Top 10 Strange Things People Have Found In Their Backyard — TopTenzNet


10 Strange Things People Have Found In Their
Backyard 10. $175,000 Worth of Weed A man’s idea to install solar panels led
to the discovery of $175,000 worth of pot. Digging around in his backyard, Mack Reed
stumbled across an open vault hidden underneath a hot tub. Reed called in a technician to
take a look, and it was then that he spied a bag stuffed inside. In the bag was the mother
lode of weed. There were about sixty little bottles containing weed, and sealed bags with
other kinds of drugs. Mack Reed briefly considered all the money
he could make from this exciting find, realizing that he could get back all the capital he
used for an online business. He then decided that the person who hid the pot would most
likely want it back, and he didn’t want to be the unlucky person who got in the way
of them. When Reed reported his discovery to the LAPD,
they didn’t seem to take it too seriously. They even asked Reed to drive the stash to
the station, as every police officer was busy. Pressing the fact that driving around with
drugs in his car was a terrible idea, Reed finally got a supervisor sent to his home. When Sergeant Legaspi finally arrived at Reed’s
home, she confiscated the drugs and suggested that he remove the hatches of the vault just
in case the owner came back for it. Afraid that one of his children might fall into the
open hole, Reed printed out a polite but firm message and stuck it on the hatch. It read:
“We found it and called LAPD. They confiscated it and are now watching the place. Sorry.” 9. Alligator Hearing a strange sound emanating from her
backyard on a hot May afternoon, Sharon Bente took it upon herself to investigate. She was
taken aback to see an eight foot alligator swimming in the pool. She immediately called
her husband and he saw that the reptile had clawed a hole right through their patio screen.
While the two watched, the alligator tried to lift itself out of the pool but failed,
so he just continued to swim around. Finally an alligator trapper came and was
able to remove the reptile. The alligator was taken to a nearby farm, while the Bente
couple put up a new patio screen. They’re probably still not sleeping as soundly as
they should be, though. 8. A Ferrari In 1978 a car in good condition was discovered
buried in a Los Angeles yard. This sparked a police investigation, where it was found
that the car had been reported stolen in 1974. The story starts in 1977 with the burial of
Sandra Ilene West. Unconventionally to say the least, West was not buried in a coffin.
Her last wish was to be buried seated inside her blue 1964 Ferrari 330 America. West was
a widow when she died at the age of 37 of an accidental overdose of pills at her Beverly
Hills house. According to instructions in her will, she and her beloved car were shipped
to San Antonio so that both could be buried next to her late husband. The car and its
occupant were lowered into a concrete bunker with cement poured inside and over it, in
the hope that this would keep people with long fingers away from the car. Almost a year later, a group of children were
playing around in the mud outside an ordinary LA home when they hit something below the
ground. They flagged down a police officer, who discovered a green Dino 246 GTS buried
in the yard. This gave people chills, as they remembered the strange funeral of Sandra Ilene
West, but in this case the driver’s seat was unoccupied. Police found it had been bought
in 1974 and stolen the same year. However, they couldn’t figure out how the
car got there. The owners of the house had only been living there a couple of months
when the car was found, and were dumbstruck as to who may have buried it. It was clear
that someone was planning to come back for it by the way it was wrapped in plastic, but
they obviously never got the chance. The car remains unlisted on any registry, and the
mystery of who stole and buried it also remains. 7. Ancient Stone An ancient stone that was recorded in legal
papers dating back to 1170 was discovered by an amateur historian after he researched
the history of his own home. Stephen Davis read up on the history of the house he owned
and 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. The land was declared a common area after
a case regarding the ownership of it landed in court during the 14th Century. The last
reference made to the stone was in 1636 when it was mentioned in a tax document. The property
Stephen lives on was sold more than three hundred years ago and currently forms part
of an estate. Davis and a friend used the documents to try
and find the ancient stone. They didn’t have any real faith that they would actually
find it after all this time, so they were astonished to actually discover it in Davis’
own backyard, completely covered in 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.” 6. Metal Door to the Past What would you do if you discovered a metal
door hidden in your backyard? The Zwick family was faced with this decision and they hesitated
for ten years before they decided to get the door open and have a peek at what was inside.
When the door swung open they found a metal bunker in the ground. A ladder was fastened
to the side and the family saw that the bunker was flooded with water. They had found a war
shelter dating back to the Cold War. Cardboard boxes were floating around, so the
family fished them out. Inside they found a stash of food and snacks, obviously meant
to sustain a war-affected family should they have needed to hide away. The food included
candy, raisins, syrup and other non-perishable foods. Paper towels, candles, a telephone directory
and even a garden hose were also found, all with the original ’60s packaging. The Zwick
family had found a portal to the past. After all the excitement of the find, they donated
the goods to the Neenah Historical Society. 5. Mystery Object Digging for worms in their backyard led two
Kitchener sisters to something mysterious. They dug up what appeared to be a shiny rock.
The object almost glowed in a blue color and was as big as the sisters’ heads. At first
they thought that the object was part of a meteorite that fell in the region the month
before. However, earth sciences professor Phil McCausland disagreed, saying that the
visible layer of the object should have been much darker if it really was part of a meteorite.
He also stated that most meteorite remains are found on top of the ground or just inside
it, never deep in the soil. So a gem expert, Gary Winkler, was contacted
and asked to analyze the object. Winkler found that it was definitely not a gem of any known
kind. He also speculated that the object was not of natural origins but that a person deliberately
buried it. The mystery remains, but the sisters are planning to sell the object should it
turn out to be something of great value. 4. Human Remains The residents of a brand new home in Yuba
City, California got a little spooked when their family dog scratched a pot out of the
ground that contained human remains. Police and anthropologists descended upon the house
to investigate the find, and decided that the discovery may the remains of a religious
ritual. After a routine search of the property, other artifacts such as doll fragments and
unexplained objects were also discovered that tie in with the remains. The owner of the dog, Nathaniel Oberman, told
police that he wasn’t too concerned when his dog dug up what looked like the head of
a porcelain doll, but got freaked out when he saw the pot with a skull in it. Oberman
also confirmed that machetes and coins were found. It remains a mystery as to whose remains
they were and who buried them. 3. Woolly Mammoth Bones John from Iowa and his two boys were picking
blackberries in the thickly wooded area on their property in 2010 when one of the boys
thought he spotted a ball in the distance. Upon getting closer to the object John saw
that it was no ball, but was in fact a bone sticking out of the ground. He started digging
and eventually produced a four foot femur. He took the bone to the University of Iowa,
where it was identified as belonging to a woolly mammoth that lived during the Ice Age.
Fossil experts undertook two digs on John’s property and discovered foot bones as well
as rib bones. Even though it’s not that unusual to find
mammoth bones in Iowa, it’s very unusual to find an entire skeleton. The head is still
missing, and John is allowed to keep the bones until all of them are found. 2. Mastodon Bones Renovations to a backyard pond in Hyde Park,
New York turned into a full scale excavation after the owner discovered a large bone at
the bottom. Larry Lozier was dredging the pond so he could make it deeper when he came
across the bone buried in mud. Thinking it might be a bone from a cow or horse, he loaded
it onto his truck and drove around with it for a few days. He even took it to a barbeque
and his friends took a look at it. No one believed it could be from a mastodon until
Lozier called Dr. Christopher R. Lindner, who took a drive to his Hyde Park home to
take a look. Lindner immediately saw that this was an ancient
fossil bone and arranged for an excavation to take place on the property, centered inside
the pond where the first bone was found. Family and friends also took part, digging up a few
small bones here and there. However, it was the experts that dug up a pelvis and lower
vertebrae. A couple of days later, with the help of a backhoe, the mastodon’s skull
was found. Lozier is now the proud owner of up to ninety
mastodon bones. As soon as all the bones are found, they’re likely to become a major
exhibit in a newly planned museum. It’s thought that the nine foot tall mastodon died
in the pond twelve thousand years ago after getting stuck in the mud. 1. Aboriginal Skeleton It’s not everyday that the discovery of
an 400 year old skeleton costs a family $5,000. Ken Sauve discovered bones in the yard while
trying to create holes deep enough for fence posts. Thinking the bones belong to an animal,
Ken quickly forgot about them. When his wife Nicole pressed the issue, they kept digging
and eventually unearthed the skeleton of an aboriginal woman. Forensic anthropologist Michael Spencer investigated
the site and found that the woman was in her mid-twenties when she died sometime during
the 1600s. He analyzed the teeth of the skeleton and determined that the woman was part of
a community that hunted and fished for a living. Spencer is convinced that the woman was a
descendant of the merchants of the Ojibwa trade network. The Registrar of Cemeteries instructed Nicole
and her husband to find an archaeologist to assess the rest of their backyard, but they
would have to cover the costs themselves. The bill stood at $5,000, and appealing to
the mayor of their town reaped no results. Their Member of Provincial Parliament, Bob
Bailey, read about the couple’s find and financial woes and advised them to declare
the bill an undue financial restraint, which would possibly get the Registrar to reimburse
them. In the meantime, the skeleton was moved to the nearby Aamjiwnaang First Nation Cemetery
where a traditional ceremony was performed.

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