History Wins As Norway’s 100-Year-Old Mystery Parcel Is Opened

And the prize worth waiting a century for was...

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In what was perhaps the most underwhelming non-event since the Y2K millennium bug (remember that?) or last year’s supposed Rapture, a “mysterious parcel” that had remained sealed for a century in a small town in Norway was finally opened.

The package, which was originally dated August 26th, 1912, carried a note from a man named Johan Nygard instructing the curious people of Otta — a town in the municipality of Sel in the delightfully named northern county of Oppland — not to open it until 2012.

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Much hype and speculation centered around the package, as Otta’s residents dutifully respected the opening date. While the mysterious six-pound bundle merely asked them to leave it sealed until 2012, the town of fewer than 3,000 situated northwest of Oslo chose a lauded anniversary to break it open: the the 400th anniversary of the Battle of Kringen, when the townspeople defeated invading Scottish soldiers. They had hoped the parcel, neatly tied with regal inscriptions on it, was related to the hallowed battle.

No such luck: The long-awaited opening yielded some not-too-valuable notebooks, newspaper clippings, community council papers, a letter, small drawing and other bits of paper, reports Forbes.

And it was far from the stock purchases or small fortune some had been hoping for. No surprise, then, that some VIPs at the grand unveiling — attended by Princess Astrid of Norway — found it hard to disguise their disappointment.

What’s more, as the current inhabitants of Otta respected the wish inscribed on the package, its original compilers didn’t even manage to heed their own request. Inside, newspapers dated from 1914 and 1919 showed that the package was added to after its initial sealing. Surely they could have tossed in a few stacks of money, too?

“Well, the package didn’t solve our financial problems,” said Sel mayor Dag Erik Pryhn. “But our history got richer,” he added in a consolatory footnote.

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10 comments
Pjalle
Pjalle

What is this article? It is badly researched and uses analogies that are badly researched.

 Disappointed celebrities, consolary footnote? This reads more as a Hollywood script draft that an attempt at news.

George McDowell
George McDowell

Was Geraldo Rivera too busy sucking up to Republican nutcases to host this non-event?

Rugeirn Drienborough
Rugeirn Drienborough

The 

Y2K millennium bug was a "non-event" only because many thousands of people around the world recognized the problem and put in long, hard hours taking effective action to prevent it. Their efforts should be respected and applauded, not sneered at and scorned. Shame on you! Learn what you're talking about before you shoot off your mouth!

Tamerafda
Tamerafda

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pc1397
pc1397

hmmm, impressive.

Mikael Guggenheim
Mikael Guggenheim

 He could read some more about the package they opened as well since the value of it was greater than he says. It cointained lots and lots of notes, newsclips and other documents that is worth a lot. Not in money but in history. The quality of all the documents are superb and they are going through them all happily.

Money.. Why the hell should it contain money.

George McDowell
George McDowell

 You don't know whether or not any of the documents or newspaper clippings are unique. It may well be that 100% of the contents are already archived in libraries in Norway. And it's not about it containing money. It's about it containing something that is unique and worth celebrating. But THIS was as bad as Geraldo Rivera's vault.

Mikael Guggenheim
Mikael Guggenheim

 You don't know it doesn't contain unique things either, do you?