No sane person wouldn't _be stunned by uncovering that capsule, whether it was opened right now or at the beginning of the next century. There are the poles, good and bad, of history: a highpoint in popular art (the trumpet), a lowpoint in human lives lost (the helmet), the technology that mattered (the phone), and the history we remember (the wall). But those were all exceptions, not rules. What we too often forget about the past are the mundanities, the mediocre activities and cultural ephemera we experienced all the time, but that were so clearly unimportant--or even plain bad--that they were happily forgotten. If a time traveler from 2100 asked about the Twinkie stuffed in that capsule, they would say: _And what was this? And the person, stunned at seeing a time traveler, would wet their pants, and then say, _I dunno. It was a processed food we ate sometimes. No one really cared about them all that much until the company went bankrupt, and then they came back, and no one really cared again. They were okay I guess? _And that would be A Brief History Of These United States In Modern Times.