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Shmark
Dec 28, 2006


Hey all, I don't know if this story has already been debunked or, more importantly, posted already. A preliminary search around the forums didn't turn anything up. I'm sorry if a thread already exists, if it does let me know where it is and I'll post there... now on to the story..

Yesterday I came across a really bizarre series of videos on Youtube. I also found another one of the videos on Google Video..

Here are the links to the videos I'm talking about :

YouTube Video link

And here is the Google video link

Google Video Link

Now the STORY:

As far as I can tell, apparently a local TV station in Wyoming found it's broadcast signal hijacked and replaced with the videos I linked above. Sounds bizarre enough already right? Well I looked in to it a bit more and around some forums people have been able to uncover some seriously weird details...

First of all, here is the information that went along with the Google video link:

" The Wyoming Incident (or The Wyoming Hijacking) is a lesser known case of television broadcast hijacking/hacking. A hacker managed to ... all interrupt broadcasts from a local programming channel (believed to serve several smaller communities in the county of Niobrara) and aired his/her own video. The video contained numerous clips of disembodied, human heads showing various emotions and "poses". The camera position changed often (usually every ten-to-fifteen seconds) and the video was often interrupted by a "SPECIAL PRESENTATION" announcement. This clip is taken from one of these intervals.

The video is mostly locally well-known, and would probably not even be that popular if it were not for the effects it had on the few residents who watched it for an extended period of time. Complaints included vomiting, hallucinations, headaches, etc. While some believed it was paranormal, specialists have determined that the cause of these afflictions were frequencies played regularly throughout the broadcast. In this clip, the frequency being played is somewhere between 17 and 19 hz. This range of frequency, when played for long periods of time, causes the eyes to subtly vibrate, sometimes inducing visual hallucinations.

This video is significant in that is one of the most recent television hijackings. Such actions were rare even in the '80s (search for Chicago Max Headroom Incident) and are even more rare today. The hacker has not yet been caught, and all attempts to trace the video have proven futile."


The mystery gets even weirded when you begin to take a look at who is posting the links to these videos and following the "trail"... This was done by a member of another forum and he made a pretty large post detailing his findings:

Link to the forum post here

Other than that I found something on my own which I haven't seen links to anywhere else on the internet...

As you can see, in the weird video the number 333-333-333 has raised quite a bit of suspicion.. well I simply searched that number sequence in quotes within Google and a few pages down I found a weird posting on a website called Topix.net

From what I can tell Topix.net is some kind of community forum thing but I'm not sure. The point is I found a rather obscure post on the website.. check it out..

Topix.net Link 1

In that first link someone apparently from Japan, named "Smith" asked the question "Did you see it?"

So someone from Canada responds "Yes" ... WHat the hell?!

And the topic of this post is 333-333-333 .. now if you look at the bottom of the page it shows you other topics posted in this same section and all of them seem to be about and from people in Wyoming.. the place where the TV Hijack took place..

What I gather is that this is a news community website forum type thing where people post about goings-on in Wyoming? I guess? And someone must have seen the broadcast and jumped on the net and asked "Did you see it?"

The reason I find this to be an important clue is that it suggests that this isn't an elaborate prank in that the video was never broadcast over a hijacked signal.. apparently it really was because people saw it on TV in Wyoming and are asking others if they saw it too...

There was another forum post on that site but now I can't find it, it had 3 responses and one of them was from a guy who said something like "yeah I saw it" and then under that posted a link to his blog where he had a link to the video, but the blog was in another language... weird.. but now I can't find that link.. grr



Anyway, this whole thing is really weird and I can't make sense of it. What exactly does 333-333-333 even mean? Why are the videos do drat bizarre? What is the message, if it is just one elaborate prank, then why all the evidence and coincidences?

Again, sorry if this was already discussed on SA, I'll just close the thread if it was... all in all, I think it's a pretty creepy little mystery, maybe someone on SA can make sense of it all...

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The Rocket Salad
Sep 1, 2004

lol what

Shmark posted:

Here are the links to the videos I'm talking about :

YouTube Video link
That gave me hardcore goosebumps over my entire body. Didn't think you could get goosebumps on your balls? Well watch this.

I'm going to be thinking about that all day.

edit: ten minutes later I still have goosebumps.

The Rocket Salad fucked around with this message at Feb 23, 2007 around 17:21

Fork of Unknown Origins
Oct 21, 2005
Gotta Herd On?

I think it's been posted in the past, but I don't know if it had its own thread. Scares the loving poo poo out of me though.

Shmark
Dec 28, 2006


The Rocket Salad posted:

That gave me hardcore goosebumps over my entire body. Didn't think you could get goosebumps on your balls? Well watch this.

I'm going to be thinking about that all day.

Yeah honestly, that sound at the start of the video, on well, all of the videos really freaks me out. And what the hell is with the disembodied heads!?

HappyHimmler
Oct 23, 2005
I hav never heard of zee Final Solution und hav no idea vat you are talking about!

Why does the video skip? The youtube one that is.

polysynth
Dec 12, 2006

rock out

I remember this gets posted every so often in hijacking threads and the conclusion is that it's fake. It's creepy and all but I'm pretty sure it was never actually broadcasted.

Itty Bitty Kitty
Oct 29, 2004


All I know is that it made me very uncomfortable.

Fork of Unknown Origins
Oct 21, 2005
Gotta Herd On?

buyable posted:

I remember this gets posted every so often in hijacking threads and the conclusion is that it's fake. It's creepy and all but I'm pretty sure it was never actually broadcasted.

Wait, I thought this one was confirmed and the other one was fake? Do I have them backwards?

April
Jul 3, 2006



Real or fake, those videos elicit a very strong "gently caress the ocean" reaction in my brain.

Earwicker
Jan 6, 2003



That is some creepy stuff, I like it! Kinda reminds me of Lost.

Sparr
Jan 17, 2006



The floating heads are straight out of Poser, a 3-D modeling program centered around humans, so don't go thinking this is some paranormal projection or anything.

polysynth
Dec 12, 2006

rock out

Fork of Unknown Origins posted:

Wait, I thought this one was confirmed and the other one was fake? Do I have them backwards?

The Max Headroom pirate incident is real (if that's what you're thinking of) and even has a wikipedia article about it. It's just weird that there's virtually no information about "the Wyoming incident" besides this considering TV hijacks are rare.

ChubbyEmoBabe
Sep 6, 2003

-=|NMN|=-


I consider myself a rational person but this kind of things always freak me out. After watching one I fully expect to have someone say "desktop" and I poo poo my pants then go on a killing spree.

ElecHeadMatt
May 27, 2003

I HATE PHANTOM SPACE MAN

I have never seen this before and that is severely creepy. Its also an awesome concept for a story of some sort. I like it.

Shmark
Dec 28, 2006


buyable posted:

The Max Headroom pirate incident is real (if that's what you're thinking of) and even has a wikipedia article about it. It's just weird that there's virtually no information about "the Wyoming incident" besides this considering TV hijacks are rare.

Yeah that's what I'm thinking, the Max Headroom thing was real for sure but even though this one doesn't have much background story available I don't think I can call it a hoax just yet because if it was a hoax, where is the evidence of THAT? It's weird, you can't prove it either way!

Dan Tha Man
Dec 31, 2004
danathanthamanathan

gently caress this video and gently caress living alone. i think Im ill...

Senor Bambos
Aug 6, 2004

by Fistgrrl


The whole story behind the Wyoming Incident videos is bizarre.

The videos just started popping up on random places on the internet, each with their own little backstory. Links were posted to a defunct message board from 2004 and a blog. The blog has been changed to just a generic teenage-style diary, but it originally had a shitload of weirdass postings that seemed like someone was on the verge of insanity. The original blog postings seemed to give some idea as to what the origin of the videos exactly were. It also explained that the personally behind the videos intentionally created a bad backstory for the original "Wyoming Incident" video. Anyone who knew anything about infrasound would know it couldn't be heard over regular television speakers. It was a very obvious, intentional "mistake". I was only able to read a few of the other posts before they were all permanently altered.

The "producer" of the videos started posting on the defunct message board. Ties were made in with Greek mythology and the legendary black-eyed kids. It turns out some book is missing and some poster from Unfiction is charged to find it. The bookstore's been closed for awhile, and the producer of the videos seems to be in deep poo poo with some guy who speaks Greek.

It's got to be one of the most bizarre, elaborate internet mysteries that I've ever encountered, and I haven't even read through half of the stories, postings, etc. that make up the whole thing.

bumpizza
Feb 11, 2006


I'm a pussy. I got goosebumps like the rest and still have them minutes later. I don't know what it was, but that video is just so unsettling.

toby
Dec 4, 2002


If I saw that poo poo on television, I would have to run outside and look around to make sure I hadn't totally lost my goddamn mind.

Aside from the two already linked, these are also on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDnWngSEnBY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsYXfBC-zAo

They're all different.

Senor Bambos
Aug 6, 2004

by Fistgrrl


toby posted:

If I saw that poo poo on television, I would have to run outside and look around to make sure I hadn't totally lost my goddamn mind.

Aside from the two already linked, these are also on youtube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDnWngSEnBY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsYXfBC-zAo

They're all different.

Here's a complete list of the videos in the order they were discovered.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...322056162184320
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K21YdhuxjlM
http://video.google.com/videoplay?d...7080442&q=Danny%27s+Collection&hl=en
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsYX...related&search=
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDnW...related&search=

Not an Anthem
Apr 27, 2003

I'm a fucking pain machine and if you even touch my fucking car I WILL FUCKING DESTROY YOU.


As far as I've read running pirate TV broadcasts is as simply as pirate radio. In areas where reception for bigger stations is lovely you could technically just overpower it, which is what would make it flicker. I'm not in broadcast or anything though, as far as I know its just a signal strength thing.

The Rocket Salad
Sep 1, 2004

lol what

Holy gently caress. "3" gave me a goddamn heart attack.

THERE ARE GOOSEBUMPS ON MY SCALP AND IT FEELS WEIRD.

Call of Duty Oprah
Apr 10, 2002

Yes I wanna play.
I really really do.

Weirdness. The 333-333-333 thing sounds familiar to me, but I can't really remember from where. I'm thinking it was a UFO thing or something, from one of Whitley Strieber's books.

GreySkullFucker
Dec 5, 2003

Gin? Thank you I don't mind if I do.

Perhaps the start of some elaborate ARG (Alternate Reality Game)?

Fenderbender
Oct 9, 2003

You have the right to remain silent.


Am I missing something? This seems really lame and produces no strange effects on me.

The Rocket Salad
Sep 1, 2004

lol what

Fenderbender posted:

Am I missing something? This seems really lame and produces no strange effects on me.
I'm not surprised it's not weird enough for you

Shmark
Dec 28, 2006


Dracus posted:

Perhaps the start of some elaborate ARG (Alternate Reality Game)?

That's what I'm reading... ARG, I'm not really familiar with them, is it something like a real life game, kind of link a very massive game of D&D but involving people from around the world or something?

rbis4rbb
Sep 25, 2005

by angerbotSD



In the third one the music that came on after the text scared the poo poo out of me. But the others really didn't.

ChubbyEmoBabe
Sep 6, 2003

-=|NMN|=-


I love the description of these videos in various places.

"My uncle was found holding this video after he had sawed the top of his skull off with a butter knife. My family has never watched this in fear of what it contains. I am uploading it here with my eyes closed."

After watching 3 someone started using a circular saw outside and I almost jump out of my skin.

goose on fire
Jun 9, 2004

Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go, to heal my heart and drown my woe.

It looks like that nice man who went on the spaceship with all those folks after they drank the Kool-Aid.

Joe Anglican
Mar 24, 2005

I've got a megaphone I've been saving for a special occasion.


Dracus posted:

Perhaps the start of some elaborate ARG (Alternate Reality Game)?

This was the first thing I thought of, which shows you I should really have not spent so much time playing "I Love Bees".

Shmark
Dec 28, 2006


Alright I found some info on what ARG's are... just a wiki article:

Link

Fenderbender
Oct 9, 2003

You have the right to remain silent.


goose on fire posted:

It looks like that nice man who went on the spaceship with all those folks after they drank the Kool-Aid.

Marshall Applewhite?

The Rocket Salad
Sep 1, 2004

lol what

Fenderbender posted:

Marshall Applewhite?
If he started eating solid food and put on a few pounds, sure.

Senor Bambos
Aug 6, 2004

by Fistgrrl


Shmark posted:

That's what I'm reading... ARG, I'm not really familiar with them, is it something like a real life game, kind of link a very massive game of D&D but involving people from around the world or something?

I actually started following the story through the Unfiction ARG boards. For a long time it was suspected to be an ARG, and the "Puppetmaster" even started playing along with the board and releasing videos exclusively to them (which were then posted to YouTube). Strangely, it seems to have ended incredibly abruptly (for now) and there's a lot of details that hint that it was never an ARG.

For instance, it's incredibly elaborate. You have "characters" speaking fluent Greek, in-game message boards that have posts from 2004, videos that have been on the internet for almost a year before an activity, game players finding themselves being followed by strange children, etc.

Personally, I think it's viral marketing for something big.

Neutrino
Mar 8, 2006



I remember back in the 1970's one of the first broadcast pay tv stations here in the US was SelecTV. We could get the signal but it was usually scrambled. Some broadcast hacker managed to transmit over the same channel and blocked out their transmission with messages saying "TV Should Be Free" among other things. I don't believe the FCC ever found him.

Jim Silly-Balls
Jun 6, 2001

Fondle my shiny metal ass


This is awesome, I wish stuff like pirate broadcasts and strange messages from people on the brink of insanity happened more often.

That being said, these videos are weird, but I dont have goosebumps on my ballsack.

Jim Silly-Balls fucked around with this message at Feb 23, 2007 around 17:58

Counter Punch
Nov 5, 2004

by elpintogrande


Senor Bambos posted:

Personally, I think it's viral marketing for something big.

Big like The Apocalypse?

Shmark
Dec 28, 2006


Senor Bambos posted:

I actually started following the story through the Unfiction ARG boards. For a long time it was suspected to be an ARG, and the "Puppetmaster" even started playing along with the board and releasing videos exclusively to them (which were then posted to YouTube). Strangely, it seems to have ended incredibly abruptly (for now) and there's a lot of details that hint that it was never an ARG.

For instance, it's incredibly elaborate. You have "characters" speaking fluent Greek, in-game message boards that have posts from 2004, videos that have been on the internet for almost a year before an activity, game players finding themselves being followed by strange children, etc.

Personally, I think it's viral marketing for something big.

I tend to agree, it's either a random little hoax by some creative guys having fun, OR It was an actual signal hijack which alludes to something more sinister, OR it is a viral campaign.... honestly if this is a viral... it has to be for something MASSIVE like something really really important but I can't think of anything really that it would be in relation to...what's coming out soon that would warrant this kind of elaborate ruse?

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Cobb
Sep 20, 2001

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Neutrino posted:

I remember back in the 1970's one of the first broadcast pay tv stations here in the US was SelecTV. We could get the signal but it was usually scrambled. Some broadcast hacker managed to transmit over the same channel and blocked out their transmission with messages saying "TV Should Be Free" among other things. I don't believe the FCC ever found him.

Sounds like what Captain Midnight did to HBO when they started charging over C-Band.

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