In 1957, the state of Oklahoma was 50 years old and a huge celebration was held to commemorate this momentous event. Highlighting the City of Tulsa’s bash was the interring of a time capsule which, among other things, contained a shiny new 1957 Plymouth Belvedere hardtop. The Plymouth was chosen for its advanced styling and the organizers were certain it would not look out of date in 2007.
So the deal was this. People in 1957 would guess Tulsa’s population in 2007 and the person with closest guess – well, actually a descendant – would get the car. Along with the tail-finned, chromed-laden coupe, a number of odds and ends were also buried – microfilm containing all the population contest entries, the contents of a woman's purse, a bottle of Valium, a case of beer, an unpaid parking ticket and a flag. But there was one other item that marvelously hints at the optimistic sensibility of that time. The people of 1957 buried 10 gallons of leaded gasoline, on the off chance that in 2007, gasoline stations would be unknown to people zipping around in hover cars fueled by iPod-sized nuclear fusion reactors.
Alas, the ‘57 Belvedere came to a sad end. In 2007, event officials had to pump several feet of water from the crypt which held the car for a half-century. But the car, wrapped in three layers of mud-caked protective material was a rusted wreck. Still the prize was awarded to Donald Humbertson of Woodbridge, Va., nephew of Raymond Humbertso who guessed Tulsa’s 2007 population would be 384,743, only slightly off the official U.S. Census count of 382,457.
Currently, the Belvedere resides in a museum in its exhumed condition. Pristine copies of this car, not “preserved” in a time capsule, are valued at upwards of $50,000. Today, the Tulsa Plymouth, unfortunately, has only historical value representing an optimistic era long past.
And update on the Miss Belvedere Plymouth is here.
Shopping in the year 2000 (1950)
Frigidaire Kitchen of the Future (1957)
2005 Speed Trap (1955)
Gyroscopic Rocket Car (1945)
Future Spaceport (1957)
Future Vacation Home (1957)
1. The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.
3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
6. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
7. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
8. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
9. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.
10. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
11. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
12. Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: 'You stay here; I'll go on a head.'
13. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
14. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'
15. The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
16. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
17. A backward poet writes inverse.
18. In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
19. When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
20. If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine.
21. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, 'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.'
22. Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says 'Dam!'
23. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
24. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, 'I've lost my electron.' The other says 'Are you sure?' The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
25. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
It has all been said.
Why aren't there any rural legends?
Give the kids a hug and a big smooch to Randy from me.
Dating in 1961
Think about it...
Alerts to Threats in 2011 Europe
- by John Cleese
The English are feeling the pinch in relation to recent events in Libya and have therefore raised their security level from "Miffed" to "Peeved." Soon, though, security levels may be raised yet again to "Irritated" or even "A Bit Cross." The English have not been "A Bit Cross" since the blitz in 1940 when tea supplies nearly ran out. Terrorists have been re-categorized from "Tiresome" to "A Bloody Nuisance." The last time the British issued a "Bloody Nuisance" warning level was in 1588, when threatened by the Spanish Armada. The Scots have raised their threat level from "Pissed Off" to "Let's get the Bastards." They don't have any other levels. This is the reason they have been used on the front line of the British army for the last 300 years.
The French government announced yesterday that it has raised its terror alert level from "Run" to "Hide." The only two higher levels in France are "Collaborate" and "Surrender." The rise was precipitated by a recent fire that destroyed France 's white flag factory, effectively paralyzing the country's military capability.
Italy has increased the alert level from "Shout Loudly and Excitedly" to"Elaborate Military Posturing." Two more levels remain: "Ineffective Combat Operations"and "Change Sides."
The Germans have increased their alert state from "Disdainful Arrogance" to "Dress in Uniform and Sing Marching Songs." They also have two higher levels: "Invade a Neighbor" and "Lose."
Belgians, on the other hand, are all on holiday as usual; the only threat they are worried about is NATO pulling out of Brussels.
The Spanish are all excited to see their new submarines ready to deploy. These beautifully designed subs have glass bottoms so the new Spanish navy can get a really good look at the old Spanish navy.
Australia , meanwhile, has raised its security level from "No worries" to "She'll be alright, Mate." Two more escalation levels remain: "Crikey! I think we'll need to cancel the barbie this weekend!" and "The barbie is canceled."
So far no situation has ever warranted use of the final escalation level.
- John Cleese - British writer, actor and tall person via What Culture
Even More About the future... Here!
These are truly mean
and that's why they're here!
But hey, Saskatchewan, I still love ya!
The owner of a golf course in Saskatchewan was confused about paying an invoice, so he decided to ask his secretary (I think May was her name) for some mathematical help.