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Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day

TarantioTarantio Registered User regular
edited September 2007 in Debate and/or Discourse
Here's the original thread, over at the Dresden Codak Forums:

http://forums.koalawallop.com/viewtopic.php?t=1719

The basic idea is for people to dress up and act like time travelers in public places, on December 8th.

The originator's three main suggestions are to pretend to be from a Utopian Future, a Distopian Future, or the past.

I don't know about any of you, but this is the best idea I've heard in years. Finally, a reason to run up to strangers and ask "What year is it?"

For really elaborate ideas, one would need accomplices. A set of identical twins would be ideal (O! the possibilities!) but any two groups asking for information about each other would do, as well; say, a pack of five people in lab coats with nets and things that look like stun batons, searching for three people all in white with shaved heads and barcode tatoos.

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  • JohannenJohannen Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I wish I had an identical twin nobody knew about, then i'd get him to come up to me dressed in a futuristic outfit and pretend to be me from the future.

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    edited September 2007
    A few years back at the Northern California Renaissance Faire, a small group of people came dressed up as Star Trek characters.

    They RPed that they were an away team that got sucked through a temporal anomaly to Elizabethan England.

    I wasn't there to see it, but they apparently did a very good job, and became something of a legend among the frequent Faire-folk.

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  • DruGDruG __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Johannen wrote: »
    I wish I had an identical twin nobody knew about, then i'd get him to come up to me dressed in a futuristic outfit and pretend to be me from the future.

    What?

    But you'd be the same age.

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  • GrinninBarrettGrinninBarrett Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DruG wrote: »
    Johannen wrote: »
    I wish I had an identical twin nobody knew about, then i'd get him to come up to me dressed in a futuristic outfit and pretend to be me from the future.

    What?

    But you'd be the same age.

    He can time travel, anything is possible.

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  • NavocNavoc Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I love this idea. I would never be brave enough to do anything myself, but I still find the idea hilarious.

    It reminds me of groups like Improv Everywhere and Prangstgrup, with a little Talk Like a Pirate Day thrown in.

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  • durandal4532durandal4532 Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Oh man.

    Idea.

    Say you're from the Great Race of Yith.

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  • Waka LakaWaka Laka Riding the stuffed Unicorn If ya know what I mean.Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'd like to see a group of people dressed up kind of like the panzercops from Jin Roh, only even creepier appearing from a back alley after a large flash of light. Thats where all time travellers come from right? Always a flash of light.

    Anyways, I can see a few people jumping out of their skin at that.

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  • VariableVariable Mouth Congress Stroke Me Lady FameRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Navoc wrote: »
    I love this idea. I would never be brave enough to do anything myself, but I still find the idea hilarious.

    It reminds me of groups like Improv Everywhere and Prangstgrup, with a little Talk Like a Pirate Day thrown in.

    the guy who is a huge part of improv everywhere was my teacher when I took an improv class. very very cool guy, he was so excited about the mp3 day thing.

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  • electricitylikesmeelectricitylikesme Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    This is the best thing I have ever heard. The best way to make an entrance would be to get a strip of magnesium to burn (damn bright light).

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  • HozHoz Cool Cat Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    A good prank would be to go away on a fake business trip. Get a different haircut and a make-over that makes you look 10-15 years older. Then come home in the middle of the night pretending you're from the future.

    The only problem is what to do when they try to call the "this time you" on his/her cell phone. So I'm going to stow this one away until I find someone that sounds like me, then I'm going to spring it on the most cynical friend I know.

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  • dlinfinitidlinfiniti Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    the problem with time travel unfortunately is that clothes don't seem to be able to go through the machine
    of course i walk around and tell people to come with me if they want to live on a regular basis anyway

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  • Crimson KingCrimson King Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I'm going to get all my friends together tomorrow and make plans about how we can best warn the human race of their impending meteor-related doom.

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  • VeegeezeeVeegeezee Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    2) Dystopian Future
    ...
    - Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO"

    I kind of wanna do this one in front of a crucifix.

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  • GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Hell, I live in Salem, MA. With Halloween coming up, enough weird shit goes on around here that I don't know if anyone would bat an eyelash if I told them I was from the year 4362 and I had escaped the toxic prison world of Dis where I was imprisoned for belief crimes against Warlord Gor'Zag.

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  • MikeManMikeMan Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    GoodOmens wrote: »
    Hell, I live in Salem, MA. With Halloween coming up, enough weird shit goes on around here that I don't know if anyone would bat an eyelash if I told them I was from the year 4362 and I had escaped the toxic prison world of Dis where I was imprisoned for belief crimes against Warlord Gor'Zag.

    Warlord Gor'Zag was a good man. You shut your dirty mouth.

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  • TarantioTarantio Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DruG wrote: »
    Johannen wrote: »
    I wish I had an identical twin nobody knew about, then i'd get him to come up to me dressed in a futuristic outfit and pretend to be me from the future.

    What?

    But you'd be the same age.

    He can time travel, anything is possible.

    The one twin could be the real-time version, and the other could be the version from 15 minutes into the future. Or one day, or 30 seconds.

    Like, remember the Calvin and Hobbes storyline where he builds a time machine to go forward in time to collect the assignment from his future self? Kinda like that.

    Or it could be something like the time loop starbucks that Improv Everywhere did- one guy goes running through a department store, hiding behind thing and trying to look inconspicuous, and as soon as he gets through the other door, the second twin comes in through the first door asking people if they've seen him come through here. Ad infititum.

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  • DesertBoxDesertBox Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Well, this would be a change of pace for my birthday (Dec. 8th). Instead of all the Pearl Harbor/WWII and John Lennon died memorials, I get a bunch of crazies running around pretending to be from the future (or past). I hope this catches on in a big way. I'd be very entertained.

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  • ÆthelredÆthelred Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What year is thsi? WHO'S THE PRESIDENT

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  • Muse Among MenMuse Among Men Suburban Bunny Princess? Its time for a new shtick Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    That sounds pretty awesome. In all seriousness, I think I might do it.

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  • TresstheFoolTresstheFool Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What year is thsi? WHO'S THE PRESIDENT

    That would probably just get you slapped.

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  • Rufus_ShinraRufus_Shinra Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    DesertBox wrote: »
    Well, this would be a change of pace for my birthday (Dec. 8th). Instead of all the Pearl Harbor/WWII and John Lennon died memorials, I get a bunch of crazies running around pretending to be from the future (or past). I hope this catches on in a big way. I'd be very entertained.
    If I read about this on two or three more of my internet sites I will most definately take part. Dystopian future sounds brilliant:
    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.

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    I would so do this.

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  • Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    Why December 8th? I would be all over this if it wasn't that damned day. Please tell me I'm not the only person that knows its significance.

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Why December 8th? I would be all over this if it wasn't that damned day. Please tell me I'm not the only person that knows its significance.
    Day World War 2 started?

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  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq. Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Great Scott! This is the best idea I've heard all day.

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  • Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    That... no. America entered WW2 on the 12th. December 8th 1980 was the day John Lennon was shot.

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  • HacksawHacksaw J. Duggan Esq. Wrestler at LawRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    That... no. America entered WW2 on the 12th. December 8th 1980 was the day John Lennon was shot.
    By a time traveller?

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  • Wonder_HippieWonder_Hippie __BANNED USERS regular
    edited September 2007
    :v:

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    That... no. America entered WW2 on the 12th. December 8th 1980 was the day John Lennon was shot.
    Before we entered it was a European war. Once us and Russia got involved, then it was a world war. See?

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  • AdrienAdrien Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    That... no. America entered WW2 on the 12th. December 8th 1980 was the day John Lennon was shot.

    Someone in America is dying of a gunshot wound right now.

    Let's keep things in perspective here.

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  • KaputaKaputa Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Does the fact that John Lennon was shot on that day really bother you so much? Unlike, say, Pearl Harbor or 9/11 or something, it's not the type of thing I'd even take into consideration when planning something like this.

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  • Gorilla SaladGorilla Salad Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What if someone dresses as John Lennon, though?

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  • AdrienAdrien Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Could be dangerous, with all those Mark Chapmans running around.

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  • DesertBoxDesertBox Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Why December 8th? I would be all over this if it wasn't that damned day. Please tell me I'm not the only person that knows its significance.

    Ahem
    DesertBox wrote:
    Well, this would be a change of pace for my birthday (Dec. 8th). Instead of all the Pearl Harbor/WWII and John Lennon died memorials, I get a bunch of crazies running around pretending to be from the future (or past). I hope this catches on in a big way. I'd be very entertained.

    Three very significant things happened on or around Dec. 8th.
    My birth is significant, damnit!

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  • jothkijothki Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Here's another idea.

    Do the flash of light in an alleyway thing, then run out and frantically ask the nearest passerby if some famous historical event that everyone knows about happened. When they confirm that it did, shout an obscenity, run back into the alley, and flash the light again.

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  • Curly_BraceCurly_Brace Robot Girl Mimiga VillageRegistered User regular
    edited September 2007
    Ha! This is an incredibly good idea, and I am fully into this!

    Now, which do I pick: Dystopian future, utipian future, or Victorian-style time traveller? I'm leaning towards the thrid... I could get a few friends and we could run around with top-hats and monocles and corsets (for the ladyfolk) and so on.. acting astounded and scared... he he! What fun!

    Ah, but I'm not sure...

    Also, we MUST keep this under wraps. Tell your friends, but hush-hush with family and on other parts of the internets...

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  • SamSam Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    the victorians would give it away with bad british accents and contemporary diction

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  • GoodOmensGoodOmens Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    MikeMan wrote: »
    GoodOmens wrote: »
    Hell, I live in Salem, MA. With Halloween coming up, enough weird shit goes on around here that I don't know if anyone would bat an eyelash if I told them I was from the year 4362 and I had escaped the toxic prison world of Dis where I was imprisoned for belief crimes against Warlord Gor'Zag.

    Warlord Gor'Zag was a good man. You shut your dirty mouth.

    He ordered the nerve stapling of the Silicide crew of the Imperial scout ship "Eternal Vigilance"! They weren't mutineers! The only wanted what they were promised...daily rations of manganese and iridium and a chance to practice their lithothiestic faith in peace.

    Plus, have you forgotten that that he virus bombed 4 worlds in the Rylek system? Those worlds won't be liveable for another 2000 Standard Galactic Cycles! And one was a nursery world....2 billion young, some not even released from the Placental Combine, snuffed out at the whim of a tyrant.

    How any sentient being could support that two-faced, 3-headed madman is beyond comprehension. And yet you call him a man.

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  • JamesKeenanJamesKeenan Registered User regular
    edited September 2007
    What you could do is design a very futuristic outfit with any form of Beatles symbols and paraphernalia attached, and then start frantically running up to people asking the year.

    "What year is it?!!? IS JOHN LENNON STILL ALIVE!??!"

    When they tell you the answer drop to your knees shouting,

    "Noooo! I've missed it! It's too late! I can't stop him now..."

    Then maybe go on to say something like... John Lennon's death was a futuristic plot stop the development of the world. With Lennon alive Earth would have eventually progressed to a scientifically and medically progressive, peaceful Eden. With Lennon dead, the world would slowly decline, leading to the events around 2003 which would inexorably lead to the apocalypse.

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