Matthew and Maria Colonna-Emanuel were always aware of the rusty box in their backyard, but long suspected it was an idle cable or electrical box. But when some deer ate away the foliage surrounding it, curiosity got the better of the couple. And because the temptation to open a mystery box in one's backyard cannot be denied, the couple wrestled open the door and found a safe stacked high with cash, jewelry, and diamonds worth roughly $52,000.
"Hundreds, jewelry, diamonds, engagement ring. Dozens of rings, gold with jade. It was stunning," Matthew Colonna-Emanuel told CBS New York.
The money was a little wet, the couple said, but hard legal tender still goes a long way if you have a blow dryer. Twitter also thought the discovery was pretty wild: