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At home my other half has a broken piece of a piano. Just a single hammer from a broken piano. And yet this twisted bit of wood and metal is a piece from the piano that they flung in the TV series Northern Exposure. We've also got some gardening tools from the first series of Big Brother.

What wierd stuff do you own that has a history?

(, Thu 4 Nov 2004, 8:19)
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I have a postcard insert from a Wildhearts CD Single
...marked "dear Wayne - you Bum Dead Dogs. Love Jon and Stidi".

I didn't ask for this, but I treasure it anyway.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 18:16, Reply)
My Dad...
My dear pa used to live in a flat in london below Brian May when they were just getting famous as Queen. Well, my father used to be kept up with all their gay bum antics and noisy praticing, so used to regularly bang on the celing to get them to keep it down. And further more my dads friend used to live in the boiler room of this block of flats and hang up his underpants in their to dry. For some reason Brian May was furious at this, because he wanted his rock and roll pals to sleep in the boiler room.

Anyway, my dad was given a copy of Queens 'A night at the Opera' by Brian Mays girlfriend, who apparently used to rather like my dad.

Well, there it is. A pointless true story.................But at least its got underpants in it.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 17:24, Reply)
Not so much something I own...
...Rather lost. I went to a music festival a few years ago. Unfortunately Slipknot were playing so I laughed at them. I figured some fans may have noticed, though because the next thing I knew my bag was open and my spare shoes (needed for the excessive mud) were currently being trampled on and unintentionally kicked further away from me. I decided, they we're lost forever until I looked towards the stage and saw them being hurled at Slipknot.

The End...

...Or is it? Probably.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 17:23, Reply)
I think the best thing at home has to be a Neighborhood Watch sign that we stole on the way home from the pub. I don't think the neighbours were watching too closely.

Also we once had a Christmas turkey we bought off a man who lives next door to Jimmy (Chinny) Hill. We got the wrong door though and Jimmy answered, and was a little surprised when we asked where our turkey was. We don't own it any more but it was named the Jimmy-Bird for the few days we had it before it was roasted.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 17:17, Reply)
Series 1. The whole series.

Got the rarest one in a free pack with the Beano, so felt obliged to collect the rest.
Some of them even have people's initials on them, from all the trading in the primary school playground.

Hopefully they'll be worth something eventually.
Even more so when I'm famous ;)
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 14:40, Reply)
I have a spike from the arena wall on Robot Wars
I worked as local crew in Elstree building the new, now current Robot Wars set. To do that we had to take the old one to pieces and skip all sorts of mangled bits of steel.
I then spent two weeks painting anything that didn't move with black and yellow stripes.
If I never see black and yellow again it'll be too soon.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 12:19, Reply)
I've got a lot of celebrity shite
including this:

It's a Woolworths "what to do if there's a fire" emergency card (I didn't have anything else for them to sign), signed by Richard Herring of Fist of Fun and This Morning with Richard Not Judy.

Yes, it says I'm a twat.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 11:55, Reply)
Our survey said....
RE: Chegger's flight sim conundrum:

The correct answer was, of course, the Amiga.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 11:32, Reply)
My old scoutmaster
Was a woman, a nurse. In the mid seventies, fresh out of medical school, she was offered a job on a small, low budget film called The Adventures Of Luke Starkiller (which, as we all geekily know was changed to Star Wars). She talked to lots of the cast, and was close enough to Mark Hamil to get his crew jacket. Unfortunatly, she lent it to her brother and it went missing, before it became a huge success.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 11:32, Reply)
I saw Ted Hughes (famous author & Sylvia Plath's husband)
doing a book signing of "The Iron Man" at a children's book fair when I was about 11. I went up to him and the following conversation took place:

Me: (presenting Ted with the book) Would you sign my book please?
Ted: No.
Me: Why not?
Ted: It's "Where's Wally".

It was then that I realised he was only signing copies of his book, not just any book. Bastard. So I have a copy of Where's Wally almost signed by someone who didn't write it.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 11:31, Reply)
A Metallica Local Crew T-Shirt..
Got when I was part of a local crew around the NE for Gigs, at teh tiem a huge fan of Metallica, not so much now but hey the story still comes out... as it did this very weekend.

*Note am now 35 and got said TShirt 13 years ago
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 11:18, Reply)
Obscure, and not so obscure
-A travel hairbrush purchased from the gift shop at the NYC World Trade Center, cira 1992.

-A signed copy of Nancy Cartwright's autobiography, and I was there when she signed it.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 6:56, Reply)
I have an autographed Franz Ferdinand album from one of their first US gigs and some guitar picks used by Alanis Morrisette on her first tour.
I also have a good luck raw shrimp I made when I was soused at a pub. I crafted it out of candle wax and his name is Bertrand and he goes every where with me.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 2:20, Reply)
Curse you, old rockers, for living the life I wanted.
My dad and my godfather, who were great friends at uni in Birmingham in the late 60s and ever since, have some ace memorabilia, these are some of the best ones I've seen/heard/been told about.

My dad grew up on estates in London, and has a fair few posters and fliers for early Who gigs in the loft. They were his local band in them days, and he saw them loads.

There's loads of stuff from uni, but the best one has to be my godfather's- he ran an agency there, booking bands for the student union and getting work for bands or stand ups (there's a cool story about how they almost signed a young Jasper Carrot, but decided he was too local). One night, a young band by the name of Pink Floyd played, and he had one of those new fangled tape recorders, so he got an interview. However, he said something stupid in the first five minutes and only Roger would talk to him. He has the tape framed.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 1:40, Reply)
crap galore
I don't go chasing after people for autographs and other junk but I have somehow acquired the following crap:

Mr T's autograph
A water bottle Marilyn Manson chucked at my head
A drumstick winged into the crowd by Christoph Schneider of Rammstein
"Exciter" promo box signed by all of Depeche Mode
The sublime mental image of watching Pierce Brosnan inhale a hotdog in Malibu. Rowr.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 1:23, Reply)
Keith Chegwin
SirPsycho has just reminded me by his megadrive story.

My old boss now owns a Bentley that belonged to Keith Chegwin. He never let me drive it. Probably something to do with the fact that I cant drive and I never asked.

I wonder whether he ever "played pop" on the expensive sound system whilst driving home from that naked program he did on chnnel 5.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 0:44, Reply)
Probably shouldnt admit this
but I have a sign warning that this area was contaminated by foot and mouth and shouldnt be entered. I was really pissed at the time and thought it would look good on me wall. I feel ashamed I probably contributed to the spread of foot and mouth
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 0:21, Reply)
Bottle of water....
I had a bottle of water that Taj from 3T drank out of during one of their concerts in Glasgow that I flew over to see in 1996 (give or take a year or 2). I sellotaped the lid back on to make sure no-one could drink out of it and so to preserve his saliva. However Mum persuaded me to chuck it a few years ago since it was rather manky. Water does not keep....
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 23:21, Reply)
forgot this one
A piece of the back garden grass (lawn would be be pushing it) is in fact turf from Celtic Park. It was the corner flag spot from the main stand/rangers end corner, before the great reconstruction of paradise.
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 22:18, Reply)
I have a piece of the Tardis
When I worked at the BBC a few years ago, I walked pass the props warehouse and the Tardis was standing at the entrance ready to be hauled out for some special Comic Relief programme. I broke off a piece of the outside (very easy, it was crappy plywood and almost falling to bits).

I'd much rather have a dalek but I never saw one and it probably wouldn't have fitted in my handbag anyway.
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 22:16, Reply)
tenuous link
A nail from a roman fort near Perth (well it looks like a big rust bubble). Since Pontius Pilate was allegedly born around there, it's a nice link with the christian bumper book of fairytales known as the bible.
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 22:14, Reply)
have some aids that i got from freddie mercury before he died
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 21:58, Reply)
Stephen Hendry, MBE
- I met his Mum once. My boss at the time used to be a neighbour of theirs, and we called in for a cup of tea one day when we were in the area. As you do. Not being much of a snooker fan myself & therefore at a loss for words ("those are jolly nice trophies, do they take a lot of cleaning?"), I got chatting to her about a music fanzine I was involved with instead, and she very kindly gave me a cheque and instructions to send her a copy. Which I did - but I never cashed the cheque. I still have it.

Stephen Hendry's mum.

(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 21:45, Reply)
I went to some corking fireworks last night
they were totally dodgy, and this inebriated bloke staggered around with a handful of rather meaty rockets lighting stuff about 10 feet from the small crowd at roughly midnight.

Needless to say it was a reet laff. The huge shrieking flying spinny thing send huge rapid fire flying spinny things at us - although amazingly no-one was hurt, and the finale rocket was jammed too hard into the ground, and never took off. So it did it's big pouff all over us.

I now have a small cardboard tube that was the flying spinny thing of death that hit and slightly scarred a building that features in the domesday book. Its not very impressive though.
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 20:47, Reply)
I'm rich!
A outdated cheque for 13.86USD from a class action lawsuit against CD sellers, as part of the Compact Disc Minimum Advertised Police Antitrust Litigation.

Since I live in the UK, I had it sent to my dad's house, and then he didn't send it to me until well after the 90-day-deadline for cashing it.

Not that I could, anyways, but, c'mon! I stuck it to the man!
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 19:59, Reply)
Arrr, pirate treasure!
I have a 17th-century doubloon recovered from Lucayan Bay. You can hardly make out the design on it, though.
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 19:32, Reply)
ive got a cigarette butt
that once belonged to jeremy paxman, that i stole when i was on university challenge. he smokes silk cut, the poof
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 19:07, Reply)
Years ago I was staying at a cheap hotel in Texas, and noticed a sign in the bathroom warning against stealing the room towels to use the pool.
So, I stole the sign instead. It's been on my bathroom sink ever since.

I have a "Do Not Disturb" doorknob hanger from New York City's Hotel Pennsylvania, where I spoke at a convention once, hanging on my bedroom door. The flipside reads "Maid please make up room," but she hasn't yet.

I have a stone from the easternmost tip of Long Island.

I've still got a pen that was in the room when I lost my virginity.

I have the 100 mHz Pentium chip from my first non-shit computer hanging on my wall. Worth all of a few cents now, but ten years ago it was serious nerd bragging material (more so than the lost virginity.)
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 18:52, Reply)
Stage Smashage!
A couple of years back I went to see the Wildhearts play at Newcastle Uni Students Union hole in the ground. Part way through Ginger (lead bloke) smashed up his shiny guitar and threw it into into the crowd. I got the biggest bit! Some months later they did a signing and I took it along for him to make his mark on it. I also have a signed copy of his limited edition acoustic album (of which copies have been selling on e-bay for over 80 quids).

I'm not sure if I still have it, but when I was little I went along to a thing Rolf Harris was doing and I got my book signed by him - he drew aa rolfaroo in there also.
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 18:46, Reply)
I have a sweet wrapper
from the sweet of Mr Jonathan Richman
(, Sat 6 Nov 2004, 18:44, Reply)

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