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Old 09-02-2013, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Suppose you had a time machine which could transport you to any time and any location and permitted you to be there and move about normally for three hours before you were automatically returned to the present.

And suppose that it could be used three times and then never again.

Then suppose that someone offered you a billion dollars to go back in time and get the autographs of:


Mel Ott..ML Hall of Famer

John Maynard Keynes...economist

Marlene Dietrich...actress

Ho Chi Minh..Vietnamese freedom fighter

Dwight Eisenhower...president and general

Theodore Geisel ...Dr. Seuss

Jim Thorpe...native American athlete and Olympic champion

T.E. Lawrence...of Arabia

You have three trips and three hours on each trip. How would you go about it?

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Old 09-02-2013, 07:29 PM
 
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It sounds impossible to get all of them. Were any of these people ever in the same place together? Getting Ike's signature seems the most difficult, unless you tracked him down in childhood.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:51 PM
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Location: Wonderland
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I'd just be happy with the three trips back in time and I wouldn't worry about the billion dollars! I'd come back, write a book, sell the movie rights, and make enough money to take some real time trips!
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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It sounds impossible to get all of them. Were any of these people ever in the same place together? Getting Ike's signature seems the most difficult, unless you tracked him down in childhood.
They do not all need to be together in the same place, you get three trips to gather eight autographs, so you just need 2.6 of them together at a given time and place.
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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Suppose you had a time machine which could transport you to any time and any location and permitted you to be there and move about normally for three hours before you were automatically returned to the present.

Then suppose that someone offered you a billion dollars to go back in time and get the autographs of:


Are these two separate deals? Meaning, the three trips back and forth and then the trip back?

Is the trip back for the autographs back and forth? If so, what's the need for the $1B incentive?
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Old 09-02-2013, 07:58 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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Eisenhower played against Jim Thorpe in 1912 at the Carlisle-Army game. Nov 9. So, in theory, if I showed up at the at the game I could get both autographs.

That's one.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:01 PM
 
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Are these two separate deals? Meaning, the three trips back and forth and then the trip back?

Is the trip back for the autographs back and forth? If so, what's the need for the $1B incentive?
Three round trips.

And don't concern yourself with the hypothetical elements, obviously the purpose is to get people to try and figure out when and where these people would have been in close physical proximity to some of the others.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:02 PM
 
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Eisenhower played against Jim Thorpe in 1912 at the Carlisle-Army game. Nov 9. So, in theory, if I showed up at the at the game I could get both autographs.

That's one.
Very good, you nailed one of them.

Now you have two trips left to get the other six.
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Old 09-02-2013, 08:54 PM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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I found John Keynes, Ho Chi Minh, and T E Lawrence all in Paris in 1919, at The Treaty of Versailles.

Having a little trouble getting Mel Ott to meet Marlene Dietrich, Theodore Geisel, and Mahatma Gahndi.........(?)
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Old 09-02-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Houston, texas
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Eisenhower played against Jim Thorpe in 1912 at the Carlisle-Army game. Nov 9. So, in theory, if I showed up at the at the game I could get both autographs.

That's one.
Ho Chi Minh was in New York from 1912-1913 so he would have been pretty close to West Point.
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