On the boundary of the real and the fantastic
February 15, 2014 5:09 PM Subscribe
I love reading about real-world artifacts, phenomena, structures, events, and so forth that have an air of the fantastical, the mysterious, the uncanny, or "the unexplained". Not pseudoscience, conspiracy theories, or the paranormal—rather, things which are accepted as real by mainstream experts, but whose origins or particulars remain elusive and mysterious (or which simply tickle that this is too weird to be real
reflex). I'm looking for media (online, written, video, whatever) about this sort of thing.
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Examples of what I mean: abandoned places and urban exploration; the local legends and folklore covered by Weird NJ
; the architectural relics of fallen regimes
(not mysterious, but fantastical); the Georgia Guidestones
; spectacular hoaxes; unexplained natural phenomena like the Bloop
sound, the "Wow!" signal, and the Tunguska event; undeciphered texts (like the Voynich manuscript) and uncracked codes (like the Beale ciphers
); globsters; the Antikythera mechanism; apparent paradoxes; legends about (and possible explanations for) ghost lights in various cultures; ball lightning; the weird shit that Nikola Tesla got up to; structures and monuments built by eccentrics; the statues on Easter Island; etc. Basically, things which seem
like they're plucked from weird fiction, but which are real (or at least plausible).
I hope I'm making sense. Fire away!