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T Minus Three Days And … Wait, Maybe It’s Plus Eleventy-Six

Hey kids, it’s almost December 8th, and that means it’s time for this year’s Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day, as dreamt up by Latin heartthrob Aaron Diaz.

Much like the zombie walks that pop up from time to time (although like all right-thinking individuals, I loathe the undead), the idea here is to engage in a bit of public theater, acting slightly anachronistic in your dress and choice of words. If you want the easy route, pretend to be from the past:

… dress in period clothing (preferably Victorian era) and stagger around amazed at everything. Since the culture’s set in place already, you have more of a template to work off of. Some pointers:

  • Airplanes are terrifying. Also, carry on conversations with televisions for a while.
  • Discover and become obsessed with one trivial aspect of technology, like automatic grocery doors. Stay there for hours playing with it.
  • Be generally terrified of people who are dressed immodestly compared to your era. Tattoos and shorts on women are especially scary.

More advanced types will want to pretend to be from the future (either u- or dys-topian variations are fine), but be sure to have a skewed idea of what typical modern dress is like. Having a compatriot around to take photos for posting is also good.

Finally, try not to get punched out. Diaz has managed to pull of PtbaTTD in Alabama, so you ought to do fine, just don’t go overboard, ‘kay?

In other news, it’s not on my regular trawl so I missed this one until alert reader Michael Kinyon pointed it out, but Home On The Strange is wrapping up imminently. Fleen congratulates creators Veronica Pare and Ferrett Steinmetz on 300-odd installments, and look forward to jumping in on the next project from the beginning.

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