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    American Stonehenge: Monumental Instructions for the Post-Apocalypse

    "What's most widely agreed upon—based on the evidence available—is that the Guidestones are meant to instruct the dazed survivors of some impending apocalypse as they attempt to reconstitute civilization."

    Swiped from a recent article from Wired Magazine. Anyone been to the Georgia Guidestones or got any thoughts about it?
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2009
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    Stuff like this just makes me more and more amazed by our world and our collective psyche with each day.

    We'll NEVER know what the intention was with these, but either end of the scale is just as intriguing. On the one hand, it may have been motivated by religious fervor - and its impressive the lengths that some will go to in order to meet the directives of their faith. On the other hand, it may have just been a nice rounded practical joke by a very wealthy ring of jocular benefactors thumbing their noses at the rest of the species for the lulz of it. And the psychology behind that - both of their own mindset, and of the psychology of mystery that they have employed against the rest of us - is just as fascinating.
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    There are so many secret groups around doing things like that, they can't be all right and most previous ones were all wrong. (Me? Using some flawed social logic? yay.) Most likely done by Order of the Rosy Cross.

    Agree with the idea of being a guide to post-apocalyptic survivors, the content is obvious and simple, the kind of thing desperate and lost people would care and we don't.
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    I wish I had the money to create stuff like the stones.

    1) Build something large, durable, functional, and utterly harmless

    2) Shroud it in mystery

    3) Sit back with a bucket of popcorn as people drive themselves nuts trying to define it.
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    @ James Cunningham.
    Yeah,I always get the feeling that things like the Georgia Guidestones are elaborate jokes.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeApr 26th 2009
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    That's a pretty damned expensive joke. :P

    Anyway, i'm all for anything, especially works of art, that make the world a little more interesting...especially since I can totally drive to Georgia and back to see that giant son of a bitch in a weekend.
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    The best ruses/hoaxes/jokes are always going to be the ones that cost a shitload because it is hard to quite believe that people would go to the time effort and expense just for a laugh.
    • CommentAuthorOxbrow
    • CommentTimeApr 27th 2009
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    I'm reminded of Spike Millgan's plan to be buried in a washing machine to mess with future archaeologists.

    ... Did he manage it?
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    I pedaled past Foamhenge once. But it dates from AD 2004, and I think that at most it would instruct dazed survivors that some megaliths are flammable.
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      CommentAuthorbjacques
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    Pointless. Everybody knows zombies can't read. But he got the jump on the Long Now Foundation.


    Central Texas has a Stonehenge II and two Easter island heads. I been there.
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    @Oxbrow

    There was enough trouble getting the inscription he wanted on his gravestone
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    I think someone needs to sneak up to these placards at night and etch a portrait of Ellis at the base of the stone and write "AND REMEMBER, THIS WAS YOUR GOD."
    • CommentAuthorRyan C
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    Awesome, that is awesome.
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    I was amazed when I read this was from the eighties. It's an incredible thing. Genuinely pissed off that it was defaced by New World Order believers, though. Witless cunts.
    • CommentAuthorSinoj
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    Man, that has to be one of the coolest things to ever be created. I don't understand the people who can't even see that pretty much every thing on those tablets makes sense.
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      CommentAuthormrarey
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    @bjacques

    That's going to prove useful for the survivors of the First Christian Republic of Texas after most of the population "Freedom" fries each other.
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      CommentAuthorliamshiels
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2009
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    Why does it say "unite the world in a single living language" in three dead languages?

    Three dead Indo-European languages too.
    • CommentAuthorJarreddo
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2009
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    Damn, I wanna go see this now. Too bad I don't have a car, I think biking to Georgia would be a pain in the ass.

    And I'm in New Orleans, so it's only what, three states away?
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      CommentAuthordatarez
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
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    Neat read. Definitely added to the list of stops to make on a road trip someday.
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      CommentAuthortedcroland
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2009
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    Why does it say "unite the world in a single living language" in three dead languages?


    Covering all bases. Maybe the only survivors are ancient Egypt enthusiasts.