Well folks, it looks like our favorite mysterious massive metal structure has made yet another fleeting appearance, this time, in the Balkan nation of Romania. 

Just weeks after a team surveying bighorn sheep say they first spotted the monolith in the remote southern Utah wilderness, the seemingly unexplainable slab dominated the news cycle, launching a myriad of origin-story conspiracies, ranging from forgotten Westworld props, to aliens and even QAnon, before vanishing just as mysteriously as it arrived. Yet to the likely delight of extraterrestrial enthusiasts and continued alarm of 2001: A Space Odyssey fans, there has been another brief monolith sighting, this time near an ancient site in the Eastern European country, according to NPR.

The new monolith is a seemingly spitting image of the original, a triangular figure fashioned of dull metal, with conflicting reports alleging it stands between 9 to 13 feet tall. After residents of Piatra Neamt, a city in the nation's northwestern region, first spotted the alien-esque installation, a local radio station took to Facebook to share a video of the ominous structure, which is located mere "meters away" from an ancient fortress built between 82 BC and AD 106, according to Metro. Definitely not creepy at all ...

Although conspiracies have continued on how and why the structure appeared, Andrei Carabelea, Piatra Neamt's Mayor, says the most likely culprit is aliens. "There is no reason to panic for those who think there Is still life in the universe," he wrote in a Facebook post, which has since been translated by the Independent. "My guess is that some alien, cheeky and terrible teenagers left home with their parents' UFO and started planting metal monoliths around the world. First in Utah and then at Piatra Neamt. I am honoured that they chose our city," he continued. "Beyond the conspiracy theories that can be tempting, I'd like to see this randomness as further proof that our city is special. For the earthlings and (maybe) not only."

Yet to Carabelea's likely disappointment, it seems the monolith, which may have been the work of a local artist as opposed to aliens, vanished seemingly overnight, just like its Statesian predecessor. "The 2.8 metre tall structure disappeared overnight as quietly as it was erected last week," local reporter Robert Iosub explained to Reuters in an article published on Tuesday. “An unidentified person, apparently a bad local welder, made it ... now all that remains is just a small hole covered by rocky soil."

Moral of the story? Just like sinister clowns were all the rage in 2016, four years later, inexplicable monoliths are now in Vogue. Now if you'll excuse me, I'll be enrolling in welding classes ... for no reason in particular ....

 

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