Did you know that there was a town at the centre of the world? Furthermore, did you know that it had a population of just two? This creepy clip that's surfaced on TikTok shows a couple walking around the town of Felicity, California. Watch below:
Captioned 'have you been to the centre of the universe?' and soundtracked by scary Halloween effects, the video details their trip to the town that's claimed by its founders - and sole residents - to be the centre of the world.
The clip shows a liberty bell, where the boyfriend is 'attacked' by a fly. There's also a church, with an ominous looking graveyard set behind it.
Other oddities also include a maze, and - perhaps most bewilderingly - a staircase that goes to nowhere. It apparently comes from the Eiffel Tower.
Felicity clearly exists amidst some sparse terrain, too, only adding to the sense of eeriness. It's quite clear that - apart from tourists - there isn't anyone for miles around, bar the two people who inhabit it.
So who are they?
The town's founder and mayor is Jacques-André Istel. Together with his wife Felicia (you can see where the name might come from) they are the sole residents of the town.
Now, many of you might think it's impossible for humans to get to the centre of the world, but it all depends on how you judge it. Yes, if you think the 'world' means the spherical Earth, it would mean the centre is an impenetrable dense hot core thousands of miles below the surface.
However, if you think it means the place where all living and non-living entities exist, then it could be anywhere on the surface.
Enter Felicity. It has a stronger claim than most to be recognised as the true centre of the world. For one thing, both California's Imperial County and the French Government recognise it thus.
For another, Istel has built a thwacking great pyramid around the bronze plate that's been set in the ground to mark the designated central spot.
According to Amusing Planet, the town was founded in 1986 and was based on a children's book called Coe, the Good Dragon at the Centre of the World.
It was written by Istel, and - as you can no doubt guess - he named the town after his wife, Felicia.
Felicity itself is essentially a series of attractions. As well as the 25ft-high section of the Eiffel Tower stairway, there's a three-dimensional bronze sculpture of Michelangelo's Arm of God painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling that acts as a sundial.
Perhaps more unique than that, though, is the Museum of History in Granite.
This consists of 18 granite monuments, each 100 feet long, dedicated to various subjects that include the History of Humanity, the History of Arizona, the Marine Corps Korean War Memorial, the History of French Aviation, and the History of the French Foreign Legion... among many others.
If you want to make sure your trip to Felicity is one to remember, you can have your name engraved on the Wall for Ages for $300.
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