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That Would Be Rad: S3 E15: Ong’s Hat – A Gateway to New Dimensions

That Would Be Rad: S3 E15: Ong's Hat - A Gateway to New Dimensions
Link to show: https://www.thatwouldberadpodcast.com/s3-e15-ongs-hat-a-gateway-to-new-dimensions/
Welcome back to That Would Be Rad! This week we dive into the strange and intriguing story of Ong’s Hat, a small town in New Jersey that became the subject of countless rumors and legends. Join us as we explore the potential for interdimensional travel, Chaos Magic and Syncro-Shamanism and uncover the truth behind the Ong’s Hat mystery. This is a legendary pre-internet/early internet mystery that has been discussed with the same amount of passion since it’s inception back in the late 80s. What initially started with crude, xeroxed copies of pamphlets, ended up with clues uncovered across all corners of the early internets message boards and late night AOL chat rooms. Rumors of Ong’s Hat circulated around the town for decades, including the claims of a secret research facility and interdimensional travel experiments…and perhaps a successful opening of the GATE that leads to a parallel world. So – buckle up, polish those tin-foil hats, and get ready for the ride of your life, as we uncover the truth and all the secrets behind: ONG’S HAT – A GATEWAY TO NEW DIMENSIONS.

Ghost Towns in NJ That Deserve a Day Trip

Ghost towns in NJ are a reminder of the state’s rich history and offer a glimpse into the past.

County and Current Town: Burlington County, Pemberton Township ARTICLE LINK: https://jerseydigs.com/ghost-towns-in-nj/ Speaking of ghost stories… Ong’s Hat is one of New Jersey’s most notorious locations. It’s the basis of a popular early “secret history” Internet conspiracy theory. Weird NJ promotes the theory it is a gateway to another dimension. Still others believe Ong’s Hat is a popular haunting ground of the Jersey Devil. The legend of the Jersey Devil shouldn’t scare you from visiting this fascinating ghost town in the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The Ong family moved to Burlington County in the late 1600s. They found the area conducive for farming and harvesting cedars, and a town sprung up around them. The town remained in relative anonymity until a series of deaths and murders brought with them public intrigue — and future Pine Barrens legends. The town was deserted by the 1920s, but some remnants of the former hamlet remain. Visit Ong’s Hat, and decide what is fact and fiction for yourself.

Creepaway Camp 2023 – Day 6: Jacob’s Revenge & The Forest of Three

A coming-of-age take on legend tripping at Ong’s Hat and some other mystery stories for your enjoyment.

PAGE LINK: https://shows.acast.com/creepy-1/episodes/creepaway-camp-2023-day-6-jacobs-revenge-the-forest-of-three

Jacob’s Revenge

Written and narrated by Owen McCuen

The Forest of Three

Link: https://creepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/The_Forest_of_Three

Written by: Cdaley and Narrated by: JV Hampton-VanSant


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Sound Design by Pacific Obadiah

Title music by Alex Aldea

The Incunabula Papers | Decoder Ring

Ong’s Hat, or The Incunabula Papers, is a conspiracy theory that arose on the early internet. Combining cutting-edge science, mysticism, and obvious hokum, it intrigued thousands of people who tried to find out what it all meant. Today we uncover the secrets of Ong’s Hat, the man behind it, and the new art form it inadvertently birthed.

The mystery of Ong’s Hat and what it revealed!

In this video, we explore the fascinating story of the Ong’s Hat deception and what it can teach us about the intersection of AI and urban myths. From its origins as a mysterious online forum to its enduring legacy as a cautionary tale about the dangers of unchecked technological progress, the Ong’s Hat story is a gripping and thought-provoking case study in the power of storytelling and the perils of misinformation.

La conspiración de Ong’s Hat: Cómo el primer juego de realidad alternativa terminó inspirando a Halo 2 y otros grandes títulos

Hacemos un repaso de las mejores campañas de marketing transmedia en el videojuego, así como sus orígenes en Internet.

LINK: https://www.3djuegos.com/juegos/halo-2/noticias/conspiracion-ongs-hat-como-primer-juego-realidad-alternativa-termino-inspirando-a-halo-2-otros-grandes-titulos

Ong’s Hat: Eggheads, Gov’t Shills, & The Internet’s First Hoax | 323

Ever start telling a story as a joke and it gets out of hand? People believe it no matter how much you swear you made it up and try to destroy your life? No, just Joseph Matheny? This week we tackle Ong’s Hat, the internets first honest to goodness hoax that took on a life of its own and to this day has people believing it is all true. They also believe the man claiming responsibility is just a government shill planted to throw us off the truth. And the story has everything: Weird religious cults, quantum physics, dimensional travel, hidden laboratories, luxurious silk top hats, carpet salesmen… We are banging on all cylinders! All that and more this week on the podcast that knows a thing or two about other dimensions… at least the Lower 4th Dimension… Hysteria 51! LINK TO SHOW

Behind the Scenes of the Incident at Ong’s Hat Episode 4

The last of the raw interviews


From the Substack

Today’s raw recordings are the final two for the Behind the Scenes series.

This is a single file containing Denny Unger, admin of one of the Ong’s Hat forums in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Also included is James Curcio.


Here is an RSS feed for your convenience, or you may wait for this Substack to remind you each Friday for the duration of the series.


Ep. 1 Announcing the Incident at Ong’s Hat

Ep. 2 Launch Day For “The Incident at Ongs Hat” and Episode Two of “Behind the Scenes”

Ep. 3 The Incident at Ong’s Hat: Behind the Scenes- Episode 3

Ep. 4 Behind the Scenes of the Incident at Ong’s Hat Episode 4


ZOOM OPTION Holly Elsdon- Portals, Otherworlds, and the Legend of Ong’s Hat

Time & Location

18 Feb, 16:00

Todmorden, Todmorden, UK

About the event

With special guest Joseph Matheny joining us via Zoom from the US! He has also kindly agreed to answer questions during the post-talk discussion.

Drawing parallels from folklore and early accounts of Otherworld experiences, Holly will be expanding on the case of ‘Ong’s Hat’: did a bizarre confluence of esoteric spirituality and cutting-edge quantum science find a portal to another dimension in the New Jersey Pine Barrens? Or was this merely ‘the first internet conspiracy’ and a model for future Alternate Reality Games? How did the story start, and how did the process of trans-media storytelling end up having serious ‘real-world’ repercussions? A must for anyone curious after listening to the recent Radio 4 drama based on this legend!

The Zoom link will be emailed 1 hour prior to the talk.