Saturday, May 02, 2020

What Would Go Into a Nickelodeon Time Capsule Today?

Back in 1992, Nickelodeon called upon the Kids World Council to decide what to preserve in a Nickelodeon Time Capsule to be opened in 50 years. On April 30, 1992, Mike O'Malley (Get The Picture, Nickelodeon GUTS, Global Guts) and Joey Lawrence (Blossom) buried that time capsule stuffed with '90s kid treasures deep beneath the earth around the slime geyser at Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida.

When Nickelodeon Studios closed in 2005, the Nickelodeon Time Capsule temporarily dug up and reburied at Nickelodeon Suites Resort [the Nick Hotel] in Orlando, before being dug up again when the hotel rebranded and reburied across the country at the new Nickelodeon Studios in Burbank, California.

Keeping with the original plan, the capsule is still slated be opened on April 30, 2042.

Here’s a list of everything inside the Nickelodeon Time Capsule:

  • 1. Movies - Home Alone and Back to the Future on VHS.
  • 2. CDs - Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em by MC Hammer and Michael Jackson's Dangerous album.
  • 3. A Nintendo Game Boy
  • 4. Rollerblades
  • 5. Reebok Pump sneakers
  • 6. A jar of Gak
  • 7. One of Joey Lawrence's "Whoa! 92" hats
  • 8. News reports - Girl standing atop Soviet tank in Red Square during the Communist hard liners’ coup attempt in August 1991; Coverage of the AIDS crisis; Desert Storm; and the end of the Soviet Union.
  • 9. Books - A world atlas; history book; comic book; phone book; the Orlando TV Guide for the week of April 30, 1992; and a copy of the Book of Endangered Species
  • 10. An issue of Nickelodeon Magazine
  • 11. A Nicktoons t-shirt featuring Ren & Stimpy
  • 12. A piece of the Berlin Wall
  • 13. A Barbie doll
  • 14. Pencils
  • 15. A skateboard
  • 16. A baseball
  • 17. Twinkies
  • 18. A stick of bubble gum
  • 19. Photos of things too big (or alive) to fit inside - Including bicycles, planes, trains, cars, politicians and celebrities.
  • 20. A videotape - Which was a recording of the live ceremony, shot by a girl named Vicky who stood onstage to operate the Kid Cam.
  • 21. The camera recording the tape - This appears to have been unplanned. Mike O'Malley and Joey Lawrence both looked baffled about how to remove the tape from the camera, so the whole setup was tossed in at the last minute. Was this even voted on or was it a last-minute add-in courtesy of Mike O’Malley? Either way, no one was going to question Mike O’Malley. The guy was basically CEO of the Aggro Crag, and no doubt about it, he had GUTS.

Thinking about the time capsule made me think: If Nickelodeon was to bury a new time capsule full of items and memories relevant to today to be opened in 2070, what would you put in it?

I've been racking my brains for ideas, so far I've come up with:

  • A SpongeBob SquarePants Masterpiece Meme toy
  • A smartphone with the Nick App (Nickelodeon Play app)
  • A Netflix subscription gift card
  • News articles, including about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic; climate change; and Greta Thunberg
  • An MP3 player with Ariana Grande albums
  • Today's TV listings
  • An article about
  • A Nickelodeon Blimp with the network's current logo
  • Nickelodeon Slime
  • A JoJo Siwa bow
  • Logos of TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter
  • Video games

What else could go in? What do you think of my list? What would you put into the Nickelodeon Time Capsule? Let me know in the comments or on social media (links in the sidebar)!

If you don’t already feel old, after realizing there’s only 20 years left until we open the original Nickelodeon time capsule, you can re-live the burial event with this clip of the ceremony!

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Originally published: Saturday, May 2, 2020 at xx.xx BST.

Inspiration: The Kingdom Insider.
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