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Mystery '2001' monolith found in Utah desert

By T.K. Randall
November 24, 2020 · Comment icon 111 comments

A monolith is found on the Moon in one scene from the movie. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Matthew J. Cotter
A real-life version of the monolith from '2001: A Space Odyssey' has shown up in the middle of nowhere.
In the classic science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke, a large black monolith of unknown origin seems to trigger a significant evolutionary leap in our early ancestors, enabling them to use tools and weapons and thus placing them on the road to sentient intelligence.

Now a real-life version of this mysterious artefact has been discovered in the unlikeliest of places - the middle of the Utah desert nestled in a rocky outcropping.

It was spotted by helicopter pilot Bret Hutchings who happened to fly directly over it while helping wildlife resource officers count the number of bighorn sheep in the area.
"[It's] the strangest thing that I've come across out there in all my years of flying," he said.

Upon closer inspection, the monolith appeared to be made of metal and was firmly planted in the ground, suggesting that someone had set it up there deliberately.

In all likelihood, it is some sort of modern art piece, however it remains unclear who created it.

Source: Evening Standard | Comments (111)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #102 Posted by XenoFish 2 years ago
Just got a memo from the maintenance division of the illuminati. They finish tuning up the ley lines in that area. Nothing to worry about. Nothing at all.
Comment icon #103 Posted by Kleng 2 years ago
Wait, so a photographer was there, watched it be deconstructed and carried off, but failed to get pictures of the process?    Riiight...
Comment icon #104 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
No, there was a photo from his friend's phone. 
Comment icon #105 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
Now there's one in California.
Comment icon #106 Posted by OverSword 2 years ago
Comment icon #107 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
California's monolith is gone. Now there's one in Texas. Even the hippos at the San Antonio Zoo have one.
Comment icon #108 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
There's one on a college campus in Austin too.
Comment icon #109 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
There's one on the Isle of Wight now. It's wooden with a mirror cover.
Comment icon #110 Posted by susieice 2 years ago
One in the Netherlands.
Comment icon #111 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Mysterious monoliths on the move: New one appears in San Luis Obispo The curious case of the moving monolith has a new wrinkle as yet another mysterious silver structure has appeared in Southern California, this time in the Los Padres National Forest.

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