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Couple’s Home Gets Quarantined After Finding Unusual Object On A Beach

Imagine going for a stroll on a typical beautiful evening then coming upon the strangest thing you’ve ever laid eyes on. A huge rock, but was it a rock?

Not only that, you end up being stuck outside your house because the authority figures you called in to deduce what it is came in droves and quarantined your home.

Yes, this is hard to fathom but one couple lived it after deciding to do more than look at the strange object but to seek help.

Here’s what happened next:

Taking a Stroll

It was early 2016, when Steve Whitten and his spouse, Viola, were strolling on Middleton Sands. It was their preferred shoreline in Lancashire, England. It was a block away from home and offered great views of the Irish Sea. The pair lived in the village of Overton.

Preferred Place

Steven and Viola liked to walk around quiet and unpopular places. They liked Middleton Sands. It was not their idea of relaxing being in the midst of a crowd.

Something’s Amiss

When they were looking out at the view, Steven noticed something is not quite right. It smelled like something bad and was bothering him. They were not prepared for what they were certain to come across.

Inquisitive Pair

The odors reeked like rotten cabbage; they had not encountered this before. Steven and Viola were really curious about the smell even after being repulsed by it, and so they kept walking around. It was until they discovered a slightly less than rugby ball-sized grayish lump.

Peculiar Stone

Steven and Viola trailed the stench straight to where it came from. A bizarre and disgusting smelling rock was beached by the waves. It was worn smooth through the decades, at least by the pounding of the waves. What did the duo find?

Fascinated to Know

Steven reached for the stone very gently. He read books on beaches, particularly the area where he was standing. However, Steven has never heard of a smelly rock being found. The whole reason he got intrigued about it.

Unusual Odor

He sniffed the rock and concluded that he had never experienced such a stench before. The rock smelled horrible but also very recognizable. He said it smelled like an organic manures fused with a squid.

Grand Prize

Steve and Violet were always dreaming of winning the jackpot. Maybe that day will come.

The couple struggled to decide over what to do with the stone. They didn’t actually know what to do about it. They were debating whether they should leave it behind because of its unendurable smell or bring it home. Which one did they agree on?

Rolling The Dice

This pair has always had the dream of being rich. And if they happen to grab it. They believed that by hedging their bets, they could live up to their vision. They were wishing that it would bring them heaps of cash and assist them in buying a static caravan

Carry it Home

Steven decided to bring the rock. He wrapped it with Viola’s scarf. He wanted to make sure no one would find out about the rock. He couldn’t wait to do some further research to find out if his suspicions were correct.

Seeking Support

Immediately, the couple got their fishing scales to measure the oddly shaped lump. It made the couple more excited because it weighed 3.5 pounds. Steven knew he needed some help if he wanted to get to the bottom of this.

Many Opinions

Steven posted a picture of the rock on their Facebook group. The instant the photo was uploaded, the comments poured in. Wait and see what they will do next.

Is This an Asteroid?

People left messages with their theories about what the rock was and where it came from. It was thought to be a piece of molten ash from the ocean floor. Others thought that looked like an asteroid.

Unlimited Possibilities

An aspiring meteorologist recommended that Steven should try to find out what is actually on the rock. The guy argued that his hypothesis was right, and a magnet test would prove it. But in the end, he was wrong.


Steven told a reporter that the rock felt like a rubber ball. It is solid and waxy like a candle. When touching the candle, wax sticks to your fingers. What do you think it is?

High Anxiety

If you will think of it, it is the odd-looking rock that would cause the Whittens so much trouble. After Steve tested the rock with the magnet, he immediately thought something was wrong. We are getting scared too.

Remaining Cautious

He suddenly became reluctant if he would still test on the rock. A rock that they found lying on the seashore, not fully understanding if it was hazardous or would cause harm. He was careful with it.

What Is The Magnet Experiment?

The strongest of all tests for gold is the magnet analysis. It is said that gold always attracts magnets. Utilizing magnets to discover the material provides the reader with valuable insight.

Events Were Unfolding

After subjecting the rock to the magnet test, it was found that it was pure iron. It was not a space rock. He still has to figure out what caused the object to smelling so bad.

He decided he didn’t know what he was doing. He wasn’t sure what he was doing was safe or not. He promptly made a phone call. That’s when the men in their suits arrived at his house.

Trying to find Specialists

At this point, he realized he didn’t know what he was dealing with. People online did contribute some support, but we cannot entirely control them. After that, he did what he needed to do. He asked for help from experts. Wait till you see what is next.


The officials turned up at their residence, sealed it off, and sequestered it. The men in their safety clothing enter the house to dispose of the particle safely. Steven and Viola were standing at the front of their house, trying to give them directions.

Closer To An Answer

The egg-like lump was put inside a box on the dining room table. After carefully examining the rock, the officials left the house without telling Steven and Viola the news, which was truly scary.

At a Loss

Steven, next to his wife, anxiously waited and tried to figure out what was going on. He didn’t expect the worst from it. The rock looked very odd, and the officials’ faces were a little frightening.


Steven was relieved when he discovered that the thing he picked up at the beach wasn’t hazardous. The “rock” was a waste that was tossed on the beach. The officials informed Steven that the “rock” was ambergris. The officials also told him it is very rare and sometimes washed up onshore. So, what is ambergris?


Ambergris is an expensive substance, the smell of which is regarded as “a synthesis between a squid and farmyard manure.” However, after drying, its smell mellows into sweetness. This solvent has been used in creating fragrances for centuries. A few scholars believe the substance is safe to eat.

Whale Waste Matter

Ambergris is a by-product produced in whale bile ducts and then expelled. It sounds weird but thinks about the fact that some people consider dried cockroach parts to be a rare find and worth a fortune.

They felt lucky that they could find something rare. There was a downside.

Sperm whales produce ambergris. Basking whales are found all over the world, from the coastal waters of Britain.

Sperm whale are very large. The sperm whale population was once sparse but has since increased.


Whales were hunted for their blubber in the past. They made candles, soaps, and machine oils from their blubber. Ambergris was gathered for its fragrance. This ban was enacted owing to millions of whales being slaughtered. Ambergris was banned from import.


It is formed slowly and only becomes better when it’s older. It is unknown how much sperm whales generate this item. However, experts estimate 1% of sperm whales have the ability to produce it. There are formed from chemicals in the Atlantic Ocean that are harmful to humans.

Illegal Items

Ambergris is now a prohibited substance in the United States. The criminal activity of bartering ambergris is part of a wider prohibition on whale hunting and mistreatment. Ambergris is thought of as a waste product in the UK. What would it cost?

Floating Gold

Steven and Viola were surprised when they learned that another ambergris was discovered at the beach in Morecambe, in close proximity to the beach where they made their finding.

It turns out that the ambergris found in Morecambe was retailed for a massive 15 thousand dollars! Steven and Viola began contemplating how much they would get for their piece of “floating treasure.”

Loads Of Cash

The Ambergris that the couple discovered in Morecambe was double the quantity of the Whittens. That massive piece of whale waste weighed in at six pounds.

That implies the Whitten’s can sell their ambergris for approximately 65 thousand dollars. They will definitely be smiling from ear to ear, knowing that going for a stroll and picking up waste matter could be the jackpot they’ve dreamt of winning.

Fulfilling Their Vision

So what have they decided to do with the money? Will they be paying off their mortgage or maybe clearing some other type of debt?

According to the couple, if they indeed make a lot of money from their rare find, it would be used to purchase a caravan that they’ve been dreaming about owning for sometime. Well, we are believing for them that their dream will be fulfilled.



Daughter Overwhelms Parents Restaurant With Customers By Posting On TikTok

Renee Yates



A seven-second video posted on TikTok by Jennifer Le has saved her parents’ Vietnamese pho restaurant from going out of business. In the video, Le showed the empty restaurant and her dad looking sad at the register. She then asked for social media’s help to keep the restaurant in business. The restaurant is in California and was doing ok before the pandemic, but has since had trouble getting customers to dine in.

The video went viral, and within hours, it had garnered millions of views and shares. People all over the world were touched by Le’s message and began sharing the video on their social media accounts. The response was overwhelming, with people expressing their support for the restaurant and their willingness to help.

As a result of the video, the restaurant was flooded with customers, many of whom had never heard of the place before. The increased business allowed Le’s parents to keep the restaurant open and the phones are ringing off the hook. The family was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and expressed their gratitude to everyone who had shared the video and visited the restaurant.

Le’s video is a perfect example of the power of social media to effect change. In just seven seconds, she was able to capture the attention of millions of people and inspire them to take action. The video also highlights the struggles faced by small businesses during the pandemic and the importance of community support in keeping these businesses afloat.

Le’s video has since become a source of inspiration for many people who are struggling with similar issues. It serves as a reminder that even the smallest actions can have a significant impact, and that we all have the power to make a difference in our communities.

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Massive Sandcastle Built by Auckland Brothers Impresses Scores of Beachgoers

Kevin Wells



When you have run out of Christmas ideas, nothing beats going to the beach and letting your creative juices flow. That’s what two brothers in New Zealand did this past Boxing Day and ended up with an amazing and eye-catching sandcastle.

After building a massive sandcastle on Boxing Day, two Auckland boys gained praise from other people around Mt Maunganui’s beach area that day.

Jared and Paul Brandon spent 10 hours that day building a two-meter-high sandcastle, beginning with a sketch of the structure “on a piece of A4 paper” and beginning at high tide. The pair plans to turn this into a Boxing Day ritual.

On Christmas Eve, the brothers started strategizing on how to top last year’s one-meter-high tower on Boxing Day 2021.

Because Jared and Paul are “very competitive,” they wanted to outdo their performance from the previous year. Before beginning their construction, the two searched online for sandcastle designs after visiting Bunnings to get tools, buckets, as well as a footrest.

Both residents and visitors have expressed admiration and astonishment at the beautiful creation.

Jared chuckles, “A guy is assessing how tall it is currently with his beach umbrella.

Jared informed the media, “This one is 2 meters, so we needed a few footstools to climb up tall enough and also used a builder’s level so it didn’t topple over.

The 150-liter pail was the biggest we were able to use, and the traditional household bucket was a fairly small one. We purchased them both from Bunnings.

Paul explains, “There are a few techniques, such as two portions of water to one portion of sand.”

Then came the spatulas to shape the windows, then toothpicks for creating the roof piles, as well as the straws for blowing off the “extra sand.”

The previous night, the two worked on it until 8 p.m., and unlike last year, it is still standing.

“Time went by incredibly quickly; it seemed like we were only at the beach for five hours, instead of ten.” “Paul spoke to the press.

He claims that while working for a California hotel plus learning how to construct sandcastles as a kid-friendly activity, he acquired the skill there about eight years ago.

“Now that he’s used that knowledge and developed it, he taught me. Therefore, for the previous four to five years, whenever we had the time, we would construct a sandcastle once a year ” says Jared.

The two, who are both camera operators, intend to go much further next year and are hoping to enlist the aid of a larger family.

We will attempt to teach my sister as well as my brother-in-law to assist us as they appear interested this year. “We are striving to dredge up more relatives to get involved in creating a village in 2023.”

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Man Finds $47,000 Historic Ring

Renee Yates



England is very much metal detector country. The land outside the big cities is stuffed full of artifacts and leftovers from ancient times, ranging from before the Romans’ arrival to the Middle Ages and more. So, it’s not surprising, with the blessing of local farmers, that many a fellow with a metal detector is out there spending a Saturday or Sunday scanning through a fallow farm field to see what might be found. As it turned out, David Board was one of those hunters, and he just happened to come across a very small gold ring in one of his ventures.

Located outside of Dorset, Board was busy scanning a pasture field and had been doing so for hours. The sun was late in the sky, and Board was about to wrap up when his machine pinged a definite metallic substance under the soil he was waving the sensor over. Sure enough, pinpointing the location and then digging specifically into that spot, Board unearthed a very small gold ring.

It was in the farm soil, the ground typically tilled for planting, but this particular field had been used for cattle instead. So, five inches underground, the ring remained until Board found it and pulled it back into the daylight. At first, he chalked up the discovery to just another piece of metal from old times, he cleared off the dirt, pocketed the ring and kept going. Then, at the end of the day, Board went home and washed off his finds in the sink. It was only then that he realized what that ring actually was.

While the method of metal detecting in England gives archaeologists utter heart attacks every time they hear a similar story, the finds are generally split between the metal detector and the farm owner, unless the farm owner just waives off the matter and lets the hunters keep whatever they find. Whichever the case in this instance, the ring was no small trinket. It turned out to be an exceedingly well-crafted and rare gold wedding ring from the Medieval period and in very good condition. To be auctioned off later this year, the find is expected to net between 30,000 to 47,000 British Pounds.

The only surprise to anyone hearing the story in England these days is why the local farmers still allow detectors to scan their fields without any stake in the finds.

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Gold Miners Dig Up a Lot More than Ancient Gold

Kevin Wells



Gold miners are used to finding all sorts of things from ancient times. It’s not uncommon to find relics of prior miners, old habitats, animal remains and even dinosaur fossils as they dig deep into the earth or excavate large areas. However, it’s not an everyday occurrence to find a practically intact mummy of a baby mammoth.

Based on the estimates possible on first evaluation of the mummified baby mammoth found on June 21 by operations at the Klondike gold deposit, way up in the northern part of Canada, miners discovered a baby female mammoth assumed to be probably 30,000 years old. An occasional dinosaur or mammoth bone is uncommon but a regular occurrence. However, finding a complete set of remains of a baby mammoth is extremely rare and a big news in the world of paleontology and biology. Even better, the specimen is practically complete. Most times the remains have been tampered with by other animals or hunting and scavenging. Then nature moves things around even further and separates parts. In this case, however, the baby mammoth was complete, intact and well-preserved.

Named Nun cho ga but the local tribes, the find essentially means big baby animal, no surprise. All the skin and hair is intact, which makes the find extremely valuable in terms of understanding exactly how junvenile mammoths looked and probably behaved mechanically as well as physically. In terms of scientific information, the find is huge. It’s similar to finding an entire painting by a famous artist versus just having a brush he or she might have used.

Locked away in permafrost for centuries, the baby mammoth was literally preserved in the earth’s freezer, untouched by bacteria or the elements for an amazing amount of time. Scientists evaluating the specimen guess that the juvenile likely passed away earlier, maybe from sickness, as its pack was moving since there were no predatory marks on it or scattering of remains. Or, also likely, the animal may have gotten stuck in a deep mud pit or quicksand and was quickly buried, protecting it from rot or degradation.

The last time anyone found a North American baby mammoth in good condition was in 1948, some 70 plus years ago. That one was named Effie, and was located inside a gold mine in Alaska. Additionally, another more recent find was in 2007 in Siberia. That find was estimated to be much older, at 42,000 years of age. It was comparative to the same size as Nun cho ga, which means the two together will provide some interesting comparative notes and years of study going forward. It’s enough to make a dinosaur scientist get giggly.

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Pennsylvania Nurses Get a COVID Booster for Student Loan Debt

Shannon Jackson



Becoming a nurse is no easy day in the park. Aside from all the clinical hours required and bookwork in classes, a candidate still has to pass their state license exams as well as figure out how to pay for the education costs. It’s quite common for a graduating nurse, whether an LN or RN, to have thousands of dollars in student loan debt. That was already a significant barrier to recruitment before COVID-19 arrived. Things only got worse as experienced nurses left the field in droves after the pandemic’s burnout.

However, Pennsylvania is hitting the problem head on. The state decided that it was going to provide a pot totaling $55 million to help reduce or eliminate student loan debt for eligible nurses. Funded by a combination of state dollars matched to federal American Rescue Plan funds for overall economic stimulus, Pennsylvania directed its internal share to help boost nursing in-state again as well as keep nurses in their careers with financial stability.

Essentially, any nurse who worked during the pandemic, was licensed by the state, and cared for COVID-19 patients will be eligible to get a $7,500 payment for student loan relief. The funds are one-time, non-recurring, but they still represent a huge wave of debt relief for affected nurses. 24,000 plus nurses responded with applications before the deadline ended, which has exceeded the estimated fund allocation available, no surprise. To deal with this surge in eligibility, the state administrators will split the funds on a prorata basis between the impacted state areas and regions, based on the number of nurses who applied. Then, within each regional pot, nurses will be selected by random on who will get the one-time payment.

Those who are selected won’t see the funds themselves. To ensure the payment is used correctly, the money goes directly to the student loan servicer provided by that nurse in their application. The first recipients will see their student loans lowered this month, in August 2022. To help deal with the demand, an additional $15 million in federal dollars was redirected to the fund as well. The allocation for an awardee is $2,500 each year for three years. This allows an easier outflow of funds versus a demand surge all at once. Which will be a considerable amount of accounting work on the state side.

The hope is that with the eventual success of the program expected in nurse retention, the same model can be used again to bolster sagging industries seeing a brain drain in Pennsylvania, as well as stabilize people being crushed by student loan debt.

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