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The WOW! Signal was detected in 1977, 15th August by Jerrty R Ehman whilst working on a project at the Big Ear Radio Telescope. It was in Ohio, it bore the expected anticipated markings of being extra-terrestrial.

The noise lasted for 72 seconds and since then it has not been heard again.

The name WOW! came from Ehman writing it on the computer print out of the signal.

There have been further attempts to detect the sound again, but by 1999 after six 14-hour long observation attempts WOW! had not been picked up again.

In 2012, on it’s 35th Anniversary a response from humanity was beamed out. The idea is that if there are other lifeforms out there, they might pick us up on their travels.

 

For anyone that has played World of Warcraft this is a dungeon/instance in an online role play game. However the roots are based in Romania, fabled as a legendary school of Black Magic, ran by no less than the Devil himself. It was said to be located near an unnamed lake in the mountains south of a city once called Hermannstadt, now Sibiu.

Transylvania, Romania is a great area for various legends so it seems fitting it would be there. Solomonar, which may explain it’s origins, refers to Shamans/magicians who could control clouds and rain. They live away from the world, going into town to get food etc by begging.

Either way if you fancy a good creepy outing in World of Warcraft I would suggest the place. And if anyone knows anything about the real location I’d love to hear it.

Emily Gerard, a Scottish author married to a Hungarian cavalryman stationed in Romania, gave a detailed description in her article “Transylvanian Superstitions” on page 136 of The Nineteenth Century:

As I am on the subject of thunderstorms, I may as well here mention the Scholomance, or school supposed to exist somewhere in the heart of the mountains, and where all the secrets of nature, the language of animals, and all imaginable magic spells and charms are taught by the devil in person. Only ten scholars are admitted at a time, and when the course of learning has expired and nine of them are released to return to their homes, the tenth scholar is detained by the devil as payment, and mounted upon an Ismeju (dragon) he becomes henceforward the devil’s aide-de-camp, and assists him in ‘making the weather,’ that is, in preparing thunderbolts. A small lake, immeasurably deep, lying high up among the mountains south of Hermanstadt[sic], is supposed to be the cauldron where is brewed the thunder, and in fair weather the dragon sleeps beneath the waters.