Just Wait: The uneducated will be all over this in no time

Forget crop circles, here’s a new thing for the ignorant to fawn over and start claiming “aliens”.

A helicopter pilot who monitors wild sheep in the Utah desert found something by accident: an unmarked and highly polished metal monolith in the middle of Utah’s desert.

Helicopter pilot finds ‘strange’ monolith in remote part of Utah

A mysterious monolith has been discovered in a remote part of Utah, after being spotted by state employees counting sheep from a helicopter.

The structure, estimated at between 10ft and 12ft high (about 3 metres), appeared to be planted in the ground. It was made from some sort of metal, its shine in sharp contrast to the enormous red rocks which surrounded it.

To his credit, the pilot said he thought it had a reasonable explanation – a stunt, someone’s idea of art, or some other natural explanation, though the “news reporter” sounded gullible.  Given how many ignorant people believe in nonsense like bigfoot, pizza pedophiles and “trump re-election victory!”, you can be sure some of them will start travelling out to see it.

And no doubt a few will probably have to be rescued after getting lost in the desert.  Here’s a pic from the Utah Highway Patrol‘s facebook page:


  1. says

    Gizmodo goes further in their item on the subject.

    The monolith was at the bottom of a red rock cove and appeared relatively difficult to reach, even with the assistance of a helicopter. [. . .] Utah Public Safety is declining to share the exact location of the bizarre monolith out of fear that people will endanger themselves by trying to visit such a secluded part of the country. And that, of course, leads to even more questions about how someone got out there in the first place, deep into Red Rock Country, to install the thing.

    [. . .]

    The Utah Department of Public Safety says whoever (or whatever) placed the object there was doing so illegally, complete with a tongue-in-cheek reference to potential alien involvement.

    “It is illegal to install structures or art without authorization on federally managed public lands, no matter what planet you’re from,” the agency said in a statement.

    The federal Bureau of Land Management has taken over the investigation and will determine if something needs to be done, according to the agency.

    My money says Banksy is somehow involved.

  2. Jazzlet says

    It’s not Banksy’s style. they are expert at getting their art places you’d have thought someone would have noticed them at work, but not so much the middle of nowhere.

  3. says

    I’m going with Lofty’s guess @2: it’s most likely a piece of a rocket or airplane that came off during flight. (Is that area under any of Musk’s launch-flight-paths?)