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Old 21st February 2018, 09:49 PM   #81
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People buy this stuff? Does anybody bother growing up anymore?

Or are all these time-traveler-story posts sort of like an RPG, and the people "going along" with them are just playing?
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Old 22nd February 2018, 12:10 AM   #82
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The "lie detector" seems to be a bad blood pressure cuff (or a gym sock wound tight) and reminded me of the long-ago story of the police in some berg in Pennsylvania hooking a guy up to a "lie detector". It consisted of an aluminum colander with some wires tied to it and run behind a photocopy machine. They put the colander on the suspect's head and had pre-placed a sheet of paper on the copying pane of the photocopy machine. If he answered, like his name, correctly, they wouldn't hit the button, but when they asked him if he stole the case of cigarettes, they then pressed "Copy" and out of the chute came a letter sized piece of paper with "He's Lying" scribbled across it.
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Old 22nd February 2018, 12:26 AM   #83
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Originally Posted by isissxn View Post
People buy this stuff? Does anybody bother growing up anymore?

Or are all these time-traveler-story posts sort of like an RPG, and the people "going along" with them are just playing?
I'm just hypothesizing. Time travel as something that people do isn't actually possible in real life.
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Old 22nd February 2018, 08:43 AM   #84
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Bowls on ice.
I don't really know about the intricacies of bowls, but curling is extremely tactical (often dubbed "chess on ice"), and it's unquestionably superior to bowls because in bowls you don't get people shouting "HARD! HAAAAAARRRRD!" at people who are furiously sweeping in front of the stone, while wearing one slippy shoe and one sticky shoe.

*or, in the case of the Russian who just had to give her medal back because her husband/teammate was caught doping: "SVEEP! SVEEEEP!"
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Old 22nd February 2018, 08:45 AM   #85
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I do assume it's humans using machinery with some feasible technical constraints. Magical alien technology isn't as fun.
The only things required to neutralise your concerns are a) that the time travellers can arrive on the ship once passengers have boarded, and b) that they can use it to leave the ship again before they die.
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Old 22nd February 2018, 08:50 AM   #86
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I suspect the Titanic sank due to the excess weight of all the time machines of future historians who came back to find out why the Titanic sank.
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Old 23rd February 2018, 04:05 AM   #87
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Bowls on ice.
I believe the drug of choice is meldonium, rather than crystal.
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Old 23rd February 2018, 03:32 PM   #88
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This fantasy is amusing. If this guy is really from 2030 and he is apparently an adult than he must be alive right now some place else in which case there are two of them and a simple DNA test would help make his story convincing.

Of course the promoters of this gibberish won't do this.
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Old 24th February 2018, 11:38 AM   #89
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Bowls on ice.
Competitive janitoring on ice.
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Old 24th February 2018, 11:54 AM   #90
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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
Competitive janitoring on ice.
Not sure how we got this derail, but...

Ever see janitorial staff take a ride on a spinning floor waxer?
There's your "ice dancing" component.

Need a beefed up Roomba though... the damned industrial machines tend to get tangled in their own power cords.

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Old 24th February 2018, 02:52 PM   #91
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Originally Posted by P.J. Denyer View Post
Competitive janitoring on ice.
Played by people with names like "Pancake" and "Steak".
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Originally Posted by Jim_MDP View Post
Not sure how we got this derail, but...

Ever see janitorial staff take a ride on a spinning floor waxer?
There's your "ice dancing" component.

Need a beefed up Roomba though... the damned industrial machines tend to get tangled in their own power cords.

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Old 27th February 2018, 04:36 PM   #93
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There is a short fantasy story in which a greedy miser in the 1800s catches the devil in a trap with the idea of making a deal. The trapped devil fusses and fumes but the miser refuses to release him, "No, not for all the tea in China!" But the devil then holds up a finger and asks, "Wouldn't you? Wouldn't you release me for all the tea in China?" The deal is made and the devil delivers:

Immediately and on top of the miser's head.
There is no 'T' in China.
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Old 27th February 2018, 04:43 PM   #94
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Originally Posted by Pacal View Post
This fantasy is amusing. If this guy is really from 2030 and he is apparently an adult than he must be alive right now some place else in which case there are two of them and a simple DNA test would help make his story convincing.

Of course the promoters of this gibberish won't do this.
I actually read a fair amount from that thread and the guy repeatedly said he wasn't out to prove anything when asked to present some sort of evidence from one or two quasi-skeptics. The incredulous rest said they weren't trying to have him prove it, they believed his word that he was a time traveler.

So anytime a person would ask about presenting DNA, as your example, he'd blow it off. He was living at home with his parents, supposedly because he missed them, but I think he's living at home with his parents because he's a very low-functioning schizophrenic or similar and his fantasies and delusions of being from the future stem from that.
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Old 28th February 2018, 12:18 PM   #95
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...He was living at home with his parents, supposedly because he missed them, but I think he's living at home with his parents because he's a very low-functioning schizophrenic or similar and his fantasies and delusions of being from the future stem from that.
This is way more the truth than his being a time traveler. He can't prove in even the slightest of ways he's from the future (just doesn't want to?), yet we can easily prove he's brain damaged. I wonder what's more likely?
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Old 28th February 2018, 05:36 PM   #96
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This is way more the truth than his being a time traveler. He can't prove in even the slightest of ways he's from the future (just doesn't want to?), yet we can easily prove he's brain damaged. I wonder what's more likely?
I know, right? I actually feel a little sorry for the guy, to be honest, though he might not even be aware of his low-functioning status. Still, it's probably a fairly rough life.
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