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

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content. She lives in Queens, NY.

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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