That Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert? It’s Gone!

Cue up Rod Serling’s voice-over and maybe some theremin music. Nobody knows where it came from, and nobody knows how it was removed!

15 thoughts on “That Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert? It’s Gone!

  1. I’m calling a monolith pandemic. Pics here

    MYSTERIOUS monolith appears in ROMANIA after one disappeared from Utah
    Things just got a whole lot weirder. Around the time a metal structure that inexplicably appeared in the Utah desert just as mysteriously disappeared; a similar structure has appeared without explanation in Romania.
    The Romanian monolith, which is about 13 feet high, was first noticed on Batch Doamnei Hill in Piatra Neamt on Thursday, November 26.
    Neamt Culture and Heritage official Rocsana Josanu said: ‘We have started looking into the strange appearance of the monolith.
    ‘It is on private property, but we still don’t know who the monolith’s owner is yet. It is in a protected area on an archaeological site.’
    She added: ‘Before installing something there, they needed permission from our institution, one that must then be approved by the Ministry of Culture.’
    The triangular structure, placed just meters away from the city’s oldest historical monument, Petrodava Dacian Fortress, faces Mount Ceahlau, or the Holy Mountain.

    1. If this is all one big gag, my respect just went up several orders of magnitude. The Utah one was hard enough to pull off, but to have multinational coordination? Wow.

      If on the other hand, this is for real, I for one welcome our monolith-moving overlords.

      1. A photographer said four men dismantled the mysterious shiny object that has captivated the country. NYT.

  2. This was a good hack by somebody. Not sure which was most impressive: putting it up, having the patience to wait years until it was “discovered”, or being able to take it down without being caught.

    1. The first part is amazing. They planted it, then gave away no hints that would lead anyone to it. Talk about running the long con. They just waited and waited – and might have waited forever if not for a couple of sheep-counters who spotted it accidentally.

      Unless …

      The sheep-counters were either in on the con, or were lured to that spot in some way.

      1. Yeah, if you believe the part where it was on Google Maps in 2016, I could easily see somebody getting tired of waiting and finally just goosing the gag along. After four years and with an ongoiing pandemic, I’d be getting worried I might not be around to see the payoff.

    1. Yes, perhaps it was removed on that flatbed once they got it on there. The trick is this: how did they get it from its cul-de-sac in the desert to a road or some location where it could be loaded on the truck. By chopper, maybe?

      I wonder if the people who placed it there are the same people that removed it.

      And I wonder how the people who removed it got it past all the curiosity seekers now that the thing has become a cause celebre. Getting it out there in that remote place woudn’t be that difficult, because the chances of running into, or being spotted by, another human out there are approximately zero. But retrieving it after it became a national news item? Much more impressive.

      And I certainly marvel at the patience of the people who placed it in the desert, then never led anybody to it. (Unless they tipped off or involved the sheep-counters in some way.) Talk about a patient long con!

      And I wonder why they placed it there in the first place. I suppose it’s some kind of con, but what’s the endgame?

      All in all, I think it is a fun mystery. I don’t think it involves space aliens or supernatural forces, but that doesn’t make it any less intriguing.

      1. Engineering students love to do stuff like this for shits and grins. At tech schools it’s a badge of honor to pull one off, and even more so to remain anonymous except within the inner sanctum.

        So if I really needed to find out who did it, I would start with Caltech and MIT undergrads.

        Having said that, now watch it be some Pepsi Wild Cherry marketing gimmick.

  3. This reeks of a marketing campaign PR stunt. Maybe it’ll show up in another location or two before the big Geico or emu reveal.

    1. I have to admit that I can’t think of any alternate explanation, but you have to admire the patience of people who planted it four years ago, then just sat on it. Since the sheep-counters seem to have stumbled on it by accident in a one-in-a-thousand shot, there is a very good chance it would never have been discovered at all.

      Or maybe the sheep guys were either directed to it in some way, or are in on the con.

      Either way, it’s a pretty slick and patient long con.

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