Ready for your Playboy Mansion urban legend du jour?
The title of a March 30 post on Playboy.com pretty much says it all: "So, there were tunnels to celebrity homes below the Playboy Mansion."
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It seems an editor was looking through the magazine's archives in preparation for a feature on Hugh Hefner's birthday when he came across a pile of Polaroids dated 1977. The photos, which are included in the Playboy.com post, seem to show some kind of underground excavation. When the editor asked the Mansion's general manager to explain the pictures, he served up this ghost story-ready reply: "That's probably when they built the tunnels in the '70s."
The (apparently nameless) editor's curiosity understandably piqued, he proceeded to investigate further at the Mansion, where, in what he described as "an unfinished basement," he discovered "a treasure trove of old photos, plans and blueprints." Unfurling the mystical scrolls, he uncovered not naked lady pictures -- though we're guessing a few of those were down there as well -- but building plans for tunnels, with the Playboy Mansion on one end of the route and residences on the other. Between points A and B, a line demarcates the locations of landmarks like the Los Angeles Country Club and Sunset Boulevard.
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The residences are named as follows: "Mr. J. Nicholson ... Mr. W. Beatty ... Mr. K. Douglas ... Mr. J. Caan."
The Playboy post notes that while the plans are undated, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Kirk Douglas and James Caan "all … lived near the Playboy Mansion in the late 1970s and early 1980s."
Alas, when the nosy editor and, presumably, the online staff for the magazine, asked to see the tunnel, they were shut down repeatedly. By way of nixing the tunnel field trip request, one staffer reportedly dismissed the escapade by saying, "I heard they were closed up sometime in 1989." The Mansion's general manager apparently refused to speak further on the matter. Even Hefner himself would not comment.
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None of this has stopped Playboy.com from seeking more details on the potentially juice story, though. The post ends with a plea: "If you were at The Playboy Mansion in the 1970s or 1980s, and you (or your dad or someone you know) saw or used one of these celebrity tunnels," it reads, "please email us at email@example.com."
Don't forget to copy Wonderwall.