Name That List, #36

What is this a list of? The answer is below in extended.

  • A pair of Howdy Doody earmuffs
  • A hundred thousand ladybugs
  • A recording of humpback whales at play
  • A fat lady willing to do a nude dance on a trampoline
  • The words and music to "Methodist Pie, Sugar in the Gourd"
  • Two fleas in a wedding dress
  • A gasoline-powered pogo stick
  • A life-size fiberglass statue of a polar bear on wheels
  • The cigarette lighter used by Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon


They're some of the items that Jim Tice, a "professional finder," was requested to find over the years. As the name implies, a professional finder searches down hard-to-locate items for clients. Tice wouldn't take jobs involving missing persons or lost wallets, but he would try to find items such as those above. He called his business Finders Keepers Worldwide Search Service. He started it in 1973 and kept at it until the 1990s.

More info: People magazine - Nov 10, 1986.

Jim Tice and an old football — source: Gateway to Oklahoma History

The Baltimore Sun - Mar 11, 1980

     Posted By: Alex - Wed Jan 25, 2017
     Category: Name That List

Hope someone is carrying on Mr. Tice's work. Both pro- and anti-Trump supporters should be beating paths to Finders Keepers' door.
Posted by Phred22 on 01/25/17 at 10:38 AM
I suspect that Mr. Tice's work has largely been supplanted by eBay and Craigslist. Too bad. Bogart's lighter sounds like something worth hunting for, though.
Posted by KDP on 01/25/17 at 01:48 PM
Rats, I was hoping we'd found out what was in Grant's tomb.
Posted by Greg on 01/25/17 at 06:10 PM
I wonder if he could have found my sanity. I lost it years ago.
Posted by Phideaux on 01/25/17 at 06:14 PM
My first thought was a ransom note with a ludicrous list of demands for the release of a hostage
Posted by Courtney on 01/25/17 at 07:18 PM
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