Daily Prompt~Time Capsule

Daily Prompt: Time Capsule

by michelle w. on December 10, 2012

The year is drawing to a close. What would you put in a 2012 time capsule?

At first I wasn’t going to do this one. What could a dork like me possibly put in a time capsule to give future generations an accurate look at us as we are today.  In giving it more thought, I thought to myself “Why Not?”, as I hope that no matter what befalls mankind, it will be able to retain it’s sense of humor.  So, in an effort to find a balance between serious and cheeky, here’s what my time capsule would contain.

To show that despite growing obesity and dependence on electronic entertainment, children of our era still played with toys that made them think and developed hand eye coordination:


To explain why we may have become so obese to begin with, I’ll include some of these.  Which will probably be just as tasty when the time capsule is opened as they did when it was closed:

mcds fries

Here’s another sought after prize, whose future at this very moment may or may not be in jeopardy.  Again, probably still edible upon time capsule extraction:


To show that we take our heroes and icons so seriously that we even include them in our daily personal hygiene, I’ve added this:justin toothbrush

As a display of our deep affection for the arts, literature and fine film making, I’ve also enclosed a copy of  a much beloved and classic film:

popular movie

I really have no idea what these are, or what purpose they serve, but I had some extra room in that capsule, so I threw them in.  Wish I could see the look on Future Man’s face when he sees these!


And of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include some major newspapers, to give our time capsule openers a glimpse of current events and world headlines of our time:


Last but not least, because I’m cheeky, and because I love them so very muchly, no time capsule of mine would be complete without a copy of this:

Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation

Time Capsule: Songs for a Future Generation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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54 thoughts on “Daily Prompt~Time Capsule

  1. Don’t make me go back and read. The B-52’s are special from your early years with Tim Robbins, yes? Is there one song in particular? Me and Jimmy Smits love LOVE SHACK, and he sings along very well with the girls.

    When our kid was little, we did an experiment. Buried items in the ground for a year. Dug them up and the Twinkie in the wrapper was gone. I may have just shattered the dreams of people all around the world. The phone book was also gone. Only a few shreds of paper remained. Should have known those blasted termites were headed for the house!

    • Oh, you don’t have to go back and read. I have loved the B52s since before I even met Tim Robbins. This album of theirs just happens to be called Time Capsule. Unfortunately, the title doesn’t appear on the cover.

      My kids buried a time capsule on the south side of my yard when they were little. It had kid things in it. A couple drawings, Hot Wheels, happy meal toys etc. I can’t find it now. But I know its still there. I remember my oldest was about knee deep in the hole they dug, so I’m pretty sure it’s down there deep enough so I’ll never find it, but I sure would like to. :-)

      • Oh, you must dig your yard up before you move! Do you have any idea where it might be – or does your oldest? Rich went down over 18 inches to be below the frost line, but we made a map and had everything in a single layer so we could see what happened to it. It was for “science class.”

      • I’ll have to ask him if he remembers. I know we’ve looked for it before, but to no avail. It’s right along the house, where there used to be a wild bed of thousands of irises, and when we dug all of them out and planted grass seed, the kids did it then. It was probably 15 to 20 years ago.

  2. From Justin To Kelly? The film? Why did I not know this existed? Please don’t tell me there is only one copy. And that you’ve just sealed it in the capsule. **Sobs** And the Justin Bieber singing toothbrush has just gone on my list to Santa. Love this list!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Just found your site when I did my ( first) WP challenge. I love it, and I’m a little teeny bit jealous of your Time Capsule. The archeologist who digs up yours will have a much more fun day than the one who finds mine! I really wish I packed Twinkies….

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  7. At first glance, I assumed you were putting Bieber in the capsule. I then thought that this would not work cause he might cause the Twinkies to go bad after a few years through osmosis. I was quite relieved to discover it was just a Bieber toothbrush. pheeewwww!!!

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