We’ve all lost stuff in our lifetime that we’ve never expected to get back. Usually, it’s socks, hair ties, or coins and when they’re gone we just kind of sigh and accept the fact they’ve gone into the ether. But that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes things turn up when and where you least expect them.
Here are some lost items that were rediscovered by their owners in the strangest places. These things prove that the “what once was lost now is found” Amazing Grace lyric is actually talking about that pair of reading glasses you lost under a couch cushion.
The Reading Glasses That Were Gone For Two Years But Were Really “Car”efully Hidden
When this guy went to get his car repaired he was expecting to lose a lot of money, but what he didn’t expect was to gain back the reading glasses he lost two years ago! That’s a service fee we wouldn’t mind paying.
Toy Keys That Were The Real Thing
Toddlers will pick and choose literally anything for their toy. A cardboard box? That’s basically a castle. Dad’s missing car keys he’s been looking for for years? The only keys that can power the child’s toy car.
The Sleepwalking Mom Who Loves To Redecorate
Singletrack user skidsareforkids writes about his sleepwalking wife with a passion for home design when he writes that because of her sleepwalking, “we get shoes in the fridge, purses in the washing machine, and car keys in a bowl in a kitchen cupboard.”
“But the weirdest morning was when I went downstairs to find my bikes stacked on top of one another in the living room with a blanket draped over them and a helmet carefully balanced like a cherry on top!”
Of All The People At The Music Festival To Find And Recognise His Phone, His Friend Did
Singletrack user Cougar writes about their music festival mishap when they, “lost a mobile phone at Leeds festival. I put it down on the grass when I was sat watching a band, forgot and walked off without it. It was found, completely coincidentally, by a mate of mine who’d happened past a little later. That was a confusing conversation when I rang it and she answered.”
The Book She Lost And Then Ordered On Amazon
Amazon giveth and Amazon taketh away. This girl got the shock of her life after she lost a book only to order the exact copy back on the site. I’d give the seller one star for their sticky hands and five-finger discounts.
This Carrot Is Rocking Some Serious Karats
Wedding rings are a great source of happiness and a frequent star on the lost items list. It’s the one thing that you really shouldn’t lose, but we’re always losing anyway. Thankfully this lady doubled her karats when she found hers in the garden.
This Climber Found His Book And An Old Friend From 18 Months Ago In The Process
Singletrack user Johnny Panic writes about his lucky ascend when he was, “climbing on Gimmer crag one sunny weekend and I dropped my guidebook. Shouted out and almost out of sight this hand appeared and plucked it neatly out of the sky. When they got up to us on the ledge it was a bloke I’d done some winter climbing with 18 months previously!”
She Must’ve Sat Beside Her Missing iPod At Least Three Times A Day For Almost Two Years
Like wedding rings, our $1000 phones and iPods are the other things that we really shouldn’t lose but we always do. All of these stories basically show us that we don’t deserve expensive things. Or a kitchen table, in this girl’s case.
The Extra Cheesy iPhone
Reddit user Blad514 writes about their encounter with the rare Generation Cheese iPhone when their daughter, ” lost her iPhone. We destroyed the house looking for it and still couldn’t find it. Later that night, I went to get a snack… and found her phone in a bag of Doritos in the kitchen cabinet.”
The Magnetic Wallet That Stayed Stuck Here On This Commuter’s Car
We’ve all lost our wallets once in our lives and we’re not proud to admit that. So, what do people do? They buy magnetic wallets that will stick to the surface you want them to. Too bad that was the car door in this case. Luckily this guy didn’t lose any of his cash or cards.
The Pacifier That Turned Up Inside Of Shorts Is A Major Parenting Mood
Reddit user Naheedjoon shared some truths about mommy brain when she writes that she was, “searching everywhere one morning for my son’s pacifier since he can’t sleep without it. I had no luck and it was a terrible morning. Later on I change my clothes and it was inside of my shorts”
The iPhone That Turned Into A Popsicle After Being Dropped In The Driveway
What features do you look for in an iPhone? Some look for performance, stylishness, or maybe a good camera. Bet this guy didn’t know he’d be looking for his phone to be an indestructible brick that would survive the winter being frozen in the driveway ice.
Dad Lost His Glasses Cliff Jumping In France, But Luckily His Son Was There
Singletrack user tthew writes about the leap of faith he took after his dad lost his glasses when he, “managed to find my dad’s glasses on a stoney river bed in the south of France some years ago. He lost them jumping off a small cliff, first go I came up with them in my hand. First day of a 2-week trip, to say he was relived is a bit of understatement!”
There’s Enough Change Under These Old Carmats To Pay For Parking For The Rest Of His Life
When this man went to change the floormats in his car, he discovered a treasure trove of lost change from over the years. This is a great find and I would just like to put it out there that he can borrow my car anytime he likes.
The Lost Perfume In A Hotel That Said, “Smell Ya Later”
Reddit user jeff_the_nurse writes about their experience inadvertently following the scent trail of their old perfume when they write that, “while traveling in Chicago at age 15, I left my bottle of Gucci in a hotel dresser. About a year later, we stayed in the same room and, somehow, my perfume was still there. I cannot believe it was still there.”
The Six-Year-Old Lost Luggage That Made Its Way Back… Floating Of Course
Six years ago Reddit user cleeder’s ex-girlfriend lost her entire bag of luggage at the cabin only to have it float down the river one day when he was there. The relationship may have ended but at least he can enjoy the whiskey.
He Didn’t Recognize The Stylish Velcro Wallet He Lost When He Was Seven
Reddit user NoIdeaWhatImEvenDoin writes about his good luck finding his childhood wallet. “I found a Velcro Boston Red Sox wallet hidden behind a picture frame in my kitchen. We were painting the kitchen and we moved the picture frame off the wall and out came the wallet. I picked it up, opened it, and there was $1 inside. Hid that there when I was 7, found it when I was 17.”
The Buried Toy That Traveled Far Away From The House
Reddit user Elijah’s-Wood writes about this time capsule that traveled through space as well. They write that, “we misplaced an old kid’s toy years back that we thought had been chucked up and slipped behind an unfinished wall.”
“Years later when tilling a spot on our land way away from the location the toy was last seen we uncover the toy which was pretty damn deep underground. It’s totally freaky but my only explanation is maybe an animal carried it away and buried it.”
This Fisherman Caught His Own Lost Wallet After 20 Years
This find takes the cake for the best catch of the day! Imagine losing your wallet at sea like this fisherman only to reel it back in 20 years later. Hopefully, no fish decided to steal his cash while it was down there.
The Phone That Survived A Camping Trip, A Fall, And A Swim In A Murky Puddle
Singletraxck user aracadian writes about his indestructible android phone that survived pretty much everything he could put it through when he, “drove away from the car park at one of the local forests, heard a clunk noise halfway down the street and thought nothing of it. I realized I had left my phone on the roof of the car before driving off.”
“I parked and had a quick look around before thinking there was no chance of seeing it until I looked at the puddle at my feet. I stuck my hand in and came out with a miraculously undamaged (fallen off a car at 10 or 15 mph into a two-inch deep puddle) Samsung Galaxy S3 phone. It even started working again after being dried off!”
These Friends Reunited After 14 Years Apart In Fiji
Back when this girl had taken a vacation to Fiji as a young girl, she and her family became very close with a taxi cab driver there. Fast forward 14 years and they come back and miraculously see him again! Now that’s a miracle worth pausing the meter for.
The Friend That “Lost” The Car Battery
Reddit user VincentTakeda shares his story about his shady friend who had an interesting habit of losing his stuff when he writes that, “a friend of mine asked me to borrow a pricey battery from a car I wasn’t driving regularly. Sure thing.”
“Couple of months later he asks to borrow it again. Sure thing. He comes back and tells me its not there and pretty much accuses everyone else in my life of having stolen it. I’m like ‘dude… you borrowed it last… it’s in your car’ and he adamantly denies it. One day I come out of the garage and he’s got the hood popped on one of his cars. When he sees me coming he jumps up real quick and proudly announces ‘hey! I found your battery!’ Yeah, ya did.”
The Earring That Almost Gave Her Foot A Piercing
Whenever we lose a pin, a needle, or an earring, we spend the rest of the day waiting to step on it and find it. That’s exactly what happened to this person… but luckily they were wearing shoes. Guess they knew where the earring was deep down in their sole.
The Child’s Penknife That Waited At The Family Vacation Spot For Them
Singletrack user Esselgrunt writes about a little penknife that really stuck around even when he thought it was gone. He writes that, “I lost a little penknife when I was a kid once, found it about 2 years later next to a pond where we used to go. It was well rusty by then.” The turtle gang that was using it must have disassembled.
The Tiny Shark Tooth Necklace That This Cyclist Thought Was Gone Forever
Singletrack user CountZero shares their experience of the universe telling them Sharktooth necklaces were out of style when they write that, “I lost a silver-mounted shark tooth from a chain I’d been wearing while on a bike ride one day. “
“Thought it might be worth following the same route, and I actually found the thing lying in the middle of the Sustrans route out of Chippenham towards Calne! It’s less than half an inch across, so the chances were negligible.”
The 1986 Prince Ticket He Lost But Turned Up In The Back Of A Book
This Reddit user missed out on their chance to see Prince in Europe back in 1986 when he misplaced his ticket. Fast-forward to now and he found the stub in the back of a book. Even though he can’t see him live, he might be able to redeem the ticket for a Prince t-shirt.
The Third Wedding Ring’s The Charm, Even After He Thought He Lost It
Singletrack user Alpin shares why they need to get their wedding ring glued on when they write that they lost, “the third ring my fiancé has given me after carelessly losing the other two (one whilst drunk, the other in the ocean).”
“I went for a ride and thought I heard money fall out of my pocket. When I got to the top I realized the ring was missing. I walked back up the trail later that day and found it sitting there in the middle of the path.” He’s a lucky man…
The Driver’s License This Toddler Thought Was Trash
Singletrack user pocketrocket shares their story of their child who really wasn’t a fan of their ID picture when they write that they, “recently found my driving license in the kitchen bin, thoughtfully placed in there by my 18-month-old lad.”
The Passport That Was Found Under The Fridge Only After They Had Gone Through The Hassle Of Replacing It
Singletrack user Nasher writes about every traveler’s worst nightmare when they were, “about to return to the UK from Italy and I couldn’t find my passport. So I went through lots of hassle getting replacements, interviews in foreign passports office, etc…”
“When I returned to Italy later, I was cleaning the kitchen and when I moved the fridge, my passport was underneath! I have no idea how it got there.”
This Cyclist Thought He Lost His Wallet, But He “Spoke” Too Soon
Singletrack user joshvegas shares how bikes are really out here trying to make people lose their wallets when they write that they, “lost my wallet but I knew it was in my apartment because I did some online shopping earlier so I decided not to cancel my cards.”
“But I eventually gave up a week later and canceled the cards then grabbed my bike to go for a ride. I got on and started to pedal when I realized the bike didn’t feel right. When I investigated I found the wallet well and truly wedged between the cassette and spokes.”
The Skates Have Become One With The Tree
As a young boy, their grandfather hung his pair of skates on a tree branch then wandered off to do who knows what. Decades later he forgot he had put them there in the first place and stumbled across the same tree, with his skates grown into the trunk.
Someone Accidentally Recycled A Diary From 1941
Or at least they think it was an accident. A man who works in a recycling plant came across an interesting find while sorting through bottles and cans when he discovered this school boy’s journal from 1941.
Some Child Has Probably Been Looking For This Toy For Years
While digging through your backyard, you would hope to come across some sort of incredible fossil or maybe a treasure chest full of gold. But this boy found a different kind of fossilized dinosaur in his garden.
Clearly People Should Take Their Rings Off Before Doing Any Gardening
The reason that people wear gloves while gardening apparently isn’t to keep their hands clean; it’s to make sure that no one loses any more wedding bands in the dirt. This 82-year-old man discovered that a carrot had managed to snag his wedding ring the last time he was working in the garden.
He Was A Very Wealthy Fourth Grader
The surprise here isn’t that this man found his wallet from when he was in the fourth grade. No no, the big surprise is what he found inside. He was expecting to have a couple of dollar bills in there, maybe even a $20 bill if he was lucky. What he found was more than $300 in his old wallet.
I’m Willing To Bet This Phone Would Still Work If You Plugged It Into A Charger
It’s a universally understood joke that phones used to be much better quality and could withstand a lot more wear-and-tear. One person stumbled across a phone cemented into the pavement of a parking lot, and we’re willing to bet if you dug it out of the concrete you could probably get it to work.
Rediscovering Her Favorite False Lashes In An Unexpected Place
After a few too many beverages on a night out with friends, this woman managed to make it home safely, but she’d lost her false eyelashes in the process. Months later she opened a notebook that she kept in her purse only to discover that the intoxicated version of herself had placed her lashes in the notebook for safekeeping.
You Should Monitor Your Jewelry Better
A couple of years after losing a ring at work, this person decided it was finally time to replace their computer monitor. Though they weren’t expecting to find anything other than dust bunnies on the bottom of the stand, they instead found that ring they’d misplaced.
Reese Witherspoon Probably Doesn’t Need Her Boot Back
While hiking, this dad and his friend stumbled across a boot in the woods that ended up being the shoe that Reese Witherspoon throws off the cliff during Wild. Production for the film thought that they had collected all the boots from the numerous takes it took to film the scene, but it seems they missed one.
So This Is Why The Piano Is Out Of Tune
It seems like this person was a lot more interested in playing with their action figures than playing with their actual piano when they were younger, but it made for a great hiding place for their toys.