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Old 11-24-2020, 10:05 AM   #2391
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Monolith! Who had uplift for 2020?

Utah helicopter crew discovers mysterious metal monolith deep in the desert

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/ut...rnd/index.html
Ah, ya beat me to it.

It's the wrong color monolith. You fools! You've doomed us all!
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Old 11-28-2020, 03:16 PM   #2392
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Agloe was a fictional town in New York put on Esso maps as a copyright trap. In the 1950s a general store was built there named the Agloe General Store. This resulted in a lawsuit in which Esso sued Rand McNally for infringement based on their inclusion of Agloe on their map. Rand McNally pointed out that Agloe was now a real place and won the suit. Agloe disappeared again after the store went out of business although for a while Google Maps was under the misimpression that it was a real place.
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Old 11-28-2020, 07:24 PM   #2393
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I can see the plot in a back room of Rand-McNally now...

"How did it get past all the fact checks?"

"Trap towns are deliberately hard to notice. Some poor intern skips a line in a table or something... this was bound to happen eventually."

"Well can't we just say it was an accident?"

"Esso's going to notice as soon as someone picks up our latest from a competitor's gas station, and plagiarism is serious business."

"So what do we do?"

"...gas station... I've got an idea."
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Old 11-29-2020, 07:21 AM   #2394
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Ah, ya beat me to it.

It's the wrong color monolith. You fools! You've doomed us all!
And now it has disappeared https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/us/ut...rnd/index.html

You can see it on Google Earth images since 2016.

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A subsequent post by a company official from satellite image company Maxar Technologies, noted that their WorldView-3 image, dated April 3, 2016 did not show the monolith, which narrows down the installation date between April 3, 2016 and October 20, 2016.[citation needed]
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Old 11-30-2020, 04:29 PM   #2395
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And now it has disappeared https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/us/ut...rnd/index.html

You can see it on Google Earth images since 2016.
Another one just popped up in Romania. Also the most likely suspect to be the artist is dead even though the monolith in Romania appears to be a new installation.
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Old 11-30-2020, 04:54 PM   #2396
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Another one just popped up in Romania. Also the most likely suspect to be the artist is dead even though the monolith in Romania appears to be a new installation.
Zombie artists. Great. Just what we needed.
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Old 11-30-2020, 05:32 PM   #2397
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Old 12-01-2020, 09:04 AM   #2398
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Okay, Mr. Les Nessman.
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Old 12-02-2020, 10:18 AM   #2399
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Corpses buried in a humid, airless environment can have their body fat transformed into a waxy substance called adipocere, or corpse wax. This can be used to make things like candles, which would surely be useful as material components for demonic and necromantic rituals, as well as the more unpleasant alchemical elixirs.

A necromancer may even construct a special chamber with such an environment and steal bodies to bury there. Formation time is two weeks to two months, so you don't need a particularly long time to make it. Obese people would be preferred, as they have more fat per pound of body weight.
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Old 12-02-2020, 10:38 AM   #2400
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Corpses buried in a humid, airless environment can have their body fat transformed into a waxy substance called adipocere, or corpse wax. This can be used to make things like candles, which would surely be useful as material components for demonic and necromantic rituals, as well as the more unpleasant alchemical elixirs.

A necromancer may even construct a special chamber with such an environment and steal bodies to bury there. Formation time is two weeks to two months, so you don't need a particularly long time to make it. Obese people would be preferred, as they have more fat per pound of body weight.
Wealthy people tend to have a higher chance of being overweight in medieval societies (access to more food and less physical activity than poorer people), so a plot could be based on a successful merchant making a deal with a necromancer or demonologist and then getting second thoughts once they learn what will happen to them.
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