Man without a Country: Who Was The Mystery Man from Taured?

Man without a Country: Who Was The Mystery Man from Taured?

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One of the most perplexing events of the 20th Century did not involve flying saucers, conspiracy theories, a criminal act, or even strange creature sightings. It took place on a seemingly normal day in one of the most tedious, mundane places one could imagine: Airport. Yet to this day, no one knows exactly what happened there, or why one average business traveler became the heart of an enigma largely forgotten by our modern world.

Haneda Airport, as it appeared in 1954, photographed by Rodney Stich.

Haneda Airport, as it appeared in 1954, photographed by Rodney Stich.

The year 1954 was hotter than normal in Tokyo, but at Haneda Airport it was business as usual. That is, of course, until one unknown date when a routine European inbound plane dropped off its passengers. As the crowd made its way through customs, a neatly-dressed middle-aged Caucasian man stepped up and told officials this was just a normal business trip or him, one of three so far this year to Japan. His primary language was French, yet he spoke Japanese and several other languages. In his wallet was a variety of currencies from various European countries, as if to verify his frequent flyer tendencies.

When they asked him for his country of origin, things became strange. He casually stated that he was from Taured, on the border between France and Spain. The officials told him that Taured didn’t exist, but he presented them with his passport—issued by the nonexistent country of Taured—which also showed visa stamps corroborating his previous business travels to Japan and other countries. Yet when they called the company he said he was having a meeting with, they had never heard of him or his company ever before that moment. The hotel he had reserved a room at had no reservation for such a person, and the bank listed on his checkbook appeared not to exist.

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Map of the country of Andorra, believed to be "Taured".

Map of the country of Andorra, believed to be “Taured”.

The bearded man scoffed; surely, this was some elaborate practical joke for his benefit. Customs officials showed him a world map and pointed to the tiny country of Andorra. Perhaps that was his real country of origin and somehow he was either mistaken or having his own little joke? The man became irate, saying that Andorra didn’t exist but it was right where Taured should be. His proud country had existed for a thousand years. Still in shock over his misplaced homeland, the mystery man was detained by customs and given a room at a nearby hotel for the night while officials tried to figure out what was going on.

The following morning, the mystery deepened. Taured’s one and only known resident completely vanished from his hotel room which had been guarded by immigration officials all night long. And to make matters worse, all of his personal documents—including his passport and drivers license issued by the mystery country—vanished from the airport’s security room. Police and airport officials searched in vain for the mysterious man. It was as if the whole encounter had never actually happened.

No documentation verifying this story has yet surfaced, but it was mentioned in several books, including The Directory of Possibilities (1981, p. 86) and Strange But True: Mysterious and Bizarre People (1999, p. 64). And given its puzzling ending, I doubt that any official would have written up a report concluding that the man and all his documented evidence simply vanished.

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Could this man and other out-of-place travelers be from another dimension?

Surprisingly, misplaced travelers such as the business man from Taured have appeared on many occasions. In 1851, a man was found wandering Frankfurt an der Oder in northeast Germany who claimed he was from a country called Laxaria on the continent of Sakria. Another young man who spoke a completely unrecognizable language was caught stealing a loaf of bread in Paris in 1905; he said he was from Lizbia, which authorities assumed was Lisbon—or Lisboa in Portuguese, yet his language was not Portuguese nor did he recognize a map of Portugal as his homeland.

Is Taured out there somewhere? And what about Laxaria or Liziba? Did these men fall backward through time or pass through dimensions? Or were they simply perpetrating a hoax or mentally ill?


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86 Comments

  1. DC

    05/20/2014 at 4:10 PM

    Very interesting story.

    • nan

      09/03/2015 at 2:52 PM

      I’m just wondering how the attendant knew that taured didn’t exist. Like does the person know all existing countries or something.

      • Bogdan

        10/02/2015 at 7:34 AM

        First of all they know more than us because they are the ones getting in touch with the travellers and maybe they have to know all the countries people might come from . They also have to know if you need a VISA or not for every country you’re coming from. That’s their job. At the same time even a normal person like me, let’s say you tell me you’re from FGTDSS but i haven’t heard of it. I need to know what country is that so i could let you in or not so i call my boss and he doesn’t know it also. Then i take your passport and i take you also and 8 policemen come and the airport security and directors come and nobody heard of that country. And because internet did not exist they make a phone call to the place they work for, FBI, the police station, and nobody knows about that country. Well then something is very wrong with your sittuation. And that’s how you can get to ” not knowing where you’re coming from”

        Every person in a normal country can say at least 70 countries…well a trained professional should be able to know all of the countries on the Planet. And that’s like double that much. Is not that hard to learn them all because you already know most of them.

        • samson shitta

          06/11/2016 at 10:29 AM

          Dat truth man

      • Lil

        12/02/2015 at 4:47 AM

        Yeah, it’s just like that. We are talking about educated people of course. At least here, in Poland. You may not be able to list all of them from your head, but if you hear a name which isn’t familiar at all, you are almost sure it doesn’t exist (I would be, if I heard of Taured). “But” you think “it may be some tiny exotic country in the middle of the jungle or something”, so you naturally ask: “Where is this country?” And when the answer is in Europe (especially the West), you immediately know that there’s no country like that, as you obviously know all countries in Europe.

      • Wolf Carron

        01/18/2016 at 7:17 PM

        In the 50’s there was an Passport directory in use at most major airfields. It gave a visual example of valid passport types for all countries so that attandants could verify the validity of passports being used by visitors. After awhile you would become familiar with the passports that were commonly being used by the larger body of travelers and would only question the ones that were not familiar or had the look of being non-authentic. This is when you would refer to your reference materials. A counterfeit passport from an imaginary country would be immediately obvious.

      • Fehr

        08/30/2016 at 12:10 PM

        Is it that hard to know all existing countries, it’s just under 200 names…

  2. Alice

    05/25/2014 at 2:21 PM

    This story appears originally in Jacques Bergier’s “Visa pour un autre terre”, 1974.

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  4. Ted

    08/19/2014 at 11:02 AM

    I’m from the Philippines and we have a place similar to Lizbia, Taured and Laxaria. It’s called Biringan and it is said to exist in the Visayas region of our country. Look it up and you’ll see weird stories similar to this.

    • Ken Summers

      08/19/2014 at 2:45 PM

      Interesting! Add that to the long list of reasons I want to visit the Philippines. lol

    • Andrew

      12/09/2014 at 10:42 PM

      Another story from the Philippines.

      “Gil Pérez – The Teleporting Soldier”.

      The backstory: Gil Perez was just an ordinary Spanish soldier and member of the Filipino Guardia Civil during the 16th century. But on October 24, 1593, he suddenly found himself in Plaza Mayor, Mexico City–almost 9,000 nautical miles away from Manila. The bizarre “teleportation” incident was never believed by the Mexicans and Perez was jailed because people thought he was a “servant of Satan”.

      When asked about what happened, the confused soldier told the authorities that prior to the incident, he was just resting against a wall inside the Palacio Del Gobernador in the Philippines. As a proof, he told them that the Governor General Gómez Pérez Dasmariñas was just killed by Chinese pirates and all the guards were just waiting for the replacement.

      Two months later, a Manila Galleon brought news from the Philippines that confirmed every detail recounted by Perez. In fact, one of the passengers testified that he had seen Perez in the Philippines on October 23. Perez returned back to the Philippines and led an uneventful life thereafter.

      In my opinion, Gil Perez wasn’t teleported to mexico but was sent to another dimension but with the same event with minor differences just like the other dimensional stories.

      • Paquimex

        05/24/2015 at 7:42 PM

        I’m from mexico and i can tell you there was no Mexico in 1593, and there was a “Plaza Mayor” but at that time it was filled with Aztecs… perhaps Aztec corpses as the Spanish conquerors began their jobs

        • Saikaku

          06/06/2015 at 11:35 PM

          There certainly WAS a Mexico in 1593… Cortes and his men landed in 1519, the country was part of the Spanish Empire by then…

    • YoroKobi

      10/25/2015 at 5:39 AM

      I’ve heard of Biringan. Only a few managed to visit that place, they said. Like the place itself will choose its visitors.

    • Raina

      01/20/2017 at 11:35 AM

      Looked Biringan up on Wikipedia. Weird stuff! Thanks for telling us about it.

  5. Schnider

    08/19/2014 at 6:09 PM

    I think it’s fake, because I can’t possibly believe that airport officials didn’t keep his ID, passport or driver’s license, for further investigation, what did they do, call up someone from Europe and asked: “hey do you know Taured ?”. I call it bull to be honest.

    • Jake

      08/25/2014 at 10:55 AM

      uhm: “all of his personal documents—including his passport and drivers license issued by the mystery country—vanished from the airport’s security room”

      • Rodrier

        10/08/2015 at 6:29 PM

        How convenient…

        • Imnoone

          01/10/2016 at 8:24 PM

          Men in black

      • Todd

        03/25/2016 at 2:32 PM

        “uhm: ‘The internet says so.'”

        The arrogance of stupid people never ceases to amaze.

    • carl

      11/16/2014 at 2:38 PM

      i think its funny nobody has noticed taured is an anagram of (u retard) lol

      • Jeff

        11/18/2014 at 7:12 AM

        It’s not an anagram. taured has one r, u retard has two rs.

        • Andre

          11/24/2014 at 10:59 PM

          Thank you for telling him so I wouldn’t have to. I would have been much less gentle about it.

          • Vits

            03/31/2015 at 11:50 AM

            An “etard”.

        • Jesse

          11/25/2014 at 9:29 AM

          Which makes Carl a…?

          • TheIcon

            01/05/2015 at 8:59 AM

            Makes Carl a Boston Retad. Isn’t that how they say it in Boston?

          • DaveGinOly

            08/09/2015 at 11:25 PM

            In Boston, “retard” is spelled with an “h,” as in “retahd.”

      • Ken O'Neill

        05/31/2015 at 3:06 PM

        Carl u etard

      • Thomas Wainwright

        09/18/2015 at 5:43 PM

        I can clear all this up. I have been to Tuared. I have partied there. I won a golf tournament there and they have some very nice looking women there.
        Sincerely,
        From a Former LSD aficionado.

    • Shot

      12/13/2015 at 8:20 AM

      “And to make matters worse, all of his personal documents—including his passport and drivers license issued by the mystery country—vanished from the airport’s security room.”

    • Imnoone

      01/10/2016 at 8:06 PM

      Men in black

    • charly

      08/04/2016 at 11:21 PM

      you are right, the history comes from a book called “Visa pour un autre terre” from the writer Jacques Bergier.

  6. anonymous

    09/02/2014 at 5:31 PM

    NSA/CIA coverup.

  7. Gaurav Dutt

    12/17/2014 at 10:18 AM

    These inter dimensional travelers stories are really interesting but some how relates to each other and at the same time challenges a lot of laws and orders and as there is no documentation available and neither have any reference like from when it all started.

    I think these stories are no more than old time hoaxes and some writers may add this under that influence.

  8. caravan

    01/02/2015 at 2:11 AM

    It’s really amazing to wonder about all the mysteries surrounding the conscious and unconscious. What’s there, what is not. But what is not there, can be..

  9. JohnD

    01/15/2015 at 12:50 PM

    I’m intrigued by mysteries of the world and this is a great story. But without any documentation and no known eye witnesses, it’s impossible to corroborate. As eerie and mysterious as it sounds, I would have to chalk this one up to an over active imagination.

  10. Vojkan

    02/16/2015 at 9:04 AM

    Why are you all earthlings so stupid? The guy simply woke up in this reality, but wasn’t aware of it, thus all the events that followed. And next night he got back to his world, with all of his belongings of course, as they were of different energy/density..so of course that they vanished from the airport, which most of you find hard to believe for some reason. The same happened to me, the only difference was that i knew what was going on, and i got back after few minutes. Do some work on your consciousness/spirit, whatever, you are all really in bad shape. You have huge potential that you’re unaware of, and that’s sad.

    • Maithili

      04/05/2015 at 3:09 PM

      I completely agree with you Vojkan. I am really interested in hearing more about your experience, though. Can you please tell us?

    • Emil

      04/05/2015 at 5:30 PM

      I wish to learn

    • Bronmulkein

      08/11/2015 at 9:25 AM

      voj kan… Voidborn? Is that you?

    • Syd

      08/16/2015 at 8:37 PM

      So true! We don’t need physics or any of the laws that govern physical reality to get in the way of a good story, right?

  11. Xero Hour

    04/27/2015 at 3:55 PM

    Sounds like another case of a Time Storm, there have been several documented, where people have moved backwards, forwards, & in this case sidewards in time.

    • Imnoone

      01/10/2016 at 8:28 PM

      In the quran it is said about some early muslims entering a cave and sleeping there thinking for only a couple of hours to escape their persuirs.but woke up after more than 100 years or more. Google “ashab al kahaf” or “people of the cave”

  12. gelet

    04/28/2015 at 4:36 AM

    That first picture of the abandoned airport lobby is in the capital of Cyprus Nicosia and is still waiting its freedom since Turkish Invasion of Cyprus from 1974

  13. Himeshian

    06/17/2015 at 7:10 AM

    This story was great. We can’t saiy it never happened. Not just we don’t have a prove it doesn’t real. VOJKAN comment here got a point. The things weren’t belong here may go back to it’s place. Maybe that’s what happened to all of the evidence

  14. David

    07/24/2015 at 6:16 PM

    I’m not sure why someone saying this in 2015 would be considered mentally ill or a hoaxer, but if you add time to the story it somehow rises in credibility. All of these “men from elsewhere” stories all occur in the past. If anything, these stores should be LESS credible than if they were told today. What is more logical, rational, AND POSSIBLE…that a man really came from an alternate reality or he is lying, delusional, or otherwise mentally ill?

    I mean, I know which story is more INTERESTING, but the fact that so much internet and mental real estate has been given over to a credulous belief in these stories suggests that many folks need to upgrade their critical thinking modules.

    • Ken Summers

      07/25/2015 at 1:23 PM

      I’ve always felt that the assumption of mental illness is a hasty generalization. “It’s in their heads” is the new “swamp gas”. When in doubt, they’re just crazy.

      This isn’t an “either he came from an alternate reality or he’s crazy” thing. It’s an “insufficient data to make a conclusion” thing. To me, at least, what’s more interesting is the peculiar tales like this, not a rush to judgement that’s equally only speculation. (And spare me the ‘extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence’ jargon. Even dismissive claims like “he’s mentally ill” require evidence to back them up. Otherwise, it’s nothing more than an easy cop-out.)

      • S

        07/29/2015 at 1:12 PM

        mental illness is far more credible than alternate dimension idek bc a) theres evidence of what mental illness can do and b) similar things have happened due to mental instability or disorder. Did they verify the authenticity of the passport and documents? How easy was it to replicate those kinds of things? etc. Without any actual information its far easier to write it off as complete fabrication, whether by the man or whoever came up with the story, or the result of some sort of mental disorder.

    • really though?

      12/08/2015 at 3:52 AM

      So according to you, this “Mentality ill” man not only spoke several languages but also had the ability & equipment to produce a fake passport & drivers license. Plus was an amazing magician with masterful escape talent that revivals the Great Hudini.
      And he did it all for fun?

      Is that really your stance?

  15. Robert

    08/10/2015 at 6:33 AM

    Things possible that story remember there are several dimensions side-by-side and if that man from another dimension it’s possible it would be interesting to see the story to know more about it

  16. rauri

    08/10/2015 at 5:07 PM

    I think it could be very easily be faked, fake passport, fake check book made up bullshit, time isnt measured erre.. hard to belive in a dimentional reason.. perhaps amnesia aswell

    • Mon

      01/18/2016 at 9:59 PM

      If we just widen our conscious behaviour and be open minded maybe we can see at least that it is possible like God truly exist even though hard to explain of how, why, when or what…

  17. SC

    08/12/2015 at 6:42 AM

    Well this man said that his country, Taured, had survived for around 1000 years. From what I researched on the internet, the Principality of Andorra, the country mentioned here, has been in existence for a 1000 years

    • Hew

      09/08/2015 at 1:29 AM

      heres where this Taured name becames creepy. So I wrote down Taured then directly under it wrote Deruat…

      Taured
      Deruat

      I studied what I had wrote down to see if I could come up with hidden message of some kind. De-r-u-at, was the first and then I noticed Ta-ured(tired). So my first thought was maybe he was trying to “where are you at, I’m tired”. Remember the Japan authorities did take him to a hotel. Maybe he just needed a good nap. Final, it accured to me to write the numbers of each letter that corresponds with the alphabet

      18 1 19 16 5 4
      T a u r e d

      So here we go….18-1=17-19= -2 / 16+5=21+4=25….
      25+(-2)= 23 and Taured has 6 letter, in half you get 2 3 halves 23. Also they said it was a hotter then usual day in Japan. July and August are the two hottest months for Japan. So looking at the numbers we can see 1954, then we are left with 18 1 16 cancel out the 1’s and it gives you 8 6 1954 or August 6th, 1954. I think it’s was safe to say it was hot that day, crazy this happen when it’s hot

      • eva

        07/03/2016 at 5:41 AM

        HAHAHA U got me reading all those numbers

      • Ming

        10/27/2016 at 6:40 AM

        so you really added the math here huh

  18. Saumya

    09/05/2015 at 8:23 AM

    I dont know if its true or not. There are quite a few possibilities. But one thing i know is that these kinds of stories give me a break from my own reality.

    • Shane

      06/10/2017 at 4:16 PM

      Me to

  19. Giorgio

    09/12/2015 at 9:10 PM

    I never heard about a country called Taured. But I know in 1947 to 1954 TRIESTE was briefly indipendent. Following the Italian defeat of WW2. So Im wondering, what if the case of this guy is not a visitor from a parallel universe but a case of poor translation? it was back in the 50’s, no google, no internet, uptodate maps and atlas were hard to find, since the borders in Europe were not yet stabilized, so its not impossible that it could just have been a mistranslation from Trieste to Taured. The rest is just a fabbrication in creating a mystery where is none. Assuming this actually did happen….

    • aerpales

      11/30/2015 at 11:55 PM

      But his personal documents vanished at the airport. And the guy at the hotel disappeared, how can you explain that with just a mis-translation or miscommunication?

    • Shawn David Pringle

      01/14/2016 at 4:06 PM

      This is the best interpretation yet. Word of mouth accounts can get embellished.

    • Ming

      10/27/2016 at 6:46 AM

      agree

    • Mosserete van der Geez de Valois

      11/20/2016 at 10:42 AM

      It may be the case that the Japanese officials had treated the guy wrong and/or violated the law or regulations. So they concocted the cover-up and let the guy go free, provided he won’t tell anybody about the incident. The information about “Taured” may be all wrong, coming from mistaken memo via Japanese katakana script – the original may have been Trieste or Taul Lleida (a town in Spain).

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  21. Rodrier

    10/08/2015 at 6:36 PM

    I wish there was more evidence (any small evidence at all) about all this.
    No documents, no witnesses, no paper headlines, it sounds more like a rumor.
    I love the mysteries and the creepy/weird stuff but to me this one sounds similar to ”This Man” the flight with 50 skeleton in Brazil, Slenderman among others…
    However, is there any reliable source of it? Or is it more a sort of urban Legend? genuinely curious.

  22. Pogi_71

    11/24/2015 at 8:38 AM

    Perhaps they travelled between dimensions or parallel worlds, so to say

  23. Marvin

    11/25/2015 at 12:27 AM

    Man without a country? big boss?

    • Kaz

      12/27/2016 at 3:19 AM

      Why are we still here? Just to suffer?

  24. Grego

    12/06/2015 at 3:52 PM

    More likely he was from Taul Spain, Taul, Lleida (provence) near the border of France and spain, and also near Andorra. Founded around 1000 years ago. And this was merely a confusion in dialect. many Asian languages pronounce ‘ll’ like ‘r’ (case and point Godzirra not Godzilla was yhe Japanese monster) ..’Taul lleda’ to ‘Taureda’ and then the mystery just grew on its own with added details.

    • alex

      06/14/2016 at 10:54 AM

      Lleida would be pronounced closer to Ryeida or Rieida

    • .......

      01/30/2017 at 11:22 PM

      I know this is old,and I’m being pedantic, but it’s not Godzilla or Godzirra in Japan. It’s Gojira. Godzilla is the anglicized version.

      • John

        07/22/2017 at 11:31 PM

        That is correct. There is no Godzirra.

    • sujit

      07/21/2017 at 11:06 PM

      Well he had a passport of Taured which country was supposed to be non existent, right? So, I don’t think it’s the problem with dialect.

  25. Esteban

    12/27/2015 at 10:26 AM

    Not sure if this story is true or not, but it’s interesting to say the least. My only hope here is that, if this man really did exist, then I hope he did eventually find his way home to Taured.

    • Jovan

      01/17/2016 at 2:04 AM

      I’ve been dreaming some weird places
      since I was 9yrs old after seeing that strange creature.
      and they always talking about some sort of an energy
      its like they were experimenting for something.
      But I can’t really remember everything….

      • Ming

        10/27/2016 at 6:47 AM

        Some dreams, we remember but most we don’t

    • Mon

      01/18/2016 at 10:06 PM

      Tama…

  26. peter Mwaura

    04/09/2016 at 5:40 AM

    Interesting theories!

  27. Peter A.

    07/01/2016 at 9:23 PM

    This is what I think happened. A man hops off a long distance flight from Europe, desperately needing to go to the toilet, so he asks some of the staff at the airport where he can find the nearest one.

    Mystery Man: “Quick, where’s the nearest toilet?”
    Japanese Official(s): “Taured? You’re from Taured?”
    MM: “No, not ‘Taured’ – toilet, toilet, where can I find one?”
    JO: “Ah, this man from Taured. He fake. He try to trick us.”

    At that point they drag him away and lock him in the hotel room, and thus an urban legend is born. I mean – think about it. The Japanese are always pronouncing the letter L as R and vice versa. Say the word “toilet” using a Japanese accent, and it will sound suspiciously like “Taured”.

    • eva

      07/03/2016 at 5:37 AM

      LMAO

  28. dan

    07/31/2016 at 9:03 PM

    Hi, I’m going to take the judgement that this is fake, seen as there are no ‘high value’ sources you have cited, nor that i can find on the internet myself, i.e. academic/scientific journals or respectable news paper articles, books etc. For the reason i dont believe a word of this

    • xekinzxy cabain

      12/12/2016 at 8:11 AM

      vous les gars ne nous connaissent pas, mais les gars ont visité depuis longtemps

  29. charly

    08/04/2016 at 11:28 PM

    “Visa pour une autre terre” (Visa to another land) from Jacques Bergier

    you’re welcome

  30. Gora

    12/23/2016 at 7:48 PM

    I wonder how can he disappear. If there is one today we could see what happen in building’s camera.

  31. Netra

    07/25/2017 at 9:07 AM

    Ken, this article was really well-written. I enjoyed reading the whole thing very much.

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