We’ve seen some great stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary things in their homes, but this one takes the cake.
We’ve seen some great stories about ordinary people finding extraordinary things in their homes —from baseball cards, to bowling alleys, to millions of dollars of gold coins— but nothing has sent the internet into such a craze like this. The following photos were uploaded to imgur from a user named sarm, and tell quite the compelling story.
While renovating their kitchen, a young Phoenix couple stumbled across a small safe.
The user states that when they first moved into the house, they found a safe code in the back of a medicine cabinet that they saved, just in case. When they tried it out, it actually worked!
What they found inside blew their minds!
Stacks of cash, some documents, a book and a bottle of alcohol. The amount of cash, which was mostly old 100 dollar bills, totaled $51,080!
The alcohol turned out to be a bottle of James E Pepper (credited as the inventor of the “Old Fashioned.”) The tax stamp on the bottle read 1960, which makes this bourbon quite rare!
The book, which is titled “A Guide For The Perplexed,” by E.F. Schumacher, contained an older looking photo and some interesting documents.
On the back of the photo was a note: “Alan, I have a book you must read. I’ve underlined a few key passages. Your friend, Vincent.”
On page 7, there was what seemed to be a book mark, but what was actually a card with the state of Arizona on it, with an “X” marked over Mesa, AZ.
On page 11 of the book, was a photo of a house beneath the sentence “There yielded such fruitful results.”
On the back of the photo was a message: “Where one tree becomes three.”
There was also a Bingo card with three numbers circled; could this be the combo to another safe, hidden in a secret location described in the clues above?
The couple hasn’t decided what to do with the money yet. They’d love to find Alan, whom the note was intended for, but they say they’re keeping the bourbon.
Although there has been speculation that this entire story is a clever form of guerrilla marketing, done by the James E Pepper bourbon company (you can find the detailed theory here). What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!