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Old October 26 2014, 08:17 AM   #1
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If you could change one thing in history....

To improve something today what would it be?

I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
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Old October 26 2014, 08:48 AM   #2
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Re: If you could change one thing in history....

My god. Have you learned nothing from Star Trek, NOTHING?!
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Old October 26 2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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To improve something today what would it be?

I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
I'd prevent the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. So many stories, so much culture was lost when the library was ransacked and burned to the ground. I'd like to save it.
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Old October 26 2014, 09:39 AM   #4
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My god. Have you learned nothing from Star Trek, NOTHING?!
Learning is overrated.
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Old October 26 2014, 09:47 AM   #5
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Re: If you could change one thing in history....

Greenlighting "3's Company"

No, well, yes, but no...

Preventing the Holocaust and the WW's and Korea and 'Nam, multiple things, but all of a kind.
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Old October 26 2014, 11:32 AM   #6
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I would be more in favor of changing the outcomes of any number of things in my personal life, rather than mess with the entire universe.
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Old October 26 2014, 11:39 AM   #7
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I would be more in favor of changing the outcomes of any number of things in my personal life, rather than mess with the entire universe.
Well, I really doubt anything Earth has done has had a meaningful impact on the universe.
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Old October 26 2014, 11:39 AM   #8
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I would be more in favor of changing the outcomes of any number of things in my personal life, rather than mess with the entire universe.
I don't know how well that would work out, were it possible. So many end results in life become that way due to thousands of tiny decisions that slowly altered your course, rather than one or two major decisions that radically changed things.

Then again, I think we all have one or two decisions in life that put us on a different path, so maybe it would work out after all.
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Old October 26 2014, 11:51 AM   #9
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Re: If you could change one thing in history....

I'd go back and change my birth date to be 10 years earlier. The result wouldn't be me of course, but wouldn't have lost both my parents while still in my teens.
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Old October 26 2014, 06:45 PM   #10
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Re: If you could change one thing in history....

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To improve something today what would it be?

I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
So are you suggesting that we could do one thing isolated from anything else?

Having watched the film Bobby the other day and reading up on him a bit, I would prevent the death of Robert Kennedy as with him as President in the 60s and 70s, the here and now and the state of international relations would be hopefully massively different.

Or I would try and make the victors of the Great War not be such bastards to the German people in the negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles and hopefully preventing the rise of fascism and the resulting second world war.
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Old October 26 2014, 07:23 PM   #11
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To improve something today what would it be?

I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
So are you suggesting that we could do one thing isolated from anything else?

Having watched the film Booby the other day and reading up on him a bit, I would prevent the death of Robert Kennedy as with him as President in the 60s and 70s, the here and now and the state of international relations would be hopefully massively different.

Or I would try and make the victors of the Great War not be such bastards to the German people in the negotiations for the Treaty of Versailles and hopefully preventing the rise of fascism and the resulting second world war.

Why not go back one step further and prevent the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinad of Austria which was one of the catalysts for WWI, which might mean WWI never took place so no need for the Treaty of Versailles.
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Old October 26 2014, 07:41 PM   #12
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To improve something today what would it be?

I go back after a week Ben Franklin discovered electricity. I give him an plan to build the first power plant made from coal. And give him a plan to build the first lightbulb. Imagine lights were stored in cities in 1780. Just imagine lights advanced today.Plus it would create jobs back then too.
I'd prevent the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. So many stories, so much culture was lost when the library was ransacked and burned to the ground. I'd like to save it.
That was what came instantly to my mind too. Stop the murder of Hypatia and the burning of Alexandria.
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Old October 26 2014, 08:13 PM   #13
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I'd prevent the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. So many stories, so much culture was lost when the library was ransacked and burned to the ground. I'd like to save it.
That was what came instantly to my mind too. Stop the murder of Hypatia and the burning of Alexandria.
I didn't think of this myself but definitely agree with it.
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Old October 26 2014, 08:22 PM   #14
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I'd prevent the destruction of the Library of Alexandria. So many stories, so much culture was lost when the library was ransacked and burned to the ground. I'd like to save it.
I daydream about Hueys and A-10s strafing the hell out of the nuts with firebrands there.
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Old October 26 2014, 08:39 PM   #15
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Honestly? I'd move the dinosaur asteroid a little to the left.
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