A hypothetical question


On your way out of the lab with the machine that will send a tweet back in time, you run into another old friend who is working late at the office. She is extremely excited about a new device she is about to test, and brings you into the lab to see it.

It is a camera that can take a picture of any event in the past, but with limitations. Because of the technology used, the image recorded will be something seen by a human eye. The machine can take a photo of anything a human being has seen.

They will test it tomorrow, but have not decided on a moment to record. They are also concerned that certain delicate parts of the machine will break when it is used. If that happens, it will take at least two years to repair. Your friend asks you what image you think they should try to capture.

What do you suggest?

8 thoughts on “A hypothetical question

  1. The problem with going far back in history is that we don’t have exact times for many historical events.

    That said, just because I am a Romanophile, and it avoids the religious-political controversy of the “obvious” choice, I’d go for early in the morning, March 15, 44 BC, Rome, at the Senate. Try and capture the assassination of Julius Caesar.

  2. Lee Harvey Oswald at the moment that Kennedy was shot. I have no doubts about the crucifixion but serious reservations about Arlen Specter’s ‘magic bullet’.

  3. LabRat001

    Construction of the great pyramid at Giza or Stonehenge in England, see how it was actually done.

  4. Benjamin

    They should capture the image of somebody looking at the machine two minutes ago so they can see what broke and fix it faster.

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