"Mysterious medallions" popping up on Bay Area sidewalks

There’s a Happy Mutant reality hacker on the loose in Berkeley, California… affixing “mysterious medallions” on the city’s sidewalks.

I think you’re going to feel pretty sheepish when you have to post a correction if it turns out that the plaques are actually being affixed by official city historians and the texts are completely true and accurate in every detail.


This makes me happy.


ya, good point.

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Same here. I have trained myself to let these things slide when I encounter them in the low-stakes, intangible digital world of Internet fora and comment threads, but seeing “unlike which has not been observed since” engraved for all time on a metal plaque infuriates me.

The “dwarf empire” one is a bit better, but the first “sentence” has no verb and the second claims that the mine entrance “extends for miles”, which is… confusing.

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Can confirm as the 17 year owner of a silver Honda Civic.


I occasionally “guest-drove” a green 1996 Honda Civic. I came from a different, non-West-Coast state. When I would bring it to a complete stop at a stop sign, the owner would look at me like, “What the hell was that?”

Meanwhile in North Oakland,


Will cross that bridge when/if we get to it…


“Often there is no more than a little plaque to reveal that, against all gynaecological probability, someone was born halfway up a wall.”

Terry Pratchett. “Equal Rites”


Someone littered these kinds of things upon every drain on the street in downtown Victoria informing those reading them that the drain drains untreated into the ocean.

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