I’ve been enjoying a daily YouTube post called Pronunciation Book. It began broadcasting in 2010. At that time, it was a white screen with a word in black letters, and a male voice would pronounce the word three or four times. But back in July, the words were replaced with numbers, and the number has been counting down every day. When the voice speaks, it doesn’t pronounce the number, but says some cryptic phrase or sentence (and of course, yesterday he went on and on for three minutes!) followed by the sentence “Something is going to happen in ** days.” There’s also a long space of nearly inaudible clicks that some people thought were Morse code, but audio spectrographic analysis has revealed the sounds to be a partial image of a man pointing at the viewer.
This kind of thing just tickles me to no end. I’ll listen to recordings of numbers stations for hours on end, and this is very similar in tone to the secret of those stations. And I’m not along. Lots of people have been listening to the countdown, hoping to try and figure out what the voice claims to be telling us. Maybe he knows about a vast global conspiracy, or maybe the ancient astronauts are returning and the voice-guy knows when they’ll arrive. (September 24, by the way, in case you were wondering.) Maybe Jupiter’s going to go nova and we’ll end up with two suns and a warning not to bother the moon Europa.
I love the thrill of thinking something huge is going to happen. But I have a sneaking suspicion this is going to turn out to be something far more mundane. Some folks are claiming the Book is heralding a new Battlestar Galactica series, and others insist it’s talking about Halo, Half Life or Bioshock (video games, in case you weren’t sure.) I can’t help thinking he’s going to announce the publication of his brand new novel.
Faith told us once about a person who sent postcards to as many big name agents and editors in New York that he could find addresses for. The postcards all said, “The Dark is coming in four weeks!” The next week they all received postcards that said, “The Dark is coming in three weeks!” People were actually interested, and started looking forward to the postcards, wondering what The Dark might be. Unfortunately, when the week arrived in which The Dark should have made its appearance, nothing happened. Instead, a week later, everyone received postcards that said, “The Dark has been delayed.” (Faith, if I’ve gotten that all wrong, I apologize!) I don’t know if the book ever got a look, because the wonderful set-up was ruined when the author wasn’t ready on time.
So while there’s a part of me that hopes the Pronunciation Book is a harbinger of something world-changing, I have to think about it logically. And that’s okay, because if he is releasing a book, I’m hooked.
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