TileCreatorToynbee tiles Wikipedia. Top Large, colorful Toynbee tile found in downtown Washington, D. C. Bottom Closeup of its bottom tab, apparently mentioning the U. S. S. R., which had been gone for years by the time this photo was taken. As media U. S. S. R. and Fronts are against it. The Toynbee tiles also called Toynbee plaques are messages of unknown origin found embedded in asphalt of streets in about two dozen major cities in the United States and four South American cities. Since the 1. They are generally about the size of an American license plate roughly 3. Chevening Scholarship Program there. Tile Creator App' title='Tile Creator App' />Tile CreatorsCreate your own word scramble puzzles with our free word scramble generator. Instantly create printable word scrambles for your class. Click here to start Use your own photos to create your own photo mosaic. Zoom in and see all the small pictures. Share with friends. Order print. Buy download. Free shippingThey contain some variation of the following inscription TOYNBEE IDEAIN MOVi. E 2. 00. 1RESURRECT DEADON PLANET JUPITERSome 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 initially unknown, 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 1. HistoryeditToynbee tiles were first photographed in the late 1. The Baltimore Sun. A 1. The Philadelphia Inquirer referenced a Philadelphia based campaign with themes similar to those mentioned in the tiles e. 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,1 as far north as Boston, Massachusetts,1 and as far south as Washington, D. C. 1 Since 2. 00. Philadelphia area, although one notable sighting appeared in suburban Connecticut in 2. Edison, New Jersey in 2. Presumed copycat tiles have been spotted in Noblesville, Indiana, Buffalo, New York, and on the West Coast, including San Francisco, California Portland, Oregon and Roswell, New Mexico. Additional tiles were spotted in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2. Detroit, Michigan in 1. Many older tiles considered to be the work of the original tiler have been eroded by traffic, but as of 2. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania St. Louis, Missouri Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio and South America, among other locations. On June 1. 9, 2. 01. 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 1. Toynbee tiles appeared on a street in Salt Lake City, Utah. Newer tiles have been embedded on several major highways, including Interstate 4. Delaware County, and on Interstate 9. About six more were found on U. S. 1 northbound starting in Drexel Hill in Delaware County in 2. The plates are much larger than the originals and have red italic writing on them. InterpretationseditPeople and things referred toedit. Commonly, a city will have a couple of large and colorful tiles along with numerous small and simple tiles like this one, just a block from the White House. In a documentary film about the tiles, Justin Duerr assumes that Toynbee refers to the 2. British historian Arnold J. Toynbee, and that Kubricks 2. 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 Bradburys 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 Unions 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 2. S. 7th Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The current occupants of the house know nothing about the tiles and are annoyed by people who ask,1. 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 appear in the city, their apparent age, the variety of carving styles, the presence of the tile creators screed, and the Philadelphia address on the Santiago tile. Possible subjectseditArnold J. Toynbees The IdeaeditAccording to letters written by the tiler, allegedly uncovered by Toynbee tile researchers in Philadelphia in 2. Toynbees idea stems from a passage in Arnold Toynbees book Experiences, pp. 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 acceptsas I myself do, taking it on trustthe 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 Bradburys The Toynbee ConvectoreditAnother possible interpretation is that the Toynbee reference comes from the science fiction writer Ray Bradburys short story The Toynbee Convector,1. Toynbees 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. Tile Creator' title='Tile Creator' />Thus the message might be that humanity ought to strive to colonize Jupiteras in Clarkes workor something greater, to survive. Arthur C. Clarkes Jupiter VeditArthur C. Clarkes short story Jupiter V involves a space ship named the Arnold Toynbee on a mission to Jupiter. It contains elements in common with 2. David Mamets 4 A. M. editPlaywright David Mamet has spoken of his belief that the tiles are a homage to one of his plays, and has described it as the weirdest thing that ever happened. In his 1. 98. 3 work 4 A. M. published in the collection Goldberg Street Short Plays and Monologues in 1. Larry King impatiently listens to a caller who contends that the movie 2. Arnold Toynbee, speaks of the plan to reconstitute life on Jupiter. The radio show host quickly points out the factual errors in the callers assertion and the logical fallacies of his plan. Researchers for the 2. Resurrect Dead The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles claim to have uncovered several pieces of evidence that predate Mamets play, including a 1. Larry Kings radio show. They cite a 1. 98. 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 2. John Knight Ridder and the mediaedit. A different style of Toynbee tile, found at the corner of 1. Chestnut Sts. in Philadelphia. A complex of four tiles was once located at 1. Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, consisting of four panels of barely legible italic printing. One transcription of its message reads 2. John Knight Ridder is the Philadelphia thug hellion Jew whod hated this movements guts for years takes money from the Mafia to make the Mafia look good in his newspapers so he has the Mafia in his back pocket.