Mountain Hallucination Syndrome


Mountain Hallucination Syndrome (MHS) is the theory that the mountains seen in the far distance are really just perceived objects of our mind and don't actually exist. MHS is a commonly debated theory, with both evidence supporting it and flaws against it.

Evidence Supporting It

Citizens have reported the mountains changing from time to time, in an instant, which is impossible on a geological sense. For example:

"I was going about my daily business, cleaning my husband's collection of hotep hats, and when I looked up, the mountains in the distance suddenly were...smaller. I'd say about half their size than before." - Mrs. Rudy, local SW City resident, August 2001.

Some claim that MHS only existed beforehand, meaning that the mountains were always that size.

The other major track of evidence is the inability to physically reach the mountains, and their apparent lack of visual appearance when satellite images are taken. Many adventures have packed and left to go explore the distantly mountains, only to wind up hopelessly lost in the great, barren plains of Alphaworld.

"I traveled those plains for days...weeks. I crossed the horizon time after time, yet the mountains appeared no closer than the day before. How could this be? Mesmerized, I continued to the point of near starvation. Fortunately, I ran into a sea of toilets at one point, pointlessly scattered throughout the plains, which snapped me out of my trance, and I headed home." - Robert Blanz, May 1931

Evidence Against It

The most compelling evidence against it is how everyone could hallucinate the same mountains, and how even newcomers reportedly see the same thing. And, also how mountains show up in photos taken, though, some claim that MHS can extend into seeing things shown in 2d images.

Some citizens even claimed to have reached them. In 1965, Willy Bongjoint reported to the news:

"I was like...driving along in my VoltSWagon mini-bus and I was like 'whoa dude check it out, huh...' and I was like driving towards the minimart and then ended up in the prehistoric area and before I knew it I was there in Mount Flying Colors - that's what I named it, based off the scenery." - Willy Bongjoint, March 1965


Some conspiracies have risen in recent times. In 2002 an article was published by an unknown source who claimed to have infiltrated Circle of Fire laboratories which were responsible for emitting powerful mind control waves, causing the hallucination. The article, however, was largely ignored by a majority of the population, and pulled from shelves "due to lack of sales", though further conspiracies arose about the lack of historical evidence of the said article ever existing.