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London, Sat, 25 Aug 2012 ANI

London, August 25 (ANI): A mysterious parcel, which had been kept in a small Norwegian town since 1912, was finally opened on Thursday night and unfortunately it only had a bunch of letters, some flags and council receipts in it.

The package had the instructions 'May be opened in 2012' and despite the 90-minute build-up at a ceremony in Otta, central Norway, the contents failed to shake the world.

The parcel was left in the council's care in 1928 by Johan Nygaard, a former chairman of Sel council in Otta, who had wrapped and sealed it in 1912 on the 300th anniversary of the legendary Battle of Kringen.

The battle stood in Otta in 1612 between local peasants and Scottish mercenary soldiers on their way through the Norwegian woods to enlist to fight in the Swedish army during Kalmar War between Denmark-Norway and Sweden.

Miraculously the Norwegian peasants won and it is believed that the contents of the package may have some connection to the battle 400 years ago, the Daily Mail reported.

Although it has spent the last few years safely stored on display at the local museum, it has been forgotten a few times over the years and was nearly lost for good in the fifties during a renovation at the local council and had to be rescued from the tip.

The ceremony saw a 90 minute build-up to the opening where international guests and local dignitaries were treated to traditional music and dance before the package came on stage.

The package was brought to a podium by museum workers Torveig Dahl and Kjell Voldheim who opened it with the help of the chairman of the council.

With gloved hands Ms Dahl and Mr Voldheim carefully opened up the package to reveal another package.

While people craned their necks to get a view of the contents, it only turned out to be memorial flags, including a royal banner, and documents from early 20th century.

It also included two newspapers from 1914 - two years after it was meant to have been sealed, something which baffled the historians. (ANI)


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