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(Denver Post)   Man gets back class ring that was flushed down a toilet in 1979   ( denverpost.com) divider line
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14931 clicks; posted to Main » on 19 Jan 2005 at 11:09 PM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-01-19 07:24:50 PM  
Hold on.....I .....almost......got it........nope, just missed.

Let me try again, I think I can get it.

2005-01-19 07:27:15 PM  
Then he added, "Isn't that weird?"
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I'd say that was quite 'special'
2005-01-19 07:27:26 PM  
And I would seriously have to think about putting that back on my finger.
2005-01-19 07:48:15 PM  
Weird. I lost my high school ring in 1990 in the water hazard on the 4th hole of Wolf Creek Golf Resort. Maybe I will see it again in 10 years?
2005-01-19 08:03:40 PM  
That's one crappy ring.
2005-01-19 08:29:01 PM  
*insert joke about football player losing ring in a cheerleader*
2005-01-19 09:01:05 PM  
The alligators thought it was too gaudy
2005-01-19 10:09:54 PM  
Little brown ring
Little brown ring
2005-01-19 11:12:06 PM  
"My Precious"
2005-01-19 11:12:45 PM  
Where's the Walken tag?
2005-01-19 11:16:14 PM  
2005-01-19 11:16:21 PM  
Spiffy, or biffy?
2005-01-19 11:16:46 PM  
1979 was a good year for turds. This ring should have a high resale value as a result.
2005-01-19 11:17:17 PM  
Well, Ring a ding ding..

/Toilet bowl ring ??
2005-01-19 11:19:28 PM  
Let's hope he doesn't go looking for that bran muffin he "lost " too.
2005-01-19 11:20:55 PM  
Duran, who said he hadn't thought about the ring in years, said its return is "much to my surprise."

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..cuz it's... Duran... ah, forget it.
2005-01-19 11:21:24 PM  
Whoa. 25 years in the 'ol munincipal poop chute. I'd be disenfecting that one a few times beofre wearing it again.

/Cool that the city employee took the time
2005-01-19 11:22:24 PM  
I'm sorry but there are some things that its okay if you never see them again.

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2005-01-19 11:26:53 PM  
About 12 years ago, when my wife and I were still just dating, we were visiting her family's farm in rural Kentucky. We were with a few of her uncles and aunts up at the barn, checking out the tobacco hanging from the rafters.

One of her uncles looked down at the barn's entrance and noticed something shiny. He took out his pocket knife and dug out a class ring; it belonged to my wife's youngest uncle, who, at age 17, had lost it in 1968 while hanging tobacco in the barn. In the meantime, he'd done a tour of duty in Vietnam, came home, married, moved into the house right next to the barn, raised a family, and now had grandchildren. And all that time, his missing class ring had been buried under a few centimeters of dirt about 40 feet from his home.

He cleaned it up and now it looks brand new.

I know it's no 20+ years in a sewer story, but it's all I got.
2005-01-19 11:30:46 PM  
thanks for sharing that, alrightguy. great story. i love to hear stuff like that.
2005-01-19 11:33:18 PM  
If there are any sewage guys out there, I'd just like you to know that I can't think of anything I've flushed down a toilet that I would like back.
2005-01-19 11:43:03 PM  
Duran, who said he hadn't thought about the ring in years, said on its return, "Oh, HELL No." Later he added, "I lost a bet about 25 years ago while going to Pomona High. Anyways, I lost the bet and had to 'shove it up my ass'..."
2005-01-19 11:43:34 PM  

/that is all
2005-01-19 11:49:27 PM  
My father lost his North Catholic High School ring in 1962. He and another guy were comparing rings at the prom, and the table got jostled, and they ended up with each other's rings. A few weeks later, my father noticed that the ring wasn't his, and called the other guy. His mother told him that he went into the Army in Texas. A few months after that, the guy called and said that he lost my father's ring, so my father said "Well, Im keeping your ring"

So, if anyone finds a NCHS ring from 1962 with ETB engraved, they can let me know.

/got nuthin' else
2005-01-19 11:50:39 PM  
Something similar happened to my Dad. He lost it in the 70s and forgot about it. Apparently some guy picked it up and for some reason decided last year to look up my dad and mail it to him. Kinda random. Something about class rings that make them want to disppear then reappear.
2005-01-19 11:56:59 PM  
I dug up an old GI Joe head that must've been buried for 20 years, one time.

/why is voting not enabled?
//isn't this a contest??

2005-01-19 11:58:27 PM  
2005-01-20 12:09:08 AM  
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"isn't that veird..."
2005-01-20 12:17:18 AM  
"...said Adler, who oversees 4 billion gallons of wastewater annually."

Wish I could put something that impressive on my resume.
2005-01-20 12:18:48 AM  
Einhorn and Finckle. Finckle and Einhorn. . .
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2005-01-20 12:21:26 AM  
what goes down must come up?
2005-01-20 12:40:11 AM  

In 1979, this lady probably killed her son, ground him up and flushed the pieces down the toilet.

The only evidence that remains of this horrible crime is the class ring, and the dumbasses gave it back to her?!?!?!
2005-01-20 12:44:41 AM  
I agree with Tanqueray, I wouldn't want anything that I have flushed in the toilet. That's just nasty.
2005-01-20 12:44:47 AM  
2005-01-20 12:45:49 AM  
I once knew an older guy who told me that after his wife got a DNC he got his wedding ring and false teeth back.
2005-01-20 12:50:06 AM  
My science teacher last year lost his ring in a university in Alaska in 1972. When they tore it down, they found it in the rubble and mailed it back to him. It was in a filing cabinet or something...I don't know...but how weird would that be? I mean, ALASKA!
2005-01-20 01:02:36 AM  
My brother-in-law was working on contract planting x-mass trees last winter and when he went to work in the morning the barn he had his tractor and other equipment in had collapsed from a large snowfall. While cleaning up the mess he found a very large diamond ring. After telling the owner (who is some rich guy that lives in LA) and then consulting with the family that had owned the property prior he was told to keep it. It is 3/4 of a carrot and must have been hidden in the barn rafters for 80+ years. He gave it to his wife and it is bigger than her wedding ring.

/wondering if my GIJoe Flint action figure will ever come in the mail.
2005-01-20 01:09:21 AM  
man who eat too many prunes sits on toilet for many moons
2005-01-20 01:15:53 AM  
Just think of all the glorious sights that ring has seen in all these years....
2005-01-20 01:23:52 AM  
What kind of moron gets a class ring? Who wants to remember high school? Oh yeah, the jocks and sluts. Hope they enjoy the trailer park.
2005-01-20 01:24:21 AM  

My apologies, I usually don't like to be a spelling nazi, but picturing a diamond that is 3/4 of a carrot is cracking me up.

I believe carat is the word you were looking for.
2005-01-20 01:34:11 AM  
Dmala -

No problem. Written in haste. I don't like to be a nazi either.
2005-01-20 02:15:00 AM  
I wonder if he had to have it resized? Reason I ask is my high school girlfriend kept my class ring a long time after we broke up, then finally returned it to me. I've got it on a chain cause my fingers are a bit thicker than they were my senior year of high school.
/and she was class of 79 too, hmmm....
2005-01-20 05:27:00 AM  
Isn't it ironic that this didn't get an ironic tag?

2005-01-20 05:49:38 AM  
what kinda waste water manager cleans jewlry for a hobby?? he must find alot of crap down there to get into that sorta thing.

/love the puns
2005-01-20 06:42:29 AM  
I bet it smelled an awful lot like flowers!

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2005-01-20 06:46:03 AM  
Why didn`t Carlson "want to talk about it"?? I bet he is hiding something ! Ya..print him and swab his mouth for DNA. Call CSI and bring out the rubber hose and panty hats.
2005-01-20 07:19:17 AM  
I have about a dozen class rings I have found with my metal detector. Some are pretty nice. I also found a 1/4 carat diamond ring on the floor of a Pizza Hut once. Sold that sucker. It was worth $600. It's amazing the things you can find with a metal detector. Old flintlock rifles, watches, gold, rings, weed pipes, money.

Have I ever tried to return anything I found? Nope. Dad found a watchmaker's tool box once and tried to return it. Come to find out it had been stolen in the 70's by a relative. The owner had died since then so we kept it. But for me finders keepers is the rule.
2005-01-20 07:23:53 AM  
Spiffy + Sick = Spicky?
2005-01-20 07:34:06 AM  
My Tale

Many moons ago, having had my finger sized in the summertime, I lost my wedding ring one cold December day. Realized it, in fact, while sitting on the can! After the initial panic (and looking in the bowl), I figured it must have come off a couple days earlier when I had taken off my gloves to write a check for a Christmas tree purchased on a wintery night. Alas, nothing turned up and I got a new ring.
(Obligatory Kleenex moment)
Eight and a half years later... (count 'em), I'm out back digging out the border of a path with a heavy maul and I hear "clink"! Lo and behold, the ring! I was not only amazed at rediscovering it, but that I hadn't chopped the hell out of it.
That evening, I steered a conversation with my wife towards rings and marriage and casually produced the original whilst telling her that I would do it all over again with her if I could....
(misty eyes...)
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