Everyone loves to get embroiled in a mystery and enjoy that feeling of trying to piece together all of the clues. This is especially true when the mystery surrounds a lot of strange circumstances that are not easily explained. Put it all together, and you have a recipe for a lot of consideration and intrigue.
This was definitely the case with one mysterious box that a Reddit user was given by a friend. The friend had found it in a dumpster and passed it along, not sure of what to make of it. When the man opened the box, he found that he wasn’t quite sure what to think, either.
A Mysterious Discovery
In 2013, a man named Dan Wickham made a shocking discovery. Or rather, his friend did five years previous in a dumpster in Asheville, North Carolina. After those years, Dan decided to share what was found in a box by his friend on Reddit. The contents inside the box would spark debate on everything from aliens to spirituality.
Regular Looking Box
The wooden box was by all accounts, pretty normal looking. However, in his first post, Wickham noted that the box had a smell to it that reminded him of a musty basement. The box was about 29 inches by 38 inches and included a metal handle and a pair of clasps. The weathered box was called “The Box of Crazy” by Dan.
Dan Wickham came into possession of the box, but he was not able to answer many of the questions people had about it, including who it used to belong to. Inside of the box was a number of papers, some of which included weird drawings and others of which were filled with handwritten or typed notes. The papers sometimes bore the name of Daniel Christiansen.
Leaving Clues Behind
Although Christiansen did not detail his identity, he did leave clues about who he was or is. For instance, the drawings he did showed a lack of detailed engineering knowledge. In fact, one particular drawing was a very complex plan for what seemed to be a heavy-duty roller bearing that could handle huge loads and thrust.
The Box Gets Stranger
The other documents only confused readers even more. For instance, there were maps contained within that showed flight paths hand-drawn on a map of Earth. They were made on a plastic surface and included some interesting details, such as an apparent focus on the Morocco and Algeria border, for some reason.
Tornado Touching Down?
In one particular drawing that really freaked readers out, Christiansen sketched what he referred to as the “Touch-down of the Tampa Bay Tornado.” The spooky drawing was accompanied by a lengthy scrawled explanation about a supposed visit from an extraterrestrial entity in an unidentified flying object. Yikes.
Solving the Mystery
Dan Wickham had already spent hours perusing and mulling over the contents of the box, and he had a theory. He believed that Christiansen had some sort of event in 1977 at a pier that changed his life forever. The papers, which included drawings of UFO-like objects and even depictions of angels, support that theory.
It wasn’t just UFOs and aliens that Christiansen was seemingly obsessed with. He also drew all sorts of angelic-looking beings, including a four-headed seraph that had not one, but two pairs of wings. The character appeared to be a rendition, or at least related to, creatures described in the Book of Ezekiel in the Holy Bible, said readers.
Indeed, there is an uncanny similarity when you compare the drawings to some of the verses. For instance, Ezekiel 1:10 includes this passage: “Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had the face of a human being, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle.”
More About The Creatures
The Holy Bible describes the four creatures as an aspect of Ezekiel’s vision, in which he saw God come down to Earth riding a chariot of fire. In the book of Ezekiel, each creature mans one corner of the chariot corresponding with cardinal directions as they drive it down towards the Earth.
Inspired By Ezekiel?
The similarities only become more clear as you compare more of Christiansen’s drawings with Ezekiel. In Ezekiel 1:16, it says that the wheels “sparkled like topaz and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel.” Was he drawing a UFO or the chariot from the Bible?
Eyes To The Sky
Perhaps Christiansen had been living with his eyes to the sky after some sort of extraterrestrial encounter. Some, including former NASA engineer Josef Blumrich, actually connect Ezekiel’s famed chariot to phenomena including unidentified flying objects. Blumrich even wrote a book based on this link that included spaceship engineering plans.
Was He Borrowing Ideas?
You have to wonder if Christiansen had perhaps read books like Blumrich’s and had been inspired by them. However, some of his designs were not so easily explained, including his earlier mentioned design for a roller bearing that could handle a “considerable axial load.” Was that a part for a potential UFO?
Some Sort Of Manifesto
There are times where Christiansen’s handwritten papers and notes wander into manifesto territory. One moment, he would be talking about a vehicle that has wheels and turbo jets, and the next he would be droning on at length about holograms, retractable spotlights, and other technology past what Earth had realized at the time.
Christiansen wasn’t just someone with engineering knowledge; he was also a quite capable artist. It’s never more clear that this is the case than when looking at a panoramic rendition of what looks to be the underneath of a UFO. The object again includes winged angels underneath and many wheels, again drawing comparisons to the Book of Ezekiel.
Many participants on the Reddit thread were able to shed light on things such as this strange array of geometric shapes, which actually reminded some readers of dimethyltryptamine, which is the active ingredient once used by Amazonian shamans in their hallucinogenic beverages, of all possible things.
He’s Going Crazy
Unsurprisingly, however, some of the other pages point not to a gifted mind inspired by the Bible and stories of UFOs, but a man that was in the midst of a potential schizophrenic breakdown. Everything from his progressively worsening handwriting to the use of his name backward as a strange pseudonym backed up this theory.
It always bears mentioning, of course, that one man’s crazy is another man’s genius. As existential psychiatrist R.D. Laing noted in 1964, “the light that illumines the madman is an unearthly light, but I do not believe it is a projection, an emanation from his mundane ego. He is irradiated by a light that is more than he.”
Diagnosing The Stranger
Christiansen was certainly an interesting character, but was he crazy? Perhaps he actually was just inspired by the strange events he had apparently been through. He may have even been plotting out some kind of novel or using his collection of papers as an experiment of some sort. It’s hard to say.
One Possible Solution
Unfortunately, it seems that we may not ever find out exactly what Christiansen was up to with these drawings. One newspaper noted that with the dates given in the papers, it’s possible that an art installation on St. Petersburg Pier may have confused Christiansen when firing off lasers at night. Of course, maybe Christiansen did see something that changed his life, too!