Hold on to your bullwhips and inappropriately aged love-interests, you Indiana-Jones-types because while it's not every day that chests full of treasure are discovered out in the wilderness, today is one of those days. Fenn's treasure has reportedly been found. If you don't know what Fenn's treasure is, it's a collection of artifacts, antiquities, and jewels valued at over $1 million dollars that art dealer Forrest Fenn assembled and hid somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Fenn hid the treasure in 1988 after being diagnosed with cancer that was likely terminal. Fenn recovered, however, and in 2010 published a memoir titled The Thrill Of The Chase in which he challenged the world to find his treasure through a series of hints and poems. It was a move straight out of One Piece, but that similarity didn't stop thousands of real-life people from traveling to the Rockies in search of a box filled with gold. (Potentially as pirates dressed as clowns.)
Over the years, there have been people declaring that Fenn's treasure wasn't even real, but was instead just an epic troll move ...
... but that debate has been put to rest now that the treasure has been found, correct? Well, not exactly. Fenn has only revealed that the treasure has been discovered, but not who actually discovered it. Wrote Fenn, in an announcement:
"It was under a canopy of stars in the lush, forested vegetation of the Rocky Mountains and had not moved from the spot where I hid it more than 10 years ago. I do not know the person who found it, but the poem in my book led him to the precise spot."
We can assume the identity of this person will eventually be known when this individual goes to sell a dozen gold-plated-rapiers to an antiques dealer. Still, it could be just as likely that they decide to save their treasure and swim in it Scrooge McDuck-Style. It could very well be the skeptics are correct, and that Fenn, after a decade of trolling thousands of adventures, with five of them dying, has finally decided enough is enough.
But we'd like to believe Fenn's treasure is real and we'd like to believe someone actually found it. Most of all, we'd love to believe that when they did finally happen upon that glorious box filled with wonder that they heard this sound:
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