5 Odd Objects Found In Pipes
“There are strange objects found in pipes, like alligators or subhumanoid creatures living beneath Grant Park,” is a classic urban legend that can be used with any locale. While these wild claims have stood the test of time, there truly are some strange objects that plumbers have found in pipes.
Here are five absolutely bizarre things found in pipes:
Early this year, a San Diego woman was plunging a toilet when a boa constrictor popped its head out from the bowl. “As soon I saw the flicker of its tongue, I definitely knew that it was, in fact, a large snake heading straight toward me,” she told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
This isn’t an isolated incident either, as a nest of snakes was found by a Washington state plumber while running a camera down the line to search for blockage.
The Blob Of North Carolina
Mark this one as a truly bizarre, as it has even confounded the scientific community: In 2009, a plumbing contractor sent a camera down a sewer in Raleigh, North Carolina, only to discover a strange, pulsating blob.
Deemed “The Cameron Village Sewer Blob” by media outlets, the footage was initially dismissed as a hoax until the municipality’s public works issued a statement confirming the video was authentic.
Scientists have weighed in, suggesting it could be a colony of bryozoans, small animals that feed through tentacles or a colony of tubifex worms, which normally inhabit pond sediment and sewage. No conclusion has been proven though.
$2.7 Million In Casino Chips
A little more than a year ago, employees at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City made a strange discovery after guests complained of leaking pipes in their rooms: $2.7 million in counterfeit Borgata poker chips.
Once plumbers tracked down the root of the problem, a Fayetteville, North Carolina, man was determined to improve his chances of winning the Borgata Winter Poker Open. Instead he won an all-expense-paid trip to the Atlantic County Justice Facility for rigging a publicly exhibited contest.
Stories abound about diamond rings and other jewelry winding up in plumbing are fairly common. Thankfully for most instances, recovery doesn’t take much more than removing the trap beneath a sink. But if it goes down the toilet. …
One Union City, California, family learned this the hard way after their 3-year-old son flushed a diamond and sapphire ring that had been in the family for more than 60 years.
Fox subsidiary KTVU news reported city sanitation workers attempted five times to find the loss heirloom before finally locating it a third of a mile from the family’s home.
The stories of objects found in pipes are boundless — they are very interesting unless they are happening to you. If you need some odd things extracted from your pipes, or have any questions about a blockage — call Casteel. They will know how to help.