Americans all across the country celebrated Halloween last Tuesday.
But one shopper never expected to find this item on the shelf.
And you won’t believe what an anthropologist stumbled across in this Florida thrift store’s Halloween section.
Thrift store and pawn shop owners sometimes run across strange items in their line of work.
In 2000, a house painter in Fresno, California came across images of Yosemite National Park on glass plates of old photo negatives and purchased the entire batch for $45.
The photos turned out to be taken by the famous nature photographer, Ansel Adams, making them worth more than $200 million.
In 2012, a customer in an Ohio thrift store came across an old poster for a Pablo Picasso art exhibit with a $14.14 price tag on it.
After taking the item home, purchaser Zachary Badish realized he had run across an actual signed Picasso print, which he eventually sold for $7,000.
And in 2016, a fisherman brought in a rock into the tourism office in the city of Puerto Princesa that he had been keeping under his bed for good luck.
There, the man learned he was in possession of the largest pearl in the world that carried a price tag of more than $100 million.
These are just a few of the amazing finds over the years from around the world.
Of course, not every thrift store newsworthy item is a story of rags to riches.
Some are outright horrifying.
On Saturday, an anthropologist shopping at a thrift store in Fort Myers, Florida, noticed a strange item in the Halloween section of the shop.
To the anthropologist, the item looked like a genuine human skull.
And upon further inspection, it was discovered to be real and authentic.
“A shopping trip in Florida has taken an eerie turn after a human skull was discovered in the Halloween section of a charity shop,” the BBC reported. “An eagle-eyed anthropologist browsing the store on Saturday spotted the skull and suspected it belonged to a human, officials said,” the BBC continued, before adding that “detectives visited the store and agreed it was likely to be human.”
According to the store owner, the skull was found in a storage unit after being purchased many years ago.
Officials do not believe the case is suspicious, but are still conducting an investigation to further inspect the skull.
Florida law prohibits purchasing or selling “any human organ or tissue.”
In a post on Facebook, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office made light of the terrifying discovery.
“In a twist of not-so-humerus events: today, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit detectives were notified of a skull located at a thrift store in North Fort Myers,” Lee County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a post on Facebook. “The shopper, who happened to be an anthropologist, noticed the skull in the Halloween section and recognized it to be human.”
“Detectives responded to the store on North Cleveland Avenue and recovered the skull,” Lee County Sheriff’s Office continued. “Based upon the observations of detectives on scene, the skull is believed to be that of a human. The store owner said the skull was located in a storage unit that was purchased in years prior. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office will work in conjunction with the District 21 Medical Examiner’s Office to facilitate further testing of the skull. This case is not suspicious in nature.”