POLL The Utah Department of Public Safety has found a mysterious metal monolith in a remote corner of the state.
The Department’s staff were conducting an aerial survey of bighorn sheep in the State’s south-east, a region known as “red rock country” for reasons that should be obvious when you behold the image below depicting the monolith.
The Department’s announcement of the find says the monolith was “installed” but also says its staff could find “no obvious indication of who might have put the monolith there.”
An update to the announcement added the following comment from the Utah Bureau of Land Management:
“Although we can’t comment on active investigations, the Bureau would like to remind public land visitors that using, occupying, or developing the public lands or their resources without a required authorization is illegal, no matter what planet you are from.”
Which is of course a reference the seminal sci-fi flick 2001: A Space Odyssey that opens with aliens installing monoliths on Earth to guide our evolution to … given the film’s opaque ending it’s hard to say just what.
While the Department has not detailed this monolith’s dimensions it appears not to have copied the 1:4:9 ratio used in the film and its sequels. Indeed, it appears it may be triangular. Which suggests another movie title.
In videos on the announcement page Departmental staff suggest it is pointed at a crack in the rocks and surmise that position may be deliberate.
“2020: The year we make mischief”, anyone?
Zooming in on the snaps of the monolith leads your humble hack to suggest it is stainless steel, and quite new as it seems to compare quite well with his two-year-old barbeque that he is often too lazy to cover. It appears to have been placed into dirt, rather than somehow slotted into rock, and to have been installed sufficiently long ago that signs of digging have dissipated.
We can’t offer a better analysis because the Department won’t reveal its location “since it is in a very remote area and if individuals were to attempt to visit the area, there is a significant possibility they may become stranded and require rescue.” Even those who know where it is are being told not to visit “due to road conditions.”
Which is just what you’d expect the authorities to say if they wanted to hide the true nature of this monolith.
Which is where you come in, dear reader. Share your theory about the monolith in our poll or the comments. ®