Monday, 14 October 2013

Another Mysterious Structure With A Creepy Unknown Origin

I've had another Cracked article published today - 5 Mysterious Structures With Creepy Unknown Origins. This one was an absolute pleasure to research and write, and I'm pleased with how it turned out. The premise wasn't mine - somebody else had come up with it in the Cracked writers' workshop but it had been long abandoned and opened up for someone else to take over. I retained the premise but found new examples. Sometimes there can be quite a bit of to-ing and fro-ing with the editors, to find examples that work. Not this time - to my surprise, it was accepted straight off.

Researching the entries, I realised that there was a fine line between the genuinely mysterious and the pseudoscience nonsense that can infiltrate the internet. All the entries in the article are, to the very best of my research, genuinely enigmatic monuments and locations.  There were many, many more that I didn't use that are pretty well understood by archaeologists but (often willfully0 misunderstood by the more speculative side of the internet. The Yonaguni Monument and the Bosnian Pyramids are two supreme examples of this - and I ended up writing a parallel article about these, which should be published by Cracked in the next month.

I submitted six entries for this one, and five were used. The unused is below, and was definitely the weakest, but here it is anyway.



Under the Great Lakes

We’ve seen enough horror movies to know that you don’t want to go poking around too much in dark lakes. Even aside from the screaming souls of the damned dragging you in, there’s just a whole crapload of garbage down there. So take a huge lake like Lake Michigan – who the hell wants to go delving into a lake that has cities like Chicago and Milwaukee on its shores? Archaeologists, that’s who. And they’ve found this.

An orange at night?
This is a sonar scan from about 40 feet into Lake Michigan’s Grand Traverse Bay. The archaeologists were actually looking for shipwrecks, but instead found a strange arrangement of stones that they claim are suggestive of deliberate human placement. Not only that, but one of the stones appears to have a picture of a mastodon carved into it – an ancient kind of elephant that went extinct about 12000 years ago.

Who says caveman art wasn’t photorealistic?

Further studies are required, although it is admitted that experts in ancient rocks tend not to be the best sort of person for scuba diving in murky lakes, so we could be waiting some time. But it’s not an isolated discovery – other ancient stone circles have been found in the area. About 100 miles from Grand Traverse Bay, an ancient stone circle has been found on Beaver Island, and Michigan also has a state park dedicated to numerous rock carvings that have been discovered. Meanwhile, in the waters of Lake Huron are lines of boulders, some piled on top of each other, that appear to be elaborate Stone Age hunting traps.

We can only imagine that Stone Age animals were much easier to catch back then.

6 comments:

  1. Great article, and I can't wait until the next one, presumably about the pseudo science findings. There are already people talking about aliens in the comment section... Sometimes people are disappointing.

    And I love the example you didn't include. Cracked is smart to cut one (it's better to leave people wanting more I think), but I don't live too far from Lake Michigan, so it's exciting in a "when I get drunk on people's roofs I can see that!" sort of way.

    Thanks for all the great articles!

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  2. Fantastic. Well researched. This could be considered psuedo-science as well, but it's very well done. http://www.amazon.com/Fingerprints-Gods-Graham-Hancock/dp/0517887290

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  3. Awesome article. I just followed a link over from cracked, and just had to say that your website is fantastic; it's truly an adimirable goal that you've set yourself. I'm making my way through your archives now. Keep up the great writing.

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  4. Thanks, it's much appreciated.

    Regarding the Michigan one, it was a wise cut because there is the whiff of the fake about it, or at least the misinterpretation of sonar images. It's definitely worth further investigation, as it's not too remote or difficult for a return visit, and it does tie in with other ancient stone structures in the area. However, if there's no follow-up to the story in the press in the next few years, it would strongly suggest that there's nothing really there.

    Regarding Graham Hancock - I'm extremely wary of everything he claims. He's no doubt a talented writer and presenter of information, but he finds very circumstantial evidence and uses it to fit his theories. His bold theories of a 12,000 year old global civilisation lack any hard evidence whatsoever, something you would expect from such an evidently sophisticated civilisation. In saying all that, I haven't read his books.

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  5. Mr. Hancock's book actually opens with a compelling piece of evidence. The Piri Reis Map. Has it been discredited?

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    1. As I say, I've not read his book, so don't know what he's said about it. I'm also not familiar with the map, so can only go by the Wikipedia entry, which suggests its authentic although might have been occasionally interpreted inaccurately.

      In my view, Graham Hancock packs in a lot of definite facts into his research. But its the conclusions he draws from them I disagree with. The Pyramids and Angkor Wat (among others) built to line up with Orion/other constellations, from 12,000 years ago? Yonaguni in Japan a man-made monument? Nan Madol in Micronesia in some way connected with a master civilisation that built all the others? I really don't think so.

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