The contents of time capsules are famously disappointing. After 100 years of waiting to see what's inside some strange box, the residents of the future are often bewildered and confused by the random artifacts. Left unusable by the wear-and-tear of decades underground, most objects would have had very little meaning even if in perfect condition. Shenandoah University in Virginia thinks it's found the solution—they've just opened a time capsule buried only 25 years ago, in the distant past of 1993!
@IllyBocean Man, what was life like way back then? I guess we can only imagine.— Noah Nelson (@Noah Nelson)1539975123.0
@Gizmodo 1993 ??? Shouldn't they wait a few more centuries to make it worthwhile?— Guilherme Caruso (@Guilherme Caruso)1539891885.0
Though 25 years isn't a lot of time compared to other time capsules, the world has changed a lot since 1993. The internet has become "a thing," as have smart phones and streaming television. Bill Clinton had just begun his presidency, and the original Jurassic Park was just about to come out in theaters. It was a simpler time.
Opening of the 1993 Time Capsule youtu.be
And yet, the people of the past seemed eager to return to their pasts. Inside the time capsule, university officials discovered a Beatles record. Fortunately, that wasn't the only music in the container. Officials also found a tape recording of a recital. Who could have guessed in 1993 that The Beatles would be as popular as ever but tape recordings would be ancient history?
@CNET What's a cassette tape?— Martin Eady (@Martin Eady)1540161633.0
nothing shows optimism for humanity’s long future like saying “fuck it” and digging up a time capsule from 1993 https://t.co/1vWwph4meL— illy boo-cean 👻 (@illy boo-cean 👻)1539944124.0
@IllyBocean @HeyThatsMyLeg to be fair the students said to open it in "2018". in quotes— Rhys (@Rhys)1539944394.0
Unfortunately, even after only 25 years (the capsule's intended waiting period), the damp ground took its toll on the container's contents. Many of the artifacts were left damaged by the passage of time. However, in a video of the opening, some items can still be clearly seen: a set of bangs worn by '90s choir students, a stone hippo "with an unreadable signature," and a Winnie the Pooh figurine.
@IllyBocean damn, I’m gonna break out the yoyo I got signed by fast eddie and pay off my mortgage!— the salem witch riles 🎃💀 (@the salem witch riles 🎃💀)1539946313.0
@IllyBocean What if hypercolor t-shirts and Ace of Base Cassingles were the solution to climate change tho— Michael Bugless (@Michael Bugless)1539990507.0
@IllyBocean Maybe the ancient people of 1993 have forgotten teachings that can guide us through this turbulent time.— t(°_°t) (@t(°_°t))1539975577.0
The people of 1993 also happened to be a little bit cheeky, stowing away a long-since expired set of condoms just in case their "descendants" needed them. Doctors would almost certainly advise against their use.
@CNET https://t.co/NcArtKzGcT— ale was a diver and she was always down (@ale was a diver and she was always down)1540160470.0
@IllyBocean @gordon_white When they opened it everyone got really offended— Ice Magic ❄️ (@Ice Magic ❄️)1540024350.0
@IllyBocean Patience is hard— Craig Yeomans (@Craig Yeomans)1540004933.0
The capsule also contained a nod to the year's upcoming blockbuster, Jurassic Park, in the form of a toy dinosaur.
@vansgirl12 @Gizmodo AnCiEnT tReAsUrEs— Brian V. Fox (@Brian V. Fox)1539896325.0
@CNET https://t.co/Qyt8q0mguB— Bonnie Burton (@Bonnie Burton)1540160650.0
In the grand scheme of history, 1993 may not be that long ago, but the world has certainly changed significantly in that time. One thing we hope has improved: mankind's ability to create waterproof time capsules.