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COULD YOU EVER BUILD A TIME MACHINE?
a book in the Could You Ever? series by David Darling
Launch your own capsule on a journey through time
Containing objects and information about life today, it will travel into
the future to be opened by someone perhaps in the late 21st century.
Your time capsule should be an airtight container made of material such
as plastic that will not rot or rust. An ice-cream container, for example,
would work well.
Choose carefully the items you want to send into the future. Imagine that
you had just found a time capsule that had been made many years ago. What
kinds of things would you hope to find inside – newspaper clippings,
photographs, small toys, wrappings from food cans, and packages? Use these
ideas for your own capsule. Include details of your school, friends, important
news stories of the year, current world records in sports, results of the
last presidential election, family photos with notes on the back, a picture
of yourself, and clippings from a mail order catalog. You could also record
a cassette tape or DVD of sounds in your everyday life – people talking,
traffic and airport noise, TV programs, and popular songs. Next, place inside
any small objects that you think might prove interesting to the people of
Pack all the items neatly into the time capsule, ensuring that anything
breakable is deep inside and well padded. Press the lid on firmly and, if
you wish, seal it with masking tape. Write any instructions, such as "Do
not open until the year 2090," on the outside. Finally, "launch" the time
capsule by burying it in the ground or hiding it in the attic of your house.