Post # 1
Here are the rules: You can go back in time, but only for five minutes, to one place. You can talk to one person. What would you tell that person?
I’d go back to 1905 to Susan B. Anthony in Rochester, NY, and tell her that women do get the right to vote in 1920, and that all her work will always be remembered. It makes me so sad that she died just 14 years before that happened. Doesn’t this bit from her wiki page just make you teary-eyed?
“Before retiring, Anthony was asked if all women in the United States would ever be given the right to vote. She replied by stating, “it will come, but I shall not see it…It is inevitable. We can no more deny forever the right of self-government to one-half our people than we could keep the Negro forever in bondage. It will not be wrought by the same disrupting forces that freed the slave, but come it will, and I believe within a generation.” “Failure is impossible” were the words she left with her “girls” to encourage them on in the long discouraging struggle ahead. Fourteen years after Anthony’s death, following assiduous campaigning, women were given the right to vote on August 26, 1920, by the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Consitution.”
Post # 3
Ancient Israel, to meet Abraham and tell him sending Ishmael away will start a 1500 year blood bath so he really shouldn’t do that.
Post # 4
i would go all the way back to the adam and eve, and tell eve not to eat from the tree! haha ( she probably STILL wouldnt listen)
Post # 5
I would go back to me, freshman year in high school, and tell myself to take college classes in high school.
Post # 6
@jbridea: What do you think the ramifications would be if she didn’t eat it??
@ChuckNorris: Oh wow that is a really good one…I would go back and tell myself, “You want to be a reading specialist. You want to go to Penn to get that degree. Save your damn money!”
Post # 7
I would go to Versailles and hang out with Marie Antoinette when she was going on her massive shopping sprees. i would probably want to discuss silk stockings and corsets and wigs.
Post # 8
@peachacid: Love your answer!
My answer might change depending when you asked me, but right now I think I’d go see Lincoln at Ford’s Theater and say “DUCK!” I’d like to see if he could have gotten Reconstruction handled properly.
Post # 9
@village_skeptic: I recently read this book about some guys who discovered this journal a time traveler wrote. His goal was to go back in time to do something on Titanic — they thought he wanted to sink the ship. In their time, America is two separate countries — the north and the south (split after the second civil war in the 1920s) — and the north is occupied by Japan. Germany and Japan are the two main superpowers in the world. Et cetera. So they go back to the ship and discover that the guy who they thought wanted to sink it actually came from our time (like, the historical narrative we are familiar with in real life) and wanted to stop the ship from sinking. He gives the guys in the crow’s nest a pair of binnoculars that are from the future, and they miss the first iceberg…but they hit the second. So the ship still sinks, MORE lives are lost than in our world, and John Jacob Astor survives. His survival causes the world to be what the protagonists know — north and south, Japan occupied…
So I wonder whether simply saying “duck” would be enough. Long story short. =)
Post # 10
@jbridea: can I come too? She really should not have eaten from that tree and then told her Husband to try too.
Post # 11
@peachacid: That book sounds cool! Do you remember the name or the author?
If I could go back in time, it would be to a year or two before my sister and I were born to meet and talk to our mother. She died less than a year after we were born, and I would love to know what her voice sounded like, how she laughed, stuff like that.
Post # 12
@Osoluvely30: I think we should all go, stage an intervention, and slap that fruit out of her hand.
Post # 13
I’d do something small and selfish.
I’d go back before Douglas Adams died. I would tell him what he means to me in the future, and that if he took it easy on the treadmill sessions and took better care of his heart, he might live to see some of the things he longed to see most in his life come to pass. The iPod, the spider-goat, the revival of Doctor Who (for which he’d most assuredly get to write again) and so many others.
Post # 14
I’d go back about 18 years and tell my dad to make sure he takes care of himself… he died when I was in elementary school from something that could have been avoided had he been going to the doctor regularly even if I couldn’t save his life I’d hope to get an actual chance to say goodbye rather than a sudden death.
Post # 15
i would go to 2001 and tell myself to buy as much apple stock as i could as soon as i turned 18. also i would tell myself to wait until 2005 and then find Mr. Rosworms before he marries his first wife.
not noble or interesting, but it would make my life a lot easier.
Post # 16
Only 5 minutes? I would go back to 2007 and tell myself not to go on a particular trip that ended in meeting a man who ruined my life for the next 5 years. Selfish much?