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Something Mysterious Has Been Appearing On Pennsylvania Streets For More Than 30 Years

You may have spotted them before, or stepped over them without even noticing. About the size of a license plate, they can easily blend in with the storm drains and manhole covers in the streets. These bizarre tiles have been appearing on streets, not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout 26 major American cities and some cities in South America since the first one was spotted in Philadelphia in 1982.

Most repeat a similar message. Cryptic, it reads “TOYNBEE IDEA IN KUBRICK’S 2001 MOVIE RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPITER.” Though the tiles have been discovered across the Americas, the greatest number exist in Philadelphia. This, and the fact that a tile discovered in Santiago, Chile bears a Philadelphia street address, have led some to believe the tiles’ creator is from Philadelphia.

A full-length documentary called “Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles” follows filmmakers Justin Duerr, Jon Foy, Colin Smith, and Steve Weinik on a six-year journey to learn as much as they can about the tiles. What they discover is astounding.

Below is a shorter video that will tell you more about the tiles, and show you some more fascinating footage. Check it out!

Have you ever come across one of these weird tiles? Do you think they’re significant? Share your thoughts below.

Christi
Christi is from Allentown and currently lives and goes to school in Pittsburgh.