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When the Muse is a Bitch, or Writing About American Runestones is Interesting
I had been meaning to do some research about runestones in America for a while, but just hadn't the time or inclination to spend the time on chasing down the information. So, when I got around to actually working on the post, I had no idea that I was turning over a rock that would have a bunch of dark, scurrying critters underneath.

 Oh. My. Gods.  When you start researching American runestones, you really descend into the realm of the crazies, so it's hard to  actually take the whole thing seriously when self-proclaimed experts claim that these stones were created by Templars, freemasons, Illuminati, or  ancient Egyptians.  I'm facepalming so much that I probably have bruises.

It's Fitting that I Wrote about  Apophenia  

It's actually fitting that I wrote about Seeing Odin in a Crepe as my next piece because the worthy soul I referred to actually came up with his own brand of "science" to convince people that there's something mysterious going on with the so-called Viking artifacts that were devised by the Templars and freemasons according to some ancient Egyptian designs (I kid you not).  Anyway, he used Google maps to calculate distances and degrees as seen on a globe, and then flattened it to a two-dimensional map.  He was amazed at how the lines looked when drawn from one point to others.  It made me chuckle because, well, you can draw a straight line from one point  to any point on the globe (even back to the point you started.)  If you want to get picky about the degrees between points, I'd say that what you're experiencing is apophenia; that is, finding a pattern in random things that simply have no pattern.

Are There Other North American Runestones?

Most of the runestones reported tend to exist in Oklahoma. There are two other Heavener stones, which have only a few runes and maybe a bindrune. There's a stone from Poteau which is interesting, but you can still see the tool marks on it, which is indicative of it being a modern piece.  There's also a runestone from Shawnee, Oklahoma which spells "MEIDOK," which does seem to translate to anything.  Then, there are the Spirit Pond Runestones which were found in Maine. 

Arguably these three stones are most likely modern stones because they have a map, a few Norse words, and gibberish written on the stone.  What's more, the rune usage seems to not coincide with rune usage in 11th century Norse culture.

While these runes prove nothing, they are fascinating to ponder. If anything, I find it interesting that people would go to great length to write in runes--even if it is not authentic writing from the Viking Age. 

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