WI They Actually Found Something on Oak Island?

Discussion in 'Alternate History Discussion: After 1900' started by Zheng He, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. weasel_airlift Well-Known Member

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    I'll absolutely give you that. 300 years of the telephone game, and...
     
  2. DougM Well-Known Member

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    I think they will find Jimmy Hoffa... ;)
     
  3. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    And Jim Morrison.
     
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  4. Kaze Well-Known Member

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    It would have to be a lot of treasure to make the money pit worth it. Personally - I think that it is strange that nobody has sent down a drone (robot sub) down the main shaft or a frog-man down the main shaft to the treasure room.... Wouldn't that work?
     
  5. marathag Well-Known Member

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    The location of the shaft was lost after the 1860s, from all the digging by different parties. So all the activity since has been to relocate it. On the show now, they think they have found where that last 1860s shaft was, that was near the original money pit shaft
     
  6. Father Maryland Enemy of Neo Secesh Everywhere

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    As someone else said no one can find the main shaft. There's been like two hundred years of almost sustained mad digging. The islands more holes then solid at this point. That and underneath the bedrock is full of natural caves and caverns and the like carved by water from the relatively weak bedrock. It's like trying to find one hole in a wheel of swiss cheese.

    I would laugh my ass off.

    Has there been any even half extensive offshore searches or surveys? Surely someone has thought that it might be under water off the island?
     
  7. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    That's why I love Ancient Aliens, I've learned a ton about ancient architecture and construction from that show.
     
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  8. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    I sure hope so but you never know.
     
  9. Mad Bad Rabbit Well-Known Member

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    They don't know where the original treasure shaft was, because so many people have dug random pits over the last century.

    They did sink one shaft down to a void space, and sent ROV's and divers down there, but there was so much silt and sediment in the water you could not see anything.
     
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    The propulsion from the ROV's stir up the muck so you don't see much.

    Didn't they do some elementary scanning of the sea floor - closer to shore? IIRC, that was done to help locate the outlets of the drainage/flood tunnels.
     
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  11. Dilvish Well-Known Member

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    Ah, then it could be drow, dwarves, mermen, etc.

    Or, "I hear something. What is it? Drums! Drums in the deep!"
     
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  12. Zheng He Well-Known Member

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    They are coming...
     
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  13. Father Maryland Enemy of Neo Secesh Everywhere

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    Well in case of any of those freaks start acting up I suggest sending in the Navy equipped with a few Kilotons of Instant Sunshine.

    Mermen and Dwarves really hate being nuked. Not sure what a Drow is but I'm guessing there none to fond of it either.
     
  14. GeographyDude Well-Known Member

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    In an office rumor, I think it could be 20 minutes. And it would be a combo of plausibility / believeable and then, how way out and neat the story was, those are the ones which would spread like wildfire.

    In the case of Oak Island, maybe just a couple of days, to friends, acquaintances, friends of friends. Or slower, if people are doing a better job of keeping it secret, but of course that's part of the spiciness. So maybe a matter of several years. And then perhaps a newspaper article, even a minimally investigate "human interest" article.
     
  15. GeographyDude Well-Known Member

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    They probably should have went with one or the other. Either the youths found the sawed off stump, or found a limb showing evidence of ropes and tackle, over the depression in the ground.

    And then, we come to the very interesting aspect that people will sometimes argue from the fact that the story isn't perfect to the conclusion that it hasn't just been made up. Because if someone had simply made it up, they would have done a better job of it. I think this overlooks the way urban legends develop in an almost organic fashion, imperfections and all.
     
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  16. GeographyDude Well-Known Member

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    I think you mean 200+ years, right?
     
  17. RossN Member

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    I think it depends on two different but related things:

    a) What they find & b) when they find it.

    A discovery of buried pirate booty in the 19th century would make someone (or a group of someones) rich but would quickly be forgotten by most. A similar discovery in the era in which Oak Island is internationally famous would bring a lot more fame and probably spur a lot of interest in other 'legends' like the Lost Dutchman's Mine.
     
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  18. weasel_airlift Well-Known Member

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    Yes. I was thinking the whole hullabaloo was 1690s, it was a century later.
     
  19. wtw Well-Known Member

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    I think it is the oldest con game in history, you look at the island, its probably shit for farming and the original owners told a story to pass it off and its grown and grown over the centuries to where it is now. They are never going find anything of any real value there.
     
  20. Carl Schwamberger Well-Known Member

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    In the 19th & early 20th Centuries there were searches in & near the tide zone for the mouths of the flood tunnels.