What do you do when your favorite band in the world announces they’ve begun a treasure hunt? You do your best to solve the mystery and find the treasure. But this teenage girl had no idea that she’d get an amazing reward after solving her favorite band’s riddle. You won’t believe what she discovers!
24. AN ANNOUNCEMENT
This famous band has fans all over the world. Right before releasing their new album, they decided to do something rather strange for the fans.
This began as a reward for the fans that have been by their side.
23. THE MYSTERY
The band wanted to do something special for the fans in the United States, but little did they know that they would be hosting a huge treasure hunt! Check out the amazing treasure in the next photos.
22. A TREASURE HUNT
The band decided to hide some items that every hardcore fan would kill for. They hid them at a secret location, and returned back to their base to do this next thing…
The band members updated their Facebook page letting fans know of their little “game”. They provided their fans with a set of three simple rules and a riddle that one has to solve in order to find the treasure. This teen read the post and began her search!
Lindsea Taylor, a 13-year-old girl from Utah read the post and immediately decided to take action. In an interview with the media, she explained that she was a hardcore fan: “(I like them) a lot. A lot! Like, I only listen to their music.” Then THIS happens…
19. READY TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY
Who wouldn’t be eager to solve a mystery? And what was more exciting was that it would end up with winning an awesome reward from your favorite band! Lindsea had no idea what she would get or if she would find the treasure hidden by the band…
18. THE RULES
The band released on Facebook a post that included rules you had to follow to find the reward. But these rules looked like a riddle. The post contained the next rules, alongside the release of their new album’s cover art. Check them out in the next photo.
17. FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS
This is how the post began: “First rule of following directions, be precise; second rule of following directions, make sure your navigation tools are up to par; and the third and final rule of following directions is the early bird catches the worm (there is only one worm, and it’s alive and well). Happy hunting.”
16. LINDSEY KNEW WHAT TO DO
The first time she read the rules, Lindsea got confused and wondered what those words meant. A live worm? Directions and navigation tools? After a few minutes, it all started to make sense. She knew where to look! This is what she did next…
15. THE TREASURE HUNT STARTS
“I decided to look into it further and try to figure out what it was,” Lindsea said. As the band posted the rules accompanied by the cover art, she thought it wasn’t a coincidence, so she took a closer look at the image. This is mind-blowing!
14. HIDDEN MESSAGES
The teenager had a great instinct! It appeared that the band’s new album cover “Smoke and Mirrors” contained some subtle hints. Lindsea noticed something that looked like backward numbers… But they were not plain numbers!
And she was once again right! Underneath the hands in the cover art it appeared that there was hidden something like a hidden message. After more careful inspection, Lindsea realized that these were coordinates!
12. A SECRET LOCATION
“I zoomed in on the picture, and I found the numbers,” she said, “and I just immediately, I was just like these are coordinates.”. She rapidly put the numbers into google earth and found out that these coordinates led to a location in Las Vegas.
11. CALLING FAMILY IN LAS VEGAS
Lindsea couldn’t fly to Vegas so she contacted her grandfather who had some really good friends in the area. They were more than happy to help and soon they were in the location where they found something strange.
10. A CROSS
It was almost sure that this was the location that Lindsea was behind! This cross made with little pieces of stone was a clear sign that there was something hidden down there. It was the X that marked a treasure!
9. THEY FOUND SOMETHING
After some shoveling, they found the treasure! Lindsea was thrilled and quickly managed to send a message to the band’s Facebook page, for verification! What did they find in it though?
8. A TRUE TREASURE
“There was a guitar signed by all the band members and a case for it,” she said. “There were 10 Polaroids with pictures of the band members, and they each signed it, and then there were drumsticks signed, and there was a master pass that allows me to get into all of the (“Smoke and Mirrors”) concerts that I want. Two tickets free!”
7. LIKE A DREAM
As a hardcore fan, Lindsea was thrilled to have these things in her hands. She said that it was like a dream and she was looking forward to meeting the members of the band, as promised!
6. A GREAT WAY TO MEET FANS
Lindsea admitted that found this to be extremely cool and that she has never seen any other band doing something like this. She said that it was a great way to interact with the fans, even from a distance!
Hours later, the band’s Facebook page replied to Lindsea, congratulating for her success and verifying that the treasure was indeed the real one!
4. MADE A POST
He also made a post explaining how Lindsea found the treasure and promised to interview her about the process. He then wished “Happy New Year’s to all” and promised that more will follow!
3. LINDSEA WENT TO THE CONCERT
Lindsea, of course, grabbed the free pass and attended the two promised concerts where she had a lot of fun and even managed to meet the band members!
2. EXPECTING MORE
Even though Lindsea was the big winner of this treasure hunt, there are many other hardcore fans of Imagine Dragons that are waiting patiently for them to release the next riddle! We’re sure that it’ll be as interesting as this one!
1. EXCITING ADVENTURE
We’re so excited for the fan who found the treasure and we’re sure the band members are as well. No one expected someone so young to find it! Let’s hope the band will have more wonderful surprises for their fans int he future.