Many people assume that they know their homes inside and out. They think they've seen every nook and cranny, every scratch on the wall, and every strange patch of paint in the living room. But sometimes, even those who have lived in their houses for decades uncover something new - and that something can be utterly bizarre. Don't believe us? These weird and wacky things found in people's homes prove that houses are strange to the core.
He Found a Mysterious Well Under His House
Most homeowners have no idea what's underneath their floorboards, and sometimes it's better off not knowing what lurks underneath! These people found that out for themselves when they removed a few floorboards and uncovered a large well underneath their home. The dark and creepy tunnel seemed to have no end and was covered in spiderwebs, and what made matters even worse is that they soon realized they had two of them underneath the house.
Although they probably immediately thought their house was haunted, it's actually fairly common for houses to have hand-dug wells underneath the floorboards. This was how homeowners sourced their water before municipal water systems.
They Did Some Digging After Hearing a "Strange Vibration"
When you've lived in your house for a while, you become one with the structure. You hone in on the things that need fixing, you can sense when there's someone else in the building, and you can also feel when something isn't quite right. So, we don't blame this dad for going to investigate when he felt a strange vibration coming from his property. He needed to get to the bottom of it.
However, we have a feeling that he probably wasn't expecting to find a giant beehive hidden within some of the brickwork. We guess it would have given him a nice jar of honey, though.
This 1930s Home Had an Alarming Chain Hidden Behind a Wall
When you think of chains, you probably think of the small ones you stylishly drape around your neck, the ones that boat captains use to anchor them to the sea bed, and the ones that tow broken-down cars to safety. But have you ever seen a random chain inside your wall? Well, that's exactly what the homeowners of this house found when they decided to renovate and remodel their 1930s construction.
Not only is the chain in such a random position, but it's also so big! To this day, they still don't quite understand why it was there, or what its purpose was.
We're Not Sure We Want to Know What's in There
When you buy a new construction, you don't have to worry about any hidden secrets. But the same can't be said when you buy an old home. When you move in you have to deal with the fact that you're going to uncover some seriously old things. And the owners of this house realized that for themselves when they uncovered this old and creepy safe hidden behind one of their walls.
From the rusty metal to the giant locking mechanisms, this safe certainly looks intense. But what's even creepier is the fact that the safe is open. What secrets did this safe once hold? We'll never know.
Secret Doors Seem More Creepy Than Fun
It's no secret that bookcases hold a lot of secrets. All you have to do is read the books to unlock them, right? Well, it seems that rule is a little different in this particular house. Although the bookcase does hold some arguably very interesting books, the best way for the homeowners to uncover the secrets of this one is to pull it towards them and reveal the doorway behind it!
Of course, this might just be a panic room or storage room, but it's still pretty cool - and hopefully, the new homeowners choose to make a feature of it.
A Slice of History All the Way From 1902
Although some people like to buy new construction to ensure that everything is up to code and modern, there are others who prefer the stronger bones of an old house. And the owner of this house probably thought the same, which is why they bought a house that was a couple of hundred years old. In fact, they knew it was that old because they found a little slice of history in the crawlspace of the house.
Not only did they find an old newspaper in pretty good condition, but they also found an old newspaper that still had the date on it. Yes, that really does say 1902.
A Surprise Hidden Room
There are many people out there who would love to extend their homes to give them a little bit more space, which is why this weird and wonderful situation was a major win for this homeowner. They accidentally discovered that they had an extra room on their property without even trying! Of course, we do have to question why they have a bus in their possession - but we guess that's a question for another day.
This little addition may take up valuable parking space, but who cares about parking when you can turn an extra room into an underground movie theater, swimming pool, or games room? We certainly don't.
Life-Size Monopoly Hidden Under the Old Carpeting
Everyone loves Monopoly, right? This game is a classic and has been popular for decades. Because of this, there are Monopoly lovers across the globe - and one of them definitely lived in this house! In fact, they loved it so much that they turned their flooring into a giant Monopoly board. It was eventually carpeted over, but the new homeowners of this house were lucky enough to uncover the hidden gem.
Although this floor definitely needs a little clean, the new homeowners could turn this room into the games room of dreams if they really wanted to. And we really hope they do.
You Find Out Your House Is Made of Gravestones
We're not construction geniuses, but we'd like to think that houses are built using brand-new materials. However, there's no doubt about the fact that this house wasn't, as these homeowners have the photos to prove it! During their renovations, they discovered that many of their walls were made from old gravestones. And they even came complete with the names of the deceased people still on them. That's so creepy and weird.
The homeowners don't know why their house was built from gravestones, but one thing they do know now is that their much-loved home is now full of angry and displaced ghosts.
Why Wouldn't There Be 150 Bowling Balls Under the House?
When you remove something from your house, it's not uncommon to come across a few loose objects. That might be a lost earring or even some loose change. But we have a feeling that the man who demolished his concrete porch only to find 158 bowling balls cemented into the ground was a little bemused by his discovery. You could say he got a strike, but we're not sure this is a good thing.
Although the homeowner tried to wrap his head around the situation and why he had so many bowling balls under his house, he didn't find any answers. The only thing he learned was that the bowling balls were from the 1950s.
Someone Call the History Channel - There's a Fossil in This Kitchen
While most people find old toys, loose coins, or vintage records when they remodel their house, other people find things that are much more interesting. And when this couple decided to remodel their kitchen, they were amazed to find the fossil of a fish right under their floorboards! Now, this is an archeological marvel - especially as the fish can actually be dated back over 50 million years. Not many people can say that about their homes.
Upon closer inspection, the couple discovered that this fish was once found in an area that now spans Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado. But to make matters even more bizarre, the couple's house was in Massachusetts!
"There's Something Inside. You Can Hear It Banging Around"
Old houses always have their secrets. And while some of them remain a mystery until it crumbles down or is demolished, others have their secrets discovered in the strangest of circumstances. Take this father-in-law, for example, who found a mystery box underneath an old house. And while he originally assumed it to be empty, it was soon obvious by the strange rattle that there was actually something inside of it.
Thanks to horror movies, we've learned to keep some secrets hidden. That's why we'd encourage the homeowners to leave this box alone and put it back where it came from!
A Public School Water Fountain in the Living Room
When everyday people want to have a glass of water, they head to their kitchen and turn on the faucet. Alternatively, they grab a bottle from their refrigerator. But you know the people who live in a house are fancy when they don't have to do either to quench their thirst. And the people who live in this house get to drink their water from their very own personal drinking fountain!
While this is a pretty strange addition to a house, it actually makes sense when you think about it. This way, the family has water on tap right in their living room.
They Probably Wish They Never Discovered This Secret Bunker
Let's be honest; nobody likes to have bugs in their home. They're irritating, they're scary, and they're just a downright nuisance. Plus, they don't even pay rent! But if you're brave enough, it's pretty easy to get rid of these bugs - unless you find a secret bunker under your house that is full to the brim with creepy crawlies. If we were faced with this bunker, we'd just turn around and burn the house down.
Of course, creepy crawlies crave dark and cool places, so it's no surprise that this bunker was full of critters after being ignored for decades. But that doesn't make it any less ok.
Just a Casual Cassette Recorded by a Cult Leader
There's nothing quite like finding hidden treasure in your attic. From old photographs to old vinyl records and tapes, these treasures can give you little hints about the people who once lived in the same house. But we have a feeling that the person who found this tape in their attic wasn't too impressed when they stumbled upon it. After all, nobody wants to find a David Koresh tape in their home.
The person who lived in this house before them was obviously a follower of the infamous cult leader, which leads us to question what other hidden treasure is up in that attic. In fact, perhaps it's best not to know.
Kitchen Renovation Reveals Built-In Toaster From the '70s
When it comes to buying a home, the appliances and fittings are often negotiable during the sale. This is especially true when it comes to things such as window treatments and clothes washers. But when this couple went in search of their forever home, they fell in love with a house that came with another very strange appliance. Yes, this house came complete with a built-in toaster - and we don't think we've ever seen one of them before!
Unlike the standard two-bread toaster, this fitted toaster had four slots for bread. But that wasn't all. As it was fitted to the wall it didn't need to take up any counter space. What a result.
They Found $105 Hidden in the Vent
We're always on the lookout for spare cash. From searching the couch for loose change to turning your jean pockets inside out, most people would be over the moon to find a secret stash of money in their homes. But we can't help but be a little concerned that someone found a whole load of notes in the pipe of their dryer. How did it get there? And why is it there?
Although our mind immediately wanders to the possibility of criminal activity, we're sure this money was just put there innocently. And what a bonus for the new homeowners! That's a great welcome home.
They Uncovered and Fix up a Miniature House Built Into the Staircase
Homeowners have the right to do anything they want to the home that they own. This can sometimes cause complications when it comes to selling, as sometimes these changes aren't universally loved. But then there are people like this, who build a house within a house underneath the basement staircase. Yep, the people who bought this house were incredibly lucky to buy from the people that decided to build this tiny project in their old home.
Luckily for the new owners, they had a child who absolutely loved the fully functional house for kids. This probably allowed them some rare quiet moments to properly unpack their new home!
At First Glance, It's Just an Ordinary Brick Wall
Almost every home on this planet is made from brick, which is why the people who bought this house probably didn't think twice about the fact that they had a brick wall on the side of their house. But on closer inspection, they realized that this wall wasn't like any other they had ever seen before. Nestled in between some of their bricks was a bizarre keyhole. And they couldn't work out its purpose.
After asking the internet, they discovered that the keyhole could potentially be a "Knox Box." This box normally contains the keys to a building, which allows emergency responders to get inside.
He Went to Repair the Roof and Found a Hostage Situation Instead
Here's a reminder to all new homeowners; always check the roof of your new house when you move in. That's because you never know what you could find! Although there's a high chance that you won't find anything of interest, you could strike gold like the people who moved into this house. As they peeked up to the top of their roof, they discovered a hostage situation - and you'll be happy to know that they were able to free the frog.
We don't know why anyone would want to tie a frog to the chimney, but let's just hope that it wasn't a haunted frog looking to wreak havoc on the owners of the property.
A 25-Year-Old Promise: "If the Spice Girls Are Still Popular Next Time This Room's Decorated, I'll... "
People love to leave their mark on a house. They might write their names on the plaster, they might carve their initials into wet concrete, or they might even leave notes to future homeowners. In 1997, this person obviously wanted to do the same thing, and they also wanted to use their note to make a promise to their future self. And this promise involved the one and only Spice Girls.
Considering the Spice Girls are still popular, someone needs to get hold of this father and let him know that he needs to eat his overalls. After all, a promise is a promise!
One of the Many Reasons to Avoid the Attic
It's no secret that the attic is a scary place to be. Without proper lighting or even proper flooring, the attic can seem creepy and unkempt. But sometimes you have no choice but to go up, especially if the person asking you to is your boss. So, that's exactly what one restaurant worker did when they were given a task. And they soon realized that they should have taken a buddy up with them for moral support.
What greeted them up in the attic was a single raven, and if that's not giving you serious Edgar Allan Poe vibes then we don't know what will. We would have run away in an instant if we saw this.
What the Fork?
When you start construction on your house, you better be prepared for the treasures you might find. Nestled between walls and underneath floorboards, you can find all sorts of old artifacts. And while some will amaze you, others might baffle you! Because of this, we can only assume that the person who found this tiny fork was left scratching their head (possibly with the fork) when they stumbled upon it during their construction efforts.
We don't know whether this is a fork for ants or whether it's shrunk over the course of its life behind the wall, but we just have so many questions. And none of them have answers.
Doesn't Every House Have a Tea Kettle Sitting on Its Roof?
The best thing about having your own home is that you can tailor it to your specific needs and your own tastes. And judging from the exterior of this house, the person who lives in this beautiful home is not only a fan of Christmas but also a big fan of tea. After all, why else would someone place a teapot on the top of their roof? That's not something you see every day.
Perhaps they were trying to catch the rain for some natural drinking water, or maybe they had a power cut and wanted to use the sun to boil the kettle. Whatever the case, this is strangely epic.
How'd They Manage to Paint an Empty Sim Card Into the Ceiling?
If you have ever tried to paint a ceiling or wall, you'll know that it can be pretty difficult. One stray hair can stay there for decades, and a curious pet could leave a paw print on your ceiling until it gets painted over. And while we've seen countless painting fails, it's fair to say that we've never seen anything quite like this. Yes, that really is a SIM card painted to the ceiling!
What makes this even more bizarre is the fact that the SIM card holder didn't even have the card in it. How this came to be we'll just never know.
A 102-Year-Old Fire Extinguisher
Although it's not compulsory for houses to come equipped with a fire extinguisher, there's certainly nothing wrong with having one anyway. And while this new homeowner was surprised to find that they had the original fire extinguisher left behind from when their house was used as a hospital, we can't help but think that this wouldn't be very helpful if they did find themselves in a fiery situation. After all, it's 112 years old!
But even if this doesn't work, it's a quirky slice of history that actually fits perfectly next to the doorframe. So, let's hope they didn't throw it in the trash.
The Door to Nowhere
One of the best things about moving into a new home is seeing it empty for the first time. Without the old owners' furniture everywhere, you can see the little quirks the home has in all of its glory. But sometimes it's impossible to see these little quirks straight away - especially if they've been painted over and almost completely hidden from view. Like this painted green door to nowhere.
The new owners of this home were amazed when they spotted a seemingly inconspicuous door on their wall, as they had never noticed it before. So, put us out of our misery, where does it lead?
They Just Don't Make Wallpaper Like They Used to
Most people decide to remodel or decorate their homes to give themselves a little more space. But it seems as though the people who uncovered this wallpaper gave themselves a little more space in a different way. After removing layer after layer of wallpaper, they found the original wallpaper that was first put up in the old farmhouse. And we really hope they decided to keep it! After all, it's awesome.
The person who decided on this wallpaper was definitely a science nerd, and that's what makes us love this discovery even more. After all, it takes a lot of guts to buy something so bold.
When You've Gotta Go at the Top of the Basement Stairs
You probably don't need us to tell you that basements are creepy. There's a reason why most horror movies take place in basements, after all. But it seems as though this person found a rather practical addition to their basement when they explored the downstairs area of their home. We can only assume that the person who built it obviously had a weak bladder and wanted to be ready for any eventuality.
Yes, that is a working toilet at the top of the basement stairs! It wouldn't exactly be practical in a horror movie situation, but having another toilet in your house isn't a bad thing in normal life.
The Previous Owners Were Onto Something Here
Don't you just hate it when you're on a Zoom call and need to use the restroom? Holding it in while you talk to your boss about something you don't care about is difficult, and most of the time you rush to the bathroom as soon as the call has ended. But it seems as though the people who bought this house don't have to worry about that. After all, they've got the perfect WFH setup.
Instead of holding it in while they're on a call, they can simply head to the bathroom, pull down the desk, and continue their Zoom call in peace! It's a little unhygienic, but it works.
They Found These Fluffy Monsters All Around the House
It's not uncommon to find lost and forgotten toys when you move into a new home. Most of them are stored in the attic for decades on end without anyone ever finding them, but we do have to question whether this is even a toy. Sure, it kind of looks like a stuffed animal. But equally, we're not 100% sure what we're looking at. Is it a fluffy seal monster?
We can understand the confusion when this person found such an item in their new home, and when they asked for advice on Reddit, one answer simply stated that it was "nightmare fuel."
Isn't That Where the Front Door Should Be?
It can't be easy to design and build a house. It must require a whole load of work and dedication, and we don't think we'll ever understand what really goes into those four walls. And while we're certainly no experts, even we know that every house needs a front door. That's why we're a little confused when we look at this strange house. Where's the front door gone? And how do you get in?
It seems as though the people who own this house are very unsociable, and prefer to keep themselves to themselves. In today's world, we can't say that we really blame them. We'd probably do the same.
A Shadowy Reminder
When you move to a new house, it can take you a little while to get used to your new address. You might find yourself getting confused and mixing it up with your old address, and that's totally normal. But it's fair to say that the people who bought this house definitely shouldn't forget their door number. And if they do, all they need to do is look at their staircase and look at the shadow.
When the sun is at the right place at the right time, their house number is projected onto the stairs, and there's something quite beautiful about this strange phenomenon. Plus, it must come in handy.
Every home needs doors. That's something we can all agree on, right? But we do have to question the number of doors every house should have - and where they are situated. Too few doors and there's too much space, but too many doors make the space seem crowded and confusing. And if you don't believe us, just look at this picture below! Why are five doors next to each other in a row?
Sure, the two doors in the middle look as though they're hiding a closet, and the two doors on either end separate two different rooms. But altogether it looks like a mess.
This House Is Perfect for the Couple Who Never Wants to Be Apart
If you live in a home with someone you love more than anything, you can probably see the appeal of this weird find. Yes, if you're someone who hates to be apart from your other half - even when you go to the bathroom - this house gives you the option to do your business while staring into each other's eyes! To some, it may be creepy, but to others, it's all love.
What makes this bizarre setup even stranger is the fact that there's a table in between the toilets, alongside a sign that reads "free hugs," and only one roll of toilet paper!
Why Would They Ever Hide This Century-Old Brick Behind Plaster?!
Over the years, many people make what they think are upgrades to their homes. This normally includes modernization and normally involves plastering over the original brick. But this guy wasn't about that modern life, and so he decided to knock through the plaster to see what was on the other side. Luckily for him, the 120-year-old bricks underneath were in pristine condition! And the smile on his face says it all.
This guy obviously wanted to maintain the integrity of the building, and the bricks underneath look absolutely stunning. On this particular occasion, this young home owner made the right decision.
There's nothing worse than needing to use the restroom when there's not a toilet nearby. But the toilet in your house will always be there when you need it, and sometimes this familiar setting is a godsend. And it seems as though the people who own this house definitely think their toilet is a godsend, as well. Just look at it! It's glistening. It's glorious. And it's shining like a beacon in the bathroom.
The reality is that this toilet is actually just a sun trap, but there's no doubt about the fact that we'd love to go around this person's house and use it. It just looks so majestic.
We Thought This Only Happened in the Movies
If spy movies have taught us anything, it's that we'd love to have a house with hidden doors and room in it. Of course, it's not very practical for the average Joe to have such quirky features - but that hasn't stopped some people from building them. In fact, this New Year's Eve partygoer found a hidden bedroom in their rented house, and it was right behind a rather inconspicuous bookcase.
Although the bedroom behind the bookcase was a bit anti-climactic, we guess most people don't have a need for secret spy dens. Still, this little addition is a pretty cool thing to see.
White Picket Fence With a Twist
There are some pretty strange discoveries on this list, but we're here to cheer things up a little bit. Yes, we present to you a cat-inspired white picket fence! This particular fence was spotted by a passer-by, but we have no doubts about the fact that the person who lives inside is a big cat lover. And if this is what the outside of their house looks like, we'd love to see the inside.
Although this cat fence could do with a little lick of paint to freshen it up, the overall effect is still impressive. It's subtle, but still in keeping with the cat theme.
The Four Seasons All in One Window
Although many of the weird things found in homes on this list are creepy and unexplained, this discovery is definitely more wholesome than the rest. After all, people spend their whole lives hoping to have a good view out of the windows in their homes - and the people who live here get to experience all four seasons at once. Yep, there's spring, summer, fall, and winter all in one!
These people really are lucky to have such a view on their doorstep, and we really hope they've turned that bay window into a beautiful reading nook. That view just can't be wasted!