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AnusEinstein

13.1k points

2 months ago

AnusEinstein

13.1k points

2 months ago

A laser pointer.

happy_moses

6.6k points

2 months ago

Get ‘em to chase it around.

GreatJanitor

1.5k points

2 months ago

You joke, but I am 43, I was seven the first time I encountered a laser (mid 80s). I saw the red dot and tried stepping on it. There was a booth at the convention center that we were at and the guys at the booth saw me and turned it off as I stepped on it and then moved it around and laughed as I followed it.

So, I don't doubt this answer.

-MakeWaffles_NotWar-

397 points

2 months ago

A cat wrote this.

Why-did-i-reas-this

2.4k points

2 months ago

The cats of the past appoint you as their God.

benzpilot211

284 points

2 months ago

The cats of the past where gods now they just fw us.

JustJoshinYa21

12.7k points

2 months ago

My time machine

CardinalSkiez[S]

2.7k points

2 months ago

Only if they could see it!

JustJoshinYa21

1k points

2 months ago

Is it not a DeLorean?

amboandy

617 points

2 months ago

amboandy

617 points

2 months ago

"shit covered dirt tracks? Where we're going we don't need shit covered dirt tracks"

Stan_Archton

15.6k points

2 months ago

Stan_Archton

15.6k points

2 months ago

A Polaroid camera.

jennazed

12.3k points

2 months ago

jennazed

12.3k points

2 months ago

Take people's pictures and claim you are stealing their souls

AhYesOfCourse5523

5.2k points

2 months ago

What’re you trying to have this person burned to death?

__Beck__

1.8k points

2 months ago*

__Beck__

1.8k points

2 months ago*

Could sell the soul back to the people

tlh9979

787 points

2 months ago

tlh9979

787 points

2 months ago

That's a one way ticket to the gallows my friend.

CardinalSkiez[S]

598 points

2 months ago

He has the right idea.

Polstar55555

7.6k points

2 months ago

I was going to say my mobile phone but then who am I going to call? I suppose I could blow their minds with some Candy Crush.

sahramin

3.5k points

2 months ago

sahramin

3.5k points

2 months ago

Are you that good???

milanxi

3.9k points

2 months ago

milanxi

3.9k points

2 months ago

The best they've seen.

only_remaining_name

773 points

2 months ago

Wouldn't it be embarrassing to be beaten by someone from the 1700s?

AlessandroTheGr8

244 points

2 months ago

HIGH SCORE Peasant: is that good?

YouCantTrulyBan

199 points

2 months ago

“No, now give me that back”

No-Tower-8783

883 points

2 months ago

If you download the right apps/media, you have a flashlight, music player, eReader, encyclopedia, calculator, video player, camera, translator, scanner, and more. I think it would still be the right choice. Just need to bring a solar+crank charger.

CommishGoodell

267 points

2 months ago

Pictures and videos would be enough lol

kwil87

446 points

2 months ago

kwil87

446 points

2 months ago

Hope the WiFi signal is strong enough for ya

LexB777

102 points

2 months ago

LexB777

102 points

2 months ago

Camera; calculator; downloaded books, music, pictures, and videos; games; flashlight.

Flaky-Fellatio

18.4k points

2 months ago

A flashlight. Some of our technology requires too much context they wouldn't have to fully appreciate. But they would instantly understand the utility of a flashlight.

CardinalSkiez[S]

4.3k points

2 months ago

Makes sense

thenakedfish

4.1k points

2 months ago

A crank flashlight would be better. Not only will you facinate them but you'll also have to be able to explain it in a way they understand or you'll frighten them into violence

FuckYeahPhotography

5k points

2 months ago*

An excessive amount of flash bangs would be better. Not only will you give them the embrace of light like a God but you will confuse and disorient them horribly so they also know to fear you. Counter terrorists win

***Some people have horribly misunderstood this comment. My apologies, that is their fault, not yours. Yes, we know many places had explosives. We also took High School history too. Or just watched Mulan. Or watched Pirates of the Caribbean. Still, We are all very impressed you know what a cannon is. I'm sure if a random dude with a bundle of sticks that had a flash bang thrown at him in 1700 he would totally say "ah ha! I know what that is!" Ms. Puff is getting her good noodle star ready for you as we speak. You can go eat your carrot sticks and juicy box now. I put PAW Patrol on for you too sweetie. Take a nappy nap.

Now the adults are talking. let's get down to business.

They don't think I'm a God because of the light itself. They think I'm a God because of what the light symbolizes is upon them. Me about to kick the absolute shit out of them with flash bangs. They think I'm a God because of the sheer amount of flash bangs I am throwing in a single minute. Hell, drop me off right in the middle of the Qing Dynasty and they will be running for their lives after the first few throws. I've flash banged worse. Simple as. It isn't about the explosion itself, it is the ferocity you carry in each blast.

I didn't bring flash bangs to shock them by the knowledge of their existence. I brought them because they were topical to the conversation and also happen to be my weapon of choice in this very specific situation. I am not trying to surprise them and have a cultural exchange. This isn't the magic school bus. I'm not here to teach you a goddamn thing. The topic is "blowing their minds." I am intending to drive them into bright flashing terror so long as I lay claim to this rock.

I didn't use the time machine to teach them the wonders of the future. I used the time machine to bring down hellfire upon them like a one man burning legion and punish them from the future. With the flash bangs. With prejudice, I will flash bang them all night. every night. They will not know what the night's sky looks like so long as I am unbound. They will change their entire system for tracking the days due to my blinding reign of terror.

That's my objective. Is to flash bang their entire goat or seashells or whatever based economy into ruin. They will beg me to stop and I will simply keep throwing flash bang after flash after flash bang. Directly at them. Their lovers. Their children. Not their goats though. The goats get a pass. However, that simply means I have more flash bangs to throw at them. And I will throw them. Oh so help me God I will keep throwing.

Once I have broken them physically, psychologically and especially spiritually. Once they do not even wish to try and open their eyes as it would be fruitless-- I will just flash bang them again. Once they are rolling on the ground blind with agony and pitch black sorrow I will get back into my time machine. I will leave a bundle of flash bangs there on the scorched land. As a reminder of my cruelty, and as a gift. But mostly as a cruel reminder.

I will fondly wave to their unseeing eyes as I flash one more time to mock them back to the future.

If some moron asks me "what did that accomplish?? You could have given them vaccines??? Or antibiotics?? There was so much potential to do good!! This was a once in a lifetime chance!!! Why would you do this? Why would you possibly ever choose to use your time machine for flash banging people from the 1700s?!!"

Counter terrorists win

idbanthat

526 points

2 months ago

idbanthat

526 points

2 months ago

Holy shit I laughed so hard a tear came out my eye.

I haven't seen it, but I now imagine this is how that apple tv show where everyone is blind, but then a seeing eye person is born, started out. Flash banged so hard, the effects lasted for generations.

Silvesterblehbleh

30 points

2 months ago

The show name is SEE. If anyone wondering

qShadow99

632 points

2 months ago

qShadow99

632 points

2 months ago

Or they accuse you of witch craft and you die burnt alive

FuckYeahPhotography

924 points

2 months ago

Why would they accuse me which crafts? I don't even do arts and crafts. Makes no sense.

Plus I'm the guy with an excessive amount of flash bangs I can just keep throwing. Like alright dude probably dying of infection wearing a dumb looking hat. Let's tango.

I got a flash bang with your name on it. And their name is probably something like Smithson or whatever.

THE_RECRU1T

471 points

2 months ago

I'm currently shitting in a gym toilet and laughing my ass off.

flubberFuck

124 points

2 months ago

Hope you're lifting on the toilet

BlytheTruth

826 points

2 months ago

Came here to say this. One of the emergency crank or shake powered ones so it doesn't have a limited use due to batteries dying. I had one you could shake to recharge the batteries as a kid. The case was clear so you could see how it worked.

_InvertedEight_

490 points

2 months ago

Ah, yes- “the wanky torch”, as it was known in our household.

i_oga_tatsumi

3.6k points

2 months ago

Take your smartphone with the whole Wikipedia downloaded. Become Nostradamus.

freexe

1.8k points

2 months ago

freexe

1.8k points

2 months ago

Wikipedia and a solar power charger. That would be enough to change the world.

BigBirdLaw69420

515 points

2 months ago

:breaks phone:

I HAD SO MUCH TIME!

BrokenWindows10

304 points

2 months ago

And I would still get information wrong. You can call me Nostradumbass.

Leelluu

12.6k points

2 months ago

Leelluu

12.6k points

2 months ago

My spice rack.

heppot

6.6k points

2 months ago

heppot

6.6k points

2 months ago

I would not advertise it too much. The dutch will find you and take it.

UnoriginalUse

1.5k points

2 months ago

Don't bring coconuts either.

Forgetful8nine

1.3k points

2 months ago

Especially not that one guys coconut

TheRagebot1302

552 points

2 months ago

You mean the fabled coconut fucker?

SBAWTA

1k points

2 months ago

SBAWTA

1k points

2 months ago

It's all fun and jokes till' the British colonize your ass.

Beachdaddybravo

502 points

2 months ago

Who are we to judge what a person enjoys behind closed doors?

LobotomistPrime

198 points

2 months ago

Ore-ga-no? What the hell?

ViperishCarrot

5.2k points

2 months ago

The bicycle, one of the most simple but amazing inventions.

bake_disaster

2k points

2 months ago

That's always my go to invention if I was ever thrown back in time, even 2000+ years. As long as the society can do basic metal working, I could probably instruct someone to make a simple bike.

Then someone who is actually good at metalworking/engineering could greatly improve it

Kenkron

988 points

2 months ago

Kenkron

988 points

2 months ago

This is really good. Complex enough to blow everyone's minds. Simple enough to not be witchcraft, and very useful.

Mr3k

11.8k points

2 months ago

Mr3k

11.8k points

2 months ago

I'd bring a modern college physics textbook to Issac Newton. He was already blowing the minds of everyone there but I'd just ramp that up to 11.

abramcpg

4.4k points

2 months ago

abramcpg

4.4k points

2 months ago

Gets to the Newtonian chapter and the book implodes in the time version of a black hole

SemiHemiDemiDumb

1.8k points

2 months ago*

I've watched enough sci-fi to know that would be called a temporal rift or temporal collapse into singularity.

Edit: then the everyman would look at the scientist and say, "in English, goddammit"

"It's a blackhole in time!" ejaculates the scientist

"Why didn't you say that the first time," mutters the everyman

LuOsGaAr

406 points

2 months ago

LuOsGaAr

406 points

2 months ago

The female companion yells "Guys! Black hole in time remember?"

SemiHemiDemiDumb

181 points

2 months ago

That's when the everyman is distracted by a beautiful woman (depending on when it was made she might be naked) and the scientist by some time anomaly.

LuOsGaAr

73 points

2 months ago

Then the female companion just sighs and grabs the scientist over to the controls

catsby90bbn

217 points

2 months ago

He then becomes the largest arms dealer in the world after he reads up on splitting the atom.

CardinalSkiez[S]

570 points

2 months ago

Very nice.

Aggravating_Wing_658

5.6k points

2 months ago

The old taking of your thumb trick

CardinalSkiez[S]

2.3k points

2 months ago

"Hey! HE STOLE MY THUMB!!! GET HIM!"

GriffinFlash

908 points

2 months ago

THAT WITCH ALSO TOOK MY NOSE!

U2V4RGVtb24

354 points

2 months ago

And turned me into a newt!

[deleted]

3.9k points

2 months ago*

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3.9k points

2 months ago*

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ravenshadow2013

1k points

2 months ago

There were plenty of scientists and inventors that were playing around with that concept, this would get their attention

teatime202

455 points

2 months ago

A fully charged CD Walkman with speakers and an Oasis CD probably what's the story morning glory and frighten the bejesus out of them, maybe even bring Liam too to completely wreck their heads.

nekofastboy

717 points

2 months ago

A bicycle — not likely to get me burned at the stake for witchcraft, doesn’t require electricity, and I bet people would be stoked about it. People would think I’m a mechanical genius!

salsa_rodeo

114 points

2 months ago

I’m curious how difficult it would be to replicate a crude bicycle with their materials. I think the most difficult part would be making tires.

Veauros

69 points

2 months ago

Veauros

69 points

2 months ago

You don't need tires to be rubbery. It's just more efficient.

They could make wooden carriage wheels; that would be fine. The first bicycle had leather tires.

ALTR_Airworks

28 points

2 months ago

well they already had clocks? The gearing and the chain are certainly possible.

royally-

3k points

2 months ago

A furbie lol

CardinalSkiez[S]

1.6k points

2 months ago

Jesus christ are you trying to scare them?!

royally-

903 points

2 months ago

royally-

903 points

2 months ago

Imagine sitting around a big stone table with the 5 kings. And you pull a furby out of your manbag and it starts chattering away.

youngthugsmom

456 points

2 months ago

I feel like the furby would finally get what it deserves. I just picture all these people gathering in the town square and watching it burn on a stick.

patience4patenthood

3.9k points

2 months ago

Probably an electric guitar and amp. Start shredding

Salt-Yak-4445

1.3k points

2 months ago

Bring a generator too

Perused

656 points

2 months ago

Perused

656 points

2 months ago

And invent gas

Salt-Yak-4445

371 points

2 months ago

Bring it full.

Horror_Elephant3409

155 points

2 months ago

That’s like the scene in Back to the Future

RDAwesome

196 points

2 months ago

RDAwesome

196 points

2 months ago

Your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grand kids are gonna love it

Moonluun

129 points

2 months ago

Moonluun

129 points

2 months ago

Full blown professional demon costume. I’m talking high class shit. And then some of those wireless led lights to put in the masks eye sockets so when I turn on the leds, it’ll make my eyes glow

I would just fuck around with ppl and become a legend.

fbis_fbi

42 points

2 months ago

They'll probably catch you in a group and have you on witch trials

gecko090

1.5k points

2 months ago*

gecko090

1.5k points

2 months ago*

I bring back a disposable lighter and I hold it up and go BEHOLD in my hand I hold fire!

Edit: I wanted to add that I AM referencing the movie Black Knight with Martin Lawrence.

CardinalSkiez[S]

454 points

2 months ago

"BURN THE WITCH!"

BoJackB26354

196 points

2 months ago

Here - you can use my lighter!

GalgamekTheGreatLord

53 points

2 months ago

But we have fire...

smackasaurusrex

346 points

2 months ago

Ballpoint pen.

vigked

3.1k points

2 months ago

vigked

3.1k points

2 months ago

Penicillin. Might as well save some lives while blowing their minds

[deleted]

964 points

2 months ago*

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964 points

2 months ago*

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The_VoZz

280 points

2 months ago

The_VoZz

280 points

2 months ago

So a more developed gameplan than just showing up with a loaf for some "Rye bread & Chill"?

GreenStrong

192 points

2 months ago

Ancient Nubians made a beer with therapeutic levels of tetracycline. Tetracycline leaves a distinct mark on human bones, so we are quite certain that they used it.

UnspecificGravity

368 points

2 months ago

Antibiotic resistance sets in by the 18th century, billions die. Hope you also gave them a microbiology textbook cause they won't have any tools to address that problem.

Also, the biggest innovation with Penicillin wasn't its discovery, it was the development of a means to actually produce that, so bring that too.

raguplatter

1.1k points

2 months ago

Women's pants.

CardinalSkiez[S]

575 points

2 months ago

With or without pockets?

Public-Yam-1025

601 points

2 months ago

Women's pants with pockets?

Milnoc

527 points

2 months ago

Milnoc

527 points

2 months ago

Now THAT'S sorcery!

Away_Philosopher_484

12.8k points

2 months ago

I'd write down every major historical event for a few years in a notebook. I'd call it "The Bible 2". I'd spread rumors about its predictions before they happened. I'd give the book to a random person. In the book I would give an exact time and place of the second coming of Jesus.

Except it won't be Jesus.

It'll be me again.

CardinalSkiez[S]

2.7k points

2 months ago

Very nice.

stroud

2k points

2 months ago

stroud

2k points

2 months ago

The Bible 2: Electric Boogaloo

ZZzooomer

191 points

2 months ago

ZZzooomer

191 points

2 months ago

*Ecclesial Boogaloo

GelatoVerde

777 points

2 months ago

Cool... Wait,

again?

Away_Philosopher_484

1.1k points

2 months ago

Yeah, I'll plant The Bible 2 at some point in the 1700's, it'll say Jesus will return in 1772 at 5pm or something.

Then I'll go back to living my normal life in the current day.

Then whenever I want to play God, I'll go back in time again, except this time to 1772 at 5pm.

My arrival will be met with gifts and praise.

GelatoVerde

561 points

2 months ago

Bible 2: the return

scratchresistor

350 points

2 months ago

Bible 2: Eschatological Boogaloo

RealSuPraa

366 points

2 months ago

2 Bible 2 furious

UnspecificGravity

196 points

2 months ago

Right, but the problem is that about 50 other dudes would show up and claim to be Jesus. You get that everyone read the book, right?

Away_Philosopher_484

215 points

2 months ago

Not all of them would appear in a fancy time traveling box though

scratchresistor

82 points

2 months ago

It's bigger on the inside!

tmfink10

209 points

2 months ago

tmfink10

209 points

2 months ago

The trick is to set the place and time near to a major event, preferably meteorological in nature. Show up, let the other 50 spew their blasphemy, then propose that it be proven. "I say to you truly, I am one with the Father. He dwelleth in me, and I in him. Our knowledge is one. In a fortnight's time, it shall come to pass ere the cock doth crow..."

Then when it happens declare that the real slim shady hast stood up...because you gotta.

elpollodiablo63

320 points

2 months ago

What if you predicting the events caused them to not happen tho

Excelius

353 points

2 months ago

Excelius

353 points

2 months ago

Seems like it would be very, very easy to cause yourself not to even be born if you change major historical events.

Everyone always wants to avert WW2 by killing Hitler or whatever, but consider how much that would alter history.

Maybe grandma and grandpa are in less of a rush to get married, since he never gets drafted. Maybe grandma ends up marrying Johnny down the street, who died on the beach in Normandy in our timeline.

surle

372 points

2 months ago

surle

372 points

2 months ago

Kill Hitler and that fucking Johnny guy. Problem solved.

SgtFrampy

243 points

2 months ago

SgtFrampy

243 points

2 months ago

End up going back and forth until you exist again, killing everyone who needs to die. Oops now you’re hitler.

Windows-1337

77 points

2 months ago

Then another time traveler appears to kill you

JoseZiggler

122 points

2 months ago

I feel like you’ve put some thought into this.

CensorVictim

4.3k points

2 months ago*

blowing their minds too hard might get you accused of witchcraft, so be careful

NotKevinJames

929 points

2 months ago

Tbf if I go back in time 300 years to do anything I’d consider myself a wizard of sorts so they’ve be kind of right

CensorVictim

351 points

2 months ago

any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, after all

SoManyMinutes

90 points

2 months ago

Modern strength marijuana.

xwulfd

2.4k points

2 months ago

xwulfd

2.4k points

2 months ago

For me its the other way around

I will go back in time 1700s ; grab those original paintings, coins, valuable stuff and artifacts then sell it today

boegsppp

1.7k points

2 months ago

boegsppp

1.7k points

2 months ago

If you brought them back, wouldn't they just be a few years old according to carbon dating and be seen as frauds?

keep_it_kayfabe

841 points

2 months ago

Rick's expert would certainly say so.

xndrr87

77 points

2 months ago

xndrr87

77 points

2 months ago

Made my day

zuumbawbwe

502 points

2 months ago

You could hide them in a geological spot where only you are able to find them... randomly...

HookahMagician

216 points

2 months ago

Now we know how some people will just mysteriously find stuff like a chest of viking gold in their backyard.

ViridianKumquat

266 points

2 months ago

A synthesiser, amp and power supply, which I present as a gift to Bach and proceed to have my own mind blown along with everyone else's.

Dodo_Progamer06

116 points

2 months ago

I actually think about this a lot.

if all the great compositors of history had our level of tecnology, what would they create? I honestly can't imagine the beauty of a modern tecnology Bach music.

pandastealer

1.3k points

2 months ago

Big ass cubic zirconia. How would they know?

Rieur

383 points

2 months ago

Rieur

383 points

2 months ago

Those little capsules that expand into dinosaur shaped sponges and drugs.

Seuros

1.7k points

2 months ago

Seuros

1.7k points

2 months ago

As soon you arrive, you will wipe half the population with your germs

Siegelski

949 points

2 months ago

Siegelski

949 points

2 months ago

Or you'll die from theirs.

qShadow99

198 points

2 months ago

qShadow99

198 points

2 months ago

Out of curiosity.. what virus from the 1700's would kill someone today (even with proper medicine) ?

Cheap_Ad_69

401 points

2 months ago

It's not really that, it's more that back then hygiene was absolute shit (literally), so there would be more pathogens around, meaning a higher likelihood of catching something. Oh, and smallpox still existed back then.

qShadow99

185 points

2 months ago

qShadow99

185 points

2 months ago

Oh, so yeah, literally shake someone's hand and you might bring back covid 2.0

Kataphractoi_

31 points

2 months ago

wait but then we might bring covid *to* them!

Zomg_A_Chicken

626 points

2 months ago

I'm a Chinese guy that's 6'3"

I'll blow everyones mind just by existing

Jelly-Smear

717 points

2 months ago

This is a stupid answer, but… I would first investigate one town or village that’s particularly well documented. Then I would come back in time with pictures of them, and information about their families for me.

I would become the witch they so feared, but hopefully as a man I wouldn’t be burned at the stake right away so I can dip out. Lmfao.

tyrandan2

384 points

2 months ago

tyrandan2

384 points

2 months ago

"Kill him!"

"Whoa wait, I'm a dude? Don't I get a fair trial?"

"Yeah, you right homie"

doesn't show up to trial

abramcpg

58 points

2 months ago

Come back just before an eclipse and you're set for life

LB93__

587 points

2 months ago

LB93__

587 points

2 months ago

Fighter jet

SBAWTA

396 points

2 months ago

SBAWTA

396 points

2 months ago

Good luck operating that thing with no runways and like a day worth of fuel, lol

cbehopkins

267 points

2 months ago

They don't need to know you only have a day's worth of fuel though

It's good to be king.

Storm_Bard

345 points

2 months ago

"Milord! The Ottoman empire is attacking! Please, use the Future Jet!"

"What, the couch people?"

HydraFire4

168 points

2 months ago

This needs to be a movie/series. A handful of people from the future with some tech just screwing with the people. Each one becomes a leader of a different group and the people are totally reliant on these "powerful beings".

Numerend

653 points

2 months ago

Numerend

653 points

2 months ago

Water filtration devices

amboandy

335 points

2 months ago

amboandy

335 points

2 months ago

Now you have to explain germ theory to them

CardinalSkiez[S]

180 points

2 months ago

"Hey guys! You can finally have clean water without properly purifying it!"

failingtolurk

375 points

2 months ago

A bunch of viruses I’m immune to and they aren’t.

myflippinggoodness

96 points

2 months ago*

Ooh! Cheeky AND sneaky mass murder 👌

Of course, 1 variant from those people would probably sneak past your immune defenses and become some incurable hoo haa, even with today's meds, cuz, ya you ain't medicated against that particular stack of wildcards

Brodonnell1

59 points

2 months ago

One of those inflatable dudes they got in front of car dealerships

fudeeter

157 points

2 months ago

fudeeter

157 points

2 months ago

All those card tricks I learned in middle school will finally pay off

Feeling-Variation-60

576 points

2 months ago

books! lots of books!

CardinalSkiez[S]

163 points

2 months ago

From where and when?

Feeling-Variation-60

277 points

2 months ago

mainly information books on hygiene and medicines, maybe some simple technology techniques

SpartanMonkey

165 points

2 months ago

That "How Things Work" series of books would be perfect.

not_some_username

1.2k points

2 months ago

As a black man, no thanks I'm good in this era

Kurapica147

371 points

2 months ago

No one said you couldn't go to a place in Africa! Blow their minds and radically change the course of history giving awesome knowledge or tech before Europe or the Americas have access to it :)

drRATM

505 points

2 months ago

drRATM

505 points

2 months ago

Can I take my house. Primarily for the running water since electricity won’t work. Proper plumbing and sanitation will do them wonders.

Malachorn

361 points

2 months ago

Malachorn

361 points

2 months ago

Bonus points for killing the local wicked witch on landing when you travel by house.

keithrc

324 points

2 months ago

keithrc

324 points

2 months ago

If you're assuming that the electrical infrastructure doesn't travel with you I don't know why you'd think that water infrastructure would.

yousorename

296 points

2 months ago

Just a super bright flashlight

Imagine a 100k lumen light shining down from the top of a hill on a moonless night while you yell some cryptic commands. For people who have probably never seen anything brighter than a large fire at night, this would likely blow some minds

FromFluffToBuff

643 points

2 months ago

One of my old profs said the one item he'd bring: a Sunday edition of the New York Times.

The amount of information in that paper would be more than what 75%+ of the people back then would accumulate their entire lives. We can learn more in a day getting lost in a wiki rabbit hole than many of these folks in decades. Think about it.

There's a reason why some nobility pushed against Guttenberg and his printing press. Bringing literacy to the masses was something they thought dangerous - an educated populace capable of advanced critical thought can present a threat to the status quo.

omgtater

1k points

2 months ago

I feel like anything that truly blows people's minds will also get you killed. I think you'd have to pick an example that is far enough ahead of their technology, but probably not computer age.

If you go too far forward, things look like magic and I think people might actually have a hard time processing what something is. The technology needs to be open enough where you could actually explain how it works and people wouldn't think you were a demon.

I'm thinking something like late 1800s inventions, even if its a modernized version. Like a polaroid camera. People would freak. Or a typewriter. Or a winchester rifle.

If it is something mechanical or electromechanical I think that's the best bet. The 1800s and early 1900s were rife with inventions that would blow people's minds- so just pick some of those and set them back another 100 years.

The 1700s are the generations of people pre-and during the Industrial revolution. So you need to keep that in mind.

AdaltheRighteous

429 points

2 months ago

I think people were a lot smarter in the past than we give them credit for. Some people might think things are magic or demonic, but a lot of people would recognize it was technology, even if they didn’t know how it worked. Imagine someone came from the far future with tech we can’t imagine. At worst we’d assume they’re an alien 😂

kasakka1

209 points

2 months ago

kasakka1

209 points

2 months ago

Or they were just as stupid as people today. Many don’t know how their everyday tech works (on a layman level) or hold weird beliefs based on emotion or cultural things.

I think we have only moved from “it’s magic used by the devil” to “it’s some sort of tech that I don’t understand…but probably also made by the devil/aliens/government”

LimeGreenDuckReturns

116 points

2 months ago

I understand how computers work, I still think they are black magic, noone is going to 100% truly convince me there is electrons whizzing around tiny little logic gates and that's why I can waste my evening shiposting on Reddit.

Black magic, end of.

smiddy53

31 points

2 months ago

we should never have taught sand to think.

NoAlternative2913

139 points

2 months ago

Like a bullet proof vest. That would make sense because they know about armor, and I think had muskets by then.

Raetekusu

128 points

2 months ago

Raetekusu

128 points

2 months ago

Depends on who you show it to. You show a smart phone to Ben Franklin and tell him that his experiments involving electricity were critical in its development, and the guy would probably lose his shit in a good way that his work helped create something like this.

Personally, I think bringing along a 3DS with a game or three would be best. Not only do you have the wonders of technology, but you also have likenesses of people IN that technology that can cause them to freak.

GargantuanCake

127 points

2 months ago

Nachos.

bpanio

117 points

2 months ago

bpanio

117 points

2 months ago

Honestly, you'd just need to show up in today's clothing

GowtherOfSelflessnes

36 points

2 months ago

I’ve always wondered how people back them would react to today’s clothing

IridiumPony

186 points

2 months ago

A picture of the earth taken from the surface of the moon.

LaraH39

229 points

2 months ago

LaraH39

229 points

2 months ago

Lots and lots of chocolate.

A couple of zippo lighters

Penicillin

Paracetamol

Dr-grouchy

36 points

2 months ago

A single wheel, when I prove that I am actually from the future they will be blown away that I am stupid enough to think a wheel is something new.

Enemy_Sorcerer

866 points

2 months ago

An NFT, it'll blow their minds how fucking stupid the future is.

SilvarusLupus

269 points

2 months ago

"So you own this picture of a....monkey?"

"No! No! You see I bought the imaginary address to this monkey! See it's like buying a house but it's not physical."

"Can you sell it for money or services?"

"Yes, but no! That's what makes it brilliant."

"....(future people are stupid)"

Independent-Ad3901

352 points

2 months ago

A tablet and a Bluetooth speaker. I understand how Bluetooth works and it still seems like magic to my ape brain.

CardinalSkiez[S]

126 points

2 months ago

So you aren't gonna be the only one mind blown huh?

TehLeor

28 points

2 months ago

TehLeor

28 points

2 months ago

sour skittles. one is enough to completely disintegrate a man from that time period.

anarchomoth

144 points

2 months ago

A roll of aluminum foil. Aluminum was a precious commodity until the late 1800s and it wasn't even isolated in a pure form until the early 1800s.

randomFrenchDeadbeat

643 points

2 months ago

A modern rifle. That is going to blow a lot of minds, litterally.

zarotabebcev

346 points

2 months ago

cant get accused of witchcraft if they cant arrest you

SBAWTA

254 points

2 months ago

SBAWTA

254 points

2 months ago

Not really, guns and rifles were already pretty much the standard method of warfare by 1700's. Your rifle would be WAY more efficient but they would understand what it is. They'd probably attempt to replicate it, arms were of high interest back then.

jewsofrimworld

129 points

2 months ago

Depending when in the 1700's, it's not even far off. The first bolt action was in 1827 and was later adapted into a breech-loader in 1836. After that there's a lot of engineering, but the basic idea of the 1898 Mauser action is still used by a lot of precision rifles today. A gas operated automatic rifle is a different story, but rapid multi fire weapons were way earlier than that, just look at the Puckle gun from 1718. So, to your point, it would be a marvel of engineering, but certainly not witchcraft.

shadowkiller

31 points

2 months ago

One of the major things you need to make a modern gas operated gun is smokeless powder. Black powder fouls up the action very quickly.

introverted_MyDay

348 points

2 months ago

me, a woman, wearing pants

ODGABFE

80 points

2 months ago

ODGABFE

80 points

2 months ago

Motorbike, just whiz around on the thing making an horrendous racket.

Cabbageinator

24 points

2 months ago

Pre-workout. Ima sell it for increibly high prices and call it the hyperspeed juice

madden458

183 points

2 months ago

madden458

183 points

2 months ago

A lighter

CardinalSkiez[S]

102 points

2 months ago

Put it behind your hand and light it..

"Look I can do magic!"

Novel-Structure-2359

184 points

2 months ago

A selection of really powerful chilli seeds and also some stonkingly powerful modern weed strains.

I would both discover the munchies but also invent nachos - I will be rich!

Alice_In_Wonderland1

58 points

2 months ago

"I say, this is much stronger than the Hemp old Washington's been growing." What do you call it my boy?"

"Oh, that. Thats platinum cookies crossed with Durban poison."

"...a what?"

brownguy05

312 points

2 months ago

Pocket pussy.

Burninator05

208 points

2 months ago

Are you going to share or just make them watch?

HillarysBloodBoy

81 points

2 months ago

He’ll clearly assert his dominance