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post #21 of 34 Old 05-22-2012, 09:58 AM
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Not a "home renovation" find, but an old car-guy buddy of mine found a human arm in the trunk of a car in the wrecking yard he worked at....

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I pulled out the medicine chest in one of the bathrooms at my house. I found a newspaper from the time the house was being built -- complete with an op/ed article discussing the concerning new drug on the market, LSD -- and an enormous pile of Piels Real Draft beer cans. There are a couple of small glass bottles down in the wall I can't quite reach, and I couldn't reach most of the newspaper.

Those beer cans explain something about the way my house is built, anyway...
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Not a "home renovation" find, but an old car-guy buddy of mine found a human arm in the trunk of a car in the wrecking yard he worked at....
Since I live in the county where Jimmy disappeared I have always had a theory that he ended up in the trunk of a car which was then sent to the local scrap yard and turned into a "cube" of steel....Oh, that red stuff leaking out, that's transmission fluid. Yah, sure. bill

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I often wonder how some of that stuff gets in the walls, but then I remembered when I was a kid in around 1957 I dropped a flash light down a wall from the attic.

The house was a 2 story balloon framed house and the flashlight fell all the way down to the 1st floor and remained on for a couple of days before the batteries finally died. I also lost a magnet and a short rope trying to retrieve it, but I always wondered what someone would think when they ever found it.

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I'm restoring an 1839 house...only found 10 dead rats, 1 dead possum, lots of bones, a key, a pin of a hand shootin the bird, had the old news paper to fill old termite damaged gaps, and recently a bob griese football card behind a fireplace mantel. The front is in good shape, but the back is covered in roach poo. But one day that will be antique roach poo :) $$$
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Only thing I've found is newspaper stuffed around the wall sockets.
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Nothing exciting, but I found a couple of old pull tab schlitz beer cans in our attic
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When a buddy of mine bought his house (built in the 30s) we cleaned out the attic -- found a box of 60s (maybe earlier?) movies depicting fornication on 8mm film hidden behind a fake panel in a wall.

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Had to break through a wall on one job,turned out it was a double wall.
Inside I found a skeleton around its neck it had a medallion that said 1966 Hide and seek champion.
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Had to break through a wall on one job,turned out it was a double wall.
Inside I found a skeleton around its neck it had a medallion that said 1966 Hide and seek champion.
Whoa, a real human skeleton?

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This was years ago before I was disabled. I had a painting and decorating company. We were stripping layers of wallpaper off a stair well. We found written in pencil, the names of 2 ladies who papered the wall way back in 1878. We signed the wall and dated it too. Kinda cool.

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Thirty rifles I sold them to count museum. Big thrill and actually gave my family and business a huge boost. My area is rich with history people even have fences made of cannon balls they found all over there yards. The funny part of the rifles the walls had no proper framing and the guns were put wherever they would fit in the wall. Some straight up and down. Sideways all different angles. This was twenty years ago now
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The back of a door jamb i was pulling out had the contractors signatures, the date, and the inscription "today we landed on the moon"....dated July 20, 1969.......I'm super ticked at myself though as I accidentally sent the board to the dump.
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