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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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Very nice evening last year
At uni they were arranging a trip to Newcastle for a talk from rather-famous graphic designer Max Kisman in a nice bar so I went along, buying Hitchikers G.T.T.G to read.
Free booze before and after talk which was dead good and he said hed give some prizes for good questions. I asked the guy some questions, he seemed a nice bloke, and he walked of in the crowd so i stuffed my face with very yummy free food, free sex-on-the-beach and the remaining glasses of free champagen when he comes scooting along with this big book with his work in, free cd with his fonts (which would cost a load to get). He had done some special pics just then and there(some letters having it off) with his autograph and another autograph for me.
Might sound a bit weird but I was dead chuffed!
I like his stuff cause his is a bit like mine but his rules!
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 15:23, Reply)
A bottle of Newcastle Brown Ale (empty)
I've no memory regarding the circumstances of acquiring said bottle, all I know is that it used to be my favourite tipple 7 years ago...

Ooh, ooh, just remembered...
I have a promotional poster for Primal Scream when they played at the Jericho Tavern in Oxford, sometime in 1989/1990.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 13:54, Reply)
Sue Perkins' Bobble Hat
In January 1998, I was in the audience for Light Lunch. As afficionados of the show will be aware, one segment involves one of the hosts (either Mel or Sue) coming into the audience to examine what a couple of them have brought in to eat during filming. I'd brought "a Millennium Dome cake for Sue to smash in a fit of pique", and said pounding of fists on brownie was included in the show. As part of a skit earlier in the programme, Sue was wearing a green bobble hat which at the end of the cake-destruction she put on my head. I kept it, like a desperate, wide-eyed, stalking wanker.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 13:53, Reply)
a snowball from 1987
which is in a plastic bag in my dad's freezer.

It came from the playground of the school i was at at the time, and has shrunken significantly over the years.

Was orignially inspired to do it by Calvin and Hobbes after the time Calvin surprised Susie Derkins with a snowball in the middle of summer, but really now just want to see how long it will last
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 13:39, Reply)
and a friend of mine has a book signed by Rolf Harris. Not much you may think, but at the precise moment he was standing there watching the Rolfster sign his book, the second plane struck on 9/11... Since then he's been terrified of book signings.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 13:35, Reply)
football related items:

part of the old plastic pitch from Kenilworth road, Luton
3 seats from Loftus road..procurred during 'crowd disturbances' Feb 2001
a nice set of taps from the then brand new toilets in the rookery stand, vicarage rd,watford - again procured during 'crowd disturbances' in 1996

non football related items:

a stiletto heel previously belonging to Michelle 'Cindy-from-eastenders' Collins that broke off her shoes during a 'kerfuffle' at a live PA she did at Enigma nightclub, bedford circa 1997
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 13:18, Reply)
random ordnance
We have a striking pin from a machine gun off Dunkirk Beach - my Grandad pocketed the pin as they evacuated.

Oh and we have the brass nosecone from a WW2 bomb on the fireplace. Its fucking heavy, and no one knows why we have it.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 12:41, Reply)
Well it's obscure, I own it and it has a history...

This is a pepsi menu holder I swiped in a club in Sichuan, China. Apparently there was a group performing who were really big locally. We'd had maybe 4 drinks each and were getting a bit merry. It was the closest thing to a club I'd seen for a couple of months.

All of a sudden, the dancefloor was cleared by security guards and we were shown to tables. Then three chinese ladies dressed in a nuns habit/tutu combo came out wearing giant crucifixes around their necks - they sang a song with a 'western' chorus that sounded like they were singing "wish you all the shareman, wish you all the baby, yeah".

When it ended, the night was over and everyone got shown out by the guards. It was 10pm.

During the song my mate and I nicked one of these things each, because it was the only thing that we could find (and we were scared of the security).

By far the most surreal moment I've had without chemical enhancement.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 12:34, Reply)
I have numerous papers from the past years, and events - 11th Sept, England beating ze Germans 5-1 etc etc in my drawer at work - I'm preparing for any future amnesia attacks or something?

Got a signed Spurs football with Gazza's signature on it from back in the day, jumpers for goalposts etc

I also have pictures of my Dad with Sterling Moss doing a modelling shoot together. Also have a video of a film "Attack on the Iron Cost" stashed as my dad was in it.

And, most amusingly, I have a picture of my Dad from the 70's in his Dj'ing days with none other than Noel Edmunds working for him being the MC for the evening. My mum's staring at Noel like he's some type of demi god....oh deary me.....
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 12:31, Reply)
I also have
a Signed Paper Plate from Jaz Coleman of Killing Joke. It says "To Beardo, Pandemonium, Jaz Coleman". It was the only thing i could find for an autograph when i bumped into him at the Phoenix festivals years ago.
It's in a nice gunmetal frame on the wall - and when people come in they go "oooh is that a Platinum Disc?" and i have to hang my head in shame and tell them it's a paper plate"

(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 11:21, Reply)
How weird - this fits with my dream last night
I have a severed head from Full Metal Jacket.
It was never used in the final cut of the film (too graphic), but it belonged to the female sniper who gets shot by Joker.
In the cut version - Animal Mother comes up and cuts her head off after Joker has shot her saying "Look Who's Hard Now Motherfucker", then he kisses it and chucks it out the window.
Strangely i dreamt last night that i lost it in the London Underground but then found it in a cardboard box along with a copy of the script. But strangely the underground had carriages like rollercoaster cars instead of the normal ones, so you could get out in the tunnels if you wanted to.
i'll shut up now!
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 11:17, Reply)
Warren Morris. Guess I can say the obscure memorabilia I have is a CD signed by them...
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 10:31, Reply)

which one was your mate??? as i still proudly own his autograph then!!!!
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 10:23, Reply)
Northern Line...
were a boy band a while ago...my mate was part of them... the shame!!
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 10:06, Reply)

my bro got to meet the newcastle utd squad so out of kindness he took my newcastle cap along for the squad to sign....... shay given signed inside the hat along the inch think dirt mark from my sweaty head - the shame.
also got northern lines autographs........ god knows who they are or where from but iv got them!!!!
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 9:41, Reply)
in response to the ted huges wheres wally debacle
i had arthur miller sign my hard back copy of Mostly Harmless at a literary convention on my 18th birthday.

nigel planer was there too... i got his scrwal an all.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 9:25, Reply)
not particularly historical, but.
In my old house, I had a 6ft-high "ROAD CLOSED AHEAD" sign, one of the reflective jobbies they use at roadworks, complete with stand and everything. Result of a few beers. I have no idea how it got there, only the look on my missus's face when she woke up the following morning to find it looming down at her from the end of the bed.

Not me, but a mate of mine had a Marlboro packet signed by none other than Richey Edwards from the Manic Street Preachers from when they played the Doncaster Dome $years++ ago.

And somebody else I know had one of those huge McFlurry things McDonalds used to hang from their lampposts. He shimmied up the lamppost, nabbed it, and sold it on eBay.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 9:06, Reply)
My dad & I are amateur musicologists
We must have more CDs than anyone else on our street - nay, more than everyone else on our street COMBINED... But Dad never threw out his old vinyls. Granted, we never got anything signed, but it's still a treasure digging through his stacks of old stuff and finding Yes' first album, or Richard Pryor's early stuff on vinyl, or old Motown albums, or any of a million other obscure bands that maybe one out of a million guys my age (22) has heard of, like Savoy Brown or Captain Beyond.

Meanwhile, in the region of American football (which none of you give a shit about, so I don't know why I'm bringing it up), we have a picture of myself and my dad with Walter Payton taken a good twelve years ago, before he died... Walter Payton being arguably the best player the Chicago Bears ever had.

Apologies for length, but I can be longwinded at times.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 8:39, Reply)
1/2 of a guitar
smashed by pete townshend. It's a Gibson SG, a '68, as far as I can tell. Smashed at the Isle of Wight festival about '70 or '71. Guitar pick from Eric Clapton from the Slowhand tour. A prototype of some fender guitar that never made it into production, which is a drag, because it sounds great! Too bad for Fender, hooray for me! Got it for $50. Rick Neilsen guitar pick from some indeterminate Cheap Trick tour. I used to go see Cheap Trick at bars on Rush street when I was 16...circa their first and second albums. We'd give them jars of hair, and our un-dying love. Rick would spit at us, the spack. His aim was poor and he liked gifts. Simple. Yet sublime.

A signed, first edition of Bambi.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 3:25, Reply)
Goody Goody Yum Yum
I have two Goodies books signed by Tim Brooke-Taylor, who came to my house for dinner in about 1975. I also had (lost it now) a signed 45 rpm copy of "The Funky Gibbon" with "Sick Man Blues" on the B-side. My aunt is married to his brother.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 1:49, Reply)
drunken signing
i have a signed donna's cd (value 50p) which is fully signed, the chubby bassist signed it "fuck you, wheres my donuts" after i drunkenly knocked her stash of simpsons glazed donuts across the room
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 1:41, Reply)
I won
an Eminem (Slim Shady) action figure I live in the hope that one day it may be actually worth something and I can retire on the funds it makes me
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 1:04, Reply)
My sister
has a bottle of spice girls deodourant, signed by Emma Bunton. The funny thing is that she didn't get it signed personally - she found it when she was cleaning up at Wembley one day after a Spice Girls concert.

Me, I have an autograph of Kate Hawkesby, that really hot news presenter that reads the late news at 11:00PM on channel one (New Zealand). It is on the back of a BP Eftpos reciept.
(, Mon 8 Nov 2004, 0:16, Reply)
part of the reason i'm known as squirrel...
...is because when i'm drunk i tend to climb stuff.

i used to have a box full of the light sensors from the top of 30ft high lamp posts, where i'd occasionally shinned up one on the way home from the pub...

apologies to the town council ;)
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 23:48, Reply)
Ever saw the show 'Give My Head Peace'?
I have Uncle Andy's autograph. I'm so proud. It's signed - To Steven, All The Best, Uncle Andy. Elvis Lives.

I also have a plaster mould of my crappy teeth before I got braces and had my freaky roof-of-the-mouth tooth removed. I keep it on my bedside table and stroke the freeky tooth for luck. I also use it to scare mates by holding up to face and shouting "TEETH" when they don't expect it.

I also have a drumstick that was used by King Errison - he's Neil Diamond's drummer - when old Neil played Dublin a couple of years ago.
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 23:24, Reply)
stupid sign
I have a "Beware of the Guard Dogs" Sign I stole from George Michael's garden, I'v been in there since to swim in his pool(when he's not in) and I'v never seen a guard dog once!
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 22:54, Reply)
I am the law

used to go to school with his daughter, never got off with her though, just got this instead!
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 22:31, Reply)
Get your hands off my drumstick, motherfucker
I won a crowd fight for a drumstick thrown by Ed Graham of The Darkness.

But I'd swap it for Wayne's Wildhearts postcard (below)...
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 21:37, Reply)
I has a card of thanks signed by most of the original staff of h2g2 including the late great Douglas Adams which I received along with a t-shirt for being a sub-editor for the site.

It's not particularly obscure but it's the only piece of non-obscurely-personal memorabilia I own...
(, Sun 7 Nov 2004, 20:13, Reply)

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