Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oy, how embarassing. But also funny.

Archives are serious business. Except when they're not.

Many years ago some fellow in some ministry packed up lots of files into boxes and sent them to the State Archives. Since the files were classified, no-one ever ordered them. This morning a staff member of the declassification department ordered the box so as to go over its files. There they were, untouched after all these years... along with some unexpected items:
Ah, in case you didn't know: If you take a plastic bottle and set it aside for decades, eventually there will be a bit of evaporation, and the bottle will begin to shrink. This is the kind of thing one can learn in archives.

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