The story so far

By averagejoe

This is my attempt to document all the weird stuff that’s been happening to me lately. I’ll try to keep this updated.

It all started with a visit to Prague. I recorded video of a couple puppets in a store. I didn’t notice anything strange at the time… heck, I didn’t even recognize them as Spejbl and Hurvinek. It was only when I got back and looked at my vacation footage that I noticed that one of Spejbl’s eyes had moved in the video.

Be warned – once you see it, you can’t unsee it. These were just simple puppets – no batteries or anything. There was no rational reason for its eye to have been moving like that. But, somehow, it had been looking directly at me all the time I was filming.

I couldn’t sleep that night.

I decided to ignore it. But I kept returning to it over the next few days because I couldn’t get it out of my head. Like an addiction, I started looking up videos of bizarre occurrences on YouTube. I discounted the obvious hoaxes. But there were some I couldn’t explain.

I put together a video with this footage. Since I already had the name ‘WTFAverageJoe’ – originally intended just for posting random mashups and strange videos I made, hence the name – I decided to just use the channel and call the show “Watch The Footage”. The first episode went up to little fanfare.

But it wasn’t long before all hell broke loose.

Apparently someone didn’t like what I was doing, because I got a letter addressed to me. A regular, snail-mail letter. Or rather, a regular, snail-mail threatening note:

You do not knowe who you are dealing wiþ. If you continue downe þis path, we maye have no choice but to take action against you.

That’s all it said. No return address, no signature, nothing. If it weren’t for the fact that I’d never given my address out on my YouTube channel, it would have just been a clear prank from someone who wanted to scare the obvious paranoid conspiracy theorist.

I started getting a flood of views and comments on my YouTube channel. I learned later that this was the work of one “Mr. Administrator”, who apparently had decided that what I was doing was important. The comments on my videos all seemed fairly supportive, so I went forward, ignored the threatening note, and showed a couple of new videos – including one which showed a three-headed dog.

It turned out that that video actually encoded the name of a Twitter account called @AVeryMadCat – operated by someone calling themselves “Cheshire Cat”. Alone, I’d never have figured that out. The account had only just been created after my first video, and it didn’t seem like it had been created just to troll me. Besides, the video *did* show a three-headed dog; you can’t deny that the footage was there. In the end, I decided I had no clue what to make of it.

That’s when I saw Cinderella.

Up until that point, I hadn’t really known what was going on. This was all weird, but there didn’t really seem to be anything to tie it together – just random people appearing in odd places. But the Cinderella video… that was the video that confirmed one of the theories that my subscribers had been discussing in my video comments: that these characters were all fictional, but were appearing in real life.

I showed the Cinderella video in my next episode, where I also showed another letter that I’d received. At first I thought it was from the same guy as the last one, but when I read it, it was clear it had different handwriting. Just like the last one, however, it turned out to be rather threatening:

If you are a man that can see
Stop trying to understand me
You’ve crossed the line
You’ve run out of time
Desine iam nec mori

The last line was double-underlined, and turned out to be Latin for “Stop now or die.”

Yeah. Shit just got real.

The letters just began to snowball. I had begun the show just to point out strange things that were happening; now, I was getting death threats. And I was not about to back down.

The stakes were too high for me to continue avoiding the video which started it all. I really didn’t want to think about those puppets. But eventually, I faced that horrible puppet in the eye and uploaded it. It was symbolic. By uploading that first video, I was telling my stalkers that I wasn’t afraid of them. I still stand by that.

Still the letters just kept coming – that day I had two letters, while the next day I got six.

I seriously contemplated taking these letters to the police. But if my subscribers and this “Mr. Administrator” guy were correct, there were cracks appearing in the “Fourth Wall”, and that’s how these fictional characters came to be in our world. Mr. Administrator seemed to believe that this could cause dire consequences for both the real and fictional worlds.

Moreover, I was starting to believe that maybe the letters were from these fictional characters, too. With theories like that, I worried the police would think I was insane. That I wrote the letters myself, or something. A call for help or a plea for attention. I don’t know. I’m not a psychologist. I just thought it would do more harm than good.

I was talking about the letters with my friend Edward. He said it would be a good idea to start a website. By the next day, I had a domain name – watchthefootage.com.

I also had a shit-ton of letters – I got 20 that day, bringing my running total to 73! It was clear that I was going to have to escape. I started looking at maps and figuring out where to go, planning to leave on the weekend.

But the next day, I got not only a pile of letters – I also got a package. In it, I got what looked like it was supposed to be a comic book, but instead of full-page comics, there were only shattered shards of them on the page. At the same time, I got messages from my subscribers, and I realized that they had gotten the same comic book. Apparently, when the shards were assembled together, they read out “USER: WTF AVERAGE JOE”.

That was it. I was done. I was getting out now, destination be damned. I quickly set up the general layout of the forum and told my viewership that I was leaving.

Since then, I’ve managed to find a place to stay and gotten the site up, while the forum has been buzzing with activity. Edward has been doing a fantastic job in keeping track of the new characters that are being found and adding forums as appropriate. So far, we’ve found (and Mr. Administrator has confirmed as “people of interest”):

I’m asking Edward to add links to the sites all these characters are using in the sidebar as we come across them.

When I first made this document, I said that the tide didn’t show any signs of turning. That’s still true, but it looks like we might have some antagonists in this story. We’ve discovered that on Sweeney Todd’s therapist’s voicemail, four apparently separate people called her to warn her with very similar wording to the letters I had. They also just HACKED MY SITE, but I’m too upset about this to write more about it right now.

Assuming these people are characters, I believe they need to be sent back. Mr. Administrator has said that he’s found the first step, but I’m not sure I trust him. Right now, we should focus on seeing who appears and track their movements. Also find those jerks who HACKED MY SITE.

I have a feeling that this is going from bad to worse. (Note: it just did, they HACKED MY SITE. ARRRGH.)

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