2020: Space Odyssey?
A mysterious monolith, presumably discovered as some kind of metal, was discovered in remote parts of Utah on Wednesday, which reportedly sparked speculation as to what the object was or how it got there.
The structure, estimated to be between 10 and 12 feet, was found by state wildlife employees who counted sheep from a helicopter.
A Utah road patrolman shared his Instagram picture of the finding, along with the caption, “I counted big-horned sheep with the DWR this week. During the countdowns, we met this buried in the middle of nowhere, deep in the cliff. ? Someone?
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Bret Hutchings, the helicopter pilot, said it was “the strangest thing I’ve encountered out there during my years of flying,” Salt Lake City KSL-TV says.
Hutchings flew toward the Utah Department of Public Safety, which assisted wildlife resources in a count on the southeastern edge of the state.
“Somehow we joked that if one of us suddenly disappears, the others will run for it,” he told the station.
The subject compared Stanley Kubrick’s famous 1968 film, “2001: Space Odyssey,” which met a group of monkeys with a giant board of similar appearance.
“I’m assuming it’s some new-wave artist, or something, or you know, someone who was a big 2001: A fan of Space Odyssey,” Hutchings said.
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Authorities say the mysterious object was planted in the ground in a remote part of the Red Rock, “without any obvious indication” of who might have been there, according to a press release from the Utah Department of Public Security.
The agency added that if people choose to venture into an undisclosed and distant place, they can “get stuck and demand rescue.”
Social media users were quick to guess what the object was.
“This is the on / off button for the planet,” one user wrote.
“I love this. I imagine it’s a work of art, but what if it’s not …” another replied.
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The Office of Land Management will determine whether they need to investigate further under the notice.