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Mysterious Metal Monoliths

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Hi, does anyone have any explanation for the random mental monoliths that have appeared in random places across the world?

They’ve appeared in the following places:
- Utah Desert
- Hills in California
- Romania
- Compton Beach, Isle of Wight

The people with the tin foil hats are out in force on Facebook, so who is actually doing this? Is it really aliens or was the Utah one isolated and now other people are trying to cash in on the prank?
 
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I expect it's Lord Lucan in collusion with Bill Gates.
 

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It reminds me of crop circles a couple of decades ago. The way that phenomenon spread was never fully explained, but basically a few people devised ways of creating them, and lots of others copied that, with varying degrees of success. And that was even before social media allowed ideas to spread so fast as they do now. They were allegedly created by aliens too!
 

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Well I think it’s obviously aliens. We had one appear in the garden this morning but we had a couple of beers last night so I’m a little hazy as to whether I heard any activity or not.

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I’ve contacted the press but I think these things disappear if you don’t keep an eye on them, and I had to go to work...
 

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Is it really aliens

Did you really ask that in a serious manner?

I'm not sure aliens would spend all the trouble of travelling here, dig up a beach in the Isle of Wight only to hastily prop something up with a few lengths of 2x4.

But then again i've never met and alien and that might just be how it's done on Rigel VII.
 

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It wasn’t meant to be serious, haha.

On the subject, another one has appeared in Spain now. Everybody really wants a piece of it.
 

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Would Jeep be a suspect...? Marketing campaign for their new electric model?

They tweeted a picture with the "out of this world" strapline the other day showing the new model charging from a monolith, which looks like the Utah one; when I first saw it I thought they ( or rather their advertising agency! ) were just taking the mickey out of the mystery, but then you have to wonder if they are in fact behind it and this tweet was a deliberate tease?

Image of the tweet below.


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One thing I’ve noticed is that they all have different shapes and styles... if it was something sinister it would all be the one shape.

Now I wonder who has the money to do this big advertising campaign.
 

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I have a reaction to the reports on this business, in which I'm aware that I am acting like a dreadful pedant; but can't help it that the expression "metal monolith" grates on me. Thus is because the word "monolith" is derived from the Greek mono = single, + lithos = stone: thus, standing on its own, a large block of stone -- whereby a "metal" one, feels like a contradiction in terms. As said, I know this is a ridiculous sentiment: language evolves, and people adapt words to deal with new stuff as it shows up -- even the Shorter Oxford Dictionary gives a secondary meaning for "monolith" as, in engineering / building, a large block of concrete, brickwork, etc., sunk in water. Nonetheless; at the irrational level, my inner Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells is unhappy with the pairing of words as in the title of this thread.
 

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I have a reaction to the reports on this business, in which I'm aware that I am acting like a dreadful pedant; but can't help it that the expression "metal monolith" grates on me. Thus is because the word "monolith" is derived from the Greek mono = single, + lithos = stone: thus, standing on its own, a large block of stone -- whereby a "metal" one, feels like a contradiction in terms. As said, I know this is a ridiculous sentiment: language evolves, and people adapt words to deal with new stuff as it shows up -- even the Shorter Oxford Dictionary gives a secondary meaning for "monolith" as, in engineering / building, a large block of concrete, brickwork, etc., sunk in water. Nonetheless; at the irrational level, my inner Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells is unhappy with the pairing of words as in the title of this thread.

noun​

an obelisk, column, large statue, etc., formed of a single block of stone.
a single block or piece of stone of considerable size, especially when used in architecture or sculpture.

something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.

 

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something having a uniform, massive, redoubtable, or inflexible quality or character.

The above strikes me as a figure of speech concerning personal qualities -- strengths and / or weaknesses -- rather than being to do with physical objects; but as per my previous post, I realise that I'm being foolish about this matter !
 

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I have a reaction to the reports on this business, in which I'm aware that I am acting like a dreadful pedant; but can't help it that the expression "metal monolith" grates on me. Thus is because the word "monolith" is derived from the Greek mono = single, + lithos = stone: thus, standing on its own, a large block of stone -- whereby a "metal" one, feels like a contradiction in terms. As said, I know this is a ridiculous sentiment: language evolves, and people adapt words to deal with new stuff as it shows up -- even the Shorter Oxford Dictionary gives a secondary meaning for "monolith" as, in engineering / building, a large block of concrete, brickwork, etc., sunk in water. Nonetheless; at the irrational level, my inner Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells is unhappy with the pairing of words as in the title of this thread.

I thought Network Rail was a monolith? ;)
 
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