June 18th, 2007
Last Friday, June 15, 2007, a 1957 Plymouth Belvedere was lifted out of itsâ€™ underground vault near Tulsa Oklahoma. It had been buried on June 15, 1957 to both commemorate the 50th anniversary of Oklahoma becoming a state, and to serve as a time capsule for the 100th anniversary in 2007. This led me to immediately think about what might be put into the ground today that would be unearthed in 2057.
First however, some interesting facts about the unearthed Plymouth. The car had been buried in a structure that was built to withstand a nuclear blast. When the car was unearthed, it was discovered that this structure was no barrier to ground water, which had seeped in and converted the dirt around the car into mud, making it look like a victim of a flood. This of course made me think about all the nuclear fall-out shelters that were being built in the late 1950s and early 1960s when a nuclear war with the Soviet Union was a real perceived threat. An ever present threat far greater in scope than the terrorist events we are fearful of today. Well, since radiation moves quickly into water, it looks like the shelters that were going to save the survivors of a nuclear holocaust wouldnâ€™t have done much good. This suggests that our general perception of our ability to protect against bad events can be woefully over confident.
The time capsule aspect of the Plymouth was of obvious interest. The car had been buried …