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!
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?
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.
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.
The capsule also contained a nod to the year's upcoming blockbuster, Jurassic Park, in the form of a toy dinosaur.
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.