Thursday Thread: What's In Your Time Capsule?

This is pretty much exactly what it looks like. 😬 (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of time capsules. Maybe we just grew up in a time where it seemed like they were always being opened, but don’t you have memories of time capsules being unearthed kind of frequently when we were kids?? Or maybe that was just me, idk. Anyway, I worry that the rise of digital culture has been the death knell for the traditional time capsule — what are people going to unearth 100 years from now? A USB drive that they no longer have the hardware to read? Depressing!

But for the sake of this exercise, let’s imagine that we’re making time capsules that will be opened in, oh, 100 years, and you can put three things in it, and those things can be digital as well as physical. (This time capsule will include all necessary hardware, which will all work in the future, of course). I’m putting in my One Line a Day journal, every photo and video on my phone that I have of Henry, and a paper copy of the New York Times from today. So, I’m curious: What are the three things you’re putting in your time capsule, and if you are so inclined, tell us why.

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