The first of these sequences was uploaded on September 23 of last year. The uploads continued unabated, sometimes every two minutes and up to 400 videos a day until–well, they just stopped. There’s a whole YouTube channel of these things with more than 80,000 clips spanning 236 hours.
The pattern is always the same: ten slides, a blue rectangle, a red rectangle and a computer-generated tone.
Here are some possible explanations:
- It’s a numbers station–or the YouTube version of one–designed to communicate with spies, operatives, Manchurian candidates and black ops personnel.
- It’s some automation software gone berserk.
- Some kind of test pattern program for…something.
- An art project.
- The French.
Actually, #6 seems to be the most promising. A code-breaker did some work for the BBC and found within the videos a clip from the cartoon series Aqua Teen Hunger Force which was hidden behind a paywall and only available in France. Then in video 1,182, there’s a shot of the Eiffel Tower.
While not quite on par with the Cicada 3301 mystery, this is intriguing. Anyone have any further intel?