EIther Indiana Jones is a real person, or this is the coolest prank ever. The University of Chicago, the real college that (in the movies) employed the fake archaeologist Indiana Jones, just received a piece of mail addressed to Indy that looks straight out of one of his epic adventures. So what's the deal?
The University of Chicago has taken to the web in an effort to figure out who's behind the elaborate package, which is fake-vintage and includes a ton of notes, photos and the journal of Indy's fictional mentor Abner Ravenwood.
That's awesome and all. But, as we all know, Henry Walton Jones Jr., aka Indiana Jones, is a fictional character portrayed by Harrison Ford and doesn't actually work at the school.
Regardless, you've got to respect the amount of detail that went into this thing. Heck, the sender even made sure it landed at the building that would've housed Indy's office, sporting classic (albeit photocopied) stamps. You know, as if Indiana Jones were a real person.
Here's the university's description of the package:
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.As cool as this is, no one knows where the package actually originated. The best guess is an epic prankster who is way too into Indiana Jones, but no one knows for sure.
Check out some pics from the package below and give us your best guess: