Wanted: Time Travelling Companion

United States
February 24, 2016 3:28am CST
Oh we've all seen some sort of hoax about time travel. There are the photoshopped pictures claiming that some well known figure was seen in a photo of WWI soldiers, or at woodstock or any maner of places. I've seen those photos circulated online at the very least. Apparently a classified ad made in 1997 for Backwoods Home Magazine. It asked for a time traveling companion but warns that it isn't safe, and says money will be earned after the return home. The original author of the classified talks about it in an article written in 2010. Would you go back in time with this guy? Well that is if it were possible.
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@owlwings (38181)
• Cambridge, England
24 Feb 16
I have often fantasized about travelling back in time. I would love to go back to meet my young self. In some scenarios I wouldn't reveal to him or my family who I am - I would, perhaps, pose as a lost relative - but would sow the seeds in his mind which would enable me to have lived my life differently and, hopefully, better. Of course, going back in time to change something so that the future would be different raises all sorts of logical conundrums! In another scenario, I might take back with me some simple technology, such as a pocket calculator or even some ballpoint pens or Scotch tape (neither of which had been invented when I was a kid). I would sell these for cash and then (using published results) I would place winning bets or invest in something which I knew would later make me a lot of money.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Feb 16
It's those logical conundrums that would get you though, since you might just change your own life enough that your alternate future self doesn't go back in time and that would put you right back where you started. Or your imported technology would mess up someone else's life enough that the sure bet you placed all your money on failed to pan out. So many seemingly minor events can have huge ramifications further down the time stream...
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• United States
24 Feb 16
Going back as a distant relative or family friend sounds safe enough. It would be less likely to mess up the timeline of things. Of course as Joanne said, there is really no telling what miniscule thing could change the events of time drastically. I am not so sure that I would go back with any of the small advancements though, I'd be afraid that it would somehow alter the life of the inventor of said items. Placing bets or investing actually makes me think of a scene from one of my favorite movie trilogies, Back to the Future. I can't remember all the scene entails, but one of the main characters went back and told their younger self to place a bet on a sporting event (I believe it was baseball).
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@owlwings (38181)
• Cambridge, England
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum The Back to the Future series deals with the problem of changing things quite ingeniously. I am still trying to get my head around The Time Traveller's Wife (I have to keep restarting reading the book and I haven't seen the film yet!). Groundhog Day is another I must read/see. Any other suggestions?
@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
24 Feb 16
I'm not sure if I would want to travel across time but I do love the idea of it. I would love to visit the days when women dressed like they did in Gone with the Wind before the war.
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• United States
24 Feb 16
One thing I would want to be is a lady's maid. I'd want to experience the task of putting all the finery on. I say ladies maid because I wouldn't want to be the one to wear all the heavy stuff all day.
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@simone10 (22262)
• Louisville, Kentucky
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum I think it would be cool just to be able to wear all the pretty things just for one day. I can't imagine wearing it all the time and especially during the heat of the summer with no air conditioning.
@TRBRocks420 (62319)
• Banks, Oregon
24 Feb 16
No but if he goes and, comes back first then I might try it. I don't want him with me though lol.
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• United States
24 Feb 16
Why not he seems like a nice enough guy?
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• United Kingdom
24 Feb 16
You might become best friends!
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@LilyBeBack (1704)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 16
Well, as you know, I travelled back in time last night I didn't think to ask for someone to go with me - maybe that's why I was so unsuccessful I think the wording of that advert might be part of the reason it's still talked about - it's really tickled me for some reason! 'This is not a joke.' 'I have only done this once before.' I find those two phrases really comical
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• United States
24 Feb 16
Yes those two, especially "I have only done this once before" was a kicker for me. Now that I think about it, I'd rather someone else go back with me as well. If I happened to end up stuck in whatever time period, I'd want someone who I could confide in and trust.
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• United Kingdom
29 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum Yes! I didn't think of that, but yeah I'd want someone to talk to normally without having to hide anything, or without time acting as a language barrier.
@Platespinner (18563)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
24 Feb 16
Time travel intrigues me, there are a few events in the past that I'd like to visit to find out what really happened. Just think how much easier a detectives job would be if he could continually return not only to the scene of the crime, but to the exact moment it happened.
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• United States
24 Feb 16
It would also save a lot of innocent lives. I know that technological advancements have been made, but even so sometimes the wrong person is convicted of a crime. i think if I were a detective, the first thing I would do is visit cold case scenes and then scenes where I felt the wrong person was convicted.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
24 Feb 16
I would happily travel back in time, depending on the actual time chosen. There are many periods in history that would prove more dangerous to visit than some of the planets that Doctor Who visits during his adventures.
• Calgary, Alberta
24 Feb 16
In my case, I want to travel time to cheat the lottery and sports betting. Maybe I will cheat on the stocks exchange too.
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@Asylum (47312)
• Manchester, England
24 Feb 16
@CaptAlbertWhisker It certainly would be useful to have advance knowledge of such results.
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• United States
24 Feb 16
@CaptAlbertWhisker It might be more dangerous than it is worth. When you get back to present day you might find that you've won but at the detriment to a relative or friend.
@Lucky15 (33691)
• Philippines
25 Feb 16
If there will be the chance to travel back. Would love to. The time will be twenty years ago
• United States
25 Feb 16
Only twenty years ago? I don't know that I'd want to mettle in my own life. I'd rather be a fly on the wall in historic times.
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@Lucky15 (33691)
• Philippines
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum haha. Yep. Have ao many memories during that time. :))
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• United States
25 Feb 16
@Lucky15 It sounds like they are all good memories.
@celticeagle (114492)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Feb 16
It certainly does take all kinds to make a world. Threatening responder is pretty humorous.
• United States
25 Feb 16
All kinds of Kinds, a country singer sings something about that. Can't remember who. Yeah that one is amusing but it's sad for those who believed it was possible.
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@celticeagle (114492)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum .....People could go with it and have some fun.
@T_gray (7896)
• Salina, Kansas
25 Feb 16
That's really interesting reading about all the letters that he got over the years. How some believed him. Wow. I am not sure how I feel about that. Some people are just really desperate.
• United States
25 Feb 16
I feel for those who actually believed him. I also feel for those who wanted him to go back and help right wrongs. It is deceiving though, but I doubt very seriously he intended, or even thought it would be.
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@T_gray (7896)
• Salina, Kansas
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum Did it even say what his intentions were? But you are right, I do feel for those who actually believed him.
@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
24 Feb 16
I don't believe I would want to go back in time but I do think the author would have gotten a girlfriend in 13 long years.
@Marcyaz (36111)
• United States
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum What's with the Poor Guy stuff something wrong with him can't even find a girlfriend.
• Calgary, Alberta
24 Feb 16
What if that person is a member of a cult that sacrifices people to the Egyptian God Set. There are so many Psychos who uses classified adds to lure victims.
• Calgary, Alberta
25 Feb 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum I remember that guy who invented a fake time machine, His invention is obviously fake and wont work but many people purchased it because of their desire to travel time.
• Dubai, United Arab Emirates
24 Feb 16
I would love to time travel. But, I need proof I'll be able to do so, before I go for it. I would love to visit the Renaissance period and the time of the Mohenjo Daro civilisation.
• United States
24 Feb 16
Yes I think a lot of proof would have to be given for anyone to really trust it. Then I'd want to see someone else time travel and come back unscathed.