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What's with the name?

Allow us to explain.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn

Good News, Oklahoma City, You’re Claimed in the Name of Azathoth


Well, possibly not all of Oklahoma City. It might just be the land in front of Lesley Rawlinson‘s restaurant Paseo Grill. The several hundred pound monolith that appeared there is unclearly worded.

A week ago, the proprietors of Paseo Grill noticed that a concrete block had appeared in front of their restaurant. It appeared to have been chipped away from a base, was too heavy for three people to lift together, and was adorned only with a bronze plaque bearing the words “In the Year of Our Lord 2012 Creer Pipi claimed this land for Azathoth.” Paseo Grill’s neighborhood is no stranger to street art, in fact, there’s some “designated” “artwork” “poles” (your guess is as good as mine) less than fifty feet away from where the block was left. But this is odd even for them.

“This is not something you just drive by and throw out the window,” restaurant owner Lesley Rawlinson told The New York Daily News. “Someone had to come and set it down here.” I’ve got a theory.

Seriously, though, it’s a concrete block that weighs a significant fraction of a ton. Police told Rawlinson that to their knowledge, the block is not a stolen object, so the responsibility for getting rid of it is on her and the restaurant.

Basically, it’s massive, slightly eldritch garbage. So ha ha, but now you’ve seriously inconvenienced a local business. Fortunately Rawlinson says that about twenty people have called her asking to buy it, along with a few folks telling her it’s a demon and not to touch it. Maybe this will all end up like an episode of Welcome to Night Vale, and the concrete block of Azathoth will disappear as mysteriously as it appeared.

(story via io9, top pic via DeviantArt.)

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  • Eisen

    As long as there are no ‘Tekeli-li’ noises from their fridge…

  • Herbert West

    I’m not sure I would want whoever is responsible for this to pay another visit. The owners of the Paseo Grill are lucky enough to have their sanity intact after the first time.

  • Mark Brown

    Yeah, they probably DON’T want the original owner to claim it.

  • Brittany K

    Ha, I thought of Night Vale as soon as I saw this post.

  • Mina

    What the what? This is not what I expect to see in OKC. How delightfully absurd! Oh Paseo.

  • Anonymous

    Ia Ia!

  • http://zadl.org/ Captain ZADL

    Two dollies, or a flatbed cart, 4 guys, move it 50 feet to the designated art area. Problem solved.