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18 Things You Might Actually Find By Dumpster Diving

Turns out sifting through trash can be quite lucrative.

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A group of workers cleaning a Washington state garbage dump discovered a glass bottle full of plutonium - the same plutonium used to make the atomic bombs that were dropped on Japan during WWII.

14. Free McDonald's.

Turbo Dog, a The Straight Dope user, claims they once found "20 Big Macs, 5 Filet-O-Fishes, several cheeseburgers and lots of French fries all in one-easy-to-carry-bag." That's a drunken man's dumpster-treasure.

15. Very expensive art.

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In 2003, Elizabeth Gibson found a painting in the trash on the Upper West Side. Turns out the piece was a lost masterpiece by renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo. The painting was auctioned off for over $1 million and Gibson received an unknown percentage.