People Share Their Best 'I Found The Needle In A Haystack' Moments

Everyday I have a daily hunt for items big and small. I've completely given up on owning sunglasses; that's why I only purchase them at the Dollar General now. So many things are simple to lose into the oblivion. However once and awhile a literal miracle occurs, when the ghost that moves my belongings gives them back. Or I happen upon the lost by sheer chance. Also, I actually have discovered needles in a haystack, and both are a great feeling.

Redditor u/Rushiilian wanted to help everyone revel in the times of great discovery by asking.... What's your " I found the needle in a haystack" moment?


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Having a midnight bath in a lake while camping and the water I poured over my head to rinse my hair caused my glasses to fall off into the lake.

It was pitch black with the only light being from quad headlights and my vision being so bad I am legally blind without them. I searched for so long feeling around in the stirred up water, and just as I was going to give up and walk back to camp my foot brushed them.



As a small child My mother had just explained what a four-leaf clover was and sent me outside to find one, probably to get me out of her hair for a few hours but I came back in 30 seconds later with one. She praised me and told me how special it was and to go see if I can find another one, obviously thinking I couldn't possibly find another one but I came right back in 2 minutes later with another so she stopped sending me out.


In the Picture

Not me but my mom: my grandma was a painter in her younger days and a reaaallly good one at that. She did a lot of landscape paintings but switched it up and did a simple flowers in a vase painting. We have it hanging in our dining room. Well my mom went to a flea market in her old hometown which has a huge population btw. And this is at least 40+ years since the painting. My mom found the vase. The same exact yellow vase with gold trim. Its so different and unique that there is no way it couldn't be the same one. The person selling it just gave it to my mom when she heard the story.



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Once I lost a ring I literally bought that day. Went out drinking with a friend and at some point realized it was gone searched all over the places we were and finally found it in the trashcan of a toilet I dug through out of pure frustration. Man was I happy.


Seconds Later

I'm a science teacher and just got married. Was putting some flasks away in the cabinet and banged my new ring on the cabinet and saw the diamond go flying across the room. The floors are white and the diamond is not big. Was on my hands and knees my entire prep period, found it like 15 seconds before the bell rang and kids came in.


Years Gone By

Did a fly-in fishing trip with my family for a day when I was a kid. Was playing in the mud waiting for our plane to come get us and found a spyderco (sp?) knife with my dad's initials in it that he lost some time 15 years prior.

Also. Was playing on a sandbar in Hawaii and found a Tiffany and Co band ring that was covered in barnacles. Reported it to HPD and no one claimed it after 30 days so they mailed it to me. Gave it to my mother.


After Boating

We had just come in from boating, and my mother banged her hand on the cabinet, and moments later realized the diamond from her engagement ring was gone (a one carat pear shaped stone). At first we were worried that it might have been lost while we were boating and would never be seen again. A couple minutes later we found it in a teacup in the cupboard.


Love at first Implant

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Found my then-date's dental implant on the lake floor after it fell out. Took a good half hour of diving down and coming back up, making markers so I could tell where I'd searched.

We're married now, and had that thing replaced about ten years ago.


When at Chili's

When I was a kid at my first job, I found a customer's dental retainer in one of eight huge bags of plate scrapings and garbage from the dish-pit at the Chili's where I worked. It took over an hour, and I spent the time armpit deep in some of the nastiest soggy napkin slime and chewed-up rib bones that you could imagine.

At least the kid's father reached in his wallet and dug around for three crisp one-dollar bills for my time and effort. Everything about that job was terrible.

That was far from the last time a kid left his retainer on his plate and it ended up in the trash, but after that I learned that the correct response is "Oh wow, that really sucks, but I can show you to the dumpster if you're interested."


Remember Me?

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I found my dad in a cigarette store, 15 years after he left.


Locked for Good

I worked at a place and a woman flushed her keys down the toilet somehow and asked us if we could go get them somehow.

  1. Those sons of *itches are definitely in the sewer.
  2. Even if they aren't in the sewer there is no way my 7.35 makin' butt is gonna wade through poop to get your keys. fuzzyblackyeti

When eating BBQ

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My FIL once insisted on taking everyone to what I would consider to be the worst BBQ restaurant on the planet. It probably wasn't actually that bad, it was just the opposite of what I liked in BBQ and I couldn't eat much due to food sensitivities. He has a history of picking places I can't eat at and claiming their his favorite place ever. It's a family tradition at this point.

Anyways, I eat a bread roll, dinner ends. Suddenly youngest BIL realizes that his retainer is missing. He had wrapped it up in a napkin and the waitress had picked it up while clearing the table. This lead to all of us huddled around bags of garbage outside looking for the lost retainer. Except everyone else is too squeamish, so in reality it was me and BIL digging through the garbage looking for the retainer with everyone else watching.

We didn't find it.


In a Snowbank

Dropped my passport in the parking lot after a massive snow storm. When I went back the next morning to look, the entire parking lot had been plowed. Had to find the thing cause I was leaving to Mexico in like 3 days and there was no option of replacing it in time.

Drove around the parking lot looking for the freshest snow bank that the plow had formed. Picked one out and starting digging using the golf club I had in my trunk.

Couple hours in I noticed the snowy grave I was digging myself cause my gf would have killed me if I messed this trip up.

I ended up finding the freaking thing in the middle of the snowbank somehow. Screamed and did a snow angel in celebration, froze my unit off but it was all good as I was enjoying margaritas on the beach a few days later.


Mouth Issues

God, one time in my teens, I was at the store with my grandma, I dropped the box holding my clear plastic retainers (vacuum form retainers is the technical name). I was chewing gum at the moment so they were in the box.

Well once I got back home, I threw away the gum and was going to put my retainers back on, when the box was empty.

I realized they must have fallen out of the box when it fell on the store's floor, so my grandma called the store (she knew one of the cashiers well since she'd been going to that store for decades) and they said they'd found them on the floor and put them in a safe spot. The next day we got them back.

So yeah, saving someone's retainers from the trash is definitely a life saver, you're really nice to have done that for them!


When at Chic-Fil-A

I was working at Chic-fil-A we had a guy say he thinks he left his phone on the tray and it must've got thrown away, my friend and I realize the trash was already taken out, so we go out to the dumpster and start digging through a bag we thought was it and end up dumping it on the ground, everything slimy from being coated in sauce. We can't find the phone so we throw it back in, and as we're about to get another bag out, another coworker comes and tells us the guy had dropped it in his boot. Never have I wanted to smack a customer so hard before.


Funny Stuff

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Late one night about 8 years ago, I heard this really funny bit from a stand-up on Comedy Central.

I tried to find this bit as I thought about it periodically, but I could never do it.

Then over quarantine, I found a new comedian I like and started watching all of his stuff. Sure enough, he did that bit many years ago. I screamed when it came up in his special and tried desperately to explain it to my roommate who was not as impressed as I was.


Happily Ever After

On a camping trip I lost my wedding ring. A year later, I specifically went on the same route. Instead of two days, I walked the route for a week and looked under each bush, but I could not find the ring. Frustrated, I returned home and began to pull out all the things from the backpack, in the very last little pocket I found my wedding ring.


With friends....

I was hiking up a mountain with a group of friends. The last couple hundred meters were deeply covered in snow so we had crampons on and were tied together with one piece of rope. When he got to the top I realized I had dropped my phone (which has a white case btw lmao) at some point. Even though we could retrace back down the line we took up fairly easily, I had no idea when I lost it and it was still knee-height snow so was no easy feat. At one point otw down one of us fell and we stopped to all catch our breath as we were tied together.

My mate at this moment happened to drop his hand into the snow and miraculously emerge with my phone in hand. It had been in there for for probably 20-30 mins and was still working fine. This all happened when I was traveling on a tight budget in a foreign country too 😭 So having that phone was honestly kinda essential and not just a luxury. Typing this comment on that same phone now - still in complete disbelief a year later.... ahahha....


For Paw Paw

When I was a pre-teen, I was walking around my grandparents' property and found Paw Paw's wedding ring that he had lost 20 years before. It was just there on the ground. Paw Paw was astounded and then sent me out in the field to find something else he had lost years ago but I only found a snake...


Sitting Upright

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A group of us were sledding and my cousin's glasses lens popped out into the snow. We all thought there is no way someone will find it but let's do a quick look before we go back inside. Somehow I found the lens sitting upright in the snow.


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