Macabre Grimoire Chapter 15 Toynbee Tiles

The Toynbee tiles (also called Toynbee plaques) are messages of unknown origin found embedded in the asphalt of streets in about two dozen major cities in the United States and four South American cities. Since the 1980s, several hundred tiles have been discovered. They are generally about the size of an American license plate, but sometimes considerably larger. They contain some variation of the following inscription:

TOYNBEE IDEA
IN MOViE `2001
RESURRECT DEAD
ON PLANET JUPITER

Toynbee tiles were first photographed in the late 1980s, and their first known reference in the media came in 1994 in The Baltimore Sun. A 1983 letter to The Philadelphia Inquirer referenced a Philadelphia-based campaign with themes similar to those mentioned in the tiles (e.g., resurrecting the dead on Jupiter, Stanley Kubrick, and Arnold J. Toynbee) but did not refer to tiles.

In the United States, tiles have officially been sighted as far west as Kansas City, Missouri, as far north as Boston, Massachusetts, and as far south as Washington, D.C. Since 2002, very few new tiles considered to be the work of the original artist have appeared outside of the immediate Philadelphia area. Many older tiles considered to be the work of the original tiler have been eroded by traffic, but as of 2011 older tiles remain in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; St. Louis, Missouri; Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio; and South America, among other locations.

On June 19, 2013, tiles resembling the Toynbee tiles appeared on a street in Topeka, Kansas. They were removed by the evening of the next day. Less than a month later, on July 17, 2013, a tile resembling the Toynbee tiles appeared on a street in Salt Lake City, Utah.


In a documentary film about the tiles, Justin Duerr assumes that “Toynbee” refers to the 20th century British historian Arnold J. Toynbee, and that “Kubrick’s 2001” is a reference to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film co-written and directed by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, about a manned mission to Jupiter. The toynbee.net website speculates that Toynbee refers to Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Toynbee Convector”.

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.[citation needed] 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, Pennsylvania. The current occupants of the house know nothing about the tiles and are annoyed by people who ask,[16] though this is the former residence of a named recluse and alleged tile-maker, as shown in the 2011 documentary film Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles. Toynbee-tile enthusiasts believe that a native Philadelphian created the Toynbee tiles because of the large number that appears in the city, their apparent age, the variety of carving styles, the presence of the “tile creator’s screed”, and the Philadelphia address on the Santiago tile.

Possible subjects
Arnold J. Toynbee’s “The Idea”
According to letters written by the tiler, allegedly uncovered by Toynbee tile researchers in Philadelphia in 2006, “Toynbee’s idea” stems from a passage in Arnold Toynbee’s book Experiences, pp. 139–142:

“Human nature presents human minds with a puzzle which they have not yet solved and may never succeed in solving, for all that we can tell. The dichotomy of a human being into ‘soul’ and ‘body’ is not a datum of experience. No one has ever been, or ever met, a living human soul without a body… Someone who accepts—as I myself do, taking it on trust—the present-day scientific account of the Universe may find it impossible to believe that a living creature, once dead, can come to life again; but, if he did entertain this belief, he would be thinking more ‘scientifically’ if he thought in the Christian terms of a psychosomatic resurrection than if he thought in the shamanistic terms of a disembodied spirit.”


Ray Bradbury’s “The Toynbee Convector”
Another possible interpretation is that the Toynbee reference comes from the science fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s short story “The Toynbee Convector”, which alludes to Toynbee’s idea that in order to survive, humankind must always rush to meet the future and believe in a better world, and must always aim far beyond what is practically possible, in order to achieve something barely within reach. Thus the message might be that humanity ought to strive to colonize Jupiter—as in Clarke’s work—or something greater, to survive.

Arthur C. Clarke’s “Jupiter V”
Arthur C. Clarke’s short story “Jupiter V” involves a spaceship named the Arnold Toynbee on a mission to Jupiter. It contains elements in common with 2001.


David Mamet’s “4 A.M.”
Playwright David Mamet has spoken of his belief that the tiles are an homage to one of his plays, and has described it as “the weirdest thing that ever happened”. In his 1983 work 4 A.M. (published in the collection Goldberg Street: Short Plays and Monologues in 1985) a radio host based on Larry King impatiently listens to a caller who contends that the movie 2001, based on the writings of Arnold Toynbee, speaks of the plan to reconstitute life on Jupiter. The radio show host quickly points out the factual errors in the caller’s assertion and the logical fallacies of his plan.

Researchers for the 2011 documentary Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles claim to have uncovered several pieces of evidence that predate Mamet’s play, including a 1980 call by the tiler to Larry King’s radio show. They cite a 1983 article in The Philadelphia Inquirer which mentions a local man “contacting talk shows and newspapers to spread the message” about bringing the dead to life on Jupiter, as depicted in the film 2001.

 

Aftermath

There is no public or private agency dedicated to conserving Toynbee tiles. Many tiles now exist only as photographs taken before their destruction. The tiles have enjoyed attention from American and European media outlets, including from The New York Times, The Chicago Sun-Times, Spiegel Online, and NPR. In 2011, Philadelphia-based filmmakers Justin Duerr, Jon Foy, Colin Smith, and Steve Weinik released Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, an independent documentary film about the tiles. The film was selected for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Documentary category, and Foy won the category’s Directing Award.

 

Toynbee Tiles

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toynbee_tiles

 

Hundredth Monkey Effect

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundredth_monkey_effect

 

Macabre Grimoire Chapter 15 Toynbee Tiles

Hosts Ari Show, Robert Mehling, and Travis Nye

Produced by Robert Mehling and TheSiouxEmpire.com

Voice Over by Dave Holly

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[0:26] Everybody Welcome to mahtab grimoire chapter 15 to 20 tiles and your whole Siri so here is my co-host Robert mehling and.
So the 20 tiles I first heard about these when I was listening to on my favorite episode one of my favorite podcast bizarre States,
and I just think it’s kind of interesting that they did,
the random they’re everywhere and they’ve been going on since the 80s which I think describes a lot of 80s bands.

[0:58] So the toy army tiles also called the toynbee plaques are messages of Unknown Origin found embedded in Asphalt of streets,
in about two dozen major cities in the United States and for South American cities since the 1980s several hundred tiles have been discovered we are generally about the size of an American license plate all those summer considerably larger,
they contain some variation of the following inscription toynbee idea in movie 2001 resurrect dead on planet Jupiter.

[1:30] Which that’s what caught my attention was documentaries and that’s like Resurrect The Dead on planet Jupiter whatever is like the name of the.
Famous documentary they did about this and I was just like what the hell and then I saw the toynbee tile on the cover and I was like what is this and that.
So that documentary kind of open the doors like this this is a thing as Charlie should that’s so weird that’s awesome so the first.
The toynbee tiles were first photographed in the late 1980s and their first known reference in media came in 1994 in the Baltimore Sun.
A 1983 letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer referenced a philadelphia-based campaign with theme similar to those mentioned in the tiles I eat,
resurrecting the dead on Jupiter Stanley Kubrick Arnold J toynbee refer to the tiles.
In the United States the tiles have been officially cited as far west as Kansas City Missouri and as far north as Boston Massachusetts and as far south as Washington DC.
Since 2002 very few new tiles considered to be the work of the original artist of appeared outside the immediate Philadelphia area.
Many older tiles considered to be work of the original Tyler have been eroded by traffic but as of 2011 older tiles were made in Pittsburgh St Louis Cincinnati.

[2:53] Cleveland and in some South America locations on June 19th 2013 the time,
tiles resembling the toynbee tiles up here to the street in Topeka Kansas they were removed by the evening of the next day less than a month later on July 17th 2013 entire resembling the toynbee tiles appeared on A Street in Salt Lake City Utah.
So I can copy cat possibly that’s the vibe I get from the documentary is it there is a lot of copycats that came after this
even Travis when you first heard the idea that for so you sinners like me to put some reason to fault so right yeah,
like immediately that’s everyone.

[3:38] Wish I was special.
Well I will spare our audience and get more of that were commonly a city will have a couple large colorful tiles with numerous small simple tiles.
In a documentary film and like I said this is the documentary that really inspired me with it.
Justin were at work assumes that toynbee refers to the 20th century,
British historian Aaron J twin be in that Kubrick’s 2001 is a reference to the 1968 film 2001 A Space Odyssey a film co-written by and directed by filmmaker Stanley Kubrick,
about a man mission to Jupiter.

[4:19] There’s actually a website for people who speculate about this. I mean obviously very short story between Beacon vector.
Which is something until I researched this episode I have not heard of it I’m a huge Ray Bradbury fan sounds like what will be about here in the,
the show notes although a second set is often found your but several of these allude to a mask conspiracy in the Press including newspaper magnet,
John S Knight of Knight Rider.

[5:02] The US government the USSR even in tiles that are seemingly made after.
Years after the Soviet Union’s disillusion and then its disputed here on the source which this was from Wikipedia claiming that there were a few that were there.
Claimed they were Toya B Tiles at mentioned conspiracies with Jews but I didn’t find any images of those or any other references other than the.

[5:30] The Wikipedia Wikipedia put a citation needed on that show of conspiracy theories so I guess it wouldn’t surprise me but we can’t substantiate it.
The writing is a similar style a poor quality.
Bia. See there was a title of Santiago Chile that mentions a street address in Philadelphia of 2624 South 7th Philadelphia.
Pennsylvania the current occupants of the house know nothing about the tiles and are super annoyed by people who come in the form of.
Resolute recluse and alleged tile-maker who basically the 2001 documentary film Resurrect The Dead The Mystery of the toynbee tiles.
2011 sorry.

[6:32] It’s the only documentary I’ve seen that’s called Resurrect The Dead the mystery solved.
Toynbee tile enthusiasts believe that the native Philadelphia created the toynbee tiles because of a large number of them that appears in the city and the Wither up very with their apparent age and variety of carving Styles the presence of the,
tile Traders Creed and the Philadelphia dress in the Santiago tile so basically.
There’s a lot of evidence pointing to the recluse guy that used to live at that house was the original like progenitor of the toynbee tiles.
So it’s kind of like a a street art thing kind of like a free bansky I mean there’s been other street artist but he still like most famous one that I do not know if that like people who don’t know anything else.
Our exists let’s see I thought this was interesting to me as I was researching it was.

[7:34] All the different theories about where this could have come from because apparently at the toynbee idea has a lot of like.
Speculation and it’s a thing that a lot of people have talked about so it’s like but I had never heard of it so.
Here are some of the possible subjects.
Arnold J toy B’s the idea according to letters written by the Tyler allegedly uncovered by toynbee tile researchers in Philadelphia 2006 Toyota B’s idea stems from a passage in Arnold toynbee’s book.
Call experiences and here’s a quote from the the book that they think this came from.
Human nature presents human Minds with a puzzle which they can have not yet soft and may never succeed in solving for all that we can tell but I caught him if a human being into soul and body,
it’s not,
the datum of experience no one has ever been or ever met a living human soul without a body someone who accepts as I myself do taking into.
Taking in taking it on trust,
the present-day scientific account of the universe may find it impossible to believe that a living creature wants dad can be brought to life again,
but if we did entertain this belief we would be thinking more scientifically if we thought in Christian terms of,
psychosomatic Resurrection then if we thought of shamanistic terms of a disembodied spirit interesting.

[9:04] I have no idea what to make of that so basically he’s saying that if they’re basically he’s saying.

[9:13] If there’s a resurrection if there if there is indeed a Christian Resurrection as the the religion portend so you don’t like that he thinks it will be.
A psychosomatic kind of like.

[9:29] More of a physical science based utilitarian kind of Resurrection then like a magical like a little,
little sparkles will fly out of the sky and this is where the idea stems from this passage in this book passage this idea of,
you no Sabe verse spiritual.
I think I got caught I think when you said that kind of me I was and I was like okay and then I just got lost I was distracted.
It’s quite the quite the chunk there happens to haven’t you whenever like there’s like a word that word in a while,
that I like other night basically getting the golden 8080 demote I’m just like I can fully relax detach from what’s actually happening so I apologize.
Okay this is another theory and it’s a shout out to my boy Ray Bradbury and apparently he is a short story called The toynbee convector.
Here we go another possible interpretation of the.

[10:40] The toynbee reference comes from science fiction writer Ray Bradbury short story The toynbee convector which alludes to Twin Peaks idea that in order to survive mankind must always rush to meet the future,
and believe in a better world I must always am far beyond what is practically possible in order to achieve something barely Within Reach bus the message might be that Humanity ought to strive to colonize Jupiter as in Clarksburg,
or something greater to survive.

[11:10] So basically kind of in that vein of like utilitarian like physical Universe you know don’t look inward look outward and the humanity should constantly put his boundaries.

[11:22] And then Arthur C Clarke which Arthur C Clarke also ties into.
You know he was getting off the other Rider on 2001 A Space Odyssey along with Kubrick Arthur C Clarke’s short story Jupiter 5 involves a spaceship.
Names of the Arnold toynbee on a mission to Jupiter and contains elements common with 2001 2001 itself as a lot about,
you like the obelisks you know bringing people back to life for around Jupiter.

[11:56] This one’s more of a stretch that this is if you’re familiar with the famous playwright David memet he’s play called the 4 a.m. and he kind of like latched onto it and says the toy to be tile thing is totally based on his.
His play because in it he’s bored of his belief is tiles is almost one of his place and it’s described as the weirdest thing that has ever happened in his 1983 work called 4 a.m.
A radio host based on Larry King impatiently listens to a caller who contends that the movie 2001,
A Space Odyssey based on the writings of Arnold toynbee speaks of a plan to reconstitute life on Jupiter,
the radio host quickly points out the factual errors in the colors assertion and logical fallacies of his plan.

[12:45] Now the researchers of the 2000 of the 2011 documentary,
claim to have uncovered several pieces of evidence that predate my Mets play which would kind of shoot a hole in this Theory but I think it’s funny it’s kind of that synchronicity we were talking about,
Psych,
okay so Arthur C Clarke was talking about this Ray Bradbury was talking about this this is clearly like a like a thing that’s out there amongst futurist spiritualists.
Yeah and then they cite a 1983 article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and which.
Which mentions a local man was contacting all the local talk shows and newspapers to spread the message about bringing life bringing the dead to life on Jupiter as depicted in the film 2001.

[13:44] Which weird day to get that call.
Yeah imagine being being like that although if they’re like in a major city for a talk show they get like probably the weirdest calls anyway.

[13:59] And so here’s here’s a little bit of an aftermath here there is no public or private agency dedicated to conserving toynbee tiles many the tiles now now exist only as photographs taken before their destruction,
but I also enjoy the attention from American and European media Outlets including the New York Times.
Chicago Sun-Times Spiegel online NPR and a 2011 I don’t see a 2001 Smith and Steve Wynn,
when Nicky released resurrected okay yeah.
The documentary the film selected for 2011 Sundance Film Festival the US documentary category and 41 A categories to rectangle rectangle rectangle award on a documentary.

[14:51] Call lighting angles.
You’re not tricking anybody you’re literally interviewing people unless your DirecTV overall project even like.
I don’t get expertise like this is the tomb of Alexander the Great.
Country tag and then mention the bomb.
Oh my gosh yeah what what a weird kind of cool thing but there’s there’s out there but there’s evidence in other.

[15:42] Things within you know our world where if.
Somebody it’s me. There’s like this be certain types of monkeys wear on an island
oh I know what this is called and gave them.
Like if it’s fruit and a buddy toss it into the sand and the monkeys some of the monkeys would just would just eat it with the sand on it but the younger monkeys,
would like wash it off,
in the water and then eventually the older monkey started acting that behavior and they found that that was preferable way.
Yes the symbolic distance effect.

[16:32] So then what ended up happening is that another set of monkeys on a completely different Island far away from these group of monkeys so these two groups of monkeys don’t even like see each other interactive each other whatever but basically it’s the thought that,
it’s the theory that the father is in The Matrix than that.
That grows and you know it spread and so,
and it washing their fruit in the water also and it was just so
completely like interesting that idea was Unleashed right it was everywhere and every member of the species and the thing that he’s the also there was some sheep in.

[17:17] How to say I don’t know Ireland I need Bangladesh through the Bangladesh and
to basically from point A to point B in order to get around the fence they.
But it’s one sheep decided I’m on a roll underneath the fence and get to what I want to get to you and so,
the one she gets out and rolls and then the other sheep in the herd see and do this and so then they start doing other than other heard start doing the same thing to get out of the fencing,
until you know basically get loose until then the other Shepherds had to like you know basically account for that but it’s just it was you know heard that word,
heard that hadn’t even seen the Sheep.

[18:07] Rolling you know we’re adapting this so it’s so yeah it’s it’s kind of an interesting thing so what the toynbee tiles the fact that there was these.

[18:18] Separate themes and similar ideas going on at about I don’t know I wouldn’t say the same time but like it needs to be in the matrix’s so to speak is you know it was very interesting that you can pull all that together,
so I think I think one of something else.
Figure out what this is the rolling sheeper monkeys with Sandy fruit,
do you wash potatoes.

[18:53] I bet is potatoes yeah this is what it is.

[19:01] Monkey washing potatoes. Com hundredth that’s where it is yep but it doesn’t but it basically doesn’t get,
yeah it doesn’t get ground until it gets to like a certain number and then like a certain amount of people actually do it or animals or whatever doing it and then it explodes and it gets,
and it goes everywhere so so just kind of just blew my mind a little bit so I do a routine called hundredth monkey and I never knew why it was called that.
So if you want I can read that first paragraph on the hundredth monkey sure it says the hundredth monkey effect,
effect is a hypothetical phenomenon in which a new Behavior or idea is playing to spread rap.
Unexplained means from one group to all related groups once a critical number of members in of one group exhibit the new Behavior or acknowledge the new idea one of the primary factors
in the promoter from you glacian,
that’s a word of the story is that many authors quote secondary tertiary or post tertiary sources which have themselves misrepresented the original observation.

[20:08] That’s where it is it’s pretty it’s a pretty cool thing and it happens with basically like all walks of life but yeah it’s kind of cool.

[20:17] So I think that’s kind of what this 20.

[20:20] Is I do believe that there is one source of the inspiration for the twin B tile switch created the tiles of the first place but there’s.
There is a similar Works said this about the same time that kind of contribute to not understanding.

[20:39] Basically.

[20:41] The fuck I can’t I hit I hit my packs of.
And this isn’t just for this toy and be thing this is actually we could do a whole episode about this down the road it just like.

[20:59] The atom bomb is the it’s a big one that pops my right away or it was like there were teams that made the Breakthrough like simultaneously all like three different ones all over at the same time interesting,
that were that made the same breakthrough that made it right,
there’s a bunch of other Technologies were happened at like the exact same time and so it looks like they go to court,
I know everybody just had the same idea even though they were like isolated.
With movies to where it’s like they couldn’t have you know cuz movies take a long time to.
To plant you know jelly put together and plan and everything else so when you have two volcano movies that come out like instantly it’s not always that once that happens,
but lots of times it is just like.
You know deep impact and whatever the other at our Armageddon.
But yeah we did a whole whole episode on similar movies.
And being released about the same time so yeah no it’s yeah so this is kind of what I think some of this is.

[22:24] But yeah but.
It just it says a lot about the energy that is around all of us at all times and that we’re actually all kind of on the same.
Wavelength because like your thoughts are at having energy to it your actions have an energy to it and so the fact that some people that you can tune into those and a different energy wavelength says a lot because it’s free now
is proving its provable but you can’t exactly measure it because it’s so Random cuz it’s like how do I get and I know what.
Am I going to be the hundredth monkey on this particular idea I don’t know you know so yeah that’s what the psychic has to say about that.

[23:05] So yeah that was the toynbee tiles I think they’re super fascinating if it’s still on Netflix you should totally check out that documentary I found it super fascinating.

[23:15] I think that’s it for this week thank you for joining us again and.

[23:20] Yeah have a great week everyone be sure to check out all of our podcast at the Sioux Empire. Com,
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[23:58] I do release monthly horoscope videos for you to kind of peruse at your leisure and those are always released once a month and then eventually I’ll start having live Facebook events in meditation Mondays in,
all kinds of cool stuff once I get my in-house Studio sap cell,
yeah I have a in-house readings I’m going to be doing and out sorry that was the whole hundredth monkey effect of there
she didn’t steal it so you can follow me at Magic of Travis Nye. Com
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[24:50] You can you just not going to do it yeah right so I don’t really use it,
read I never post anything cuz I don’t think I have anything clever enough to say on Twitter supporters really like it,
and and then also for like Live Events it can be,
even in Sioux Falls that actually be pretty good but generally about 80% of the referral traffic like at the Sioux Empire gets his Facebook super super Facebook heavy.
When do you think this episode will drop like a month okay so.

[25:39] Oh well if I don’t know if it’s that time for us to plug our stuff like our day since I have a holistic health fair coming up on November 10th,
the body like a back so if you want to come down and see me in person and I will totally give you a reading I think I’m charging only $25 for that giving a reading.
When can I give you a reading charging $20 I will give you a reading.
So there that’s November 10th and that’s far enough out that I think this episode will be life by then so told you I could represent myself.
Flashback joke well thank you for joining us everyone and we will see you next time.

About the Author
Macabre Grimoire is a podcast of paranormal and mystery exploration. Psychic/medium Ari Show, magician Travis Nye, and historian Robert Mehling delve into the dark places where mysteries go unsolved, events go unexplained, and the line between legend and fact becomes obscured. Whether you're a skeptic, believer or something in between, the Macabre Grimoire will change the way you see the world.