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1873 Prank Gives City’s Time Capsule Risque Touch

Associated Press

A prankster in 1873 added a surprise to the city’s time capsule filled with seed catalogs, maps and coins: a century-old condom.

The condom, made of sheep intestine, was found in an envelope tucked into a book. The envelope was addressed to “The person who opens the box.”

The capsule, which was buried under City Hall, and its contents, including the prankster’s contribution, will go on display at the Rochester Museum and Science Center Feb. 19.


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