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Old 24th November 2020, 09:09 AM   #1
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Metal monolith found in remote part of Utah

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...e-part-of-utah

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A mysterious monolith has been discovered in a remote part of Utah, after being spotted by state employees counting sheep from a helicopter.

The structure, estimated at between 10ft and 12ft high (about 3 metres), appeared to be planted in the ground. It was made from some sort of metal, its shine in sharp contrast to the enormous red rocks which surrounded it.
Anybody got a clue as to what it might be?
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Old 24th November 2020, 09:11 AM   #2
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All the clues I have point to a recent man-made object. My guess is it's some sort of poorly-conceived publicity stunt.
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Any chimps throwing bones?

This is what worries me: “ been about the strangest thing that I’ve come across out there in all my years of flying.”

“About”? What the hell else is out there?
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Might be one of the mail delivery waypoints again.

ETA: Given that the pilot had to be almost directly over it to see it, apparently not.
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Old 24th November 2020, 09:18 AM   #6
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Any chimps throwing bones?
I suspect that will happen to anybody who touches it.
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Betting money, art piece. For some reason putting stuff way out in the desert for no reason is popular with the arthouse type.
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Old 24th November 2020, 09:25 AM   #8
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I think it’s where Trump’s lawyers are hiding the evidence of election fraud.
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Can't have been out there for long. No bullet marks.
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...e-part-of-utah



Anybody got a clue as to what it might be?
What surprises me more is that sheep seem to be thriving in what looks to be such a hostile environment.
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Old 24th November 2020, 10:31 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
Betting money, art piece. For some reason putting stuff way out in the desert for no reason is popular with the arthouse type.

The helicopter pilot thinks the same thing. The story includes this:
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“I’m assuming it’s some new wave artist or something or, you know, somebody that was a big 2001: A Space Odyssey fan,” Hutchings said.

The monolith and its setting resembled a famous scene from Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film, in which a group of apes encounter a giant slab.
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What surprises me more is that sheep seem to be thriving in what looks to be such a hostile environment.
Have they attempted to make any tools since it showed up? Because that'd be pretty impressive, frankly.
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Originally Posted by JoeMorgue View Post
Betting money, art piece. For some reason putting stuff way out in the desert for no reason is popular with the arthouse type.
Probably so but not an easy installation.
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My understanding is that the proportions are wrong for it to be the work of a 2001 fan. Also I can't decide if it's funny or sad that reddit is able to come up with something besides a 2001 joke.
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Oh! That's where I left it, I was just looking for it the other day.
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Old 24th November 2020, 12:14 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
...state employees counting sheep from a helicopter.

That sounds dangerous. How do they stay awake?
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...e-part-of-utah

Anybody got a clue as to what it might be?
Their video doesn't show the guys climbing up on another's shoulder to look at the top. And they photoshopped this monolith for the one in 2001 where that monolith was wider.

They joked if they disappeared when one touched it everyone should run. What a fun thing to find.

If someone did it as a joke one wonders when they expected it to be found. An overview of the area is pretty interesting, lots and lots of similar canyons in an otherwise relatively flat-ish desert.

The longer video was on ABC news. I'll look for it.

Here's the news video with a teeny bit more than in the Guardian story. It shows the terrain and has an interview with one of the crew members.

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It looks familiar. Something from a movie or a video game, but I can't place it. It's not 2001, that was a slab, and black.
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This is not a monolith... its made of metal

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It looks familiar. Something from a movie or a video game, but I can't place it. It's not 2001, that was a slab, and black.
TARS from Interstellar?

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...lUK4Q&usqp=CAU


Also, have a look at the video. Its apparent the object is not rectangular, it only has three sides, like a giant Toblerone box stood on end.
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Old 24th November 2020, 12:33 PM   #20
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Originally Posted by smartcooky View Post
This is not a monolith... its made of metal



TARS from Interstellar?

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...lUK4Q&usqp=CAU
TARS is also a slab and black. This is not a slab, and it's not black.
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More so than the Monolith from 2001 the thing that immediately springs to mind for me is the Prada Marfa, a full size mockup of a Prada store put by the side of a remote road 26 miles from the nearest town.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prada_Marfa
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Have they attempted to make any tools since it showed up? Because that'd be pretty impressive, frankly.
Until they start going after their main predators with them.
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Originally Posted by smartcooky View Post
This is not a monolith... its made of metal



TARS from Interstellar?

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...lUK4Q&usqp=CAU


Also, have a look at the video. Its apparent the object is not rectangular, it only has three sides, like a giant Toblerone box stood on end.
So it's a Toblerone out of its box but still in its foil wrapper. And obviously it's from the future, sent back to warn us that Toblerone will continue to reduce the amount of chocolate in their product, making the gaps between the chunks bigger and bigger, until eventually all that's left is the empty wrapper.
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Oh my God. It's full of ballots!
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Originally Posted by smartcooky View Post
This is not a monolith... its made of metal



TARS from Interstellar?

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/i...lUK4Q&usqp=CAU


Also, have a look at the video. Its apparent the object is not rectangular, it only has three sides, like a giant Toblerone box stood on end.
The Utah monolith is square in depth and width.
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Oh my God. It's full of ballots!
And golden tablets, with the word of God as written by the Angel Moroni.

Utah, after all....
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So it's a Toblerone out of its box but still in its foil wrapper. And obviously it's from the future, sent back to warn us that Toblerone will continue to reduce the amount of chocolate in their product, making the gaps between the chunks bigger and bigger, until eventually all that's left is the empty wrapper.
Toblerone is actually just moving their chocolate out of the first three dimensions. Inside this wrapper is chocolate they've moved into the time dimension as a tax dodge. In 2120, backtiming is the new offshoring.
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One of the main principles of sciencemen (and scienceladies, of course) is observation; we should observify the item to see what we can deduce of its nature. First and foremost what springs instantly to our awareness is the total lack of whales in the area surrounding it. For fifty feet in every direction--including up and down!-- there is a 100% absence of all known whales. Humpback whales, killer whales, blue whales, green whales: you name them, they ain't there. Therefore we can draw the conclusion that the object generates a whale-repelling field at the minimum, possibly a whale-disintegrating field.

What does the scienceman (or sciencegirl) do next? Why, he (or she, I guess) performs an experiment! We must test the hypothesod! By dropping a variety of whales and other large animals onto the monolith from above. If the whales vanish, we'll know we were right about the whale disintegrator field. If all the animals vanish, we'll know the monolith's programming has been disturbed to mis-identify other things as being whales. If the whales instead of disintegrating bounce upward again, or slide down an invisible dome, we'll know the field merely repels whales.

So what's the next step? Why, to develop a way to make this useful to mankind (or womenkind, if we must)! We could retro-reverse-un-engineer the monolith to create a whale attractor device, or perhaps a whale-making device! Then we could simultaneously keep our oceans safe and feed the hungry! It's all very, very scientofic and logical, if you follow precisely how I have explained it, because I said so. Let victory be the tiara with which we adorn our pure reason and set it gently upon our glorious hair of intellect, I always say. Well, once, anyway, just now. Now read all that back in a Skeletor voice and tell me you aren't convinced!
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It's a broken arrow from a secret military program. It was unsafe to land with the plane but dropping it on Utah wouldn't ruin anything of value.
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It looks familiar. Something from a movie or a video game, but I can't place it. It's not 2001, that was a slab, and black.

Land of the lost pylon?
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Oh my God. It's full of ballots!
Made me laugh out loud!
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Oh my God. It's full of ballots!
Nommed.

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The Utah monolith is square in depth and width...
... and triangular in cross-section

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I was hesitant to make too much of a 2001 thing out of it. My nitpick reflex rejected it not being in the proportions of 1x4x9 (the squares of 1, 2, and 3).

The triangle aspect makes this really just more of a random "huh."
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I was hesitant to make too much of a 2001 thing out of it. My nitpick reflex rejected it not being in the proportions of 1x4x9 (the squares of 1, 2, and 3).

The triangle aspect makes this really just more of a random "huh."
The monoliths in the films aren't 1x4x9. An actual 1x4x9 one would look wrong, as in unlike the movie ones. Mostly, too thick, because as far as I've ever been able to tell the ratio 4:9 is pretty close for the width and height.
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... and triangular in cross-section

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6l5as9y25z...Mon1.png?raw=1
OK, I found a reference to a "three sided" object in one of the news reports.

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I think that's a shadow.
Nope
"The shiny, triangular pillar – which protrudes around 12 feet (3.6 metres) from the red rocks of southern Utah – was spotted last Wednesday by baffled local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air."


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The monoliths in the films aren't 1x4x9. An actual 1x4x9 one would look wrong, as in unlike the movie ones. Mostly, too thick, because as far as I've ever been able to tell the ratio 4:9 is pretty close for the width and height.
Are you seriously calling out that the props in the movie don't have the exact proportions given in the story?
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Nope
"The shiny, triangular pillar – which protrudes around 12 feet (3.6 metres) from the red rocks of southern Utah – was spotted last Wednesday by baffled local officials counting bighorn sheep from the air."


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I edited my post 15 minutes before you posted this.
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Did you account for the time difference in New Zealand?
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