Renovating an old home always feels like a time capsule. Homeowners reveal the insides of the house that have been hidden away for decades. It's possible to find old pictures or a letter tucked away in an area that had been forgotten. Sometimes, it's so much more than that.
When Eddie and Angie (last name withheld) bought an older home in Phoenix, Arizona, they were surprised to find a safe hiding in the floor of the kitchen. Angie had found a combination written down in one of the bathrooms, which she used to open the safe.
Angie posted the pictures on Imgur, documenting what they found inside.
The face value on the bills totaled over $51,000, but depending on the age and rarity of some of the bills, it's possible that the money is worth quite a bit more.
However, the cash wasn't the only valuable item inside the safe.
The safe also contained a bottle of James E. Pepper bourbon that had been aged for 6 years before it was sold in 1960. The seal hadn't been broken, making this an incredible find. Due to the extreme rarity of this whiskey, it's hard to put a price tag on how much it is worth.
Alongside the money and whiskey was A Guide For The Perplexed by E. F. Schumacher. Though compared to $51,000 in cash and a sealed bottle of ultra-rare bourbon, a book might seem a little dull, it was filled with curiosities Angie and Eddie still have not been able to work out.
The back of the photo contained a note that read, "Alan, I have a book you must read. I've underlined a few key passages. Your friend, Vincent."
It's not entirely clear if Vincent owned the safe and hadn't had a chance to deliver the book to Alan yet, or if it was Alan's safe. Either way, it is curious that such an obscure book would be protected within the safe.
The 'key passages' to which Vincent referred and other items inside the book brought even more questions to the already mysterious nature of safe's contents.
Some of the underlined passages in the book were accompanied with something else, seemingly giving it more context. A fact card about Arizona, with Mesa marked with an X on the map, was on the same page that this phrase was underlined: "One way of looking at the world as a whole is by means of a map, that is to say, some sort of plan or outline that shows where various things are to be found."
What is in Mesa that Vincent wants Alan to find?
The next photograph was of a building next to a tree. The tree is rather distinctive, as the trunk splits into three. On the reverse of the photo reads, "Where one tree becomes three." The photograph was positioned in such a way that it underlined the words "There yielded such fruitful results" in the book.
Anyone from Mesa, Arizona who may recognize the scene in this photograph is encouraged to contact the owners of the safe, as they're interested in piecing together the rest of these clues.
Is there something buried under the tree?
There was one final clue between the book's pages.
Most Modern Readers will be reluctant to believe that perfect happiness is attainable by methods of which their modern world knows nothing," the book read. Tucked neatly within the page was an old Bingo card with B3, G54, and O66 circled.
What's up with the Bingo card? Are the numbers a combination for yet another safe? Is there a safe buried under a tree in Mesa? Or is it possible there isn't the hidden meaning we're all rooting for?
We can only hope that the internet will use its powers for good and find the location in the photograph to see if there is something there.
The couple states they don't know what they will do with the safe's contents. The book is for Alan, if he's still out there, as it was gifted to him, and there aren't any current plans for the money.
"But we're keeping the bourbon!" Angie quipped.
Of course, some are questioning the validity of the find. They believe the safe looks like a model that has only been on the market since 2010. Additionally it is hard to believe the combination would have been left in a bathroom cabinet over the years, and likely would have been removed by a previous owner.
So what's the full story here? Is it really a mystery? Should we all head to Mesa with our shovels? Was this all a set up for a movie or some other type of promo? Were Eddie and Angie just looking for a bit of internet fame?
We may never know.
[All images via: Imgur user sarm]