This Belongs In A Museum

According to the school's Tumblr page, the University of Chicago received a mysterious package last week, seen above. As you can no doubt tell, something about it is off. A student worker in the mail room thought so too, partially because it is covered in unofficial replicas of stamps rather then real ones, and partially because it is addressed to Indiana Jones. When the university opened the package, this is what they found:

"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."
Whomever sent this was smart enough to send it to the building that housed the Geology and Geography departments in the 1930's, not the building they are currently located in. And obviously put a lot of time and effort into this thing, for presumably no reason then to get people excited and cause a little mystery. The obvious conclusion most people are drawing is that this is a viral marketing campaign for something, though what isn't clear. After purchasing LucasFilm, Disney made it very clear they weren't interested in making any more Jones films. And while I would love an Indy animated series, Disney wouldn't go to these lengths to promote a cartoon. An they certainly wouldn't send the package to a university with every possibility that it could have gotten lost, stolen or destroyed before it was noticed.

I don't want this to be anything. I want this to be like those paper statutes that appeared in Edinburgh last year. I want this to be the result of a brilliant, obsessed mind who wanted to have fun, and now gets to sit back and watch us delight in their mischief. I want this to be one of those rare times where fiction and reality transect, and where no one questions it too hard and ruins it for everyone else. I want this to mean something deeper and more absurd then an advertising campaign. I want this package to have a soul.

And if anyone finds out there was something less then magical about why this package was sent, I want them to keep it to themselves.

Via First Showing.
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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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