The Complex City Guide has a bit of information on 15 possible headquarters for the Illuminati
, but it's a slideshow with limited information, and there's a lot of information out there, so let's get into it. [more inside]
(seen 'round here before
) has organized its third
annual Obscura Day
for April 28. It's "an international celebration of unusual places," from the Fairy Doors
of Ann Arbor, Michigan and the Particle Accelerator at John E. Edwards Accelerator Laboratory
in Athens, Ohio, to a tour of the Secrets & Oddities
of the National Museum
in Edinburgh, Scotland and an Expedition to the 1,553 Stone-Carved Monks
in the city of Kyonan, Chiba Prefecture, Japan.
In 1933, a mysterious benefactor posted an ad
in the local Canton, Ohio paper, offering some Christmas funds to people who might otherwise shy away from asking for aid, even in those tough times. That Anonymous Giver went by the pseudonym "Mr. B. Virdot," and ended up giving some money to 150 families and people in town who wrote in with their personal stories. The unknown person's identity was never revealed, and his true identity was not even known to his grandson, until the mysterious benefactor's daughter gave her son, Ted Gup, a battered suitcase full of letters and checks signed by "Mr. B. Virdot"
. The mysterious man was Samuel J. Stone, a Jewish man whose family had fled Romania when he was young. Stone had done well in the United States, and owned a small chain of clothing stores in 1933. The story of the mysterious gifts hasn't faded from Canton
, and on November 5 of this year, Stone's grandson, Gup, gave a public talk to the community and decedents of the original recipients of Virdot's gifts.
And now, Canton residents are bringing back the spirit of Virdot
. [more inside]