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Old 05-29-19, 12:51 PM
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What's the oddest thing that's getting thrown away when you die?

If you were to disappear or pass away today, you'll probably leave behind some worthwhile things. Family members might want some of your stuff because it has sentimental value, or has practical applications. Those of us without family might have some of their good belongings passed along to charity. But what's the stuff that's not only going right into the garbage, but whoever is throwing it away thinks, "why did they have this?"

About five years ago I got into the habit of saving all my fingernail and toenail clippings, as well as any large pieces of skin that come peeling off my foot (I walk a lot). I have an Egyptian urn I keep them in. I don't have any plans for their eventual use, I just want to see how large of a pile I can accumulate.
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Does a couple big boxes of porn videos/mags that I have had stashed in the basement for years and have never gotten around to throwing away count? I guess I need a "porn buddy"!
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Not really answering this directly.. as I don't really have anything "old" (Edit: oops I read the title wrong.. oh well). Perhaps my Apple ][ computer...

But sort of related..

A few years ago I went to an estate sale. The man who died was in his 80's and, according to the folks running the estate sale, he had no immediate family or will so everything was being sold and the money was going to pay off whatever debts he had and the rest goes to the state. So this company was hired to sell all this stuff and I thought it interesting, in talking to them, that they were paid a flat rate.. and NOT a percentage of the sales. So basically they didn't care what got sold for how much. There was a nautical lamp that I liked and it had a price tag of $80 and I offered $20 and they took it. But the thing about it that struck me the most was in the garage there was an "Everything in the garage is $1" and on the back wall was all the golfing trophies this guy had won. There must have been 40 of them including one from the 1950's that said "Grand Champion" and it was huge. But who wants someone else's old trophy? It doesn't mean anything to anyone else. How proud, I thought, he was when he got that trophy and people cheered him. Now it's sitting in a garage for $1 and nobody wants it. The estate sale guy said it would go in the trash if nobody bought it. I doubt anyone did. The whole thing made me kinda sad.

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I do have some odd Japanese horror DVDs.
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Old 05-29-19, 01:58 PM
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The whole thing made me kinda sad.
That's a neat story about the golfing trophies. My father used to be an auctioneer, so I saw lots of estate sales and was always struck by people's collections. Whether it was glass figurines or one weird case where a guy had at least a dozen pipe organs, you could tell this was something they really cared about but no one else did. A lot of times stuff didn't get bought and was just junked. However, I don't find this sad. I think the perspective has given me a healthy relationship with the things I collect. I have tons of comics I bought from small presses (and homemade presses) during the 90s. A lot of them had small print runs, some as little as fifty copies. Some of these comics I could conceivably be one of five people who owns a copy. I have no doubt when I pass they will be dropped into recycling. I'm not curating them for the next generation. I have them because it still gives me pleasure to pull them out and read them. If I wasn't reading them, I wouldn't be keeping them.
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I guess it depends if "they" find it or not...
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Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen View Post
About five years ago I got into the habit of saving all my fingernail and toenail clippings, as well as any large pieces of skin that come peeling off my foot (I walk a lot). I have an Egyptian urn I keep them in. I don't have any plans for their eventual use, I just want to see how large of a pile I can accumulate.
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Hopefully I won’t know, whatever it may be!
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When I first bought my house next door lived an old widower in his 80s. He was an original owner and had lived there over 50 years. Nobody had heard from him for several days. He was found dead, sitting at the kitchen table, from a stroke. In his garage there were dozens and dozens of egg cartons filled with golf balls. No two balls the same. There was a golf course at the end of our street and the guy used to go over and look for balls that had different printing on them. I guess he collected them. I believe they got trashed.
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Re: What's the oddest thing that's getting thrown away when you die?

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The whole thing made me kinda sad.
This is why I stopped going to estate sales for the most part. My ex wife and I got into a huge fight years ago about a similar situation. This old couple apparently got put in a home and couldn’t take a lot. So the family was selling off everything. These two had hundreds of looney tunes snow globes. Some were massive and almost all were in their original boxes. They were all like 5-10 bucks. Some of them were worth close to 100 based on completed eBay listings.
I bought ten I think. Came home and told the story and she was so cold about it. “Who cares it’s just stuff.”
Yeah I get that philosophy, but stuff can mean a tremendous amount to people. It’s memories and things they enjoyed. It’s a reflection of who they are.
I have a large collection of “stuff”. I hope that when I go, people that know me best, will pass it along.

i realized I didn’t answer Crocker’s question. I’ve been in bands for close to 20 years, I’d say it would probably be the notebooks and scraps of paper I have with songs on them. Some finished, some just a few lyrics.

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I have the owner's manual for the bicycle I rode when I was ten, with the little card showing the lock combination stapled to it. I have my T-shirts from the 1980s, a time capsule of what interested me in my twenties. I have a 1960s Wham-O Superball that I bought new.
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Title Deed to Marvin Gardens
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Yeah the estate sale stuff got me down.. When my wife's father passed he had a ton of WW2 rifles in excellent condition. They were his hobby. He had about 30 of them and a complete collection of all of whatever type they were (I'm not into guns). Anyhow they were all sold at auction. It was important to him.. but.. I guess once that person's gone it really just doesn't matter anymore. Also, in his closet of WW2 stuff, was a box labeled "Hand Grenade Parts". I once asked him what was in there. He looked at me and said "Well.. what do you think is in there?". And so, yeah, it was filled with hand grenade parts. It was the only thing from his collection that I kept. It's now in our closet so I see it every day.

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You should sell it now before the price drops. It's worth $280!
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Old 05-29-19, 08:29 PM
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I have woman’s pants stained with blood. Also have some earrings too.

what???!!! Ok, they are screen used props from “24” (the blood on the pants is stage blood for a particular character)

but if someone found that and didn’t know the context, it would look bad hahaha
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Not really answering this directly.. as I don't really have anything "old" (Edit: oops I read the title wrong.. oh well). Perhaps my Apple ][ computer...

But sort of related..

A few years ago I went to an estate sale. The man who died was in his 80's and, according to the folks running the estate sale, he had no immediate family or will so everything was being sold and the money was going to pay off whatever debts he had and the rest goes to the state. So this company was hired to sell all this stuff and I thought it interesting, in talking to them, that they were paid a flat rate.. and NOT a percentage of the sales. So basically they didn't care what got sold for how much. There was a nautical lamp that I liked and it had a price tag of $80 and I offered $20 and they took it. But the thing about it that struck me the most was in the garage there was an "Everything in the garage is $1" and on the back wall was all the golfing trophies this guy had won. There must have been 40 of them including one from the 1950's that said "Grand Champion" and it was huge. But who wants someone else's old trophy? It doesn't mean anything to anyone else. How proud, I thought, he was when he got that trophy and people cheered him. Now it's sitting in a garage for $1 and nobody wants it. The estate sale guy said it would go in the trash if nobody bought it. I doubt anyone did. The whole thing made me kinda sad.
way to throw everyone into an existential crisis. Nothing in life we do matters. Our greatest accomplishments get tagged for a dollar and then thrown out because nobody bought it.
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I think this thread needs to become more about the toenail/skin thing, this could be Thread of the Year Material.

Except I also save my skin and nails, so your uniqueness is diminished!
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way to throw everyone into an existential crisis. Nothing in life we do matters. Our greatest accomplishments get tagged for a dollar and then thrown out because nobody bought it.
If your greatest accomplishment was to buy some stuff, then you deserve it. But if you had a positive effect on someone else, you'll be remembered after you die.
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I think this thread needs to become more about the toenail/skin thing, this could be Thread of the Year Material.

Yeah, what the fuck? Wait....

Except I also save my skin and nails, so your uniqueness is diminished!
What the fuck?!!
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I just ordered those nail clippers that trap the nails. I thought it was to keep them from flying around the room. Now, I fear, they are being used for their "collection."

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You should sell it now before the price drops. It's worth $280!
Only if it's face up.

By the way, the story behind that is I took a job, and had to clean out the desk from the previous employee. While the usual crap was there (pencils, vacation request forms, etc), the Marvin Gardens deed was there too. Seemed so odd and random, I chose to keep it on my work desk for the time I was there. And while that job ended in 2003, I didn't want to toss the deed, so it's still sitting on my desk at home.
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Only if it's face up.

By the way, the story behind that is I took a job, and had to clean out the desk from the previous employee. While the usual crap was there (pencils, vacation request forms, etc), the Marvin Gardens deed was there too. Seemed so odd and random, I chose to keep it on my work desk for the time I was there. And while that job ended in 2003, I didn't want to toss the deed, so it's still sitting on my desk at home.
I have a un-opened copy of Windows 3.0 for a very similar reason. When I started my job way back in the day I was moving into this office and they only thing in there, on a bookshelf, with this box for Windows 3.0. Someone explained to me that it was purchased to install on someone's workstation but while it was being shipped Windows 3.1 was announced so they went with that instead. So I kept this in my office for 15 years until they decided to remodel the building and I became a teleworker. So, now, the box is here in my home office. So i guess that could be my answer this this thread.. a sealed copy of Windows 3.0.
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probably a big box of arcade game PCBs (boards). I used to buy/fix/sell arcade cabinets but i ran out of room so i just kept the boards for games I liked. Black Tiger, RBI Baseball, Super Dodge Ball, SF2, etc. Most people would think they're just old computer parts and throw them away. I guess I should get rid of them before i die now that i think about it, haha.
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Originally Posted by majorjoe23 View Post
I think this thread needs to become more about the toenail/skin thing, this could be Thread of the Year Material.

Except I also save my skin and nails, so your uniqueness is diminished!
Seriously when I started reading the thread i was like yeah I can relate then it quickly turned into a big WTF


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way to throw everyone into an existential crisis. Nothing in life we do matters. Our greatest accomplishments get tagged for a dollar and then thrown out because nobody bought it.
Bingo! that is why, what matters the most is the good times spent with family and friends. I have seen so many people at work get so stressed and do massive amounts of overtime. But for what? i rather go home and play with the kids
or at least play some video games
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