What to put in your time capsule: 
 


A note to your yet-to-be-born children and grandchildren
 

Items common today, but that may be obsolete in the future - such as credit cards, pencils, locks, sunglasses, toothbrushes , diet recipes, medicine...
 

20th Century air
 

Map of your town / Map of the world
 

Map of the stars (star positions change noticeably over a 5,000 year period)
 

A list of what you last ate
 

A ticket stub from an event you attended
 

Photo of everyone present at the burial ceremony
 

Predictions for the future
 

Slang words and their meanings
 

Pencil tracing of your hand to see how much you've grown in the future
 

A favorite toy ready to be retired
 

A coded message (give future archaeologists something to think about!)
 

An IQ test
 

A book of poetry
 

Favorite old T-shirt
 

Winning Entries from an essay contest about the future
 

Menu from a favorite restaurant
 

Supermarket flyer showing prices
 

"Your View of the Future" time capsule questionnaires
 

Your own time capsule questionnaires
 

An essay of who you are and want to be
 

Your weight and height
 

A recording of your voice
 

Stamps and coins
 

Photos of local people and buildings
 

Phone bill (pay it first...)
 

Old Christmas Cards, Valentine Cards
 

Old Report Cards (or maybe not...)
 

One share of Microsoft (If you had done this 10 years ago, it would already be worth $10,000)
 

Watermelon seeds (What if the future didn't have watermelon?)
 

A note asking the future finders to bury their own time capsule
 

A favorite hat
 

A photo essay of body language and its meaning
 

Lyrics to your favorite song
 

List of top 100 songs on the radio
 

List of top 10 shows on TV
 

Secret family recipe for chocolate chip cookies
 

Your DNA
 

Newspapers
 

A message in pictograph form in case the future discoverers are not from our planet...
 

Comic Strips
 

Joke Book
 

Current fad items like Atkins Diet menu,Pokemon,Tickle Me Elmo...
 

People Magazine
 

Deck of cards with rules to Go Fish
 

Sheet music of opera , jazz, rap, folk, pop music
 

TV Guide
 

Passbook from bank account containing $1 with note bequeathing the account to whomever finds the time capsule (with interest, it could be worth millions!)

Dried flowers
 

Baseball cards
 

Dried insects for future scientists to study
 

Various plant leaves
 

Bird feathers
 

A love letter
 

An apology note
 

Your favorite candy
 

Photo of your bedroom
 

Jar of honey (honey is the only food that never needs to be refridgerated and never dacays)
 

Periodic Table of the Elements (in case of a cataclysmic event, might give the future people a head start on 200 years of science)
 

A list of all the important mathematical equations ( again might give the future people a head start)
 

Current best-seller book. This is an interesting problem: what one book would you put in to best represent us to the future?
For example, if you put in Shakespeare, they might think we speak that way. If you put in "Dune", they might think we were in contact with aliens.
If you put in "The DaVinci Code", they might think we always spoke in riddles. It would be an interesting debate to find just the right book.




What NOT to put in your time capsule: 
 


Anything you might need real soon
 

Liquids
 

Food
 

Batteries (they leak acid)
 

Computer disks/CDs (every few years disk size becomes obsolete)
 

Video Tapes (again format and size become obsolete)
 

Your car keys




 

 
 

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