Here’s something that you definitely don’t read about every day: a man has discovered more than 150 bowling balls buried beneath his home in Michigan.
33-year-old David Olsen discovered this bizarre anomaly when he was demolishing the back steps of his house on 1st July and discovered the first of many mostly black bowling balls buried in sand behind some cinder blocks.
After removing that one, he found that there were more and more bowling balls buried beneath his house. Olsen told US Today that there was an “entire gridwork” of balls beneath his house but he was happy as “it’s a little easier to roll bowling balls out of the way than to move the sand and figure out where to put all that.”
Olsen, whp shared his findings on Facebook, had initially found 158 bowling balls but has since reportedly found two more, bringing the current total up to 160.
Olsen believes that there are plenty more bowling balls down there but has finished working in the area that he needed. “I’ve dug down about 2 feet lower than when I found my last ball and I think it’s pretty much cleared out in that section,” he added.
All of the balls were made by Brunswick Bowling Products and after contacting the company and giving the balls serials numbers they were able to confirm that were made in the 1950s and the Olsen was free to dispose of them.
Although this may sound like a bowler’s paradise the majority of the balls have had two spiral grooves cut into them which would make them impossible to use on any lanes. You’re more likely to end up in the gutter than get a strike with one of these.
Instead, Olsen has decided to use the excavated balls as sculptures in his garden and also for landscaping purposes. His stepfather also plans to use several to build custom furniture legs while a local church has taken eight to use in a bowling ball cannon for a pig roast.
Meanwhile, the mystery of how the balls got there is probably down to the fact there used to be a Brunswick bowling ball factory near Olsen’s home in Musekegon. Some of the plant’s former employees, who have contacted Olsen on Facebook, used to take some of the scrapped balls home with them for DIY projects as they were a much cheaper alternative to gravel or sand.
Good to see that Olsen has taken this unusual revelation well. We can imagine that most people would be going spare...