Man Uses Heavy Rock As A Doorstop Before Learning It’s Actually A Meteorite Worth $100,000

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Have you ever wondered if you have something worth thousands sitting in your own backyard? People all over the world dream of what it would be like to find a special piece of history hidden in their house or on their property.

What most people don’t realize, however, is that these treasures could be sitting right in front of you!

That’s what happened to a Michigan man named David. In 1988, he purchased a barn, and with it came a heavy rock. The previous owner told David that the rock had fallen to earth 50-something years before. David kept the rock in the barn, using it as a doorstop.

David didn’t think much of the rock until recently, when a meteorite streaked across the sky in January.

That’s when David remembered the story the previous owner had told him. If this rock had actually fallen from the sky, maybe it was worth something.

David took the heavy rock to Central Michigan University for testing. That’s when Professor Monaliza Sirbescu came across it. She knew within seconds this was no ordinary rock; it was a meteorite.

The 22.5-pound meteorite, which is made up of 88.5% iron and 11.5% nickel, fell to earth in the 1930s. As for its monetary worth? A whopping $100,000.

If this doesn’t make you want to take a closer look at some of the rocks in your yard, nothing will!

Footage provided by WXMI Grand Rapids

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