This Week in Time Capsules: Stars, Surgery, and SecretsS

This week's time capsule news round-up has some future artifacts at a hospital in Ohio, kids in Minnesota who are sure to make you feel ancient, and a wooden box in Australia with "a secret inside."

1964 loo capsule unearthed in the UK

A rather inconveniently placed time capsule has been discovered in the UK nearly 50 years after its burial. The glass Heinz 57 jar had been resting underneath some recently demolished public toilets, first built in 1964. Kinda gross, right? Inside the jar was a newspaper from February 14, 1964, a few old coins, and a note from the original builders of the public toilets. [Cotswold Journal]

Kids in Minnesota crack open ancient 90s history

School kids in Bemidji, Minnesota opened a time capsule from 1991 this week with the right stuff. Inside they found slap bracelets, Ninja Turtle action figures, and a New Kids on the Block poster for good measure. And yes, most of the youngsters had never heard of New Kids on the Block. [Bemidji Pioneer]

New time capsule destined for 2064 include artificial toe joint

The Salem Regional Medical Center in Ohio plans to bury a time capsule with over 100 items at the end of this month. The capsule has plenty of things you'd expect from a hospital, like a newborn hat, a stethoscope, and a photo of the first baby born at the hospital in 2014. There's also a surgical stapler, staple removal kit, a tummy pillow, and even an artificial toe joint. The capsule is scheduled to be opened in fifty years. [Salem News]

Aussie "secret" will be buried until 2023

This week the town of Mount Isa, Australia ended their call for time capsule donations. According to local news outlets, the capsule will contain photos, a silkscreened scarf by a local artist, as well as a handmade wooden box "with a secret inside." [North West Star]

Boring 1912 time capsule opened in Scotland, contains no Scotch

A church time capsule from 1912 was cracked open this week in the Scotland. Reverend Alistair May said that news of the capsule was a "great story to tell," but with all due respect to the Reverend, it's not that great a story. The copper tube capsule had just two newspapers, a magazine and some church literature. Thanks a lot, boring people from the past. [Herald Scotland]


Photo: Principal Tami Wesely and fifth-graders Emma Mattfield and Peyton Oelrich by Bethany Wesley for the Bemidji Pioneer