While some strange things can be found in charity or donation boxes, the usual findings are that of old clothes, toys, and other used things. Fox News reported on Oct. 9, 2013, that there was an extremely weird finding in a donation box in Michigan as it was that of a giant mastodon tooth.
The mastodon tooth was discovered back in July in the donation box in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is believed that the tooth fragments and tusk are to be between 12,000 and 15,000 years old.
In The Image, the Christian charity that found the tooth, will give the item to the Grand Rapid Public Museum. From there, the fractured mastodon tooth will be placed in the museum's collection and eventually put on display. There is also a tusk, which could be from a mastodon as well.
“It’s pretty amazing the things we get,” the charity’s executive director, Jay Starkey, told FoxNews.com. “I just looked at it and said, ‘This is something different.’”
In The Image had the chance to sell the discovery of the tusk and mastodon tooth to a private buyer and quite possibly could have made a good bit of money. Now, the findings will be there for local educators to use as a classroom tool so that students can learn more about the past.
This isn't the first strange thing found in the donation box though. Tim Priest, the collections manager at the museum said that this is a rather "oddball way" for something to be brought to them, but luckily they didn't see the other items.
The donation box in Michigan has also unveiled framed divorce papers, drugs, a painting worth $5,000, and a person's ashes.