|Arrrr, solving mysteries be better than gold, mateys... or not.|
Allow Da-da to flex his 20+ years research into arcane subjects a moment. You all like stories of gold and buried treasure, Da-da will wager, so let's dig into the overblown oxymoron that is The Money Pit, better known as The Oak Island Mystery, arrr. [Spooky music UP.] Aye, this be the island where untold treasure lay buried, just off the weary coast of Nova Scotia. An 18th Century teenage sighting suggested that pirates had buried it there, and folks have been digging the crap out of this flat little nowheresville island (now devoid of oaks, denuded by treasure seekers) ever since, crazed by what they're sure is billions in chests of looted gold, yawning untold fortunes and run-on sentences... fortunes that have yet to turn up in the 216 years that investors have been losing fortunes trying to locate them. Money pit, indeed. Da-da recently read about yet another tragic band of
Da-da's pretty sure that few of his readers have probed The Oak Island Mystery in any great detail, but since you all like a good probing, a quick look at the initial facts will yield the near-certainty that there is no treasure -- not anymore, anyway. This from wikipedia:
"In 1795, 16-year-old Daniel McGinnis discovered a circular depression in a clearing on the southeastern end of [Oak Island] with an adjacent tree which had a tackle block on one of its overhanging branches."Hmm. [Spooky music DOWN.]
Let's put our pirate hats on a moment. If you were a hard-working, untrusting pirate, would you leave a freaking telltale block and tackle and visible depression behind, ensuring that someone would dig up your piles of loot? Sure, pirates were smelly and ornery and mostly uneducated, but they weren't stupid. And yes, they may have been drunk a lot, but wrangling huge chests full of gold would no doubt sober the piratical, posthaste. More likely, the bulk of the treasure was REMOVED around 1795, and the teens witnessed the aftermath. Oak Island Mystery SOLVED, quod erat de monstratum pater absurdum.
The trick now is tracking where the potential fortune (that was previously dug up) wound up. It's possible that the historical record will yield some clues about someone who suddenly dropped from sight, went missing, or became wealthy overnight, c. 1795... but probably not. Da-da has his own suspects, but he's gonna keep that to himself for now. However, Da-da does have a picture of the treasure the pirates dug up. Who knew they liked Meister Brau?
|"Arrr, be ye spongin' fer MEISTER BRAU, Mr. Teach? Best lay in some Advil."|
Hold-the-phone UPDATE: Lynn the Internet Oracle has weighed in on this topic, and there is apparently something still there.