While in Florida last week, we hit up the famous Coral Castle. You might have already heard the rumors or seen the castle on a Sci-Fi show, but here’s the whole story:
Meet Ed. He is the creator of what could be the 8th wonder of the world: Coral Castle. He was only 5” tall and weighed under 100lbs.
In 1920 Ed fell in love with a 16 yr old girl named Agnes. She broke his heart and left him at the alter. Poor guy went spiraling into depression and became delusional. He started to build one of the most curious structures known to man. Today Coral Castle is noted for the mystery surrounding its creation, considered to be built single-handedly by Ed using magnetism and supernatural abilities. In other words, Ed was a hybrid between an X-Man and a ninja.
He suffered from paranoia and only worked in the middle of the night from 1-5am. Historians say it was impossible to catch Ed building because if anyone got close enough, he somehow knew and would stop working. There was only one witness sighting of Ed building and they claim that the rocks were floating in the air like Hydrogen balloons.
If you wanted Ed to show you the castle, you had to ring the bell exactly two times. Any more or any less, he would tell you to beat it.
This is the magnetic generator he claims to have invented. Ed suffered from having a severe tuberculosis condition that doctors felt would lead to certain death. After understanding and using magnetic energy for a while, Ed started to feel better and when he went back to be tested, they found he was cured of all illnesses.
The attention to detail was nice, but it’s the sheer fact that a 5 foot tall, 98 pound man was able to move 9 ton rocks that truly impressed me.
One particular rock that was utilized as a revolving door weighed 9 tons! It completely functioned by being placed on this unknown material and 8 ball bearings from a ford truck. To this day scientists cannot replicate the revolving door.
Before the museum was closing, we had to see what it was like to live in Ed’s fantasy world, so I hoped in his bath tub. Worst bath tub ever. It’s like bathing in a coral bath tub made for a midget…
Brandon, Nicole and Cheebs hit the beds. Trust me… laying on a coral rock bed makes it easier to understand why Ed was bat-shit crazy.
Sadly, in December of 1951 little Ed hung a sign on his door that read “Going to Hospital.” He road his bicycle 25 miles to Miami hospital and died. The mystery’s of Coral Castle died with Ed and to this day, it is still not understood. Apparently Billy Idol wrote a song about the whole story. It’s called “Sweet Sixteen,” in memory of what Ed called Agnes. Creepy stuff. Check it out for yourself next time you’re in the area.
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