Project Sumo

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The information in this article was revealed through
The LOST Experience
Project Sumo
  Characters -   Dr. HackettDr. KiniDr. PerezG. DownsMel0Drama

  Companies -   The Hanso FoundationThe Apollo Candy CompanySprite

Project Sumo was introduced in the Lost Experience as a backstory to some of the dealings between the Hanso Foundation, Apollo Candy Company, the Engineering Development Center, the Lewis King Laboratories and Sprite.

After the Experience ended, the Sumo Project was never explored to completion, and was left open-ended. Clues were revealed through Rachel Blake's blog, letters, and a YouTube video.

Conversation with Mel0DramaEdit

On June 19, 2006, in Rachel Blake's Copenhagen Post 01, she speaks with someone revealing themselves as Mel0Drama, and introduced Dr. Hackett.

Well, well, well. I just had a pretty intriguing conversation with a user by the name of Mel0Drama in my Comments section. Check it out:

Mel0Drama: Rachel... I don't know if you really look through all these threads, but if you do, I NEED to talk to you.


Rachel? Hi? Hello?

Me: Hey, Mel0Drama - what's up?

Mel0Drama: Call me Mel.

Me: What's up, Mel?

Mel0Drama: Nobody ever listens to me. This is stupid.

Me: I just looked back through the posts. You say you NEED to talk. About what? you got info on Hanso? Mittelwerk?

Mel0Drama: No... not really. I can't specifically link either of them...

Me: So... what, Mel? Girlfriend problems? Need a stock tip?

Mel0Drama: Don't. make. fun. of. me.

Me: This conversation is about ten seconds from over.

Mel0Drama: He's in our heads, Rachel.

Me: Who is?

Mel0Drama: Hackett. Dr. Hackett.

Me: Okay... I've never heard of a Dr. Hackett.

Mel0Drama: I used to work for him. He's here, with the rest of them. In Atlanta. At the EDC. They sneak it in, we lap it up. I have proof!

Me: Mel, it's been fascinating. Truly.

Mel0Drama: WAIT!! You need safe passage for your videos. You said so yourself. Places you can hide them. Places THEY can't find them. I have a place. Nobody can get to it but ME. I have all the keys. Your videos will be safe for all to see.

Me: What are you talking about?

Mel0Drama: I work in the archive of the Engineering Development Center. It was a punishment. I asked Hackett too many questions. But he never could have guessed... the ARCHIVE was the last place he should have sent me to work. I have the proof. The DOCUMENTS are all there. Sealed in a vault. Untouched by human hands. Ready to convict. And, I need you to help me expose them.

Me: So, why don't you just post your evidence here and get done with it?

Mel0Drama: BECAUSE NOBODY BELIEVES ME. They have to see for themselves. They have to see the documents. Sitting in the company vault. On the company mainframe. Please. It's a fair exchange.

Me: What is?

Mel0Drama: I'll hide your video, secure it for your users to access online. Password-protected. On a CORPORATE mainframe. Untouchable. All you have to do is tell your followers to go to my archive portal and hear my story... once they do, I'll place your video in the archive vault. They can watch it through my portal!

Me: No. Here's how I work. You host my video, keep it secure. If I'm satisfied people can see it, that The Hanso Foundation can't hack it, that YOU'RE not part of the Foundation yourself, THEN I'll put the word out to my friends to check out your "evidence" about Hackett and whatever the heck you think he's doing. Deal?

Mel0Drama: ... Deal.

Me: Cool. Gotta go. I've got 43 things to do to stop their "better tomorrow"

Looks like Mel and I will be in touch. Do I trust him? Not yet... but, from here on out, looks like everything I do's gonna be a gamble.??MORE TOMORROW!!

SubLYMONal Letter TranscriptEdit


The letter to Dr. Kini from Dr. Hackett

On June 23, 2006, in Rachel Blake's Copenhagen Post 05, she revealed that she had hidden a video blog on a hidden subdirectory of, a letter to Dr. Kini from Dr. Hackett dated March 10, 1988 is found.


To: Dr. Kini,
Lewis King Laboratories, AG

From: Dr. Hackett
EDC 1554A

Date: March 10, 1988

Re: Doubleblind Data


The reformulation trials (Project Sumo) are progressing
well. As always, we are slowed by patent lawyers who need
too much information (you know the drill). Please send the
results of the secondary doubleblind study as soon as they
are compiled.

Your work is proving fruitful (pun intended!) in
establishing the proof that the original experimentation
was confounded by the ridiculous implementation parameters
established by our friends in Copenhagen.

Best -J

cc: Dr. Perez

The Flickr LetterEdit

This letter was found on Rachel's Flickr Gallery and was address to Dr. Hackett from G. Downs. The letter was divided into twelve different photos, containing torn up remnants of the original letter.


TO: Dr. Hackett
Apollo Candy

FROM: G. Downs
Engineering Development Center
Atlanta, GA

Date: July 21, 2004

RE: Test Study

Dr. Hackett,

Initial research shows release of the psychotropic compound to be a success. The acid and flavoring
agents of the beverage disguise the taste. More tests are necessary to reach optimum viral spread.
My superiors are eager for you to join our effort, once you have extricated yourself from your current situation.


YouTube VideoEdit

On August 17, 2006, Mel0drama was seen in a video called "The Chocolate Factory" posted by "CHARLABEELK" (Anagram for Rachel Blake) on The video contained Mel0drama signing a message about Mittelwerk and the Apollo Company.

I'm Mel, Friend of Rachel. Mittelwerk conned Apollo candy into getting their chemists to perform some tests on (unknown). Hackett discovered something important but Mittelwerk wouldn't let him (got pissed or something like that) because he didn't want(like) competition. There was a big struggle and Hackett left/disappeared with Sprite. Hackett found a new giveaway to use. I need to warn/help/save people.


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