Guy Cleans Grandma's House, Finds Her Hidden Safe

Guy Cleans Grandma's House, Finds Her Hidden Safe

What's In The Box?

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When he set out on his task that day, he didn’t know this would happen. But, as he stared at the square piece of metal, he was glad he didn’t refuse. Now it was up to him to figure out how to open it to uncover its contents. He couldn’t fathom his grandma knowing he would find this, and now she’d probably regret asking him to help her. But he had to know what was inside.

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A Favor For Grandma

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Nobody likes cleaning, and this Imgur user - who goes by the name todirerl - was no exception. But he knew he couldn’t say no when his grandmother asked him to help her clean her pottery workshop. In his family, helping each other was simply the right thing to do - especially if there were elders involved. So he didn’t hesitate to accept and didn’t let his discontent show. But he had no idea what he was in for.

So Much Clutter

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As soon as he entered the room, he knew it would be a long day. The place was cluttered beyond belief, filled with pottery, paint, tools, and other raw materials. It was clear that this workshop hadn’t been tidied up in quite a long time. But he set to work without complaining, hoping the day would go by quickly. He was quite focused on his task until he noticed something strange at the back of the room.

A Mysterious Closet

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There was a brown closet in one corner that he somehow had never noticed before. The doors were blocked by boxes and random pieces of wood, showing it hadn’t been opened in a long while. But, somehow, it sparked his curiosity. So he started moving the obstacles and clearing the way for the doors to open. And he did, half excited and half hoping he wouldn’t come across a dead animal or worse. But a completely different surprise awaited him.

Something Strange Inside

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The closet was filled with more junk - though thankfully no dead animals. But, right away, he noticed something unusual about this old piece of furniture. At the bottom of the closet, the wooden tiles that constituted the ‘floor’ didn’t seem to be lodged in place. In fact, they appeared to be quite loose. He was even more curious now, so he started removing the contents of the closet until it was finally empty. And then he realized what he was looking at.

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A False Bottom

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He removed the wooden tile in the middle, only to discover it was a false bottom. Underneath, a square-shaped hole had been cut out and filled with gravel. He thought this was an extremely strange thing to do to a simple wooden closet. He brushed the gravel aside until the object that was buried within became partly visible. It was a metal object with a round piece of plastic in the middle. He gasped when he recognized what it was.

A Secret Safe

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The object hidden under the closet was an old combination safe. Now things were really getting interesting. Forgetting all about his cleaning duties, he went to his grandma to ask about the discovery. She could barely remember what was in it or who put it there, and she definitely didn’t know the combination. But her grandson wasn’t about to give up, so he asked her for permission to pry it open. She agreed, and his excitement mounted.

Opening The Box

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With his father’s help, todirerl used a grinder to smooth out the edges of the box, then pried it open with a chisel. Having been tucked away inside a closet for who knows how long, the safe was now incredibly tattered and rusty. The grandson wondered if there’d be anything inside the box at all. Once he opened it, he was relieved to find that was not the case. But he still didn’t know what to make of its contents.

Seemingly Random Items

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At first glance, there didn’t seem to be anything of value inside the old safe. No money, jewels, or important documents. Just some rusty pieces of paper and a bundle of black cloth. He looked closer, and saw that one of the papers said, “Abandon All Regret Ye Who Enter Here.” You may recognize this as a quote from “Dante’s Inferno,” but with ‘regret’ instead of ‘hope.’ That’s when he knew who this safe belonged to.

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It Was His Grandpa's Safe

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The young man recognized his grandfather's humor as soon as he read that note. Then he began to carefully unfold the black cloth, realizing there were items tucked into it. He found two photographs, a leather pouch, a pen, a plastic box, and a lamp. But it was the photographs that made him realize just what kind of treasure he had in his hands.

A Peek Into His Ancestry

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The photographs were worn and yellow, with moisture eating at the corners. But they were an invaluable heirloom. One showed a woman behind a window, wearing some sort of traditional garb. The other showed a man wearing a dapper suit, round glasses and holding a pipe. The man turned out to be his grandpa’s father, while the woman was his grandpa’s grandmother. And those weren’t the only items that told a story about his family.

An Impressive Stamp Collection

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Inside the small leather pouch were a pocket watch and a number of stamps, which surprisingly remained in great condition. Upon closer inspection, he realized the stamps were from a wide variety of countries, some of which don’t even exist anymore. He found stamps from the Soviet Union, Zaire (now Congo), Katanga (now a province of Congo), and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (a territory disputed with Morocco), among others. Then he opened the plastic box to find even more goodies.

Rare Coins

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The plastic box contained a variety of coins of different sizes and shapes which, like the stamps, also hailed from a wide range of countries and eras. There were coins from Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), New Zealand, Jamaica, Pakistan, Cuba, and Venezuela, among others. Some were quite rare, like a 1921 silver dollar from the U.S. which is thought to be worth a lot of money. But there were other things in the box worth even more from a personal perspective.

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Combat Decorations

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Aside from the coins, the plastic box contained a WWI medal and a pin with a crest, presumably given to the man’s great-grandfather after serving in World War I. The crest was particularly interesting, as it showed a lion that could either be the coat of arms of Norway or the royal arms of Scotland. One commenter suggested it was given by the British Empire to Commonwealth troops who served in combat. And, while the rest of the items didn’t have as much historical significance, they were still quite interesting.

Not Magic But Still Wondrous

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One of the items the grandson was most amused about was the tiny lamp, which looked remarkably similar to the genie lamp in “Aladdin,” only this was black. He even joked, “Unfortunately not a genie’s lamp,” suggesting that he might have rubbed it to make sure. There was also an old-looking key, which his grandmother had no idea what it opened. Perhaps there’s more treasure hidden in that house…

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