Neither here nor there: Monoliths appearing and disappearing all over the planet is freaking people out

by Amanda Push

While the mysterious monolith dropped in the middle of the Utah desert is now gone, it lives on in the imaginations of bored people everywhere.

Confused? So is everybody else.

In November, a strange silver monolith was found in the Utah desert. No one knew where it came from or how it got there. The structure was 11 feet tall and quickly drew attention from people across the country. People even drove from out of state to see the sculpture.

While its exact location was kept vague, it was reportedly located in the Canyonlands National Park area.

Adding to the mystery, however, as quickly as it appeared, it disappeared. Public land management agencies claimed they were not responsible for removing the monolith which was, on top of being very mysterious, also very illegal.

According to The Durango Herald, Durango photographer and videographer Terrance Siemon, an employee of Ballantine Communications Inc. which owns DGO and The Durango Herald, may have been one of the last people to see the structure.

Siemon claimed that after he and a friend finished photographing the monolith, “literally, right after we left, some people came in and hauled it out.”

Siemon said he left around 7 p.m. and by 11:30 p.m. that night, the monolith was reported missing. A Moab man by the name of Andy Lewis took credit for taking away the structure, according to the New York Times.

As strange as this story is, however, it gets even weirder. Monoliths have been appearing all over the world. 

On Dec. 25, one monolith made out of gingerbread appeared at Corona Heights Park in San Francisco. Another popped up in a park in Ithaca, New York. Yet another appeared in Fort Pierce, Florida. Monoliths also started showing up in California, North Carolina, Pittsburg, Texas, Romania, the United Kingdom, Finland, Poland, Ukraine, and Australia.

Theories on what the monoliths could be have ranged from public art and copy cats to elaborate pranks and ALIENS (of course!). Will we ever discover the ultimate source? Maybe not, but in the meantime, we appreciate the distraction from the COVID-19 and political headlines. Who knows? Maybe the aliens are coming for us after all.

Amanda Push

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