Mysterious 100-Year-Old Package to be Opened Tomorrow [updated2x]
August 23, 2012
• Bonus funny thing added at end of post just because on Sunday, August 26. Just because.
Stocks in oil? Historical documents? A small treasure? Speculation over what might be inside a 100-year-old package that’s set to be unsealed this Friday in a small town in Norway abounds, according to Verdens Gang, a Norwegian newspaper.
Verdens Gang explains that the package has been kept in a museum in Gudbrandsdal and dates all the way back to August 26th, 1912. It carries a note from a man named Johan Nygard, specifying that it is not to be opened until 2012.
There are few clues about what the package might contain. What is known is that Nygard was involved in local politics and that he reportedly walked up to the mayor and handed him the package telling him that its contents would “benefit and delight future generations,” according to a video that was posted the Verdens Gang website.
We wanna be there, dang it.
Update: Well – boring! Letters and documents, a flag, is all we know so far. There will by more info coming, though – maybe there’s a recipe for fruitcake.
Video of the opening, with commentary in Norwegian and English here.
* And a blow-by-blow account here.
Update 2 (Sunday, Aug. 27): As several commenters have now noted – some of the newspaper clippings inside the package were from as late as 1919. So the package was obviously added to after supposedly being made in 1912. Not sure it diminishes whatever value the 1912 items have – but it deflates the story for many in the age of the internet!
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