The moment that he pondered that there could be more to this unusual “rock” that he found at the shore, he immediately called for rescue. He just stood there outside his house defenseless, while watching his home being sealed off and quarantined.
Not much later, a man wearing protective gear walked out of the house and started reporting the things that he found. Not knowing what to do, he was just there standing and speechless. Wondering, what was that all about?
Taking A Walk
It was during the spring of 2016, when Steven Whitten along with his wife, Viola, were walking by Middleton Sands. It was the couple’s favorite beach in Lancashire, England. The beach had an amazing view of the Irish Sea and it was just a block away from their home. The couple lived in the village of Overton.
Steven and Viola loved walking around unpopular and uncrowded places, but Middleton Sands was a crowd-pleasing place for hikers and dog owners. They didn’t like the thought of being surrounded by people while they were trying to unwind.
Something Was Off
While they were enjoying the view right in front of them, Steven started to notice that something was off. He smelled something that was irritatingly strong and very unpleasant. Little did they know that they were about to come across something that would turn their world upside down.
The stench smelled like a rotting fish, it was something that they’ve never come across before. Steven and Viola were really dying to know where the foul smell was coming from despite being disgusted by it, and so they continued to walk around. It was until they noticed a grayish lump that is a bit smaller than a rugby ball.
Steven and Viola followed the unpleasant smell right to where it was coming from. A weird and unpleasant smelling rock that was about the size of a football, was washed up by the waves to the shore. It’s apparent that it was worn smooth through the years by the pounding of the waves. What is it that the couple found?
Steven reached for the rock touching it very gently. He had read books about finding weird things on the beach specifically in that area. Although, Steven has never heard of anything about an odorous rock being found. The very reason why he got more curious about it.
He carefully sniffed the rock and was determined that he had never encountered such a smell like it before. The smell of the rock was almost unbearable, but also very familiar. He said that the smell was like a fusion of a squid and farmyard manure.
Steven and Viola had always dreamed of winning the lottery and becoming rich. Maybe that day wasn’t too far off. What seemed like an ordinary day to them, completely changed and they never expected it to happen.
The Next Step
The couple was having a hard time deciding on what to do with the rock. They didn’t know what to do with it. They were deciding on whether they should just leave it behind because of its unbearable smell or to bring it home with them? What do you think they decided on?
Taking A Chance
As mentioned earlier, this couple has always dreamed of becoming rich. And when there’s a chance they will surely grab it. They saw this rock as their hope to live up their dream and so, they took their chances. They were hoping that it would bring them loads of money and help them buy a static caravan that they’ve always wanted.
Taking It Home
Steven decided to bring the rock with them. He carefully wrapped it with Viola’s scarf. He wanted to make sure that the rock was safe and no one found out about it. He couldn’t wait to go home and research further about what he discovered, to verify that his suspicions were true.
The moment the couple reached their home, Steven got his fisherman’s scale to weigh the odd-looking lump. It weighed 3.5 pounds, this caused the couple to be more excited about it. Steven knew that he would be needing some help if he really wants to get to the bottom of this.
Steven decided to post a picture of the “rock” on an online community on Facebook. The moment the photo was posted, it was flooded with comments to read. Just wait and see where this leads them next.
Could It Be A Meteor?
People were bombarding the post with their comments, their ideas on what it is and where the rock came from. Some people thought that it was a piece of volcanic rock that came from the deep ocean. Some even thought that it looked like a meteor.
The Possibilities Were Endless
An amateur meteorologist suggested that Steven should try to do the “magnet test” on the rock to find out what it really is. The guy was persistent that his speculation is right, but it turned out that they were all wrong.
Steven, later on, explained in an interview that the rock felt like a rock-hard rubber ball. Its texture is like wax, just like a candle. He also mentioned that when you touch it, wax sticks to your fingers. What do you think this could be?
Panic Levels High
If you’ll come to think of it, what is it with that odd-looking “rock” that would create such a fuss in the Whitten household? The moment that Steven tried the magnet test on the rock, he knew that something was not right. We are starting to get scared too.
All of a sudden, Steven was hesitant if he would still continue testing on the rock. A rock that he and his wife found lying on the beach, not knowing if it was dangerous or would cause them any harm. He had to be extra cautious with it.
What Is The Magnet Test?
The magnet test is the most convenient way to know if something is authentic gold. It is said that imitation gold will always attract magnets. Using magnets allows people to know what type of material it is that they have discovered.
After conducting the magnet test on the “rock”, it was confirmed that it did not have any iron material in it. It means that it was not a meteorite. Steven still has to find out what was causing the object to bear such a foul smell.
Things Were Picking Up
He then decided that he had no idea what he was doing. He was not even sure if what he was doing was safe or not. And so, he immediately made a phone call. That’s when the men in their protective suits started arriving at his house.
At this moment, it was clear to him that he had no idea what he was dealing with. Surely, people online contributed some help, but this is something that they can not control. He then thought that he needed professional help, and that’s what he did. He asked for help from experts. But wait till you see what happens next
Two officials showed up at their house and immediately sealed it off and quarantined their home. Then, the men in their protective gear entered their house and immediately disposed of the substance safely. Steven and Viola were just there, outside their house giving them instructions while patiently waiting.
Getting To The Bottom Of It
The odorous lump that they found was now placed inside a box on the dining room table. Right after carefully examining the so-called “rock”, the officials went out of the house and told Steven and Viola the news that really terrified the couple.
At A Loss
Steven, trying to comfort his wife beside him, waited patiently and tried to understand what it was all about. He couldn’t help but expect the worst from it. The “rock” looked so odd-looking and the expressions on the officials’ faces made him feel more uneasy.
Steven was relieved when the officials informed him that the thing that he picked up at the beach wasn’t hazardous. The “rock” was a waste that was tossed on the beach, but Steven was then shocked when the officials informed him that the “rock” was actually ambergris. The officials also told him that ambergris is extremely rare and is occasionally washed up onshore. What is ambergris then?
Ambergris is known to be a highly coveted substance for centuries. It is known for having an odorous smell, which Steven described as “a fusion between a squid and farmyard manure.” However, it’s odorous smell becomes sweet over time. It is said that this substance has been used in making perfumes for hundreds of years now. Some historians even believed that this substance is safe to be eaten.
Ambergris is a whale by-product that is produced in their bile ducts and then is excreted. While this may sound nasty to some, but for others, it’s a rare find and is worth a fortune. Steven and Viola felt lucky being able to find something that is rare. However, there was a catch.
Sperm whales are the only species that produce ambergris. These whales can be found from oceans around the world, including in the coastal waters of Britain. Sperm whales can grow up to 67 feet long and can weigh over 63 tons. It is said that the population of Sperm whales has increased, but they weren’t always prolific.
In the past, Sperm whales were usually hunted for their blubber. Their blubber was used to make candles, soaps, machine oils, and even pencils. Ambergris was also gathered for its scent. But during the 1980s, a ban on whaling was passed due to millions of whales being killed. Ambergris was also included in the ban.
In addition to the mystery and rarity of ambergris’ is that it’s created very slowly. It is also said that not all Sperm whales can produce it, only about 1% of the Sperm whale population can produce this substance according to experts. Strange as it may seem, most of it can be found in the Atlantic Ocean.
Ambergris has been outlawed in most countries including in the United States. In America, the illegality of trading ambergris is just one part of a broader ban on whale hunting and exploitation. Luckily for Steven, ambergris is considered a waste product in the UK. So how much would ambergris cost?
Steven and Viola were shocked when they heard that another ambergris was found at the beach in Morecambe, not that far from the beach where they found theirs. And the ambergris found in Morecambe was sold for a staggering $155,000! How much would Steven and Viola’s piece of “floating gold” cost?
Loads Of Cash
The Ambergris that was found in Morecambe was twice the size of the Whitten’s, it weighed 6 pounds. That means that the Whitten’s could sell their ambergris for about $65,000! Which is not bad for something that is considered as trash. So, what did Steven and Viola do with their discovery?
Following Their Dreams
Would the couple decide to pay their debt and mortgage? Or maybe file for early retirement? Steven told the Daily Mirror in a perfect example of “British restraint”, “If it would make a lot of money, It would go a long way towards buying us a static caravan. Just like what we always dreamed of.”
This isn’t the only couple to find something strange that ended up being more than meets the eye, check out this couple in Ohio.
Demolition In Progress
They found an object that piqued their interest. It was only a given that they would start to look into it more seriously. They continued to find more interesting stuff but it ultimately led to a call with the FBI. Just what on earth did they find in their very own house?
They began to hack away at the wall of the house. This was when the husband found graffiti all over the room. From the very beginning, the renovation of the basement revealed a number of surprises.
A House Full Of Secrets
The homeowner was shocked by what he was looking at. There were drawings and writings on the wall when he took the wallpaper off. He had no clue at the time, but this was only the beginning of an unbelievable series of events.
Stuck In The Ceiling
It looked like there was something stuck between the ceiling and the subfloor as well. He wanted to take a closer look at it, but it was difficult since it seemed to be perfectly fitted between the rafters. It was imperative to muster all his courage and strength to grab onto it and pull it to him.
Found Something Strange
The homeowner was too focused on the object to pay attention to the rest of the surroundings. He cleaned the area and hammered through it. Luckily for us, he documented each step of the way.
The walls had been partially demolished as he tore the ceiling down. As he continued to bring the rest down, he found something incredible. The big bulk of an object turned out to be a suitcase!
Waiting For The Reveal
The suitcase was green and grey. It looked like someone hid it there in the hopes that nobody would find it. The man reached for the suitcase but was shocked by how heavy it was. What could be inside?
One Heavy Suitcase
He could feel the need to go about the situation with great caution. The owner of the house was now feverish with excitement. Did the suitcase contain treasures? After taking a deep breath, he kept going.
The Big Reveal
He called his wife and decided that he would wait for her to come home. After all, he wanted her to be there for the big reveal. Aside from that, it was important to have her there in case things went awry.
What Could Be Inside?
It was clear that someone took great pains to keep it hidden. What could be the reason for this? As he waited for her to return, he decided to inspect the object. Its weight did not fail to astonish him.
Big Dreams In A Little Suitcase
It was not particularly big, but he knew that it was containing a huge secret. He started to wonder what the piece of luggage was hiding. Considering how well it had been hidden, it must have been something important or valuable. Maybe it was both!
Maybe It was Nothing
It had been mind-boggling to find something like this during the renovation process. He was excited to check out its contents. When his wife returned home, he told her about what he found in the rafters.
It probably felt like Christmas day came early! To be fair, he was about to unwrap an object that he had no idea about. The pair brainstormed as they tried to think of an explanation for it. What led it there?
Were they going to find jewelry? Cash? Cards? They decided to keep their hopes down because it could be nothing more than old sports cards. In the end, however, this assumption was off the mark.
Unwrapping The Mystery
Together, the couple opened the suitcase. In the beginning, they did not see anything strange. There were wads of wax paper around something rectangular inside. By then, they only felt more confused about the contents of the suitcase.
Full of Money
Things only started to make sense for them when they took out the bundles. The couple opened the items obscured by the wax papers. They were used to cover some items, but what was inside of them?
Speechless Over The Money
He carefully took the waxy material out. That was when he realized that he was holding cash. The bundle was actually hiding a large stack of $20 bills. Mind you, this was the first bundle of many.
So Much Cash
They started to inspect the bills more. It did not take a genius to realize that the cash was old. The couple could not believe just how much money was in there. But who could have stashed them away?
And More Money
“These are all twenties! There may be a couple thousand here! We are freaking out at this point,” he told journalists. He went on, “This doesn’t happen to us! What do we do? Where are the cameras?”
The couple felt eager as they began to unwrap the rest of the bundles. Did they contain the same thing? Maybe they would find something more valuable! The husband and wife looked at the bundles in shock.
At First, It Was Funny
Of course, they remained hopeful that the other bundles would carry the same thing. Excited, they went on to unwrap the rest of the objects. This time, they did not find $20 bills. No, they were wads of $50 and $100 bills! Whoa.
“The second package didn’t have any twenties. It was all fifties! What is going on here? There could be 5 grand here! Wait! The third package is 100s! This is out of control!” the man explained. As you can imagine, both of them had plenty of questions about what was going on.
Dating The Cash
The couple just found a mysterious stash of money in their own house. They found it funny in the beginning but soon realized that this was not a laughing matter whatsoever. After all, they had to find out who owned the money and why it had been hidden like that.
From the 1950s
Besides, where did all that money come from? Based on the state of the bills, they had been there for a long time. They must date back from the ‘20s and ‘30s. The couple was also curious about its total value.
A Pleasant Surprise
They decided to look at it with even greater attention. There was one thing that was immediately clear to the couple. Everything from the suitcase to the money was old. What else did they learn about it?
They Had A Normal Life
They took out the bundles from the piece of luggage. There was something in there that gave them the answer to one of their questions. The bottom of the suitcase had a newspaper. What did the date say?
They inspected the paper and saw that it came from March 25, 1951. To be specific, the paper was an old issue of a publication called the Cleveland Plain Dealer. They could not believe how old it was.
Had To Contact The Authorities
Not only that, but it was interesting to see that it was an issue of a local Cleveland newspaper. This discovery only made them feel more excited and surprised. However, what was the value of all that money in today’s currency?
More Things To Uncover
The couple could not believe how lucky they had been. On top of that, a number of the bills were star bills. It means that they did not make it to the markets! They were all dated more than seven decades.
No doubt, it was an incredible find. The couple had been shocked to stumble into this but knew that it was a serious matter. They contacted a lawyer to figure out how much the money was worth in today’s currency. According to the lawyer, the bills in the suitcase were worth $23,000.
Back To Work
The couple had gone through a lot ever since they made the discovery. After one week, however, they knew that the best course of action was to go back to their normal routine. Even though they were over the moon, they had more work to do. They had no idea that this was not the last of it just yet.
And Here We Go Again
They might have found $23,000 in the basement, but the home renovation project was not going to be done if they did not work. Well, you can probably imagine just how shocked the homeowner was when he saw another suitcase!
Heavier Than The First
He had been alone once more when he stumbled into the second one. It makes sense that he was excited by this discovery yet again. How could he possibly have missed this? Just like the first time, he did not open it until his wife returned home from work.
The New Suitcase
“This was a wild ride for us, and I hope you all enjoyed it, too,” the husband said when he shared the incredible story on the social media platform Reddit. He added, “We are boring people and have been dumping our extra money to pay off our mortgage, and that is where this money will go too.”
Same But Different
His camera was always there to record every single thing. They were shocked by the initial discovery but had no idea that the future had more surprises in store for them. Naturally, they still felt very curious.
The Search Continues
They were aware that it might mean that the house was hiding even more secrets. At the moment, the basement was only halfway finished. They decided to keep searching for more clues to the big mystery.
A Bigger Fortune
In the end, they would find out something so big that they had to get in touch with the FBI. The husband and wife knew that the renovation could not wait. This is the reason they continued to work on it.
The Wait Is Over
When his wife finally came home, they opened the suitcase right away. It was similar to the first one since it was also full of big wads of cash. But how much money was waiting for them this time?
What Else Was Hiding Here?
It turned out that the house was hiding more than just a lot of cash. What else were they going to find in there? As they continued to work on the basement, they found one more suitcase between the rafters.
What They Found There
They found an incredible treasure in the first one that they found, which explains why they had high hopes for this one. However, this suitcase did not carry the same thing. They did not find wads of money wrapped in wax paper inside of it.
The Final Count
Was the renovation going to keep turning up more suitcases? Well, there was only one way for them to find out. The man knew that they would find more valuable and precious objects as they continue. Once more, he refused to open the suitcase until his wife was present.
In terms of looks, this one was identical to the last suitcase that they found. Could it be that it was going to have the same thing inside too? As soon as she returned, they did not waste a single moment.
A Secret Door
In the end, the excitement from discovering the suitcases wore off. They decided to get back to finish the renovation. However, they realized that they had never explored an odd door on the second floor of the house. They had always been curious about it. After opening it, they found something disturbing.
Finding Hiding Spots
In the third case, they found cash lined up in a neat manner. They gasped after seeing this. How much was it going to be now? What other secrets would they find in their home? This particular windfall was even bigger than the first one.
He Felt Nervous
They were still in disbelief at how lucky they got. What else did the future have in store for them? After getting it appraised, they found out that this suitcase boasted $45,000 of bills. Yes, they were loaded!
What Else Would They Uncover?
The couple was surprised and amazed once more. This only made them feel even more determined to finish the renovation and improvement of their home. Of course, they were still keeping their fingers crossed that they would find even more valuable things as they did so.
Another Big Mystery
They kept working in the basement, wondering if there was going to be more things to unravel in there. While they suspected that the house had its secrets, not once did they think the FBI would get involved.
Full Of Secrets
They were aware that the house had an interesting history. This made them curious and motivated to explore the house some more. It was a good thing that they had a lead on where they should look next.
Tearing Down The Door
The realtor told them about a secret door that housed the hot water heater. They felt the urge to explore it. After all, this sounded like the best place to keep something that was small and valuable.
He Found More Mysteries
They agreed to at least check it out. In the end, their instincts were correct because this was where they found the biggest secret. After opening the small white door, they found out that the realtor had lied.
They Were Fooled
This was not a room for the “water heater” as the realtor fooled them into thinking. That must have been a ploy to make them think that it was a regular house. They were in for quite a shock.
The door was hiding a room that was much bigger than they had in mind. Inside, there was a carpet piece that led to one more surprise. The man told his spouse to stay back as he explored it some more.
Door Number Two
He started to wonder what on earth that place was. There were plenty of theories bubbling in his mind. After all, it must have been shocking to discover a part of his house that he did not know was there.
Sadly, the door was sealed by a bolt and a master lock. Even so, these were not enough to stop the man. He was going to get to the bottom of things no matter what it took. This was the reason he went downstairs, picked up a hammer, and started pounding on the security measures.
They Couldn’t Handle This Alone
Among other things, the couple could see that the room had, at some point, been in use. It was clear that someone wanted to hide this place as well. The room was dark, moldy, and in horrible shape.
The man and his wife had been the residents of the house for several years by then. It was the first time they ever went down there. Why was this place so soundproofed anyway? They had a terrible theory.
More Mysteries Down There
When you find something like this, it is only natural to think that something bad took place there. The floor, walls, and ceiling were all covered in white soundproofing tarp. What could have happened here?
What They Found
But what else was the room hiding? They were curious about what they would find there, and he was determined to solve the mystery. However, he had no idea that the house had been full of so many lies and secrets the entire time.
Full Of Jewels
The hidden room was not empty, and there was a briefcase on the floor! The man felt a bit hesitant and had to pause to gather his thoughts. He did not take his time, however. His curiosity soon took over him. What was he going to find inside this briefcase?
The Strange Safe
We do not know how you feel about them, but hiding spots are usually red flags in and of themselves. It all started as a home renovation project, but things got a lot more sinister after he tore down the lock.
The contents of the briefcase had been shocking. They found an old wooden box, rings, watches, a jewelry box, envelopes full of bills in different currencies, and 4.1 oz silver ingots. Whose prized possessions could these be? And why did they feel the need to hide it like that?
What Was Going On Here?
The door was hiding yet another room. It led to a room with heavy soundproofing material in the form of a white plastic tarp. There was something about it that felt off to him. This place looked like it came right out of a movie. Could this be a torture chamber?
A Terrifying Note
As they kept looking around the place, there was something in there that answered a number of their questions. He continued to explore the items that a previous inhabitant must have left behind. It did not take long before he found something that made him call the authorities.
He Was Terrified
The couple found more strange items in the room. Among other things, they found a brown briefcase. They previously got lucky with suitcases, so they assumed that this was going to be another lucky find. Were they wrong to think this way?
One More Warning
However, it would seem like luck was no longer on their side. The bag did not have cash or anything good inside of it. We are glad that they did not forget to bring their camera along. This was how they were able to document the entire terrifying adventure.
An Unsettling Detail
We are sure that they did not want to forget this unbelievable experience. They wanted to see what the briefcase was hiding, so they took a look inside. It was a bit surprising to find objects aside from cash. After they opened it, they found antique items such as watches, a ring, and silver ingots!
They Needed The Police
There was something else inside of it as well. They found a number of envelopes filled with money from a variety of countries. They kept investigating and discovered a black Sentry safe hidden in the corner. This find made them feel more skeptical about the mystery.
Some Disturbing Footage
We cannot imagine why someone would need a secret safe in a room hidden in a secret room. The area was full of an air of mystery and secrecy. The man felt intimidated at the thought of opening it. After all, he was sure that it was going to contain more than jewelry, money, and “common” items.
An Investigation Of Epic Proportions
You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that it was not going to contain something pleasant. They have found valuable items thus far, but what could need this level of security? It was unnerving to think about the secrets it is hiding.
The FBI Is Here To Help
It turns out that their gut was correct. He tried to push the thoughts away as he opened the safe. After cracking it, there was a note there that gave him chills. This was the message on it: “Save yourself.”
How Can You Be Sure?
It was an ominous message on its own. However, it felt even more sinister because it was written in rough, black ink. What could the author have meant when they scribbled this on the piece of paper?
They Got Lucky
The only way to get to the bottom of things would be to investigate the place some more. After he came to this realization, they found more things that made them feel unsafe. This was how the authorities came into the mix.
The husband was intrigued enough to keep digging deeper into the safe. What else was he going to find there? However, the next discovery extended out of his comfort zone. He found a bunch of tapes that had a handwritten message. It warned, “Do not.” That does not sound good at all!
It was clear that these were videotapes. He knew that he would have to watch the recordings if he wanted to get to the bottom of the mystery. But what kind of footage was he going to find in them? He brought out the tapes and inspected them even closer.
One surprising thing about them was that they appeared to be newer than the rest of the items that they have found. It gave him goosebumps, but there was nothing else that he could learn about them. The tapes came with a series of numbers. They must have been labels!
There was one tape that did not have a label, however. Out of the six tapes, five came with tags. Did someone stage everything in the name of a game? It was already getting out of hand. At last, they decided that it was time to ask the police for help.
The husband and wife were both eager to find out what was going on. Soon, they found out what was inside the tapes. They inspected the tapes for a couple of seconds before they called the authorities. It was imperative for them to go to the house right away!
In the end, the FBI confiscated those tapes. The public has not heard what footage was inside them. The only people who know would be the maker, the homeowners, and the agents. In the end, his curiosity ended up backfiring on him. He wished that he could forget about what he found in the tapes!
We might never learn what the tapes had been hiding. There are theories presented by the media that it had footage of crimes that took place in the soundproofed room. To this day, the content of the tapes remains a mystery. We cannot tell you what was really inside the tapes.
The investigation raised a bunch of questions about the property and the previous inhabitants. From the money to the tapes, it was unclear what was going on there. Who could have been living there before?
Could there be more secrets in that house? What do you think you would do if you ever find something like this in your very own house? You know what, we might as well take it one step further. Are you sure that there is nothing of this sort lying in wait?
We are just happy to hear that the couple was safe and stayed unharmed after their discovery. They made the right call by getting in touch with the authorities. Clearly, this was not something that they could have dealt with by themselves. At the very least, they now have an incredible story to share with us.
It is not new at all to find interesting stuff in old homes. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of people who have moved into new houses and discovered strange discoveries. Maybe it has even happened to you in the past! Anyway, let us talk about this man who just bought a new house. The real estate agents put it up on the market for a low price after the original owner died.
Ready To Explore
The new homeowner, of course, felt excited about his purchase. He could not wait to start exploring the house and checking what secrets it had. He went to the basement and saw an odd sheet of plywood on the wall. It turned out to be a secret room full of ammo and guns! He even found a hollowed-out grenade there. This was not the only exciting there he found because he also discovered a huge safe, as well as a chest of money full of pennies.
Next, a British couple had been going through the basement of the old family house when they made an incredible discovery. There was an intact kitchen from the 1830s down there! The Victorian room was stocked with pans, pots, a cooking range, and enough seats for 20 people. There was also a cookbook that had recipes from that time period.
Wally and Linda DeForest also moved into their new house without a single idea that they would find something incredible. As she unpacked their belongings in the basement, she found something baffling. She told her husband that there was a torpedo down there! Wally could not help but feel skeptical after hearing such a thing, but he checked it out anyway. It turned out that she had been telling him the truth.
The Green Torpedo
Yes, the basement had been hiding a huge green torpedo. The couple asked for advice from an army veteran, who told them that it must have been a lightweight anti-tank weapon or a mortar from either the Vietnam war or the Korean war. The authorities arrived to bring it away in a safe manner. But how could something like that end up there? Apparently, it was not all that rare for people to keep the items as souvenirs.
Even though it can be fascinating to find artifacts in the house that you just purchased, there are times when you find very strange things. You might even discover something historical! Pat and Diana Farla lived in a Victorian house in England. For the longest time, they wondered what was up with the weird basement grate. One night, they finally mustered the nerve to check it out.
They got rid of the iron grille and saw a hole that was big enough for a small child to crawl through. It turned out that there was a cellar that looked like a chapel on the other side. The couple spoke to historians about this and found out that it came from the 1700s. It must have been used as a secret church during the days when Catholics got executed and persecuted.
In 1963, this homeowner had been renovating his house when he tore down a wall and found a hidden room. This is exciting enough on its own, but then he found one more and another and another… In the end, he had apparently stumbled into an entire underground city. We are sure that you will agree with us when we say that Derinkuyu is among the strangest and most impressive archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. It was part of an underground tunnel network that housed the Hittites.
RIGHT BEHIND YOU
It can be creepy to come upon a stash of old photographs. However, it is incredibly chilling if you find one asking you if you can see “him.” How terrifying! If we were in his shoes, we would have sold it right away and moved as far as we could.
Talk about an incredible find! A family found a famous painting by Norman Rockwell hiding behind a fake wall in the Vermont house of their late father. Apparently, he had a fake one on display to prevent his wife from obtaining the original one in the divorce. He never brought it up even when he was on his deathbed. The painting ended up going for $15.4 million during the auction. There as a similar story that took place in New York. For 27 years, one man forgot that he had a Michelangelo painting worth $300 million behind the couch.
31 Love Letters
A pair of siblings had been working on renovating their Nova Scotia home when they discovered a stash of love letters in the walls. There were 31 notes from a World War I soldier to his beau! They took matters into their own hands and managed to track down the grandchildren of the couple. How lovely.
This man just moved into a new house when he found something strange. There was a sheet of wood that did not go with the rest of the wall. After they took it down, they found a secret room. There was a box of ammunition and weapons hiding in the hidden spot!
It is not new for a person to discover a safe in the basement of a newly-purchased house. There are times when a safe has been buried in the backyard as well. However, we do not often hear about one in the kitchen wall. Well, this is a good idea if you are looking for a hiding spot of your own.
This person definitely found a strange treasure. The safe contained $50,000 in cash, a copy of “A Guide for the Perplexed” by E.F. Schumacher, and a bottle of bourbon. What an interesting collection of items!
When you renovate your house, you can expect rubble. As this plumber shoveled through, he struck gold! He saw something shiny and made a grab for it. A gold brick had been lying there the whole time! Even though it was worth $50,000, this honest man did the right thing and let the homeowners have it.
Contractors had been working on renovating an Arizona home when they stumbled into $500,000 of cash. The money was hidden in military ammunition containers. The contractors wanted to keep the cash for themselves and claimed it. The homeowners put up a fight and said it was theirs since it was on their property. The court did not agree with either party and ruled that the cash belonged to the heirs of the person who hid the money there in the first place. Robert Spann was the name of this man. He passed away 11 years before the discovery, so the cash went to his two children instead.
Clifton’s Cafeteria is an old establishment in Los Angeles. Located in a historic building, the owner found the strangest item after he started to give the bathroom a makeover. There was a neon light there, but the weird part was that it was still on somehow. There are experts who believe that it had been on for 77 years, which means that it is the longest lit neon light in history. The owner is under the belief that it was first switched on in 1935 when the building was used as a forest-themed restaurant. He eventually realized that he must have paid about $17,000 for the power thanks to the neon light! This incredible discovery baffled many experts because neon lights do not typically work for more than 40 years.
This couple in Hungary was shocked to discover confidential Nazi documents hidden in the walls of their home. They discovered more than 6,000 of these items from the Third Reich as they worked on a renovation project. The papers contained details about the holocaust and even came with a census that counted the Jews and designed the homes where they could be transferred before they were brought to the Budapest ghettos. Of course, scholars valued the new pieces of information that they learned from the documents. The Nazis destroyed many of them in an attempt to keep them away from the hands of the enemy. When it comes to this collection, the person in charge of them must have decided to stash them away instead. The census was conducted two months prior to the Nazi occupation of Hungary. The official records say that there were 600,000 Hungarian Jew victims of the holocaust.
As they cleaned out the garage of their grandmother, a mother and son discovered an unexploded hand grenade. It had to be carefully removed, so the Australian military had to come in. They later reported that the bomb did not have a fuse or any explosives for that matter. At any rate, we are sure that the family had a terrible scare when they first found it. The previous owner was a 91-year-old woman who was married to a Second World War soldier. The pins were still attached to the grenade, which was why the authorities had to close off the whole area and evacuate the people living there.
Secret Spy Stash
It is not every day that you learn that the previous inhabitant of your house was a secret agent. What makes this discovery all the more fascinating was that it was an “unassuming” old lady. A family made the incredible find as they renovated their home. They stumbled into a stash of spy items, the sort of thing that you would find in a video game or a movie. There was a machine gun, top-secret photos of Berlin after the Second World War bombing, and telegrams from both the War Office and Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The spy went by the name of Eileen Burgoyne and passed away at the age of 98. She had been a shadow agent in Spain, Africa, Gibraltar, and Germany. She got hired after the Second World War and must have operated during the Cold War.
You Found It
Jason and Kerri Brown were excited when they found a house located in a town in the Appalachian Mountains foothills. The foreclosure went for only $75,000! The couple felt sure that this five-bedroom, two-bath house was a bargain even if it was a fixer-upper. However, it turned out to be a nightmare. They started to work on the house as soon as they paid for it. Kerri had been moving the bookcases in the house when she found a passageway into a hidden room. There was a chilling note there from a previous owner that said, “You Found It.” The note went on to say that there was a severe mold problem in the house that made them sick and forced them to move out. The Brown family moved out of there as soon as they could and sued all the people involved in the sale of the house. Good for them!
A Redditor by the name of NukeStorm purchased a house that came with a creepy room hidden in the corner of the attic. He was not told that there was an ‘extra’ room and discovered it as he moved his things into the house. Right away, he knew that this was not a regular room. For one thing, it was only four feet high and came with a fastened metal grate. When he opened the door, he found a small weird bed, a single light, and a wall covered with foam padding. The creepier thing about it was that there was no doorknob from the inside, so a person would not be able to get out of there unless the door was opened from the outside. Even worse, the house was situated in a sparsely populated area. If anyone had been screaming from there, no one would have heard and helped.
Wall Of Snakes
Amber and Ben Sessions thought that they hit the jackpot when they found a countryside home for only $180,000. They later found out that the five-bedroom house had a garter snake infestation. The issue was so serious that the ground sometimes felt like it was moving thanks to the hundreds of snakes. They got suspicious when they kept finding one snake after another. What made them feel even more nervous was hearing weird rustling sounds in the walls. Ben then discovered a siding panel but could not believe how many snakes came out of it after he opened it! The house was actually lying on a big snake hibernaculum. The old owners eventually realized that there was nothing that they could do about it and decided to put it up on the market. The Session family had only been there for three months and later filed for bankruptcy.
Amanda Reddy was a new homeowner. When she took out the baseboard in the kitchen of her 1910 Cape Cod home, she found a century-old surprise. There were postcards and other items hiding there! They went back to 1970 and 1909. The cards were all written to a lady by the name of Mayme Berneck. Amanda assumed that the postcards just fell behind, but they were all actually nailed to the surface.
While a Minnesota house was being renovated, a rare copy of Action Comics No. 1 was discovered in the wall. This 1938 Superman comic book was auctioned off for $175,000! The comic had been lying among newspapers used to insulate the walls of the home. The comic only got a grade of 1.5 out of 10 thanks to its detached back cover. In 2011, a near-mint copy with a grade of 9.0 out of 10 went for $2.16 million!
A mover had been working on a new home when he noticed the six-foot-long wooden box that came with three smaller ones inside. He was intrigued because the opposite sides had openings. There were also metal railings around it. His confusion only gave way to clarity after he found out that the owner actually worked as a magician!
We are sure that you would also feel unnerved when you stumble into certain items that do not belong in a private home. To give you an example, this mover found a leather straight jacket. The creepiest part was that it came with a matching mask!
How would you feel when you discover a box full of male and female ventriloquist dolls when you move houses? There were assembled ones, although certain dummies were partly broken as well. The movers said that these things made for a “pretty unsettling” day at the job.
In 1502, Leonardo da Vinci was hired by an Italian statesman to make a painting that shows the Battle of Anghiari. In the 1550s, a different painter called Giorgio Vasari got commissioned to work over it but could not bring himself to do it. The theory goes that a false wall had to be installed to prevent the destruction of the original mural.
Calvin Oshowy bought a new house. Two months later, he found out that it was full of hundreds of bats. They were in the walls, the ceiling, and the attic. He had no choice but to seal all the entry points for his peace of mind. He later built them a bat sanctuary outside in the hopes that they would leave him be.
Belongings Of A Fallen Soldier
A veteran called Kerry Cremean and his wife Cindy purchased a Texas house. They were surprised when they found a military burial flag in the garage. The discovery even moved Kerry to tears since the flag felt like it held the life of a fellow serviceman. They went online to try and look for the family of the fallen soldier. It turned out that the man passed away in a 1980 car accident and left three daughters behind.
After he moved into his new apartment, this man was shocked to find that there was a trapdoor in front of the bathroom. He decided to explore what it was hiding after opening the door. In the beginning, he thought that it was not anything important. That was when he noticed the stairs. The house was actually built atop an old English monastery. There were passages there that led to dungeon-like rooms!
For almost 70 years, a Russian figurine was found stashed in an attic located in upstate New York. It was a rare Faberge figure commissioned by Czar Nicholas II himself in 1912. He gave it to Empress Alexandra, his wife. Reports say that there were only 50 pieces of the model in existence. This explains why the figurine was auctioned off for an incredible $5.2 million!
Peanut Butter Jar
More often than not, old homes contain useless junk or garbage that the previous inhabitants failed to throw out. However, you might get lucky and stumble into interesting stuff. We cannot decide if this was treasure or trash, so we will let you make the call. Someone discovered a peanut butter jar filled with old corn. The jar was traced back to the mid-70s if you can believe it!