A Man Used A Rock As A Doorstop For Decades, But It Turned Out To Be A Meteorite Worth Megabucks

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For years, David Mazurek had used the same 22.5-pound rock to hold open the shed door on his Edmore, Michigan, farm. But after witnessing a meteor shower in the state – and having seen other people cashing in on debris that had fallen from the sky – Mazurek started to wonder just how significant his extra-large doorstop might be. And what he discovered was shocking – especially when he found out the value of his rock.

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Before Mazurek bought his Edmore farm in 1988, the property’s owner gave him a tour around the land. And when they reached the farm’s shed, the former noticed something out of the ordinary: there was an unusual rock holding the door open.

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Mazurek couldn’t help himself: he had to ask what kind of rock he was looking at. What’s more, according to Central Michigan University News in 2018, the farmer responded, simply, “A meteorite.” You see, the farmer knew the rock had come from space – or so he said – because he had watched it fall from the sky long ago.

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