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.
Being able to travel through time to a different age or era is the dream of many scientists, sci-fi enthusiasts, and even historians. After all, we spend so much of our lives hearing about what happened in the past, be it one hundred, one thousand, or one million years ago, that many of us would give anything to see the things that were happening then with our own eyes.
But have you ever thought that one day there will be people who will look back and wish they could travel to our times? Or how many people there were living in the 18th century that would have loved to see what life would look like in 2015?
If you’ve never thought about it that way, it’s time you did, as that attitude will allow you to see the world in a whole new light and enjoy Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day to the fullest.
The History of Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day was created in 2007 by the Koala Wallop online community, but the dream of the human race one day being able to travel through time is much older than that. The first known mention of such a concept is in ancient Hindu mythology.
In one of the stories, the King Revaita travels far away to met the creator, Brahma. Upon his return to his kingdom, he is shocked to find that many ages have passed during his relatively short absence. Time travel has also been brought up in the Talmud and early Japanese tales.
A bit more recently, Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” tells us about how the main character, Ebeneezer Scrooge, is transported back and forth through time to witness various events, leading to his eventual change of heart towards mankind.
And even more recently, the cult classic Back to the Future Trilogy depicts the adventures of American teen Marty McFly, as he travels both into the future and the past to right wrongs. As you can see, time travel has fascinated mankind for millennia.
How to celebrate Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day
This day is an annual event which combines elements of performance art, humour and plain old fun to give an overall unforgettable experience. As the name itself suggests, the basic premise of the day is to pretend to be a time traveler, either from the past or from the future, who has somehow ended up in the present day.
For maximum effect, this role play should involve group of friends and should take place in public places and should involve conversations complete strangers. So get a group of friends together, and hit the town! Be sure to do everything a time traveler from the past or future might do: ask strangers what year it is and respond in horror, regard everything you see with curious fascination and a touch of skittishness for good measure.
The possibilities are almost endless, so take this day to allow yourself to be astonished anew by all of the things you presently take for granted every day. Besides being great fun, Pretend To Be A Time Traveler Day will help you appreciate what you have in life. What more could a weary time traveler want?
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.