Here is a story I would not have expected. They got me at the headline: "Yellowstone Geyser Erupts, Pours Out Trash Dating to the 1930's. The Ear Spring Geyser in Yellowstone National Park erupted last month with its most violent display since 1957. But even more notable was what came out with the water that spewed up to 30 feet in the air: 80 years worth of trash.
80 years worth of trash flew 30 feet up and out of the geyser. 80 years worth of trash. What the heck are people thinking out there that it seemed ok to toss junk into the geyser? Actually the articles of trash found were on the small side according to the list in the story-dozens of coins that people threw in to make wishes to just plain garbage: aluminum cans, plastic cups, cigarette butts, a broken bottle, etc. A baby pacifier dating to the 1930's was considered historic and will be put in Yellowstone's archives.
After the eruption all kinds of stuff was strewn around the opening of the geyser any of which, small or not, could plug up the whole works. At least it was not a catch all for people getting rid of old refrigerators and couches like we used to see in rural area woods.