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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

China Bans Time Travel?

Fox News Headline on April 14, 2011: China Bans Time Travel
 
“Chris, did you see this headline?”

“The one about China banning time travel? Yeah, I saw it.”

“That’s…well…incredible, don’t you think?”

“Incredible is a good word for it.”

“Do you think that Chinese scientists are close to discovering the secret to time travel? That isn’t something to be taken lightly, you know. You could really mess with the future by playing around with time travel. I can understand why they’re concerned enough to ban it.”

“Vic, they didn’t ban actual time travel.”

“I’d love to go back in time, wouldn’t you? I want to see what life was like when our Patriots were fighting for their freedom from the British. Imagine having a drink with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams. I bet I’d really like Abigail Adams, too; we’d have a lot in common.”

“Vic, you really should read more of that article. They didn’t ban actual time travel.”

“Wouldn’t it be something to take an art or science lesson from Leonardo DaVinci or help Beethoven compose a symphony? We could learn political strategy from Queen Elizabeth I. We could meet Jesus and Buddha and Confucius…in person! The possibilities are limited only by our imaginations.”

“I’m pretty sure that limiting imaginations are what the Chinese are all about.”

“Huh?”

“Vicki, the Chinese did not ban time travel. They banned television shows and movies and books that use time travel as a plot device. They are worried that time travel shows will glamorize the past and make the people unhappy with the world today.”

“That’s ridiculous. They think that the Chinese people can’t tell the difference between fact and fiction?”

“I guess not.”

“Jeez. It’s at times like these that I’m especially glad I was born and raised in America.”

            “I’ll drink to that.”



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