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The idea to celebrate Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day was only suggested in 2007, but the idea to actually travel in time is much, much older. The earliest mention of the concept dates back to ancient Hindu mythology, where King Revaita goes far away to meet Brahma, the creator, and is shocked by how much time has passed when he returns. The Talmud and early Japanese tales also have some mentions of traveling in time. Modern culture makes use of the concept literally every now and then - there are numerous books and movies about time traveling (think Back to the Future, Terminator, Doctor Who, etc.). Many scientists, sci-fi fans and even historians dream of traveling to another era; moreover, almost everyone thought at some point of their lives “I wish I could go back in time and undo/fix it”. It would also be great to see how people lived or will live with your own eyes. But we should not overindulge in such dreams – our time is unique and wonderful. Just think: how many people dreamt of seeing what life would be like in 2015 or how many people in 2115 will want to travel to our times!

While we can’t travel in time yet, let’s celebrate this fun holiday to the fullest in the way we can. As its name states, you simply have to pretend to be a time traveler. The only rule is that you can’t tell this to anyone.

Here are some ideas on how to do it:

  • Spend the whole day in costume and character.
  • Ask strangers what year it is and pretend to be in horror when you hear the answer
  • If you choose to be a traveler from the past, say Victorian era, wear a suitable costume and treat everything with curiosity and fascination: you can actually stay and play with automatic shop doors for an hour or so, try talking to people on TV, pretend you are scared of airplanes, act like you are terrified that people can be dressed so inappropriately in terms of your era.
  • Pretending to be a traveler from the future is a slightly more complicated task. Dress in anachronistic clothes (be careful not to overdo) and speak in peculiar slang.
  • You can go for Terminator-like post-apocalyptic future – in that case you have to dress like a madman and act startled. You can stop in front if a statue – any statue – fall to your knees and yell “Nooooo!” or read headlines in the newspapers strangers might be reading and look astonished. The best thing is to take something – literally anything – with you, give it and a piece of paper with a phone number to some stranger and say ”Call this number in 20 years. You’ll know what to do next.” Then run away.

If you do not like extravagant ways, you can still honor this fun tradition by watching time traveling movies and TV series. Or play the Doctor Who quiz and/or Back to the Future quiz, which Zadavaka has prepared for the occasion!



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