Entering the largest lost property warehouse in Europe feels a bit like heading into a theme park maze – except instead of hedges, there are rows of metal shelves about 10ft high and full of, well, everything.

Can you guess some of the weirdest items that have been left on UK public transport?

Weirdest lost property

  • A box of cooked frogs – not just legs, full frogs
  • Dried snakes
  • A tray of different colored false eyes
  • A glass jar filled with bats
  • A puffer fish
  • A wedding dress
  • A Dalek costume (Daleks are a fictional extraterrestrial race of extremely xenophobic mutants)
  • A parachute
  • A bollard
  • A taxidermied fox with a crown – so it’s extra fancy
  • A prosthetic leg
  • A new 50-inch TV

Items most frequently left behind in 2021

  • 40,015 books, documents and cards
  • 34,593 bags
  • 24,429 items of clothing
  • 10,653 pairs of glasses
  • 9,234 keys

The most weird items left on public transport?

While losing or leaving items on public transport might be a common occurrence, the variety of forgotten items can sometimes border on the bizarre or utterly amusing.

“Embarking on a public transit adventure can often lead to incredible discoveries – and not just your destination! Amongst the usual suspects of misplaced umbrellas and forgotten hats, public transport has become a treasure trove of the weird, the wacky, and the downright peculiar items left behind by absent-minded commuters.

First up, the infamous ‘Shoe Collection.’ Forget Cinderella’s glass slipper; public transport seems to be the breeding ground for solo shoes of every shape, size, and color imaginable. Passengers disembark, leaving behind a single sneaker, a lone stiletto, or even a forsaken flip-flop, prompting one to wonder if they’re simply making room for the next trendy footwear line!

Then there’s the ‘Bag of Secrets.’ We’ve all seen it – a mysterious bag left hanging on the overhead rail, bulging with who-knows-what. Perhaps it’s a forgotten lunch, a collection of surprise birthday gifts, or the long-lost treasure map leading to that mythical pot of gold!

And what about the ‘Unforgettable Artifacts’? Commuters have unknowingly parted ways with bizarre and unexpected items. From rubber chickens to life-size cardboard cutouts, one never knows what surprise may be waiting at the end of the line.

Of course, we can’t ignore the ‘Library of Misplaced Literature.’ Public transport acts as a haven for forgotten books, abandoned newspapers, and occasionally a cryptic diary or two. Who knows? Maybe someone’s novel manuscript destined for the bestseller list is now living a nomadic life across the metro stations.

And last but not least, the ‘Peculiar Pets.’ While a lost umbrella may not raise eyebrows, a deserted goldfish bowl or a stray pet lizard certainly does! These unexpected companions might be on a mysterious adventure of their own, seeking the elusive ‘Central Station Zoo’ or a ticket to the ‘Animal Express.’

So, next time you board a train or bus, keep an eye out for the unexpected – you never know what curious item might have an untold story and is waiting for its reunion with a forgetful owner! Remember, public transit isn’t just a means of transportation; it’s an amusement park of the forgotten and the bizarre