- Year Found: 2014
While digging in their backyard for worms, the two Kitchener sisters came across something odd. They dug up what seemed to be a shiny rock, which almost glowed in a blue color. It was pretty large, as big as their heads. Initially, they thought it must have been a meteorite, as they had fallen around the region just a month before. Yet Earth Sciences Professor, Phil McCausland, disagreed. He claimed upon examination that the object should be much darker if it was a meteorite. Plus, most of those are found on top of the ground or barely inside it. They are never very deep in the soil like that.
This is when they sought the advice of a gem expert named Gary Winkler. After he analyzed the object, he determined that it was most certainly not a gem of any kind he knew of. He did speculate that it was not of natural origin and that a person deliberately buried it. The mystery remained until Peter Russell, curator of the University of Waterloo’s Earth Sciences Museum analyzed it. He claimed that it was, in fact, a type of glass that was sold in a variety of colors. Big lump glass like this is sold at various mineral shops across the United States. Still, though, it makes sense to think this could have been one of the big scientific discoveries of our time…if the thing wasn’t glass.