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The Space Odyssey?

Source: AP
Source: AP

Good morning, Netizens...

If you are really a member of the antique generation, or failing that, an avid fan of cinematography, you will undoubtedly remember Stanley Kubrick's award-winning “2001- A Space Odyssey” where a black obelisk possessing certain incredible powers plays a role. Thus perhaps this Associated Press picture from the Saudi Press Agency will seem as a bit other-worldly.

Rather than Kubrick-art, this photo depicts tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims moving around the Kaaba, the black cube seen at center, inside the Grand Mosque during the last week of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Some authorities suggest the stone is a meteorite while others offer various other explanations how it came to be.

However, the similarity between the Kaaba and the black obelisk from 2001 A Space Odyssey is somewhat striking.


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