Phables: Aug. 20, 2007
It’s stories like this that make Phables such a stand-out feature. Back in the 80s, a mystery man started cutting enigmatic messages into linoleum tile and then permanently affixed them to the road using asphalt sealer. He’d set them out on a hot day and let the tires of passing-by cars seal them to the road.
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By the end of the 80s, there were more than 130 of these tiles across Philly — and then they started showing up across the globe.
No one knows for sure who started it or why. But it is as much a part of the Philly fabric as cheesesteaks and the Liberty Bell.