Fun thread: What would you do if you unexpectedly traveled back in time?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

I probably wouldn’t do much besides try to survive. 

I have no idea what time period I would rather would be in, and I have no idea how I would survive. I wouldn’t want to change history too much, because one could easily cause a big problem by trying to change things, even if they think they’re doing a good thing. I’m also an ethnic minority, so what I would and wouldn’t do would depend largely on the time period I ended up in. 

If I could somehow be a person who was able to travel around without anyone paying much attention to me, I think I’d use my knowledge of events at the time and try to see the people who were involved. For example, if I were to go to the 1700’s, I’d try to see Count St. Germain and Casanova, and all of the people who were notable at the time or would be later. 

Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Wynn Las Vegas

I have read the first 3 of those books. Good stuff! 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
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iarebridezilla:  I love the Outlander series, but I’m positive I’d die very quickly if I ended up in Scotland in the 1700s… 

I could probably make it at a little country estate in the U.S. or Europe a few hundred years ago – as long as I wasn’t involved with the court and politics, though I’m not really quiet or well-mannered enough to get married during those time periods either.

I can handle hard work, though, and I learn easily, so maybe I could make it as a governess? I’m good with kids and have experience teaching. I’d just have to be careful not to teach “future” knowledge and stick with the incorrect “facts” of the time.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

iarebridezilla:  I would still make the effort to affect history as little as possible. 

I may not be going back to the future (tee-hee), but the future will happen, and I wouldn’t want to screw things up. I may be a time-traveller, but that doesn’t mean I should start thinking only of myself. Being considerate is a good trait no matter what time period you’re in and no matter how you got there. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
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iarebridezilla: And I’d be like “let’s go to California and mine for gold! There’s a ton of it!” We’d be so rich.

I knew there had to be an easy way to get rich quick – I just have to travel back in time to California! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
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Haha I try and imagine what I would do too! And honestly, as an independent woman who doesn’t just sit back and let the men take charge I’d probably get myself into a shit ton of trouble.  Also I’m an engineer so it would be a toss up whether I’d  be super useful or tried as a witch or heratic for doing science.  However, I only remember *so* much so there would be a lot of trial and error as I attempt to recall how to, say, make a battery or simple rocket fuel.  I have approximate knowledge of a lot of stuff but can’t always remember everything off the top of my head.

Also it’d be hard to keep things like calculus a secret (assuming I went back far enough).

I do have enough general knowledge of medicine that I could maybe be useful enough (taken a few first aid courses).  

I think I would just try to survive and get back to my appropriate time at first – find a church or nice family to take me in.  Maybe I could teach or help as a nurse.  Then eventually Id start showing and telling people about cool stuff.  Maybe go on a sweet ass adventure into uncharted lands.

Now if you will excuse me I have to go Google a bunch of stuff.

 

 

 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

iarebridezilla:  Well i’m a sci-fi enthusiast, so I’ve thought about this a lot. I would probably try to just go unobserved for as long as possible. I would try to speak as little as possible and just observe. Otherwise you could risk completely changing the future, and possibly jepordizing your own future self/family/loved ones. It’s impossible to know how your changes could affect things, and sure ordering a beer in a pub isn’t likely to drastically alter the future at large- BUT introducing new medical techniques or technologies. NO WAY. Too risky. 

ETA: Oh and I’d dress like a man as quickly as I could. I have a low voice and without regular waxing I think I’d grow a fairly believable moustache so I’d be golden. 

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Post # 14
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Sugar bee
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I would probably have fitted in in the sense that I’m crafty, so back in a time where women were supposed to know those types of things I wouldn’t have been totally helpless. However, I’m a trained geologist – so that would have been totally worthless. Imagine being in church back in the 1600s/1700s and the priest would go on and on about how the earth was 6000 years old… I would first laugh, then get into the science of things and then get burned. On the other hand, I might have been burned just from how I look. Back in Sweden they used to burn people with odd moles, and I had surgery for large moles in my face when I was a teenager. Obviously I wouldn’t have been able to get that procedure done a couple of hundred of years ago, so that would have been a pain in the butt.

If I could go back to one place in time just super briefly and then return, the early Jurassic. I’ve worked on early conifers from that time period and I would love to see them in real life!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

iarebridezilla:  I get what you’re saying. 

I think changing things as little as possible would be the best thing for me to do. Sometimes, as odd as it may seem, changing something for what you think is the better can lead to an even bigger or longer lasting problem. 

War, famine, murder, disease and all of those other awful things will happen almost no matter what, that is true, but that doesn’t mean I would or should throw caution to the wind and muck about with things. That’s just not my style. Besides, some of the most awful events have spurred big changes, good changes, and by preventing one disaster or bad event I could easily deprive the world of the growth it needs to get better. I could easily prevent great people from being born, revolutionary art from being made, and sorely needed advances in morality. I certainly wouldn’t want to do that. 

We have a different approach to this, and that’s cool. It’s interesting to see what everyone thinks they would do in a situation like this. It’s an interesting topic. 

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