40 Strange Things People Found in Their Homes Left by Previous Owners

This article appeared in Bigglobaltravel and has been published here with permission.

The Strangest Things

Moving into a new house is always a chore. Although you expect it to be spick and span, that is not always the case. Often, many homeowners find unusual objects left behind by the previous owners – and they can range from anything and everything. We’ve listed some of the most bizarre things homeowners have found in their homes, left behind by the previous tenants.

Razor Blades

In many antique homes there used to be a thin slit in the medicine cabinets for disposing of old razor blades. These razor blades used to end up in the back of the wall – out of sight, out of mind!

Razor Blades

When a Redditor named Bellapace was trying to repair a busted pipe, they discovered several razor blades buried behind the drywall. Later, they discovered a razor blade slot in the back of their medicine cabinet.

Layers of History

Archaeologists count the rings on the trunk of a tree to date their age, and homeowners chip their walls. Well, you actually can’t figure out how old the house is without some form of dating technology, but chipping walls can still reveal interesting information.

Layers of History

In this one house, a chipped wall reveals all the layers of painting and repainting the room has gone through. Whilst it might not be a piece of useful information to any homeowner, it still is rather pretty to look at.

Secret Agents Exposed

The life of a secret agent always sounds fun on paper. That is, until they end up invading your home. This is what a Reddit user discovered when doing a search of their new home. Inside a broken locker, the user discovered several CIA ID badges, cryptography business cards and other highly confidential materials.

Secret Agents Exposed

Curious, they conducted a more thorough search of their home. Amazingly their search turned out to be successful! It resulted in the discovery of a WWII explosive under their floorboard.

Can You Fix It?

Spoons are not the only idea that house owners came up with when it came to repairing broken objects. Another owner decided to cover up a duct using ant-freeze cans. The owners decided to solder several anti-freeze cans together and fit them perfectly in the duct to prevent air from rushing in.

Can You Fix It?

They must have done a pretty good job as the new owners never reported a problem with it. We hope the cans were empty though, as anti-freeze is a poisonous substance.

Memorabilia From the Civil War

It’s always cool to find historical artifacts left behind by previous owners. For Sheri and Clyde Renner of Camp Point, Illinois, they might as well have been living on top of a museum.

Memorabilia from the Civil War

Whilst “Renner-vating” their 1891 Queen Anne home, they discovered lipstick-kissed love letters from a woman named Flossy, a tombstone of a child from 1870, and even the belt buckle of a Union officer who fought in the Civil War. They discovered a tiny model of a Union soldier from the ceiling as well.

Buried Underground

With all the bizarre things on this list, we’re sure you wouldn’t be surprised if someone happens to find buried treasure in their yard now. However, this homeowner’s son managed to find something even stranger – decapitated doll parts.

Buried Underground

When playing around in the yard, the son happened to dig up several doll parts that were buried underground. We can’t know for sure, but perhaps Sid Phillips from Toy Story lived here previously.

A Jaw-Dropping Discovery

We’ll give you the spoiler first – this one has a wholesome ending. When this new homeowner moved in, they discovered a set of dentures sitting by themselves on a shelf of their new house. Humored, the owner decided to upload its picture on Reddit.

A Jaw-Dropping Discovery

The picture must’ve caught the sight of the previous owner. They contacted the new homeowner and wanted them back. Apparently, the dentures belonged to their late mother. The takeaway is that not all possessions that are lost while moving are gone forever.

It’s a Trap

How freaked out would you be to walk into an office, and find a trapdoor beneath you? If you’ve watched enough horror movies, you probably know how it ends. For this one case however, things seemed to have worked out for the better.

It’s a Trap

Despite having an insanely creepy trapdoor on the floor of the building that leads underground, the basement yielded some cool stuff – like old blueprints and newspapers dating back to 1937. Perhaps, the basement was built by an architect so that he could work comfortably.

The Previous Owner

In most cases, new homeowners discover memorabilia from the previous owners, but for one William Wilson, he discovered the previous owner herself! He bought a foreclosed home in Cape Coral, Florida. The reason it was on auction was because the previous owner did not pay her taxes, although no one knew why.

The Previous Owner

As Wilson would soon discover, the reason was that the previous owner was in fact deceased and her corpse remained in the house. Talk about the “Florida Man” jokes reaching a new level!

Tunnel of Doom

Having a trapdoor or a secret closet in your house might be spooky enough, but imagine having an enormous tunnel! This is the case for one user who shared the pic. According to them, the tunnel is located underneath a friend’s apartment building and stretches a mile in length.

Tunnel of Doom

The consensus of the Internet is that it was meant to divert flooding. If that wasn’t weird enough for you, the tunnel is lined with spooky art of humanoid figures that makes the experience even more haunting.

A Blast From the Past

Back before you could buy crates of milk in any small store near your home, you had to rely on your milkman to supply milk to you. As a result, many houses built before the 1940s came with a milk door.

A Blast From the Past

The milk door is smaller, usually right next to the main door, through which the milkman could open and leave bottles of milk in the walls. Apparently, this one house still has a milk door, definitely adding a sense of nostalgia for the homeowners.

A Hooch Room

If you live in an old house, you’ll probably find a lot of history within its walls. This was the case for a Reddit user who used to live in a home that was a general store before. The store was located in the basement, and contained a secret hooch room.

A Hooch Room

Constructed during the Prohibition, the house had a specialized pulley system that would hide the hooch room from the general population. If that isn’t creativity, we don’t know what is!

Going Overboard

Board-game nights with the family are always fun until the loss becomes inevitable for someone and they decide to overturn the board. This is why the previous homeowners of this house were determined to make sure that no one could get away with this horrible “crime”.

Going Overboard

Why spend your hard-earned cash to buy a regular-sized Monopoly set when you can turn your entire floor into one? As the new homeowners removed the old, dusty carpet, they discovered a fully-preserved human-sized Monopoly board. We suppose their game nights are much more fun now!

A Voodoo Doll

What is it with the strange correlation between old attics and dolls? When this Redditor moved into a new home, they noticed a strange smell coming from the attic and decided to investigate. When they entered the attic, what they discovered was a huge six or seven-foot-tall, stuffed voodoo doll.

A Voodoo Doll

The doll was covered in dust so it must have been there for quite a while. The Redditor tried to move it, but it turned out to be too heavy for them.

Can’t Handle It

What’s your first instinct if you damage your door handle? Probably to scream in panic. Once you’ve calmed down, you’d probably try to fix it enough to make it look like the next person broke it, and when all else fails – hire a repairman.

Can’t Handle It

The previous owners of this house had a better idea though. Instead of investing in a brand new handle, they decided to screw on a spoon. They even painted it white to match the screen door. Now that’s dedication!

Safe and Sound

As we’ve seen before, many houses are converted from older buildings that used to be something else. In the case of this homeowner, their house used to be a bank. Although not as cool as Gringotts from the Harry Potter movies, the house still had a vault when the person moved in.

Safe and Sound

The homeowner did what any sensible person would do at that point, and that is, convert the super-cool secret vault into a basement. Although it might not be a great idea for claustrophobic people, others can surely stay “safe” when they’re in the basement.

Artfully Hidden

It’s one thing to find random scribbles and doodles by random kids covered up by wallpaper, but it’s not every day that you find a huge wall painting. This homeowner discovered a huge mural of what looks like an oil painting set in the country behind a room’s wallpaper.

Artfully Hidden

The painting is absolutely gorgeous, and kind of reminds you of old Renaissance art. The master behind this project must’ve been pretty shy to decide that their creation looked better when covered up.

Cashing it In

There’s an age-old superstition about how if you have an itchy right palm, it means that money is coming your way. This one homeowner must have woken with up with a super-itchy palm the day he decided to open up his insulation because he was lucky enough to find £500 hidden in it, from way back in 1981.

Cashing it In

Maybe the previous owner kept it stored away for a rainy day, or simply misplaced it, but unfortunately, we’ll never know the truth for sure.

This Brings Back Memories

Not all discoveries made by homeowners are decades old, at the very least. Some are pretty modern, too. For example, the new homeowner of this house found something in his stove that you would never expect – an SD card. There’s no sure way to know what the SD card was doing there.

This Brings Back Memories

Maybe the previous owner was careless and dropped it accidentally. However, it’s more likely that the owner of the card was getting rid of some heinous data that riddled the memory card. Deciding to burn it may have been his only option to erase it all.

Dead Chickens

People find a lot of weird things in their houses, and not all of them are misplaced or left behind. In February 2015, the Bretzius family in Auburn, Pennsylvania were horrified to discover that their 1930s house was insulated with dead chickens in the walls.

Dead Chickens

Apparently, this was done intentionally – as a part of a Dutch folk magic called Pow-wow, which helps to prevent sickness inside the house. It wasn’t a happy affair for the family, as it turned out that removing the carcasses would cost $20,000 for which they began a GoFundMe campaign.

Peeping Tom

Many homeowners find creative solutions to cover up broken parts around the house, but this one homeowner’s method was both innovative and hilarious. As the new owner soon discovered, the previous owner decided to cover up a hole in the bathroom wall with the face of a cartoon character – looking downwards.

Peeping Tom

Why the previous owner decided that having a random cartoon character staring at you whilst you’re trying to use the toilet is anybody’s guess. A bit weird, but to each their own, we suppose!

Witch’s Bottles

We’ve all read history about the plague of witch trials that took hold of Europe during the medieval ages. People often stored “witch’s bottles” in their homes that worked to counter a witch’s magic.

Witch’s Bottles

The bottles often contained urine or fingernail clippings of a particular person and were said to ward negative energy away from the person into the bottle instead. A homeowner in Greenwich, London discovered a 17th-century witch’s bottle in their home in 2004. All of its contents were still intact, providing valuable insight for scholars about the practices at that time.

Joining the Clubs

What would you think if you move into a new home and find a playing card taped to the window of your home? You might laugh at the previous owner’s attempt at a lame prank, but actually, in this case, the previous owner had a good reason behind it.

Joining the Clubs

The previous owner of this house had just won the lottery before they moved into this house, and so they decided that taping the three of clubs (representing a three-leafed clover) to the window might keep their luck running. Ironically enough, they forgot that all clovers are three-leaved, and it’s four-leaved clovers, which bring you good luck.

Out of This World

Space has always been a fascinating subject for many of us, and many of our childhood dreams and aspirations of being an astronaut died silently as we grew up. However, memories remain in the form of souvenirs from the local museum or an action figure from the comic book store.

Out of This World

For this one kid, it was wallpaper. The left-behind wallpaper in a child’s room was painted beautifully – with rockets, alien spaceships, and the planet Earth all arranged neatly against a dark, starry background.

An “Odd” Coffin

This happened in Oklahoma, when a family in Leflore County discovered something strange in their barn in 2015. Whilst looking through their barn, the family stumbled upon a coffin, and inside the coffin – they found a 100-year old skeleton.

An “Odd” Coffin

Further investigation suggested that the coffin and the skeleton belonged to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, who used them in their initiation ceremonies. They definitely were odd fellows – no doubt about that!

A Moss-Covered Find

There are many different ways to look at this one, but it will make you a little bit sad. This new homeowner discovered a moss-covered figurine of what was probably a stuffed animal from the top of their garden shed.

A Moss-Covered Find

Once a child’s favorite toy, perhaps, it somehow got thrown to the top of the shed where nature reclaimed it and covered it in moss. On the other hand, it’s equally likely that the child might have hated the toy and decided to chuck it away as far as they could.

A Body Bag

Compared to some of the more bizarre stuff on this list, a body bag might seem pretty normal to you. However, there’s a catch! What if we tell you it was a used body bag? This is what a Detroit woman found out in 2015 when she was cleaning out the garage of her newly purchased home.

A Body Bag

The body bag thankfully was empty, but it had an “unknown male” tag attached. The funeral home across the street denied their ownership of the bag, leaving its true owners shrouded in mystery.

Prohibition Memories

When Steff and Jeff Condon bought their 1918 Tudor home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, it was not really the best of properties, and was missing many items such as sinks. However, its unique floor plan and beautiful design soon captured their hearts.

Prohibition Memories

As they began renovating it, Steff Condon discovered a paperboard box hidden in the ceiling in the room above the garage. The box uncovered two bottles of moonshine made during the Prohibition and a myriad of black-and-white photos. They also discovered a 1934 copy of The Case of the Curious Bride behind a closet wall.

Doodle Fun

One of the best parts of childhood has to be the ability to do anything, without having the anxiety of any consequences afterward. This is why it’s so endearing to see the random doodles that the previous owner’s kids had created on the walls of this room.

Doodle Fun

Their doodles and scribbles consist of cartoon faces, strange symbols, a breakdown of the word “Love”, and a favorite – the wise words “EEK! EEK!! EEK!!” It makes you wonder if the children remember all the antics they did here and whether they still reminisce.

Left Behind

It’s not unusual for people to suddenly be reminded of a lost possession and have them begin a search party around the house, only to find that it is gone forever. This is probably what happened with the previous owner of this house when they discovered that their toy dinosaur went missing or a book was missing its cover.

Left Behind

As the new owners discovered, the previous owners lost them when they moved – leaving the toy dinosaur and the book jacket stuck in the air vents by themselves.

A Rocky Beginning

How far would you go to decorate your house? Perhaps, you’d invest in an auction to purchase an antique statue or decorate your walls with the most artistic paintings?

A Rocky Beginning

This person has them all beat. As the new homeowner finds out, they built their entire house around a huge slab of sandstone, which stands grandiosely in their living room. It’s perfectly natural, and it adds a certain level of charm to the house’s décor – there’s no doubt about that.

Standing Silently

Umm….okay? We’re not sure how to feel about this one. Imagine walking into your new home absent-mindedly, and finding yourself staring at what looks like the lower part of a human body? No one would blame you if you freaked out and called the police.

Standing Silently

However, just like the confused new owner, upon closer inspection, you’d realize that you’re looking at a very oddly made stool with legs shaped like that of a cowboy. As creepy as it is, it seems like the previous owner left this stool behind on purpose, to play this bizarre practical joke.

From a Funeral Parlor

What would you expect to find in a funeral parlor turned home? Cadavers, coffins, or cremation urns perhaps? For Reddit user KnittyViki, their discovery wasn’t half as terrifying. The homeowners lived in a home that used to be a funeral parlor a century before, but when a pipe broke, they discovered an additional room.

From a Funeral Parlor

The room contained old bottles, chemicals, odd equipment, perfumed salts, stained glass windows, and business books from the funeral home – which were all eventually sold to an antique shop owner.

Sleeping With the Fishes

If you have an artist hidden within you deep inside, here’s a tip for you. Use your walls as a canvas, especially if you plan to wallpaper it soon. For these homeowners, they let the young artist in the family go wild.

Sleeping With the Fishes

So, when the new owners moved in and tore off the wallpaper, they were surprised to discover an aquarium hidden underneath. The pencil sketches of seahorses and butterflyfish definitely add some liveliness to the room.

Letters from the Past

It’s amazing to see your own house built from scratch. The previous homeowners of this house must have been as proud as a peacock to see their own house being constructed into completion, and the wholesome family was more than happy to celebrate.

Letters from the Past

On Sunday, March 27th of 1988, the entire Barker family engraved their names on the first cork tile laid on the house. Yes, even the little ones – eight-year-old Nicole and seven-year-old Wade. It’s so cute – it’s hard to imagine that the kids are all grown-up adults by now!

Living in Jail

Many old community buildings such as funeral parlors or restaurants are sometimes converted into residential homes, but the landowners usually take great care to make them look spick and span. Not this one, though! Many households sometimes find remnants of the building’s previous status, but in this case, the house itself is a remnant of a police station.

Living in Jail

The cell doors are still left intact although they have been whitewashed to make them look more sophisticated. The windows still have bars on them. If you decide to move into this house, you could invite your friends to spend the night in jail!

Well, What Do We See Here?

Not everyone has the comfort of staring into the abyss from the comfort of their own homes like Friedrich Nietzsche, but this one homeowner hit the jackpot. They could literally see as far as the eye could see and have it look back at them any time they want since their entire house is built on top of a well.

Well, What Do We See Here?

The person made the best of it, though. They covered the well with a glass panel and set up a light directly overhead so that the well remains “well” lit.

Neanderthals Say Hi

If you lived in this house, at first sight, you would have been delighted at your own archaeological genius. After all, how many people can say that they have discovered a prehistoric cave painting within their own house? Upon closer look, though, you’ll be disappointed – as you realize that it is an extremely well-thought-out prank.

Neanderthals Say Hi

Some previous homeowners thought it would be funny to decorate their basement walls with what looks like cave paintings, while clues came about as they still contained modern inventions such as the jump rope.

Showered With Love

This house was probably designed for Monica Geller from Friends. Often a neat-freak and an advocate of personal hygiene, she’d probably never let a guest leave their bed without taking a shower first. This is why this house is perfect for her.

Showered With Love

The otherwise barren guest bedroom comes with a super-convenient shower stall attached right next to it. No sinks or toilets – just a shower stall built into the wall. At least this house’s guests don’t have to worry about hygiene anymore.

A Secret Dungeon

For fantasy nerds out there, this must be close to what heaven looks like. Sure, this is no portal to Narnia, but how many people can boast that they have a secret dungeon inside their home? Underneath this apartment is a huge spacious dungeon full of corridors and empty rooms lined with spray-paint graffiti.

A Secret Dungeon

The landlord had a perfect opportunity of turning this dungeon into a selling point. Instead, it was discovered by the tenant who moved in, who could surely make the best of this extra space.

2 Brothers Spent 4 Years Building the Style Calculator App

2 Brothers Spent 4 Years Building the “Style Calculator” App
2 Brothers Spent 4 Years Building the Style Calculator App

If you have ever caught yourself wondering what clothes to wear in the morning, Ruban and Mayan Rajendran understand your pain, and they can help. A few years ago, Mayan, 33, who is a menswear designer and a visiting lecturer at Cornell University with over a decade of experience in the fashion industry, and his brother Ruban, 30 years old, a full stack developer, sketched out a plan for a style calculator that can help men dress by teaching them what to pair with various basic items of clothing.

What Inspired Them to Make the Style Calculator for Men?

Making the “Style Calculator” For Men
2 Brothers Spent 4 Years Building the Style Calculator App

Mayan shares that he has worked in the fashion industry in some capacity for over ten years. He has an affinity for clothes and a lot of experience in retail. Over the years, he found himself in a position where he was often called upon for his opinion. One person to whom he would give his thoughts was his brother. Being the older brother, Mayan would share whatever he was seeing and learning about clothes. As Mayan made his way through university as a painter and began his MA in fashion, the conversations around clothes became more and more frequent. Ruban was getting his Mechanical Engineering degree at the time, and he would share his ideas and thoughts about fashion, colors, and sneakers.

After Ruban moved into computer science after his degree, the brothers started having more serious conversations about how they could simplify the solution to the universal question that has been putting a lot of weight on the shoulders of men for years, “Honey, what do I wear with this?”

Initially, Ruban started the project while he was getting his computer science diploma. Mayan brought the idea to him as this was a great way to apply his learning to something he was genuinely interested in. During this time, they were building the first iteration of the style calculator app, which looked a lot different than what it is today.

The creators of the "style calculator" Ruban (left) and Mayan (right) Rajendran
2 Brothers Spent 4 Years Building the Style Calculator App

Background in Fashion

Mayan’s professional career has taken him to New York, Honk Kong, Toronto, Vancouver, Milan, Berlin, Paris, and Frankfurt. He had worked alongside several reputable brands, stylists, and agencies throughout his career. He knows that style is subjective but his experience, track record, and instincts have proven their merit in the industry.

The Best PIece of Style Advice to Men

Mayan advises men to keep it simple. They should pay attention to how clothes affect their posture. Finding a good tailor is also recommended as a style has no price.