Everybody loves a good treasure hunt, and Angie and Eddie of Phoenix, Ariz., are no exception. According to AZ Central, this young couple discovered a 10- to 20-year-old safe hidden in their kitchen floor back in August 2015. The original story posted on Imgur states that first they located what turned out to be the combination, or code, to the safe behind a medicine cabinet during a bathroom remodel in the same house. Upon opening the safe, over $50,000, a bottle of Pepper bourbon, a book containing two old photos, and a bingo card were found. As they looked through the book, they discovered what appeared to be clues that led to a second, hidden safe.
Unfortunately, the hidden safe was revealed to be nothing more than a hoax inspired by a “challenge” put out by the media over five years ago to John Resig. In Resig’s published confession in theChive, Resig reveals that he and his brother were well-known for their hoaxes. The media finally said that they couldn’t outdo themselves; so for five years, Resig went dark. During his own home remodel, he found a wall safe and was inspired to do another hoax.
He had the safe placed in the floor to store comic books but then contrived the story you read above. His executive assistant, Annie Elias, was responsible for procuring the money from local banks. The bourbon was real, having received it as a gift from his uncle the year before. The rest he added for the fun of it. Resig takes the time to point out that under the top $100 bills were just $1 bills.
Resig and Elias enjoyed watching the story go viral but cut the hoax short after a bit so as to spare Mesa, Ariz., from being stampeded by treasure hunters looking for the mysterious, second safe. The money that was in the safe was given to Austin Pets Alive except for $2 and $5 bills, which Resig kept as souvenirs.
Normally, Resig uses his viral hoaxing powers for good, and he is responsible “for creating theCHIVE’s flash charity model.” Resig finishes his reveal with, “Back into hoax hibernation for another 5 years.” Unfortunately for Eddie and Angie, who don’t really exist, neither did the $50,000 nor the second treasure.
It looks to be about $50,000. Mostly old $100 bills. Ok, we totally counted it. $51,080!
There is a bottle of James E Pepper. Wikipedia time!!!! James E. Pepper is credited as the inventor of the “Old Fashioned”
The seal is still unbroken. Tax stamp reads 1960, aged 6 years. My wiki research suggests this Bourbon is as about as rare as it comes.
A Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher. Published in 1977.
On the back of the photo is a note which reads,
I have a book you must read. I’ve underlined a few key passages.
‘X mark’ in pencil over Mesa, AZ.
The underlined passage of the chapter titled, ‘On Philosophical Maps’ reads,
“One way of looking at the world as a whole is by means of a map, that is to say, some sort of plan or outline that shows where various things are to be found.”
A photo of a house or old estate beneath the sentence, “There yielded such fruitful results.”
Back of photo reads – “Where one tree becomes three” – I assume he’s referring to the tree here on the left.
“Most Modern Readers will be reluctant to believe that perfect happiness is attainable by methods of which their modern world knows nothing.”
One can only speculate. Eddie pointed out that our safe had a 3 digit code. Perhaps this is the code to the other safe but maybe he really liked bingo?
We haven’t decided what we’re going to do with the money yet. If Alan is still out there, it was meant for him after all.