Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Time Travel

I’ve always been enthralled by the possibility of time travel. There are so many historical events I’d love to see; so many mysteries to solve.

If you could travel to any point in time but could only observe safely, not change events, when and where would you go? I think I’d go back to see dinosaurs in the wild, or maybe to see early humans. Ooh! Or to go see Shakespeare’s plays when they were first performed. What about y’all?

Bearded man holding a sign that reads "What do we want? Time Travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant."
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By [E] Hillary

Hillary is a giant nerd and former Mathlete. She once read large swaths of "Why Evolution is True" and a geology book aloud to her infant daughter, in the hopes of a) instilling a love of science in her from a very young age and b) boring her to sleep. After escaping the wilds of Waco, Texas and spending the next decade in NYC, she currently lives in upstate New York, where she misses being able to get decent pizza and Chinese takeout delivered to her house. She lost on Jeopardy.

28 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: Time Travel”

Oh I would be all over the place. The Golden Century of the Netherlands, New Zealand before white people entered. The Sahara when it was less desert and more place of exotic flowers every other season. I would definitely visit the (far) future as well for some pointers and to see if all the warnings will become true. I want to visit the Roaring Twenties and Marie-Antoinette’s Court and really, you had to let me mourn the lack of time travel?

I’d even settle for just teleportation. There are countless amazing lives out there that my location and travel budget are preventing me from seeing. (I’m assuming that “observe safely” could mean hovering comfortably somewhere in mid-air with nobody elbowing me or trampling on my toes.)

But time-travel-wise, I would love to just explore historic cities, buildings and landscapes as they were once upon a time. Again, preferably hovering around invisibly, in a comfortable, stink-proof bubble.

I think I’m with you here… on teleportation.

Myself? I think I’d like to hop through Paris at different periods of time… (We don’t just have to jump once right? and do we get to come back? WHAT ARE THE RULES?!?!)

If I had to pick one time — excuse me while I get really fucking particular — it’d be Gertrude Stein’s Saturday soirees where Picasso and Le Corbusier are just hanging the fuck out, being awesome, sharin’ beds with Dali, building houses for frens’, giving away masterpieces.. NBD.

Teleportation is always, ALWAYS my answer when I’m asked what super power I would most like to have.  For similar reasons – there’s so much I want to see in this world that my budget and travel times prevent, on top of my steadily more far-flung friends that I would like to visit.  Teleportation would make life SO much easier.


Agreed on the wanting to know part, but I would never want to witness a murder.

On a similar note, it would be interesting to see all those relatives of mine who died during WWII, but knowing the outcome would make seeing them way too depressing.

I’m not sure I could choose just one.  But I’d love to see dinosaurs for real, I’d love to listen to or talk to Oscar Wilde, and I would love to see Rome in the Augustan period (or just before…I think seeing Julius Caesar or Antony, or Cicero speaking, would be pretty amazing too.)

One of the coolest things I have ever done in my life was standing where Caesar died.  It was just an amazing moment to think I was standing at the spot where this pivotal moment in history happened.  In fact, a lot of the coolest things I have  ever done in my life happened while I was studying Classics in Rome, thus the desire to time travel to ancient Rome…

Oo good timing, I just finished the book Time Travelers Never Die in which they go back to all sorts of significant moments. Hmm if I could only go back to one time period and assuming I gained the magical tardis-like ability to read anything, I think I’d go back to the library of Alexandria. Barring that, go meet Bodiccea, Queen of the Iceni as that’s the area of the world my ancestors hail from.

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