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2017-04-21 08:11:03 AM  
Albuquerque.
 
2017-04-21 08:47:17 AM  
What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.
 
2017-04-21 09:22:48 AM  
Jimmy Hoffa unavailable for comment.
 
2017-04-21 09:23:04 AM  
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2017-04-21 09:25:03 AM  
Didn't the paper cover the event when it happened? Or did they bury all the copies in the ground too?
 
2017-04-21 09:26:10 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


TFA says it was buried on its 25th anniversary and now is the 50th anniversary. Seems like that is only 25 years. It's practically ancient.
 
2017-04-21 09:27:00 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


I told you, he has an alibi!
 
2017-04-21 09:29:06 AM  
Happened to my local elementary school. The time capsule was put under the flag pole when the school was built in the 70's but the flag pole has been moved at least twice since then and nobody remembers where exactly it was originally. Probably under the parking lot.
 
2017-04-21 09:32:32 AM  
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2017-04-21 09:36:38 AM  
Who cares about finding the time capsule, it's probably full of copies of Twilight anyways.
 
2017-04-21 09:38:16 AM  
Buried something at some time in some place. Not sure what, when or where. This week's contender for:

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2017-04-21 09:40:56 AM  
The only time I was ever involved in a time capsule was when we opened one in 1980 from 1965 (25 years after our high school was built).  They pretty much recovered a box of mud and decayed shiat.  We replaced the one we dug up with our own.  I assume it was dug up in 2005.  Ours was probably in much better shape because our science teacher, upon seeing how badly the other one had decomposed, wrapped ours in a couple layers of tin foil.  Yeah, that'll help.
 
2017-04-21 09:41:28 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


Sounds like even this was too much for them. Start small and work up.

This Sunday we will be digging up a time capsule buried last Tuesday. Half price admission for anyone who wears period dress.
 
2017-04-21 09:41:39 AM  
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2017-04-21 09:42:40 AM  
Main difference between Europe and America:

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


StoPPeRmobile: TFA says it was buried on its 25th anniversary and now is the 50th anniversary. Seems like that is only 25 years. It's practically ancient.

 
2017-04-21 09:44:08 AM  
The 1939 Westinghouse Time Capsule is buried in Flushing Meadow.

Only 4922 years to go!
 
2017-04-21 09:44:51 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.

TFA says it was buried on its 25th anniversary and now is the 50th anniversary. Seems like that is only 25 years. It's practically ancient.


My friend and I buried a letter and some baseball cards in an empty Maxwell House can about 25 years ago. I should dig that up and get myself in the newspaper. I still remember where we buried it - 3' in front of the 8th fence post in my parents backyard. Of course...that fence has been gone for about 10 years.
 
2017-04-21 09:50:27 AM  
My town vuried a time capsule when i was in first grade. They put it next to this big boulder on the town common.

I went back there a few years ago and the boulder had been removed. I asked a selectman if they marked the time capsule and he was like "What time capsule?"
 
2017-04-21 09:50:37 AM  
This is actually quite a frequent problem with time capsules in general. For further reading:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/24820/digging-dirt-7-lost-time-capsule​s
 
2017-04-21 09:58:52 AM  
If they would just put those things in a box in the closet, it won't be a pile of rust after 25 years or 50 or whatever.
 
2017-04-21 10:02:30 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


Hell, half the time I hear about these stories in the local paper it's only been 25 years. Schools, for example, tend to dig up their time capsules before everyone who buried it is gone, since the items are usually only of interest to those who can remember burying them. Something about digging up an old Walkman and a tattered copy of the Washington Post from Bush I's inauguration just isn't that interesting, though.
 
2017-04-21 10:02:59 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


Exactly what I was thinking. And most of the people that buried the time capsule are probably still alive. Just go and ask them where they put the damn thing.
 
2017-04-21 10:06:20 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


It's not 50 years old, it's about 25 years old.
 
2017-04-21 10:08:40 AM  
Did they look in the church basement?
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2017-04-21 10:10:50 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.

TFA says it was buried on its 25th anniversary and now is the 50th anniversary. Seems like that is only 25 years. It's practically ancient.


That is ancient for the US...
 
2017-04-21 10:12:43 AM  
1967 wasn't all that different from today, in most ways. I mean, that's the "modern era".

Hell, thanks to the baby boomers, we're still essentially STUCK in 1967, as far as the culture/politics in the United States is concerned.
 
2017-04-21 10:14:49 AM  

dukeblue219: Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.

Hell, half the time I hear about these stories in the local paper it's only been 25 years. Schools, for example, tend to dig up their time capsules before everyone who buried it is gone, since the items are usually only of interest to those who can remember burying them. Something about digging up an old Walkman and a tattered copy of the Washington Post from Bush I's inauguration just isn't that interesting, though.


Which is why you need to make it interesting. Put a human head in there. (In a jar of formaldehyde of course). A bunch of syringes and mark them "mystery fluid". A small broken box with the inscription "this contains the ultimate evil, forever trapped in this earthly prison. Never open."
 
2017-04-21 10:16:21 AM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


Depends what they put into it...

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2017-04-21 10:17:37 AM  
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2017-04-21 10:28:19 AM  

StoPPeRmobile: Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.

TFA says it was buried on its 25th anniversary and now is the 50th anniversary. Seems like that is only 25 years. It's practically ancient.


Probably just full of AOL Free trial CDs.
 
2017-04-21 10:29:58 AM  
It's probably good that it's lost.  It's better that it stays buried for a good bit longer.

The whole point of a time capsule is for later generations to see what life was like then.  50 years ago is hardly "then".  We have plenty of video footage from 50 years ago.

So let this thing sit there until after WWIII.
 
2017-04-21 10:36:23 AM  
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I remember where we buried that time capsule.  Yep.  I remember it like it was yesterday which was Tuesday or maybe a weekend.  We was all there. Me, that guy that drove that car,  Italian Eddie the WOP or Work Office Professional, Jack - he died in the war to end all wars and Billie who died in the war that followed.

Oh, it was a grand day.  They made a speech and the band played "and the band played Waltzing Matilda".  That was odd because we weren't part of Australia yet.  They let the kiddies run the bases and we all cheered as little Eric Scapiono ran around them on account that he had the polio and would soon be dead.

The ladies auxiliary made us a nice ham lunch and Jello had just been invented.  No one knew what to do with it , so we sat and watched it jiggle.  We laughed and someone fed it a grape.  That was a mistake as now all Jello's gotta have grapes in 'em.  I had three helpins' or Gertie's cole slaw pie and she give me wink tellin' me that I was the best guy at the event.

The local brewery sent over sixteen barrels of their stuff and we all had more 'n a few.  The fights broke out betwix the Andrews and the Wankers.  They's always had bad blood between them.  Get a few drinks in 'em and they will always commence to fighting one another.  No one remembers what the feud is about but they always resort to fisticuffs.

In addition to the fighting, the recent law allowing unescorted women to drink in public was paying dividends.  Pruella had herself a sip and was now dancing seductively in the bandstand to music only she could hear.  A great number of men gathered round her and shouted encouragement that she might lose more of her vestments.  She did oblige too.  I saw he take off her shaw, her cottonette, her blouse and blousetrude and even her scatalines!  Hoo boy, what a show.

The police showed up and arrested all the Irish.  The rest of us got the water hose and was told to be on our way.  They confiscated the beer and Pruella, of course.  Oh yeah.  We never did get around to burying that time capsule.  We just threw it in Wally's garage and took turns peeing on it.  It's probably still there.  All it's got in it is a list of communists sympathizers and a rookie card of Mickie Mantle.  I ate the stick of gum what come with the card.  That's my shame.  I always hoped that I wouldn't outlive that time capsule but I did.
 
2017-04-21 10:40:50 AM  
♪ If i'm lost you can look and you will not find me

Time after time capsule.♪
 
2017-04-21 10:54:02 AM  
ThisIsntMe - Probably just full of AOL Free trial CDs.

Don't laugh at that one. That's exactly what's in the Prince George's County (Maryland) Quadricentennial Time-Capsule.  I know that for a fact since I'm the one who loaded the capsule.  One of those CDs was zapped in a microwave just for the hell of it.

There's other stuff as well. I put in two bottles of wine.

The capsule is buried in the middle of a cemetery.
 
2017-04-21 11:02:34 AM  
Back in 1980 my 5th grade class buried a time capsule in the courtyard of our elementary school.

The class clown farted over the open container and said, "Enjoy it, Space Men".

/ not sure why he was expecting it'd be space men that opened our time capsule
 
2017-04-21 11:10:27 AM  

Evil Mackerel: Did they look in the church basement?
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That movie was creepy as hell.
 
2017-04-21 11:10:31 AM  

Creepy Lurker Guy: ThisIsntMe - Probably just full of AOL Free trial CDs.

Don't laugh at that one. That's exactly what's in the Prince George's County (Maryland) Quadricentennial Time-Capsule.  I know that for a fact since I'm the one who loaded the capsule.  One of those CDs was zapped in a microwave just for the hell of it.

There's other stuff as well. I put in two bottles of wine.

The capsule is buried in the middle of a cemetery.


Better get the location right when you dig it up or you'll get another kind of time capsule.
 
2017-04-21 11:10:35 AM  

DRTFA: Jimmy Hoffa unavailable for comment.


I was about to say, find Hoffa, 3 paces north, 7 paces east, and there's the time capsule.
 
2017-04-21 11:20:18 AM  

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I remember where we buried that time capsule.  Yep.  I remember it like it was yesterday which was Tuesday or maybe a weekend.  We was all there. Me, that guy that drove that car,  Italian Eddie the WOP or Work Office Professional, Jack - he died in the war to end all wars and Billie who died in the war that followed.

Oh, it was a grand day.  They made a speech and the band played "and the band played Waltzing Matilda".  That was odd because we weren't part of Australia yet.  They let the kiddies run the bases and we all cheered as little Eric Scapiono ran around them on account that he had the polio and would soon be dead.

The ladies auxiliary made us a nice ham lunch and Jello had just been invented.  No one knew what to do with it , so we sat and watched it jiggle.  We laughed and someone fed it a grape.  That was a mistake as now all Jello's gotta have grapes in 'em.  I had three helpins' or Gertie's cole slaw pie and she give me wink tellin' me that I was the best guy at the event.

The local brewery sent over sixteen barrels of their stuff and we all had more 'n a few.  The fights broke out betwix the Andrews and the Wankers.  They's always had bad blood between them.  Get a few drinks in 'em and they will always commence to fighting one another.  No one remembers what the feud is about but they always resort to fisticuffs.

In addition to the fighting, the recent law allowing unescorted women to drink in public was paying dividends.  Pruella had herself a sip and was now dancing seductively in the bandstand to music only she could hear.  A great number of men gathered round her and shouted encouragement that she might lose more of her vestments.  She did oblige too.  I saw he take off her shaw, her cottonette, her blouse and blousetrude and even her scatalines!  Hoo boy, what a show.

The police showed up and arrested all the Irish.  The rest of us got the water hose and was told to be on our way.  They confiscated the beer and ...


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2017-04-21 11:22:47 AM  
Russ1642 - Better get the location right when you dig it up or you'll get another kind of time capsule.

The cemetery was relocated, so everyone in it has already been dug up once.

For anyone who cares, it's exactly 200 feet directly west of the left corner of the bottom step on the main entrance to Marietta House Museum.

The capsule is pressurized to 5 psi with argon and sits in a bed of gravel to wick water away.  It's 12-gauge stainless steel and welded shut.
 
2017-04-21 11:23:31 AM  
We have a time capsule buried in front of our office. It was buried there in 1980 a couple of years after I came to work there. It's almost covered by 37 years of bad landscaping. It's scheduled to be opened in 2030. I'm retiring this year but I hope to be around for it. Not certain, but in pretty sure of one item in it.
 
2017-04-21 11:44:36 AM  
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2017-04-21 11:52:01 AM  
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Just another foot I'm sure.
 
2017-04-21 11:53:36 AM  
This happens all the time.  Most time capsules get lost over time.

It's probably just as well.  There may be a singing frog in them.
 
2017-04-21 12:07:30 PM  

Ron Vibbentrop: What is the point of a "time capsule" that is fifty years old? The wooden chopping board in my kitchen is over fifty years old. It's not like it's stuff Davinci buried in the Renaissance.


This.

If you're going to make a big deal out of digging up something you buried, make sure it's older than the stuff in your dad's basement.
 
2017-04-21 01:06:55 PM  
This thread makes me think of the Time capsule  episode of MASH.
 
2017-04-21 02:29:45 PM  

MBooda: We have a time capsule buried in front of our office. It was buried there in 1980 a couple of years after I came to work there. It's almost covered by 37 years of bad landscaping. It's scheduled to be opened in 2030. I'm retiring this year but I hope to be around for it. Not certain, but in pretty sure of one item in it.


This seems like it could be an elaborate plot wherein an employee figured out exactly when he would have enough "F-you" money saved, and has put in a strongly worded letter to his boss and everyone who has ever wronged him.
 
2017-04-21 04:15:44 PM  

MagicChicken: This is actually quite a frequent problem with time capsules in general. For further reading:

http://mentalfloss.com/article/24820/digging-dirt-7-lost-time-capsules​


Maybe whoever is in charge of buried wires and gas lines could create a registry?  You are supposed to call them when you are doing major digging of the sort that might wipe away landmarks and such.

GPS isn't quite accurate enough for garden variety time capsules (maybe for really big ones?) but if you bury a time capsule you could at least maybe write down the coords and maybe take a couple pictures from around the site so that you could use buildings/distance as a reference.  (Is there software for that?  I know I've seen science guys measure the heights of buildings in the background vs. their actual heights and calculate distance pretty close.  You could register those sorts of things with your local historical society.
 
2017-04-21 04:21:41 PM  
Actually, reading up on GPS, I was incorrect in my post above.  GPS coords would now be accurate enough... at least in theory if not in the actual devices most of us carry yet.

http://gizmodo.com/a-new-technique-makes-gps-accurate-to-an-inch-1758​4​57807
 
2017-04-21 04:44:34 PM  

Too Pretty For Prison: The only time I was ever involved in a time capsule was when we opened one in 1980 from 1965 (25 years after our high school was built).  They pretty much recovered a box of mud and decayed shiat.  We replaced the one we dug up with our own.  I assume it was dug up in 2005.  Ours was probably in much better shape because our science teacher, upon seeing how badly the other one had decomposed, wrapped ours in a couple layers of tin foil.  Yeah, that'll help.


I take it your high school didn't have an award winning math program...
 
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