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Wed Oct 24, 2018, 09:59 PM

A Racist Message Buried for Thousands of Years in the Future - The Atlantic

A room-size time capsule preserves a snapshot of America in the 1930s—including its curator’s prejudiced beliefs.



The Crypt of Civilization is arguably the largest time capsule in the world. Housed in a basement at a university north of Atlanta, this underground chamber with a massive stainless-steel door was packed with artifacts, then welded shut on May 25, 1940.

The crypt was designed to preserve a picture of life in the 1930s for humans thousands of years in the future. Inside are stacks of records and film reels alongside 640,000 pages of books shot onto microfilmed pages. There are appliances, clothing, preserved food, an original copy of the script of Gone With the Wind donated by its director, a bottle of Vaseline, and a “Negro doll.”
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The crypt was made to be opened in 8113 C.E., a date based on the difference between when the project began—1936—and what at the time was thought to be the first year of the Egyptian calendar. The crypt’s return would be as far removed from the present as the present was from the pharaonic past. - The Atlantic

Classify that one under historical, but weird.

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Reply A Racist Message Buried for Thousands of Years in the Future - The Atlantic (Original post)
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Wed Oct 24, 2018, 10:07 PM

1. One more reason to be glad I can't be cryogenically frozen at death.

You just KNOW the folks in the future will make those poor saps wake up so they can endlessly cross-examine them about all this nonsense.

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Response to raging moderate (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 24, 2018, 10:13 PM

2. LOL!

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Thu Oct 25, 2018, 12:50 AM

3. Sometimes this is a dismal planet.

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Response to ffr (Original post)

Sat Nov 3, 2018, 07:09 PM

4. Humans will be lucky to make it till the end of this century.

 

Most people will not give up anything until it is too late, and I am not sure we haven't reached it.

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