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In July 2008, a well-educated 41-year-old woman named Lerina Garcia woke up in her bed on what seemed to like an ordinary day. However, as she went on with her normal routine, she claims she found small details that seemed peculiar.

For example, her sheets and pajamas were different from what she remembered wearing to bed.

She resolved to brush off this curiosity and drove to her place of work, where she had been employed for 20 years. However, upon arriving at her department, she realized it wasn’t actually her department, despite being in its usual location on its usual floor.

Having decided that something weird was definitely going on, she returned home only to find the man from whom she says she had separated six months before, who acted like the separation had never taken place. Her new lover, whom she claimed she had been seeing for four months, was nowhere to be found.

Even after hiring a private detective, his whereabouts remained unknown. There was no trace of him at his alleged residence nor any trace of his family.While it seems more likely that Garcia’s perceptions are the result of some neurological malfunction, she believes she woke up in a parallel universe. Unfortunately for the alleged dimensional traveler, Garcia has not been able to return to her normal universe, leaving her stuck in a dimension where she doesn’t belong with a boyfriend she can’t get rid of.

The first incident is claimed to have occurred in 1954. Well, the place of occurrence was the island nation of Japan. As described by various websites, it was a busy year for the officers at Haneda Airport, even though the year was hotter than usual. But that lasted only until one “UNKNOWN DATE” when a European flight dropped its passengers at this very airport. The working officials followed their routine and thought the day to go on as usual. But some surprise was waiting for them just outside the customs door. A neatly dressed, middle-aged, Caucasian man stepped up their front door and as a reply to the usual enquiry, he told the officials that he was just on a normal business trip which was his third that year. Even though his Primary language seemed to be French, he spoke fluent Japanese too! Moreover, his wallet had several currency coins from different European countries, as if certifying that he was a frequent flyer. All these things would surely make you satisfied that he was no “Illegal flyer”. But what happened next, turned up against all these views.

When the officials asked him for his country of origin, he casually stated that he belonged to Taured, which lay on France and Spain’s border. The officials were surprised and confused at the same time! “Taured?” they thought. They soon told him that such a country didn’t exist on the face of this world. But the man presented them with a passport issued by the mysterious country called Taured! As if that much wasn’t enough to embarrass the officials, there were even previous trip visa stamps from Japan and various other countries! But when they called the company the man claimed he had a meeting with in Japan, they said they had never heard of him. The hotel where he had reserved a room had no reservations for such a person. The bank whose checkbook he carried seemed to not exist!

Upon getting all this, the man scoffed, uttering that it was a very serious, practical joke! But the officials showed him a world map and showed him that his country wasn’t listed. But they did show the tiny country Andorra on the map, asking if that was his country. The man was still irate and said that Andorra didn’t exist but Taured did, at that same place! He said that his proud country had existed for over thousand years. Still in this shock, he was detained by the customs officials and given a room at a nearby hotel for the night. His room was guarded at doors by two officials. That room was high up in the building, somewhere in the mid-floors. The night was a busy one for the officials, trying to get to the head of it all.

But the mystery deepened the following morning. The man had disappeared from the high up room, guarded by officials! Apart from this, all the documents regarding his case had too vanished away from the airport’s security room! How would this be possible? Unless there was a dimension travelling device, or of course if the officials hadn’t helped him out? Though they would swear they had followed the orders! Many rumors of dimension travelling and time travel had surfaced due to this event.

This was just about Taured. Then there were stories regarding Laxaria and Lizbia. These are short ones, since they date back to the 19th century and the early 20th century respectively.

The incident occurring in 1851 involved a man who called himself Joseph Vorin. He was wandering freely in Frankfurt-an-der Oder, Germany. When the German authorities enquired about his origin, he said that he was from Laxaria, which lay on the continent of Sakria. The authorities were baffled since none of these places were heard of by them! It didn’t exist on their world map. Joseph’s fate is, unfortunately, not known to us!

Yet one more incident, in 1905, a young man caught stealing a loaf of bread was found stealing a loaf of bread in Paris, speaking an unknown language. After a long session of interrogation, and a lot of efforts, the man managed to convey that he was from Lizbia. Thinking that he meant Lisbon, the officials brought in a Portuguese interpreter. But it was soon found that he wasn’t a Portuguese too! The youth’s language didn’t seem to be an invented babble either, to get away with crime! Eventually, he was released, never to be seen again.

So what were these? Some cheap publicity stunts? Are they even true or just created stories? Were they just hoaxes of some kind? I don’t care about what others think, but I believe firmly, that there is some reality in all this. Something the mankind hasn’t yet discovered. Maybe a Portal of some kind linking different dimensions? I don’t know! Let’s just wait for a new discovery or start progressing in one ourself!

One of the things that bothers me about the Taured story is that the French-speaking man who turned up at Haneda airport in Tokyo, Japan in 1954 with a passport reportedly showing his origin as ‘Taured’ (an unknown country situated where Andorra is) may well have been part of an elaborate practical joke.

But a more likely possibility is that that the airport employees who attended to him did not understand French well and had never heard of Andorra or the Catalan language. So they could have gotten ‘terre d’Andorra’ hobson-jobsoned over into ‘Taured.’ I suspect the whole story is based on errors made by the employees at the airport, and they were dealing (very ineptly) with an Andorran, not someone from an alternate universe. The man from Taured, who vanished so mysteriously from the hotel, probably decided to visit some other facility in Japan where the employees could actually speak and understand French. The whole thing smells like an urban legend to me.

The Taured mystery is often mentioned in company with tales of two other mysterious visitors; ‘Jophar Vorin’ and the bread thief from ‘Lizbia.’

Jophar Vorin turned up in Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany in 1851, claiming to be from Laxaria on the continent of Sakria, and speaking imperfect German. There’s a clue for you, his German was not that good.

Lakhariya is a village in Kota, Rajasthan, and there is also a village called Sakri Nal in Banswara, Rajasthan, India. Jophar gave the names of continents as Sakria, Aflar, Astar, Auslar, Euplar, some of which bear some resemblance to the names of Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. The name ‘Jophar’ is probably a form of Jafar, an Arabic name which means ‘stream.’ I’m going out on a limb here to say that Jophar was probably not from an alternate universe either, just a Muslim guy from Rajasthan in India who couldn’t make himself understood very well in German.

The Paris bread thief who was apprehended in 1905 told authorities he was from Lizbia, which they misidentified as Lisbon in Portugal. When interpreters found he could not speak Portuguese, they let him go. There’s a simple explanation for ‘Lizbia,’ it was very likely the island of Lesbos, which was occupied by Turks from 1462, and not freed until 1912. The unknown language spoken by the man from Lizbia was probably Turkish.