Timeline of Events
- Whether it's "official" or not isn't known, however various teaser trailer bootlegs shown before Iron Man 2 have been uploaded to Youtube since May 6
- After screen-capturing the frames showing a standard trailing end of a film roll, the words: "scariest thing I ever saw" were discovered, leading to the first viral website.
- This website displays a desktop with a hidden printable message, and a text interface which eventually leads the user to a countdown in the form of a file being downloaded very slowly (about 1 byte every 5 seconds). The full file is estimated to complete its download by 11pm Eastern, May 13th.
- The initial method of performing the 'countdown' file loading progress in bytes found on Scariestthingieversaw.com's PDP-11 Simulator resulted in varying results for different users. An update was made to the website to have the browser perform periodic server syncs in an attempt to keep everyone's countdown status as accurate and synchronized as possible. After analyzing this update, the server sync request was found to contact the file 'time.php' with a local timestamp, and returning the server timestamp from which the countdown status can be calculated for display in the browser. The result is confirmed as Thursday May 13, 8pm Pacific (11pm Eastern).
The teaser is made available online in HD, at Apple.com
Examining the latest picture revealed a zip code that was subsequently searched using Craiglist. Then the Craigslist Estate Sale was found. The pictures in that sale revealed a phone number for a memorial service. This eventually led to the discovery of Hooklineandminker.com.
- The response letter welcomes you to the Rocket Poppeteers Astronaut Program, and provides an additional task, or puzzle, to become a certified astronaut.
The RocketPoppeteer twitter page became active, posting pictures from a traveling Poppeteers recruiting truck at the San Diego Comic-Con. People who show RP letters get a 'special surprise'.
The Craigslist Estate Sale items were removed.
The Rocketpoppeteers.com website became active.
August 2nd, 2010: Fly the Rocket SSF1 icon becomes active leading to the spaceship control panel. Nine different messages from Poppeteers Mission Control. Plus the five flavor fleets.
Hooklineandminker.com was updated twice this month.
- September 9th saw two updates. One to the printable chat log and then a new folder "Audio" with a new audio file was found, "untitled.mp3".
Rocketpoppeteers.com on Sept. 27th sent emails to people who registered with RP.com directing them to a survey on the site. Scariestthingieversaw.com on Sept. 30th a chat Icon appears on lower tool bar after clicking on the left hand arrow.
Scariestthingieversaw.com on Oct. 14th updated the printable chatlog.
- "Meet me at 4D & 5O's last leg. Bring the foghorn and the unexpected title." This is the clue for the password to the Chat, and also the time when the Chat will happen.
- Using the Oct. 14 STIES update as the clues and the HLM.com blog and October calendar for the answers the password and date/time for the chat were discovered.
November 13th The Scariestthingieversaw.com PDP-11 terminal was updated with new .DAT files.
- This update contained 4 ID badges.
- TROGL is handwritten on one of the badges.
November 23rd Hooklineandminker.com is updated with a new post.
- Josh will finally get his COELACANTH and promises regular updates and photos.
Dec. 3rd Hooklineandminker.com is updated.
Dec. 6th Hooklineandminker.com is updated simply addressing the web hosting issue. Dec. 10th Scariestthingieversaw.com is updated with a new printout. Josh posted a picture of an old ad from Classics Illustrated's Moby Dick.
- TROGL is handwritten on the top corner of the page.
- The word "binder" is circled. The word "backbone" is partially crossed out.
- The Mystery Person posts "Same protocol. 3D & 5O's last leg." A chat is expected on Dec. 16th at 8:03PM Eastern Time. The password is expected to remain the same: Toadfish112
Dec. 16th new chat session on STIES.
- Josh did not show up for the chat, but Mystery Person left him a message regardless.
Dec. 21st Rocket Poppeteers Certificates start to arrive in the mail for anyone who registered with RP.com.
- Individuals are assigned to one of four fleets. There is a case-sensitive alpha-numeric code as well, it is currently (12/28) unknown where to enter this code, or when RP.com will be updated.
Dec. 23rd Scariestthingieversaw.com is updated.
- Adding a solo-chat by Mystery Person asking "Did something happen?" and the printout has a simple one line update asking Josh to contact Mystery Person ASAP.
Jan. 28th Scariestthingieversaw.com photo file is updated with new jpeg of a map.
- Unlocked with the same password as the chat and previous picture.
Feb. 2nd Rocketpoppeteers.com is updated with new content
- Includes new freezer area, popsicle ingredients and revamped application pages.
Feb. 5th Flash ad appears with images from a new trailer. Hidden images provide picture and plot clues.
- Text at end leads to clue "VITASRELIC".
Feb. 6th. New trailer is shown during the Super Bowl. Hidden images provide picture and plot clues. Feb. 7th Trailer on super8-movie.com and Apple Trailers updated with new pictures. Feb. 8th Trailer on super8-movie.com and Apple Trailers updated with new pictures.