10. Dionisio Pulido — the man who found a volcano in his backyard
On February 20, 1943, in the village Parícutin, Mexico a man named Dionisio Pulido stumbled upon a small hill that had appeared out of nowhere with a 6 foot wide and 150 foot long crack on top of it. Eventually, the hill grew to be over 6 feet tall and started belching gas.
24 hours after Pulido discovered the crack in his field, a furious volcano towered 165 feet over his property and was continuing to grow. Tons of ash started falling from the sky destroying vegetation, and in June lava began to flow from the volcano, which resulted in the evacuation of the entire village.
The volcano continued to grow over the first year of its life, but as time passed its activity slowed. Eruptions became sporadic with long periods of silence. In 1952, it finally went dormant, having reached a height of 1,300 feet above the surrounding valley. Thousands of people were affected by the eruption and forced to start a new life somewhere else.
Before leaving, Pulido returned to where his old cornfield was and placed a sign saying “This volcano is owned and operated by Dionisio Pulido.”