The odd tale of the man from Taured

STRANGE TRAVELLER ... who was the man from Taured, a country that didn't exist?
STRANGE TRAVELLER ... who was the man from Taured, a country that didn't exist?

IS the following story true? I don’t know, but it’s recently re-surfaced on the internet, and if you haven’t seen it, you’ve truly missed out.

It’s a tale for the connoisseur of weird events, so read on and enjoy.

It’s July 1954; a hot day. A man arrives at Tokyo airport in Japan. He’s of Caucasian appearance and conventional-looking. But the officials are suspicious.

On checking his passport, they see that he hails from a country called Taured. The passport looked genuine, except for the fact that there is no such country as Taured – well, at least in our dimension.

The man is interrogated, and asked to point out where his country supposedly exists on a map.

He immediately points his finger towards the Principality of Andorra, but becomes angry and confused. He’s never heard of Andorra, and can’t understand why his homeland of Taured isn’t there.

According to him it should have been, for it had existed for more than 1,000 years!

Customs officials found him in possession of money from several different European currencies.

His passport had been stamped by many airports around the globe, including previous visits to Tokyo.

Baffled, they took him to a local hotel and placed him in a room with two guards outside until they could get to the bottom of the mystery.

The company he claimed to work for had no knowledge of him, although he had copious amounts of documentation to prove his point.

The hotel he claimed to have a reservation for had never heard of him either.

The company officials in Tokyo he was there to do business with? Yup, you’ve guessed it – they just shook their heads too.

Later, when the hotel room he was held in was opened, the man had disappeared.

The police established that he could not have escaped out of the window – the room was several floors up, and there was no balcony.  

He was never seen again, and the mystery was never solved.

There is an intriguing theory that the man may have hailed from an alternative universe – a world almost the same as ours, but not quite.

His world, unlike ours, contained a country called Taured.

Fascinating, but I have some questions.

Did the man’s wallet contain currency from this strange nation, Taured?

How did he board the plane in Europe without having his passport queried there?

If he boarded the plane in his own dimension, and then somehow “switched” to ours, one would think he’d have just suddenly appeared in the plane which landed at Tokyo, frightening the bejabbers out of the passengers and flight attendants.  

Was his passport held by the Japanese officials, and if so, do they still possess it?

The story sounds like the plot of a sci-fi movie, and is so bizarre it’s difficult to blame those who find it hard to digest.

But it’s fascinating, too. It has that almost indefinable quality which separates truly great urban myths from lesser ones. That’s if it’s an urban myth at all, of course.

True, there are rumours that the above story is simply a twist based on a novel or short story penned by a well-known author and journalist.

I’ve contacted him to confirm whether or not this is the case.

I’m pretty certain that the rumour is false, but I like to be thorough.

As soon as I hear from him, I’ll let you know.

I’ve also set some wheels in motion through diplomatic channels to get to the bottom of this enigma, and have already received a positive response.

As soon as I know more, so will my readers – in both dimensions ...

* Got a spooky tale? Tell Mike at wraithscape@mikehalowell.com