So You Created a Wormhole: January’s Book of the Month Giveaway

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“It’s not unlikely that this guide has been clandestinely placed in your path precisely to create a time traveler out of you…” reads our latest Book of the Month, So You Created a Wormhole. This quirky guidebook is an in-depth look at how to be a time traveler in today’s world. Though it touches on actual theories of time travel, the fact that there is only theory in time travels allows authors Phil Hornshaw and Nick Hurwitch a lot of creative freedom. Referencing popular films, such as my personal favorite, Back to the Future, this book predicts problems and offers solutions to the time traveler.

A particularly useful section is “Surviving in Time.” In it, you find a field guide to making it through any era, from “The Beginning” to the year “CE ?????” and everything in between. What do you do if captured by 19th-century cowboys? How can you use interstellar trade routes to your advantage? This book has you covered.

Sound like fun? If you would like to win a copy of So You Created a Wormhole, just leave a comment in response to the discussion question below! Tell us:

Where and when would you time travel to, and what skills do you anticipate using?

  • You have until January 31, 2013 to participate.
  • Though you may leave comments after the above date, any comments left after 11:59 p.m. PT on January 31 will not qualify.
  • Only comments left on this blog post will be counted into the giveaway.
  • Winners will be chosen at random.
  • We will contact you via e-mail if you are a winner.
  • For more information, please see our Contests & Comments page.

About Angela

Someday, Angela will be tending to her sheep, llamas and alpacas on the “Yarn Farm” and raising award winning honey bees. Until then, the native Pittsburgher is enjoying all things related to knitting, her cats, Mr. Spock, red lipstick, and creativity. Writing is her first true love.

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118 Responses to So You Created a Wormhole: January’s Book of the Month Giveaway

  1. Charlie 01/25/2013 at 7:25 am #

    My time travel needs are simple. I would travel back to any time just before I was about to hoe into a large pile of chocolate biscuits. I would then use my secret and secretive ninja skills to unseeingly (because it is dangerous, as I am sure I would read in the book, to see yourself from another time) get all the chocolate biscuits away from myself. The more successful I am, the fitter and slimmer I will become, and the more successful and ninja-like I will be. Then I can choose any item in the Mod Cloth arsenal to wear because I won’t be chubby on chocolate biscuits. No high aspirations of world saving, or world domination, just this basic time travelling need.

  2. Marci 01/25/2013 at 7:47 am #

    I had an answer, but reading Charlie’s comment above makes me want to change it. I’d time travel alongside her for at least some of her journeys to eat her chocolate biscuits. Because chocolate biscuits are awesome, and hey—free snacks! I’ll admit that my original answer was heavily influenced by Doctor Who & the fact that I’m reading the artist’s biography right now, but I’d definitely want to time travel back to when Vincent Van Gogh was alive. I would want to hang out with him, watch him paint, maybe fight an invisible alien monster with him, and give him a hug.

  3. Tori 01/25/2013 at 10:18 am #

    I would travel to a few different eras. Firstly, I would go back to the Victorian era and work alongside Sherlock Holmes (I like to believe he existed) and Watson. I would need more knowledge of the mannerisms, etiquette, fashion, and the way people talked back then so that I would fit in well. I would also like to go back to the Regency era so that I could meet Jane Austen and her family. Maybe have a little romance with a hottie wearing a velvet waistcoat and cravat (a girl can dream). And of course, I would have to go back to the 1920s and party it up with the Fitzgerald’s and the Jay Gatsby’s of the time. Dancing on tables, gin bathtubs, glitter, scandal… sounds enticing! Also, not to mention, everything else seemed to be booming from art, film, jazz, literature…. As said before, I would need to know all of the mannerisms, way of speaking, and dress code so I wouldn’t be caught… and ways to get out of trouble with the mob or the enemies of Holmes and Watson of course.

  4. Amalia 01/25/2013 at 10:20 am #

    I would travel back to see exactly how they made chocolate, and then bring back the recipe, so I could use it! I would use my baking skills to make it EVEN BETTER, and then sell it to unfortunate souls who don’t have chocolate-makeing skills.

  5. Charlotte Dunn 01/25/2013 at 10:26 am #

    I would travel back to Regency (Jane Austen’s) times and use my modern day flirting skills to land myself my very own Mr Darcy!!!

  6. Allison Dragsten 01/25/2013 at 10:44 am #

    I would travel back to the 1950s and 1960s so I could find vintage treasures in pristine condition. I’m also curious to see the decades my parents grew up in and what they were like as kids. I would also travel to different cities to see New York and Paris. And I would go see the Beatles and the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan. I think I would be quite happy living 50 years in the past.

  7. Rachel 01/25/2013 at 11:57 am #

    I would probably travel back in time to get the winning lottery numbers. Then with my newfound riches and time machine I could finally start my own buisness of fighting crime before it happened. Alternatively, if my crime fighting skills aren’t up to par, I would simply take over the world using my powers of awesomeness and persuasion to bring about world peace.

  8. Kenzie Davis 01/25/2013 at 12:14 pm #

    “All of time and space; everywhere and anywhere: every star that ever was. Where do you want to start?” -Eleventh Doctor

    Being a huge Doctor Who fan, this is really tricky question. I think I’d travel back to 18th century England, for the main purpose of being able to wear those gorgeous dresses all the time! I’d also do a bit of sight-seeing, since I love England. I’d use my literary and intellectual skills to write a book in this era, becoming a famous author of a classic novel (classic for present day, that is). And maybe, like Charlotte Dunn said above, I’d score my own Mr.Darcy along the way! ;)

  9. Jennyroo 01/25/2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Oh so many creative people out there! I’d be very simple in my desire… I’d time travel back to the early 1900s to see my great grandmother and her family as they settled on the Canadian prairies. I would bring one tool: my camera, so I could document their true pioneering spirit.

  10. Jessica Caneal 01/25/2013 at 12:25 pm #

    I would be a private detective in the 1920′s just like my favorite literary character Phryne Fisher!

  11. Eliza 01/25/2013 at 12:27 pm #

    I would travel back to Liverpool, England. 1956 when The Beatles were teenagers and would be about the same age I am now!

  12. Mae East 01/25/2013 at 12:35 pm #

    I would travel to Bethlehem and bow before the new born Baby Jesus. Then I would use my super duper painting skills to paint the first (and only!) official portrait of the Royal Family. Then I would present baby gifts that I created with my mega power crafting skills — I am sure Baby Jesus would like my stuffed lamb and purple and gold baby quilt; cause a baby can’t play with gold, frankincense, and myrrh!

  13. Roxana 01/25/2013 at 12:38 pm #

    The question is, can I also easily travel back to my own time again when I’m done traveling? Or is this a one way stop?

    For my chrono-vacation… I’d visit Elizabethan England and hang out with old Bill Shakespeare. As an actor and dramaturge, I’d love to experience original performances of his classics, and hey, maybe even pull a few tricks out of his comedies, dress as a boy, and perform in them myself!

  14. Liz Barton 01/25/2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I would travel back to the 1970s and buy real estate in Lincoln Park in Chicago. With the money I made from that, I then would travel back to 2005 and use my quirky sense of style found ModCloth first. ;-P

  15. Anna H. 01/25/2013 at 1:05 pm #

    Step 1: Obtain a good camera, a time machine, and dinosaur treats. Step 2: Go back in time about 100 million years. Step 3: Frolic with the dinosaurs. Take photographic evidence. Step 4: Go home before the meteor hits and kills them all. Show everyone the pictures and bask in the glory. Mission accomplished.

  16. Stephanie 01/25/2013 at 1:06 pm #

    18th Century Williamsburg… I’d love to see the fashion, culture, and a bit of revolutionary chaos. Can I bring The Doctor with me? I can’t time travel without The Doctor.

  17. Shaggy 01/25/2013 at 1:21 pm #

    I would go about 10 years into the future, and take stock of what stocks have gone up and what technologies have grown – probably the only skills required would be stealth, curiosity and investigative resourcefulness. I suppose I would have to look up myself, friends and family (but not try to meet them), although that could be a scary proposition. Anyway, would then go back and invest accordingly and of course be philanthropic with any returns on investment….

  18. Chloe H 01/25/2013 at 1:26 pm #

    I would travel back in time to 52nd Street in NYC in the years 1925 to 1950. 52nd Street in those years was the prime location for jazz and you could go from club to club and hear jazz greats like Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, and Charlie Parker. I love love love jazz and it would be amazing all of the jazz legends playing in one spot. Skills/things needed would be: lots of energy, secret passwords, and comfy heels for dancing through the night.

  19. Sara Strauss 01/25/2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I would time travel to meet great literary masterminds, like Jane Austen, Hemingway, Keats, Chaucer, etc. because that would be amazing! Nothing too crazy or world-altering for me. Although I would probably bring a camera and take pictures!

  20. Chloe Pendley 01/25/2013 at 1:37 pm #

    I would travel to the future, but then I might accidentally change it, as a result of seeing it. So instead I’d go to the 1960s and make copies of all of the Doctor Who episodes that were lost. Then I’d go see a Beatles concert.
    If I had time leftover, I’d go to 1830s Germany, so I could play piano with Clara Schumann, a teenage Chopin, and other famous musicians.
    Skills needed:
    Knowing how to correctly work my time machine
    playing piano
    having awesome 60s fashion (I’d stock up on Modcloth dresses before I went)

  21. Beth 01/25/2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I’d go back to the beginning of the last century and use two skills: a) nursing, since antibiotics were on the brink of being widely used, so everyone was sick and b) dance skills, namely Charleston, Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Shag, Balboa.
    I’d also have a nice little talk with the guys who invented the a-bomb, Szilard, Rutherford, etc… something like “Trust me, just don’t pursue this any further. It kinda sucks. A lot.”

  22. Karen Crawford 01/25/2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I would only need to go back to when my children were babies, I miss that part of their lives, and I would def be using more patience this time.

  23. Angi McElfresh 01/25/2013 at 3:49 pm #

    I knew the answer as soon as I read this… I would definitely go back to 1910′s to France and befriend Coco Chanel during her younger designer years, when she first opened her boutique designing hats and act as her mentor to experience firsthand one of the greatest fashion designers of all time!

  24. Ola 01/25/2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Id go back to the 80′s and re-live some moments with family members who’ve passed away. Skills I might use? Hmm, would definitely have to brush up on my Moonwalk, hair-crimp and pinball skills :-P

  25. Kirstie 01/25/2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Like some of the previous commenters, I am a big Doctor Who fan, so no matter where I go a TARDIS and a man in a bow tie are a must. I think I would go to the future, just out of curiosity. I would love to see something I couldn’t even imagine on my own!

  26. alyssa balboa (@alyssabalboa) 01/25/2013 at 7:51 pm #

    “Where and when would you time travel to, and what skills do you anticipate using?”

    Simple. I would go back in time to see all of the Harry Potter movies at midnight when they came out. All eight of them.

  27. Barb 01/25/2013 at 7:53 pm #

    This is a touch question. I would probably go back in time to the late 1980s and tell my family to invest their money in stocks for all the companies I know would be successful… like Apple, etc. The family would have financial security and I wouldn’t be drowning in student loans! haha

  28. Caitlyn 01/25/2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I would love to be present during the 50s and 60s. That is the time when the US was changing, people still had traditional values but were becoming more and more open to change. I would love to see all the “modern” gadgets of the time and possibly bring some back to the present as super neat and rare vintage items! Also, I could find some awesome dresses for cheap :]]

  29. Kelli O'Neill 01/25/2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I would go back to 1899 New York City and be the only girl newsie in the 1899 Newsboy Strike. I would help take down Pulitzer and Hearst and help young people fight for their rights. The skills I anticipate needing are: ability to fake a New Yorker accent, stamina and word-play to sell lots of papers, verbal skills to get fellow newsies to join the strike, possibly song and dance.

  30. kellioneill 01/25/2013 at 8:14 pm #

    I would go back to 1899, New York City, and be the only girl newsie in the 1899 Newsboy Strike. I would help take down Pulitzer and Hearst and help young people fight for their rights. The skills I anticipate needing are: ability to fake a New Yorker accent, stamina and word-play to sell lots of papers, verbal skills to get fellow newsies to join the strike, possibly song and dance.

  31. kate 01/25/2013 at 11:03 pm #

    I would travel back to the 1930′s and use my illustration skills to design sets or costumes in the Golden Age of Hollywood!

  32. cocoa 01/26/2013 at 4:58 am #

    Before traveling, I would make sure I could return to the present, as this is where my family and friends are. I would travel back to every period of things I love, Bakelite, Fire-King, 50′s, 60′s and make sure that I go just as those things are starting to become out of style at that time. This way, I can find it easily at a thrift shop at thrift shop prices of the times, or maybe someone is just giving it away.

  33. Aimee B. 01/26/2013 at 7:01 am #

    I am too cautious for these questions–Jack Finney’s Time and Again drilled into me the importance and difficulty of not changing anything when time traveling. I would like to visit my relatives when they were young, to gain more understanding of who they are now, but how might I change them, and therefore myself, in the process?

  34. Jenn Flegle 01/26/2013 at 7:06 am #

    I would travel back to when the dinosaurs became extinct. I would love to see dinosaurs in real life and the event that literally changed the face of the planet.

  35. Suzanne 01/26/2013 at 7:57 am #

    This is such a difficult question! I love kinds history and fashion and customs pre-dating the 1980s (literally the Middle Ages through the 1980s.) I couldn’t pick a single time. I’d also want to do something history altering and save a lot of lives (like perhaps preventing one or both of the world wars?) So my answer would be to actually travel to the future where time travelling machines are the norm and bring one of those back to the present day, so I can time travel at my leisure, to any time period as my mood dictates. I’d be like Dr. Who, minus all the saving the world from aliens business!

  36. beth 01/26/2013 at 8:48 am #

    Can I go to the future and see what amazing things we have discovered? Will this book tell me that is impossible and that we will all go batty if that happens? Or! go and talk to the ancient Greeks about medicine and philosophy.

  37. Em 01/26/2013 at 9:33 am #

    Even though I love the fashion of the 50s, I think I would like to go to the 20s and Paris. I guess I would need my champagne drinking skills :) That would be lovely!

  38. Matt 01/26/2013 at 10:02 am #

    I would absolutely travel back to the Dark Ages. I wouldn’t interfere, but observe. For a means of living I would use my carpentry skills and set up a shop after apprenticing and earning enough to do so. What about the Black Plague, you ask? Well, my friends, you have to take your chances (and your baths to keep the fleas off you).

  39. Blythe 01/26/2013 at 10:16 am #

    I’d travel back to this one ModCloth sale I bought from a few months ago and snap up that gorgeous skirt a little earlier, so it wouldn’t get oversold in my size.

  40. Patricia 01/26/2013 at 12:40 pm #

    Love the book! Sounds great.

    I will travel to the 50s or 60s to NYC to meet the changing times and fashion!

    P

  41. Em 01/26/2013 at 4:25 pm #

    Like many modcloth fans, I’d head straight to the twenties…flapper dresses were made for my figure. I’d definitely need my finely honed charleston skills to attract a dapper gent, my ability to apply a pristine red pout, and my writing skills to hop on the modernism train!

  42. Jessica Skinner 01/26/2013 at 6:33 pm #

    I would travel back to the 1950′s because I would give anything to live back then! ANYTHING! It was so much simpler then. Women were ladies and men were gentlemen- no questions asked. I would always get to wear an adorbale dress, and the music and dancing would be so much better. And my favorite part? Getting to see my idol, Mrs. Marilyn Monroe, in person basking in all of her flawless beauty. I would never come back to our time! As for my special skill that I would use, I’m not quite sure. I would simply enjoy the pure happiness that is the 1950′s.

  43. Caitlin 01/26/2013 at 8:32 pm #

    I’m constantly wishing I could get advice from a slightly older and wiser version of myself, so first I’d go back 5 years in time and give life advice to a 5-years-younger-me. Then, I’d fast-forward about 60 years and ask my older self about her biggest regrets in life, and come back to the present to try not to make those same mistakes!

  44. Caitlin 01/26/2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I’m constantly wishing I could talk to a slightly older and wiser version of myself, so first I’d go back 5 years in time to give life advice to a 5-years-younger-me. Then, I’d go forward about 60 years to ask my future self about her biggest regrets in life, and come back to the present to do my best not to make those same mistakes!

  45. Fannana 01/26/2013 at 11:01 pm #

    The Doctor turns up on my doorstep with a blue box that’s bigger on the inside. He asks me: Where and when?

    I take it in my stride – I’ve been planning for this day for years, ever since I was first introduced to time as a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff.

    “Let’s go to the stars, and I want to watch Betelgeuse explode into a supernova at the exact second it happens. Will I need special glasses?”

    I think the only skills I’ll have to bring along will be my ability to stare at beautiful, bright things for eons, and the ability to crash-land the TARDIS if I’m called upon to do so (which I think is more than likely). I’ll not be back, so I’ll say my goodbyes now – Goodbye, Earth, 2013!

  46. Zoe 01/27/2013 at 12:36 am #

    I would love to get to see the Enlightenment period in Europe. There was so much new thinking going on, as well as a renewed interest in philosophy and stuff. Though the Revolutionary War time frame would be amazing as well, again seeing thoughts move to action with all of the amazing figureheads of history. But the 80s would be amazing too… Where ever I went I would need a knowledge of the time period, extending to culture and history.

  47. Lauren 01/27/2013 at 9:48 am #

    I would definitely travel to the future when the masterminds of pharmaceuticals discover the cures for Multiple Sclerosis and Cystic Fibrosis. I would then take these cures back to cure my MS before it became manifest and cure my sister so that should would have been at my wedding. I would have to be able to hide the pain of MS (who would let it get that far with over-the-counter medication?) while I was purchasing the meds and then stealthy slip the medication to my sister. The doctors will be declared miracle workers, and I will have to be okay with that.

  48. maddieswab 01/27/2013 at 9:53 am #

    I’d time travel to the past to Vienna when sugar and sweets first took hold of the city. I’d learn how to bake from the pros and master the Viennese art of pastry.

  49. Melissa Hickey 01/27/2013 at 11:17 am #

    I would travel back to 1992, so that I could fall in love with my husband all over again.

    OR:

    I would travel back to 1956. I would use my knowledge of mixed drinks and cocktails and the skills I have acquired enjoying such cocktails in social situations to wow my peers. I would obviously bring my amazing Modcloth wardrobe with me, and eventually work my way into a party with Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and the rest of the RatPack. I would spend one, amazing evening at a soiree with these gentlemen and their counterparts, and then get back to my present life. Of course, there would be a song written in my honour, about the meticulously dressed and socially advanced woman who mysteriously disappeared after only one night! My husband and I would smile knowingly at each other while sipping gimlets by the fireplace and listening to the record with this song on it. Perfect.

  50. Lucy 01/27/2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I would travel back to the sixties and marry Tony Dow (Wally Cleaver) because, who wouldn’t? Am I right?!

  51. Lauren F. 01/27/2013 at 6:46 pm #

    If I could travel in time it would defiantly be into the future I’m guessing 4014 where the invention of time machines have been created and crafted. By this time I would use my skills from the 21st Century of persuasion and pure awesomeness to obtain the blue prints (from the original creator, without his knowledge) and escape with them so then I can make my own time machine which would take the form of the Tardis and take endless time travelling journals with my friends.

    • Lauren F. 01/29/2013 at 12:45 am #

      *journeys not journals, although we can do that as well

  52. Jacquelyn 01/27/2013 at 10:18 pm #

    I would travel to the 1930′s and visit some movie sets and shops to acquire some fantastic outfits. I would fashion a make shift hula~hoop and use my hula~hooping skills to start a craze twenty years early and attract enough attention to get a cameo in a movie, just so that I could obtain an outfit from one of the studios. Perhaps Ginger Rogers would let me keep one of her dresses, or even better Edith Head or Adrian would design an outfit for me!

  53. Zoe 01/28/2013 at 6:30 am #

    I would travel back in time to my high school semi-formal dance. My anxiety-ridden 16 year old self ran away and refused to dance with my date (who I had a huge crush on) when he asked. Let’s just say it was an awkward ride home. This time I’ll be able to use my (only recently acquired, unfortunately) dancing and talking-to-a-guy skills!

  54. Candy 01/28/2013 at 10:11 am #

    I would travel back in time to when I was 10, and make myself choose to go on the 3rd day of my Behind the Scenes Seaworld Tour, instead of going with my friends to a water park. My biggest mistake!!!! And then, power of time travel already under my belt, I’d head to the 20s to get my foxtrot on!

  55. zebra Matt (@zebraMatt84) 01/28/2013 at 10:16 am #

    I would travel back to September 1919 with the intention of giving Hitler a jolly stern talking to with regards to his life choices. Possibly with some sort of weapon in hand, in case things took an unexpected turn. I anticipate that in my excitement at having found a way to travel through time, and in my haste to use it for something misguided and self-righteous, I would entirely forget that I need also to travel a rather large distance in space as well, in order to account for the vast swathes of universe the Earth would have covered in the intervening period. As such, I would need to employ some serious skill in attempting to survive vacuum without a space suit for long enough to facilitate my prompt return to the precise moment of my departure, which if I got wrong by a matter of microseconds would either leave me no better off or, quite likely, find the molecules which make up my body attempting to occupy the same spacial volume as the planet – leading, I imagine, to a rather substantial expulsion of atomic energy.

  56. allywe 01/28/2013 at 2:32 pm #

    I would travel back in time to the Italian Renaissance (around the 1480s or 90s) to see great artists and scientists like Michelangelo and DaVinci work in person. Hopefully I would also be able to improve my own skills and learn from their methods!

  57. Katrina 01/28/2013 at 6:13 pm #

    I would travel back to the 1950s to dance with Fred Astaire and meet Audrey Hepburn… I would “think pink” and spend a lot of time in Paris…

  58. Carlijn Bakker 01/29/2013 at 2:57 am #

    I think the first rule of time travelling is; don’t change the timeline and upset the course history. However, being human and therefore flawed I am bound to do just that. I feel almost guilty that I have no great humanitarian mission, but I think I would travel back to the 1960′s and ask my grandmother to teach me how to sew. When she died I was too young to operate a sewing machine. Now when I go through old picture albums my mother is always wearing the most beautiful handmade vintage outfits. My grandmother was an advanced frugal seamstress who got the most out of every yard and material, because money was tight back in those days. My greatest wish is that she could have shared her knowledge with me. Although I finally learned how to sew with books and video instructions online, I would rather have those precious memories and more time with my grandmother.

    • Carlijn Bakker 01/30/2013 at 1:39 am #

      Totally forgot ‘where’! Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands!

  59. Dawn 01/29/2013 at 7:19 am #

    If I could time travel I would travel back in time to the age of disco and I would use my dancing skills to dance until the sun came up. Then I would travel back to prohibition age and visit a speakeasy and once again, dance to some swing until the sun came up!
    So this book is a must read to avoid any messy time travel situations.

  60. Grace 01/29/2013 at 11:33 am #

    I would definitely travel back to the 1920′s and do some swinging. And side saddle riding. Because you can’t beat riding a pony in a fancy dress. I would have to practice my skills of being obnoxiously polite, and master better posture. After that got stuffy, I would pop up to the 60′s and have a milkshake at one of those shiny diners (honing my jukebox skills), then scoot up to future (that’s definitely allowed, I have a time machine!) and just experience it for a few days. Then come back to now so I can be the most accurate trend-setter there ever was.

  61. Chelsea 01/29/2013 at 8:01 pm #

    I would travel to 1887 London for the purpose of seeking out Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to discover if he was, in fact, a consulting detective and the real “Sherlock Holmes”. I would then do whatever I could to be taken on as assistant and learn astute logical reasoning, disguising, and forensic sciences from the famous sleuth.

  62. Roxana Farfan 01/30/2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I would go back in time in the 50′s, when Roller Derby was a contemporary sport often played and had less rules (this meaning more aggressive), and I will use my skills as a roller derby player to play ruthless with other players. and play this sport that I love so much .
    the I would go back to my time, and use what I’ve learned on my every day. :D

  63. Ida 01/30/2013 at 2:46 pm #

    I would definetly travel back to the 60′s and visit my grandparents (who died before I was born). I would see all the crazy stuff my gandpa did (like diving from a 15 meter high crane into the sea) and hang out with him and his friends n a small Norweigan village. And I would visit my grandma in her dressmakers workshop, just to breath in the atmosphere and ask her to teach me everything she knows about sewing. And I would take my picture with them. Since I’ve never met them it would be easy to act as i didn’t know them at all. And – since I’m already in the 60′s – I would buy loads of pretty dresses, dance to the amazing music and live like there were no 21st century to come.

    • Ida 01/30/2013 at 2:50 pm #

      End the skills I would use to charm them – to hang out with my grandpa I would only have to talk swedish since he was amazed by everything foreign. And to charm my grandma I would use the skill “bad clothes” so she, as the pedant she was, would feel like she had no other choice than to teach me how to make a proper dress.

  64. Alexandra 01/30/2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I would travel back to 1969 to experience Woodstock. I think that’s a once in a lifetime type of thing and that was way before I was born. My partying skills would be essential for this particular time travel trip.

  65. A. Arden Cooper 01/30/2013 at 4:29 pm #

    There seems to be an assumption here that time is linear, which I wholeheartedly disagree with. So I would not travel backward or forward in time, but rather parallel into another dimension. I’d take a special friend, vials for collecting samples (of what? who knows! soil, alien skin cells, subatomic liquid goo…) my smartphone (just in case there is service–best tweet ever!) and a supersexy spacesuit. I anticipate using my skill for diplomacy (I come in peace after all), my optimism (I will survive) and my excellent sense of direction.

  66. Quynh 01/30/2013 at 4:36 pm #

    I would probably go back in time to help Givenchy create the clothes that would eventually create Audrey Hepburn’s legacy. And I’d get to meet Audrey Hepburn.

  67. Isabel H. 01/30/2013 at 4:42 pm #

    If I could go back in time, I would go back and save Freddie Mercury from ever dying. I am only thirteen, so I never really got to experience his holiness, but his music changed me. Some people may say that this is a small thing to do with such unlimited power, but Freddie Mercury is the most brilliant mind to have ever touched this Earth. His death was the worst thing in the whole world. So i would save him, and by some cool retro clothes while back in time.

  68. Nicole Brown 01/30/2013 at 4:46 pm #

    I would go back to the year my Grandma was a teenager, (1940′s) then I could meet her parents! I’ve always wanted to meet her parents because they made their way to America from Italy and I think that was an incredibly brave thing to do! I would need skills to speak Italian because they spoke Italian. I would also need to know important everyday facts about living in the 1940′s. I would also love to meet Helen Keller (but not sure of the year) she was BRILLANT! and Elvis in 1975 so I could warn him to take care of himself!
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  69. Rachel 01/30/2013 at 4:50 pm #

    Considering there are far too many ways I could ruin my own and possibly the rest of the world’s future (having not previously read So You Created a Wormhole,) I think it would be best to play it safe on this one and choose to do something meaningful and yet also very minute. Therefore, I would travel back into the beginning of my tenth grade year of highschool and change all of my classes. This new change will eliminate my classes with people that were very rude and save me lots of unnecessary problems in the future.

    And after I received this book (hopefully!) I would then further my knowledge on time travel and be able to preform a plethora of awesome time travelly things.

  70. Samantha 01/30/2013 at 4:52 pm #

    If I had the chance to travel in time I would most definitely go to the past. I’m not sure what time period I would go to but I would want to go somewhere where something monumental in our world’s history is happening. I do know that I would try and find myself a companion, being a Doctor Who fan, and I would go to any time/place that I want to. I wouldn’t try and do anything in the time period though, being terrified of ripping a hole in space and time and changing a chunk of history, I would most likely just observe and maybe buy some really neat souvenirs :)

  71. Rosanie 01/30/2013 at 5:01 pm #

    I would travel to the studio 54s prime and dance. Just dance.

  72. Megan 01/30/2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I would travel to 1968 and become a member of the cast of Star Trek. I would have to brush up on my phaser skills.

  73. Megan 01/30/2013 at 5:25 pm #

    I would travel back to 1968 and become a member of the cast of Star Trek. I would have to brush up on my phaser skills.

  74. Ash 01/30/2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Since time and space are no issue here, I would go everywhere, anywhere and see everything in between! Also maybe a stop off at a few new planets while I’m at it.

    • Ash 01/30/2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Also my skills would be my guitar, where I could jam with any of the famous and extra terrestrial aliens/people that I come across!

  75. Megan 01/30/2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I would travel back to 1968 and become a member of the cast of Star Trek. I would have to brush up on my phaser skills.

  76. Claire 01/30/2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Picture this: It’s 60,000 B.C., and you and your fellow hunter-gatherers are making your way across treacherous terrain. It’s this point in history that I would do anything to experience. It’s then when Homo sapiens make their first appearance. How amazing it would be to be them, the creatures at the forefront of mankind. Homo sapiens were the earliest manlike creatures to use and develop a language as well as succeed as hunter-gatherers.
    That’s what really draws me to this time- the hunter-gathering culture. Hunter-gatherers knew how to survive, if you were to throw me into that world today, I would die of shock before the starvation even hit. I think skills that are now seen as archaic are actually honorable and should be glorified even today. Hunting for survival, the ability to utilize every aspect of an animal’s body, as well as having the knowledge of your surroundings and the plants that are around you- all are skills that lead to survival. Who cares how fast you can text? Who cares that you can stream movies instantly onto your computer? Hunter-gatherers would laugh at the people of today and that’s why I think they’re so great! Hunter-gatherers knew what was really important in life. These people travelled in small groups consisting of families and friends. There is no better way to live. They lived off the land and navigated their way around unknown territory with the ones they loved by their side, now that’s living the dream.

  77. fringster 01/30/2013 at 5:43 pm #

    I would time travel back to the ancient times and see for myself if aliens really did help mankind build the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The best part is, I won’t blend in with the ancient people and I’ll introduce myself as someone from the future. Then archeologists might just discover a hieroglyphic or ancient script about an odd individual from a different time, who changed the way of things. Haha!

  78. Amber 01/30/2013 at 6:00 pm #

    I would travel back to 1940s LA. I would use my knowledge of the history of the period to try to avoid get embroiled in any sort of gang activity. Soak up the glamour without the violence. I love Hollywoodland history. But I’d never want to try to be a star.

  79. AwesomeJamie 01/30/2013 at 6:11 pm #

    I would most certainly choose to travel to the future. We know what happens in the past, I want to see what I am unable to, living a mortal life. I’d alternate traveling alone and with friends, because there are some things that are just better by yourself! I’d travel in small increments through the future, to get a sense of how mankind is progressing, and to acclimate myself to the changes. Definitely, the future.

  80. Joan Marino Maser 01/30/2013 at 6:25 pm #

    I would travel back to when my parents and brother where alive and make them take better care of themselves and I would think ahead this time, not party and live a life where I am not always worried about money. I would never marry but I would still want my five kids, that is why I would have gone to college and got a high paying job and I would take better care of myself so I wouldn’t be disabled and in constant pain and could still run around and play with my grandchildren

  81. Livvy (short for Olivia) 01/30/2013 at 6:29 pm #

    My mother was born in the mid seventies, and I haven’t ever found a picture of her that wasn’t taken when she was out of college. So I’d skip around from 1974-1990 an see what she looked like as a hormonal teen like myself (and than I can laugh at her dorkiness too-it’ll feel good).

  82. lauren 01/30/2013 at 6:39 pm #

    I’d go back to Paul Poiret’s time and shadow the heck out of him.

  83. Julie F 01/30/2013 at 6:46 pm #

    If I could go back in time, I would go back to my birthplace in Illinois and on the morning of November 15th…I would sneak into the hospital and give my mom a high-five. I would tell her: “way to create life, mommacita!” And then head back to the present as I know it. All I will need is some scrub fashion skills and I must practice my acting to get into the maternity wing.

  84. Errin O. 01/30/2013 at 7:02 pm #

    I would love to travel to Paris in the 1920s, in the days of Hemingway & F. Scott Fitzgerald. And the fashion! I’d have to use my persuasive people skills to get them to talk to me, but I’d love to discuss their writing with them.

  85. Jessica 01/30/2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Might not be the most selfless use of time travel, but first off I’d travel back in time a few months ago to buy a really pretty mirror I fell in love with at a store that unfortunately someone else got to first (Wouldn’t it be funny if that person was me from the future time traveling to get it? No wormholes there I think, haha).

  86. Beth 01/30/2013 at 7:25 pm #

    I think I’d like to make a few stops. First of all, ancient Egypt, era uncertain. I’ve always had a love for Egyptology, and I would like to experience the culture that is so celebrated and mystified today. I’d need to use some self control skills, since I’d love to nab some sweet items to bring back. After that, I’d make a stop by Shakespere’s England and witness the incredible growth of language at his hand. Here, I would call upon my talents at gender-bending and acting, since a theater major like me would kill to have a chance to play in his company. I’d love to briefly make a stop at 1780′s France, because Rococo fashion has always been beautiful to me, despite the desperate social times with which it correlates. And finally, before getting home, I’d love to get to the 1930′s or 40′s to catch (or be in!) a Joan Crawford flick. Who knows? Maybe we could be pals? That would take some acting and dancing talents on my part, and suave business-making. Those studio heads at MGM. . . I adore history, though, and I’d probably find something wonderful wherever I was sent, iffin’ it were out of my control.

  87. Beth C. 01/30/2013 at 7:25 pm #

    I would truly like to travel throughout world history–the sampler pack, if you will. It would be wonderful to witness every day life along with some major events. I do have one particular stop I would like to make, though. I’d like to see my home region of central California before widespread settlement, prior to 1850. As for skills? I’d like to blend in as much as possible. I want to witness, not cause any space-time continuum issues.

  88. JO 01/30/2013 at 7:45 pm #

    I would travel to the 1920s to see the great Charlie Chaplin in his prime. I would bring a video camera equipped with sound, and a mic, so that I can help him create his first talkie. It would be an exciting experience seeing how the film industry changed with the addition of sound and how studios coped with that. It would also be great to catch a film back then where the soundtrack was played live as you are watching the film. Second, I would also travel back to the 1940s when my grandfather was just in his early twenties. Everyone tells me what a great and hardworking man he was, and I would love to see that first hand. He had a modest start selling flowers on the streets, and went on to build his own business from scratch. I want to experience that with him and just get to talk to him for the first time.

  89. Cat Hamilton 01/30/2013 at 7:48 pm #

    If I don’t win this book, I’ll just go back in time and apply again and again and again. THEN they’ll be sorry!

    Update: The original book is better than the sequel.

  90. Carlene 01/30/2013 at 8:01 pm #

    All smart and logical times and reasons aside, I would have to flip to the end of the book to see how it all ends. Four Horsemen, Mother Earth shaking us off like lice,, the sun exploding, a zombie apocalypse, a peanut butter allergy pandemic? Waterworld, Mad Max, Terminator, Coneheads? As for skills, I suppose I’d be using my graphic and artistic abilities to try and capture what the world would look like just before The Big Whatever. Then I would get the duck out of fodge. I don’t wanna be at that party when the cops show up, so to speak.

  91. Zoe 01/30/2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I would go back to the time of Robin Hood (of course he was real!!) and exercise my amazing archery skills to be in his band of Merry Men Plus One. Or go to 1939 and buy the first ever Batman comic book and come back to the 21st century to show it off. I’d never sell it, though.

  92. Kim 01/30/2013 at 8:30 pm #

    As I was scrolling down to leave a reply, I came across several comments with mentions of Doctor Who, one of my current obsessions. Those people definitely have good taste. :) Haha, oh, where would I go…I’d want to go to the future, possibly the year 3000. Maybe by then the technology in the Iron Man movies will have been made available to the general public (because we all know the government has all of that stashed away in a bunker somewhere). I’d need to be able to keep myself from drooling at the sight of all that beautiful tech. And keep quiet, because I would blow my cover squealing at the sight of anything in the future. I’d try to do all the things Doctor Who tells his companions to do but ends up doing himself, hopefully with more success (or less success, depending on how you look at it).

  93. April 01/30/2013 at 9:12 pm #

    I would travel back in time to the 1950′s and buy myself some nice dresses because that is my style. I would be the best dressed ever.

  94. Korey 01/30/2013 at 11:34 pm #

    To the 80s to tell myself to take more risks, except where perms are concerned–the skill of 20/20 hindsight.

  95. Liva 01/31/2013 at 1:24 am #

    Well, this is a hard one. I am a major fan of Doctor Who and a HUGE bookworm so there are so many awesome places and times i would like to visit….. London in the Victorian era…the future…Japan when there were Samurai…. but i think if i had to choose, it would be Ancient Greece. I could listen to all of the legends and myths the way they were meant to be told, crush on a couple of soldiers, and of course see all of the awesome fashion. maybe come back with some jewelry. and i would use my awesome sewing skills to create a couple of fashion pieces too so i could look at some history books and be like, yep, i designed that. also bring back some patterns and start wearing Greek inspired clothes. Geehee

  96. Margaret 01/31/2013 at 1:51 am #

    I would travel back to my birth and relive my entire life. I would be a better daughter, sister, granddaughter, friend, student, a better person all round. I would not move away from my home town, I would spend more time with my parents and grandparents, I would be more considerate and patient. I wouldn’t bother with all those failed relationships, family is more important. I would also find out as much as I could from my grandparents about their early life. I would never give up sport. And I would not buy all those crappy outfits from the 1980s!

  97. Serena 01/31/2013 at 6:21 am #

    ‘But soft, What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east, and Serena is the sun.’ Oh, Romeo, how thou hast wasted hour upon precious hour of fair high schoolers’ lives. Were I able, no words could impart how swiftly I would hasten to you. As easily as breathing, my charm would curl its warmth around your naive young heart. Victim to my wiles you would fall, just as Juliet would fall away from the attentions you so foolishly showered upon her. At long last the charm of your story would be broken. Modern teachers would ne’er be trapped by the “romance” of your tale. But most of all… each and every high schooler would sing the praises of the young lass who freed them from the accurs’d grip of Shakespeare’s long winded tragedy.

    • Serena 01/31/2013 at 6:27 am #

      Disclaimer: In truth, I’m not so heartlessly against teenage love. And I’m certain that, someday, I’ll overcome the frustration I felt about being browbeaten throughout my teen years by English teachers who dictated that I would never read such a touching story.

      But most importantly, I assure you dear readers that I would never wile at a teenage boy. I’m much too fond of my ModCloth frocks to give them up for an orange jumper printed “Property of County Jail.”

  98. caroline 01/31/2013 at 6:36 am #

    I would travel to the 1920s in America, Regency England, Rome during the Roman Empire, and 2999. The skills I would use are dancing skills for the 20s and the balls in England, fighting skills for ancient Rome and the future.

  99. Amanda McKnight 01/31/2013 at 6:42 am #

    I would probably travel back in time to meet one of my favourite historical figures, Cleopatra, bringing with me a trunk full of my fave Mod Cloth goodies. The Queen and I could exchange fashion tips and discuss politics over our midday meal.

  100. Nicole 01/31/2013 at 6:55 am #

    I would travel back to the time period of Impressionist art and be in Paris, France. I would love to be in the center of all the creative change during that time and meet and see the artists work first hand. I would need to brush-up my French skills though so I can blend in.

  101. Casey 01/31/2013 at 7:54 am #

    Where: United States and Europe When: mid=1800′s Skills Needed: Kung-fu, spy skills

    Susan B. Anthony and I would traverse the country together- she would make speeches for Women’s Rights as I would use my secretive, sneaky skills to gather information and plunder evil people that opposed her. I would like to be her silent, but deadly, bodyguard. Travelling throughout the USA and Europe, I would make sure that Susan B. Anthony lived out her heroic life in peace…cause, I mean, who wouldn’t want to be Susan B. Anthony’s bodyguard?

  102. Liane George 01/31/2013 at 8:23 am #

    I think I would go to many different time periods, but mostly before humans were around. As a geologist, I remember very little about human history, but know lots about the geologic record. Would be fun to test science to see if we got it right!

  103. Sam 01/31/2013 at 8:30 am #

    While I can’t say that I’d go back to any specific time or place without giving it a universe of thought (I’m a rolling stone, you see — any time or place would be awesome, how could I choose some place I’d love and not get too bored of?), wherever I’d go, I know that wit would be the key to survival! Well, that along with a great fashion sense (and thanks to Modcloth, I have that covered)…

  104. Tori 01/31/2013 at 11:32 am #

    I don’t know why everyone so obsessed with the past, when the future has limitless possibilities!

    I would travel forwards. So far forwards, that I couldn’t track my lineage if I wanted to. So far forwards, that I would be reminded of how my life isn’t too big a deal, which is a much-needed reminder for my stress-filled life. Rather than bring a camera with me, I would bring a sketch pad. I would sketch 23rd century fashions, hairstyles, and architecture. I would then visit the nearest strip mall or carnival, where I would taste the food, experience whatever media entertainment they have to offer (probably the 6th remake of the Harry Potter series), and make new friends. I would write down futuristic slang, visit any nearby monuments, and then do a quick search of my graduating class to find out if any of them become famous. Sneak-peaks are always a plus.

    Once I’d return home, I would write it all down in my journal, where I would read and revisit that foreign world. I would also write Science Fiction novels and paint masterpieces of my experience. They wouldn’t sell at first, but my creations would become classics as the stories came to life as the years wore on, much like the book “Fahrenheit 451″ has. I would use that knowledge of the future to leave my fingerprints on history. I want to be remembered. I want future students to see my name written in textbooks. I want the world to know who I was.

  105. Patti Velguth 01/31/2013 at 11:48 am #

    I would probably travel to the 1870s to meet Nikola Tesla and tell him that he is a better inventor that Edison. Then I would use my artistic skills to paint the great inventor and his surroundings.

  106. Alannie Marshall 01/31/2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Personally, I would go back in time to watch my parents fall in love. I love hearing their stories, but I would personally love to see that magic moment in which their two hearts connected. They are two such wonderfully loving people, that it surely must have been felt by all. The skill I would use is the act of loving others, for this is one of the greatest things my parents have taught me.

  107. Marie 01/31/2013 at 1:47 pm #

    I think I would travel waaayyyyy too much. If i could master the time traveling thing perfectly, I’d start by going in every «époque». I would try to become a Baroque artist and would become famous. Then I would travel to a more recent time with some of my work and give it to poor people who could then sell it at really high prices and be able to live better. I could also try to find a way to ban slavery, from as early as before the Greeks. Anyhow, what I’m trying to say is that I would try to make the world better without completely changing the way it is now.

    Wait… actually I would not travel in time… I don’t want to have the responsibility of what the world would have become when I come back at my time. Anyways… it’s a great contest! :P

  108. Cassandra 01/31/2013 at 2:30 pm #

    When and where in all of space and time? This is a complicated question. Although there are a number of things I’d like to redo, what fun would that be? I think I’d go to the 50′s first. I love the styles and the activities that were in during that decade and it would be awesome to be able to experience it all first hand. I think I’d have to take a trip to see King Solomon as well. The wisest man in history could surely teach me a thing or two! I’d have to have a sense of direction though, so I’d have to bring some kind of a guide to possess those skills for me. XD

  109. Mara Hille 01/31/2013 at 4:49 pm #

    48 BCE, Alexandria, Egypt, the year the Great Library burned down. I would utilize my ability to wield a fire extinguisher and/or my ability to carry a lot of scrolls very quickly. I would then use my amazing photocopying skills to make sure every scroll had 500 duplicates to be stored in separate facilities. Seriously, do not put all your precious scrolls in one library.

  110. Hillary 01/31/2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I would travel to the Middle Ages in England and use my inventing and research skills to give them technology. They would also be amazed at my stylish clothes that I bought from Modcloth. :D

  111. Katie 01/31/2013 at 8:17 pm #

    My time travel needs? Well first, I’d need to either find the Doctor and hitch a ride on the TARDIS or find Captain Jack Harkness and borrow his vortex manipulator. THEN I would need a bow tie and a fez, because who doesn’t need a fez when time traveling, and some tea. I’d personally love to go back and meet Amelia Earheart. She was just amazing. Her and possibly Gene Kelly….. Just to see him work, that would be brilliant. Old Hollywood….that would be amazing to witness.

    As a companion to the Doctor, though…. You need really strong knees. And you need to be able to stare at things for a good long while, in case it is a weeping angel. You also have to be a fast talker and good with circular logic.

  112. Becca 02/12/2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I would go back to either the twenties or the seventies. I would like to be able to wear a floral tea length dress and pearls to the grocery store without getting the unsettling looks I do now. Or, I would like to go to the seventies in which it was acceptable to go cross-country in a Volkswagen Bus. :)

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