A couple months ago I bought a new-for-me used car. I’ve been very pleased with it these first 1,200 miles or so, and while it was quite clean when I bought it, I ran across something in it the other day. Just a reminder that I’m not the first one to take it around the block. (I was going somewhere with this, but I think I’ll leave it at that.)

From the glove box I unearthed, instead of a tin of Altoids, a wrapped tampon. It may have been a Tampax, those big, old school ones, the size of a cigar. (Maybe. I don’t know. I don’t smoke.) I’m fairly familiar with feminine hygiene products, since I have a twin sister and I’m also not opposed to picking up some from the store for my lovely wife, who has borne me three children, which I’m gently reminded. Thankfully, I’ve never had one of those embarrassing moments like in Mr. Mom: “Price check on Kotex.” I’m certain to use the self-checkout stations on such visits.

Finding something as harmless as an unused tampon, it got me wondering what other people may have found in a used car. I did some minor searching online and came across these items people claimed to have found:

  • Beer bottles
  • Unused condoms
  • Used condoms—as in Seinfeld when George finds some in his car
  • Women’s underwear—likely paired with the previous
  • Dentures
  • A loaded gun—a guy who’d worked at a car rental professed to have found one with the serial number scratched off
  • A bag of weed
  • Money—somebody wrote: “I found $3 and some change, which means I paid $96 something for the car”
  • Soft Cheerios and crusty French fries, of course
  • Old CDs for a car you paid four figures for
  • Warped cassette tapes for a car you paid three figures for
  • Antique 8-track tapes for a car someone paid you to tow away

So what might you have found in a used car? I’ll let you know if I find anything else interesting.

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