Reports that the Georgia Guidestones were stolen and moved to New Hampshire are false. The mysterious monument, which was erected in 1980, still stands in Georgia and remains the source of numerous conspiracy theories.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on the Nevada County Scooper, an entertainment website that publishes satire stories. The articles claimed that the granite monument was stolen earlier this week, but later reappeared on a baseball field in Derry, New Hampshire. They purported:
The Georgia Guidestones, which is a mysterious granite monument erected in the early 1980s that contains a set of 10 guidelines in eight modern languages, has been stolen according to Elbert County Sheriff officials. What baffles investigators is how anyone one could have moved the 200 ton slabs without anyone noticing.
“Someone or something came in late last night and took them,” said Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap speaking in an early morning press conference. “Those things are really heavy and it would take a large crew and heavy machinery to move them. We also have no motive in the crime, but there always has been a lot of mischief around the Stones.”
[…] Elbert County, Georgia officials suspected foul play but had no conclusive evidence about the nature of the strange monument’s disappearance. Early this morning, the Derry, New Hampshire police department began to get a series of bizarre phone calls from concerned citizens that a collection of large stone tablets had appeared in the area’s Don Ball baseball field.
The reports, however, are entirely fabricated. The Nevada County Scooper clearly states in their disclaimer (or “Manifesto”) that their articles are not meant to be taken seriously:
The Scooper is a satirical website is in scope and intent. Sometimes it’s funny; often it is not. in scope and intent. It provides social criticism in a satirical, sometimes news-genre setting. We are not a “fake news” site, but rather an entertainment one. Sometimes it’s just plain-old crappy writing with a few bad jokes. Our intention is not to fool or trick anyone, but obviously it happens. We firmly believe that you can soften a person’s willingness to listen by injecting irony, and yes sometimes humor, into the conversation.
The granite monument, according to Atlas Obscura, is intended to be a guide into “an Age of Reason.” The Guidestones, which is considered to be an “American Stonehenge,” features 10 guidelines written in eight different languages, including English, Spanish, Arabic and Russian, and are considered to also be an astronomical calendar. Some of the guidelines include:
- Maintain humanity under 500,000,000 in perpetual balance with nature.
- Unite humanity with a living new language.
- Be not a cancer on the earth – Leave room for nature – Leave room for nature.
The monument is also at the center of many conspiracy theories. Disclose.tv lists some of these conspiracy theories:
- The monument is a product of the Antichrist
- They were meant to survive a global apocalypse
- They were designed and built for the worship of the sun and the devil
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake story on social media:
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Georgia Guidestones Being Stolen and Moved
Officials Baffled Over Stolen Georgia Guidestones https://t.co/9M9PbLNljS
I was just there 2 weeks ago, this is crazy! Those things are HUGE
— Gutsy Girl (@advgutsygirl) July 11, 2017
Oh hell, I wish!!! That would have made my year… https://t.co/ZzR4fLuEo1
— Amandha Dawn Vollmer (@Dr_Voll) July 12, 2017
Do you think it really happened? https://t.co/oW5FDEkgVK
— Loving Self Truth (@LovingSelfTruth) July 13, 2017
The only ones that stole the Georgia guidestones are the ALIENS they showed annunaki how to build the pyramids! https://t.co/BoSdUXjpKw
— Ronald Freeland Law! (@FreelandLaw) July 13, 2017
— Lisa Elkins Goodman (@1goodwomyn) July 13, 2017
Have you seen the fake story about the Georgia Guidestones being stolen and moved to New Hampshire circulating social media? What are your thoughts on the mysterious monument? Sound off in the comments section below!
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