Doorstop Used For 30 Years Found To Be Worth $100K

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A Michigan man was apparently sued a certified meteorite to prop open a door on his farm for the past 30 years.

CNN reports that the man learned about the rock when touring the farm he eventually bought back in 1988.

"The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.

The farmer told him it was a meteorite, that it was part of the property and he could have it.

The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s -- "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit," the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement. In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite."

The man eventually took the rock to Central Michigan University to be examined and lo and behold, it was a legit space rock and now The Smithsonian and another place want to buy it.  More details in the CNN story linked above.

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