Today the gang is diving into one of the OG internet conspiracy theories. The mystery of Ong’s Hat. But the real mystery is why did the gang decide to record … Continue reading The Mystery of Ong’s Hat – 3V Off The Books
It’s refreshing to see someone make an attempt to understand what I was trying to do with Ong’s Hat and it’s encouraging to see them get it mostly right. Too … Continue reading Ong’s Hat and the construction of a suspicious model reader
This week we’re talking about one of the very first internet mysteries, and a complicated puzzle still waiting to be solved. Show Link: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/none-of-this-is-real
Ong’s Hat WAS a place set deep in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. The 17th-century town was more of an outpost with just a few buildings. It was known … Continue reading Small Town Secrets: Celebration, FL/ Ong’s Hat, NJ
Nod to David Metcalfe for alerting me to this. LINK: https://www.facebook.com/weeklyworldnews/photos/a.164051496982/10158840304436983/
An audio story told by Mark Moran with sound collage by Clay Pigeon. One of a series of Waking Weird episodes which can be heard broadcast live every Monday at … Continue reading The Strange Story of Ong’s Hat
Precursor: Ong’s Hat In the 1980s transmedia artist Joseph Matheny launched the Ong’s Hat game, inspired by play-by-mail multiplayer games run by Flying Buffalo. Though Ong’s Hat may not have … Continue reading Alternate Reality Games | Ong’s Hat | Know Your Meme
Welcome back to CT&C, on this episode we are going to look into a very fascinating conspiracy theory that originates from a tiny village with the odd name of Ong’s … Continue reading Conspiracy Theory and Chill: The Story Of Ong’s Hat
Welcome back to It Gets Weird! In this episode, Nile and Kyle discuss a mystery that’s been kicking around since the late 1980s: the secret of Ong’s Hat, New Jersey. … Continue reading Episode 160 – A Seedless Sandwich (Ong’s Hat)
LINK TO Gizmodo piece on Ong’s Hat, from 2/21/19 Chosen one of The Best Long Reads Of The Month, picked by Digg’s editors Chosen as a “WEEKEND READING PLEASURE” editor’s … Continue reading Gizmodo-Ong’s Hat: The Early Internet Conspiracy Game That Got Too Real
Ong’s Hat, also known as The Incunabula, is the original ARG and laid the ground for all future experiments in transmedia storytelling. Join me as we take a brief look … Continue reading Ong’s Hat: The Original ARG – Sex, Drugs & Quantum Physics
Disclaimer: While I am quite proud of the framework I created to deliver the OH storyI can no longer endorse some of the ideas used in the actual story content … Continue reading Ong’s Hat Specific Reviews
Review by Joseph Laycock for Religious Studies Review Texas State University, Philosophy, Faculty Member Article first published online: 12 SEP 2014 Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search For Ong’s Hat Review from … Continue reading Legend-Tripping Online: Supernatural Folklore and the Search For Ong’s Hat Review from Religious Studies Review
Above image used with permission of the artist. Courtesy of James Koehnline : http://www.koehnline.com/ Available now: iTunes Amazon Audible A professional version of The Incunabula Papers: Ong’s Hat and Other Gateways to … Continue reading Audiobook- The Incunabula Papers: Ong’s Hat and Other Gateways to New Dimensions
A few collected Ong’s Hat literary references from 2014. Other references pre-2014 can be found on the Reviews page. I only include the ones which directly relate to the legend … Continue reading 2014 Literary References to Ong’s Hat in Other Works: A Collection
You may view some excerpts here or buy the book. Few have ventured into the many heavily guarded, top-secret locations scattered across the earth. Even fewer have emerged with stories … Continue reading Chapter on Ong’s Hat included in Mack Maloney’s Beyond Area 51 (Chapter 9: The Mystery of Ong’s Hat)
Óli Gneisti Sóleyjarson Technilcal College of fHafnarfjordur, Iceland Folklore Volume 124, Issue 2, 2013 review
On the Internet, seekers investigate anonymous manifestos that focus on the findings of brilliant scientists said to have discovered pathways into alternate realities. Gathering on web forums, researchers not only share their observations, but also report having anomalous experiences, which they believe come from their online involvement with these veiled documents. Seeming logic combines with wild twists of lost Moorish science and pseudo-string theory. Enthusiasts insist any obstacle to revelation is a sure sign of great and wide-reaching efforts by consensus powers wishing to suppress all the liberating truths in the Incunabula Papers (included here in complete form).
Here’s some free versions of Ong’s Hat for Kindle and as an ePub (for iPad, Nook, Sony Reader, Adobe Dimensions, et al). I’ll be putting these up on the newly redesigned incunabula.org (see design here) in 2012. Thought you might want to grab one now as my holiday present to you.
In a day and age when legends are as likely to be transmitted online as they are face-to-face, folklorists have begun assessing how our established concepts apply to the digital realm. The convergence of different forms of media has increasingly diminished the traditional boundaries between folk and popular culture and the digital and analog world. If the legend continues to thrive under these new conditions, folklorists will want to determine how the closely related legend-trip has similarly transitioned to the online environment.
In Legend-Tripping Online: The Search for Ong’s Hat, Michael Kinsella seeks to answer this question using the example of the Incunabula Papers—a conspiracy theory, an alternative reality game, and a mystical experience all wrapped into one. The “Incunabula Papers” refers to two documents, Ong’s Hat: Gateway to the Dimensions! A Full Color Brochure for the Institute of Chaos Studies and the Moorish Science Ashram in Ong’s Hat, New Jersey and Incunabula: A Catalogue of Rare Books, Manuscripts & Curiosa—Conspiracy Theory, Frontier Science & Alternative Worlds. Allegedly produced by banished Princeton faculty studying chaos theory at the Moorish Science Ashram in Ong’s Hat, New Jersey, these rogue professors perfected a device known as The EGG, which made possible interdimensional travel. The group then “embedded within [the Incunabula Papers] enough clues for its intended readers” to join the quest “but not enough for those with little faith to follow.” For folklorists this legend complex provides new challenges capable of expanding the body of legend scholarship. Legend-tripping online will not replace legend-tripping in the “real world,” as folklorists have found with some other forms, but rather exists in addition to and follows the same principles as the classic legend-trip.
Ong’s Hat: The Beginning is now available on iTunes for your iPad, iPhone and other ePub compliant readers. It is reasonably priced at$4.99 USD. I will also be releasing an … Continue reading Ong’s Hat eBook Now on iTunes
Ong’s Hat Chapter from This is Not a Game
Incunabula Originals Scans as a PDF Mail Culture and Historical notes:In the late 70s and early 80s a network culture emerged that pre-dated information exchange via BBS/Fidonet/Internet (Arpanet) type … Continue reading Scans of the original mail-art version of the Incunabula: Ong’s Hat documents: PDF
Recently I found myself in the northern California town of San Jose on business. Looking at the map I realized that I was only minutes away from the infamous Santa … Continue reading Ruins Left Behind by the California Travel Cult: Incunabula- Ong’s Hat
Joseph Matheny speaks to “Rupert” and “Abel” about their alleged upbringing in the Ong’s Hat Ashram and their witnessing of the alleged delta force raid. Ong’s Hat Survivors: Interview Transcript (PDF) … Continue reading Ong’s Hat Ashram Survivors?
This material is also available in tablet and ebook reader-friendly formats at Archive.org , Smashwords and as a Kindle version on Amazon.com Introductions You would not be reading this … Continue reading ONG’S HAT:GATEWAY TO THE DIMENSIONS! A full color brochure for the Institute of Chaos Studies and the Moorish Science Ashram in Ong’s Hat, New Jersey.