The University of Chicago's admissions department received an interesting package this week addressed to Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr., otherwise known as Indiana Jones.
The official Tumblr of the university's admissions department featured a blog post about the package, which they said they received earlier in the week. The university also featured the post on their official Twitter and Facebook accounts. In the 1981 film "Raiders of the Lost Ark" it is revealed that Jones' mentor, Professor Abner Ravenwood, is a professor at the university.
"Yesterday we received a package addressed to 'Henry Walton Jones, Jr.' We sort-of shrugged it off and put it in our bin of mail for student workers to sort and deliver to the right faculty member -- we get the wrong mail a lot," the blog post said. "Little did we know what we were looking at. When our student mail worker snapped out of his finals-tired haze and realized who Dr. Jones was, we were sort of in luck: this package wasn't meant for a random professor in the Stat department. It is addressed to 'Indiana' Jones."
The mystery 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,'" the blog post added. In the film, Jones used the journal to find the Ark of the Covenant. The package also included weathered postcards and pictures of Jones' love interest in the film Marion Ravenwood, the daughter of Abner, played by actress Karen Allen.
The package also contained replica money. The package was likely not sent in the U.S. mail system since it does not have real stamps outside of it. There was also no U.S. postage on the package. The blog post notes that the admissions department is located in Rosenwald Hall, which used to be home to the university's department of geology and geography.
The blog post ends with the remark that the post is not a hoax put on by the school. It asks who could have possibly sent the mail and pleads to the internet for help. Another blog published after the original post includes theories on who could've sent the package with answers ranging from a viral marketing campaign to an overeager applicant.
Lucasfilm, the company behind the "Indiana Jones" franchise, told Wired magazine recently that they are unaware of where the package came from but "would love to know."