Friday, January 22, 2010

Edgar Allan Poe and the Case of Missing Toaster

While the history of Edgar Allan Poe's resting place has a long and convoluted history, for the past sixty years there has been one constant: the Poe Toaster.  Every year since 1949, a mysterious stranger has arrived at Poe's grave on his birthday to deposit three white roses and a bottle of cognac.  No one has ever known the man's identity, but he's been pretty much left to his own devices due to the kitschiness of the situation.

This year, however, the Poe Toaster didn't show up, and people are wondering both where he went and who he actually was.  According to boingboing, one name that has been suggested was a "Baltimore poet and known prankster who died in his 60s last week."  This seems unlikely, however, since the Poe Toaster has been showing up for 60 years, so unless the poet was a tall five-year-old, no one would have mistaken him for a man in 1949.

Personally, I think it was a situation was not unlike the job of Dread Pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride.

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