CHICAGO, IL — in what is perplexing University of Chicago officials this week, a very intricate and authentic journal – along with a vintage outer package – was received by the University of Chicago admissions department on Tuesday.
The journal, with entries by the fictional “Abner Ravenwood” character from the various Indiana Jones films, was complete with aged pages, semi-authentic calligraphy writing and even photographs deliberately distressed as to appear from the 1930s-era. The outer packaging delivery address was to one “Henry Walton Jones, Jr.” – the actual and fictional name of the whip-cracking archaeologist Indiana Jones from Raiders of the Lost Ark and several sequel films in the 1980s and 1990s.
Officials still don’t know if this was an elaborate prank during finals week, some other kind of publicity stunt – or even an enterprising student seeking a very creative way to be admitted to the University of Chicago. The University has posted quite a few details on its Tumblr page here.