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Another monolith has turned up in Romania

By T.K. Randall
December 1, 2020 · Comment icon 24 comments

Could the monoliths be connected ? Image Credit: YouTube / Bloomberg / Ziar Piatra Neamt
The mystery of the '2001' monoliths has deepened after another one has appeared half way across the world.
The Internet has been awash this week with theories attempting to explain the appearance (and subsequent unexplained disappearance) of a striking metallic monolith that was discovered by a helicopter pilot in the remote Utah desert.

The artefact, which resembled a real-life version of the mysterious monoliths featured in Arthur C. Clarke's science-fiction masterpiece '2001: A Space Odyssey', had already been at the center of considerable speculation as authorities and social media users alike attempted to figure out who placed it there and what its purpose was.

Now the mystery has taken an even more intriguing turn after a second monolith has turned up thousands of miles away on the Batca Doamnei Hill in northern Romania.
"There is no reason to panic for those who think there is still life in the universe," local mayor Andrei Carabelea wrote on Facebook. "My guess is that some alien, cheeky and terrible teenagers left home with their parents' UFO and started planting metal monoliths around the world."

"First in Utah and then at Piatra Neamt. I am honoured that they chose our city."

"Beyond the conspiracy theories that can be tempting, I'd like to see this randomness as further proof that our city is special. For the earthlings and (maybe) not only."

He did however add that it would have been nice if those responsible for the monolith had asked for planning permission beforehand, but hopes that it will help to attract tourists to the region.

Source: Independent | Comments (24)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #15 Posted by Seti42 3 years ago
I know it's a nitpick, but these monoliths do not resemble the one in 2001. Aside from being taller than they are wide or deep, and having vertical rectangular faces. The 2001 monolith was black, of an indeterminant material, and not triangular on the top and bottom. The proportions and number (3 identical vs 4 where only 2 and 2 are identical) of the rectangular faces is totally different too. The Romania one is also assembled differently than the Utah one(and with less skill, IMO). Welded (badly) instead of riveted or screwed, and the finish is completely different. This is looking like a cr... [More]
Comment icon #16 Posted by rashore 3 years ago
They are different. Utah has a thinner and higher quality stainless steel type that was precision cut (quite possibly CNC machined), is riveted together and buffed to a high polish. Romania is of a thicker, heaver grade steel that was weld cut and spot welded, and rough ground to bring on the decorate scrolling.  Also, so recent news on Utah further puts it out of possibility of it going to Romania- it was taken down by some folks that believe in the "leave no trace behind" theory. So extra unlikely they would go halfway around the world to dump it somewhere else. [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by papageorge1 3 years ago
Well the alien theory is not looking good either (shucks).
Comment icon #18 Posted by XenoFish 3 years ago
It's probably make of regular steel, burned out on a cnc plasma or hand cut with a torch. Welding terribly and ground kind of shoddy. Here are some close up picks of it. Link 1 Link 2
Comment icon #19 Posted by rashore 3 years ago
Yeah, kind of puts the meter at a zero this time.
Comment icon #20 Posted by papageorge1 3 years ago
Only at 00.5%. I could still hold out the teeniest chance that the information we are being fed is a smokescreen. Like Roswell? But remember I said 'teeniest' at this point.
Comment icon #21 Posted by NCC1701 3 years ago
It is (not) completely ruled out that this is the work of aliens.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
Mystery monolith vanishes in Romania - alien action or local prank? Reuters
Comment icon #23 Posted by jeem 3 years ago
A third one has appeared in California
Comment icon #24 Posted by Still Waters 3 years ago
Thank you for this. It's better posted as a new thread. I've started a new one off:  

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