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#1 Hum

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:11

CHICAGO – University of Chicago officials are puzzled by a mystery piece of mail seemingly linked to the Indiana Jones movie series.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the university's admissions department received a package last week addressed to "Henry Walton Jones Jr." That's the main character's name in the popular film franchise that began in 1980s.

The package contained a replica of the journal from the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" film -- and no explanation.

University officials turned to Tumblr for answers.

Admissions counselor Grace Chapin says one theory is that it's an "alternate reality" game where players plant clues for others.

Officials with Lucasfilm, the studio that made the movies, say they weren't responsible for the package.

University officials say they haven't decided what to do with the journal.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:16

See it's already begun!!!

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:31

Maybe they've been punked.

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Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:15

The package contained a replica of the journal from the "Raiders of the Lost Ark" film -- and no explanation.


What Journal? That was used in 'The Last Crusade'................

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 16:35

'Raiders of the Lost Ark' package mystery solved

It took a student doing a bit of research on the Internet to discover that Jones was real—on big screen. Indiana Jones' character is said to be based loosely on two U of C professors. Abner Ravenwood was an Egyptologist and archeologist at the school about a century ago. In the movie, he is a mentor of Indiana Jones, and the journal is his.

Though the craftsmanship of the journal, chock full of maps and old photographs, was impressive, a spokesman for the school's admissions office said, there were clues that indicated Ravenwood was not the author.

The school found out the journal was the work of a Guam man whom Garrett described as a "prop replicator."

"Apparently, it takes him two weeks to make one of these replicas and then he sells them to people all over the world," Brinker said. "He says they usually go for about $200 (but) I believe this one went for $177."

Brinker said that the Oriental Institute, the university's famed museum and organization devoted to the ancient Near East, likes the journal and asked to display it in its main lobby.

"They asked for it and now it is in their possession," he said.

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Posted 18 December 2012 - 17:10

that was anti climactic