By Charlie Cooper
In a relatively new city like Shanghai, even a 131-year old tablet can be considered ancient history. Hailing from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), a mysterious stone tablet was dug up on Tiantong Road in Zhabei District on March 1st.
The 50 kg tablet was placed in 1881, and reads LOT 1538, which is thought to be a “serial number for the land”. Meanwhile, the strange, hieroglyphic squiggles that run vertically are allegedly just Chinese for “Gongping Foreign Firm”.
We’re realists here at Shanghaiist, so our guess is the tablet was placed by Opus Dei or the Freemasons, in order to inform members of the epicenter of the coming apocalypse .
The tablet is also inscribed with the initials RHA, and your guess is as good as ours. Some quick acronymic cryptographic detective work (aka Googling) brought up Rolled Homogeneous Armor and Royal Horse Artillery…or could it be some kind of …Roller Hockey Alliance?
Wake up sheeple! Our heavily armored, roller-blading equine overlords come for us in 2012!