The Mystery of FF, 2019

This is the kind of thing I’d normally use as a bonus picture but I’m so baffled by it that I want to make sure everyone sees it.

So I was standing here the other day, whiling away a bit of time for reasons I don’t need to explain right now. This is, of course, the plaza between Sewall and Lovett halls:

At one point I glanced down and was astonished to see this little marker embedded in one of the stone tiles:

It’s very small, no more than a couple of inches, so it’s not hard to understand why I’d never noticed it before. Someone obviously went to some trouble to install it, though, cutting out a section of the stone to make room for it. So what on earth is this and why is it here? Anyone?


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12 Responses to The Mystery of FF, 2019

  1. Grant Youngman says:

    Likely a surveyor’s mark …


  2. William A. Wheatley says:

    Survey marker?

  3. C Kelly says:

    Surely it designates the spot where you play fortissimo. Whether you have a piccolo, trombone, marimba … whatever, you play it loud when standing there.

    Over and out.

  4. Lou Ann Montana says:

    It could be a surveyor’s marker, but I have never seen one like it! (And as a registered surveyor in the State of Texas, I’ve seen a few ;-))

    “FF” could possibly stand for “Finished Floor”. Possibly it was set as an elevation reference mark for constructing a floor of some sort.

    Fascinating Find, Melissa!

  5. Bob Swanson says:

    Obviously a False Flag…

  6. Bill Peebles, Hanszen '70 says:

    Could it be for the contractor who built the plaza?

  7. marmer01 says:

    There is a survey marker in the quad but that is not it.

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