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?
Strangest Backyard Finds
A judge ultimately gave Johnson’s daughter the bulk of the money with a portion of it set to go to Sabaj as a reward. However, Sabaj, the man who once said that he “spent his last $10 on cigarettes,” died 10 days before receiving the prize. Wayne Sabaj’s father, Kevin, received the money, but not before he went into cardiac arrest upon learning about his son’s death.
“Cursed money” indeed.
Back in 1978, Gary Johnson was a junior at Rolling Hills High School in Rancho Palos Verdes, California with a keen interest in archaeology. Around that time, he noticed a large rock sticking out of the ground with a bone pattern in it. With the help of friends, he rolled the 1,000-pound rock (using logs) about 200 yards into his family’sbackyard.
After chipping away shale and dirt, Johnson called in an expert to get an opinion of his find. The expert deemed the fossil not very significant and the rock sat in thebackyard for over 35 years.
In February, 2014, Johnson was watching the news and saw a piece about a 600-pound, 12-million-year-old sperm whale skull found at Chadwick School, which was just a few hundred yards away from where he found his fossil many years ago. Johnson called Howell Thomas, a senior paleontological preparator at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
It pays to get a second opinion, folks! Johnson estimated the fossil to be 14-16 million years old. The fossil includes the jawbone and skull of a baleen whale and is one of only 20 known specimens of fossilized baleen in the world. “It is a very rare fossil and something that we actually go out looking for,” said Thomas.
With the help the Sheriff’s Department, an all-volunteer team strapped the fossil to a steel trolley, and hauled the trolley with cables and pulleys from the backyard ravine, where the whale fossil spent the past three decades. It is now at the Natural History Museum where it is currently undergoing further study.
Earlier in 2014, a Salt Lake City homeowner was trying to dig a pond in his backyard for a landscaping project when he made a gruesome discovery – bones. Although the bones seemed to be human, the homeowner wasn’t entirely sure what they were and called the local police department.
Police sent the the bones to the state medical examiner where they ran further tests.
Results concluded that the bones were not of a recent murder, but once belonged to a Native American who lived in Utah about 1,000 years ago.
State officials are contacting American Indian tribes to determine heritage. The state Division of Indian Affairs will then perform further testing and eventually a sacred re-interment.
In 2007, a man known only as Andreas K. from the Austrian city of Wiener Neustadt, was digging in his backyard to expand his small pond. While digging, the lucky man hit not only dirt, but he hit paydirt!
He found a treasure trove that consisted of 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.
Although he While he made the find in 2007, Andreas K. didn’t report it to the memorials office until he rediscovered the dirty objects in a basement box while packing up after selling his house in 2009.
The objects are said to be about 650 years old and had so much dirt encrusted in them that their forms were barely visible.
It wasn’t until after he posted pictures of his find on the internet that collectors alerted the gentleman of the potential value of his discovery. Andreas K. then put the treasures in a plastic bag and delivered them to the Bundesdenkmalamt (the Austrian Federal Monument Agency (BDA)).
The BDA called the find a “fairy tale” and added that it was a “sensational find.” Mr. K had no interest in cashing in on the treasure trove but was more interested in loaning his collection to an Austrian museum.
It’s not only the place that bombs have been found – several have been found in backyards in nearby housing developments. Even though the Army Corps of Engineering have launched a $10 million cleanup of the area, there’s always the possibility of finding a bomb left behind.
Home values have plummeted in the area and multiple lawsuits have been filed, accusing builders of gross negligence and seeking unspecified monetary damages.
Superman, where were you when we needed you? In 1996, 47-year-old actress Margot Kidder who played Lois Lane in the Christopher Reeve series of the Superman films of the 1970s/80s was found in the backyard of a Glendale, California home after having gone missing for four days.
According to the police, the actress appeared “frightened and paranoid” and was in “obvious mental distress.”
Kidder was found crouching and wearing soiled clothing. She was missing her front teeth and had cut her hair. She claimed that she was assaulted and was being followed.
Kidder was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but happily has been getting the help she needs and is enjoying a renewed relationship with her daughter.