« Arturito – Scan Artist or Scam Artist? | Main | Free Typing Tutorial for Kids »

October 05, 2005

Crusoe Island Treasure Claim was a Hoax!

Well, here's a surprise. They were lying when they said that Arturito had discovered 800 tons of treasure. Just a big fat calculated lie to draw attention to their stupid little robot. They're sheisters and snake-oil salesmen. What's sad is that, Chile is nothing but an technological backwater, and always will be. And this just reinforces that. Anyone that thinks that some mental dwarf living on the wrong side of the equator is going to develop technology that the industrialized world doesn't have is an idiot. There is no technology on earth that can say for certain that a mass of metal 50 feet underground is gold or iron. The only people that don't know that are the idiotic talking heads that swallowed this story hook, line, and sinker because they're so incomprehensibly dense.

And, when the technology does exist, it won't come from Chile. Certainly not from the criminal idiots at Wagner Technologies or Wagner Industries or Wagner Security or Wagner Transportation or Wagner whatever they call themselves tomorrow. Chile is a confederacy of dunces and criminals.


Government Expected Contentious Debate Over Rights To Loot

(Oct. 5, 2005) A new twist in the story of buried treasure on Robinson Crusoe Island, which has kept Chile and the world in suspense for the last three weeks, surfaced Monday after Wagner Technologies renounced all claims to the treasure supposedly worth US$10 billion.

Wagner Technologies, the company that claims it discovered the treasure, met late Monday with government officials in Valparaíso in what was expected to be a contentious debate over the rights to the treasure.

But according to Fernando Uribe-Etxeverría, lawyer for Wagner Technologies, the company does not believe it is capable of excavating the treasure; all it wanted was the free press.

This abrupt turn of events surprised government officials, who were prepared to discuss excavation permits and decide how to divide the treasure with the company. Wagner instead agreed to turn over the coordinates to the government on the condition that if the treasure is excavated, a portion would be given to a number of Chilean charities, as well as the island’s residents.

Uribe-Etxeverría’s announcement also surprised journalists because of the commotion the company generated with threats to withhold the location of the treasure unless the government agreed to give them a cut of the loot (ST, Oct. 3).

Wagner still maintains that “Arturito,” a mobile robot designed by one of their engineers, detected the presence of 800 metric tons of gold and jewels on the west side of Robinson Crusoe Island in southern Chile.
However, the company claims that the treasure is located in a very difficult-to-reach spot that requires divers to enter through sub-marine caves on the island’s coast.

Wagner representatives said the company is withdrawing from the controversy that surrounded their claims because of the difficulty involved in removing the treasure.

“There is no company in the country capable of excavating this treasure,” said Uribe-Etxeverría. “For this, you will need something
bigger: the state.” He also added that for Wagner, the treasure did not represent a business opportunity. Instead, the company’s exploration was meant to publicize the extraordinary capabilities of their robot.

The robot in question, Arturito, operates like a robotic bloodhound. He can be programmed to search for a particular substance, such as water, gold, or even DNA. Using a variety of tools from geo-radar to a “gamma-camera,” capable of differentiating between atomic molecules, he searches a specified area for the presence the programmed substance.
According to Manuel Salinas, designer of the robot, with the right sample, Arturito could help police find missing persons, wanted criminals, and water in the desert.

Debates have also surfaced in Chile over the history of the newly discovered treasure: what treasure is actually buried on the island and how it got there. Robinson Crusoe Island is located along the Spanish colonial navigation route that connected Spain’s Latin American colonies with Europe. At the time, Spain was mining vast amounts of silver and gold from Peru and Bolivia for transport to Europe. These ships were a favorite of pirates operating in the South Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

Some treasure-seekers believe a popular legend which holds that the Spanish navigator Juan Esteban Ubilla y Echeverría, in charge of transporting the treasure back to Spain, landed on the island in 1715 and interred it instead. Sometime later, an English pirate named Cornelius Webb unearthed the treasure and reburied it elsewhere.

Others believe another legend claiming that the treasure was stolen from the Aztec Empire in Mexico by Spanish conquistadors. A third theory holds that it was the bounty taken off the Spanish galleon “Nuestra Señora del Monte Carmelo” in 1741 by the English lord George Anson.

The island first became famous for hosting the real-life character of Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe,” Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailing master marooned on the island between 1704 and 1709. Selkirk was pirating the Spanish off the coast of South America in the early 1700s when his ship was badly damaged by a series of fights with the Spanish armada.

Fearing that the ship would soon sink, he asked the captain to set him ashore at the next port and ended up stranded off the coast of Chile on an uninhabited island in the Juan Fernandez archipelago. Selkirk was later picked up by English privateers and continued pirating Spanish fleets until 1712, when he finally made his triumphant return to Scotland as a very rich man.

By Nathan Gill (editor@santiagotimes.cl)

Technorati tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Technorati tags:
Delicious tags:

Folksonomy:These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share web pages.
digg  Furl  Spurl  Reddit  blinkbits  BlinkList  blogmarks  connotea  De.lirio.us  Fark  feedmelinks  LinkaGoGo  Ma.gnolia  NewsVine  Netvouz  RawSugar  scuttle  Shadows  Simpy  Smarking  TailRank  Wists  YahooMyWeb

Posted by Peenie Wallie on October 05, 2005 at 04:27 PM


You really have not idea about Chile. Is the most serious country by far in latinamerica. It Is a country that is working hard for more than 25 years to eliminate poverty, increase his level of education and quality of live of the population.

Arturito´s creators are all over the world. Some examples Bush, Fidel Castro, Osama, Blair, Maradona, and of course yourself.

Posted by: Chilean on October 06, 2005 at 08:04 AM

Saying that Chile is a "... technological backwater, and always will be..." is a complete stupidity. I can see that you do not know anything about Chile. We have a lot of technology advances that are not published in the media because we keep a low profile but they are published on the rigth journals. There is a lot of examples. Everyone knows that this Arturito thing is an hoax or a thing that is not what they are saying that is.

By the way... there is a lot of inventions that are made in the USA and that are crap, but since you only see the problems that eveyone have but not the ones you have, anything on the other side of the world makes you think that only you have the rigth answer.... nothing more far from reality.

I hope that in a few years you (all the NORTH-americans) stop seeing your bellybutton and begin looking at the whole world.

Greetings... a Physics Student.

Posted by: G. A. on October 06, 2005 at 12:26 PM

Dear American dude,
Are you having a bad day?
Do you have a particular audience you are calling out to?
To some you might show intelect(?)
However no concept of respect.
If you have a message you want to convey, assume that your audience want to hear you.
Do not chastise them for to taking time with you.
Have a nice day.

the other American dude?

Posted by: Ben Grimm on October 08, 2005 at 10:53 AM

What the fuck are you? some kind of nazi of the new millenium?, how can you be so stupid to claim that a country is a confederacy of dunces and criminals?
Due to stupid fuckers like you is why all over the world nobody likes USA. You are a fucking asshole just like the fucking asshole owner of arturito.

For your information, the real dunces and criminals of this planet are you, just look at your president, the one that you choose and support: invading countries looking for massive destruction weapons never found...you should look for them with arturito hahaha, and also you should try to find bin laden hahahahaha are you american people so dunces that you beleived that bush bullshit?, or you just now all of that was a lie and you supported the tirany of a entire nation just for oil?

fuck you.

Posted by: Hernán on October 13, 2005 at 08:32 AM

Dear whoever you are,
have your ever visited Chile or was this just a generalization based on your advanced knowledge of sociology and geography? Could you explain a little better the wrong-side-of-the-equator theory? It seems really interesting and I am sure there's long hours of reasoning behind your statement.
Can you explain to me why is it so obvious that there is no such technology in the world? I would be very interested in sharing some thoughts with an amateur physicist such as yourself.

Posted by: Dumb Chilean Engineering Manager working in the US on October 13, 2005 at 11:57 AM

Dear whoever you are,
have your ever visited Chile or was this just a generalization based on your advanced knowledge of sociology and geography? Could you explain a little better the wrong-side-of-the-equator theory? It seems really interesting and I am sure there's long hours of reasoning behind your statement.
Can you explain to me why is it so obvious that there is no such technology in the world? I would be very interested in sharing some thoughts with an amateur physicist such as yourself.

Posted by: Chilen Engineering Manager in the US on October 13, 2005 at 12:01 PM

I really do not know how someone can be so uneducated and stupid, to generalize and make that type of remarks.

Peenie Wallie is the type of person we don´t need to listen to.

Everyone knows that that was a hoax. Maybe Mr. Wallie was just very annoyed because he believed the whole story, and wrote unjustified sentences over a country and a whole Hemisphere of the Earth.
Someone lying about a useless robot is just not that important, nobody is going to buy the famous robot.
When someone justifies a war on a lie (i.e. saying that a certain country produces weapons of mass destruction), or killing people, that really IS terrible and unacceptable.

Just unbelievable,

Posted by: Peter on October 15, 2005 at 06:15 PM

You need to receive permission to republish copywrited articles. Commenting on an article is one thing, but republishing it entirely without permission is illegal.

Also, I have to agree with most of the comments, you are pretty far off track with this post.

Nathan Gill

Posted by: Nathan Gill on June 03, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Post a comment

Remember Me?

(you may use HTML tags for style)