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Video Shows Discovery of Steve Jobs' Lisa Mouse Inside 30-Year-Old Aspen Time Tube

National Geographic Channel show Diggers last year unearthed a time capsule containing a piece of Steve Jobs memorabilia that's been buried for 30 years. A video obtained by CNET shows the excavation and opening of this renowned canister.

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(Credit: Mike Durkin)

The time capsule, known as the "Aspen Time Tube", was buried in 1983 by the organizers of the International Design Conference. Steve Jobs gave a famous talk at the event and donated the Lisa mouse that he used for the presentation. That mouse, along with other articles were placed in a 13-foot tube and buried in an Aspen field.

Organizers planned to dig up the cylinder in 2000, but they couldn't find it after a major landscaping project altered the layout of the area. With help from National Geographic and Diggers, the time capsule finally was located last September and brought to the surface. Inside the tube was the Lisa mouse still in its original bag and in excellent condition. Also included in the tube was a script from NBC's Hill Street Blues TV show, a Rubik's cube, and a Kodak Instamatic camera.

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27 weeks ago
I think it's a shame it's been dug up. Surely a time capsule should be left for at least 100 years?
Rating: 15 Votes
27 weeks ago
I'm sorry, what does this have to do with Flappy Bird?
Rating: 11 Votes
27 weeks ago
Im hoping there was more than that inside a 13 foot tube.
Rating: 6 Votes
27 weeks ago

I think it's a shame it's been dug up. Surely a time capsule should be left for at least 100 years?


I was just thinking the same. I genuinely have a drawer at home that's had stuff in it longer than that!
Rating: 6 Votes
27 weeks ago
I find this over-the-top enthusiasm these types of shows show a complete turnoff. People like that are incredibly annoying in real-life, why would I want to watch them on TV?
Rating: 3 Votes
27 weeks ago
Too soon!
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago
Wow a 30-year old mouse and they treat it like its some sort of ancient sacred artifact. Most pre-mature time capsule dig up ever. Don't even wake me up if its under 50 years!
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago
Maybe someone can put it back and wait a bit more. Perhaps put a note saying is 2014 and we don't know how to use Time tubes technology yet.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 weeks ago
I think if Steve Jobs was the visionary that the pundits give him credit for, they would have found an iWatch when they opened it up. ;)
Rating: 1 Votes
27 weeks ago
I love how overblown the acting is in that video. The technology expert is so full of it! "You can tell this is the real deal because of the one small button." Yeah, like they didn't make about a billion of those things during their production.
Rating: 1 Votes

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