The Weirdest Things Ever Found in Storage Units
Self-storage, Cape Town units can reveal a lot about a person. Imagine looking into a huge container of things belonging to someone else. It contains everything that they want to keep, but have no space to put. Or perhaps even things they want to hide. The possibilities of what the items kept in storage could be are endless, and the secrets they could reveal could be quite damning. Possibly even criminal. Below is a list of some of the strangest things ever found in abandoned storage units.
- Space equipment. A unit left unattended for almost 20 years proved to be quite startling to auctioneers once it was opened to have the contents sold off. Some of the space administration's old apparatus including a miniature rocket and a countdown clock were discovered gathering dust, all by themselves in a unit big enough to store two cars.
- Aretha Franklin's bedazzled garments. The Queen of Soul put some of her clothes in storage after a fire in her home forced her to move house. However, as the years went by, she just stopped paying for the unit. As is custom in situations such as these, the unit was auctioned off, and the buyer discovered enough glittered garments to support even the most serious of glitter addictions.
- Ashes. Surprisingly often, the ashy remains of the dearly departed are found in storage units all over. Why people don't lay grandma to rest by her favourite rose bush is a mystery, but what is worse is that they leave her in her urn in the storage unit long enough for other people to come along and bid for her ashen self.
- K.I.T.T. Knight Rider's beloved car, programmed with artificial intelligence. Much to everyone's surprise, K.I.T.T. was discovered in a unit somewhere in the United Kingdom. It is not known whether or not he drove himself there.
- Half a million dollars in cash. An auction hunter in America bid one thousand dollars for a unit. When he opened the unit, he found over half a million dollars in cold, hard cash. A collector of rare coins must just have forgotten about the gold mine he had stashed away.
- A real dinosaur skull. Just to provide some perspective on the magnitude of this discovery: a dinosaur skeleton is said to weigh anywhere between 130 and 150 tons. That's a lot of skull to stumble upon.
- Over 250 unreleased Michael Jackson songs. A container belonging to the King of Pop's father, Joe was discovered containing all these never-before-heard songs, some featuring the likes of Tina Turner. The songs were recorded during a time that M.J. was between recording contracts, meaning that the rights belonged to no one. The unit's highest bidder would, therefore, have complete distribution rights over all 250 songs. A sweet tune indeed.
- A live hand grenade. A unit containing several different firearms and ammunition was discovered in 2000. The guns were unloaded, but whoever put them there must have forgotten about the hand grenade. Once it was discovered, the bomb squad was called in and the grenade was diffused.