Skip to comments.VANITY You Are Transported To The Year 742 AD Europe And Allowed To Bring 3 Items From The Future
Posted on 10/14/2012 8:02:34 AM PDT by trailhkr1
What would they be? A gun? Then you are only allowed to bring 2 bullets..see how that works?? Some basic ground rules..has to be a realistic items you can get you hands on today..no tanks etc. You are going with just the clothes on your back + the 3 items to survive an mingle with the folks of the day. Never coming back.
Saw this question on another site and wanted to see what you guys would come up with..I will post that link tomorrow after everyone has a chance to come up with their ideas..some people came up with good ideas (detailed history text of the time in Europe, antibiotics) and other people's ideas..not so much.
2.Enough alcohol to get drunk
3. Gun with bullet
brb digging grave
brb drinking alcohol for confidence
brb shooting self because the ____ would be fuarking sh*t
Another guy: Can I choose to go to the Middle East?
If so. I choose 2 nukes and a bottle of the finest Scotch.
Encyclopedia Brittanica, Bible, and gun
2. A hand-cranked electrical generator
3. A light bulb
1. A nuclear warhead to be used in Mekkah.
2. A second nuclear warhead to be used in Medina.
3. A third nuclear warhead to keep any followers of Mohammed in line.
A time machine and a Colt 1911.
The time machine to transport myself to 540 AD, the year when Mohammed was born, and the Colt 1911 to blow his effing brains out once I got there.
Audels Engineering Encyclopedia.
List of timed historic events that I could leave instructions to my descendents to strategically apply patents, like for an AK47 just before the Civil War, radar during WW1 and etc.
A gun with no bullets? Remember the 3 item rule.. also isn't the Encyclopedia Brittanica comprised of a volume of books?
A book of how to build all those things, some gold, antibiotics to let you live long enough to make them.
- Big hunting knife (doubt that there will be Taco Bell in 742 AD)
- My glasses
- Big bottle of Purel
1. Computer with large database (engineering data,chemical formulae, medical data).
2. Solar batteries to recharge computer.
3. Stock of antibiotics.
1) All-in-one computer with built-in printer (containing technical books, gun design books, math books, chemistry books, instructions on how to manufacture gasoline (for 2 below), encyclopedia britanica, every sort of technical and scientific information possible)
2) Generator to power computer
3) Largest gas container, filled, for personal use possible (I think 250 gallons?)
With that I could shortcut man’s technical ascension by about 1200 years.
2. Handbook/methods for steelmaking
2. Mechanical specs for making handguns and/or rifles.
Hey, hey, hey, the bullets are in the gun so that’s one item called “loaded gun”. And the Encyclopedia Brittanica is a “set” of books. You can buy ONE online so it is one item.
they had bibles in 742 AD!
A Corvette,,,, to park in a cave. It would really mess up today’s archeologists.
So when a 15 cent part goes kaputt in the computer 2 days after arriving in 724 a.d. you are screwed...
A comprehensive volume on Medicine
A comprehensive volume on engineering processes
A comprehensive volume on modern weaponry
How about some anti-plague vaccine?
Lots of writers have taken a crack at that question over the years.
The Connecticut Yankee did pretty well (for a while).
In another short story I read the poor modern man transported back discovered he didn’t have the tools to make the tools he needed to make modern technology.
Eye glasses, big bag of gold, dental floss.
When has a part gone wrong in your computer lately?
Extra pair of boots
Extra pair of reading/eyeglasses
I’d have all my shots done, like for a trip to Uganda.
Books. Each one covering a multitude of items.
A book on gun and gunpowder making.
A book on health symptoms and natural cures including opiates for pain, alcohol production for sterilization.
A magnifying glass to make fire.
a Mountain Bike;
a “Seed” Potatoe [unless I’m being dumped in South America],
& a Farmer’s Almanac
an excellent compound bow...arrows will be easy to make
a book on how to make all the cool stuff needed to conquer....nitrate-charcoal-sulfur...where to find it etc and how to make a functioning barrel
endless supply of STD defeating antibiotics since I am sure to be rather popular with the girls given my tools will make me popular
My goal would be to jump start every century so that by the the time when Columbus would have discovered America instead Native Americans have already developed steam engines and an intercontinental railway and are about to achieve the first manned flight in an aircraft.
Let the Euroweenies fall to their knees knowing that in America the Indian tribes are over 200 years or more advanced than they are.
Hopefully an isolated superior advanced nation built soley upon native Americans like the Cherokee and such become the dominant rulers of the free world. Bigger than Britain or Germany, more powerful but not warmongers instead.
Laptop, alternator, copy of Encarta.
I’d use tools of the day to enable the alternator to be used as a charger for the laptop.
Three large ships, or I aint going!
Antibiotics and a tweezer
A sturdy knife.
Large print KJV Bible, I just know I’d drop my glasses.
And six months supply of vitamin C, most people had scurvy or where on the verge of scurvy, and I need time to figure out what has vit C.
Probably the highest grade stainless steel knife I could find.
The best general purpose teflon pan. (big enough to make soups, also able to fry eggs)
An extra pair of shoes. (counting that as one item, I think that still fits the rules)
How about just after Gettysburg?
My wife my dog and free repibli
Laughing at all of you bring computers etc..being burnt at the stake for being a demon...
2. Handbook/methods for steelmaking
Did you happen to watch Nova this week. Fascinating show about the Ulfberht sword, make around 900-1000 AD.
Made out of steel, the quality of which was not seen again for 1000 years.
Guy from Wisconsin figured out how they did it and recreated the sword. Smelted his own steel from iron ore, forged it, even did the inlaid name Ulfberht.
My wife my dog and free republic
Always a possibility but a lot more portable than the Encyclopedia Britannica!
A lot of pathogens that beset us today did not exist in 742 AD. AIDS is one obvious one, the common cold was not recorded prior to 1660. The plague only goes back to 1340, malaria maybe 1600. In prehistorical times, deadly pathogens would kill off a local population and then, they would die out because there was no one left to infect. Diseases like smallpox and leprosy persisted because they took longer to do kill a person. We are the descendants of the survivors, the people who had resistance to the worst pathogens. Native Americans, for instance, did not, so when they contacted Europeans, their populations had not been through the winnowing process.
a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.
Good ideas but as the other site said you might be killed for being a heretic by the religious leaders of the day if you go overboard.
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