If you could witness one historical event, what would it be?

If you could witness one historical event, what would it be?

Every Wednesday we ask our Brain Game contestants one interesting, thought-provoking or just plain quirky question. Their answers will be published anonymously in Young Post. Then readers can vote for their FAVOURITE answer. We will eliminate the contestant with the LEAST votes every week until we have a winner.

The ultimate Brain Game winner will receive a pair of Beats Studio Over Ear Headphones worth HK$2,598.

The contestants

Contestant 1

I get to choose JUST ONE? I could go from Jesus' crucifixion or my parents' wedding to the Holocaust, the options are endless.

But one thing I've wanted to witness since I was a child is the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 1912. That would be awesome. The sheer number of heartbreaking stories and tragic deaths make this a truly unforgettable event in history.

From the first moments to the last, it would be amazing to be a time-travelling passenger aboard that ship. The reason I would want to witness this event is because I love tragedies. It's not that I'm heartless. I love the lessons learned from tragedies - and the sinking of the Titanic has to be one of the biggest lessons one could learn from history. I mean, a blockbuster movie was made based on this sad tale, that's how big it was.

I would love to observe everything and experience the extreme trauma and terror the passengers went through. Why? Because such events teach us so much about life, how to value it and how our lives can be flipped upside-down within a few crazy seconds. Realising this gives us so much satisfaction and makes us appreciate what we have.

But, obviously, I wouldn't want to be one of the more than 1,500 passengers and crew who drowned after the ship hit an iceberg. If possible, I would try to stop this tragedy from happening, and save hundreds of lives. But, unfortunately, I wouldn't be able to, because that would change the course of history.

Contestant 2

I would choose the first human flight by the Wright Brothers, Orville and Wilbur.

They were the inventors of the first successful plane. In 1902, the brothers made their first glider. After this success, they set out to make a "flying machine" controlled by humans. They had learned the skills after running a bicycle shop (Wright Cycle Company) and wanted to use that knowledge to make an aircraft.

The brothers studied the subject, and set off to find a suitable motor which they eventually designed.

Finally, on December 14, 1903, Wilbur and Orville went to Kitty Hawk, a town in North Carolina, US, and flipped a coin to decide who would fly their first plane, the Flyer. Wilbur won, but on his first try, he pulled up too sharply and crashed just three seconds after take-off. The brothers repaired the plane, and three days later, they were back in Kitty Hawk. The winds were favourable, and this time, Orville flew, from flat ground. The flight lasted 12 seconds and travelled 36.5 metres. Taking turns, the brothers did four, short, low-altitude flights, all ending with a bumpy landing. The second flight was 53.34 metres, while the third was 60.96 metres. The last flight, piloted by Wilbur, took 59 seconds, and travelled 260 metres. Soon after, the Flyer got caught in the wind and crashed. It wasn't ever used again.

But the Wright brothers had invented the first successful plane. Today, the world is a smaller place, thanks to the perseverance of the Wright Brothers! I would have loved to witness that moment.


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If you could witness one historical event, what would it be?


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