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This Old Box Holds A Jaw-Dropping Unsolved Mystery

Dec 27, 2014

One of the most fun things about the internet is the opportunity for armchair sleuthing, and Reddit is a continual source of vicarious adventures. Redditor TramStopDan shared his experiences of unlocking a mysterious box his friend had found on the street. When Dan opened this ostensibly discarded box, the treasures within were truly jaw-dropping. Posters, maps, illustrations, schematics, you name it.

Dan says, “Clearly something happened to this guy that was very memorable. It measures roughly 29″ by 38″ and almost all the drawings are very large… It appears that he was making a diorama/tabletop display. (Why? I have no idea). There are numbered parts and instructions/explanations.”

Let's take a look:

Ok, this seems fairly normal so far.

Hmmm, okay, now it’s starting to get strange.

“Fairly small maps, hand-drawn on a clear-ish plastic-like material,” as Dan describes them.

They have the same hole in the center, almost like they are meant to be lined up with something.

Some sort of schematic.

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And it’s getting more and more interesting here.

Here is where Dan says, “begin the crazy”…

“Now things start to get a little odd. It seems that the artist saw something in Tampa, FL in 1977 that changed him … This appears to be an early sketch of the event”.

“An obvious blending of the religious and the extraterrestrial…”

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A fellow Redditor offered his own theory:

“Apparently the guy went slightly insane over finding extraterrestrials in the bible. He was obsessed with ‘living creatures' described in Ezekiel 10 that are described as having four faces: ‘the first face was the face of a cherub, and the second face was the face of a man, and the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle.’ I guess he really wanted for that to be an alien encounter.”

The briefcase also contains a patent application style drawing, very large and detailed. But when Dan looked, he couldn’t find a patent that matches it.

Check out the entire contents of the case here and offer your own take on the entire sub-reddit dedicated to figuring out the material here.

Credit: Reddit

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