The Ong’s Hat story might be the first attempt at altered reality storytelling
Technology made the world much smaller in the early 1990s. New connections gave people opportunities to share large chunks of information, perhaps even new worlds. Users soon consumed data they never seen before. Some even encountered new experiences. In a couple corners of the internet, the Ong’s Hat narrative blended reality, virtual worlds, and fiction to pull the audience into its experience.
An urban legend tells of a group of scientists who successfully escaped into another dimension.
Join me as we go back in time to a place where the internet was like nothing we see today.
Ong’s Hat is a ghost town in New Jersey’s Pine Barrens. Many Myths and Legends are said to exist within the area. Such as the Jersey Devil and a tale revolving around a military operation that came into the town and took several individuals nearby who were never heard of again.
This is the story of Ong’s Hat.
Welcome to the Paranoid Style Podcast! It’s spooooky October! Every episode this month will have a spooky theme and this week we’ve jammed six of the creepiest conspiracies we could find into one episode. From the Dead Internet to the little bitty 2012 Black Hole of CERN, we visit Ong’s Hat and Chipotle and discuss the Ice Bucket Challenge and whether or not Willy Wonka is the Ted Bundy of confectioners. There may not be much to these theories but with a sketchy framing device and enough bad puns, anything is possible!
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The awesome backstory about Galidor with a short history of the Ong’s Hat Project.
Link to podcast https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/lego-bits-n-bricks/id1542166642
How a LEGO® game console, sci-fi TV show, limb-swapping action figures, and trip to another dimension gave birth to the beloved LEGO toy flop Galidor.
00:00:00 – Prologue
00:00:39 – Bits N’ Bricks: Introduction
00:01:15 – EP37:The Surreal History of the LEGO Galidor TV Show, Game Console, and Action Figures [YouTube only]
00:02:22 – Chapter 1: Project Genesis and Action Figures
00:09:20 – Chapter 2: Kek Powerizer 00:19:17 – Chapter 3: Tom Lynch and the Galidor TV Show
00:27:14 – Chapter 4: An Interactive Website and Alternate Reality Games00:32:49 – Chapter 5: Ong’s Hat00:46:55 – Chapter 6: Initial Reception
00:54:24 – Chapter 7: The Video Game
01:02:25 – Chapter 8: Conclusion
01:10:08 – Chapter 9: Season Break Announcement
01:11:37 – Bits N’ Bricks: Credits A written feature and transcript of the entire episode are available at https://www.lego.com/en-us/legogames-25-transcripts
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The gang talks to Bishop Ron Feyl-Enright about what’s really happening when people experience visions of the Virgin Mary. Also, a report on a mysterious ghost town in the middle of New Jersey called Ong’s Hat. Plus, ten technical questions for Coco, finding out what’s inside America’s National Quiet Zone, Raven cooks the brain of UFO Mechanic, Al Renaldo and the free MMMX swag giveaway continues. Special Guest: Lois Lane .
Note for the impatient: The Ong’s Hat material comes in about 1 hour 30 minutes in.