That Which Survives
Jul 05, 2007, 00:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy Allison)
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"Recently in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a buried time capsule from 1957
was unearthed. Its contents largely consisted of a car, a 1957
Plymouth Belvedere. The creators of the capsule thoughtfully
provided a separate can of petrol, assuming that the nuclear
powered flying cars of 2007 would long since have moved beyond the
need to burn fossil fuels to get around. In literature buried with
the car it was billed as becoming 'a priceless antique in
"Antique, it was; priceless, not so much. Groundwater had seeped
into the vault, and rust had completely destroyed the poor vehicle,
tail-fins and all. It's easy for us sophisticates of 2007 to laugh
at the naïveté of the capsule creators, but would we do
much better in leaving readable records for our future historians?
I'm not so sure we would..."