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This past Sunday workers demolishing a former telescope factory in Pittsburgh were surprised to find a 19th century time capsule in the cornerstone. Now the demolition company is claiming that it has every right to keep the capsule — along with the incredibly cool telescope artefacts that they found inside.
People are understandably excited to see what’s inside Paul Revere’s time capsule when it’s opened tonight in Boston. The capsule was first interred in a cornerstone by Revere and Samuel Adams in 1795, and many news outlets are playing up the idea that the contents are a complete mystery. Except that it’s not. Because it was already opened at least once before back in 1855.
Last year, a church congregation in Grand Ledge, Michigan, cracked open a time capsule from 1912 filled with all the usual suspects: photos, newspapers, and newsletters. Basically, it had all the boring stuff you’d expect a church to put in their time capsule in 1912. But there was one single mystery item: a neat little package wrapped in brown paper. It was quite the puzzler. Until now.
Recently a 101-year-old message in a bottle was found off the coast of Germany. The bottle was tossed into the Baltic Sea back in 1913 and was discovered this year by fishermen who then donated it to a local museum. Just about every news outlet is saying that it’s the oldest message in a bottle ever found. Except that it’s probably not.
Back in 1966 a woman in North Phoenix, Arizona, sealed a time capsule in the wall of her home. Betty Klug, then 33, didn’t tell her husband nor her two kids about the capsule. It remained a secret until contractors working on the home recently discovered the time-travelling treasure. Fair warning: If you’re not a robot, you should probably get some tissues handy.