From the abstract of the paper “Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific” by Benjamin K. Tippett:
In 1928, the late Francis Wayland Thurston published a scandalous manuscript in purport of warning the world of a global conspiracy of occultists. Among the documents he gathered to support his thesis was the personal account of a sailor by the name of Gustaf Johansen, describing an encounter with an extraordinary island. Johansen’s descriptions of his adventures upon the island are fantastic, and are often considered the most enigmatic (and therefore the highlight) of Thurston’s collection of documents.
We contend that all of the credible phenomena which Johansen described may be explained as being the observable consequences of a localized bubble of spacetime curvature. Many of his most incomprehensible statements (involving the geometry of the architecture, and variability of the location of the horizon) can therefore be said to have a unified underlying cause.
Yup. That’s right. H.P. Lovecraft’s 1928 story “The Call of Cthulu” analyzed with general relativity. Click through to read Tippett’s blog post about the paper. Happy halloween, folks.