Time capsule found in Australia house full of extremely accurate predictions
For more than 20 years a time capsule lay hidden in an Australian home, sealed inside a wall, until it was discovered earlier this week.
Sydney man Sasha Ilic discovered the letter inside a stud wall last week, during renovations and took to Facebook to share his find.
The previous homeowner Greg Wilkinson, wrote it on Easter Sunday in 1995 and wrapped it in protective plastic with the hope it wouldn't be found for 50 to 80 years.
The time capsule documented life in mid-90s and made predictions for the future, with surprising accuracy.
"The big deal now is the Internet," Wilkinson wrote. "This is just exploding and every man and his dog wants to 'surf' the Internet.
"Please tell me this expression has died now."
Explaining his predictions for the future he said China "will gear up as a world economic superpower.
"Islam will become the next ideological problem ...plunging large parts of the globe into a ridiculous holy war."
A list of prices for household items was included. In Australia in 1995 fuel was $0.68 per litre, milk was $1.25 a pint and a loaf of bread was $2.25.
Wilkinson also held optimise for the future, observing a "move towards greening the world".
"Most cars drive on unleaded fuel, but I sincerely hope by the time you read this there is some other form of non-polluting transport."
He and his wife Roslyn Green purchased the house in 1989 for $170,000 and the entire property was in need of renovations. On finishing work in the last room he decided to create the time capsule.
Green thought it would be found in 2020, but "I built the wall" Wilkinson wrote, adding he thought it would be discovered closer to 2060.
The typed letter was written on one of the earliest versions of Microsoft Word, using a computer with 8MB of RAM.
The Facebook post sparked a hunt for the letter's author, who was quickly found through social media.
"I really wanted it to go for longer, but 22 years made interesting reading anyway," he commented on the post.
"I also left the days newspaper and nearly left a bottle of wine... but I drank it."