If you could teleport, what is the first thing you would do?

If you could teleport, what is the first thing you would do?

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 have the chance to encounter animals with their best friend at Ocean Park, a prize worth HK$3,236.

Votes close at midnight on Sunday.

The contestants

Contestant 1

I would teleport myself into Einstein’s brain to figure out how he became such a great theoretical physicist. Solving maths problems is hard enough, let alone devoting years of research to relativity, creating equations, and redefining the only thing that I thought was constant: time. I would also love to know what his thoughts and feelings were during his last moments. Did a genius like Einstein also have regrets on his deathbed? Did he believe that if he were to live until the age of 90, he would have found a way to prove his theories? Teleportation would enable me to have a one-on-one conversation with Einstein and get to the bottom of these questions.

Contestant 2

I’ll teleport myself to the year 2047, to see what happens to Hong Kong. Will our basic rights be taken away? How severe will be our pollution problem? Then I would return to the present, and decide if I needed to settle down somewhere else before 2047. Of course, the best scenario would be to stay here, but it’s not really up to me to decide. That said, we should strive to build a greener, fairer and happier Hong Kong. Our actions now could change the future.

Contestant 3

I would take the latest books and research on medicine and go back in time. The doctors would find this information very useful and could help their patients even more. There may have been some useful herbs or remedies in the past, but people didn’t know how to use them efficiently. These books would teach them how. There has been amazing scientific progress over the past few decades. For instance, polio was killing a lot of children in the 1950s. But today there are several vaccines that can prevent the disease. So, if I could teleport, I’d go back and help the sick so that they could live longer.

Contestant 4

I would teleport myself back home from school to get some sleep and chill out. I daydream a lot at school, so I may as well be relaxing at home. All I’ll have to do is tell the teacher that I need to go to the bathroom, and quickly “slip back” home and onto my comfy bed. When I’m done catching up with some sleep, I would raid the fridge for things to eat (my cousin stuffed some marshmallow chocolate eggs and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in there last week). If I had extra time, I’d binge watch Netflix and YouTube and stalk people’s social media platforms. I’d have to be careful when texting my friends, because most of them would still be in school! And when it’s time for my favourite subjects or lunch break, I’d just teleport back so I don’t miss anything. It’s a flawless plan. For tests? Just teleport home, revise, then teleport back to school again!

*In case of dispute, Young Post reserves the right to decide the result.

Edited by M. J. Premaratne


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