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And Now, a Terrifying True Story About 1,000 Human Teeth Found Inside a Wall

Teeth, not found in a wall.
Teeth, not found in a wall. Photo: UniversalImagesGroup/UIG via Getty Images

Construction workers in Valdosta, Georgia made a terrifying discovery on Tuesday: As they were tearing down the wall in a commercial building, they found thousands of human teeth inside of the wall. Someone later posted a photo of the tooth-pile to Facebook, where it understandably went viral.

The Valdosta Daily Times reports that the first tenant of the building, in 1900, was a dentist named Dr. Clarence Whittington, which is the closest thing to a possible explanation that has been offered as to why there were that many — or any! — teeth inside of the wall.

Okay, so, yes, dental practices have definitely evolved over the past 118 years, and things were definitely done differently back then, but at no point was it common practice to put teeth, thousands of teeth, into a wall, right? Unfortunately, we will never exactly know why or by whom those teeth were put there, because the workers who found the teeth “disposed of them.”

What makes this story even more bizarre is that the wall filled with teeth is not the first of it’s kind to be found in Georgia. It’s the third. Two buildings in Greensboro and Carrolton, Georgia, that had also contained dental offices in the early 20th century also had the same deeply haunting situation.

A Valdosta Police Department Lieutenant told the Daily Times that no reports had been filed about the teeth, and they had no plans to investigate.

As a concerned and somewhat terrified onlooker, I would like to formally request that the next time a substantial amount of human teeth is found in a wall in Georgia, someone please investigate.

Terrifying True Story: 1,000 Human Teeth Found In Wall