MORE UNUSUAL THINGS FOUND IN A BACK YARD
Added on: 9th Feb 2015
The chances of you finding a piece of meteorite in your backyard
is pretty small let alone a meteorite hitting your yard six times in a row.
But that is exactly what happened to a Serbian man living in a little
village in northern Bosnia. It looks like the man´s property, for some
reason, attracts space rocks; the man even thinks that it might be
aliens trying to bombard his house.
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 clean-up of the area, the danger of stumbling across
a bomb left behind is still pretty high.
In 1997, John Lambert from Ipswich, 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
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.
When a nine-year-old boy from Hamerton, Cambridgeshire, ran to his
mother shouting that there was a cheetah in the garden, she
dismissed his claims as childhood excitement. But when Julie-Ann
Taylor looked out of the kitchen window, to her astonishment, she
realized her son was not joking. It turned out that the 6 feet long
predator had escaped from a nearby animal sanctuary.
The keepers soon arrived to the house and took the tripper back home.
While digging up their backyard, looking for worms to take on an
upcoming fishing trip, two sisters from Kitchener, Canada stumbled
upon a curious object. Deep in the ground, they found something
transparent and shiny, with a bluish hue. At first they thought that it
was part of a meteorite, 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.
Then, a gem expert, Gary Winkler, was contacted and asked to
analyse the object. He 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. No matter what it was,
the sisters were going to keep it.