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In 200 years, what do you think is going to be worth a fortune from 2012?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7981points) February 13th, 2012

Okay, I was looking at scholarships a few days ago and I found this one that stated:

“In 200 years, one of your relatives is going to be digging in what is now your backyard. They are going to find something that you buried in 2012, and it is going to put any financial worries they have to rest. Your job today is to decide what to bury. Your goal is to find something that will have immense value in the future.”

I wrote mine already, but I was just wondering what other people thought!

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john65pennington's avatar

The Bible and an updated history of communications at this time period.

Since automobiles will probably be no more(for lack of fuel)how about burying a brand new 2012 Ford Explorer in my back yard? I promise to leave it alone…..honest.

troubleinharlem's avatar

@john65pennington : You’d probably have to bury some gasoline in the hole also.

ucme's avatar

Donald Trump’s hair. That thing belongs in a natural history museum along with all the other dead dinosaurs.

john65pennington's avatar

10–4 and bury a fully loaded gas tanker truck with it.

deni's avatar

Knowing our society, probably some shitty Star Wars toy from a Happy Meal.

Coloma's avatar

Anyone that can manage to hang on to a few acres of land. In 200 more years at the rate of population growth we’ve already seen in the past 200 years we’re going to be living in wall to wall apartments with probably no state parks or wild lands left. People will be flocking to see a dandelion squeezing through the cracks in the pavement.
” Oooh, I hear that 200 years ago people actually had YARDS and these extremely rare weeds were considered pests to be destroyed. ” lol

6rant6's avatar

Autographs of famous people of our time.

Blackberry's avatar

Pencil and paper.

King_Pariah's avatar

Toilet Paper.

CWOTUS's avatar

I like the recursiveness of @Coloma‘s answer: Bury some real estate in your back yard.

YoBob's avatar

I think @6rant6 has a pretty good answer. Most things that one could bury would have little material value so their worth would be largely dependent on historical or collectible value. Even then, it is pretty iffy. For example, how much do you think a collector or a museum would pay today for an Abraham Lincoln autograph that somebody dug up in a time capsule today. I’m sure it would fetch a hansom price, but probably not enough to set you up for life.

I think I would deposit $1000 in an interest bearing account in a financial institution that has a pretty good chance of surviving for the next couple of hundred years (Wells Fargo, perhaps?) and bury the account access information in the time capsule.

The deed to a nice plot of real estate I think is also a pretty darned good choice.

TexasDude's avatar

Weapons. I’m not being facetious.

mazingerz88's avatar

Kim Kardashian’s divorce papers.

6rant6's avatar

Sperm from famous people.

john65pennington's avatar

2nd Answer.

It hit me like a ton of bricks…....

Sanitary napkins and


XOIIO's avatar

Remains from a thin american, the rarest thing on earth.

I think Texas will become one giant oilsands. We could herd all the americans there. Or just build only mcdonalds there and destroy all the others.

MilkyWay's avatar

Chocolate/cocoa beans.

TexasDude's avatar

@XOIIO loli, is that you?

XOIIO's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I’m far superior, I’m Canadian.

Paradox25's avatar

Private space and drinkable water? How about natural sugar?

Berserker's avatar

I don’t have a backyard.

zenvelo's avatar

An assortment of bottled waters.

mattbrowne's avatar

A piece of the Berlin Wall and Israeli West Bank Barrier.

6rant6's avatar

I think air samples from various places might be interesting. Maybe a tank of Yosemite, a tank of LA, a tank of Bejing, and a tank of Tahiti.

Coloma's avatar

@6rant6 Gah! Leave out Beijing…jesus I had a perpetual sore throat in the big asian cities…nasty, no wonder everyone wears masks. Now the mountains and coast, not so bad.

6rant6's avatar

@coloma, That was kind of the point. Presumably in 200 years they’ll have air quality worked out. So people might be interested in the experience.

YoBob's avatar

@Coloma – No matter how bad, I’m guessing it doesn’t compare to Herford, Texas. That’s the only place I’ve been to where you fart and roll up the windows.

Coloma's avatar

@6rant6 Hah! Now that’s a creative spin you propose.
@YoBob Ewww…well, I’ll make a note to avoid “passing” through Herford TX. lol—

CWOTUS's avatar

You could bury that Beijing air in a box. In fact, you could bury the other tanks of air with “Beijing air”, and no one could tell the difference between that and the rest of the yard.

Coloma's avatar

@CWOTUS LOL Shit..can you spell biohazard?

Coloma's avatar

I’ll have to bury a primo barch of my Happy Brownies to help the excavtors of Beijing air. lolol

YoKoolAid's avatar

Pieces of the Large Hadron Collider

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