Our ideas of hidden treasure usually all look the same: we imagine briefcases stuffed to the brim with hundred-dollar bills, old chests so full of gold their lids can’t close, or jewel-encrusted goblets fit for a king. But not all treasures are the sort that make us insanely rich…
In fact, some of them are actually hiding right under our noses! And while we might not tuck these 22 treasures into a safety deposit box anytime soon, we can all see the value in them. And the best part? All of them were found in the last place we’d expect!
1. Radiologist Ben Heggelman performed a CT scan on an ancient statue of a monk and uncovered a shocking surprise: this was no statue, but a mummified body! Its organs had been removed and replaced with scraps of paper with Chinese characters on them.
2. A homeowner discovered this precious old art after removing some wallpaper. Apparently, in 1997, a dad promised to eat his overalls if the Spice Girls were still popular by the time the room was redecorated. Do you think this dad should be chowing down on his denim?
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3. You’ve likely heard of a Swiss Army knife, but how about a Swiss Army computer disk tray? Perhaps floppy disks wouldn’t have become obsolete had these trays doubled as measuring tools like this one.
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4. One traveler found a simple—yet oddly interesting—hidden treasure in their hotel room: an outlet inside the room’s safe. With it, travelers could feel more comfortable charging their laptops in their rooms while they were away.
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5. Speaking of safes, this guy found one after he accidentally put a hole in the drywall. How long had it been hidden inside the wall of his apartment without his ever knowing? Sadly, there wasn’t anything inside.
6. When a chess player’s knight piece broke in two, she found hidden treasure in the form of a die tucked inside it. Apparently, the Chinese manufacturers simply recycled some materials in making this chess set.
7. Another chess player found his queen was “pregnant” with a pawn when the royal piece snapped in two! Hidden within this chess-ception was some kind of philosophical statement on pawns and ruling classes…
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8. Perhaps it was a powerful strike that cracked off a piece of this cue ball, revealing a second ball hidden inside it. Was there a third ball inside that one? Was this a Russian nesting doll sort of thing?
9. A dog went to town on this stuffed pineapple toy—which wore an expression indicating it just loved being torn apart—and discovered another toy inside. This time it was a stuffed emoji-looking thing that seemed embarrassed to have been found without its disguise.
10. Hotel managers must’ve really understood their clientele when they installed bottle openers in all the showers. At the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth, Georgia, enjoying a shower beer wasn’t just allowed; it was encouraged!
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11. A native Texan stumbled upon this marker in the middle of a nondescript patch of grass alongside the highway. This so-called “brass cap” actually marks the exact location of the northwest corner of Texas.
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12. One guy found a toothpick built into the back end of this spoon—a simple addition, but a real hidden treasure for “picky” eaters. But it begged the question: what food commonly consumed with a spoon would require a toothpick?
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13. This dad discovered a teeny compartment inside his daughter’s school-issued shoes. Besides hiding inch-tall cat figurines with crowns and beards, what good could possibly come from this little, hidden treasure?
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14. This situation turns the age-old riddle of “Which came first: the chicken or the egg?” on its head. Forget two yolks; this egg-eater found another egg in her egg. It was egg-ception!
15. Naturally, when a couple hikers found a World War II-era bunker hidden in a German forest, they had to explore it. They didn’t come across any gold, but they did locate tunnels and chambers steeped in history.
16. Tucked away in the armrest of a Delta Boeing 757-300 was a strange remote control that this traveler couldn’t quite figure out. Pushing buttons on unknown devices while 35,000 feet up in the air might not be the best idea…
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17. While the battle between the imperial and metric systems rages on, U.K. passports have made it easy to avoid any temperature-related confusion. Printed on one of the pages is an actual Celsius-to-Fahrenheit temperature conversion key!
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18. This guy bought shoe deodorant only to find that, once he peeled off the label, it was in a women’s antiperspirant bottle made by an entirely different company! Apparently, the shoe deodorizers recycled their bottles. How eco-friendly!
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19. Few things in the world are better than surprise chocolate. Just ask this guy, who ordered a camera lens and received a complimentary Toblerone bar alongside it! Either that, or whoever packed this box is missing a candy bar…
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20. When this chocolate hound had a craving and broke off a piece of his Kit Kat bar, he found something heinous: the wafer inside had been misaligned. This was no Kit Kat bar; this was a Kat Kit bar.
21. Sure, everyone loves some support from time to time, but most women probably wouldn’t be interested in this sort of support. That didn’t stop this bra-maker from putting a few tiny hands on their product’s cups anyway.
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22. While clearing out some brush in the backyard of one of his properties, this guy found hidden treasure in the form of a shed! Untouched in years, the shed contained foliage, rot, and some old junk. It almost looked like a mystical hobbit hole!
23. In 1978, two kids were digging around the back yard of their Los Angeles home when one of them struck metal. It turned out to be a Ferrari Dino 246 GTS that had been stolen by an unknown suspect.
24. In Argentina, Jose Antonio Nievas found what he initially thought was a dinosaur egg, but it was actually the shell of a glyptodon or a prehistoric armadillo that would often grow to the size of a Volkswagen Beetle!
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25. In 2007, a man named Andreas K. from Austria found a huge assortment of treasure on his property, including rings, buckles, and silver platters. He had them assessed by a jeweler, who determined they were 650 years old!
26. Despite the astronomical odds, Radivoje Lajic from Bosnia had six meteorites fall on or near the front porch of his home. Scientists from the University of Belgrade studied them, and they confirmed they were, in fact, actual meteorites.
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27. When a California couple bought their home, they knew a bomb shelter was built in the back yard during the Cold War. They assumed everything had been destroyed over the 50 years it existed, but when they investigated, everything was in perfect condition.
28. A resident of El Haraneya village near Giza Plateau in Egypt was digging around his yard one afternoon when he came across a mysterious tunnel. It was a hidden passage into the largest and oldest of the Giza pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Khufu.
29. A 14-year-old boy from Salt Lake City, Utah, named Ali Erturk found human bones in his back yard while he was digging one morning. Forensic investigators determined the bones belonged to a Native American who lived there about 1,000 years earlier!
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30. In 2012, a Los Angeles resident was installing solar batteries in the roof of his home when he stumbled across a bag containing $175,000 worth of marijuana. Police figured someone trespassed into his yard when he wasn’t home and stashed the drugs.
31. In 2013, while walking their dog in their back yard, a married couple came across several rusty buckets sticking out of their land. The buckets were full of gold coins minted from 1847 to 1894. The total value of all the coins was about $10 million.
32. In 1997, John Lambert of Ipswich, England, found a large bone in his yard that he absent-mindedly put it in his garage for 16 years. In 2013, he took it to specialists who determined it was the bone of a pliosaurus, a 250-million-year-old sea serpent.
33. In 2013, a man who lived in the Czech Republic was installing some pipes in his back yard when his tools struck something metal. They were two huge church bells that were nearly 400 years old!
34. A man from Calgary, Canada, made a very disturbing discovery between his garage and his backyard fence. He found an old pillowcase, and inside it was a fully loaded machine gun and a cell phone. Police had no idea where it came from.
35. Two boys from Detroit, Michigan, were building a small dam in their back yard when one of them spotted an odd rock. The family called a paleontologist named John Zawiskie who authenticated the “rock” as a 13,000-year-old mastodon vertebra.
36. In 2011, Wayne Sabaj was picking broccoli in his garden when he came across a bag with $150,000 in it. It was eventually claimed by his neighbor, who said she buried it because it was “cursed.” A court decided to split the money between Wayne and his neighbor’s family, but Wayne tragically died 10 days before receiving his payout.
37. There is a 12,000-acre plot of land in Orlando, Florida, that used to be a World War II bombing range, and hundreds of rockets and bombs have been found underneath housing developments since 1998.
38. In 1996, Margot Kidder, the actress who played Lois Lane in the Superman movies, was found in the back yard of a Glendale, California resident. She’d been missing for three days when she was found, alive but paranoid. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and made a full recovery while in psychiatric care.
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39. California resident Gary Johnson found an oddly-shaped rock in his yard and called an expert to evaluate it. Initially, it was deemed worthless, so it sat untouched in his yard for the next 35 years. finally, Johnson realized it was actually the fossil of a baleen whale believed to be 14 to 16 million years old!
40. When UK resident, Julie-Ann Taylor heard her son say there was a cheetah in the back yard, she chalked it up to a wild imagination. When she looked out her window, however, there was a six-foot-long cheetah who had just escaped from a nearby sanctuary!
41. In 2011, a man armed only with a metal detector and a shovel found a chunk of gold that weighed over eight pounds. The massive nugget sold at auction for a whopping $460,000!
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42. In 2013, a Czech resident was excavating tree stumps in his yeard when he came across several metal objects. When he called the police they found dozens more grenades and explosives from WWII resting untouched beneath the vegetation.