Legends and the mythical are things that have always fascinated us, it is useless to deny it. Circumscribing these narratives to a remote time bracket would be a serious mistake. Sure, Gilgamesh and Heracles are iconic and immortal; but, still today, man is creating stories destined to remain over time. Just think of the whole pantheon Marvel.
There are legends of all kinds: horror, heroic, romantic and so on and so forth. We have already discussed mythologems in the past, on the occasion of the analysis of the expulsion of Adam and Eve, and we discovered that the narrative devices and plots conceived by the directors and writers are nothing more than the echo of ancient stories.
Thanks to the world’s most popular hub on paranormal stories, Coast to Coast AMwe know the fascinating history of the Mel hole (Mel’s Hole). The U.S. radio show with Art Bell ran late into the night and relied primarily on allowing listeners to tell, over the phone, any kind of unusual story. The menu, as you might imagine, often featured ghosts, aliens, monsters, and conspiracy stories.
It may seem strange, but the media has survived all the technological evolutions of entertainment, from 1988 to today. Furthermore, it has also been the subject of academic paperslike that of theHistorical Journal of Film, Radio, and Television. Among all the stories told to Bell, there was one in particular that is still vivid in the minds of fans: we are talking about Mel Waters’ call.
Mel Waters, or whatever his real name was, began reporting on the hole in the grounds of his house way back in 1997. It had a diameter over two meters long, and before Mel arrived on the lot, was already the subject of speculation. According to Mysterious Universewas nicknamed “The Devil’s Hole” (The Devil’s Holelisten)) and was shunned by both passing cattle and settled natives before colonization. To fuel the legend is also the fact that the radio broadcasts that spoke of the holeimmediately after ran into technical problems and of interference. The house, according to Waters, is located in Kittitas County, Washington, near the Manastash Ridge between Seattle and Spokane.
Mel tells the radio broadcast that he has used the hole as a landfill, but it never filled up. He also tried to shout inside the pit, but received no answering echo. In 1996, he attempted to calculate the depth of the hole with a line without, never being able to hit bottom. Using many reels of line, he ascertained that the cavity is at least 24 km deep (the deepest cave in the world is just over 2 km). As he points out United States Geological Surveyit’s about about a quarter of the earth’s crust at its thickest point.
Although nothing more is known about Mel, groups of scholars have mobilized around the world, especially physicists, who have tried in every way verify the history of man. Obviously, none of what has been said is true, but it is still fascinating to know this type of narrative, capable of tickling the curiosity of empiricists.