It’s stories like this one that truly restore our faith in humanity.
A Massachusetts man was shopping at a used book-swap in Wellesley, Mass. last month when he discovered a book with $20,000 hidden in its pages, CBS Boston reports. Rather than keep the cash for himself, the man is now trying to locate the money’s rightful owner.
“The first thing I was thinking was, ‘let me see if I can find a name in this book, then I can give back the money,’” the man told CBS Boston. “But unfortunately, I looked and could not find anything.”
Since he has chosen to keep his identity a secret, the man is asking anyone with any information on the book to email him at Ipatimga2005@comcast.net. If he can’t find the book’s previous owner, he plans to donate some of the money to charity and keep the rest for himself.
The Massachusetts man isn’t the first person to make a startling discovery in a used book. In October, an Indiana librarian found a gun stashed inside a hollowed-out book that was donated to her library.
Large sums of cash seem to get lost more often than one might think.
In October, a Las Vegas cab driver found a black laptop case stuffed with $221,510, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. After returning the cash to the person who had won the money at a casino earlier, the cab driver was rewarded with a $2,000 tip.
And our list of lucky finds doesn't stop there. In May, an unemployed man found an original Picasso poster at a thrift shop and later sold the piece of artwork for $7,000. Last summer, an unemployed man discovered $150,000 in a duffle bag stashed in his backyard. He spent $10 of the money on cigarettes, and then returned the rest to the police.
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Gold Ingots Found In Bush
Gardeners stumbled across a number of unmarked gold bars, known as "ingots," under a bush while cutting grass in the Swiss of town of Klingnau near the German border. The 10 bars are worth an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/13/swiss-gardeners-gold-ingots_n_1671689.html" target="_hplink">estimated</a> $126,000.
Wedding Ring Found In Newly Purchased Car
A Sacramento couple <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/19/wedding-ring-found-in-car_n_1609671.html" target="_hplink">found a 1961 wedding ring</a> between the seats of a car they had just purchased a few months earlier.
Meteorite Found In Park
A California mom <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/brenda-salveson-meteorite_n_1473973.html" target="_hplink">found a meteorite worth </a>more than gold at a local park where she frequently brings her dog and kids.
Original Picasso Print Found In Thrift Store
An unemployed man <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/10/zachary-bodish-picasso-print-sold_n_1506836.html" target="_hplink">sold an original Picasso print</a> that he found in a thrift store for $7,000.
$150,000 Discovered In Backyard
An unemployed Illinois man <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/unemployed-illinois-man-f_n_943167.html" target="_hplink">found duffle bags full of cash </a>totaling $150,000 in his backyard.
Engagement Ring Fished Out Of Toilet
A man got down on his knees for a second time after he found his <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/couple-finds-engagement-ring-toilet-36-years-154700561.html" target="_hplink">wife's engagement ring</a> in a toilet 36 years after she had lost it.
$40,000 In Cash Found In Attic
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Diamond Ring Recovered From Sewer
A worker in Idaho returned a diamond ring to its rightful owner after finding the treasure <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/13/idaho-woman-mechelle-reig_n_1422529.html" target="_hplink">in a sewer</a>. The owner thought she had lost it forever when she accidentally flushed it down the toilet.
Salvador Dali Etching Found At Goodwill
Federal Way Quality Control Officer Shea Munroe stumbled upon an <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/salvador-dali-etching-fou_n_2164427.html" target="_hplink">etching by famed surrealist painter Salvador Dali at a Goodwill</a> in Tacoma, Wash. The thrift store find would go on to sell for $21,005 in an online auction.
$11,000 Found In A Purse At Marshalls
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Book With $20,000 Hidden In The Pages
How's this for a page turner: A Wellesley, Mass. man found $20,000 in cash hidden in the pages of a book he discovered at a used book-swap. The man has asked to remain anonymous but said anyone with info on the books rightful owner could contact him at <a href="Ipatimga2005@comcast.net" target="_hplink">Ipatimga2005@comcast.net</a>.
8 Year Old Finds $63,000 Whale Vomit
An 8-year-old boy named Charlie Naysmith made a strange -- and pricey -- discovery when walking along the Hengistbury Head beach in Great Britain. Thinking he'd stumbled upon a yellow rock, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/charlie-naysmith-whale-vomit_n_1837241.html" target="_hplink">Naysmith had actually found ambergris</a>, a substance barfed or pooped up by sperm whales. The piece is estimated to be worth upwards of $63,000.
A Treasure Trove Of Baseball Cards In An Ohio Attic
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