A Lamppost in the UK Has An Unusual History


In the city of Cambridge, situated at the crossroads of several walkways on the campus of Anglia Ruskin University, resides a cast-iron lamppost known as “Reality Checkpoint.” The lamppost dates back to the late 19th century and has several theories as to how it got its curious moniker. Some believe that students attending the university nicknamed the permanent feature sometime after the 1960s, while others believe the spot marks the midpoint of the university’s center, where the “reality” of the real world ends and college life begins. Since it's a solitary fixture in an open field, some believe that the lamppost may have been a guide used during foggy nights, a point at which inebriated students could get themselves together before passing the police station. There's no evidence, however, that any of these theories is correct.