Reddit user TramStopDan found a handmade wooden box in a dumpster. It didn’t look very exciting — it had hinges, a handle, and a pair of locks, but it’s what inside that really amazed Dan.
“This is the Box of Crazy,” he wrote, “Roughly 29″ by 38″ on the exterior. It smells of basements and dampness.”
“Most pieces are around 20″ by 30″, a number of the pages in here are blank.”
“Text on a poster (with corrections). I feel that I should comment on the content, but I don’t really know what to say about this.”
“A nicely lettered and drawn periodic classification of the elements.”
“Technical drawings: This is by far the most interesting piece for my tastes. It looks like a patent application, quite large and detailed.”
“The other technical drawing. Still not crazy.”
“Map obsession: Cool map of airline routes.”
“They all have a hole in the middle, perhaps to be overlaid on something else.”
“Personal items: A letter, I can’t make out much.”
“Perhaps the letter is in Danish or another language from that part of the world?”
“A clue! Perhaps military service in WWII?”
“Now things start to get a little odd. It seems that the artist saw something in Tampa, FL [US] in 1977 that changed him.”
“This appears to be an early sketch of the event.”
“A rendering of one of the entities.”
“An obvious blending of the religious and extraterrestrial.”
“Clearly the artist is drawing upon his mechanical drawing skills to attempt to render the vision. This is the culmination of forms and all the placement studies.”
And the final drawing of the artist’s “vision”. Spooky, huh?
You can see the full thread (and unravel more of the mystery) here.