Randonautica adventure app took users to dead bodies, haunted houses, and other weird destinations
Experiencing a pandemic may not seem predictable, but your quarantine routine probably does. However, even beyond the life of confinement, the world can be “close to the deterministic”, according to the Fatum project theory. “All things in the world are causally related and everything that happens, including our thoughts, is usually determined by the sum of all environmental factors.”
Randonautica is an application that borrows from the research of the Fatum project to break with the tunnels of probabilities created by our daily choices. Using a quantum number generator to send users to a set of mysterious coordinates, Randonautica has become a “fully functional reality tunnel creation machine that digs rabbit holes in Wonderland.” It might sound enchanting, but for some, the trip to Wonderland can be ominous and disturbing.
If you don’t like quantum physics and philosophy, this might seem like a mess of nonsense. You might like quantum physics and philosophy, but it still looks like a mess of nonsense. Anyway, I’m going to offer a quick recap of what helped me make sense of some of the “Randonauts” adventures on the internet and get down to the fun (scary) stuff.
No matter what choices we make, there are just places we can never be because our chain of decisions will never get us there. The app can measure different magnetic fields around you called voids, attractors or nicknames (more details later). Mixing the physical energy, or the lack of it, around you with the power of the human spirit can show you something that you would never have found otherwise.
Many users of the app generated trip reports saying they got what they wanted. Before starting a trip, the app asks the user to “set an intention”. Popular intentions are somewhat mystical, like “adventure”, “peaceful” or asking for a sign from the universe. Much of the Randonauts say they were led to hidden waterfalls, lush foliage, or actually received a message from the universe.
More recently, however, the app’s adventurous mix of tech and spirituality has gained a somewhat sinister reputation after @ughhenry posted a video on TikTok of their contact details leading to a suitcase on a beach with two corpses stuffed in it.
In a live broadcast after the video was released, the TikToker reportedly said its intention was to “travel” and chose an attractor to generate its quantum dots. Attractors are areas with dense quantum dots and have high interactions between mind and human matter. When the video appeared on my TikTok For You page, I thought the build-up would be disappointing. If anything, a hoax, but Seattle police confirmed that the app led the teens to a crime scene, according to Heavy.
The Randonauts Reddit page exists since March 2019 and currently has 121,000 members. Since the viral video, Randonautica has gained a formidable new audience, many who have ditched the mystical for the macabre.
In another disturbing video, the travel report of a young woman shows her sobbing while explaining that her intention to “die” led her to a man who was dying in his wife’s arms after being shot. by the side of the road.
it just happened in the colorado dawn. please don’t go on a hike you never know what you are going to stumble upon. ## hiking
One user said he went for a hike as part of his daily walk and wanted to show “something depressing”. On the road they take each morning, they suddenly discover this:
So I used the Randonautica app again this morning on my walk (same route I take each time), my intention was to do something “depressing”. Half an hour later I find this graffiti artwork on a wall that I walk past at least 4 times during my normal walk. I’ve never seen him before. of r / randonauts
A group of friends asking for something scary came across this disturbing find:
I tried hiking for the first time yesterday. The intention was “scary” and “bag”. Our contact details landed in the woods behind an old farmhouse where we found strange piles of stones, tires, and a bag containing about 20 different IDs, credit cards and residence cards belonging to different women. Scary bag ?! of r / randonauts
Initially, it would appear that the ID cards belong to murder victims, but the Randonaut who discovered them decided they belonged to women using fake IDs as a means of immigrating.
An user thinks they stumbled upon something paranormal on a night drive to see something interesting. They say they came to a house with a single red bulb illuminating a tall figure staring at them from the end of the driveway. They say that since then they have been receiving calls and voicemail messages from unknown numbers. The app asks you not to hike at night.
This Randonauter says they captured evidence of the paranormal (zoom in on the top left window):
Some Randonauts have less frightening supernatural discoveries. This couple asked for something “from another world” and arrived at a heavenly underground scene:
The intent set for an “otherworldly” GPS took us to a point on a busy street near our house. We heard low, weird music and my boyfriend pointed to the bike path that went under the road below us. Meandered to find this! of r / randonauts
This one found God:
Finally, there are some intentions manifested in how a cunning genius would make your wish come true.
This Randonaut intended “safe,” as in “security,” and was brought to a literal vault:
This couple asked Ariana Grande:
These examples are just a tiny fraction of the significant coincidences and weird events offered by the Randonaut subreddit.
However, with the increased appetite for the dark side of hiking, I saw several stories of weird finds such as smashed phones, women’s clothing strewn about, children’s toys, and sometimes even bones. Another common occurrence is that users say the app has taken them somewhere where a disturbing death has already taken place. These results are all in line with what users have said to be their intentions.
Some Randonauts are actively looking for something on the dark side, but even those who aren’t can manifest something called a “meme of despair.” Randonautics defines it as “an idea, a behavior or a style which is propagated by imitation from one person to another…”. If a user only sees Randonnauting negatively, their mind will take these connections and apply them to their own experiences with the app. This can contribute to the influx of disturbing travel reports.
If you’re still skeptical, well, why wouldn’t you be? With the weight that comes with a good ol ‘viral video, it only makes sense for some users to post a fake story. For example, one video showed two young men saying the app led them up a narrow hill where they couldn’t turn around. When they get out of the truck, a small boulder rolls down the hill to the road. After looking a second time, it became clear that there was a third person behind a tree, throwing the boulder down. This post was one of the only ones I could find with others agreeing it was bogus. Otherwise, many frightening messages have arguments in the comments between believers and skeptics.
If Randonanauting manages to get the user out of the tunnels of probability, chaos theory would say that just one small change can cause the system to behave completely differently. The invitation to new possibilities coupled with any synchronicity the human mind could muster offers some validity to most of the Randonauts community’s travel reports.
It seems to me that where you go, Randonautage will also deeply influence your results. I’ve tried about 26 times with the intention of finding a stray dog that I could adopt and call Chubba or Beef Wellington, but exploring suburban areas doesn’t seem optimal for this. It might also have been a bit too specific, but I was hopeful after hearing stories of people finding their new pets with the app.
To generate your trip, Randonautica asks you to choose a blank, an attractor or a nickname. These types of points influence where you will go and what you will find. A vacuum has a sparse number of quantum dots, which means it doesn’t have much influence on human mind-matter interaction. According to Randonautica, “the more sparse the void, the stronger its power and the higher its importance to your intention.” When I chose to venture into a void, it took me to places like Mulholland Drive or hiking trails.
An attractor is the opposite of a vacuum. When choosing trips to an attractor, I would find myself in apartment complexes, houses, or other properties that I couldn’t get into.
Nicknames are a really random point that makes you explore your blind spots. You can also choose the type of generator to use. To choose ANU means that an Australian National University machine generates numbers based on “fluctuations in the magnetic field of virtual particles in vacuum”. The time option provides random numbers generated by a processor.
I believe that the truth is sometimes stranger than the fiction. Falling into the Randonaut rabbit hole opened my mind to an alternate thought process open to chance and meaningful coincidences. Maybe that in itself invites a whole new set of possibilities that I would never have found otherwise.
[Although the above paragraph was supposed to be my last, I had to send Boing Boing a new bit of last-minute information. After I last went Randonauting Wednesday morning, for my full-figured new pet, a friend reached out to ask if I could foster her Rottweiler, Helga. I said yes.]
Picture: @ughhenry / TikTok