Don’t get us wrong, we love us some Temple: They’re fighting the good fight as far as tuition is concerned, and the school’s very geography forces its kids to engage with the city on a level that makes lots of other Philly schools seems like the insulated bubbles that they kinda are. They are the angel to UPenn’s forever-smirking white devil. (But alas, even this cannot save them from wild land-grabbing speculators.)
Time was, though, back in the 1950s, Temple had to do some land-grabbing of its own, and this story explains how it came to pass that Temple wound up being partially responsible for a literal heap of headstones that you can still find at the foot of the Betsy Ross Bridge. (Readers may remember when Lord Whimsy explored the rubble himself in this video.) Long story short: Temple bought a graveyard that they needed for a parking lot and found some contractors who’d take those pesky headstones off of their hands, so that, if you play this game with us for a moment, what you have is this: Temple is haunted by ghosts from the 1800s whose souls were once interred there. And so is the Betsy Ross Bridge. And since the 1950s, lost souls have been dragging their chain-bound translucent asses back and forth from North Philly to Frankford, conspiring how they shall one day get their revenge upon both the school, and the bridge… and it’s all set to go down on Halloween, 2013.
You have 45 minutes to complete this script. Go.