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Ever been to the Mystery Spot? Ever been gypped at roadisde tourist traps? Been to Cap'n Wackyland yet? Sounds like something worth discussing on our message board.

Ah, it's summer. When people decide to venture out of their nice, air-conditioned huts and brave traffic, polar ice cap melting heat, giant insects and the siren song of weird, weird tourist stops:
The Mystery Spot, St. Ignace, MI

Why go?

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I like weird stuff.

Weird cheesy things that don't appeal to a lot of people.

I'm not saying this to make myself seem "hip" or "alternative" or "post-modern" or anything like that.

It's not some whole obsession with kitsch, I just seem to enjoy things that are a bit old and sometimes run down. So, naturally, I love roadside tourist traps. When I was a kid, I'd dream of visiting Wall Drug or the Corn Palace, but never got there. I used to read as much as I could about them, like most of my other childhood obsessions (Ask me about the Edmund Fitzgerald, nuclear war or tornadoes sometime).

Anyway, that's what got me to the Mystery Spot in St. Ignace. My girlfriend and I had gone to my cousin's wedding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and once you get close to the Mackinac Bridge, you start to see signs with these huge white and red question marks, advertising a magical place where gravity is in flux and the laws of physics have taken a holiday.

There is no way in hell I could resist that. I'd seen the pamphlets in restaurants on that rare occasion when my parents made a stop anywhere on the way up to see relatives in Petoskey ("Come on, come on, I want to get there before six!"). There were never any photos, but the descriptions conjured up images of people floating in the air, balls rolling uphill, people sitting in chairs upside down, the whole thing. Now, I was the adult and I decided when and where we stopped on the trip.

Either that, or you may just be curious. Whatever.

Is it a mystery?
Well, that depends upon one's definition of "mystery." If you mean a puzzle not easily figured out, no.

It's a tiny house built on a slant. If that has destroyed your preconceptions about the very physical laws that govern our universe, then I am truly, truly sorry.

If you mean something that will confuse really, really dumb people, then, yes. it is a "mystery." Take this exchange, for instance-

WOMAN WHOSE SON IS STANDING AT AN ODD ANGLE FROM A TABLE: Okay, Mikey, hold still. Mamma's gonna take your picture. (Turns to Mystery Spot Tour Guide) Will the Mystery Spot show up on film?

MYSTERY SPOT GUIDE: (pause) Yes, it should show up just fine, ma'am.

The sad thing is, I'll bet he gets asked that quite often.

Is it a spot?

In the 70s, before science cracked the "mystery"
Is the 'Mystery Maze' across the road worth it?
Sure, it's only $1.75 extra, but I saw a 5-year old come out of it in two minutes, so it can't be much of a mystery, either.

Can you recommend a good family doctor in the Lansing area?
Of course.
William J Swords, DO.
4265 Okemos Rd Ste H, Okemos, MI
(517) 349-3444
Unimpeachable as a physician.

Is the Mystery Spot a good value?
Sure. If you're in the neighborhood and you have some extra time, why not? the best value is in the gift shop. The T-Shirts are cool, and you can get a pack of postcards for a buck or so, because the guy who owned the place in the 70s ordered far too many and they're still trying to get rid of them.

Are you sure there's nothing weird about it?
Well, I've been about a foot and a half shorter ever since, but that's probably just a cold.

LINK: These folks have a theory behind the phenomenon.