This Man | The hoax in your dreams

image (Fig. 1)

You may be able to argue that you’ve seen this man in your dreams. Maybe he helped you out, maybe he showed you the way. What if I told you this was all an insanely elaborate hoax? That’s what it was.

The storyline

Over 2,000 people have reportedly seen this man from 2006 onwards (I know I have), it started back in 2006 when a patient told their psychiatrist they’d been seeing a man in their dreams repeatedly, that they have no memory of ever meeting. They drew a picture of the man (see fig. 1), said psychiatrist reported that other patients shortly after began bringing up this man. Then, the psychiatrist sent this photo to other psychiatrists, only to find out their patients have brought this man up too.

An actual living human that looks similar to this man has never been found. His voice also is unidentifiable, however it’s always much harder for you to remember the audio portion of a dream. People came forward in an attempt to gain popularity by claiming they are this man, such as Kannan Ayya, without any evidence however.

The uprise

Although the hoax was created in 2008 (yes, the 2006 part of the story was also fake), it didn’t start gaining popularity until 2009. In October, it gained over 2 million views and received over 10,000 emails from people seeing this man in their dreams.

The Downfall

When the hoax became popular, 4Chan users began speculating this man was a marketing ploy, as they discovered that the website was hosted by the same company who also owned a gorilla marketing website. The owner did eventually admit to this being a ploy, however never admitted what for.

A… movie?!?!

In May 2010, a movie company purchased this man and announced they were turning it into a movie.

No further announcements have been made.

Thanks for reading!

Your brain can’t make faces up, so if you start having dreams about this man, it’s most likely as I’ve included photos of him throughout this article. Anything he does in your dream is purely up to your brain, as him being a form of celestial being is a hoax. This took FOREVER to write, so :heart:‘s are appreciated!

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These are dreams that have been collected through, I am unsure if they are part of the hoax, however all of them are submitted anonymously.

“I have had this recurrent dream for some years now. A tall, dark man shows me a picture and asks me if I can recognise my father in it. The man in the picture is this man I have never seen before, he looks nothing like my dad, nevertheless I inexplicably answer that I do recognize my father. At this point I usually wake up feeling very peaceful. Other times the dream continues, I am standing before my father’s grave, I place some flowers on the ground and I realise the photograph on the tombstone is missing.”

“I fell in love with him from the very first time I saw him in my dream. Even though if I think about it I must admit he’s really ugly. And yet each and every time, he sweeps me off my feet with his romantic gestures and sweet words. He buys me flowers, jewellery, he takes me out to dinner or to the beach to watch the sunset.”

“I have always had this dream of flying in the sky over my city and observing my friends from up there. Since I moved to another house I started meeting this man while flying. Not every single time that I have this dream about flying, but often enough. He flies too, but he never speaks.”

“The first time I had a dream about this man I was having a hard time at work. I had a dream about getting lost in a huge and deserted shopping mall. Suddenly this man appeared and I started running away from him. He chased after me for what seemed like an hour until I found myself against a wall in the kids’ area in a supermarket. At this point he smiled at me and he showed me the way out towards the cash desks and I woke up. Ever since that night this man has appeared in all of my dreams and he always gives me directions to get out of the dream and wake up.”

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This is a wiki, so please feel free to add images, dreams or holes in the storyline, but please remain respectful to my writing and do not remove it. Thanks!

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woah, lol. this is interesting

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