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The Doclopedia #566

More Islands Of Adventure: Tower Island

Up in Puget Sound, there’s an island, maybe a quarter mile long and half that wide, that has a 60 foot stone tower poking right up out of the middle of it. Looks kind of like some strange lighthouse, but it’s not. No, some old coot named Chester Urlinton built it back in 1912. He never lived in it, but he used to climb up to the top of it every day and set up all sorts of scientific devices. Nobody knew what the hell he was up too, but after a while, they got used to it and stopped asking.

Then, one day in 1917, old Chester…well, nobody is sure just what the hell he did, but what they are sure of is that there was a big boom, a flash of light, a strange “kinda howling noise” and most of the trees on the island burst into flame. By the time the forest fire was out and the police could look things over, there was no trace of Chester or any of his scientific equipment. The inside of the tower was pretty empty and the only thing anybody could figure was that Chester had somehow blown himself up.

Now, it turned out that Chester had some heirs, his son and two daughters. They came out, looked the island & tower over and then put it up for sale. A wealthy timber magnate bought it and started to build a house there. I say started, because it never got past clearing a spot for a foundation. Seems that all of the workmen started feeling “creepy” and left. Later, the timber magnate brings in another crew, but a couple of them disappeared and the rest ran off, just like the first gang.

For the next 60 years, that theme just kept repeating. Nobody could build there or even just camp on the island, because they’d get all creeped out and leave. To make things worse, 14 people have just up and disappeared after going to the island. In 1984, the State of Washington bought the island and posted signs for people to stay off, which they mostly do.

One more thing for you to think about: People have tried to knock down that tower 6 times over the decades. Something always goes wrong to stop them. Some folks think the tower is protected somehow.

Anyway, it’s 2012 now, so in 5 years, it’ll be the 100th anniversary of old Chester disappearing. I wonder if anything will happen then?

The Doclopedia #567

More Islands Of Adventure: Blink Island

Blink Island got it’s name because it appears for a moment, then is gone in the blink of an eye. Sailors in the South Pacific won’t go anywhere near it due to ships having wrecked and been sunk nearby. The natives on other islands won’t even talk about it. It is a taboo subject.

Exploring the island is a big goal of scientists from all over the world. They come in private ships, steam zeppelins and even the new aeroplanes, but they find that getting onto the island is not easy to actually set foot on, even during the minute or so you can see it. Still, a few have managed.

In 1889, Doctor Pietro Orlini and two of his men managed to get onto the island just before it disappeared. His ship waited three days for them and when the island reappeared on the third day, Orlini was the only person to come back, barely getting away from the island before it blinked away. Badly injured and half mad with fear, he told the ship’s captain how he and his men had found the island overrun with small to man sized dinosaurs, most of them carnivorous. He also told how he had been on the island for well over 6 months.

On June 7th, 1903, a team of four Swedish explorers landed via balloon. They returned 4 days later and reported that the island appeared to be totally normal in all respects, but that the stars at night looked wrong. They also reported that they had only been on the island for a single day and night before they left. When astronomers looked at their drawings of the stars, they said that it was the view one wouls see from the northern hemisphere near the Arctic Circle.

It was in 1925 that Max Pollard and Will Myjwski got onto the island in a fast steam launch. They had 6 other people with them and all of the equipment needed to make one of their nature films. Their ship waited through 5 blinks (about 18 days) before they returned. Or rather, before the launch returned, because there was nobody on it. There was a camera with undeveloped film in it, so that was taken back to New York for processing. The 15 minutes of film show Pollard and company on an island with young healthy people of several races, plus a large number of mechanical men, or robots. Everybody looks very happy and Myjwski holds up a sign at the end saying “We love it here and won’t be back. Tell our families goodbye. See you at the movies…in 200 years!”

To date (1929) nobody has a clue as to what is going on with Blink Island.

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