This is a little unbelievable. I've looked several places for more information, thinking that there was no way this could be remotely true. I was wrong. Several sites talk about the legendary time capsule tucked away in Texas that will supposedly be worth $1 Quadrillion when it's opened.

Here is where it gets crazy.

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First, you have to understand the relationship Texas has with helium. Texas just so happens to be home to the helium capital of the world. Just ask anyone from the Texas panhandle, mainly Amarillo. They'll tell you all about it.

The story goes that in 1968, to honor the 100th anniversary of some nerd discovering helium, a giant monument was built. In case you didn't know, the discovery of helium happens to be a very interesting story; especially when considering that it was pretty much a big accident.

So, you fast forward 100 years and here we are erecting a monument to helium. Where would you put such a monument? In the helium capital of the world, Amarillo, Texas.

Michael J. Rivera, Townsquare Media
Michael J. Rivera, Townsquare Media

What you may not know about the monument is that it includes a series of time capsules. The first time capsule was opened in 1993. The second one was opened five years ago in 2018. One won't be opened until 2968, 1000 years after it was buried.

Supposedly, in the time capsule set to open in 2968, there is a passbook to a bank account. That bank account, by some estimates, will be worth $1 quadrillion by the time the time capsule is opened.

Just in case you were wondering, that's $1,000,000,000,000,000. Friends and neighbors, that's a whole bunch of zeroes trailing off that number one.

Michael J. Rivera, Townsquare Media
Michael J. Rivera, Townsquare Media

Of course a lot of this hinges on the idea that society will still be functioning in 2968. There are several other factors in play, as well.

Still, it's fun to think that underneath a helium monument in Amarillo, Texas is a time capsule that one day may be worth more money than anyone on Earth can wrap their brains around.

Don Harrington Discovery Center

The Don Harrington Discovery Center is a amazing science center in Amarillo. It is a fun place to bring the kids to learn about all sorts of things, from building, to dinosaurs, to animals, and even space.

Bring the kids out for some fun and excitement.

Tuesday - Saturday 9:30 - 4:30
Sunday Noon - 4:30

Adults: $14
Children Under 1: FREE
Children 2-17: $9
Military: $11
Seniors: $11
Students: $11

1200 Streit Drive Amarillo, Tx 79106
Call: (806) 355-9547

Gallery Credit: Lori Crofford

25 Landmarks of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle

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