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In today’s segment of monolith oddities, a steel pillar that appeared in the mountains of Romania has disappeared, just days after the vanishing of the Utah monolith last week, and Reddit users have a new theory about a hidden message behind the two monoliths. Also, the internet has begun to piece together the puzzle of the Utah relocation after images emerged of an unidentified crew hauling the sculpture from the red canyons.
Shortly before the sudden disappearance of the Utah monolith on the evening of November 27, a similar sculpture popped up near a fortress in the Romanian city of Piatra Neamt. The monolith has since disappeared, and police in Piatra Neamt have launched an investigation into the illegally-installed sculpture.
Robert Iosub, a reporter for the local newspaper Ziar Piatra Neamt, told Reuters that the missing monolith was probably the work of “a bad local welder.”
“Now all that remains is just a small hole covered by rocky soil,” the local reporter said.
Back in Utah, new information emerged about the removal of the mystery sculpture last week. Ross Bernards, a photographer who hiked to the area to see the monolith, posted a picture seeming to depict four unidentified men dismantling the object before carrying it away with a wheelbarrow.
“They gave a couple of pushes on the monolith and one of them said ‘You better have got your pictures,'” Bernards recounted the events of Friday evening on Instagram. “The other guy with him at the monolith then said ‘this is why you don’t leave trash in the desert.’”
According to Bernards, the four men kept wiggling the monolith until it “popped out and landed on the ground with a loud bang.” He added that he heard one of the men saying “leave no trace” before leaving the site with the dismantled monolith.
If you’re confused by all of this, a new theory circulating on Reddit comes to put some “sense” into the mysterious emergence of two monoliths on different corners of the earth.
According to the theory, the two monoliths might be “pointing to something” because the distance between them is about 6,000 miles, one-quarter of the earth’s circumference. It’s unclear what meaning belies this information, but if the pattern persists, we should expect the next monolith to appear in Madagascar, according to Reddit’s pundits.
And finally, here’s our “monolith meme of the day” for your entertainment:
The University of Virginia researchers wrote that the data “provides compelling evidence that these symbols are associated with hate.”
We are waiting for spectacle and when the quotidian, yet incongruous actions occur I wonder whether there is any real payoff coming.
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