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The University of Chicago received an odd, awesome Indiana Jones-themed package

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No one in the University of Chicago admissions office thought much of the package they received that was addressed to "Henry Walton Jones, Jr." At least, not until one of their student workers realized Henry Walton Jones, Jr. is the given name of famed - yet fictional - archaeologist Indiana Jones. According to the department's Tumblr, inside the package were documents and photos that mystified admissions officials but also completely blew minds of Indiana Jones fans. To wit:

The package contained an incredibly detailed replica of "University of Chicago Professor" Abner Ravenwood's journal from Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. It looks only sort of like this one, but almost exactly like this one, so much so that we thought it might have been the one that was for sale on Ebay had we not seen some telling inconsistencies in cover color and "Ex Libris" page (and distinct lack of sword). The book itself is a bit dusty, and the cover is teal fabric with a red velvet spine, with weathered inserts and many postcards/pictures of Marion Ravenwood (and some cool old replica money) included. It's clear that it is mostly, but not completely handmade, as although the included paper is weathered all of the "handwriting" and calligraphy lacks the telltale pressure marks of actual handwriting.

A few other interesting tidbits: the package had no official U.S. postage, was still delivered via a mail bin, and sent to Rosenwald Hall which at one point was the home of the school's Geology and Geography Departments, the sort of department Dr. Jones might have worked in to begin with.

For its part, the school insists it's not a hoax or prank on their part. They swear it's the work of a very awesome prankster and have even set up a new email for tips as to who may be responsible for the fun. As there's no recent movie or promotional event tied to the movies - the last release was the BluRay version of the series in September - it's unlikely a promotional package from the studio. More likely, though, is that it's the work of a student who has 1) a stellar mind for awesome stuff, 2) an immensely amazing eye for detail, and 3) way too much Red Bull left in their system from studying for finals.

[via Chicagoist]

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