Missy is our resident scrounger, and anyone who has ever visited us here at Wordscapes Towers (unofficial name, others for consideration are Wordscapia, Scapesterland, and Battle Mountain) will have witnessed her sniffing around anyone eating any food as if she were a beggar from a Dickens novel. When Missy’s human-mum Fiona isn’t looking, she can often be found trying to bounce into our rubbish, hoping to feast on some juicy delicious bin morsels (which as every dog knows are at least 80% more delicious than conventional foods).
So far, the most interesting things that Missy has found in the bin have been a bit of old sandwich and the occasional crisp. If she keeps trying, who knows what she will find…
- One lucky so-and-so in Rhode Island USA once found a winning lottery ticket with a jackpot of over $1,000,000! The unfortunate soul who chucked it out later received $140,000. If Missy had found it she’d have probably eaten it. Live by the sword, die by the sword.
- Workers in a dump in Washington uncovered bottled plutonium used in the Manhattan Project of WWII. Doubt they kept it, unless they wanted all manner of horrific illnesses, never mind the CIA knocking at their door.
- The first journalist to interview JK Rowling was given a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as a thank you for the press. He threw it out because he thought it was going to be a flop, and it is now worth over £50,000. Stick to the day job mate, you’re not a literary agent.
- For some reason, someone once threw out a WWII enigma machine which ended up at a recycling plant. Imagine if someone tried this during the war, probably safe to say that the Nazis would have had greater success.
- Not a bin in the conventional sense, but a storage locker renter in America defaulted on fee payments and the contents were auctioned off for $300. Inside was a treasure trove of Beach Boys goodies including lyric sheets and hand written documents which were later sold on for an alleged £6,000,000!
- The luckiest of all though, well to 90’s kids anyway, is the person who once found a discarded shiny Charizard Pokémon card. 10 year old me would have cursed the day they were born.