While visiting the National Museum of Prehistory earlier this month with his family, a man surnamed Wu (吳) asked the museum staff if it was possible to retrieve a wishing card from last year so that he could use it in a last effort to win back his ex-girlfriend.
Even though there were at least 8,000 wishing cards tacked to the wall outside the museum, the museum’s public service division staffer Lee Hung-ni (李虹妮) stepped up to the challenge after hearing about Wu’s plight.
Wu, currently a graduate school student, said he visited the museum on Aug. 31 last year with his then-girlfriend and the two left a wishing card on the wall.
Wu said he had written his girlfriend’s wishes on the card before letting her put her thumbprint on it.
Of the four different types of cards provided by the museum, Wu had chosen one with a picture of the rainbow, on which he had written: “Hoping that whitebait will not walk all over the white shark.”
The “whitebait” on the card referred to Wu’s girlfriend, while the white shark referred to Wu himself, he said.
After locating the box with last year’s wishing cards in the museum’s warehouse, Lee and Wu spent over an hour rummaging through the cards before finally finding the right one.
Wu said he would keep it until the start of the semester before giving it to his ex in an attempt to win her back.
Meanwhile, Lee said she hopes her actions would give people a new impression of the museum.
“I hope that the museum can be perceived with a sense of liveliness rather than as just cold dead fossils from the prehistoric period,” Lee said.
In addition, Lee said the wishing cards were printed a decade ago, and only about 2,000 were left.
The cards are free and anyone may ask for one, Lee said, adding that the museum currently does not have plans to print new cards.
“Once the cards are gone it is very possible the first print will become ‘extinct,’” Lee said.