An Israeli woman named Annat decided to surprise her elderly mother by giving her a new mattress to replace the rattty old one she had been sleeping on for decades. But what was supposed to be a pleasant surprise turned to be a nightmare:
Annat, who did not want to reveal the rest of her name, told Israel Army Radio that she woke up early Sunday to get a good deal on a new mattress as a surprise for her mother.
She fell asleep that night, exhausted after lugging up the new mattress and hauling down the old one to be taken out with the trash.
When her mother realized the next day what her daughter had done, she told her that she had been using the mattress to stash away her life savings and had nearly $1 million padding the inside of the worn-out mattress.
Annat ran downstairs, but it was too late. The garbage truck had already taken away the money-stuffed mattress.
And thus the hunt for the $1 million mattress began in Israeli landfills: Link