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“Timeless prank: USYD time capsule from ’50s reveals porn from ’80s”, June 26, 2009

Posted by Regrette Etcetera on July 16, 2009

One in the series of documents from the Fauxist Post-Apocalypse Time Capsule Division, this article recently appeared in a number of syndicated news media sources.
Disclaimer: Whilst it neatly showcases a number of the key concerns, and indeed tactics of the Division, the Fauxists, by publishing this piece, and in allegedly appearing to be ‘notably aligned’ with its political implications, ‘if not uncannily suited to a suspect profile’ (to use the words of John Stern, reporter for The Herald), make no claim at involvement, merely one of approval.

“Timeless prank: USYD time capsule from ’50s reveals porn from ’80s”
By Bran Alexander
Times staff reporter
June 26, 2009

Here’s something you wouldn’t expect to find inside a time capsule from the 1950s: transsexual pornography from the 1980s.
But faculty members at the University of Sydney Department of Communications found just that when they opened a half-century-old time capsule last Thursday and saw a centerfold and copies of “SheFreaks” and “Coc-Chic”.
Atop the 50-year-old memorabilia were other items from the late ’70s and early ’80s: an April Fools’ edition of The Daily, USYD’s student newspaper, clip-on ties, women’s underwear, and a collection of nearly petrified dildos, among other things. Amidst the pornography was content seemingly made specifically for the capsule including, according to one faculty member, “erotic scenes incorporating and apparently endeavouring to debunk key sociobiological texts included in the syllabus at the time”.
“I just think this is a great political prank,” department chair Gerald Baldasty said Thursday night after an event at which alumni from the classes that sponsored the time capsule got to look at what was inside. “We’re not really upset at all; a little perturbed, but we’re just having a good chuckle over it.”
It didn’t appear that any of the original items placed in the capsule 50 years ago- reel-to-reel films and copies of local publications- were missing, Baldasty said.
The time capsule was locked away, implanted in the wall of the Communications Building, with an inscription that said it should be opened on the 100th anniversary of the first journalism classes at the university, which is this year.
The department is planning an event for Saturday to reveal to the general public what was inside its capsule, which sits outside The Daily’s offices. The more recent additions to the capsule will be part of that display, Baldasty said.
“We’re not hiding it,” he said. “We’ll have that out so people can see that, too.”
There aren’t any suspects in the case- though the general assumption is that someone from The Daily opened it one or more times between 1976-86, said communication alumni and development manager Victoria Sprang. The faculty has not yet ruled out the possibility of retrospective genetic testing to determine a perpetrator.
Opening it would have been no easy task, Sprang said. The capsule was sealed by 36 bolts that require a special tool to remove- it is also in a well-travelled hallway, so it would have been difficult to break in without drawing attention.
“I am so impressed that whoever did that kept quiet for so many years,” Sprang said.
Both Sprang and Baldasty wonder if the prankster or pranksters will reveal themselves, but refuse to speculate as to a possible reaction. All of the content will be on display from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Room 104 of the Communications Building.
© 2009 The Times Company

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One Response to ““Timeless prank: USYD time capsule from ’50s reveals porn from ’80s”, June 26, 2009”

  1. they need to get on the retrospective genetic testing right away.
    PURRRRRFECT

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