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Observing The Web
Observing The Web
By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net
Feb 1, 2007, 19:11

How would you like to time-travel back to 1957?  Well, in a few months, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of that year simply by visiting Tulsa, Oklahoma.

On June 15, 1957, the city of Tulsa buried a brand new Plymouth Belvedere in front of the Tulsa County courthouse.  On June 15 of this year, the car will be unearthed as part of the Oklahoma centennial celebration. 

The event fifty years ago was captured on film and is now available on the Web.

Back in 1957, residents of the city were asked to guess at what the population of Tulsa would be in 2007.  The person with the closest number would win the car and a $100 savings account.  Organizers recognize that finding the winning person or their heirs may not be a simple task.

Over the past 50 years the car had been largely forgotten and most of the records of the event have long since disappeared.  According to those who remember, buried along with the car are a microfilm of names and guesses, photographs and other momentos.  Also buried are a few gallons of gasoline and motor oil – just in case it wasn’t available in the future.

No one knows how well the car has survived its 50 years of burial.  But regardless of condition, the event is sure to provide many with a serious blast from the past.

Speaking of travel - just where the heck is Matt, anyway?  No, not Matt Lauer of the Today Show fame but a different Matt.  A really different Matt.  This is a Matt who is a pretty bad dancer but nonetheless has danced his way around the world.

In a video that is spreading across the Web, he can be seen dancing everywhere from remote desert sand dunes to the most remote of islands to major cities. 

His video and more is available on his aptly named Website, www.wherethehellismatt.com.  Also check out the FAQ – it’s definitely good for a laugh.  The video, however, is truly remarkable and well worth a view.

And speaking of videos, a parking lot security camera captured  one person’s effort to back out of a parking space.  If she measured success by simply being able to drive off, yes, she succeeded.  If, however, you asked the people who owned the cars she hit, chances are, they’d have a different opinion.

The video would be absolutely hilarious if it wasn’t so darn frightening.  Hopefully, the person won’t be someone you know.

As an aside, it might be a good idea for those of a more delicate nature to avoid the comments – some of them are…shall we say…colorful.



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