Mysterious Monolith Discovered At 2000-Year-Old Romanian Fort Has Disappeared
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A large non-descript metal block was discovered earlier this month in the desert of Utah, but then disappeared and mysteriously showed up once again - or at least one very similar to it did - near to a Dacian fort in Romania's Neamt county.
Now, it's only gone and vanished for a second time.
What is it with this thing? It'll probably turn out to be some sort of promotional viral marketing campaign, but until then we can at least enjoy the mystery, can't we?
A Romanian journalist called Robert Iosub confirmed that the monolith was missing, telling Reuters: "The 2.8 metre (9ft) tall structure disappeared overnight as quietly as it was erected last week."
There were some notable differences between the Romanian structure and the one that was thrown up in Utah.
For a start, the workmanship seems to have been a little slipshod on this European version, rather than the slick and seemingly seamless design of the first obelisk.
Iosub went on to explain that there is apparently a local theory behind the latest monolith to be discovered.
He said that local reporters had said: "An unidentified person, apparently a bad local welder, made it... Now all that remains is just a small hole covered by rocky soil."
This sheet metal monolith appeared to have a badly joined edge on one of the sides, he added.
Now, the police are having a look into what has happened. To be fair, they've probably got as much chance as any of us have of finding out what has actually been going on this whole time.
The Piatra Neamt police spokesperson, Georgiana Mosu, said officers are now conducting an investigation into the sculpture, which was erected illegally.
It was put there illegally because the ground that it has been stuck into is a protected archaeological area. Remember we mentioned that ancient fortress?
Either way, it's incredibly likely that we haven't heard the last of this monolith business.
Loads of folks have posited that it - the Utah one at least - resembles a monolith from Stanley Kubrick's iconic film 2001: A Space Odyssey, and could be something to do with a rebooted version of that, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Until then, enjoy the mono-madness.