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What would you do if you discovered you could travel back in time whenever you want but could only go back an hour in the past each time?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18445 points ) April 16th, 2012

What are possible scenarios unique to you that would make you use your time travel capability?

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MilkyWay's avatar

I’d take more classes in college. Like, say I wanted to do Spanish and French, but both classes would have the same timing each day/week.
I’d do Spanish first, then go back one hour the same day and take the French class :D

ro_in_motion's avatar

One guess: Murder would become a thing of the past (pun intended).

gasman's avatar

First, you could clean up in the stock market or sports betting, assuming the time travel doesn’t disrupt how events otherwise play out. Then, as suggested by @MilkyWay you could keep jumping back an hour until you finally fulfilled your daily goals, reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day.

Kayak8's avatar

I think I have seen the play “Our Town” one too many times—I could never go back because I know how it ends . . .

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

There are only three regrets I have:
* Not hiring one applicant for another who ended up making several people’s job a living hell.
* Not walking out of the movie Dumb and Dumber
* Not standing up and objecting at a wedding when I knew the marriage was doomed. And it was.

As for the good times, I’m quite content to revisit them in my mind.

Those responses though are limited to my personal life. If the capability is to visit anywhere at any time, even the sky isn’t the limit.

stardust's avatar

I’d go back to a time when my brother was still alive and do something really fun with him for that hour. It’s a simple decision. I could cherish the memory forever then.
There’s plenty of other things I’d like to do, but that’d be number one on my list

ragingloli's avatar

560 billion jumps in rapid, nanosecond scale, succession, then prevent the asteroid from wiping out the big dinosaurs. Humans must not be allowed to evolve.

Sunny2's avatar

Most things I would go back for would take more than an hour. I’d spend time with my mother in the kitchen again. (I just read the kielbasa answers) Oh! I’d go through my wedding ceremony again. That would be first.

6rant6's avatar

I would be playing a lot of poker.

josie's avatar

I would go back and lay eyes on the following people, or the people who inspired the stories-Abraham, Jesus, Mohammed.
Having done that, I would want to see the Battle of Thermopylae
I would want to see the first primate that was a legitimate precursor to Homo Sapiens.
I would like to see a T Rex.
I would tap Osama Bin Laden before 9/11

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Take pictures.

ccrow's avatar

Did you mean you could only go back one hour, like at noon you could go back to eleven? Or did you mean you could go further but only stay one hour?

mazingerz88's avatar

@ccrow Good job. You got what I meant. Go back only an hour from the present time you’re in. So yes, back to 11 am from 12 noon. I did not add a clarification after reading the answers on that other scenario since I find them quite interesting as well.

AshLeigh's avatar

I’d go back to sleep for another hour EVERY morning. [Repeat process]

mazingerz88's avatar

@AshLeigh Yes. I could use that too. : )

AshLeigh's avatar

@mazingerz88 once I’ve slept for another hour can I go back an hour again? Because I could do that like six times in a row, and then gladly go to school…

rooeytoo's avatar

Ohhh only an hour at a shot, then I’m with @gasman, I would be hanging out at the local track or calling Tom Waterhouse.

I am reading Stephen King’s 11.22.63 which has a slightly similar theme. You go back and no matter how long you stay, only an hour has passed when you return. I have only just begun but it is an interesting book so far.

Jenniehowell's avatar

I’d go back an hour each time the winning lotto numbers were announced & I’d buy a lotto ticket with those numbers – each time I ran out of spending money I’d just take a trip back & do it again. Perhaps I’d also make a few choice bets on a sporting event or two.

ucme's avatar

Post humping, always a good move.

ccrow's avatar

Finally, a way to use the snappy comebacks we think of after the fact…:-)

mazingerz88's avatar

@rooeytoo Read that King’s book a while ago. Very good story. It broke my heart though. : (

rooeytoo's avatar

@mazingerz88 – oh no, I hate sad books, I didn’t see a sad ending coming. But now that I think about it, how else could it end.

mazingerz88's avatar

@rooeytoo Ahh, but what broke my heart may not be something necessarily and totally sad. Keep reading and enjoy. But damn…damn that Stephen King! ( raises trembling fist in the air ) Lol.

Nullo's avatar

That depends on the exact mechanics of the travel. Is this Prince of Persia time travel, or Back to the Future time travel? Will there be previous iterations of myself? Can I retain information? Can I go forwards and backwards? Are we adjusting the exit coordinates to account for the Earth’s movement through space, or will my first jump also be my last?

It would make my day a lot easier, or else it would drive me nuts. I could sleep in an extra hour or more and jump back to arrive on time for work. Then I could jump back and forth around my shift and give myself a hand when the rush hits. I could take all of my breaks. I could execute several jumps in succession at the end of my shift and have the day off.
I could hire myself out to time-sensitive endeavors, delivering things (medicine, documents, important information, etc.) that would otherwise have arrived too late.
I could troll security personnel by leaving places before I entered.

I would say and do things that would otherwise have potentially unwanted consequences. If the outcome is favorable, I stay. If not, I pop back an hour and it’s like it never happened.

antimatter's avatar

If it’s two thousand years ago I would muck up the whole entire time line.
The world would be so much more different than now.
Kids will be learning about ’‘antimatter the great inventor” in schools.
My statue will be bigger than the statue of Liberty or the Christ statue in Rio.
Imagine we had all the technology two thousand years ago, Columbus would be discovering other worlds instead of another country. And that all because “antimatter the great” gave all those gifts of technology to the primitive people of the world.

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