The Cthulu Mosaic

The Cthulu Mosaic

Tunis, Tunisia (2012): A tourist took a photograph of a tile floor mosaic while visiting the ruins of Carthage-Hannibal. Upon closer inspection, the tourist (who has requested to remain anonymous) claimed that the mosaic was a depiction of Cthulu, a deity associated with the Great Old Ones of Lovecraftian lore. Experts at the Archaeological Institute of Naples, Italy summarily dismissed this explanation, stating that the mosaic was a third-century representation of the god Poseidon corroded by exposure to weather and environmental elements. The photographer remained unconvinced, noting that the mosaic tiles were intact and well preserved, as the picture indicates. The picture appears to depict a face with tentacles extending over the mouth, suggesting a creature much like that described by H. P. Lovecraft in his stories. Since this discovery, offerings have been found left at the site on a semi-regular basis by unverified persons, suggesting the existence of a Cthulu cult on the North African coast. Authorities have refused to comment on these allegations, with one official stating bluntly “I am not even going to dignify that question with a response.”