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Is This Terrifying Internet Video a Hoax or a Dangerous Riddle?

Published On 10/19/2015 Published On 10/19/2015

Damn it, Internet, you've scared the bejesus out of us again. Fresh from Reddit, the place where content is born, comes a post from a person with the username, tropicaljohnsons, entitled "This Creepy Puzzle Arrived In Our Mail." The post describes how a CD came in the mail from Poland that features a video of a masked and cloaked figure coupled with disturbing imagery and every more disturbing audio.

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You can watch it here, but I recommend you: 

a) Don't turn the sound up too loud.
b) Don't watch it alone.
c) Don't watch it in a dark house.
d) Don't watch it. 

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Creepy doesn't even begin to describe the story posted on Gadgetzz.com, a technology and science news website, in which the origins of the video are further explained. 

"We received a letter from Poland containing a really weird CD. Written on the disc is what looks like a product key, however upon examining the contents of the CD it’s quite clear that this is a puzzle of some sort. The CD contains a video of this creepy looking dude in what appears to be an abandoned building doing...stuff. There are tons of clues in his actions, for one he seems to be blinking in morse code (or something similar, possibly binary) with a light in his hand. There are also symbols popping in and out around him." 

Redditors within the thread are as baffled as the original poster, though the details they uncover only strengthen the mystery of the video. 
 

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The video itself is an absolutely jarring cacophony that seems to be directly inspired by The Ring or, at least, 90% of the videos I watched in art school. 
 

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It gets, shockingly, even more creepy as GPS co-ordinates of the White House are uncovered, as well as a morse code message that translates to “You have one year or less." 

Nope. Nope. Nope. 

One has to wonder: is this an elaborate viral prank conceived by a movie studio to promote a new horror flick, or is there something more devious behind this riddle? Either way, that's enough Internet for today. 


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