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If you were born 100 years earlier?


Secret Agent
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If you were born 100 years earlier what would you do for a living, hobbies, etc?

Keep in mind that for the most part that would mean most of us here were born in the 1880's and 1890's. No cars, no computers, no technology really as we know it at all.

The lightbulb was literally just being invented.

As for me, I think I would be a blacksmith. I like making things and I think that is one of the few things that I would enjoy. I'm not even sure of all the jobs that one could have back then. Being a scientist would also be very interesting and maybe helping create things such as the lightbulb and other things that have evolved into very important technologies for life today.

As for hobbies I don't really know. I would probably go hiking and exploring a lot and play games like chess and card games.

(The Joker was first added to the playing card deck in 1870 in fact. Bicycle playing cards first appeared in 1887. Random tidbits of knowledge there.)

So, what would you do if you were born 100 years earlier?


4 legs good 2 legs bad
I was gonna say blacksmith too. I've thought about doing that in my present life. As for my hobbies, I don't think they'd be any different than they are now. Hiking, drinking, sports, games. And weed was legal back then. Exploring the west would be awesome. There was hardly anyone out there yet.


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A US Federal Marshall and ride my horse across the southwest, loaded with my pearl handled Colts and bringing in the 'bad guys'.

But... I rather prefer the electronic teat, my toilet and the convenience of the grocery store. I'd do horribly back then.


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An American novelist
Short story writer.
Polish Historian
WWI fighter pilot. Haha, or Major League Baseball player.


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If I were born 100 years earlier, I would be a construction worker. If I ended up the way I am too, I wouldn't make it back then. So I guess it is good I wasn't.


Food Whore
I'd INVENT the computer! Not really...

I'd probably have become an engineer anyways, possibly trying to build one of Charles Babbage's "Adding Machines" (an early form of computer)


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I would be the ultimate investor. Buying things i knew that would work. Like in back to the future.


Trust me, I'm The Doctor.
If you applied my family's socio-economic status to that time period, and thought about the careers available, I would have either been a writer, some sort of engineer or factory worker's apprentice, or in a government job somewhere along the line.