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Xai [TotalFark]
2020-10-21 4:36:49 PM  
15 votes:
probably 1995, heavily leverage microsoft stock, gain enough money to offer to loan Donald Trump a lot of money for a future presidential run and then organise the meeting on the 98th floor of the north tower of the world trade centre. I think you all know when.

Ironically I think that would save more American lives than stopping 9/11.
 
2020-10-21 6:28:26 PM  
4 votes:
March 19, 1982. I would persuade Randy Rhoads to not get on that plane.

September 27, 1986. I would charter a jet for Metallica.

December 8, 2004. I would shoot that piece of shiat Nathan Gale who stole Dimebag away from us.

May 18, 2017. I would prevent Chris Cornell from taking his own life.
 
2020-10-21 5:33:52 PM  
4 votes:
If we're talking transport my current chubby old personage back, probably 83 and straighten out my underachieving, too timid with the ladies, younger self.

If 'current me' gets to inhabit the body and relive the life of 'then me', I'm going to relive the entire 1990s.

Man, another chance at all the opportunities, adventures, concerts, girls, the bands I played in, investments missed. Yeah, I'd really prefer if it was the second scenario.

Especially the girls
 
2020-10-21 5:00:58 PM  
3 votes:
Mid 90s so I can buy into all the tech stocks, become mega rich, sit on the boards and influence their policies away from pure evil and use my money to influence steal back the 2000 Florida election and swing it to Gore.
 
2020-10-21 7:38:54 PM  
2 votes:
I'd go back to elementary school and tell me to ignore all those assholes that insisted that Marie Curie was an aberration, stealing her husband's name and work.

I don't care that stopping little me from buying into that lie would alter my present circumstances.  Geek girls can do science all day long now, but back then, nope, gotta get married and crank out kids.
 
2020-10-21 7:06:58 PM  
2 votes:

Fear the Clam: Okay, so nobody's gonna kill Hitler.


I have good news for you.
 
2020-10-21 6:00:18 PM  
2 votes:
"The greatest proof that time travel isn't possible is that no future selves have yelled at me to stop messing the heck up."  ~  T-Rex, Dinosaur Comics
 
2020-10-21 5:57:29 PM  
2 votes:
November 11th, 2006 so that when I get asked to stay the night, I do this time and hopefully can say good-bye properly.
 
2020-10-21 4:40:45 PM  
2 votes:
Subby, I'm goin BACK in time....to 48 BCE.  There's a certain Queen bee I'd like to meet.
 
2020-10-21 4:33:57 PM  
2 votes:
2003-2005 or so, despite the Iraq war and all the other problems of the time. The internet and politics were less insane and there were no farking smartphones. Yet almost everything else from medical tech to transportation was nearly as advanced as it is today.
 
2020-10-21 8:02:04 PM  
1 vote:

covfefe: Fear the Clam: Okay, so nobody's gonna kill Hitler.

I have good news for you.




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2020-10-21 6:02:04 PM  
1 vote:

Soupface Sally: I would love to go back to February 1964, when The Beatles first came to America.  Just to be a part of all the excitement (I wasn't born til '66).


My mother took my two older sisters to see them in Aug 22nd 1964. I was at home probably reading comics.
 
2020-10-21 5:56:23 PM  
1 vote:
I would love to go back to February 1964, when The Beatles first came to America.  Just to be a part of all the excitement (I wasn't born til '66).
 
2020-10-21 5:37:29 PM  
1 vote:

NikolaiFarkoff: mainsail: Honestly, as a thought experiment, I can see nothing but trouble in going back in time; can you warn people about the Twin Towers, or Bloody Sunday, or any of the other tragedies big and small without being labelled as a kook? "How do you know?" "What are the details?" You might be able to invest well, or will your presence alter time? I'd love to see some family members again, but would they be thrilled to see some possibly familiar middle-aged person claiming kinship? It's like the meme that you can go back in time and tell the younger self some line that's supposed to change things, or be something they really needed to hear; but that would inevitably change the person going back, so.

I just treated it as if I could whisk myself away to a different time with zero knowledge of the future. That way I don't have to divide by zero or whatever.


Fair play, but my brain keeps pointing out things like disease immunity (mine and theirs), and so on. I have a history background, and trying to fit in to a non-contemporary culture (even one closely related to the one you come from) would be a very difficult task. Are you using things in the correct fashion? Do you know the social mores? What transferable skills do you have to earn a living, do you speak the language (and if not, how quickly can you learn?). In some cases it'd be a bit like being like one of the refugees in Greece or Italy or Ireland.

I'm not much fun at parties, either, I suspect.
 
2020-10-21 5:33:21 PM  
1 vote:
I do not think I actually would.
If I could, I might go back to ask some family members some of what they know of the genealogy that I am missing in the family trees, or to talk to all the people who have died since I was born, but generally, I do not think I would travel in time.
 
2020-10-21 5:18:49 PM  
1 vote:
Honestly, as a thought experiment, I can see nothing but trouble in going back in time; can you warn people about the Twin Towers, or Bloody Sunday, or any of the other tragedies big and small without being labelled as a kook? "How do you know?" "What are the details?" You might be able to invest well, or will your presence alter time? I'd love to see some family members again, but would they be thrilled to see some possibly familiar middle-aged person claiming kinship? It's like the meme that you can go back in time and tell the younger self some line that's supposed to change things, or be something they really needed to hear; but that would inevitably change the person going back, so.
 
2020-10-21 5:08:38 PM  
1 vote:
2013 so I can warn myself not to lose my job that paid well and to not get fat after the man Iove died unexpectedly. I gained over 75 lbs, moved back home, and am struggling to lose weight without starving myself.
 
2020-10-21 4:26:29 PM  
1 vote:
'80 . And I'd stay in that timeline so I'd be dead before 2019
 
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