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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Out of Sight Doesn’t Mean It’s Gone

During a March 28 subsurface investigation of unlined trenches of Columbia County Landfill, a copy of the Wall Street Journal dated July 7, 1987 was excavated from 18 feet below the surface.

After 20 years, 8 months and 21 days entombed each page is legible. Even the small print could be read revealing the following:

Col. Oliver North’s testimony to Congress per the Iran-Contra affair
Dow Jones lost 7.17 points closing at 2429.53
Pork Belly options were selling at 0.02 per pound
Gold sold for $450.30 per troy oz.
Most unbelievable, crude Oil was $20.00 / barrel

Not only a great history lesson, but a reminder that things don't "biodegrade" in the landfill.

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