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    Ok, here's an interesting thought experiment:

    You're sitting at a table. At exactly 11am, a note appears in front of you saying "At exactly 12pm (one hour from now), send this note back in time exactly one hour"

    So, you do that at exactly 12pm.

    (1) Who wrote the note?
    (2) How old is the note?

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    the table is magical. it was made thousands of years ago by elves. every hundred years or so, the table creates a note by mentally picturing a note appearing on top of itself. the elves created it to do so. the table, being a magical table and thus very perceptive, decides to confuse and to alarm you, as you look like the scientific type. the trick works, and you sit at the table pondering for days after you sent the note, until finally you die of dehydration.
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    The note it new at 12 pm, don't know who wrote the note, it doens't automatically follow it was yourself, it could be anyone who hands you the note at 12 noon

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    Is the note crumbling and yellow?
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    What the hell am i doing just sitting at a table, anyway... Am I just wasting time or actually doing something?

    I'd just leave and do something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teslashock View Post
    "ooooooo... pretttttty!"


    How am I supposed to send this note back in time anyway? I can't even get my cell phone to work, let alone a time machine; and I do not even own a DeLorean. is time travel even feasible?

    How do I know I did not just zone out for a bit in a fugue state, write the note myself, and leave it in front of me, whereupon I snapped out of things?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tamske View Post
    Is the note crumbling and yellow?
    Hmmm..... it sounds like you know something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tinkerbell View Post
    The note it new at 12 pm, don't know who wrote the note, it doens't automatically follow it was yourself, it could be anyone who hands you the note at 12 noon
    No no no you weren't handed it at noon - it appeared in front of you at 11 and you held onto it until noon when you sent it back in time to yourself, who sees it appear in front of them... etc.


    Quote Originally Posted by nim View Post
    the table is magical. it was made thousands of years ago by elves. every hundred years or so, the table creates a note by mentally picturing a note appearing on top of itself. the elves created it to do so. the table, being a magical table and thus very perceptive, decides to confuse and to alarm you, as you look like the scientific type. the trick works, and you sit at the table pondering for days after you sent the note, until finally you die of dehydration.
    Wow. Not what I was expecting, but totally hilarious! And it does, in fact, fit the scenario...

    *hi-5*

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    Quote Originally Posted by alakazam View Post
    Ok, here's an interesting thought experiment:

    You're sitting at a table. At exactly 11am, a note appears in front of you saying "At exactly 12pm (one hour from now), send this note back in time exactly one hour"

    So, you do that at exactly 12pm.

    (1) Who wrote the note?
    (2) How old is the note?
    (1) I wrote the note, because I was the one who sent it back to myself one into future...
    (2)How old the note depends on when it was finished + went it sent back, A+B, multiplied by the number of times I have sent it back, D, but A and B can not be less then or greater than 1 whole hour...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    "ooooooo... pretttttty!"
    You like? It's the latest in VS's lingerie line. Too bad the meaning behind the symbol has nothing at all to do with the size of its wearer...

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