Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day – December 8, 2020

Tue Dec 8

If you’ve ever noticed any unusual characters on December 8, they might be celebrating Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day! On this day of imagination and time-hopping celebration we pretend that we can move across the years and go wherever we want. Whether you’re entertaining the kids or looking to bring some creativity to your day, we have the best ideas to make sure you don’t get stuck in a wormhole.

History of Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

Time travel is an important fixture in the science fiction we know and love today, as well as a consideration for scientists trying to crack its possibilities. But despite its appearance in numerous movies, books and TV shows, it’s a relatively new idea.

The earliest mentions of time travel were always about moving forward. Texts like the Ancient Indian ‘Mahabharata’ used a version in which people fell asleep or visited a god and when they regained their senses found that they had jumped forward into the future.

It wasn’t until 1895 when time travel became a two-way street, with the publication of H. G. Wells’ novel “The Time Machine.” The book popularized the notion of a vehicle designed to transport its passengers forwards and backwards in time. The book’s protagonist travels to A.D. 802,701 and observes the future of the human race, before returning to tell the tale to his dinner guests. The movie adaptation was created in 1960, then again in 2002 with Guy Pearce.

Time travel stories became yet again more complex in 1941 with Robert A Heinlen’s short story “By His Bootstraps” which showed the protagonist occupying multiple time-frames at once through time travel, and therefore intersecting with different versions of himself.

Numerous other new stories fascinated by the idea of moving through time and space, including “Back to the Future”, which exploded onto screens in 1985. Meanwhile, in television, the BBC invented “Doctor Who” and zapped it into homes around the UK in 1963. The show featured a professional time traveler – The Doctor – and has enjoyed great success over the years with new characters, storylines and universes. In 2018 Jodie Whitaker became the first-ever woman to take on the role.

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day timeline

1963
Time Travel on Your TV

The BBC produces its first season of “Doctor Who”, in which time travelling time lord ‘The Doctor’ travels through time in his Tardis, to save the Earth from alien dilemmas.

1895
A Novel Way to Travel

H. G. Wells’ novel, “The Time Machine,” is published and its success leads to the popularisation of the idea of time travel.

1843
Festive Time Hopping

Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens is released, featuring one of the earliest depictions of time travel both forwards and backwards, as Scrooge is shown Christmases past, present and future.

400BC
Heavenly Tricks With Time

The Mahabharata, one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India, is written. It includes the story of King Raivata Kakudmi who travels to heaven and on his return to Earth finds that many ages have passed.

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day FAQs

Can we ever travel back in time?

The urge to hug a departed loved one again or prevent atrocities are among the compelling reasons that keep the notion of time travel alive in the minds of many. While the idea makes for great fiction, some scientists now say traveling to the past is impossible.

Is time a paradox?

A temporal paradox, time paradox, or time travel paradox is a paradox, an apparent contradiction, or logical contradiction associated with the idea of time and time travel. In physics, temporal paradoxes fall into two broad groups: consistency paradoxes exemplified by the grandfather paradox; and causal loops.

Is time travel possible through the quantum realm?

Until, recently, most studies on time travel are based upon classical general relativity. Coming up with a quantum version of time travel requires us to figure out the time evolution equations for density states in the presence of closed timelike curves (CTC).

Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day Activities

  1. Dress up as your favourite time traveler

    With a few wardrobe flourishes you can dress like your favourite time traveler. You could draw lines across your nose to look like the time-twisting Bajoran of “Star Trek”, or don a leather jacket like Christopher Eccleston’s “Doctor Who.” The choice is yours!

  2. Use words from the past and future

    Expert time travelers can slip seamlessly into speaking the lingo of the day, so you could celebrate by swatting up on some historic uses of words: behold this bodkin (look at this dagger)! Or reach into the future and pull out some new words to share with others.

  3. Design your dream time machine

    The Doctor has the tardis, and Marty used a DeLorean car in ‘Back to the Future’. What would be your ideal mode of transport through time?

5 Facts About Time Travel That Will Make Your Head Spin

  1. Time travel may be achievable

    According to NASA the theory of general relativity provides scenarios that would support time travel and has said it may also be achievable through wormholes in time and space. Unfortunately, any living being trying would be unlikely to survive.

  2. Wizards think it’s too powerful

    Time travel is first introduced into the Harry Potter stories in “The Prisoner of Azkaban,” when Hermione uses a time turner to take more classes than time would otherwise allow. But in J. K. Rowling’s wizarding world, time travel is only permitted for mundane, everyday purposes, to stop its power being used for evil.

  3. Stephen Hawking said it’s a possibility

    The late Hawking proposed that time travel is impossible, however in the years following, the famous scientist became increasingly frustrated that he could find no physical law that would prevent time travel — he then changed his mind, making headlines saying “Time travel may be possible, but it is not practical.”

  4. Time travel may not require a machine

    Theorist Roy Kerr postulated that time travel may be possible if you could enter a black hole and exit through a white hole on the other side.

  5. Time travel could begin with particle accelerators

    Particle accelerators work by using electric fields to accelerate groups of particles to high speeds, so far, scientists have been able to boost particles to 0.99997 times the speed of light before smashing them into metal foil or other objects and recording the results.

Why We Love Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day

  1. It’s a chance to explore our incredible history

    Today is a great opportunity to really imagine what it would be like to travel back into the past and experience history for yourself. Where would you go, and what would you see?

  2. It ignites our creativity

    It’s so much fun to get into character and walk in the shoes of someone else – especially someone with such incredible power. Pretending to be a time traveler means you can inject some creativity into your day!

  3. You can set the rules for time travel

    However you choose to spend the day, you’re traveling in time, just like every day! Whether you’re watching your favourite time travel movies or having a time travel party with your friends, you’re the hero in this time traveling story.

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