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Weird Junk 2017: All the bizarre things people throw away

Uniformed TOM smiling in front of truck with junk

They say you can tell a lot about a person from the things they throw away. In our line of work, this means we get to know our customers on a whole other level. We’ve discovered some seriously surprising stuff over the years: several tons of escargot shells, a bucket of kittens, and human remains (yes, really!), to name a few.

Despite these odd finds, we’re still constantly blown away by some of the weird junk we haul away — and 2017 was one of our weirdest years yet. Here’s the round-up of this year’s strangest junk.

10. Yard boat

It might not float, but that’s a mighty fine boat! Thanks to our Brisbane team for this submission.

TOM posing in front of a old styled boat

9. Doll

If we had a creepy murderous doll in the house, we would probably want to get rid of it too. This axe-wielding bride of Chucky was found by our Melbourne, Australia franchise.

Old doll with Axe on 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck

8. Anti Monopoly

Well, that’s one way to make the longest game ever even longer. Who doesn’t like an afternoon of learning about economic theory? Thanks to our Quad Cities franchise for this super fun find.

Anti Monopoly board game

7. Hasselhoff collection

It was no Hassel for our Melbourne team to get rid of this memorabilia. Apparently, he *is* popular outside of Germany.

David Hasslhoff merchandise

6. Happy Birthday penguin

Nothing says “I love you” quite like a giant penguin in a crop top. This guy was picked up in New York and from the looks of it, he’s ready to take Manhattan.

TOM posing with giant penguin plush in a truck

5. Popcorn costumes

If you ask us, these costumes are pretty corny. But they’d make a poppin’ addition to any Halloween costume contest! Thanks again, Melbourne.

Popcorn costumes in front of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck

4. Jack Daniels statue

What better way to start a party than with Gentleman Jack himself? Our South Bay franchise may have found themselves a new mascot.

Jack Daniels whiskey statue in a truck

3. Goat

Talk about blue wig spirit! This punk rock goat is some of the strangest junk we’ve ever found, but it’s also the most on-brand. Thanks, Atlanta!

Goat statue in front of 1-800-GOT-JUNK? truck

2. Muffler Man

Do you know the muffler man? He lives on Drury Lane. Actually, he hails from Oakland County, Michigan, and his body is literally made from a muffler.

TOM posing with a muffler man statue

And the winner is….

1. Giant bug

This thing gave our South Bay franchise the creepy-crawlies! It must have really bugged its owner, too, which is why we ended up with it. This wooden spider was hand-carved by a client for a high school project about 25 years ago.

Wooden carved spider on a truck

Honorable Mention: Tons of Tires

In November 2017, paramedics in Quebec went on strike and gathered around the ministry of health building. To prevent ministry staff from getting into the building, the paramedics blocked the main entrance and the entrance to the two parking lots.

How did they manage such a feat? Quebecers are required to change their tires for the winter season. Taking advantage of this, the paramedics went around town and found over 650 tires to use as barricades.

The next morning, government officials called 1-800-GOT-JUNK? saying that everything needed to be gone immediately. In total, our truck teams hauled six and a half truckloads of tires to a recycling plant. Talk about a tiring day of work!

Every piece of junk has a unique story, however weird it might be. Have some strange stuff you need to get rid of? Contact us today to see how we can help.

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