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The most useless thing.

Okay so I am the mad professor who invented a time machine which allows you to send one object back to your ancestor in the 17th century. The only constraint is you must be able to pick it up with one hand.
What is most useless thing you could send?
My vote is the iPhone 6
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Re: The most useless thing.

Well it's obvious, a time machine, that way he can collect his own stuff!
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A copy of the daily mail, in the hopes to prevent it happening... Grin
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A leaf blower  CheesyD
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A copy of Adobe Dreamweaver.
Maybe prompting the early development of electricity.
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Re: The most useless thing.

the phone number for plusnet customer services.
although, to be fair it's probably just as useless now as it would be in the 17th century.
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a portable pollution monitoring station
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Electric kettle.
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Quote from: AlaricAdair
What is most useless thing you could send?
Almost any modern bit of technology, though even an iPhone could be used as a doorstop I guess......
A much more challenging question would be the most USEFUL thing to send.  Wink
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Well to answer that question, I'd go with Prof. Brian Cox.
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@Mook,
Not sure about that, they would put him in an Asylum as his ideas would be too far fetched for the time.
The most useful things would be modern weapons, as warfare in those days often relied on you having the most men.
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Not sure about that, they would put him in an Asylum as his ideas would be too far fetched for the time.

That's true, didn't really think that one through!
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The most useful things would be modern weapons, as warfare in those days often relied on you having the most men.

Nope, I'd have to go against that, why would you want to do that? If anything you should send something that would promote world peace. Like video of Hiroshima or Nagasaki and the aftermath, but if you did that and it had the desired effect then the ability to actually have the footage would not exist, so you couldn't send it in the first place! Oh the paradox of time travel.
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the most useful thing would be nothing, changing anything in the past changes the future and despite the trials I've had so far I wouldn't change my life in any way at all, I might prefer to leave it a decade and then send myself something back to the present day that would be useful though.
If you go back and interfere with the past you create the possibility that your life will be substantially worse than by doing nothing, of course you will exist in order to create the time loop but everything after that point in time can be so much worse than the present ....
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@Mook,
But peace is a myth, it's not in the nature of man.
There are many wars still taking place despite the time we have been on this planet and the efforts of many to end Wars.
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Duh! I live in sticksville not under a stone FFS.
All the more reason to promote peace at an earlier point in time so mankind could hopefully realise earlier the futility of it. (No, I'm not a tree hugger either.)