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The Baffling Tjipetir Blocks Mystery

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This world has given us enough mysteries. Some have been solved, and some are on the verge of being solved. However, some mysteries will never be solved, and the Tjipetir Blocks mystery is one such unfortunate one.

Appearance Of The Tjipetir Blocks

Europe has been baffled by the mysterious appearance of soft rubber tablets on several of its beaches for quite some time, but these plates came in focus only in 2012 when one of these dark slabs was spotted by a woman who was strolling on England’s Cornwall beach.

She saw a dark tablet on the beach sand with cryptic writing on it. She ignored its presence but a few days later when she stumbled upon another one on a completely different beach.

Tracy Williams, the woman who came across the tablets, did not really know that many others had already encountered these tablets before.


Curiosity Led To Research

Out of her newfound curiosity, Tracy started researched and ended up finding that the encrypted text which read Tjipetir was actually pronounced as cheep-a-teer and was the name of a village located in Indonesia’s West Java.

During her studies, she found that Tjipetir, which is currently named Cepetir, was actually a very popular site during the late 19th and early 20th century for Gutta-percha plantation.

The gum of a specific tree in the Gutta-percha plantation, known as Palaquium, was used for making those tablets. Tracy found during her studies that rubbery latex was incredibly useful and was widely used in the production of golf balls, toys, surgical devices, furniture, jewelry, and false teeth.

The most important use was that of the development of telegraph cables that ran underwater. Upon further digging, Tracy found that the Malaysians were also aware of the latex’s usefulness and used the Palaquium wood and gum for the production of walking sticks and knife handles for a long time – long before the Western World actually started using the rubbery latex.

Everywhere In Europe

But the question was, how did the tablets made of the rubbery latex ended up in several of the beaches of Europe?

The weird thing that beachcomber Tracy found out was that these tablets with Tjipetir inscribed on them had actually started making their appearance for over a decade before she stumbled upon one in 2012.

These tablets were found in Sweden, Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Theories Explaining Tjipetir Blocks

How the tablets made their way to European shores from Indonesia still remains a mystery. A couple of guesses have been made to explain the phenomenon.

First Guess: Titanic’s sinking was responsible

A study of the Titanic’s cargo manifest was studied and found that Gutta-percha tablets were on the list. This made people think that possible when the Titanic sank, these plates went down with the ship in 1912.

Over the years, as the Titanic broke down, the tablets were released from captivity, and they floated up to the water surface and, over the years, traveled the ocean and sea currents to reach several beaches of Europe.

Second Guess: Miyazaki Maru was responsible

Almost the same as the Titanic story, it is being said that the Japanese passenger ship named Miyazaki Maru was carrying these Tjipetir Blocks in 1917 when German U-Boats destroyed Miyazaki Maru with torpedoes.

The ship went down, and so did the dark rubbery tablets only to float back to the surface later in time, and then traveled on the sea and ocean currents to reach Europe.

No Answer To This Day!

But what really happened cannot be proved in any way. If the sunken ships were responsible, then these tablets floated around for over or nearly a century before some of them found a resting place on the beaches.

Some may never see land. Some, despite reaching beaches, many go unnoticed because these Tjipetir Blocks are made of naturally degradable products, and they will someday degrade and return back to nature before being found by someone like Tracy or others before her.


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