Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Putting a Label on the Apocalypse (Part I)




Today’s post is very video-centric, but bear with me and try to watch them all.

That being said, watch these videos first.  There are a plethora of similar ones floating around online, and they are very crazy.  They all pretty much document the same phenomenon, so at the very least watch the first one to get an idea of what I am talking about:





Now, before you continue, I want you to take a moment to analyze your thoughts.  Just briefly go back and recount what you were thinking while you watched it.

Was it scary?  Did it make you nervous?

Did it make you think of the end of the world?  Did it make you think of God?  Aliens? 

Did you think it was real?  Did you want it to be real?

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I don’t know what it is about me that wants this to be real.

I mean, it’s clearly not real.  If it were real, there would have certainly been widespread news coverage of extremely loud bullhorn-like noises being heard around the world.  It is a YouTube craze right now, but that is it.

With UFOs, at least the mystery can be shrouded in the rationalization that they are silent, stealthy, and fleeting.  But a trumpeting overture to the apocalypse heard ’round the world is not something that will only be captured by a few cameras.

This is something that, when heard, would be recorded by anyone and everyone in a given hundred mile radius, or whatever area these videos claim the sounds were heard. 

Additionally, in all the videos, nobody is talking.  They just hear some crazy shit that they have never heard before and they point their cameras skyward, never asking each other what the hell is happening.

Other videos claim that there is a scientific explanation.  Something to do with the Earth’s core and rotation and sky-earthquakes and the moon disappearing and all kinds of other stuff that seems wacky, confusing, and not quite worth my time.

So I am just going with the working theory that it is a hoax.

But it is such an incredibly creative hoax.  Something that I have never seen before and something that I am jealous that I never had the idea to write a screenplay or novel with a groaning earth as the theme.

It is both difficult and weird for me to try to put what I am about to say into words without sounding like a freak, but here it goes:

When I thought about it for a while, and finally came to the conclusion that, because of the aforementioned points, that this whole Groaning Earth thing was an obvious hoax… I felt disappointed.

Before you judge, I ask again, when you were watching the video, did you feel a strange fascination and a hint of hope that it was real?  Did you have a sense of wonder that something epic and new was upon us?

It would be different if I were to watch that video on its own.  By that, I mean without a title.  Without user comments.  Without introductions.  If I could just watch a video of three dudes in the woods, looking to the sky as they hear a repetitive, blaring sound.  First, I might think it is just some weird sound made by some sort of cool lumberjack machine, the likes of which I have never seen.  And if that video was titled, “Three lumberjacks can hear their machine but can’t find it,” I wouldn’t think twice.

But change the title to add such words as “mysterious” and “groaning” and “earth” and “trumpeting” and “apocalypse” and you have caught my attention.  I am already saturated with all of this talk of the world ending this year, due to the Mayans being pranksters.

But then you upload more videos with the same noise from different locations all over the world? 

Well, now you’ve got me fucking thinking.

To top things off, one of the videos had quotes from the Bible:

“He swalloweth the ground with fierceness and rage: neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet.” Job 39:24

And:

“For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:52

It put a very interesting label on what the sounds supposedly meant.

But when it comes to strange, unknown things, that's all that needs to be done in order to get imaginations racing.

Just put a label on them. [Continued to Part II]


13 comments:

  1. I wanna read it but gotta go now :(
    I be back.

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  2. Interesting. I have not heard of this before, but believe like you. If it was real, there would be massive media coverage.

    Heaven's trumpets on the last day will be heard by everyone. No one will miss it or even question what it is.

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  3. Yea, very eerie nonetheless

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  4. See, and I thought the end of the world would be ushered in by Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" but that's just me...

    I want to believe, Mulder.  I WANT to....

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  5. Lol just wait until you see tomorrow's post.

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  6. wouldn't it be cool if it were true... I think one of the problems with the modern world is that there is no true mystery left...

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  7. I have not seen these before, but you peaked my interest.  It reminds me of War of the Worlds.

    It has to be a hoax though.  Has to be...

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  8. A month or so ago I saw a couple of these videos from other countries and got a bit freaked out. But, you point out some good points in your post... Obviously this has to be a hoax because a world wide panic hasn't ensued over what the hell this noise is and what's going on. Boo. I'm with you on kinda wishing it were real. Oh well. 

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  9. I can't wait! This is very strange.  I did notice that the dog in one of the videos wasn't freaked out and usually animals are...but still. 

    I am also informing you that you received an award so please read my post on my blog.

    Thanks and don't hold me in suspense!

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  10. G: I agree, and I get more into that tomorrow.

    jaclyn: Yes, the noise definitely sounded like the freaky noise that the alien crawlers make in the new War of the Worlds. Very ominous.

    Missy: Yes, its a weird, hard to define hope that it is real.

    Crack You Whip: Awesome, I will check it out now!

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  11. Why everyone wants to end this world so early ?
    No ......this is not Dajjal's Trumpet
    (Trumpets on the last day)
    That will be so freaking loud and no one will be youtubeing it.

    Waiting for part 2.

    And give my congrats and blessings to your sisters.
    So you are going to be uncle ,right :) ?

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  12. It sounds like God farted. It happens.

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  13. The sound comes from Kevin Smith's movie RedState. The movie is a fictional story about a family/church similar to the Westboro Church in Topkea (The Phelps family). At the end of the movie, the family believes it is end times (although it is in reality their hippie neighbors blaring horns through a speaker system). I saw the movie last fall, but the 1st video did make my heart skip a beat before I realized I had heard the sounds before. I wonder if it is all part of a viral marketing campaign for the movie?

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