|To solve this puzzle requires stripping away different layers of
1. First task is to find what place is situated at the location indicated
by the map co-ordinates. Many will realize it is somewhere in England
without doing any searches. A good atlas or, better still, Google Earth
pinpoints the locale as Woking, England - specifically the town-center
2. Using Google Earth, to zoom in on this area, reveals several photo
boxes. Clicking on these, results in exposure to photos of a replica of
a “seven-metre-tall silver Martian striding down a street in Woking”.
This was created by British artist Michael Condron and the sculpture
has been designed following the descriptions of Martians in H.G.
Wells' novel, “The War of the Worlds”, which tells the story of an
alien invasion at or near Woking.
3. A web search for “Michael Condron Woking Martian” leads to
Condron’s web site - http://www.mcondron.co.uk/. Here there are
pictures of the sidewalk/square around the sculpture. One link is of
the figure in the photo quiz. It depicts one form of bacteria that were
destructive to Martians, in the novel. In total, there are eleven
different slabs, with inlaid metal designs, embedded in the pavement.
All illustrate bacteria.
4. What does this have to do with Hallowe’en? I searched “War of
the Worlds Woking Hallowe’en” and found the answer. On October
30, 1938, the CBS radio network series, Mercury Theatre on the Air,
did a special Hallowe’en episode. Directed and narrated by Orson
Welles, the story was an adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel “The War
of the Worlds”. It was quite frightening to many listeners because the
opening section was narrated like an actual newscast and was not
interrupted by commercials. People panicked, believing this actually
was a report of a Martian invasion. This was an excellent example of
the power of radio, before television. The combination of sound
effects or music, plus effective voice inflection could really stir the
listener’s imagination and emotions.
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|The coordinates are those of the War of the Worlds Monument
in Woking, England, the birthplace of H. G. Wells.
The picture of the bacterium that ultimately defeated the Martian's attempts
to take over the earth, is carved on a stone as part of the monument.
H. G. Wells' classic War of the Worlds was performed on the radio
on Halloween Eve, October 30, 1938
The broadcast created a major panic when people tuning in late
believed they were listening to a real news report of a Martian invasion.
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|Quiz #231 Results
|The Martian Tripod
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|War of the Worlds Plaque
|New York Times Headlines
October 31, 1938
|Typing the GPS coordinates
into Google Maps gives you
the location of
the Woking, England
|Monument at Martian Landing Site
Grover's Mill, NJ
|The bacteria continues up the
Martian leg symbolizing the
defeat of the enemy.
|Soil strata thrown up
by the alien projectile
|Answer to Quiz #231
November 1, 2009
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|The War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast
October 30, 1938
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|Spooky, Spooky, Yes Indeed!
On Halloween in 30th of October 1938,
Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater crew,
Performed on radio the H.G. Wells "War of the World,"
Causing confusion and fear to more than a few.
A Movie of the same title made much later,
Portrayed unusual machines creating destruction,
Each with a snake like arm ending in a menacing eye,
That reeked devastation in every direction.
These "eyes" of distruction seem to be,
Portrayed as "The Thing on the Ground,"
Cast in the sidewalk at the H.G. Wells Center,
Located in South East England, where it was found.
Robert Edward McKenna
Quiz Poet Laureate
The Ballad of The War of the Worlds
Twas a bit of a scare
On Halloween night
The Martians were landing
And ready to fight.
We rolled out the army,
The navy, marines
We well held our ground
'Gainst their fighting machines.
Just when they'd destroyed us
Mom Nature stepped in
Twas not destroying machines,
But germs did them in.
Understudy to Robert Edward McKenna
Quiz Poet Laureate
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|The photo is a picture of
Sculpture of the
Martian Tripod from War
of the Worlds.
|Orson Welles' Obit
New York Times
October 11, 1985
|Time Magazine Articles
|Twenty-five years ago Herbert
George Wells was a youngster of
42. His name stood for exuberant
modernity, trailblazing science and a
freely roving intelligence always
starting up some new species of
Utopian hare. But most of all it stood
for exciting tales—plausible
narrations of improbable happenings.
From Young Wells
Jun. 18, 1934
The cause of this amazing,
nationwide panic last Sunday night
was a broadcast by Orson Welles's
CBS Mercury Theatre of the Air of
The War of the Worlds by H. G.
Wells (no relative). Author Wells's
classic pseudo-scientific thriller
about how the men from Mars
invade earth in a flying cylinder (at
first thought to be a meteorite) was
first published in 1898.
Nov. 7, 1938
To most of 1,200,000 U. S. radio
listeners who ran for the exits,
peered down the pike for Martian
invaders or otherwise conducted
themselves oddly on the night before
Halloween 1938, the Orson Welles
broadcast based on H. G. Wells's
The War of the Worlds remains a
booful, baleful memory.
From Anatomy of a Panic
Apr. 15, 1940
Wells was the last of the high-level
saturation prophets. His success as a
futurist was based on a supreme
confidence in man's worst instincts.
For Wells, an atheist, theological
good and evil did not exist. Original
sin resided in the pinkish gray folds
of the brain and expressed itself
through brutish linkage, which
operated the prehensile thumb.
Given tools enough and time, Homo
sapiens would turn the most
charming toy, the most fetching
theory, into a weapon.
From The Days of the Prophet
By R.Z. Sheppard
Aug. 20, 1973
In 1938, he [Orson Wells] elevated
radio drama by bringing the Mercury
Theatre to the air and, on October
30th, offered a Mischief Night
adaptation of 'The War of the
Worlds' -- a sensation when
thousands of listeners took fright,
and flight, from the story of a
Martian colonization of America.
From That Old Feeling: Mercury,
God of Radio
By Richard Corliss
Aug. 27, 2001
Out of the rubble rise giant alien
ships that walk on three spindly legs
and whose deadly heat rays not only
destroy civilization as we know it
but also threaten to split up Tom
Cruise's latest movie family. The
new film is a toss-up with George
Pal's very watchable 1953 version:
the special effects are even better
here, the drama even lamer.
From Running from the Rays
By Richard Corliss
Jul. 03, 2005
None of [the best picture nominees]
had special effects and this was an
exceptional year in that sense. But it
was also a year that brought us the
last Star Wars, one of the best
Batman ever made; it brought us
Narnia, the great King Kong, and I
got a chance to squeeze War of the
Worlds in there, where I worked
very hard not to allow the special
effects to upstage the characters in
From Spielberg at the Revolution
By Desa Philadelphia
Mar. 14, 2006
And it was all fiction, the
culmination of two years of secret
planning by television journalist
Philippe Dutilleul and his colleagues
at the French-language public
broadcaster. The ensuing panic
didn't quite approach that created by
Orson Welles' War of the Worlds
[EM] acknowledged as the model
for the Belgian prank [EM] but more
than 30,000 phone calls flooded the
broadcaster's switchboard, and the
channel's website crashed as
concerned viewers sought
From Belgium's "War of the
By James Graff
Dec. 15, 2006