07/11/2014 11:00 EDT | Updated 07/11/2014 11:59 EDT

Chatillion Car Graveyard In Belgium Looks Like A Very Old Traffic Jam

Zombies were here.

Or maybe just humans, caught in an interminable traffic jam decades ago.

Maybe they suddenly decided to shuffle off this metal coil — and leave their cars behind.

While these images of stately automobiles, kissing bumpers in a Belgian forest are certainly haunting, the story behind them remains rather murky.

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Blogger BoredPanda ruins through a few theories that may or may not be fueled by a grain of truth:

"According to an urban legend these cars were left behind by US soldiers from World War II, who could not ship them back to the US so they decided to hide them in a forest until they could come back and retrieve them."

Others point out that "a majority of those cars are too new to have been abandoned at the end of World War II. There are 50s and 60s models as well as potentially 70s (models) in those pictures!"

Another observer notes, "I would say this is just an old abandoned salvage yard."

Of course, that would suck the romance right out of the Chatillion car graveyard, which is named after the tiny southern village the forest flanks.

Let's go with steely steeds then, faithfully awaiting the return of their spectral owners — while demonstrating to us all that entropy is indeed magical.

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