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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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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.
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?
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.
Man Gives Girlfriend Timeless Gift, Two Years Later She Finds the Secret Inside!
Terry held the piece of polished wood in his hands for a moment, thumb gracing the secret seam. The gift had been carefully selected and patiently chosen. After all, what Terry was looking at was far more than a simple piece of polished wood. Inside of the gleaming wooden prism was a second gift, a secret one, for the love of Terry’s life, Anna.
The gift itself was not meant to be found right away and so Terry let Anna hold onto it, knowing one day he’d help reveal the gift inside to her. What was inside? What was Anna’s reaction? Let’s dig in!
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She Wasn’t Prepared For The Scribblings Inside Her Husband’s Journal
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Elderly Man Found Hanging On To His Capsized Vessel For Survival
Family members, friends, fellow mariners are all thankful that a senior who went missing off the coast of Florida has been found and is receiving medical attention.
62-year-old Stuart Bee was rescued by the crew from a cargo ship en route to Denmark even as the US Coastguards and others searched diligently for him for two consecutive days.
Mr. Bee was hanging on for dear life to the bow of his boat and waving his shirt desperately to draw the attention of anyone in the approaching vessel. Little did he know that they were headed to retrieve him from the salty water and overall weather he had been exposed to for the three days.
The crew on the vessel known as Angeles had been on the lookout for the stranded man as they had received an enhanced call from the United States Coast Guard to stay alert for a missing sailor and his vessel. The critical message from the Coastguards reached every large boat within a certain mile radius to help with the mission.
How did Mr. Bee end up in this horrific situation?
About 4:00 Friday after Mr. Bee went for what was deemed as a typical ride out to sea, which would only be for a few hours. He was onboard a recreational Sea Ray boat named Sting Ray; a 32-foot vessel left to sea from Cape Marina at Port Canaveral.
Mr. Bee, who would typically return to the Marina, had not done so up to Saturday morning, which drew the concern of another marina member. The fellow seaman decided to report him missing just before midday on Saturday, less than 18-hours after the Sting Ray had left the docks.
He emphasized to Coast Guard officials that it was highly unusual for the small boat to be out at night and, even more so, such a long time.
All this time, the sailor was stranded at sea due to mechanical difficulties on his boat while more than eighty miles away from the coast. This rendered the boat immovable, and Mr. Bee had to call it a night. It’s, however, a night he won’t soon forget. On his second night stuck at sea, he noticed around midnight that the vessel was rapidly taking on water. This could not have been worse timing since everything around the mariner was pitch black.
The boat eventually capsized, and he clung to it with all he had, hoping for someone, anyone, to pass by and see him.
The Angeles crew members aboard their 225-foot cargo ship had been vigilant from the moment they got the Coast Guard message, and it reaped success. According to US Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class David Micallefto, about 11:00 Sunday morning, the Angeles crew sighted Mr. Bee and rescued him. To think he could summon the strength to wave after being exposed to the elements all weekend was indeed an inspiration to his rescuers.
Earlier that morning, a US Coast Guard team from Clearwater, with the assistance of an Aircraft hovering, made futile attempts to find the missing mariner. It was a sense of relief when they got the call from the Angeles crew that they had spotted Mr. Bee and rescued him.
Mr. Micallefto emphasized that everything about the rescue is so “amazing.” He said the Coast Guard is grateful to the Angeles team for responding so positively to the broadcast about the missing man. He says, more importantly, Mr. Bee can spend Christmas with his loved ones.
An important point to note is the unity among mariners. Everyone heeded the call for assistance, from the US Customs and Border Patrol to passing vessels. It proved to be profitable with the man’s rescue.
A Incredibly Speedy Kidney Delivery
A Lamborghini is supposed to be used as a race car. It is the ultimate design in vehicular mechanics and road-racing performance. That said, it’s not everyday one goes about driving 300 miles in just under two hours and it’s allowed.
The Italian police picked up their own copy of the Lamborghini Huracan in 2017. Italy is quite famous for some of its characters, and the police decided it made sense to have at least one vehicle that could keep up with an over-powered criminal in a very hot car. That said, that wasn’t the only purpose justifying the acquisition. When delivery of items or materials had to be done quickly, far faster than normal transport could provide, the Huracan was brought out. And that included transporting critical life-saving shipments as well. The vehicle was even fitted for refrigeration as a result.
Physically, the Italian police Lamborghini is by all respects a bona fide police vehicle. It is fitted with a light bar system, a full paint job and logo, and the inside is decked out with a police computer and radar tools for traffic enforcement.
In the latest major use of the vehicle, the Huracan was assigned for a fast delivery of a kidney. The distance was a long stretch, running from Rome all the way to Padua. The engine was more than up to the job. A V10 assembly easily capable of running at 145 mph without straining, the Huracan’s only major issue was the driver’s ability to control the car and other traffic being in the way. The second part was generally resolved with some flashing of the police lights and a bit of siren noise to wake up the sleepy truck driver or two.
Once arrived, the entire trip made for a very handy marketing event that the Italian police were quick to post online via Twitter, showcasing the entire affair and the vehicle as well. Driving from Rome to Padua basically totaled 489 kilometers (a smidge over 300 miles). Time wise, the police made the run in two hours with their Lamborghini, a trip that typically would take over five hours, even with a respectable vehicle at normal speeds.
There were other alternatives for the kidney transfer; Italy has plenty of its own helicopters, including the police agencies. However, the Huracan did prove its worth, and it gave the officers a chance to really put a 602 horsepower engine through its paces with full authorization.
The whole affair was quite operational and had no resemblance to a road rally. There were no crowds waiting at every turn or a track completely flagged with blaring horns and track lights. But as far as the doctors were concerned, there might as well have been because the kidney arrived in ample time, suffered no degeneration, and was implanted into the surgical patient successfully, likely saving another life. And that, ultimately meant everything that all the effort and resources could arguably be justified after all. But there’s no argument, the whole affair made for a good marketing for the Italian police as well.
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