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History Buffs Share The Events They'd Attend If They Could Travel Back In Time

What do you want to see?

Can you imagine living through a significant day in history? It's totally both a curse and a blessing. But, it's fun to think about, right? So what if you had the chance, what would you do?

Reddit user ChipNoir asked:

You get a ticket to go back in time to any event, complete with 200 dollars time period equivalent, period clothes, and 24 hours split evenly before and after the event. What do you choose to attend?

Let's see what they all said.

Fulfilling A Wish

Stephen Hawking's birthday party. (The one he held and only told someone after it had happened in hopes of seeing a time traveler.)

Getting On The Bandwagon

January 9th, 2009. The day Bitcoin first went online.

Chicago Times

A World's Fair in the late 19th century. It would be cool to see people getting excited and amazed by the lightbulb and other inventions from the time period.

Recession

When the market crashed in like 2008, buy some stocks.

Curiosity

The big bang! What the hell was going on 12 hrs before?

Completely Legal

A pharmacy in the late 19th/ early 20th century.

"Yes sir I have a cold. The only thing that will help is as much cocaine and heroin as X$ can by"

A Good Deed

The bombing of my grandfather's house in ww2.

They lived on a farm next to a railway which was the target. The British missed and hit their home. Parents + 8 kids + grandparents + 3 aunts/uncles. After the bombing they were all split up over multiple villages and didn't see each other much for years. Id love to see his home and family he still talks about before the bomb and use the cash to help them after.

Choices

Kennedy Assassination, or maybe the Buddha giving the flower sermon, or maybe meeting Jesus before all the apostles glommed on. Or maybe that first Black Flag show in NYC.

My Name Is

I'd save Lincoln..if I could. Then tell him about Hamilton (the musical)

Solving Mysteries

See how the Roman's made concrete. IIRC we still don't know how they did it.

Confirmation

I would want to check out the actual time and place of when Jesus did any significant and undeniable miracle. And I would video the whole damn thing. When I returned, I would have the ability to convert all christians into atheists or all atheists into christians.

1313

My own 13th birthday party. So I can pull myself aside and try to fix my life before it ever goes wrong. And if younger me acts like younger me, a stubborn little prick. I'll just buy some smokes for slightly less than they currently cost while I'm picking up lotto tickets.

Roswell

Find the location for the Roswell UFO crash and spend part of that money on camping supplies (good tent as there was a storm that night) and just see what the heck really did go on. I wouldn't interfere.

No WWI

I'd pack a copy of a history book before I use the ticket.

The assassination of archduke Franz Ferdinand is what I'd go to.

I'd spend the 200 bucks on a gun to take down the assassin(s) and thus alter the course of history. The time before the event is spent by tracking down those motherf-ckers, the time after most likely by using that history book to proof that my action was heroic and just.

Amazing Celebration

I'd go back to the event where I became rich.

A week ago, and buy a lotto ticket of each type/company and spend the rest on highest returns of sporting events (ie Team A to beat Team B by X points). If I have anything left over, maybe a nice chicken parma and a few frothies to celebrate me becoming rich over the next week.

Save The World

The burning of the library of Alexandria.

A Legendary Concert

Live Aid 1985. I'd kill to see David Bowie / Queen / McCartney. Leave me in 1985, that will be fine as well.

Winning The Lotto

I'd go back to a large lottery drawing and buy tickets with knowledge of the winning numbers.

The True Fulcrum

I want to witness the discovery of how to make fire. I don't even know if money would matter, it just sounds awesome to see the early days of human history.

Body Cast

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius (Pompeii, 79 A.D.) I'd need some kind of elaborate story to convince people to GTFO so they didn't end up charcoal but dang it, I'd try.

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When you're a kid most adults will tell you one thing or another is "cool" and "fun." Odds are you're too young to form any kind of opinion on the matter one way or another. You're a kid, right? You don't know what you're eating for breakfast. However, when you get older and form that larger worldview, you realize that yeah, maybe that one time when you were a kid actually wasn't fun.

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