My Nerdy Past: Me and My Metal Detector

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metal detectorI’m feeling kind of nostalgic today, so that brings me to today’s topic: metal detectors. When I was a kid I was always searching for a Get Rick Quick scheme. So, naturally, I became obsessed with metal detectors and eventually bought one. I think you have to be a total nerd to buy a metal detector, but there you have it. I never found anything of value with it and I ended up concluding that it was a waste of time. Except a few days ago, some guy actually found gold treasure. Terry Herbert, 55, an unemployed guy, was in a farmer’s field in Staffordshire, England, with his metal detector when he found a bunch of items likely dating back to the 7th century and worth over $1 million. But listen, friends, if you’re unemployed, don’t invest in a metal detector. Herbert spent 18 years metal-detecting and finding nothing of interest. This was a once-in-a-century kind of find.

8 Responses to “My Nerdy Past: Me and My Metal Detector”

  1. Mahala Says:

    I’ve always secretly wanted one of those :)

  2. Emily Says:

    I’ve always secretly wanted one of those too. It just proves it can pay!!!

  3. Emily Says:

    P.S. Maybe I’ll be a nerdy old lady on the beach someday… ;-)

  4. Suldog Says:

    I’ve seen folks with them at the beach, but I would think that a field or the woods would be a better chance at something ridiculously valuable. Guess so!

  5. Janet Says:

    I’ve seen them at the beach often!

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  7. Mike Says:

    I’ve done it for a long time and get out at least once a week, but think about it every day. If I was a millionaire I’d do it every day because it’s not about the money.

    I don’t detect to get rich, but for the thrill of discovery. It’s quite a feeling when you go to a spot you’ve been researching and find a coin that’s been hidden for over 100 years.


  8. Dan Says:

    Actually metal detecting for the most part is a redneck thing and I are one. Like mike say’s it is the thrill of finding something old, like anything else you got to have good equipment and know how to use it. Never found anything worth a million but have found a couple key date coin’s.

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