The Well-Dressed Time Traveler

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It might be the most important consideration before you take off in your time machine: What should I wear?

Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics has this suggestion:

This t-shirt contains all of the information you could need to ensure not only your survival but perhaps wealth and success as well. Electricity, atoms, pendulums, flight, pasteurization, antibiotics, insulin, longitude, radar, vaccination, just to name a few.

When I mentioned this to some friends, though, they asked: What if time travel burned your clothes off? Well, there is another option—the information also comes as a poster to hang in your time travel machine. However, my friends had their own solution: memorize all of the information so you won’t have to worry about losing it.

But I foresee another problem. Time travel would likely be a fairly traumatic experience, leaving you groggy, maybe with some short-term memory loss. Any idea what could be done then?

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Sarah Zielinski

Sarah Zielinski is an award-winning science writer and editor. She is a contributing writer in science for and blogs at Wild Things, which appears on Science News.

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