and pawed at biplanes. He was even bigger than YOUR MOM.
 
2013-04-12 01:32:17 PM

rakasha681: It wasnt even near any road at all, which definitely makes it strange... do i win? ;)

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nope... that looks like a flood zone behind you... and that jet ski was parked there on the shore while the water was still high...
 
2013-04-12 01:35:42 PM
An acoustic guitar, still in its case.*

*Not my find, but that of one of my friends who was then driving a tow truck for his day job.  He picked up the guitar & gave it to me for Christmas... today he's a senior engineer, and I still can't play guitar.
 
2013-04-12 01:38:46 PM
a dead and bloated mule
 
2013-04-12 01:39:12 PM

rakasha681: It wasnt even near any road at all, which definitely makes it strange... do i win? ;)

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You win a free jetski.
 
2013-04-12 01:40:08 PM

Sybarite: It's not at all uncommon, but I'm always puzzled by where that one shoe comes from, especially when it still appears to be in pretty good shape.


bored/angry siblings on a long car trip... I know my brother lost a shoe that way at some point when I chucked it out the window when we were kids. Mum was so ticked at him for loosing his shoes somewhere *snicker*
 
2013-04-12 01:40:20 PM
Journalism.
 
2013-04-12 01:40:59 PM

Maul555: rakasha681: It wasnt even near any road at all, which definitely makes it strange... do i win? ;)

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nope... that looks like a flood zone behind you... and that jet ski was parked there on the shore while the water was still high...


Its actually a sand pit in NJ where we go offroading. It was all level land at one time, but they mined the big hole for aggregate for cement and stuff like that. its about 15 miles from the jersey shore. We assume someone was dragging it around for fun, so yeah, we did the same thing for months until it fell apart :)

Heres a shot from the next weekend
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2013-04-12 01:44:12 PM
A truck with an absolutely gigantic mytery thing on it...turned out to be one blade of a wind power generator....lots of wind farms in the thumb part of Michigan these days.  You cannot imagine how big one blade it till you drive by one at ground level.
 
2013-04-12 01:44:21 PM
I was driving through the Mojave in the early 1990's and saw a car stopped on the side of the freeway, a guy standing near it.

On the roof of the car was the back seat, facing backwards, with words written across it in duct tape:

CALL COPS

/ I'd read enough Steven King novels to know better than to even slow down.
 
2013-04-12 01:44:27 PM
Not exactly abandoned ... but driving up I-65 between Purdue and Chicago a herd of cows had gotten out of a field and were stampeding north in the center strip.  It was disrupting traffic (obviously) but in about a half-mile the cows were going to run into a bridge abutment which would block their path.  However, we didn't wait around to see the results of cows all over the highway.
 
2013-04-12 01:44:28 PM

Bunkyb123: A black bull that was so farking big you would have called him Bullzilla, stopped a took a picture but it lost the perspective he just looked like any old cow sitting in a field. This freaking monster was so big he could have made out with an Elephant. He was so big that he could have climbed Empire State Building and pawed at biplanes. He was even bigger than YOUR MOM.


BS
 
2013-04-12 01:44:42 PM
I stopped by dead mans curve on clinton rd in west Milford, NJ, found a bag of bones.

turned out to be deer bones.
 
2013-04-12 01:45:52 PM
A live Indian.  Thought it was a dead body, and went back to investigate (middle of the night, 10 miles outside of Pocatello, ID), and he was alive and tripping.  His cousin Wilfred was nearby, crawling around a field on his hands and knees.

\csb
 
2013-04-12 01:46:08 PM

crzybtch: A truck with an absolutely gigantic mytery thing on it...turned out to be one blade of a wind power generator....lots of wind farms in the thumb part of Michigan these days.  You cannot imagine how big one blade it till you drive by one at ground level.


They manufacture those about twenty miles from where I live. I see them going down the road all the time. They are massive up close.
 
2013-04-12 01:50:06 PM
pute kisses like a man

a burning car with flames flying over 20 feet in the air. and not a soul to be found anywhere (no one was in the car, I checked because I was trying to be the good person... or, they were in the car, and, well... that would be very sad. but it really looked like no one was in the car, and I didn't hang around once fire people showed up, or do any research after the fact, because I didn't want to know)

I used to work in north St. Louis. A lot of stolen cars wind up there where they get stripped and burned. Sometimes the leave most of the car and only take the tires but mostly they get everything of value. If the fireman school down on Jefferson Avenue is in session, they usually send the trainees.
 
2013-04-12 01:50:46 PM
I saw an Army bridging vehicle once abandoned.

We had some flooding and the center span of a bridge washed out.   The National Guard showed up and because there was other access to the 7 homes on the other side of the bridge, decided to span the gap using a folding bridge launched from a special armored vehicle.

They didn't pay attention to the weight limits very well.  Drove their tank onto the bridge and started to launch their bridge, and the bridge collapsed dumping the tank in the river.   It stayed there for about 6 months until they could arrange to have a tank recovery vehicle pull it out.

They didn't seem to be in a hurry.
 
2013-04-12 01:51:43 PM
A man lying face down in a gutter, at high noon on a hot day.   Looked to be homeless, dirty looking like he hadn't had a shower ever.

Then a police car comes up the street and I think "jail will be a better place for him than out here".

Cop just keeps going.

/ I wouldn't want to pick that up either.
 
2013-04-12 01:55:16 PM

Rick-mind-if-I-call-you-Dick: A grammatical error


You seen one them?
 
2013-04-12 01:56:16 PM
A farker, at least I think it was one.

He was screaming and waving his fist as a blond woman sped away in a squeal of tires
 
2013-04-12 01:59:27 PM

Rick-mind-if-I-call-you-Dick: A grammatical error


Came looking for a reference to the Grammar Nazis, leaving somewhat satisfied.
 
2013-04-12 02:02:08 PM
Deflated and ripped up hot air balloon complete with basket.The basket was in the ditch; the rest of it all over the power lines.

/Never did find out where the pilot was.
 
2013-04-12 02:03:55 PM
Toilets.  Outside of multiple houses.  I think everyone within a three-mile radius got rid of toilets last year.
 
2013-04-12 02:05:09 PM

mjones73: A toilet sitting on the median in Baltimore, no, I didn't take it like someone's disturbed lab partner.


I saw a toilet sitting on top of a speed camera in Baltimore. It seemed...fitting.
 
2013-04-12 02:07:33 PM
A vibrating strap-on and a relationship
 
2013-04-12 02:10:38 PM

Summer Glau's Love Slave: Deflated and ripped up hot air balloon complete with basket.The basket was in the ditch; the rest of it all over the power lines.

/Never did find out where the pilot was.


Several years ago, my family and I were helping my hoarder mother clean out her garage.  We found a farking hot-air balloon in the back.  She couldn't remember how she obtained it.

I can understand forgetting that you bought a pair of shoes, but a hot-air balloon isn't the kind of thing you grab at a yard sale and shove under the bed.

/that house is gonna be an archeological dig when she dies
//provided I don't just burn it down
 
2013-04-12 02:10:54 PM
media.theonion.com

film at eleven naughty words
 
2013-04-12 02:11:05 PM
When I pick up trash along the road by my property, I regularly find bras and bikini tops that have tossed aside.

Have no idea if they come from the same woman yearning to breathe freely or if there is something about my road that brings passion and lust to some drivers.
 
2013-04-12 02:12:06 PM
This large wad of nylon string tangled with debris and rotting animal parts including what looks like a deer leg

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2013-04-12 02:16:28 PM
i264.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-12 02:16:42 PM

nytmare: This large wad of nylon string tangled with debris and rotting animal parts including what looks like a deer leg

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I wondered where I lost that.  You can keep it, I started a new one.
 
2013-04-12 02:17:08 PM
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I found one of these on the side of the road while walking home from work one day.  At first I thought it was Cthulhu...
 
2013-04-12 02:17:35 PM

OlDood: "...you seen...", "I seen", "they seen".
Very commonly spoken that way in Minnesota and Wisconsin, etc.  Still annoys the sheets outa' me and I now live in  Arkansas where it is state law to use an apostrophe to make a word plural.
(says a former Duluthian)


Lots of things that are 'commonly spoken' are still wrong nonetheless.

/just sayin'
 
2013-04-12 02:17:44 PM
A dead-head sticker on a Cadillac.

A little voice inside my head said "...don't look back, you can never look back..."
 
2013-04-12 02:18:24 PM
In the late 80s, my parent's car broke down (I wasn't with whoever was driving). While they left to get parts, some rocket surgeon tried to steal it, in the process breaking off the side of the steering column with the locking part of the ignition switch. We kept pliers in the car to turn the (now non-keyed) ignition switch from then on.
 
2013-04-12 02:19:31 PM

nytmare: This large wad of nylon string tangled with debris and rotting animal parts including what looks like a deer leg

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That is a dragon pellet
 
2013-04-12 02:19:50 PM

Tonto's Expanding Headband: On yesterday's bike ride I saw a single woman's high heel shoe.


How did you know she was single?
 
2013-04-12 02:20:27 PM
Was out walking in the woods behind my neighborhood in 7th grade, and ran upon a Shoney's Big Boy.

Flash forward several years, and I was in junior college rooming with a guy from my high school I had just befriended. I mentioned the incident, and he told me how he had stolen the Big Boy and put it there in the woods where I found it.

www.filmhouse.com
 
2013-04-12 02:20:40 PM
Send them toilets back to Sixties, man!

yaykisspurr.files.wordpress.com
 
2013-04-12 02:22:59 PM

Sybarite: It's not at all uncommon, but I'm always puzzled by where that one shoe comes from, especially when it still appears to be in pretty good shape.


I always assumed abduction.
 
2013-04-12 02:23:58 PM
Oh, I forgot! My aunt and uncle got rear ended and threw their porn mag and some kind of Hustler optical disc out the of the Caddy before the cops showed up to fill out the accident report. I guess they left them there.

/Mom took a photo of it when she photographed the car
 
2013-04-12 02:24:50 PM

Walker: Sybarite: It's not at all uncommon, but I'm always puzzled by where that one shoe comes from, especially when it still appears to be in pretty good shape.

Passenger side person has one foot hanging out window while they are sleeping and the shoe falls off. Not noticed until they wake up and the driver isn't going all the way back 100 miles to get it.


Too many instances of solitary roadside footware for this to be the explanation.  Also, SRF appears in all seasons.  I've often seen SRF on top of snow.

The other frequent guess is "accidents, and the EMT cut the shoe of the victim's foot for some medical reason."  But the shoes are usually intact, and there is rarely another indication of an accident nearby or another location that the shoe could have rolled from.

I once rounded a curve near on Rt 18 by Rutgers and came upon a bizarre sight: the entire road was strewn with shoes.  Whoever was in charge of randomly distributing shoes across all the roads in America must have hit a bump and his stock of SRF fodder bounced off the back of his truck.
 
2013-04-12 02:26:16 PM
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2013-04-12 02:27:15 PM
A whole bunch of right-foot socks.
 
2013-04-12 02:30:03 PM

boredofedu: boredofedu: We used to have an employee that was always picking up junk from the side of the road. One day he found a pair of coveralls that somebody had lost the entire contents of their colon in. It also had one of the patches with a guys name on it. That guy came into our parts store a few days later and our employee asked him if he wanted his coveralls back, he'd found them on the side of the road all poo'ed up. The guy just turned around and left..

Why would he even touch it?  Did he loose his sense of smell and he got too close?  That's a 'burn it with fire' find.He used a stick to put them in the back of his pick-up. He said he recognized who's they were because the guy had been in the store that day with those coveralls on. And I did say he USED to be an employee, there are reasons why he's not here any more...


Keep going. I think you're getting warmer.
 
2013-04-12 02:30:54 PM

tillerman35: Walker: Sybarite: It's not at all uncommon, but I'm always puzzled by where that one shoe comes from, especially when it still appears to be in pretty good shape.

Passenger side person has one foot hanging out window while they are sleeping and the shoe falls off. Not noticed until they wake up and the driver isn't going all the way back 100 miles to get it.

Too many instances of solitary roadside footware for this to be the explanation.  Also, SRF appears in all seasons.  I've often seen SRF on top of snow.

The other frequent guess is "accidents, and the EMT cut the shoe of the victim's foot for some medical reason."  But the shoes are usually intact, and there is rarely another indication of an accident nearby or another location that the shoe could have rolled from.

I once rounded a curve near on Rt 18 by Rutgers and came upon a bizarre sight: the entire road was strewn with shoes.  Whoever was in charge of randomly distributing shoes across all the roads in America must have hit a bump and his stock of SRF fodder bounced off the back of his truck.


When did this happen? Some deja vu here, either that I'd seen it myself or a friend told me about it.
 
2013-04-12 02:32:55 PM
An Emu. Thing got loose and shut down the one road leading into my neighborhood for several hours.
 
2013-04-12 02:34:51 PM

TheLastFrontiersman: A live Indian.  Thought it was a dead body, and went back to investigate (middle of the night, 10 miles outside of Pocatello, ID), and he was alive and tripping.  His cousin Wilfred was nearby, crawling around a field on his hands and knees.

\csb


Curry Indian or casino Indian?
 
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