Skip to comments.VANITY You Are Transported To The Year 742 AD Europe And Allowed To Bring 3 Items From The Future
Posted on 10/14/2012 8:02:34 AM PDT by trailhkr1
What would they be? A gun? Then you are only allowed to bring 2 bullets..see how that works?? Some basic ground rules..has to be a realistic items you can get you hands on today..no tanks etc. You are going with just the clothes on your back + the 3 items to survive an mingle with the folks of the day. Never coming back.
Saw this question on another site and wanted to see what you guys would come up with..I will post that link tomorrow after everyone has a chance to come up with their ideas..some people came up with good ideas (detailed history text of the time in Europe, antibiotics) and other people's ideas..not so much.
Native Americans were just as wormongering as Europeans. Why do you think they would have acted differently if the Aztec built ships and "discovered" Europe instead of the other way around?
Bringing a Bible makes sense...the ones available at the time were only hand-scribed by monks in monasteries, with only priests and abbotts/abbosesses had them.
Detailed medical volume.
Detailed chemistry volume.
That was the book I read, they actually made the rifle and the albeit smoky bullets but the chrome lined barrel gave them a problem.
But I would not try to advance Europe, I would rather start an empire in Australia, so by the time white man comes around the continent has superior tech, centuries ahead.
The Farmer’s Almanacs are all done specifically for the year in which they are published, as well as being specific to a geographic location. Not helpful for the 8th century AD.
I’d imagine such a time traveling person would be viewed with suspicion so a weapon or personal protection should be one of the three. I’d go for kevlar body armor, discrete, could be worn under period clothing to blend in. As big a box of antibiotics as permissible would be another, those were plague years. For the last, I’d go for a set of DIY books with a survivalist bent, like the Foxfire series.
Then, I’d have to swallow my American distaste for such things and engratiate myself to the local lord as quickly as possible, lol.
Solar powered Fleshlight
Solar powered Electromagnetic Laser Gun
The World’s Largest Yodel
So much for taking a bar of bath soap.
Penicillin making equipment with instructions.
Book of how to make stuff.
Extensive book of botanicals.
For example ... a Garmin GPS unit with a solar power supply would be a no-brainer to me, but am I assuming that there are satellites in orbit to make the Garmin work correctly?
3 gold bars. Then I can setup a kingdom of my own..
I hope you meant flashlight.
The series “Connections”, video player and solar batteries.
1. A shirt
2. A pair of pants
3. A good pair of shoes
I didn’t know if clothes would be included in the trip. It wasn’t specified so I had to assume not.
Don’t wanna be caught naked in 8th century Europe.
Plans for a steam-powered electric generator
A Barrett 82A1
My spinning wheel, my drum carder and my interchangeable knitting needle set.
I won’t conquer the world, or jumpstart the industrial revolution, but I will be able to earn a living at fifty and female.
Ipad loaded with reference books on medicine, chemistry, engineering, etc. (Still counts as one item). Solar charger for ipad.. Water purifier.
Oh you do get clothes.
Ok well then:
1. A good telescope
2. A good microscope
3. A flashlight
1.) Hand-cranked flashlight
2.) 2-liter soda bottle (empty)
3.) Survival hatchet or Swiss Army Knife. I’d prefer both, but would lean towards the hatchet.
Let me give you a head start. Citrus fruit has vitamin C.
That was awesome. It is cool that some people still have those skills.
Make sure you have the human diploid rabies, plague, meningitis and the whole alphabet of hepatitis shots, in addition to the usual yellow fever, polio, typhoid & tetanus immunizations.
A good backpacking water filter until you can make a “BioSand” filter for your home/hut/hovel/cave.
Pocket Ref 4th Edition [Paperback] Thomas Glover $8.68 Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Pocket-Ref-Edition-Thomas-Glover/dp/1885071620/ref=dp_ob_title_bk
Finally, your favorite Leatherman, Swiss Army Knife, Gerber, etc with belt sheath & lanyard (I’m cheating a bit here with the lanyard. Mine is 50’ of nylon parachute cord.)
And a hint about “How Few Remain”. In a subsequent war, the south’s secret weapon is the Camel.
there is a WWI stage of his books too. In that one, Germany sides with the country in the north and France and Britain side with the southern country, giving us an American front in WWI.
I bought hard copies of all his WWII books, where we are invaded by aliens in the middle of the war, but felt I was being strung along by the second book and threw out the lot.
But Guns of the South is awesome and “How Few Remain is pretty darned good.
Three items? Okay.
The USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-E)
I ALMOST was going to say something about that typo....
A comprehensive book on engineering, a comprehensive book on gunsmithing, and a comprehensive book on chemistry. I carry the formulae for gunpowder (black and smokeless varieties) in my back pocket at all times, so it is part of the clothes on my back. My goal would be to first establish a private army armed with advanced weapons; second to establish an empire over Eurasia by 762; stamp out all traces of Islam by 782. I would also assume both the Papacy and the throne of the Byzantine empire, and in doing so establish permanently a united Christian faith all across the lands I ruled. I would be corrupted by the power I wielded, ruling by force and terror, and eventually be overthrown by my subjects, who would then fight amongst themselves and destroy civilization. No doubt I would have an interesting paragraph in a history textbook. Perhaps I would even be regarded by revisionist historians as a great humanitarian because of the wonders of technology.
I would do what the locals did to carry my water and would come up with something else as my second choice...unless you have another purpose for the bottle.
‘Guy from Wisconsin figured out how they did it and recreated the sword. Smelted his own steel from iron ore, forged it, even did the inlaid name Ulfberht.’
Saw that. The really funny part was that they had a second tier model (or someone was knocking it off)for guys who wanted the flash but coulcn’t afford the original.
Doc? Is that you?
Well, if we’re going to get all picky about period appropriateness you’d better bone up on archaic European languages before you pop out of here, because you’re not going to be able to explain anything at all otherwise.
Even English as spoken today would likely sound like gibberish to an individual from the 8th century. Ever read Chaucer in the original Middle English? That’s from six hundred years later.
Where there citrus fruits in Europe at that time?
I thought the explorers brought them back from China, much later.
If there are citrus, then I get to bring something else.
Water purifier, antibiotics, Swedish firesteel.
Where would I be transported to? Viking village? Monastery in Ireland? Feudal Japan? Antarctica? Location determines the three things that I would need.
A flintlock musktetoon made with modern metallurgy, A 25lb bag of black powder to get me started, and a K-bar or similar heavy duty knife.
I was hoping someone would pick up on that. But I meant Fleshlight, that way I wouldn’t need penicillin - LOL!
Well, if it were the Aztecs, conquered peoples would become livestock. Europe at least quit making people into “the other white meat” centuries before coming to the Americas.
The title..742 a.d. Europe.
Well, you COULD bring a taser,tell his Lordship how things are going to be, and if he demurs, make his ass do the funky chicken.
There used to be coconuts, but they migrated under the dorsal guiding feathers of unladen swallows.
20 guys of the day rushing you in the woods out of nowhere and you would be dead meat...
That would be a very gratifying albeits shortlived experience. If you survived you’d be tried as a witch or sorcerer if you lived that long.
Yes, MichaelTArchangel!! Weapons to stop the damage that Mo and his Minions from Hell will cause in the future.
a phased plasma rifle in the 40 watt range.
“Just what you see on the walls, pal!”
Personally, I’d take:
Over time, I might be considered a god of longevity.
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