When it comes to high strangeness, the year 2020 sure didn’t disappoint, did it?
This was the time that many of us had experienced a pandemic, with the closest facsimile to COVID-19 being the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918.
On top of that death and destruction, the US political system has been turned on its head, America has been invaded by murder hornets, and now we have strange monoliths popping up way out in the deserts of the Southwest.
But here’s where the story gets even weirder…because, you know: 2020.
As bewilderingly as when it appeared, a shiny silver monolith in Utah’s red-rock desert has vanished less than 10 days after it was spotted on a flyover by wildlife biologists conducting a helicopter survey of bighorn sheep, federal officials and witnesses said.
“We have received credible reports that the illegally installed structure, referred to as the ‘monolith,’ has been removed from Bureau of Land Management public lands by an unknown party” on Friday, bureau spokesperson Kimberly Finch said in a statement. The bureau did not remove the structure, she added.
The Utah Department of Public Safety said biologists spotted the monolith Nov. 18, a report that garnered international attention. It was about 11 feet tall, with sides that appeared to be made of stainless steel.
Another mysterious monolith has surfaced in Romania, days after one vanished without a trace in the Utah desert.
The shiny triangular metallic pillar was found a few yards away from an ancient landmark called the Petrodava Dacian Fortress in the city of Piatra Neamt on Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.
It measures 13 feet tall and one side faces Mount Ceahlau — one of the seven natural wonders of Romania that is known locally as the Holy Mountain.
And this wasn’t just some random site, either.
“It is on private property, but we still don’t know who the monolith’s owner is yet. It is in a protected area on an archaeological site. Before installing something there, they needed permission from our institution, one that must then be approved by the Ministry of Culture.”
Who had “monolith madness” on their 2020 bingo card?