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RENO, Nev. (AP) Lindsay Weiss once lost her cellphone and got it back, so she and a friend knew what they had to do when they discovered a camera during the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert even though it meant giving up their coveted shady seat for a musical performance.

The friends snapped a quick selfie and took the device to lost and found, so the owner could claim it and the pair could be a part of their journey, Weiss said.

something out there on the playa makes its mark on your trip, she said of the sprawling counterculture gathering. makes you feel like a loser. and IDs are among the more common belongings that end up at lost and found after the event this summer billed as North America largest outdoor arts festival. Other items left behind in the dusty, 5 square mile (13 square kilometer) encampment include shoes, keys, stuffed animals even dentures.

Still missing are a marching band hat with gold mirror tiles, a furry cheetah vest, a headdress with horns and a chainmail loincloth skirt.

of mid November, we recovered 2,479 items and returned 1,279, said Terry Schoop, who helps oversee the recovery operation at Burning Man San Francisco headquarters. have about a 60 percent return rate. bad for a temporary community of 60,000 artists, free spirits, old hippies and young thrill seekers who descend on a dried up lake bed in the Black Rock Desert for an adventure combining wilderness camping with avant garde performance 120 miles (193 kilometers) north of Reno.

The usual suspects top this year list of most frequently lost in the land of drum circles and psychedelic art cars: 582 cellphones, 570 backpacks or bags, and 529 drivers licenses, passports or other forms of identification.

Unclaimed items are listed on Burning Man website with photos and numbers. They include more than 200 shirts, 100 jackets, 80 hydration backpacks, 50 pairs of eyeglasses, six suitcases and several dozen water bottles.

item may look different after rolling in the dust, the website advises.

It links to an online forum that has brief descriptions of found items: a bag of ladies clothes, a piano tuning kit, a stuffed cow with cowboy hat and one black Dr. Martens combat boot.

Other articles lost but not yet found include a wedding ring, a flute, nunchucks, a stuffed bunny since birth, and a bandanna lost on the playa somewhere around the giant flamingo. high rate of return doesn surprise Mike Kivett, manager of a company that has provided portable toilets and trailers at Burning Man since 2003. He remembers when his co worker dismissed his suggestion to check the lost and found for his missing phone, saying the odds of recovering it were slim.

told him there a good vibe out here, Kivett said. somebody finds it, they going to return it because they know what it like to lose something out here a sense of obligation, duty to fellow man. minutes later, the co worker had his phone back.

Burning Man has been collecting and returning items since the event moved to Nevada in 1992 from San Francisco, where it began in 1986 with about 20 people burning a wooden effigy in a celebration of art.

The event technology team has developed a sophisticated database people can search onsite at a Wi Fi center. Afterward, volunteers scour the web and emails.

Most institutions donate lost items to charity if they aren claimed in about a month. Burning Man does that too just not as quickly, said Schoop, who helps oversee recovery. Volunteers concentrate first on IDs and cellphones.

spend about three or four months trying to hook people up with lost items, he said.

partial pair of dentures, Schoop said. man showed up, took them out of the bag they were in, popped them in his mouth and said, I can prove it mine: It fits!’ lost items carry hefty price tags, while others have more sentimental worth. Schoop remembers a cellphone returned to a woman who lost it shortly after her father died and her home burned down.

said the phone we gave back to her was the only record of any photographs she had of her father and, I think, some voicemails from him, he said. thought we were just returning a phone, but it meant a lifetime to her.

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