CIA sets challenge for wannabe internet sleuths

The picture baffled social media users.

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The picture baffled social media users.

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The CIA has set wannabe detectives a challenge, much to the excitement of social media users.

The intelligence agency posted a picture of a winter scene on Twitter on Tuesday and asked the internet to work out what time of day it was taken.

The picture showed a snowy street lined with cars, two school buses and a ski lodge, and participants were asked to “put their analysis skills to the test”.

Many amateur sleuths guessed the correct answer – 7am- by analysing the shadows of trees and the tracks in the snow.

One said: “Easy, look at the light poles turned on which means it’s 7am. Am I hired?”

Another agreed, saying it was clearly 7am. “The lights are on because

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Internet sleuths reveal secret location of mysterious Utah monolith

a close up of a rock: An object dubbed the 'Utah monolith' is shown near Moab, Utah, in this image posted online Nov. 26, 2020.

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An object dubbed the ‘Utah monolith’ is shown near Moab, Utah, in this image posted online Nov. 26, 2020.

It took about a week for the so-called internet “hive mind” to find a mysterious monolith in the Utah desert, despite state officials’ efforts to keep the location a secret.

The Utah Bureau of Land Management is now trying — and failing — to discourage people from visiting the massive slab of metal, amid speculation that it’s a piece of art, an alien relic or a simple tribute to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Utah government employees found the roughly three metre-tall object in the state’s southern desert earlier this month, during a sheep-counting mission aboard a helicopter.

Read more: A 2020 space oddity? Mysterious metal object found in Utah desert

Officials shared photos and videos of the mysterious object online, sparking a flurry of viral

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Internet sleuths track down mysterious shimmering monolith deep in Utah desert

Internet sleuths needed just two days to track down a mysterious metal monolith planted deep in the Utah desert.

The discovery of the shimmering structure by wildlife officials as they flew over the Mars-like Red Rock region was revealed on Monday, but its precise location was kept secret.

That set off a furious hunt by internet detectives who used flight tracking data to home in on the likely spot.  

The co-ordinates were shared on Reddit by Tim Slane, who also scanned the map for the exact features of the terrain seen in the photos and videos released by officials.  

David Surber, 33, spotted the Reddit post and drove six hours through the night before reaching the monolith on Wednesday. 

“I decided to go there first because I was drawn to the fact that this object had been there for five years, hidden in nature,” he said. 

At first he was

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Mysterious monolith puzzle has been solved by internet sleuths


Despite comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, the monolith’s origins are earthly in nature.

Utah Department of Public Safety Aero Bureau

A few days ago the internet went wild at the discovery of a metallic monolith mysteriously standing in the middle of the Utah desert. Discovered by the Utah’s Department of Public Safety, the rumor mill quickly began churning. Was it aliens? Has 2001: A Space Odyssey been brought to life?

Thanks to some particularly devoted Reddit users, we now know that the likelihood of it being anything extraterrestrial is slim (though if it was going to happen, I think we can all agree that 2020 would have been the year). 

The Redditors were able to isolate the monolith’s approximate location, tracking the flight paths of Utah Public Safety’s helicopters in order to triangulate a rough area near Canyonlands National Park and the Colorado River. Once the approximate

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