LANSING, Mich. — Last night around 7 p.m., Jamie Schriner was out walking her dog when she noticed a monolith had mysteriously appeared across the street from her residence in Old Town. Summer Schriner, Jamie's sister and owner of Bad Annie's Sweary Goods in Old Town, says that Jamie was the first person to spot the monolith in front of her store and Polka Dots Boutique on Turner Street.
"So (Jamie) saw it first, and sent me a picture, and we all came over to see it and I love that it's got all of the information on it, so, it's just been a lot of fun," Summer says. "We've been sort of following what's going on with it, and it's just been a hoot! I'm so glad it's here. It's so Old Town."
Global monolith buzz began in late November when the monuments began to appear and disappear in places such as Utah, California, Romania and the U.K. Now, Michigan has its very own traveling "monolith," that residents can follow on its social media pages, shared as part of the monolith's base design.
The monument's base reads:
HASHTAGS: MIMONOLITH (and) MICHIGANMONOLITH
While on his lunch break, Dr. Steve Robinson, President of Lansing Community College, went to take a look for himself. He says that he has no idea if this is the same monolith that has been appearing all over the world. Upon close inspection, however, he notices that this monolith appears to be made out of wood, rather than metal.
"I'm really interested in whatever folks are doing to try to make our community fun, and I thought it was a great opportunity to come down here and grab lunch, and see what all this is about," Robinson says.
Summer also says that she has no idea where the Michigan Monolith came from or who made it, but she assumes either aliens or Sasquatch brought it here.
"Those are my two theories," Summer laughs.
Although its creation, purpose and mobility are ambiguous, Summer says that she is glad that the Michigan Monolith has ended up in front of her shop.
"Based on the comments and responses that it's, you know—whoever's behind this—has taken on online—it's just been so much fun. We're just really enjoying watching it."
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