History Main / BeachCombing

1st Apr '18 3:48:30 PM Malady
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[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not limited to beaches]]. See also MetalDetectorPuzzle when this occurs in VideoGames. Occasionally seen in {{Beach Episode}}s.

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[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not limited to beaches]].beaches. See also MetalDetectorPuzzle when this occurs in VideoGames. Occasionally seen in {{Beach Episode}}s.
18th Feb '18 12:31:54 AM foxley
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E4ResurrectionOfTheDaleks Resurrection of the Daleks]]", a local who is metal detecting on the mudflats is murdered by Lytton's fake policemen.
18th Feb '18 12:23:31 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': In "Saints and Sinners", an archeological dig is searching for the bones of a local saint is threatened by a group of detectorists camped in the next field looking to raid the site for the trove the saint was supposedly buried with.
16th Sep '17 9:00:32 PM BiffJr
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'''Dark Helmet:''' No you fool, we're following orders -- we were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it!
*** "We ain't found shit!"

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'''Dark Helmet:''' No you fool, we're following orders -- we were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it!
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it! [[note]] But "We ain't found shit!"shit!"[[/note]]
27th Jul '17 9:42:49 AM TheHeroHartmut
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* A recent example is [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10546960 this guy]]. Who found the single largest stash of Roman coins in Britain.

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* A recent example is [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/10546960 this guy]]. Who guy]], who found the single largest stash of Roman coins in Britain. Britain.
** There have been several instances of Roman artefacts being buried on British soil, from the time that the Romans had attempted to invade. Another example is the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoxne_Hoard Hoxne Hoard]], found by a retired gardener in the Suffolk village of Hoxne. This served as inspiration for the song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV-kiCEYKtU Eric the Gardener]] by Music/TheDivineComedy.
14th Jul '17 7:04:35 AM amorris
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Note, that in Canada, the long running TV series, ''Series/{{Beachcombers}}'' had the starring character, Nick, in an entirely different version of this activity. Namely, it was professional lumber salvaging using boats to haul lost logs into the water for towing to timber companies to looking recover their lost materials.

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Note, that in Canada, the long running TV series, ''Series/{{Beachcombers}}'' had the starring character, Nick, in an entirely different version of this activity. Namely, it was professional lumber salvaging using boats to haul lost logs into the water for towing to timber companies to looking to recover their lost materials.
24th Nov '16 7:50:44 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where Dark Helmet has his men ''literally'' comb a desert planet with giant combs.
-->'''Col. Sandurz:''' Are we being too literal?
-->'''Dark Helmet:''' No you fool, we're following orders -- we were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it!

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* Parodied in ''Film/{{Spaceballs}}'', where Dark Helmet has his men ''literally'' comb a desert planet with giant combs.
combs. The scene is the current page image for VisualPun.
-->'''Col. Sandurz:''' Are we being too literal?
-->'''Dark
literal?\\
'''Dark
Helmet:''' No you fool, we're following orders -- we were told to comb the desert, so we're combing it!
27th Jun '16 2:04:57 PM TonyG
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* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' episode "Man Up 2: Still Man-ing", Buttercup spends much of the time searching for a rare bottle cap for her collection.
26th Dec '15 7:53:33 AM Jake
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This often carries the stereotype (in Britain at least) of someone who searches the countryside hoping to find buried treasure (not as silly as it sounds, since hauls of artifacts made of precious metals are occasionally found in Britain, which is what leads to this kind of behaviour in the first place). It's technically legal (and landowners have a good incentive, since they're entitled to a share of whatever's found on their land) and there are even specific laws for finding buried treasure (technically it belongs to the crown, but the finder and landowner will be paid a fee from whatever museum that ends up taking it), however for obvious reasons it greatly annoys actual historians and archaeologists, who'd rather see the sites properly excavated rather than plundered.

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This often carries the stereotype (in Britain at least) of someone who searches the countryside hoping to find buried treasure (not treasure. This is not as silly as it sounds, since hauls of artifacts made of precious metals are occasionally found in Britain, which is what leads to this kind of behaviour in the first place). place. It's technically legal (and landowners have a good incentive, since they're entitled to a share of whatever's found on their land) and there are even specific laws for finding buried treasure (technically it [[note]]it belongs to the crown, but the finder and landowner will be paid a fee from whatever museum that ends up taking it), it[[/note]], however for obvious reasons it greatly annoys actual historians and archaeologists, who'd rather see the sites properly excavated rather than plundered.
plundered.

Frequently they'll also find unexploded bombs or artillery shells left over from one of the World Wars, [[StuffBlowingUp sometimes to their regret.]]
30th Oct '15 7:52:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''RevengeOfTheNerds Part II: Nerds in Paradise'' Poindexter spent his time on the beach using one of these. I think he even found [[ChekhovsGun something that turned out to be plot-relevant]].

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* In ''RevengeOfTheNerds ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds Part II: Nerds in Paradise'' Poindexter spent his time on the beach using one of these. I think he even found [[ChekhovsGun something that turned out to be plot-relevant]].



* ''LocalHero'': Ben, the local beach comber, becomes a huge plot point.

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* ''LocalHero'': ''Film/LocalHero'': Ben, the local beach comber, becomes a huge plot point.
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