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PHOTO SOURCE Seattle residents Garrett Kelly, left, and Jeremy Puma, sit next to the Time Travel Mailbox on June 12. They are creating a crowdsourced map of Liminal Seattle that shows people all the magical places in town. Kelly found a message in the mailbox thanking the recipient for believing in time travel. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times)
Seattle, on its surface, is not a very strange city. To the south you've got Portland, straining to keep itself weird. To the north you've got Vancouver, BC, which is weird because, well, Canada — must they all be obsessed with Tim Hortons? To the west out on the Olympic Peninsula you've got small towns including Forks, picked as the setting for "Twilight," and to the east you've got North Bend, the eerie place where "Twin Peaks" was filmed. Seattle is ringed by weirdness, but the oddest thing you're likely to see inside the city are Amazon's new super-luxe offices. If, say, you do see something spooky — like a an IRL zombie you initially mistook for an Amazon employee — you should tell the people of Liminal Seattle all about it.
Founded by Seattleites Garrett Kelly (@boontdustie) and Jeremy Puma, the Liminal Seattle map is the region's new go-to tool for tracking "fairies, ghosts, bigfoot, time travelers, extraterrestrials, ultraterrestrials, crow conferences, sentient lawn computers, lanyard'd ogres, broccoli wizards, etc." It extends beyond the Seattle city limits a bit — my hometown of Kirkland, WA has a "Strange Animals" pin on it about some recent bear sightings (I don't remember ever hearing about bears roaming around our town, so I think that counts).