A new app for explorers called Randonautica is captivating the internet after it led a group of teenagers in Seattle to find human remains stuffed in a suitcase under a bridge.The app generates a random set of coordinates on a map for users, otherwise known as “Randonauts,” to explore.But before traveling there, “Randonauts” are encouraged to “set an intention” or think of a goal. The theory being that once they get to their destination, they will find something relevant to what they had thought.Randonautica has gained a reputation for being creepy after thousands of TikTok teens started making videos about the weird experiences they would have while using the app.Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
A few weeks ago, a group of teenage friends were exploring Seattle when they made a horrifying discovery under a bridge — human remains packed into a suitcase.In a video uploaded on TikTok, the teens can be seen laughing as they use a stick to poke the suitcase, not knowing what’s inside. Once they manage to open it, they discover a foul-smelling trash bag, prompting the teenagers to call the police. “It stinks, ya’ll!” one of the teens can be heard saying in the TikTok video, which has been viewed more than 4.3 million times. The group’s worst suspicions were later confirmed: Seattle police announced they were launching an investigation after verifying the suitcase did contain a dead body.
The teens were led to the suitcase by a new explorer app called Randonautica, which promises to “turn the world around you into an adventure,” according to its website.The app gives users — otherwise known as “Randonauts” — a randomly generated set of coordinates in their local area to explore. Before traveling there, however, users are encouraged to set an “intention” or a goal, with the theory that once they get to their destination, they will find something relevant to what they had thought.The Randonauting trend has especially become a popular way to explore during the coronavirus lockdown, with more than a million people downloading the app in the last few weeks, according to Bustle.Thousands of teens — including YouTube star Emma Chamberlain — have since been posting their own Randonauting experiences online, ranging from finding beautiful hidden spots in nature to stumbling upon creepy abandoned places.
Scroll down to find out how Randonautica works, and why people are so afraid of it.