The ten weirdest highway spillsS

Every 18-wheeler has a little mystery to it. You never really know what's in the back of a trailer, unless a crash reveals its secret contents. From the absurd to the repulsive, these are what Jalopnik readers chose as the ten weirdest highway spills.

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The ten weirdest highway spills

10.) Two million Euros in Italy

Suggested By: GeeHalen

Why it's bizarre: This was certainly one of the most difficult spills to clean up, as well as the most disruptive of traffic: two million Euros spilled onto the a busy north-south Autostrada in southern Italy back in July, 2010. The coin-carrying truck burst a tire, crashed, stopping traffic for everyone to pick up whatever cash they could.

Motorists made off with somewhere between 10,000 and 50,000 Euros worth of coins.

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The ten weirdest highway spills

9.) 26 dead alligators

Suggested By: $kaycog

Why it's bizarre: One would imagine that a truckload of dead alligators spilling onto the highway would cause a great deal of chaos, maybe some accidents, or a litany of other possible disruptions. Nope. Not when it happens in Florida.

It was near Ft. Lauderdale back in 2000 when the alligators fell out of a refrigerated truck that had lost control and plowed into the median. Authorities closed one lane and the alligators were put back on their way to the processing plant. That's all.

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The ten weirdest highway spills

8.) The Seattle Syrup Spill of 1947

Suggested By: Rocket99

Why it's bizarre: The once-famous "Great Syrup Spill" just involved a syrup tanker bursting a hose and spilling syrup all over the railroad tracks by the Seattle waterfront.

What made it famous was that local personality Ivar Haglund owned a restaurant across the street and managed to get himself photographed working some of that syrup onto a fresh batch of pancakes. Haglund managed to get his picture featured in papers worldwide, promoting a little spill into an international sensation.

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The ten weirdest highway spills

7.) 35 dead bodies in Mexico

Suggested By: lamakachop

Why it's bizarre: In one of the most appalling scenes in Mexico's drug violence, armed gunmen dumped two truckfulls of dead bodies onto the highway in downtown Boca del Rio, a coast city on the Gulf of Mexico.

It happened right in rush hour by the city's biggest shopping mall. Other motorists were held at bay at gunpoint. Weird is not the right word; let's just hope this never happens again.

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The ten weirdest highway spills

6.) Deadly Molasses

Suggested By: Kiwi_Commander

Why it's bizarre: There have been many molasses spills on highways, but it was the deadly Boston Molasses Disaster of 1919 that was by far the strangest of all.

A molasses storage tank burst on an unusually warm January day, launching some 2.3 million gallons of molasses onto Boston streets at an estimated 35 mph. 21 were killed and another 150 were injured in one of the most chillingly absurd spills of all time.

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5.) The most beautiful crash ever

Suggested By: _Engineer

Why it's bizarre: A printer truck carrying 8,000 gallons of toner rolled near Pebody, Mass. back in March, making for what is surely the prettiest crash in history.

No one was harmed in the spill and the ink was water soluble, so enjoy the stunning images of the event without guilt.

The ten weirdest highway spills

4.) Penguins and an octopus in E. Texas

Suggested By: burglar

Why it's bizarre: A truck carrying animals from the Indianapolis Zoo lost control and flipped several times out in East Texas back in 2006.

24 penguins (four of which were killed) and other animals, including an octopus, were thrown from the wreck.

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3.) 14 million bees

Suggested By: nibbyS500

Why it's bizarre: Yes, it's a highway…COVERED IN BEES!

Earlier this year some 400 beehives spilled out onto an Idaho highway, and somehow, no one was hurt.

The ten weirdest highway spills

2.) A tomahawk missile in the Bronx

Suggested By: Baja Bug & Volvo =

Why it's bizarre: The New York Times reported that the tomahawk missile that was knocked down onto I-95 near the Bronx was only a dummy missile used for training exercises, so there was no immediate threat of arms proliferation in New York City, but still, what the hell?

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The ten weirdest highway spills

1.) Sperm whale guts in Taiwan

Suggested By: Kiwi_Commander

Why it's bizarre: A sperm whale washed up in Thailand back in 2004, and while the whale was getting hauled over to a research center for an autopsy, it exploded.
Gasses had built up in the whale with enough pressure to burst through the carcass itself, spewing whale insides out onto the street and nearby shops.

Adding to the strangeness of the event, the whale became something of a tourist attraction when it was finally cleaned up, as many men came to see its large-even-for-a-whale five-foot-long penis.

Photo Credit: Taiwan Apple Daily