Something Is Going To Happen

Misty MasseyMisty Massey
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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. 

Have you ever heard of a wonderful, unusual promotion that ended up successfully for the author who came up with it?  Share here!  And hey, if you want to chitchat about bizarre conspiracies, that’s cool, too.  As long as we remember to play nicely.  No current politics, if you please.  I have a delete button, and I’m not afraid to use it.  :)

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14 comments to Something Is Going To Happen

  • Either everyone is too busy prepping for Worldcon and Dragoncon to get into promo or conspiracy talk with me, today, or else I’m a loon and you’re all discussing how to commit me… *laughs*

  • I think this was a great post, unfortunately I don’t have any wonderful or unusual promotions (or conspiracy theories) to share. And thanks to you I have now spent every free second I have trying to come up with an intriguing promotion for my next book release. No luck so far, though. Maybe everyone else is busy doing the same.

  • I’m reminded of this campfire antique:

    Years ago, a man inherited a house from his great uncle who died in the war. The house sat on a hill outside of town in the next state and rumors were told that it was haunted. The man traveled to the town to inspect the house and found that it was a wonderful old mansion in great condition, but very, very old. So, he decided to move in and enjoy his inheritance.

    A couple weeks after he moved in, late at night, the phone rang. When he answered it, a voice said, “I am the Vinder Viper. I will be there in 2 weeks!” and then it hung up before he could say anything. This really shook the man. The next day, he searched the Internet under ‘snakes’ for ‘vinder viper’ but found nothing.

    A week past with no concerns and again, late one night, the phone rang. “I am the Vinder Viper. I will be there in 1 week!” and hung up. This made the man quite nervous, not knowing what a vinder viper was. He asked around the town, and no one had ever heard of any such viper.

    Four days later, late at night, the phone rang. “I am the Vinder Viper. I will be there in 2 days!” The man is getting much more concerned now.

    The next night, the phone rang. “I am the Vinder Viper. I will be there tomorrow!” Needless to say, the man is just plain scared now.

    The next evening, the phone rang. “I am the Vinder Viper. I will be there in 1 hour!” The man tries to leave, but his car battery is dead.

    Nearly an hour later, the phone rang. “I am the Vinder Viper. I will be there in 2 minutes!” The man runs around locking all the windows and doors and calls 911. The police are on their way.

    Soon, there was a knock at the door. The man opened the door a crack and asked, “Is that the police?”

    “No, I am the vinder viper. I come every month to vash and vipe your vindows.”

  • Hepseba ALHH

    For those of us not prepared to commit to YouTube obsession, you will give us an update on Sep. 25th, won’t you?

  • Hep, I will…if the internet is still working. *dramatic music here*

  • Reziac, that was painful and I loved it!

    Kevin, I know what you mean. Every time I hear about some truly creative promo idea, I’m a little jealous that I didn’t think of it first.

  • Vyton

    This is great! I started listening to numbers stations in 1971 in college. We had no clue what that was, except we were pretty sure it was a spy. And now, I still don’t. Did you ever listen to that guy on AM radio out in Nevada talking about black helicopeters, jet contrails, remote viewing, Area 51, etc.? He was really entertaining. Thank you for sharing.

  • This has given me a whole new way to spend my time!

  • Vyton, are you talking about Art Bell? I’ve heard of him, but never actually heard his show. I imagine I’d have gotten a kick out of him.

    SiSi, you’re welcome!

  • Vyton

    Misty, yes, it was Art Bell. “Coast to Coast, AM, coming to you from the Kingdom of Nye.” Some great, fun stuff. I think you would have really enjoyed it. Paranoia as art form.

  • Coast to Coast is still on, Monday – Saturday nights from 2 am to 5 am. Or something like that. I listen to it on the way to the lab on Saturdays. It’s a hoot! And yes, there are little gray men, who are robots or cyborgs or cheese men and who levitate people out of their bedrooms through the walls, to their spaceship, where they probe their captives and then drop them off in corn fields where they become corn people or vampires or two-headed politicians (as opposed to two faced politicians, because all politicians are two-faced and are hiding the truth about aliens and merpeople). Or whatever. (nods head)

    It’s a cool show. And I’m sorry I’m late to your show.

  • If cheese men and corn people got married, would they have cheesy popcorn babies? *laughs*

  • Why do Tigers scream “War Eagle?” It’s a conspiracy, I’m sure. :-D (Hey – football season is almost upon us, and Misty, well, Misty understands!)

    I haven’t any good conspiracy theories to share nor any really cool promotional ideas to report, although many years ago when I worked at the Air Force Flight Test Center many of my (writer) friends would ask me about strange military type goings’ on. Usually those questions were in regard to highly classified projects. I, of course, would deny any knowledge of such things. They, of course, never believed me! ;-)

    I will say, however, that not all of Art Bell’s speculations are … speculative.

  • Misty absolutely understands. You know, I’ve always wondered why people call the Gamecocks the Cackalackies. That’s not even a word. It’s all a conspiracy! Someone call Art Bell! There’s weirdness afoot in SEC football!