Canadian Cattlemen had a news item today that Manitoba RCMP found a stolen tractor that had been missing for a year and a half. The $300,000 Case IH Steiger 485 was buried under a 5 meter manure pile.
Reminded me of a couple of stories, once of which I can vouch for, as I was there, though not involved.
At the U of S, the Engineering and Agriculture Colleges have had an on-campus rivalry since the founding days. Back in the 60s when university was fun, the Engineers had a "tank" of which they were quite proud. It was a home built cannon, mounted on a turret on top of an old jalopy. The cannon could fire a roll of toilet paper or an orange a few hundred yards.
One winter day during snow sculpture week, the Agros stole the tank. It disappeared off the face of the earth. It was nowhere. Until spring when the huge College of Agriculture snow sculpture melted.
Where this next story took place, I do not know, but some university or technical school had a real old time cannon which was mounted on display in some central location. Except it was constantly being stolen and would turn up in strange places, much to the annoyance of the powers that were.
So one day they decided "Enough"! A huge cement block was poured into the ground with steel attachments which were welded to the cannon so it could not be moved. Ever. The morning after the forms, barriers, etc. were removed and the display tided up, the cannon was gone. There was only the hole and a pile of dirt.
The cannon disappeared completely without a trace. Even under torture, the students knew nothing about it. Until, after three months a mysterious note appeared on an office door, "Look under the dirt pile, you idiots".