Librarians Find Time Capsule From 1962, Eat Food Inside For Some Reason

Librarians Find Time Capsule From 1962, Eat Food Inside For Some Reason

Regular readers of Gizmodo know I’m constantly on the hunt for interesting time capsules. But I draw the line at putting your life on the line for a good time capsule story. Especially if it involves something called a “survival biscuit”.

A “survival biscuit” found in food rations from a 1962 time capsule at the University of Montana (screenshot from KPAX)

Librarians at the University of Montana recently discovered a hidden closet at the school, filled with hundreds of Cold War-era boxes. The boxes all had food rations — everything from cans of blackberries and peaches to graham crackers. And for some reason they decided to give some of the foods a taste test.

The lollies they found were a relatively safe bet for their stomachs, given that they were made of little more than sugar. But the other items underwent a “sniff test” as librarian Susanne Caro told local TV news station KPAX.

“I took a taste of one [of the survival biscuits]; It’s like a stale graham cracker with a hint of vanilla in it. It could be far worse,” Caro told KPAX.

I’ll take your word for it. I guess survival biscuits are better than time capsule cake, which some folks found a couple of years ago on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. They, of course, had the common sense not to taste the cake as far as we can tell.

[KPAX]