Actually, David Olson was just about to tear down his old stairs when he found a bowling ball in the sand behind the bricks. And another, and another – until he dug up more than 150. Where does the treasure come from?
Renovation work is probably as low on the list of exciting things to do as cleaning toilets and filing taxes. David Olson from the US state of Michigan has now attracted so much attention with the renovation of his garden stairs that media from all over the world are reporting on his property: The 33-year-old found over 150 bowling balls buried under the stairs.
According to his Facebook post, the family man from Muskegon started the renovation work on July 1st. Olson wrote there that he wanted to dismantle the stairs behind the house. The fact that objects were buried behind the bricks apparently didn’t surprise him at first: ‘I could already see a couple of bowling balls through the openings,’ says Olson. But later he was shocked by the number.
At the end of the day, Olson counts 158 bowling balls
In the course of the afternoon and as the demolition work progressed, he updated the post on Facebook several times: While ‘more than 50’ bowling balls appeared to be buried under the stone porch, at 2 p.m. there were around 120 – and at the end of the work, a total of 158 balls . Even now there would be more bullets under the house, writes Olson.
Olson told the Yahoo! news portal that he didn’t think much about his discovery at the beginning. At first he assumed that the floor under the stairs had simply been filled with a few bowling balls. Only later did he realize that the high number of balls was responsible for the fact that the stairs had slipped further and further into the foundation under the heavy weight.
Nevertheless, he apparently sees the find as positive: ‘I was even a little happy about it,’ said Olson. ‘It’s easier to roll bowling balls out of the way than it is to shovel sand. ‘
Bowling balls were apparently used in construction work
But where does the unusual treasure come from? As Olson explains, ex-employees of the Brunswick company contacted him on social media. The company used to manufacture in Muskegon and it is not uncommon for the ground to be filled with bowling balls instead of sand and gravel during construction. However, the bullets were only given to employees of the company, according to a comment on Olson’s Facebook post.
What exactly is the story behind Olson’s bullets, however, is what people from all over the world ponder with him: In articles and video posts around the world and in a Facebook group specially designed for this purpose. There Olson shares further updates, reports on his recycling plans for the balls and shows pictures of how he and one of his children create a border for a flower bed with one of his children.
Solving the mystery doesn’t seem to matter that much to Olson: he believes his story has brought ‘some carefree and positive news to all those people who need a break from the doom and gloom,’ he writes. If you look at the joy under his bowling ball contributions, David Olson has apparently really succeeded in doing this.