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" PASSER UP"

by TIMOTHY l. REID
(ARKANSAS)


...SO MANY HOURS SLIP BETWEEN BEGAN AND FINISHED -FIVE TO BE EXACT AND THE HEAT WAS STILL HOT!!SO AS THE BOTTLED WATER RAN DRY AND THE SUN WAS ORANGE ENOUGH TO BE SUNSET...I PONDERED AS TO WHERE TO DETECT BEFORE LEAVING THIS OLD ACRE. SOON..A BLEEP AND WWWHHHHURRRR SOUND!!TO MY TOTAL AMAZENMENT....I DUG UP A LUNCH BOX AND OPENED THE DARN THING-BATMAN AND ROBIN-1966 AND INSIDE ????SHOTGUN SHELLS AND CHANGE ENOUGH IN COINS TO BUY LUNCH!! 1964 DIMES-1964 QUARTERS AND PENNIES AND A FEW NICKLES! BUT WAS THE CATCHER?? ANOTHER LUNCH BOX TWO FEET AWAY WITH NOTHING BUT BILLS AND COINS!!A GEORGE JETTSON CARTOON BOX AND OVER $48.00 IN CHANGE AND BILLS???AND A LETTER-SOME PACK NOTE***THIS IS PROPERTY OF JIMMY AND GREG-PACK 457-CUB SCOUTS -OUR TREASURE AND OUR SECRET STASH OF GOLD AND AMMO PUT HERE OCT.31ST 1968...WELL OLD CHUMMS -ITS GONE NOW AND HEY..ILL BE BACK NEXT SATURDAY TO SEE WHAT ELSE ELUDES BUFFALO PETE!! THE PLACE WAS A PUBLIC PARK UNTIL 1973 AND WAS DESERTED FOR YEARS. GOOD LUCK AND HOPE YOU FIND PAY DIRT!! MY DETECTOR I PURCHASED AT RADIO SHACK FOR $299.00 AND WAS GOOD FOR 2 1/2 FEET PENETRATION ON COINS ...SO THIS METAL BOX WAS SUNK FOR SURE!! THANKS BOYS!! TIM REID-FORT TANNER, ARKANSAS.

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Aug 03, 2012
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Rusted out
by: Anonymous

i once found similar objects such as lunch boxes that were preserved due to the clay and moss which did not electrically/defuse the paint and metal..but there was some rust and the paint was 3/4 still entact. however the depth and the acidity of compounds differ in ground areas and slow electrolitical reaction takes years to composite the results of errosion at a slower rate. good for you the materials were not destroyed and the boxes?firearms show greater decay in mushed ground agates and the entact nature of any metal is dependant on the quality of the earth and the components of iorn, sulphates and the electrical nature of the mixture of seasonal Electroalysis. in other words...the metal decays at a differant chemical frequency called" Diffusionary electro-demulsification or power fractionisation or rusted sh#%!!!!

Aug 02, 2012
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Tim, Thanks!
by: Frank

Tim, your story was very interesting. And for a guy like me who remembers those items, it brings back wonderful memories.

Thanks,


Aug 03, 2012
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Good one
by: Anonymous

You tell a good story, but I find it hard to believe that after all these years buried in the ground that the lunch boxes were not so rusted as to be unable to determine what was once painted on them. On top of that, I think the bills would have been mostly a rotted mass from the elemental exposure of 40+ years. But then again that is just my opinion based upon the Law of Entropy which everything is bound by.

Organic materials will rot when exposed to the basic opposing forces found in nature...wind, water, heat, and gravity. As for the lunch boxes? When water or moisture comes into contact with a steel object, two things begin to happen almost immediately. First, the water, a good electrolyte, combines with carbon dioxide in the air suspended between the dirt particles to form a weak carbonic acid, an even better electrolyte. As the acid is formed and the steel dissolved, some of the water will begin to break down into its component pieces,hydrogen and oxygen. The free oxygen and dissolved steel bond into iron oxide, a.k.a.Rust, and in the process freeing electrons. The electrons liberated from the anode portion of the iron flow to the cathode, which may be a area of metal less electrically reactive than other portions of the piece, or other ferrous compounds found with in the soil itself. But hey what do I know? I just a lowly Ph.D. of Environmental Science.

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