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    100 years back in time

    you suddenly get transported back in time to the year 1919 with your usual clothing and your fully charged smartphone. what will you do?
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    Am I in the same place I started from? 1919 was one of those very bad years, I think. Spanish flu...

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    Re: 100 years back in time

    you might be in the same place. what would you do if you were? what would you do if you were in some other place like the town one of your direct ancestors was in at that time?
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    Well, I think I'd sit right down and have myself a good think about things! Also, I'd take stock of my possessions. Am I wearing pants? If I was near civilization, I think I'd stuff all the modern money in my shoe so I didn't get arrested for having fake currency.

    Does the cell phone work? Is there a signal? Can I call out / call home? Does it still play Angry Birds and that stupid fruit slicing game? Uhh.... and flashlight! It can be a very complex flashlight if it fails all of the other tests...

    Edit: ...and here's the plan. Go towards the biggest most anonymous city in the region and try to find pick-up labor or a menial job and a lodging house for short term needs. For the longer term, I might head to the university and present myself as an assistant to the professor of electrical engineering and/or pharmacy. If I could find a sympathetic person I could be honest to about my plight: we could debate the ethics of inventing or not inventing antibiotics and semiconductors 10 years and 35 years before their time... then there's nuclear physics, which I know little about, but more than enough to cause much havoc in the world.
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    Turn the phone off, it's no good here except as a camera. My best foster dad was 5 years old in 1919... I think I would go see how his childhood was, and try not to get polio along the way.

    I might try to warn leaders about the second world war, the nuclear age, etc. And try not to be thrown in an asylum along the way!


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    Re: 100 years back in time

    Get a job somewhere and scrape together whatever I could, then invest it all in Ford Motor Company and General Electric. Then I would take that phone to a patent office and register a patent.

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    Re: 100 years back in time

    Quote Originally Posted by sdsurfer View Post
    Get a job somewhere and scrape together whatever I could, then invest it all in Ford Motor Company and General Electric. Then I would take that phone to a patent office and register a patent.
    ... which would then expire in 1936.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skaperen View Post
    ... which would then expire in 1936.
    Yes but see "General Electric." That would then become G.E.'s problem . . . after selling them the patent. CHA-CHING CHA-CHING!

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    I did some research about where I live now and where my ancestors were in 1920.

    I'd pull the battery out of the phone. If I had a charger, that would simplify things. Without a charger, it would be harder since I don't know the 4-pin setup on the microUSB port for charging. If I knew I was going in advance, I'd take a photo or save the USB pin diagram to the device. While I'm at it, I'd grab a copy of wikipedia and put that on a 256G microSD card. Concentrating on math, science, engineering topics. With the ability to recharge the phone, it would become like an oracle, yes? The knowledge would be more important than the phone.

    Both here and at direct ancestor locations are pretty rural. I'm too old to do labor, so I'd have to lie about my beliefs, find a church and help out there for food until finding some way to earn and get to a railroad, then to a city. Would likely take a year to save that much. I could walk to a city with 6000 people and rail station here in a few days. Doing that isn't possible for the location of my ancestors, but a rail station is only 80 miles away.

    I'm trained as an engineer, but just a little too young to have used slide rules. Would need a course on that and probably would be most useful at a ship builder due to my aerospace engineering degree. Not much need for a rocket scientist in 1919 and aircraft engineering ... well, it wasn't paying well then.

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    I would make a lot of money. Everything else that I would do would be too political to talk about here.

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