The New York Times last week introduced us to a “giggling guru” named Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In addition to laughing quite a lot, one of his apparent goals “is to rebuild the world according to Vedic principles. He has called for the demolition of ‘improperly oriented’ buildings, believing them to be toxic, and includes among them the United Nations and the White House. There are proposals for New York and Paris to be cleared to make way for 3,000 marble peace palaces. (His organization operates such palaces in Bethesda, Md., Lexington, Ky., Houston and Fairfield.) Maharishi is also convinced that every country’s capital is wrongly located. In India and America, his organization has bought land near what it calls each country’s ‘brahmastan’ – or the geographical and energy center. The future capital of the United States would be Smith Center, Kan., population 1,931.”
(Thanks, David! Also at Archinect).