As a child, didn't you dream of finding hidden treasure? As we get older, those dreams sadly become a thing of the past for many of us. But sometimes, even in our ordinary adult lives, the most unexpected things can still happen! Imagine you're hiking, and you find a cool fossil, or you are gardening, and you see an ancient figurine - some unexpected discoveries can unlock a portal to the past or give un an intimate look into the lives of those who came before us. For these people, it was right at the moment that they least expected that they found the most incredible hidden valuables. So put on your treasure hunting hat because we found the most unbelievable and fascinating objects ever uncovered!
Found A Hummingbird Feather For The First Time
Unless you live in a place with a high hummingbird population, it is rare to see one of them zipping around from flower to flower. Their tiny wings beat incredibly fast and, in an instant, they disappear. However, someone found one of their feathers they left behind, and it is so pretty.
We knew hummingbirds were small, but we didn't realize their feathers are smaller than a fingertip. They must have excellent eyesight to spot this small thing on the ground. The pink part of the feather must have reflected some light, which caught their eye to help them see it.
Some Old Family Photos Of A Relative Hanging Out With His Pal Albert
While looking through some photo albums at his grandmother's house, he found pictures of her cousin hanging out with his good friend, Albert Einstein. Can you imagine telling people that your grandma's cousin was best buds with one of history's greatest physicists?
The kids must have called him Uncle Albert. When you take a look into your family's history, you never know what you might find. Your ancestors could have been friends with historical figures, and you would have never known.
A Baby Owl Was Hiding Behind The Fire Wood
How often do you see owls or baby owls? We are going to guess rarely or never because they are not that common. Surprisingly, while getting some firewood from outside, This woman found a baby owl hiding in behind the pile. The adorable little thing looked a little scared, but it was okay.
Have you ever seen anything more adorable? If they weren't dangerous, and it wasn't illegal, we would keep it as a pet. It looks like it could use a warm blanket and some love, but that is not allowed. Hopefully, he is fine outside and just getting some shelter in the wood.
Emma Did Not Care About The Alphabet Or Embroidery
You never know what kind of treasures you will find at an estate sale because the person could have many unique antiques. This person found this unique embroidery that a girl made in 1877. Although it is so old, the humor is like anything you would find in the present day.
Whether it's writing the alphabet or sewing it onto a piece of fabric, people in every century dislike school work. This girl hated every minute of her embroidery project, and we understand that feeling. We are just imagining the dread on her face the entire time she was making this.
Rock Found At The Beach Is Full Of Fossilized Shells
When this person was seven, they thought they found a rock with fossilized shells in it. However, after many years and the help of everyone on Reddit, they realized it was more likely to be a piece of asphalt with shells in it. However, this person can pretend they have fossils if they want.
As children, we don't know the difference between a rock and asphalt, so we can't blame them for believing that. If we didn't know any better, we would also think it was fossils. Either way, it is still a cool thing to have in the house even if they aren't real.
While Running Down A Dirt Road, They Discovered Some Hidden Treasure
This person runs down the same dirt road all the time, and people are always leaving their trash on the side of the road. One day, he stopped because there was a box he had never seen before. He took the box home and found that it had money dating all the way back to 1621.
Some of the bills and coins were from countries that no longer existed, and a good portion of the bills were from the 17-1900s. He hit a goldmine in a pile of trash. A museum would probably pay a lot to add these to their collection.
Never Forget To Sign Your Work
When you find furniture on the side of the road, it could be absolute trash or a free treasure. This person found an old table on the side of the road, and it took them two years to find the inscription on the side. Now they have something even more special than they originally thought.
The person who made it was T.R. Boone, and he was a janitor at the University of Nebraska in 1914. His craftsmanship made for a beautiful table that stood that test of time. Today, they don't make furniture as nice, and things wear down so much quicker.
Heart Shaped Geodes Found In Uraguay
These two men look like they are holding matching BFF charms, but they actually found them while mining in Uruguay. These stone cold hearts are magnificent, and we want one for decoration. They are going to make someone very happy when they give these as gifts.
If this were a gender reveal, we would have finally found the most over the top way to share the baby's sex. They both have massive hands, and you know what they say about people with big hands; they have big hearts, of course.
Ancient Mosaics Found Under An Italian Vineyard
An almost entirely intact Roman mosaic villa floor was discovered just outside of Verona, Italy. These tiles could be hundreds or thousands of years old, and they still look better than our kitchen tiles that were installed only ten years ago.
The Romans weren't messing around with their mosaics, and they did everything with such precise detail and accuracy. We wonder if this changed how the grapes grew or the flavor compared to spots where the tile wasn't below the vines.
After Moving Into A New House, They Discovered This Note Behind A Heating Vent
Have you ever left your initials somewhere before you moved out in hopes that someone would eventually find them? This person took it one step further and left behind a note with a little information about what was happening during that time. It took someone almost 50 years to find their letter.
When the couple renovated the home they bought, the note was hiding in one of the heating vents. Shockingly, it survived all these years, but they should see if that man is still alive. They should also add to the note for someone else to find years from now when they eventually move out.
When The Cat Came Home, She Had A Note Attached To Her
Each day this cat goes on wild adventures, but she always returns home. Her owner never knew where she would go during the day until she came home one day with a note attached to her collar. Now the owner will know their cat is safe and sound whenever she leaves the house.
Since they found the first note, they sent one back with the cat's information. Now the people know who her owners are and what to do if she is ever injured. It's always better to know where your pets go when they wander off and that they are with good people.
An Ancient Figurine Found While Digging In A Garden
Someone found this figurine while digging in his garden, and he brought it to a museum to be inspected. He found out that it was probably from a grave dating back 3-4,000 years. It was found in Italy, and the person donated it to the Museum of Parma.
This seems like the kind of thing that would cause someone to be cursed because they removed it from a grave. We would have left it alone because you never know what kind of spells the ancient people put on their artifacts. This might be the reason this year was one big dumpster fire.
Someone Carved A Fox Into This Tree In The Middle Of The Forest
When people wander through the forest, we typically think of horror movie endings, but this person found something more pleasant and magical. They found this gorgeous fox carved into the side of a tree in the forest by their house, and it was like something out of an art museum.
Whoever made this knew people would be able to admire it whenever they walked through the forest, but they should have signed their work. Maybe it has some magical powers, so if you pet the fox, you will be blessed with good luck for five years.
Birds Made Their Nest In The Pocket Of This Old Jacket
Although it wasn't intentional, someone left their jacket behind in the woods, and the birds thought it was the perfect place to make their nest. It is much warmer and cozier than a tree, and the flap provides added protection to their eggs. Someone might be missing their coat, but it is excellent for the wildlife.
Maybe this person thought an animal would get more use out of the jacket than they would, so they donated it to the woods. However, there could be a more sinister story behind it, and we would never know. We can't imagine why someone would leave their coat and not return for it.
Did They Just Discover Fairies?
This person thought someone put a little house in the tree, but little did they know that this is a fairy's home. It might look like no one lives there, but they are just hiding because they can't let humans find out they are real. If you check the mailbox, you can find out whose house it actually is.
They come out at night and make sure the grass has dew on it in the morning, and then they return to their homes before anyone can see them. As long as we all believe in them, they will keep their magical powers. When we stop believing, that is when the trouble starts.
Went Looking For Shark Teeth And Found Someone Else's Teeth
Have you ever gone looking for shark teeth on the beach? It's a fun activity to dig in the sand and see what kind of sharks are in the area. However, you might find a few other things while digging around. This man and his daughter went looking for shark teeth, but she found another set of teeth that don't belong in the ocean.
The little girl found a set of dentures, and she couldn't control her laughter. We would be completely grossed out, but that is the difference between children and adults. Someone is probably still looking for those because it is not something you easily forget about.
Bought This Bowl At A Vintage Store Because It Was By An Artist That Inspired His Profession
This person is a woodturner, and they have always been inspired by one artist's work. That artist actually gave them the inspiration to pursue a career in wood making. While shopping at an antique store, they found this bowl that matched the picture in the book they had as a child.
After 31 years of looking at the picture of the bowl, they finally found the same one. It is almost like the bowl found him after all this time because he manifested it for so long. Now he can admire the work that inspired him every time he looks at it.
A Teeny Tiny Skink To Bring Color To Your Day
While gardening, this woman discovered a tiny skink with a bright blue tail. It is unbelievable how small this tiny creature is, but how much beauty it brings to this garden. That true blue rarely occurs in nature, so these are rare sightings.
Although it is tiny, the skink is beneficial for gardens because it eats insects that are harmful to plants. It is like a small security guard for your plants so that nothing else harms them. They also add some extra color, and they are pretty adorable.
Baby Bunnies Found On Easter Morning
The Easter bunny must have left its children behind because this person stumbled upon a nest of baby bunnies while walking through the neighborhood on Easter morning. They are so small and sleepy. Can you believe how cute they are? Hopefully, the mom isn't too far away.
The can is for size reference, which emphasizes how small they really are. They didn't touch the bunnies because that would make the mother abandon them. It seemed like the perfect way to start Easter even though there were no candy or chocolate eggs by the nest.
While Turning On His Old Game Boy, He Found A Picture Of His Dog From 1999
Kids today will never understand the amusement we got from our Game Boys. However, this dad was determined to show his son the wonders of the '90s toy, and while doing so, he discovered a picture he took in 1999. As the Game Boy came to life, he realized it was his best friend and childhood pet.
It brought a tear to his eye because he loved that dog so fondly, and he finally got to share it with his son. We would have broken out into tears if we saw this after all those years. Losing a dog is one of the hardest things to go through, which probably brought up some unexpected feelings.
This "Ancient" Book Is Actually The Coolest Flask You Will Ever See
The book title translates to "The Ancient Thirst To Read," which is fitting for this flask disguised as a book. It is the perfect addition to any boozy library or kitchen cookbook selection. This is one book people won't have a hard time finishing.
Next time someone randomly says they are going to the library, you might want to be suspicious of their real intentions. This would also be the perfect gift for the librarian who likes to add a little kick to her morning coffee.
Possibly The World's Tiniest Frog
This is probably the smallest frog we have ever laid eyes on. How is it alive even though it is smaller than a fingernail. When these are fully grown, they are only the size of a nail. If this is how small it is as a fully formed frog, then what does it look like as a tadpole?
How do people find these frogs when they are barely visible to the eye and blend in with the dirt. They must get hurt easily because people probably don't see them as they are walking or mowing the lawn. Hopefully, these little guys are safe out there.
A Handy Carrot
When you need an extra hand while making dinner, use the handy dandy carrot hand. With time it could grow into a whole carrot person. This hand-shaped carrot looks like something you could find in a vegetable horror movie. It would be like VeggieTales, but for adults.
Just imagine if carrots grew upwards instead of down into the ground, this carrot would be reaching out to grab you from the soil. They could claw their way out of the earth, into your kitchen, and turn the knife on someone. That is not a reality we want to live in.
While Renovating Their House, They Found 83 Gold Coins
Have you ever wondered what treasure was at the end of the rainbow? While renovating their home, these people found 83 gold coins at the bottom of the coal container. Some leprechaun is going to be angry about their missing treasure, and you do not want to mess with them.
Although we don't know how much this pot of gold is worth, it is still a cool find. There must be many annoyed people who have been in search of the end of the rainbow, and meanwhile, these people found gold right in their home.
Army Men Showing Off Their Yoga Skills
Who else remembers these army men from Toy Story? They were so funny, and someone created a version of them doing yoga. The little characters are supposed to be tough and ready for action, and these ones give them a calmer demeanor.
It's like they were in the middle of a mission, and a human caught them off-guard, so they had to freeze in strange poses. They have to stay nimble when they are in the field, and yoga can help that. We can almost hear them saying, "Alright boys, now into warrior two."
This Shell Looks Like It Has An Ancient Language On It
While walking along the beach, you can find so many different shells with unique patterns on them. This person found a shell that appeared to have an ancient language on it. Each little mark looks like it could be a symbol or letter of an alphabet from long ago.
While some people might see a regular old shell with some brown marks, other people see an ancient language. Our brains work in unique ways, but this person isn't the only one who thought they saw something on the shell. Some people thought they were alien markings.
Flyer Found In A WW2 Bomber Jacket
Generations before us experienced some crazy things between all the wars, the Great Depression, and other historical events. When we look through our grandparent's belongings, it is interesting to see what artifacts they saved from their colorful lives.
While going through her grandpa's belongings, this girl found a flyer in a WWII bomber jacket. The flyer was for airmen to know the enemy. All they had to do was fold the paper according to the instructions, and they would find the worst Nazi of all. It's almost an insult to pigs everywhere.
While Diving With A Metal Detector, They Found Someone's Missing Wedding Ring
Have you ever seen one of those videos where someone is proposing near water, and they drop the ring in the water? Sometimes they manage to recover it, and other times it seems like it is lost forever. When this man decided to break out his scuba gear and metal detector, he never knew what he would find.
Luckily for one couple, he found a missing wedding ring that they lost five years ago. He also found many other valuables that people lost in the pond. It must have felt cool to return all these lost valuables to people who were missing.
A 100-Year-Old Italian Passport And Ticket To America
While going through his grandmother's attic, this person came across the great-great-grandfather's Italian passport and a ticket to come to America. After 100 years, this document was still in perfect condition and showed what it was like to emigrate back in the 1920s.
Passports used to look so much different, and anyone could have easily faked one of those documents. Today passports are so much more official than this. This is incredibly historic for this family because they can see how and when their family came to America.
Someone Left Behind An Origami Grasshopper On The Train
At first, we thought this was a real grasshopper because some of them are this color. However, after looking at it closely, we can see that it is made of a plant leaf. Someone got bored on their train ride and killed the time with some origami, but they left it behind once they got off the tram.
Maybe the person who made it hoped that people would continue to pass it on so that others could see their creation. It could be like a grasshopper train, and one day, that grasshopper could travel the entire world as people take it from place to place.
Uncovered A 100-Year-Old Time Capsule In The Backyard
Although time capsules are popular on TV shows or in movies, we don't know many people who have actually buried one. These lucky people found a 100-year-old capsule in their backyard, and there were interesting things in it.
They found some old coins, a picture, an elephant figurine, and a Christmas card. They tried to find out who owned the house before them, but it hasn't been an easy search. Surprisingly, it is a lot harder to track down people who live in a house 100 years before you.
A Mysterious Pink Grasshopper
If you are seeing this pink grasshopper, you will be blessed with ten years of good luck! Due to a genetic mutation, the grasshopper turned a vibrant shade of pink, and it is one of the most beautiful things we have laid our eyes on. Have you ever seen anything like this?
While searching in their backyard, the grasshopper caught their attention because of its color, and they couldn't believe their luck. At first, they thought it was a plastic toy, but then it jumped and scared them, and they realized it was real.
Tiny Starfish Fossil Discovered At The Beach
Oh no! Patrick Star got stuck in his home, and it turned him into a fossil! Spongebob must be missing his pal, but something like this was inevitable because he wasn't the brightest citizen in Bikini Bottom. At least this person can hold onto the star forever.
Have you ever wondered what happens to falling stars? Well, this is what we think would happen because stars generally fall out of the sky and onto rocks, right? It is so perfectly formed, and such a cool thing to find at the beach.
While Chopping Wood They Found A Log With Beautiful Colors Inside
If you have ever chopped wood or seen pre-cut logs, you know the insides are normally neutral wood colors. However, something happened to this tree, and the inside turned different shades of purple. How does that even happen, and where can we find logs like this?
It must be a type of fungus infecting the tree that made it change colors. The woodturner from before could make a beautiful bowl out of this, and we would pay for one of those bowls. It would be such a unique piece to add to any dish collection.
Someone Is Missing Their Elmo Toy That Is Now Covered In Moss
We can only imagine how sad this child must have felt when they lost their Elmo toy in the woods. If we lost our childhood stuffed animal, we would be devastated. It was sitting there for so long that the entire thing grew moss and covered all the red fur.
At first, we thought this was a Yoshi toy because it looked like a turtle and it was entirely green, but you can still see some of the red on its feet. We hope the child isn't too devastated about the loss of their toy, and they got a new one to make up for it.
Someone Hung A Random Painting In The Middle Of The Woods
Like the person who found a fox carved out of wood in the forest, you never know what you might find in there. Someone decided to hang a painting on the tree and leave it for another person to discover. Unlike the fox, this one looks more like the scene of a horror movie.
Just as someone goes to look at the painting, and they are distracted, the bad guy sneaks up behind them and snatches them. We can see Stephen King writing something just like that and scaring the pants off his readers.
Rare Red Fox Agate Or Alien Egg?
Have you ever found something that was so unique looking but you had no idea what it was? This person found a rare red fox agate in their backyard, but they had no idea how it got there or how it formed. It took them a while to figure out what it was at first.
These are extremely rare, and people sell them for hundreds of dollars. This one is huge, so they could probably get a good chunk of change for it. However, we would hold onto it as a unique decoration for our homes. It is definitely a conversation starter.
A Voting Ticket From The Civil War Used As A Bookmark
This piece of paper is from the Civil War, so it dates back to the 1800s. Most pieces of paper do not last that long if they are not properly preserved, so someone must have taken good care of this. It was found in an old Shakespeare book so that the sunlight couldn't damage it.
This is what voting tickets looked like long ago, and today there are fewer names on the ballot. Instead of having a divided nation, there are fewer things for people to vote on. If you look closely, people ran for the coroner, treasurer, and register of deeds. Today, we don't decide on some of those things.
Old Love Letters Found In The Wall While Renovating Their Home
When was the last time you sat down to write a letter to someone that wasn't a holiday or thank you card? With all the technology we have, no one really writes letters anymore, and getting mail like this is not common. When these people were renovating their home, they found something so sweet hidden in the wall.
They found a stack of love letters stowed away like someone was hiding them from their spouse. It would be nice if the people found the owners or descendants of the people who wrote or received the letters. They could look back on a beautiful love story that was hidden away for years.
They Finally Found The Leprechaun's Treasure
Why did people use to hide money and personal belongings in the walls of their homes? It seems like a common thing for people to find hidden treasure while they are renovating old houses. After this couple bought a house, they found a tin full of silver dollars hidden in the crawl space above their room.
It makes us want to rip out the walls and start a treasure hunt in our home to see what we can find. There has to be something interesting hidden here, or it won't be worth destroying the walls. We don't know how much these are worth today, but they could have found a good amount of money.
Mike Wazowski Forgot To Take This Door Back To The Factory
Like a scene straight out of Monsters Inc, this door was found on the beach without any explanation. Is this how Mike and Sully visit Boo? They must miss her after all these years, and meeting at a beach doesn't sound like a bad place for a reunion.
Who would leave a door and mailbox on the beach, and how did they move it without anyone noticing? They must have been very careful not to get caught in the process. However, that still doesn't explain why it's there. Maybe it is part of a guerilla art exhibit.
All The Frisbees People Lost In The Pond
If you play frisbee, you know not to throw it near a body of water or near a flat roof because if it gets stuck, you won't see it again. When this person went swimming in a pond, they found all the frisbees that people had lost over the years, and their stack was impressive.
They will never have to purchase a new frisbee again because they have a lifetime supply. He must have thrown his own into the pond and went in to fish it out. Instead of just one frisbee, he hit the jackpot.
Almost Choked On This Pearl
People have thought of pearls as one of the finest materials for jewelry throughout history, but people often forget or don't know, that they are caused because of parasites in mollusks. The mollusk defends itself by creating layers around the parasite, and then a pearl is formed.
When this person was eating an oyster, they almost choked on the pearl. If you think about how they are formed, pearls seem kind of gross despite how beautiful they look on the outside. We wouldn't want to have this in our mouths.
Not The Kind Of Note You Want To Find In A Hotel Bed
Although hotels are fun to stay at because it means you are on vacation, sometimes they aren't the most sanitary places. Despite the full-time maids, you can't always guarantee that you are getting a clean room. This person found that out the hard way when they discovered this note in the bed.
The person that stayed there before them must have suspected that the staff wasn't doing their jobs, so they left a not to prove that the sheets weren't changed. Luckily, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, the next guest found the note and realized they almost slept on someone else's dirty sheets.
A Shell Hiding In Their Sea Salt So You Know It's Genuine
How can you guarantee that your sea salt is real? If it has a shell in it, you know that it actually came from the sea. Although that is not always the case, it is a nice thought because the shell could have gotten mixed in when it was being extracted from the ocean.
Some people might be grossed out to find things in their salt, but we would be fascinated to find a tiny shell. As long as there is nothing inside the shell, we wouldn't be too uncomfortable with it. How did they use so much without realizing that was mixed in?
A Creepy Alligator Gar Skull Found While Hiking
Although this looks like some prehistoric animal skull, it is actually something the lives in freshwater lakes and bodies of water in North America. The alligator gar is a type of fish that has the mouth shape of an alligator. Its sharp teeth could deliver a strong and painful bite to people swimming near it.
There haven't been any document attacks on humans, but you never know when they will strike. Their eggs are also poisonous if consumed by humans. Traces of this fish date back 100 million years, and it is not surprising because it does look like a dinosaur.
An Old Beer Bottle Formed Into A Mini Ecosystem
Don't worry; no alien babies are forming in this bottle. It is just a mini-ecosystem that formed inside an old beer bottle on a mountain. The moss must have grown inside, and the moisture provided the perfect environment for it to thrive.
Maybe this is how they came up with the name for root beer. The vibrant red color is beautiful, but how did it grow even though the cap was still on it? Did someone add water to it, or is this something that occurs naturally? We have so many questions.
The Journal Had Three Vials Of Blood Attached To It
Is anyone else getting Tom Riddle's diary vibes from this creepy journal? It was found with three vials of blood attached to it, and we can only imagine what kind of dark magic is hidden inside it. We would not have touched this or moved it from the hiding spot in fear that we would be cursed forever.
Whenever people hold onto vials of blood, it makes them seem more likely to be vampires, and based on what we know from movies, those are not good people. They must have found it in December 2019, and all the bad things that happened in 2020 are because they picked it up.
An Old Bottle Of Cocaine Found In The Storage Of A Pharmacy
Back in the day, cocaine used to be something you could get a prescription for because they thought it helped with depression, indigestion, and it was used during eye surgery to help tighten blood vessels. Today we know that it is a dangerously addictive drug and is not used in medicine anymore.
This old bottle was found when a pharmacist cleaned out their inventory room. Although the bottle says small fluffy crystals, it is anything but cute and fluffy. This drug can cause lung damage, heart attacks, and many other health problems they didn't know about back in the day.