Digging up a box of buried treasure in the garden and making our millions is a scenario we all dream about.
So when one man discovered a heavy concrete box hidden a couple of feet beneath the dirt at his home, it seemed like maybe he had hit the jackpot – but it didn’t quite contain the goods we would all have been hoping for.
TikTok user @Tonyhuismanlp uploaded a clip of him digging with a spade, along with the caption: ‘Found a secret box in the ground’ – and it’s since been watched more than 4.1 million times.
He says: “I was doing some gardening in my back yard today and I uncovered some sort of crazy, secret concrete box in the ground.
“I found a handle after digging for a while, then after digging for a bit more I uncovered a second handle. I kept going until I got it cleaned to the point where I could start to attempt to lift it up.
“When I tried it was a little heavy so then I brought in the big guns. And you’ll never believe what I found.”
Tony then films himself running away from the box as he retches and pulls his top to cover his mouth, revealing that what he had dug up was the septic tank for his house.
Although he joked that he did know it was a waste tank when he started digging, he says he had only gone in search of the box after he learned the home was on a septic system more than six years after moving in.
He was informed by a plumber who visited to identify why all the pipes had stopped draining.
Tony said: “We didn’t know we were on septic system. I have lived here for six years, the landlord before me had lived here for two years, and the people before us had a garden bed right over the top of where the septic tank is.
“So who knows how long it’s been since it’s been cleaned – like eight plus years?
“And the contents in there, it was like the consistency of Jell-O. But not Jell-O you want to eat.”
The video racked up thousands of comments, as one person said: “Umm I think it wasn’t treasure.”
And another added: “It’s full of chocolate!!”