resurrect dead on planet jupiter


The Toynbee Tiles

Sets of embedded messages found in asphalt across major American cities and a few South American cities. Their origin is unknown, and their message is debated upon to this day. Almost all of the tiles depict a variation of the same message: Toynbee Idea Kubrick’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter

The first tiles date back to early-mid 1980’s, and have continued to be found until the present day.Many of the locations center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it is believed that the original tiler is a Philedelphian. At one point, native James Morasco was believed to be the tiler, but has since been proven not to be.

Some believe the messages to be allusions to various works that mention colonizing Jupiter, human thought, and mentions of Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (where the phrase Kubrick’s 2001 is believed to be derived from)


Toynbee Tiles

[ Images: three pictures of the toynbee tiles ]

The Toynbee Tiles are mysterious mosaic-like tile constructions measuring 30 cm by 15 cm that read ‘Toynbee Idea in Kubrik’s 2001 Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter’. They can found embedded in asphalt in at least 24 cities across North and South America. The material used for making the tiles was initially unknown, but evidence has emerged that they may be primarily made of layers of linoleumand asphalt crack-filling compound. References to them can be found as early as the late 1980′s. Most researchers believe that the tiles’ cryptic message is a reference to Ray Bradbury’s short story ‘The Toynbee Convector’, which itself references ideas discussed in Arnold Toynbee’s book Experiences. The tiles also reference the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, in which humans are planning to colonise Jupiter.

[ Source: wikipedia ]


I’m pretty sure sixpenceee has posted something about this, but these are Toynbee Tiles. I was in New York a few days ago and was walking down Fifth Avenue and counted three of these, one of which was completely obliterated and shattered, but still ground into the pavement. Walking back down Fifth Avenue, I counted FIVE of these; four going down the avenue and one on a cross street. The tiles can be found in several cities across North America and in four cities in South America. No one knows who puts them down, or how, or why, but they all say the same thing: “Toynbee Idea 2001 Movie Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter”. The only thing that varies are messages on the side of those words, which, judging by my observations, are commissions by whatever group lays them down. My theory is that they are a cult of anti-journalists (because on one of the tiles I saw something about that) who are also against the police (one of the tiles asks that the reader who is supposedly a fellow follower of the cult places a tile somewhere else before they “harvest you off to prison”). At first glance there appeared to be no specific pattern of the tiles, but then I started looking and it seemed as though the tiles were placed every third street. Another interesting observation is that they only appeared in crosswalks and never in the sidewalk or the middle of the street. Weird. Any info about these strange tiles would be appreciated, but it’s not necessary. I think it would be fun if tumblr solved the mystery that investigators cannot!! The following is a Wikipedia page about the Toynbee Tiles: