Can People Disappear into Thin Air? Ask David Lang If You Can Find Him!

David Lang
David Lang


Can people disappear into thin air? The following story about David Lang, a Tennessee farmer, may just give you second thoughts about how you answer this question.


In 1880, David Lang was walking through the field on his farm, in full view of his wife, his two children and a passing buggy carrying two men. These witnesses all said they saw Lang making his way through the field in front of his home.



Lang vanished into thin air. It happened in a split second. One moment he was there, the next he was gone.


At that moment, Lang’s wife and children ran from the, house to the spot where he disappeared, the two men in the buggy did the same. The witnesses figured Lang had fallen into a hole. However, when they arrived at the spot where he disappeared, they found the whole field to be level, with no holes and Lang to be gone.


The Search is On

Neighbors and friends joined in a search of the whole field that ran well into the night. But, no one found any sign of Lang, nor any disturbance to the field. David Lang had just vanished!


No Explanation

No one could explain the strange disappearance of a man in broad daylight, witnessed by several people. Some say vegetation in the area where Lang disappeared turned yellow within a 15-ft circle, ever since the disappearance. None of the animals would graze in that section of the field any longer and nothing would grow there.


Calls from Nowhere

Several months after the disappearance of David Lang, as his children played near the area where he disappeared, they reported hearing him call out for help. The children reported that Lang’s voice sounded very distant and, after a while, it disappeared, never to be heard again.


Fact or Fiction

Is the story of Lang’s disappearance fact or fiction? Several researchers have attempted, but haven’t been able to discover any records showing that a David Lang or the Lang farm near Gallatin, Tennessee ever existed. Some researchers believe the story was a creation of the renowned writer Ambrose Bierce.


Ambrose Bierce

Bierce published a collection of short stories titled, “Can Such Things Be?” in 1893, and there is a story titled “The Difficulty of Crossing a Field” within the collection. In the story, Bierce describes how a plantation owner vanishes in front of witnesses.


The story idea also appeared in mystery novelist Stuart Palmer’s story published in Fate magazine in July 1953. Palmer credited the origin of the story to David Lang’s daughter, Sarah, recounted the incredible incident to Palmer.


The mystery lives on. What are your thoughts or experiences? Do you believe that people can just vanish into thin air? Do you know someone who has vanished without leaving a trace?


I know there have been several times when I wished I could just vanish. These times usually happened when I was an awkward teenager asking the prettiest girl in the school out on a date and then …… my voice cracks! LOL


I look forward to hearing your input.


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26 thoughts on “Can People Disappear into Thin Air? Ask David Lang If You Can Find Him!

      1. I’ve written a lot about ghosts and the paranormal on my blog – basically, I think there’s a lot we don’t know. 🙂 This story sounds like what some might attribute to an “alien abduction,” what with the crop circle and sudden disappearance. Others might suggest he somehow entered another time or dimension. But I have no idea. The fact that it was witnessed by several people lends corroboration to this very mysterious tale. I’d like to reblog it, as it’s a great story, strange, and I think my readers will enjoy it! Thanks again for posting!


      2. Thank you so much for your kind words and input. I would be extremely honored if you reblogged any of my articles, honestly. I have read your posts as well and found them very interesting. You cover the topics extremely well. Like yourself, I don’t pretend to be an expert on paranormal activities nor do I consider myself “gullible” and believe everything I encounter on the topic.

        However, like so many things in this world, I know there are things we just can’t explain away with simple logic. I have also had my own occurrences that left me wondering if there was more to the paranormal than be effectively explained away. I’m not talking about the “Hollywood” description of these situations but honest to goodness experiences.

        Maybe one day we will have a better understanding of the topic. Keep up the great work, it’s always writers like yourself that bring these types of mysteries to light.

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  1. What an amazing story, that’s a mystery and I can’t say it’s fact or fiction. So much of life remain mystery, the more we see the less we know. Thanks for sharing and stay blessed.

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    1. Very well put, and thank you for your kind words about the article itself. I found this subject extremely interesting since there are stories of people disappearing and never being seen again. I don’t know if this situation is true or not but, like yourself, I do know there are many mysteries out there that we have no idea how to explain.

      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and share your thoughts on it I appreciate it.

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  2. I usually tweet instead of reblog. Since this is a Tennessee story I will do both. I’ve long since learned that just because we don’t understand something doesn’t mean it isn’t real. I do tend to think that the eyewitnesses could have exaggerated a bit to make it a better story. Even then some folks might have just wanted their minute of fame.

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    1. I’m a HUGE fan of Tennessee! My family and I have vacationed there on many occasions, it’s a beautiful state. I agree with your thoughts on this story. I often tend to think these type of stories remind me of the old “telephone” game. Where you tell a story, then the next person tells it and when it comes back around the story has changed. Sometimes it’s changed dramatically.

      However, like yourself, over the years I’ve grown to realize there are some things that you just can’t explain logically no matter how hard you try and you just have to chalk it up to the “unexplainable”. I do, however, love these types of stories, especially at this time of the year. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. I have many good childhood memories of the holiday.

      Now, my question for our fellow readers. Has anything like this ever happened to you before? Or has anything that may be described as supernatural, paranormal, spooky or downright creepy ever happened to you? Something you just can’t explain away logistically. I would love to hear your stories, as I’m sure everyone would.

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  3. This was a great story but what fascinates me most is that as you read it you also get pulled into an imaginary “hole” in which you get lost considering all the possibilities for the protagonist “disappearance “. It has happened in the Bermuda Triangle so why can’t it happen in a field (of roses?) along a road in Tennessee? Fun to read and comment on it. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Alexandra, thank you so much for voicing the exact same feelings I had while writing it. You also brought up another very interesting story, The Bermuda Triangle. When I was a kid (in the 1970s) The Bermuda Triangle was a HUGE topic. I was actually scared I’d get sucked into it. The fact I lived hundreds of miles away didn’t seem to comfort me LOL.

      But yes, I found this story amazing. It wasn’t until I was tasked with writing supernatural articles for an author that I even heard about it. Another topic that has always interested me was how some people have just blown up. Internal combustion is extremely interesting and frightening.

      I will actually be posting an article on the topic this month. I love these observations, input and personal stories. Please keep sending them.

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