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The history of mankind is riddled with the weird and the wonderful; bizarre people, strange places and odd events. For centuries, we’ve told each other fantastic stories around campfires and in darkened rooms. Tales of ghosts, UFOs, and conspiracies, but are these stories exactly that: Stories? There’s only one way to find out! Join me as I dive down the rabbit hole and into… the Unexplained Files.
This week: The Man from Taured
Tokyo airport, Japan, 1954. A man arrives on this hot July day and is asked to produce his passport. And he does! (cue X-Files music). No wait, that’s not weird. What is weird is that his passport is from a country that none of the airport officials have ever heard of. You’ve guessed it (if you haven’t, you really should have): Taured.
The reason is not shit geography. It’s that Taured is not a real place. At least, not in our dimension...
You’re Kidding, Right?
For reals. The passport looks totally genuine, so they show him a map, at which point he goes straight for Andorra. He then gets really angry because, presumably, these strange people have removed his homeland from existence. The baffled officials put him up in a hotel while they try to get to the bottom of this madness. They check the hotel where he has a reservation, which leads to the hotel employees saying “Who?” They then contact the people he’s supposed to be in town to meet, and of course, they’re also like, “Who?”
The officials are a bit miffed by all this, so they go back to the hotel where they’ve put him up, and guess what they find. Two points to you if you said ‘Empty room’.
Hold Your Horses!
Yup. Vanished. The room was on the upper floors, had no balcony, and a couple of guards posted on the door, because who the fuck is this dude? Where'd he go? I have no idea. Nobody does.
That's because the Man from Taured was never seen again.
Make your mind up time.
Boom! What a great story to open on!
Is it possible that the Man from Taured was an interdimensional traveller? Many scientists are open to the possibility of an infinite number of Universes. Did our strange friend slip from one of these other dimensions and into ours?
I have a couple of problems with this story. It’s a bit weird the map the officials gave him had all of the same countries as his reality, with the same name, except one. His homeland. That’s Bummer#1. If there are infinite Universes, it stands to reason that in one of those, wherever Andorra is in ours, Taured is in his. But Bummer#2 is (and this one I can’t really get away from), the first appearance of this amazing story is in a book, in 1981. If it were from a newspaper in 1954, I’d be more inclined to believe it.
RATING: 1=Bollocks 2=Not convinced 3=Possibly… 4=Compelling stuff 5=Holyshittheskyisfalling!
Want to hear more about this case? Try episode 1 of the podcast Weird Tales and the Unexplainable.
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