Lost and found
Metal detecting is a hobby that many people around the world pick up in their spare time. It’s something that can be done at all ages, young to old. But what are some of the coolest things that people have found while searching? These Reddit users decided to share some of the funniest and most unexpected things that they have seen and found while messing around with their metal detectors.
Reunited and it feels so good
I went metal detecting with my Dad on an isolated island he used to play on as a kid 50 years ago. We found a hatchet head about 18″ down that he lost as kid building a fort. Maybe not the coolest find for anyone else, but it was awesome to see my elderly father instantly transported to his childhood. (BuckKnuckle82)
Didn’t want to find that…
A pre-revolutionary war graveyard in my backyard in Connecticut.
Got a metal detector to locate nails in some 250 year old chestnut flooring I was refinishing in an old Colonial I bought. Took my 5 year old son out to the back yard to play with it. Found out I had 6 people buried in the back corner of my yard.
Lead lined wooden caskets show up really well. State came in, made all kinds of nasty noises about things and then just sort of disappeared. Turned out they were the original settlers in my town and no-one knew what to do about the graves so we all just pretended like they weren’t there. (quantmemaybe5)
My uncle is a notorious idiot. We had a cabin by a stream, and he decided to buy a metal detector and see if he could find some gold. He picks up some rocks and scans over them. The detector goes off and he gets super excited. He does the same with multiple rocks, and now has a pile, assuming the rocks must have deposits. He’d been at it or an hour or two before he realized that he was holding the rocks with his left hand and scanning with his right. He was detecting the gold wedding band on his finger.
Edit- A lot of people are saying that gold wouldn’t be picked up by a metal detector. I honestly don’t know one way or the other. But I doubt he knew that. Knowing him, I also doubt very much that his wedding ring was made entirely from gold. (KitchenSwillForPigs)