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The Hoax of Oak Island


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The Hoax of Oak Island

Since 2014, two brothers, Rick and Marty Lagina, have been digging trenches, moving rocks, draining swamps, and drilling holes all over a small island that they own off the coast Nova Scotia.

Their digging and drilling efforts have been chronicled in a series on the “History” channel’s “Curse of Oak Island.”

For some background:

On a small island off the coast of Nova Scotia, a legend of treasure has led a centuries-long search for whatever may or may not be buried there. It might be pirate booty. Or it might be some unknown European royal treasure, or it might be Spanish gold from South America, or it might be some kind of religious artifacts dropped off by the Knights Templar.

Or maybe it is something else.

Or maybe it is nothing at all.

The complex underwater caves may be naturally formed from millions of years of water erosion of soft gypsum, or they might have been dug by Vikings or Templars, or pirates. Anyway, these two brothers bought the island, hired a bunch of like-minded, similarly convinced treasure hunters, and have been running back and forth all over the place digging holes, using metal detectors, all the while convinced something is there.

Because the island has been inhabited on and off both by indigenous and immigrants for centuries, the chances of finding something is great. Be it a wall, a road, a cave, a nail a Happy Meal Toy…whatever.

Each episode follows the exact same formula:

One of the treasure hunters, all of whom look exactly like front row ticket holders of a MAGA rally, finds something. The ”Something” is usually pulled up from one of the zillion holes they have drilled all over the island, Or it might be from a pile of mud that the “metal detector expert with an Australian accent declared “looks very old” while examining a something that has been covered in mud for 200 years. Yeah, it all looks old. It has been covered in muck for along time. The something could be a nail. Or a board. Maybe a piece of wood. A shape of a shipwreck in a swamp. A stone wall. A Village People CD cover. It doesn’t matter. Anything sets them off.


Canada has been helping these two run this scam show for years, and they never find any real treasure. Big shocker!

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It's a myth, the treasure that never was, repeated for years by pseudo historians and believed by the gullible. Those that go there to dig better be doing it for the adventure, otherwise they're just saps.

But the world is full of saps of different kinds. There are those who believe a U.S. election was stolen even when there is no evidence of it. The gullible believe what they choose to believe. Ironically some of them look down on the saps at Oak Island.

Somebody hold up a mirror.

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There is a credible basis for assuming that there could be 'treasure' of some form on the island. It was for more than two hundred years known as the best place in the area for smugglers and those who wished to transact business outside local authority's watchfulness. It was common procedure in early 19th Century for a smuggler to drop contraband onto an island before going to port and submitting to inspection. They would then have local affiliates row out to the island and bring in the items as needed. It is quite likely that some of those operations were interrupted by the law and so the caches were never recovered.

More than one newspaper of the period alluded to the fact that the original 'discovers' of the 'money pit' were likely on a boyhood search for such unrecovered loot. This fueled also the idea that there could be a great treasure buried there. They had hidden riches on the mind and so interpreted every slight strangeness to being a clue to pirate loot.

It is unfortunate that poor engineering of early attempts at excavation caused so much subsurface damage that any of the things which might have been buried there could have migrated along the layers of sand. The ineptitude of many treasure hunters often causes also natural features being misidentified as constructions.

I would not personally call the efforts currently being made as a: 'scam'. It might be at worst self-delusion. The television program does well fit the definition of a: 'scam' but that is true of nearly all 'reality' programs.

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