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Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day - Dec. 8 Answered

This sounds like loads of fun: Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day!

Scheduled for December 8, 2007. Just spend the entire day in costume and character, but don't actually explain what you're doing- context, costuming, and behavior are key! Never admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile.

Three options:
1) Utopian/cliche future
- "If the Future did a documentary of the last fifty years, this is how badly the reenactors would dress." Think Star Trek: TNG or the Time Travelers from Hob. Ever see how the society in Futurama sees the 20th century? Run with it. Your job is to dress with moderately anachronistic clothing and speak in slang from varying decades. Here are some good starters:
- Greet people by referring to things that don't yet exist or haven't existed for a long time. Example: "Have you penetrated the atmosphere lately?" "What spectrum will today's broadcast be in?" and "Your king must be a kindly soul!"
- Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones.

2) Dystopian Future:
- This one offers a little more flexibility. It can be any kind of future from Terminator to Freejack. The important thing to remember is dress like a crazy person with armor. Black spray painted football pads, high tech visors, torn up trenchcoats and maybe even some dirt here or there. Remember, dystopian future travelers are very startled that they've gone back in time. Some starters:
- If you go the "prisoner who's escaped the future" try shaving your head and putting a barcode on the back of your neck. Then stagger around and stare at the sky, as if you've never seen it before.
- Walk up to random people and say "WHAT YEAR IS THIS?" and when they tell you, get quiet and then say "Then there's still time!" and run off.
- Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO"
- Stare at newspaper headlines and look astonished.
- Take some trinket with you (it can be anything really), hand it to some stranger, along with a phone number and say "In thirty years dial this number. You'll know what to do after that." Then slip away.

3) The Past:
- This one is more for beginners. Basically dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture's set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:
- Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.
- Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.
- Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.


There should be a contest to see who comes up with the best time traveler costume. :-)

Yeah, but Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day isn't until December!

I was laughing for 10 minutes at the "THEN THERE IS STILL TIME!" one.

I love the dystopian future ideas. Really, really love them.

Hey now... Victorian is the future :p Where everyone will go for a stroll on their penny-farthing :p

Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places).

Pay phones are so 20th century :p Seriously, I can't remember the last time I saw a pay phone o.0 I do remember seeing where a pay phone would have been though.

It's funny you posted this today.... The complete 49 Disk series of TNG was released today (for something like $300) :p The Complete Series - Amazon

Ooohh, and it's UNRATED. Kinky. And... wait a sec... 8,085 minutes!?! Yikes.

Sure sounds like fun :)

Well, being that is a Sat. at least I wouldn't have to "perform" at my job LOL. Sounds like a blast (I need something to keep my from getting too set in my ways ;-) ). I just hope that the locals (a fairly conservative community) doesn't have me locked up or committed by the end of the day. (BTW: when I was younger, I did a lot of things like this to watch "crowd reaction". Like stand in the sidewalk of a city and just stare upwards (occasionally muttering "would you look at that": when the crowd finally gathers and is looking up, you can step back and see how long it takes before they disperse :-) ).

On a (slightly more) serious note though, it could be fun and definitely would be interesting...


10 years ago

Goodhart thats too hilarous!

Aye, my friends got used to me occasionally pranking them over the phone too: (said in a very serious tone once the friend/relative picks up): Hello? Who am I? One fellow got me once (I was calling him) with: "Hello, Joe's Morgue, you stab em we slab em. "


10 years ago

I don't have time to read the whole article right now, because of bed and all, but December 8th is my birthday! Yay!