Story at a glance
- A structure appeared and disappeared from a remote area in Romania without indication of who placed it there or why.
- A similar structure appeared on the same day in Utah and has also since disappeared.
- The mysterious occurrences have raised speculation about a similar monolithic structure from “2001: A Space Odyssey.”
Four days after a shiny metal monolith appeared near an ancient Dacian fortress in Romania it disappeared.
Local reporters told Reuters it was discovered in a protected archaeological area on Nov. 27 and spokeswoman for Piatra Neamt police said officers were investigating the illegal installation.
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“The 2.8 metre (9ft) tall structure disappeared overnight as quietly as it was erected last week,” Robert Iosube, a journalist at the Ziar Piatra Neamt local newspaper, told Reuters.
Weird? Yes. Sound eerily familiar? It gets weirder.
In case you missed it: Another shiny metal monolith was spotted by the Utah Department of Public Safety in the desert on Nov. 27 — the same day as the structure was discovered in Romania. Then, two days later, it disappeared.
"We may not know if an extraterrestrial or earthling installed the ‘monolith’ structure, but we can confirm that it has been taken by an unknown party or parties," said the Utah branch of the Bureau of Land Management.
Romanian police, however, have a lead that might help explain the mystery. Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Land Management said they would not investigate the structure in Utah, which is considered private property.
Iosube, who had seen the structure, told Reuters, "An unidentified person, apparently a bad local welder, made it ... now all that remains is just a small hole covered by rocky soil," adding that the join was badly welded.
Whether a highly improbable coincidence, alien conspiracy or simply an extremely elaborate prank, they probably could’ve used a better welder.
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