Sep 29, 2017 I Brett Tingley

Mystery Origami with Ominous Warning Found Throughout Seattle

Ominous and apocalyptic messages are popping up in public places throughout the United States. From pirate radio transmissions to doomsday-preaching television broadcasts, it’s clear someone has been trying to warn the public of...well, something. Are these merely the work of mentally unstable individuals, or should we be paying more attention? Science fiction is full of tales of time travelers, clairvoyants, and whistleblowers who attempt to warn the public about impending doom to no avail. Is that what’s happening here, or are some ill-advised jokers just pulling one on susceptible members of the public? Whatever is going on, another cryptic warning has been popping up around Seattle this week and generally creeping people out.

The messages feature different imagery but all have the same "YOU ARE NOT SAFE" warning.

According to Seattle local news outlets, the messages have mainly been found in local parks. The messages are in the form of origami butterflies, constructed out of custom-printed paper containing the ominous warning “YOU ARE NOT SAFE.” The paper also contains the date 9/28/2017 and images of Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Kurt Cobain, the Starbucks mermaid, and the Seattle skyline. However, the skyline images are curiously missing the Seattle Space Needle, one of the city’s most iconic landmarks and buildings.

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The messages clearly have some sort of religious or anti-religious bent to them.

Some of the messages also contain the URL for a website called, which contains, well, go see for yourself. Seattle residents have taken to reddit to try and piece this mystery together. Despite many people claiming this is likely part of some hoax, art project, or anti-LGBTQ/women's rights group, some Seattleites told local news outlets that they’ll be staying home from work tomorrow just in case. And hey, any excuse to stay home from work is a good one.

The messages were folded into cute little butterflies, because nothing says 'doomsday' quite like an origami butterfly.

Could all of these messages be part of a pattern? Let’s hope not. But then again, one look at the current state of things is enough to make you believe in the reptilian overlord conspiracy theories. Cancel your internet, smash your cellphone, and dig that bunker just a little deeper. Things are only going to get weirder.

Can they get any weirder than buying overpriced, overrated coffee from a two-tailed mermaid?

Brett Tingley

Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains.

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