Canada’s Oak Island Money Pit is the world’s craziest treasure hunt

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Forget those ‘treasure hunts’ going on in Canadian cities, it’s time to turn your attention to the Oak Island Money Pit. This self-perpetuating treasure hunt has been going on for at least 200 years and has no end in sight.

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A settler by the name of Daniel McGinnis was scoping out some farmland when he apparently found a depression in the ground. So, with the help of a couple of friends, he dug down, finding markers every ten feet.

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After getting 30 feet down, they gave up on the project. But, the buzz surrounding the dig has spread, and two companies decided to show up to continue in the early 1800s. They both got around 90 feet down, but had to give up when the hole flooded not once, but twice.

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This signalled the start of more than 100 years of excavations from a bunch of companies and treasure hunters. Dozens of shafts were created, ranging anywhere from 100 to 235 feet below the surface. The Money Pit claimed the lives of six men during this time, either from shafts collapsing or hydrogen sulphide poisoning. Yikes.

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The Money Pit is such a popular site that the History Channel has been running a series on it since 2014. The Curse of Oak Island follows the Lagina brothers as they search, with a tab running into millions of dollars. Heck, even Assassin’s Creed has touched on it.

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So what’s down there? Theories have run wild. The most commonly held belief is Captain Kidd’s treasure, which by now would be priceless if found. Other (relatively more farfetched) theories range from Shakespeare’s original manuscripts to the Arc of the Covenant.

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These days, you can actually go on a tour of Oak Island Money Pit, as it is privately owned by an American company. Be warned though, you might be overcome with a desire to find out what’s down there.

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