Exploring eerie backyards can be very exciting and curious activity. For various reasons, people sometimes have to take a spade and dig up their property. Stumbling across some rusty rummage buried under ground comes as no surprise but there have been findings that left their finders in absolute amazement. From whale fossils to a buried Ferrari, check out these 25 crazy things found in a backyard. What would you do, if you found something like this in your backyard?
An unidentified Austrian man from Wiener Neustadt found a treasure trove estimated to be about 650 years old while digging to expand a garden pool in 2007. The trove contained more than 200 rings, brooches, ornate belt buckles, gold-plated silver plates and other pieces or fragments, many encrusted with pearls, fossilized coral and other ornaments.
Thousands of homes have been built over a 12,000-acre area that was once a World War II bombing range in Orlando, Florida. The first bomb was discovered in 1998 near the running track of a local middle school. Since then, over a hundred rockets and bombs have been found on the school property and in backyards of nearby housing developments. Even though the Army Corps of Engineering have launched a large-scale cleanup of the area, the danger of stumbling across a bomb left behind is still pretty high.
In 1997, John Lambert from Ipswich, U.K. was building a fence in his backyard when he found a large and unusual bone. He thought it could be an important paleontological find but he just put it in his shed where the bone sat for another 16 years. Finally, in 2013, he decided to take it to Ipswich Museum, where experts, astounded, confirmed it to be the bone of a 250-million-year-old pliosaur. But the pliosaur was not native to the English sea, which made the finding even more mysterious.
In 1996, then 47-year-old Canadian-born actress Margot Kidder, the spunky Lois Lane in the “Superman” movies, was found in someone’s backyard in Glendale, California. The actress, who was battling health and financial problems at that time, had been missing for three days before she was found. According to the police, she was frightened and paranoid, wearing dirty clothes and missing some teeth. She was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder and placed in psychiatric care where she made a complete recovery.
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.