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The Toynbee tiles (also called Toynbee plaques) are messages of mysterious origin found embedded in asphalt of streets in about two dozen major cities in the United States and four South American capitals. Since the 1980s, several hundred tiles have been discovered. They are generally about the size of an American license plate (roughly 30 cm by 15 cm), but sometimes considerably larger. They contain some variation on the following inscription:
IN MOViE `2001
ON PLANET JUPITER.
Some of the more elaborate tiles also feature cryptic political statements or exhort readers to create and install similar tiles of their own. The material used for making the tiles was long a mystery, but evidence has emerged that they may be primarily made of layers of linoleum and asphalt crack-filling compound.
Articles about the tiles began appearing in the mid-1990s, though references may have started to appear in the mid-1980s.
People and things referred to "Toynbee" may refer to historian Arnold J. Toynbee or Ray Bradbury's short story "The Toynbee Convector". "Kubrick's 2001" is thought to refer to 2001: A Space Odyssey, co-written and directed by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick.
The majority of tiles contain text similar to that above, although a second set is often found nearby. Several of these allude to a mass conspiracy between the press (including newspaper magnate John S. Knight of Knight-Ridder), the U.S. government, the USSR (even in tiles seemingly made years after the Soviet Union's dissolution), and Jews. The writing is of a similar style and poor quality.
A tile that used to be located in Santiago de Chile mentions a street address in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2624 S. 7th Philadelphia, PA. The current occupants of the house know nothing about the tiles and are annoyed by people who ask.
Toynbee-tile enthusiasts believe that a native Philadelphian created the Toynbee tiles because of the large number that appear in the city, their apparent age, the variety of carving styles, the presence of the "tile creator's screed" (see below), and the Philadelphia address on the Santiago tile.
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I'm halfway through the documentary on NetFlix and it is fascinating. At this point it does appear to be the work of someone that is really paranoid and psychotic, however, the effort behind it seems to be coordinated, even though the plaques themselves appear to be the work of just one man.
Crazy stuff indeed. In a way reminds me of the Georgia Guidestone mystery.
Looks like something that I would like to watch. You say it's on Netflix? Good. Never heard of it. Looks interesting. Thanks.
We gather knowledge faster than we gather wisdom. - William Bell
No really, i used to make fake antiquities (pieces of brass or whatever else metal for example, stylistically similar to some historical period in art, chemically processed to look really that old...) just for shit and giggles. And then i presented them to my friends, some of them uni professors or antique dealers. You wouldn't believe how many of them fell for it
So, yeah...perhaps some guy in Philly decided to do the same. Could be the case...
He didn't use roads either...........or lino tiles........but he was definately on the far side of Jupiter!
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A very, very interesting character. (IMAO).
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