Indiana Jones Journal Stumps UChicago
Is it a clue in a game, or something else entirely?
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2012 8:41 AM CST
In this file image released by Paramount Pictures, Harrison Ford is shown in a scene from the film, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."   (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, David James, FILE)

(Newser) – Call this one Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of Higher Learning: The latest Jones-themed mystery is taking place not on the silver screen but in the University of Chicago's mail room. Its admissions office's Tumblr explains that late last week a package addressed to "Henry Walton Jones, Jr." arrived. A student worker tasked with sorting the mail figured out said Jones isn't a faculty member—it's Indiana. Inside was "an incredibly detailed replica" of the journal Jones-mentor Abner Ravenwood (a character who happens to be a University of Chicago professor) created.

The university began digging into the mystery, thus far without much luck. It explains that the envelope looks quite weathered, like it got a beating in the mail. Except the package doesn't have US postage on it, and the stamps it does feature look photocopied. The mostly handmade journal's destination, the building that houses admissions, used to be home to the geology and geography department, the Tumblr notes. Lucasfilm confirmed the package isn't part of a viral marketing stunt. The AP reports one working theory: that it's part of an "alternate reality" game where players plant clues for others.

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Minkey
Dec 17, 2012 1:21 PM CST
This is exactly what the news needs right now.
magnificenthack
Dec 17, 2012 11:48 AM CST
The only problem I see with this, is that Indiana Jones didn't teach or work at the University of Chicago. He did ATTEND the University of Chicago where he studied under Ravenwood (before that messy business with Ravenwood's daughter). "Dr. Jones" taught at Marshall College in CT.
trebor171
Dec 17, 2012 11:05 AM CST
It is not illegal to open some else's mail when it is delivered to a business or an institution.