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Norwegian Town Streams Opening of 100 Year Old Package and I Can’t Turn Away

These crazy Norwegians! A man handed a package to the town of Sel. The directions on the package instructed the town’s municipality to open it exactly one hundred years later from the date on the front. The year was 1912. Here we are, on August 24th, 2012, exactly one hundred years later. The celebration of the opening of this package has begun. You can watch the unveiling here.

I’m not going to lie. I had no idea that this was a big deal until about a half hour ago when I read an article about it.

According to,

In the late 1920s, the first mayor of the little Norwegian town of Sel (population: 6,088) handed a package over to the city government. The sealed parcel was from 1912. On top he’d written: “Can be opened in 2012.” For nearly a century, the city’s government has respected that wish. Now, exactly 100 years after Johan Nygaard’s mystery package was first sealed, the city is getting ready to open it up.

Aside from the fact that I can’t really understand what they’re saying or what exactly is inside the package, I can’t stop watching. This is like the Grammy Awards to them. Men and women dressed up, live musical performances, the works.

I’m going to do this to my town. Maybe that can be the legacy I leave. I’ll send a package to the Freehold Municipal Building and tell them to open it in 2112. When they open the package, there will be nothing in there but my DVDs of “The Office” and a pack of baseball cards.

UPDATE: The opening of this historic package his begun. Here are some pictures of this historic event.

The package.
The package/Courtesy: VGTV
Getting ready to open history.
Getting ready to open/Courtesy: VGTV
Some of the items inside.
Some of the items inside/Courtesy: VGTV

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