Psychology Today has perhaps shedded light on the oak island treasure mystery already, streetlight effect 101 men searchers money pit for riches, native guy says whats you looking for? Group of men says for treasure, native says why are you searching HERE? Group of men says this is where money pit hole clue is and to where treasure was suspected to be buried here for centuries?

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There is many variations of this psychology streetlight effect story, I was told a similar interpretation of this story to me in a social studies class as kid in school and I applied it to a treasure hunt investigation about eight years and I got some surprising results.

Streetlight Effect I

A policeman sees a drunk man searching for something under a streetlight and asks what the drunk has lost. He says he lost his keys and they both look under the streetlight together. After a few minutes the policeman asks if he is sure he lost them here, and the drunk replies, no, that he lost them in the park. The policeman asks why he is searching here, and the drunk replies, “this is where the light is.

Streetlight Effect II

A man was walking home late one night when he saw the Mulla Nasrudin searching under a street light on hands and knees for something on the ground. “Mulla, what have you lost?” he asked.

“The key to my house,” Nasrudin said.

“I’ll help you look,” the man said.

Soon, both men were down on their knees, looking for the key.

After a number of minutes, the man asked, “Where exactly did you drop it?”

Nasrudin waved his arm back toward the darkness. “Over there, in my house.”

The first man jumped up. “Then why are you looking for it here?”

“Because there is more light here than inside my house.”


Keith Ranville