Indiana Jones Mystery Package
We don’t really even know how to start this post. Yesterday we received a package addressed to “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.”. We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member— we get the wrong mail a lot.
Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn’t meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to “Indiana” Jones.
What we know: The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of “University of Chicago Professor” Abner Ravenwood’s journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and “Ex Libris” page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It’s clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the “handwriting” and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.
What we don’t know: Why this came to us. The package does not actually have real stamps on it— the outside of the package was crinkly and dirty as if it came through the mail, but the stamps themselves are pasted on and look like they have been photocopied. There is no US postage on the package, but we did receive it in a bin of mail, and it is addressed to the physical address of our building, Rosenwald Hall, which has a distinctly different address from any other buildings where it might be appropriate to send it (Haskell Hall or the Oriental Institute Museum). However, although now home to the Econ department and College Admissions, Rosenwald Hall used to be the home to our departments of geology and geography.
If you’re an applicant and sent this to us: Why? How? Did you make it? Why so awesome? If you’re a member of the University community and this belongs to you or you’ve gotten one like it before, PLEASE tell us how you acquired it, and whether or not yours came with a description— or if we’re making a big deal out of the fact that you accidentally slipped a gift for a friend in to the inter-university mail system. If you are an Indiana Jones enthusiast and have any idea who may have sent this to us or who made it, let us know that, too.
We know this sounds like a joke/hoax… it’s not (at least, from our end). Any hints, ideas, thoughts, or explanations are appreciated. We’ve been completely baffled as to why this was sent to us, in mostly a good way, but it’s clear this is a neat thing that either belongs somewhere else— or belongs in the halls of UChicago admissions history.
Internet: help us out. If you’re on Reddit (we’re not) or any other nerdly social media sites where we might get information about this, feel free to post far and wide and e-mail any answers, clues, ideas, thoughts, or musings to firstname.lastname@example.org (yes, we did set up an email account just to deal with this thing).
And just like that, my faith is restored.
what if you were in bed tonight and you were really lonely and sad and you were lying with your arm hanging out over the edge of the bed into the darkness and just as you were going to sleep, the darkness reached out and held your hand
i made a thing
LOOK SOMEONE MADE A COMIC THING HERE I’M IMPRESSED. THIS POST HAS DONE ME PROUD
I WAS WAITING FOR THIS TO BE CREEPY
BUT IT WASN’T
crying so much
So much love.
So basically I’ve realized that this has never ever been on my dash and that is not acceptable.
jfdbg.jzdbfgvljbznflx love this
HOW DO I EVEN KNOW THE WORDS TO THIS?
YESSSS THIS IS THE BEST I LOVE THIS FOR SO MANY REASONS OMG WHY HAVE I NEVER SEEN IT HERE BEFORE
THE SMILE ON MY FACE IS SO BIG RIGHT NOW.
One of the crowning achievements in my life is quoting this song in a knitting pattern: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/a-tea-cozy-for-bilbo
That image of The Doctor dancing goes… too well… with the tune.
I hate you all.
Baby otters at Santa Barbara Zoo ~ Photo credits: Sheri Horiszny via Zooborns :)
BABY OTTERS! Baby otters TAKING A NAP!
So, baby animals are the cutest things in the world to me right now. does it have anything to do with my being with child? Maaaaybe…