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This Record-Breaking Time Capsule Room Won’t Be Opened Until Year 8113

27 DEC 2013
Topic : Education News

A swimming-pool-sized room in Atlanta, Ga. hasn’t seen the light of day since 1940, and it won’t for another 6,1oo years.

To provide more evidence for future generations than we have about the past, then-president of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Thornwell Jacobs, turned this room into the first modern time capsule, called the Crypt of Civilization.

Even though another time capsule appeared at the New York World’s Fair in 1939, Jacobs started building his version in 1936 and may have inspired the one at the Fair. Thus the Guinness World Book of Records declared the crypt “the first successful attempt to bury a record for any future inhabitant” of Earth.

In 1936, exactly 6,177 years had passed since the invention of the Egyptian calendar. In another 6,177, the Earth would see year 8113 — the year Jacobs gave for the crypt’s opening.

The crew spent 33 months compiling the knowledge we’ve acquired over the last 6,000 years. The room’s contents include more than 800 works of every subject known to mankind; notable recordings, like Adolf Hitler ‘s speeches and birds singing; everyday items such as pantyhose, electric razors, and clothing; toys like a Donald Duck figurine and Lincoln Logs, and even strange items like “lady’s breast form.”

Read full article: Business Insider