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What do you think about the metal monolith just found in a Utah desert?

Asked by Pied_Pfeffer (27443points) 1 month ago

An apology for not being able to post a link to a website regarding it.

What do you think it might be? Something left behind by aliens? Created by people on Earth? Leftover from the filming of “2001: A Space Odyssey?

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gondwanalon's avatar

Time to start planning for a manned space ship to go to Jupiter.

Jeruba's avatar

It is a candle shining in darkness.

Hamb's avatar

Banksy?

ragingloli's avatar

Well, it does not appear to be a solid object, but metal plates screwed together (you can see the screws).
So probably not aliens.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@loli, I thought of you when I heard this story. I figured you would have something to say about it, and don’t worry. You’re secret is safe with me. I recognize you’re not able to speak candidly about the litter you leave lying around here and there after your work is done.

zenvelo's avatar

I’d say Christo except he died a few months ago, and he was more into cloth.

It reminds me of stainless steel pillar markers along the Arkansas River in Buena Vista Colorado, used to demarcate the border between the US and Mexico after the Louisiana.Purchase. But these are not as tall, and have markings.

kritiper's avatar

No doubt erected by some avant-garde fruitcake litterbug that didn’t bother to get the ok to put it there.

Jeruba's avatar

@ragingloli, no screws for aliens?

Dutchess_III's avatar

No sex at all for aliens @Jeruba.

Jeruba's avatar

Then how do they make little aliens?

Kind of spoils the joke to explain it, though.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Interesting. Seems like a lot of trouble for a prankster to go to, why set it up in an area so remote it’s unlikely for anyone to ever find it? Looks like it was only discovered by a fluke anyway.

janbb's avatar

@Nomore_lockout Discovered by a fluke, eh? Something fishy about that!

Nomore_lockout's avatar

@janbb Well the article says some guys were flying over looking for cattle, and noticed something down there. Then landed for a look. So I assume that’s a fluke. If it was all deliberate, what’s the point? Other than some people need to get a life.

janbb's avatar

^^ Pun intended.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Oh, duh… lol My apologies

chyna's avatar

News guy said they (whoever they are) are saying it’s someone’s work of art. I’m not really buying that. Most artists want their work admired, not hidden.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Agreed @chyna Just cant believe some goofy prankster would go to all that trouble. What the hell is the point?

zenvelo's avatar

@janbb That’s what you get for floundering around in the desert.

ragingloli's avatar

@Nomore_lockout
The same is true for any alleged alien. But we know that humans exist. Whereas you do not know that aliens exist, and you do not know that they are visiting earth, if they exist.
Which is more likely?

janbb's avatar

@zenvelo You just said that for the halibut.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

@ragingloli I don’t doubt that it is the work of humans, I just question why bother? Unless some nut job cult is involved.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well I guess we need to see what kind of conspiracy theories spring up around it then we’ll know the why.

canidmajor's avatar

Oh @janbb and @zenvelo, quit being so koi with each other.

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@canidmajor I’ll just skate on by this line of fishy tales.

janbb's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake We always knew you were a crab!

Hawaii_Jake's avatar

@janbb This is quite a grouper you’ve got mixed up in.

I’ll clam up now.

janbb's avatar

^^ Funny, you don’t look bluefish.

canidmajor's avatar

@Hawaii_Jake At least you know your plaice.

janbb's avatar

@canidmajor You cod have phrased that more politely!

canidmajor's avatar

My sole porpoise (ha! A twofer!) is to tell the truth.

janbb's avatar

^^ Dolphinitely!

canidmajor's avatar

We owe @Pied_Pfeffer an apology for derailing her thread. Succumbing to our bass urges to make fun.

janbb's avatar

She’s a betta poisson than us for sure!

Darth_Algar's avatar

Some prankster or artist. As for why bother? We’re talking about it, aren’t we?

zenvelo's avatar

Geez @janbb you sure cast a wide net!

I can’t take any moray….

gorillapaws's avatar

I laughed when I heard about it. I guess my sense of humor is on the same wavelength as the pranksters. I just hope they end up picking up the tab to have it moved and recycled in the end.

filmfann's avatar

It’s an interstellar ATM.
It’s convenient to space travelers who stopped by for an anal inspection.

chyna's avatar

It’s gone now!
Hmmm.

janbb's avatar

There’s an article in the Times this week saying it seems likely to be the work of a sculptor – John McCracken. Here’s the link:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/27/arts/design/john-mccracken-utah-monolith.html?searchResultPosition=5

And apparently there was a previous one, seen as a curse, which crashed in 1936.

https://timesmachine.nytimes.com/timesmachine/1936/09/14/85421152.html?pageNumber=4

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Thanks @janbb. Without signing up for a subscription, the articles are not accessible.

@chyna is right. The monolith has been mysteriously removed.

ragingloli's avatar

Or simply stolen.

SEKA's avatar

The aliens put it there and they decided that we didn’t appreciate it enough, so they took it back. Either that or the government put it there to deflect us from all the election crap and when that didn’t work, they removed it in order to give us a second chance at freaking out; but that doesn’t seem to be working either. The younger generation is very skeptical of the things that entertained the older generation. I see it as a prank that fell flat

chyna's avatar

Oooh! I love a good mystery!

gorillapaws's avatar

I’m starting to think this is going to end up concluding with a be sure to drink your Ovaltine moment.

It might even be a badly rebooted version of “A Space Odyssey 2001” with Michael Bay directing or some other trainwreck like that.

canidmajor's avatar

Really, I just think it’s fun that 2020 has this going on as a nice distraction from…well…2020.

zenvelo's avatar

Nitpicker notice:

Curiously, none of these structures are really monoliths, because a monolith is made of stone.

Perhaps better to call the obelisks, or monuments.

LadyMarissa's avatar

According to Bloomberg, the monolith (sic) has reappeared in Romania

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Damn thing gets around, don’t it?

zenvelo's avatar

^^^ @Nomore_lockout It’s easy to get around by flying saucer…..

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Or copy cat cultists.

chyna's avatar

^Spoil sport.
It’s aliens.

LadyMarissa's avatar

^ You go girl…10 million GA’s for that answer!!!

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Ok this is getting goofy. Some one strap that bad boy down.

SEKA's avatar

Wow. Maybe we’ll find proof of aliens before I die

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Or even some globetrotting pranksters with a lot of money and to much idle time.

gorillapaws's avatar

Is there confirmation that it’s the same object (at least the US one)?

LadyMarissa's avatar

Fox News proves It’s NOT aliens or so they say!!! Whoever or whatever it is, it has been a WONDERFUL change of pace from poitics!!!

chyna's avatar

Still not believing it wasn’t aliens.

Dutchess_III's avatar

This is hilarious!

LadyMarissa's avatar

I’m with you @chyna!!! I don’t consider Fox to be a reputable source for news, so I dug deeper. Stephen Colbert has a better video of what happened & he’s a whole LOT more entertaining!!! LoL

SEKA's avatar

@gorillapaws Needless to say I’ve not seen any of these objects close up and personal. From what I saw on the news, the one in Romania looked different from the one in Utah in that it had some different markings. I heard about the one in Calif but haven’t seen a vid of how it looks

gorillapaws's avatar

@SEKA Thanks. I haven’t really been following this beyond laughing at the headlines. If it’s the same object (dimensions, screw locations, etc. exactly the same) then it’s more likely a big-budget marketing stunt. If they’re different then it’s more likely to be copy-cats.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I thought the monolith got dropped at my neighbors. Upon closer inspection I realized it was a UPS truck….

LadyMarissa's avatar

@gorillapaws I haven’t been actually following it but, I have been paying some attention when the next headline appears. All 3 look very similar to my untrained eye. I agree with @SEKA that the Romanian one looks different. It has swirls that look like someone had taken a Brill-o pad to it plus it had a crack going across it that the other 2 didn’t have. I’m really hoping that @chyna is correct & I find proof of aliens before I die. I grew up in the age of UFO’s & watching Rednecks claim that they had bee abducted by aliens & sexually abused on a spaceship, so I’d love to see proof that ALL those people weren’t lying!!!

Dutchess_III's avatar

I grew up in the same time @LadyMarissa. It was called The National Enquirer. Mom got it when she went grocery shopping. It never crossed our minds to take it seriously. It was fictitious entertainment only and we knew it.

Nomore_lockout's avatar

Weekly World News was pretty wild too. Funny reading though. Didn’t all that “Face on Mars” crap come out of one those rags?

LadyMarissa's avatar

My Mom said the Natl Enquirer was a SCAM, so it was NOT allowed in our home. We had home grown Rednecks living nearby who swore that they had been abducted, so I often got to listen to a firsthand version of what had occurred!!! These stories had a lot of info, intrigue, & substance. What they lacked was tangible proof!!!

zenvelo's avatar

Four Artists have taken credit for the Atascadero obelisk.

janbb's avatar

This is another mysterious monolith that has appeared in several places:

https://www.reddit.com/r/RTGameCrowd/comments/kd8o40/its_the_toblerone_and_the_dublin_spire_and_the/

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