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Craziest Things Found In Peoples Backyards



October 30th, 2014 by in General with 4,221 Views

Some people have the craziest things hiding in their backyards and here are just a few that have been found over time.

 

Whale fossil…
In 1978, Gary Johnson from California noticed a large rock sticking out of the ground with a bone pattern in it near his backyard. Thinking it could be an important find, Johnson called in an expert to evaluate it. However, the expert said it had no value. Then, the stone sat in the backyard for over 35 years until February 2014, when Johnson was watching the news and saw a huge piece of a 12-million-year-old sperm whale skull found just a few hundred yards away from where he found the stone. Johnson called another expert, a paleontologist at the Natural History Museum. This time, he was lucky. The paleontologist estimated the fossil to be the 14-16 million years old remains of a very rare baleen whale.

Incredible Backyard Finds

Ancient stone…
When an amateur historian Stephen Davis from England was researching the history of his own home, he came across a reference to an ancient stone that was thought to have marked a burial plot from the Bronze Age dating back to about 2,500 B.C. According to the description found in the historical documents, Davis began to search for the stone. After some time, he really found the stone in his backyard, completely covered with ivy. At the time of the find, the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England was expected to pronounce the stone a scheduled ancient monument.

Incredible Backyard Finds

Church bells…
In 2013, a man from Czech Republic was digging up his backyard to install some pipes when he stumbled across unusual metal objects. After excavation, he found out it was 2 large church bells about 400 years old. Later, it turned out that the bells were stolen 11 years earlier from a nearby church. The thief who buried them might have attempted to hide them but for some reason, didn’t get to retrieve them.

Incredible Backyard Finds

Loaded machine gun…
Earlier this year, a man from northeast Calgary, Canada made a disturbing discovery in his backyard. Between his garage and the fence, he found a plastic bag containing a pillowcase. When he looked inside, to his surprise, there was a fully-loaded machine gun along with a cell phone. How the gun ended up in his backyard or who it belonged to is still not clear.

Incredible Backyard Finds

1700’s cemetery…
When Vincent Marcello from New Orleans, Louisiana decided to dig a plot in his backyard for a swimming pool, he ended up discovering a historic cemetery that dates back to the 1700s.The workers unearthed 13 caskets with human remains. However, it was not the first time bodies have been discovered underground in the area in 1984, 36 corpses were found when an apartment complex was being built.

Incredible Backyard Finds

10 million dollars in gold coins…
A couple from Sierra Nevada, California experienced what all treasure hunters dream about. When walking their dog on their property, they saw a top of a rusty canister poking out of the ground. The canister contained a bunch of gold discs and they took it home. They found out the discs were well preserved 20 gold coins dating back to 1890s.They hurried back to the location of their find and discovered a total of eight cans containing 1,427 coins with a face value of $27,980. Coin dealer Don Kagin and numismatist David McCarthy helped them restore the coins and evaluate them. The hoard of coins was estimated to be worth about 10 million dollars.

Incredible Backyard Finds

Mastodon vertebrae…
Two boys named Eric and Andrew from Detroit, Michigan were building a dam in the creek that flows through their backyard when Eric saw a strange-looking rock sticking up from the ground. Supposing it might have been a bone, the family called in a paleontologist John Zawiskie at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills who later authenticated the bone as a vertebrae from a mastodon some 13,000 years old.

Incredible Backyard Finds

In Florida, alligators found in backyards are not unheard of but alligator taking a dip in a backyard swimming pool is another story. This is exactly what Sharon Bente and her husband from Bradenton saw when they heard a noise in their backyard in the middle of the night. The 8-feet gator was swimming in circles along with a little floating toy. The couple called the Sheriffs Office and the gator was later taken to a farm in Arcadia.

Incredible Backyard Finds

150,000 dollars in cash…
In August 2011, Wayne Sabaj, an unemployed 51-year-old man from Illinois was picking broccoli in his backyard garden when he found 150,000 stashed in a nylon bag. He reported the discovery to the police with the understanding that if the money was not claimed by anyone else by the end of 2012, it would be his. Soon after, an 87-year-old Sabajs neighbor, Dolores Johnson claimed the money saying she had got rid of the money because it was cursed. The court gave a part of the money to Johnsons daughter with a portion of it set to go to Sabaj as a reward. However, Sabaj died just 10 days before receiving the prize.

Incredible Backyard Finds

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