Category Archives: The Mysteries of Bricklyn

Preacher Johnny Plater Kahn

Are the Gods Angry?

A Crisis from Above, Part 1

  • by Eric Tiler Corman, Bricklyn Eagle Politics correspondent & Duane Sandville, Outland Affairs correspondent.
  • August 19, 2021

Summary of Article ➤ A crisis atmosphere pervades Bricklyn, as thundering booms from the heavens shatter the peace & quiet of the Realm.

Bricklynites have been shaken by daily thunderous booms emanating from the skies. But when the look up, they seeing nothing out of the ordinary. The roaring booms have set babies crying, dogs barking, hearts pounding, conversations ceasing, and school classes halting. Tension levels have mounted, as reactions range from bewilderment to fear.

First thoughts of many were that some unknown meteorological disturbance was to blame. But denials by Bricklyn meteorologists and the frequency and continuation of the booms has now led voices to speak of divine anger.

Preacher Kahn and crowd in downtown Bricklyn yesterday, shaking longsticks toward the heavens.
Preacher Kahn with his most devoted follower, Evanora, behind him.

Preacher Johnny Plater Kahn has taken to the streets calling on Bricklynites to repent.

“Beware the wrath of God is upon us,” he recently pronounced during a KBBS News interview, adding that “Bricklynites will be paying for their sins of sloth and donut over-consumption.”

Crowds have gathered around Kahn, shaking black longsticks pointed to the sky.

The Hidden Truth

F-35 fighter jet. Photo from Shutterstock.

Unknown to the vast majority of Bricklynites, the Bricklyn Office of Outland Affairs, since this past March, has been aware of the true cause of the sonic booms: the introduction of shockingly loud F-35 fighter jets by the Vermont Air National Guard. These extremely high decibel jets are now rocketing almost daily over Burlington — and their sounds have reverberated in Bricklyn’s own air space.

July 7, 2021 issue of the Seven Days Vermont weekly paper focuses on the noise impacts of the new F-35 fighter jets based at the Burlington International Airport. See “Sound Effects: In the F-35’s Flight Path, Vermonters’ Lives Have Changed” by Colin Flanders. “The aircraft now fill the skies with thunderous noise twice a day, four days a week … Those who hear the jets are increasingly voicing their concerns.”

Members of the Samfundet🌀 have been informed of the situation. But because of limitations on the sharing of knowledge about Bricklyn’s twinned relationship with Burlington, 98% of Bricklynites are not aware of what is actually causing the booms.📍

📍We’ve previously reported on the Kyndige, the Samfundet, and the simulation hypothesis. See those posts for a fuller explanation of Bricklyn’s relationship to Burlington and why so many Bricklynites have been “kept in the dark.”

The surging number of Bricklynites attributing the booms to divine causation, evidenced by the growing popularity of Reverend J.P. Kahn and others, has triggered a crisis among Bricklyn leadership and the Samfundet on what to do.

Meanwhile, diplomatic efforts by Bricklyn consular officials to end the booms have reached an impasse, threatening the relationship between Bricklyn and Burlington.✥

Bricklyn Eagle Masthead

The Bricklyn Eagle will continue to report on this evolving crisis.

Seeing Beyond Bricklyn’s Borders

  • Samantha B. Fortune, The Bricklyn Eagle’s Health & Science correspondent & Duane Sandville, Outland correspondent
  • July 3, 2021

Summary of article ➤ One of the great scientific mysteries of Bricklyn is explaining why its’ citizens cannot see beyond the city’s borders. An update on research and leading theories.

One of the most significant questions that has long baffled those Bricklynites aware of the existence of Outland Communities🌀 (such as Burlington, Vermont) is why Bricklynites cannot typically “see” beyond the borders / edges of Bricklyn?

If they did, they might be shocked to see that they are inhabiting a world located within a Burlington basement!📍

📍As we’ve previously noted, a number of Bricklynites, because of their position in government; their role in several select organizations; or for several other reasons are Kyndige,🌀 and made aware of the existence of Outland Cities. While mental health counseling is often needed to overcome the shock of realizing that they may be living and working within a simulation, most do adjust. Remarkably, they can then (suddenly) see beyond the edges of Bricklyn.

Expert Team Seeks to Explain the Phenomenon

Chief Scientist Mike Strassbrick (alias Professor John I.Q. Nerdelbaum Frink Jr.) outside his home on East Street. Strassbrick uses the second floor for his laboratory.
Imagine a concave structure like his sea wall in Southwold, Britain, wrapping around Bricklyn, but essentially invisible to the eyes of most Bricklynites. Photo from Wikimedia, Bob Jones / Sea defences north of Southwold / CC BY-SA 2.0

Bricklyn Chief Scientist Mike Strassbrick last year put together an expert team to try to finally explain this phenomenon. Team members included such reputed figures as Chief Cosmologist O’Neal DeGas Brickson; Principal Psychologist Pritchard Tiler Stein, along with scientists in fields as varied as photonics, holography, and structural mechanics.

The team honed in on a theory that would at least piece together one part of the puzzle: It posits that a giant unseen (at least to LEGO eyes) concave structure wraps around Bricklyn, essentially precluding a view beyond the structure itself. LEGO brains seem to be wired to accept this, finding as real the fact that, for example, the East side of Bricklyn simply ends six studs beyond the railroad tracks.

Psychologist Tiler Stein points to recent research by psychologists on visual perception and concavity. As an article in NeuroImage notes:

“Intuitively, we are always inside a scene, while interacting with the outside of objects; hence, we hypothesize that a potential diagnostic feature of a scene is concavity — a visual feature that conveys a viewer’s state of being inside a space. … the cortical scene-processing system will respond more to concave images than to convex images. As predicted, participants categorized concave objects as scenes more often than convex objects, and, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), two scene-selective cortical regions (the parahippocampal place area, PPA, and the occipital place area, OPA) responded significantly more to concave than convex objects.”📍

📍Anne Cheng, et al, “Concavity as a diagnostic feature of visual scenes,NeuroImage, Vol. 232, 15 May 2021, 117920.

The “Truman Effect”?

In assessing the research to date, Chief Scientist Strassbrick suggests the possibility that the concave structure wrapping around Bricklyn creates a visual illusion of completeness, leading Bricklynites to not question their “reality.”

“In some interesting ways,” Strassbrick adds, “this is a less threatening view of the world that many humans held for centuries, where you could simply sail West and then drop off the face of the Earth!”

Is there a doorway through the structure that seems to wrap itself around the borders of Bricklyn, as in The Truman Show?

Psychologist Tiler Stein also draws parallels in the so-called “Truman Effect,” named for a movie where the principal character does not realize his reality has been artificially delimited.📍

📍See The Truman Show, written by Andrew Niccol, directed by Peter Weir, starring Jim Carrey.

As Tiler Stein cautions, “we have complex psychological issues to deal with when raising topics related to the concept that Bricklyn may be a simulated world,” adding that “we need to avoid making even the slightest mention of this new theory to the general Bricklyn population, given the impact it could have on their mental health.”

Mass Delusions, Myopia?

Mass delusions gripped colonial Salem, Massachusetts in 1692-93 during the deadly Witch Trials. Illustration “The witch No. 1” by Joseph E. Baker, 1892. From Library of Congress.

Of course, there remain other possibilities that have been bruited about to explain why Bricklynites cannot see beyond the edge of the Realm, ranging from mass delusions to a variant of genetically transmitted myopia.

In some ways, the more the scientific community has learned, the more baffling the problem with understanding reality in Bricklyn and beyond has become.

Editor’s Note: We’re pleased that Duane Sandville has agreed to join The Bricklyn Eagle as our first Outlander correspondent. He co-wrote this article with Samantha B. Fortune of our staff. Sandville, not being a LEGO and coming from our twinned city of Burlington, Vermont, will periodically join in articles with our regular correspondents, ensuring readers get a more complete perspective on stories that bear on the special relationship between Inland and Outland communities. Please note that “Duane Sandville” is a pseudonym we’re using as a precaution, but be assured, Sandville is a real Outlander!

➤ Editor’s Follow Up Note: After reading this post, Bricklyn Chief Scientist Mike Strassbrick emailed our offices saying “Watch this and be amazed!!!” We’re inserting below the video Strassbrick told us about — and were also amazed! It reinforces the point reporters Fortune and Sandville made about the power of illusions!

Illustration of the Great Wall of China

The “Great Wall” of Bricklyn

  • Brenda Softbrick, The Bricklyn Eagle’s Culture & History correspondent
  • June 17, 2021

Summary of Article ➤ Understanding the Great Wall of Bricklyn is essential to understanding Bricklyn itself. A brief primer on the Great Wall.

One of the most puzzling aspects of Bricklyn to outlanders🌀 is the fact that only a small portion of the Realm of Bricklyn🌀 can be seen. While we know it is there, it is blocked from view by the Great Wall of Bricklyn.

Those Who Know of the Outland

The Great Wall of Bricklyn
The Great Wall of Bricklyn rises to the West of downtown and the Bricklyn Harbor, blocking outlanders’ views of much of Bricklyn.

Within Bricklyn itself, those told of the Wall (and of the existence of Bricklyn’s “twinned” city of Burlington, VT) include:

  • the Chief Cosmologist,
  • the Mayor of Bricklyn,
  • the Chief Prognosticator,
  • the Seven Councilors on the Federal Council of the Realm,
  • the Chief Justice,
  • the Principal Historian,
  • the Chief Scientist,
  • the Principal Psychologist,
  • the President of the Legotary,
  • officials in the Realm’s Inland & Outland Consulates,
  • select staff at the Bricklyn Chamber of Commerce, and
  • carefully vetted reporters for The Bricklyn Eagle, myself included.

There are several hundred other Bricklynites who are also part of the “Samfundet af de kyndige” (usually simply referred to as The Samfundet🌀). This is translated from Danish as “the Community or Society of the Knowledgeable Ones.” These “Kyndige“🌀 Bricklynites were (for reasons we are not authorized to publish) initially contacted by the Samfundet📍 and then made aware of the existence of the Outland world.

Suffice it to say, there are severe penalties for the unauthorized disclosure of being a Kynidge and part of the Samfundet to those who are not.

The vast majority of Bricklynites remain in blissful ignorance of how living “ud over muren” (beyond the Wall) shields their lives from the “prying” eyes of outlanders — or, to put it more positively, from the fascinated glances of tourists visiting Bricklyn!

Scientists Still at a Loss to Explain the Great Wall

Image of ghost walking down the street
No, Bricklynites are not like ghosts walking down streets or through walls!

What still cannot be explained by the Bricklyn scientific community is why residents of the Realm of Bricklyn can neither see the Great Wall nor be affected in the least by it In their daily lives.📍

📍 For a look at a somewhat analogous phenomena, see The City & the City.

Bricklynites truly seem to be able to walk through walls! Yet we know they are not ghosts!

So what is hidden beyond the Great Wall? Most significantly, all of South Bricklyn (including the airport; the regional high school; and the medical center) and the small historic enclave of Bricklyn Junction. A substantial portion of Bricklyn itself — including most residential and commercial districts — is also shielded from visitors’ view by the Wall.

graphic of the Great Wall of China
Some have drawn parallels between the Great Wall of Bricklyn and the Great Wall of China. While both have the goal of protecting their population — whether from curious outsiders for Bricklyn or invading hordes for China — the Great Wall of Bricklyn is truly an invisible presence for all but a select few citizens of the Realm of Bricklyn.

What remains inside the bounds of the Wall, and is thus visible to outlanders like you?

Key areas visible to visitors include:

  • the downtown (where you’ll find government offices; the courthouse; city hall; the library; the museum; and the central railroad station);
  • Bricklyn Harbor and its ferry docks;
  • Lake Bricklyn;
  • portions of the Bricklyn Canal;
  • the railyards; and
  • the southside neighborhood.

Dating the Construction of the Great Wall

Eastern wall of Bricklyn
Bricklyn’s new rail yard abuts the Eastern Wall. As you can see from the photo, the Eastern Wall is much newer than the other Walls and constructed of different materials (block versus stone). Winny Tiler Jackson, Bricklyn’s Principal Historian, has dated the Eastern Wall to circa 1980. It’s amazing to realize that the construction workers laying new track can’t even see that they’re working next to the Great Wall !

The Great Wall is actually comprised of four adjoining walls encircling Bricklyn on the East, West, North, and South

Again, these Walls delimit those parts of Bricklyn which can be viewed by outlanders, and those which cannot.

Winifred (Winny) Tiler Jackson, Bricklyn’s Principal Historian, says that the Western, Southern, and Northern Walls date back to 1892, and have their origins in house construction occurring in the City of Burlington, Vermont, at the time, while the Eastern Wall (see photo on left) was much more recently built. ✥

There’s another “wall” in Bricklyn, but one that prevents most Bricklynites from seeing into the neighboring Outland City of Burlington, Vermont. For more on this mysterious barrier.