On a hot July day in 1954 in the Tokyo airport, the guards stopped a man who aroused their suspicion. On view - the average European. However, when checking the passport was found out an interesting feature - a man came out of the state, entitled "Tord", which officially does not exist on our planet. The man asked to go to a special room for the additional inspection, and asked to show on the map where it is his country. He unhesitatingly points to the place where is the Principality of Andorra and can not grasp why this map is not available Tord his home country.
According to the man, she should be here, and already at least a thousand years!
Representatives of the Customs discover the strange gentleman money in several different European currencies. In his passport mark made in a variety of airports around the world, including earlier visit to Tokyo.
Bewildered, the officials decide to take a strange man in one of the local hotels and expose the front of the door guard room of two people - as long as they fail to solve this riddle.
The company, in which the man, he said, is working for many years, does not have any idea about it, although a man proves his affiliation to it documented.
The staff, which, he said, must be booked in his name, also did not hear about it.
The Tokyo-based company, which was headed stranger "for their company", also shook his head.
On top of the puzzle, the number of the hotel where a strange man was under guard, mysteriously appeared empty. The man disappeared.
He just could not escape through the window - his number was high enough above the ground, and there was no balcony.
Nobody ever saw this man. The mystery remained unsolved.
Not really it's the same man? Under the pictures is what usually write:
Reconstruccion-del-hombre-de-Taured or mysterious people from Torda
And in this picture only depicts a man showing the Mediterranean race (eng. Mediterranean race) - sub-race (physical type) as part of the European race. Obtained called homo mediterranaeus French sociologist Jean Lapouge at the end of the XIX century. In the first half of XX century. The term was widely used by anthropologists (particularly this race isolated W. Ripley, E. Eickstedt, K. Kuhn). German anthropologist G. Gunter called this race the west.
Illustration of the publication: Meyers Blitz-Lexikon (Leipzig, 1932)
And what is this edition?
Encyclopedic dictionaries Meyer - in 1826 by the German humanist and democrat I. Meyer (J. Meyer; 1796-1856) was founded in Gotha publishing "Bibliographical Institute" (in 1828-74 was in Hildburhauzene, since 1874 - in Leipzig), released in 1840 -55 "Great Encyclopedic Dictionary» («Das Grosse Conversations-Lexikon») in 46 basic and 6 additional volumes (5th and 6th edition of the dictionary formed the basis of Russian "Big Encyclopedia" published by the partnership "Enlightenment", St. Petersburg. 1900-09).
Ie picture apparently taken just at random from the Internet and even in the English-language sources, it is not. This is what we found.
By the way, the Internet can be found just such an old Icelandic legends: A strand of Tord Golden Aces. But it's probably just a coincidence sounding words.
So where did this story at all?
The story appeared in the book "Handbook of opportunities", by Colin Wilson and John Grant [paperback, 1982. ISBN: 0-552-119946]. Nobody knows for sure whether it was the actual report. No document or newspaper clippings there except what was written by Colin Wilson and John Grant.
And what is the writer?
Colin Henry Wilson (26 June 1931) - English writer and philosopher. Born in Leicester (gr. Leicestershire). After military service he worked as a laboratory assistant at the school, a tax inspector, a laborer and a porter in the hospital, the seller of magazines in Paris.
In 1954, he quits his job and starts earning a living literary work. In 1956, he became famous for his first book "The Stranger." At the end of the 60s Wilson began to go to lecture at universities in the United States, where he gained fame philosopher and psychologist of high class. He taught literature in the United States - to Hollins College (Virginia), the University of Washington in Seattle, Rutgers University in New Brunswick (NJ), the Institute of the Mediterranean on the Spanish island of Majorca.
Self-taught with a biography that is a lot in what resembles a biography of Maxim Gorky. He writes in the year seven or eight books. He lives as a hermit in Gorran Haven (gr. Cornwall), in a cottage on a cliff, only occasionally travel outside their country.
The main themes of his work - crime, unsolved mysteries, supernatural, and the wilds of consciousness. Confidence that the human brain a lot of things available that a person can do, write, open ten times more than what he is doing really hard to go through all his work.
This topic is fully reflected in his novel "Parasites of consciousness" (1967), with a dedication "August Derleth, which prompted the author of the theme of this book." The main idea of the work - humanity has not reached unprecedented heights in the comprehension of reality, and most importantly their spiritual world with its limitless possibilities, only because of the occupation of Earth by some parasites that feed our minds and blocks all great undertakings, threatening them to detect and destroy.
Mentioned in the book lavkraftovskie grand old man, whose civilization was discovered by Professor Austin near the Turkish mountains Karapet pass and Wilson's next novel - "Philosopher's Stone" (1968). This book is devoted to the problem of true immortality, and which hinder the achievement of these dormant for millions of years the Baptist.
In 1976, Colin Wilson wrote another novel about the human mind - "Space Vampires" that lacks a philosophical background to take place in the near future events. At this time we are talking about the invasion of our planet some creatures that can kill a person within a few seconds, sucked out of him all his life juices.
Return of Wilson's sci-fi was a decade later, in 1987, when he published his series of adventure novels about the world of spiders, which some critics have ranked as a fine and intelligent parody of the commercial NF.
He also owns several literary critical works on the history of the genre ("Science Fiction existentialism", 1978) and works of individual writers, such as John. R. R. Tolkien ("Tree of Tolkien", 1973), GF Lakraftu and Wells ("Power Sleep: literature and imagination", 1962) and D. Lindsay ("strange genius of David Lindsay", 1970).