• May 29th 2006 at 5:07PM
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Over the years, we've frequented some fairly seedy rental car places, and have found more than a few unsavory items in our vehicles' nooks and crannies, doubtlessly left by previous customers-everything from a calcified cheeseburger to a headless Barbie doll. That said, Dan McBride, assistant athletic director at Eastern Kentucky University has us beat. The rental whip he picked up on Tuesday in Paducah came complete with a complementary two-foot-long ball python. McBride apparently thought the wayward snake was a rubber toy, which must've made for quite a shock after went to pet it.

Sadly, no word on what kind of car McBride was renting. Our guesses? Why, a Dodge Viper, Ford Mustang Cobra, or an early-to-market Chrysler Aspen, of course.

[Sources: The Associated Press via News-Leader; StrangeZoo]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      When I read the "bad coil" headline of this post I figured it was just another Volkswagen quality issue!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be that upset, I seriously doubt someone did it intentionaly. Besides a 2 foot Ball Python isn't exactly a man eater.

      If you rent cheap you can expect weird things to be left in the car, but I suspect this lil guy got in there all on his own. The owners of snakes tend not to just leave them places because their expensive.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Looks more like a late-'90s Mitsubishi Mirage from where I'm sitting...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I rented a car (from Hertz, btw) in Georgia a few years ago. It was night time when I picked it up, and I drove the 90 miles from Atlanta to Columbus. The next morning, I went to the car and discovered that it was infested with ants. Always take a good look around before hopping in a rental.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think they call that redneck theft deterrent.
      • 9 Years Ago
      That isn't the snake that was in the car and the car was a Nissan Altima.