As we all know from the movies, it’d be impossible to go back in time and change just one thing about the past. Even the tiniest alterations would have a ripple effect and change the course of history in unpredictable ways.
On AskReddit, a user came up with the idea of inserting a single rubber duck (yes, a rubber duck) into any moment in history. They asked people what moment they’d pick. The answers are…enlightening.
1. Man’s first steps on the moon.
“On the moon. On July 20th 1969. Right where Neal Armstrong goes to plant the flag. Mind fuck ensues.”
“Houston, we have a duck.”
2. Isaac Newton’s head.
“A rubber duck falls on Isaac Newton’s head. He laughs so hard he forgets everything he was thinking about.”
“Imagine, maybe he would have never discovered gravity and came up with his laws.”
3. Hitler’s speeches.
“In one of Hitlers speeches. I don’t care when or which.”
“I just imagine him holding it in his fist and slamming it down on the podium, with a little squeak every time he does it.”
4. Martin Luther King’s dream.
“In that dream Martin Luther King had.”
“I have a dream that one day the blue waters of all the bathtubs will be filled with rubber ducks. It is a dream deeply rooted in the Ducky dream.
I have a dream that one my four little children will live in a nation where they will not be judged by the colour of their towel but by the content of their bath toys.
I have a dream.”
5. The bomb at Hiroshima.
“Switch it out with the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. I imagine some random Japanese guy getting hit on the head with a rubber duck.”
“On August 6th, 1945, the Enola Gay flies high above the bustling city of Hiroshima, Japan.
The pilots glance at each other, each giving the other a grave and solemn nod. In the back, the bay doors open, and the bomber releases its immense and devastating payload of…a giant rubber duck.
Below, the citizens of Hiroshima are bewildered as the immense object crushes a merchant’s wares, letting out a mighty yet comically high-pitched squeak.
Its beady black eyes stare soullessly into the people’s eyes as the local police scramble to identify the object.”
6. The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs.
“Replace the asteroid that killed the dinosaurs with a single rubber duck from space crashing into earth’s surface.”
7. Jesus’s resurrection.
“When Mary and co. went to check on Jesus’ tomb, but instead of finding it empty, there’s a rubber duck sitting there.”
“Can you imagine the impact this would have on how ducks are viewed today? Would they be considered holy? A sign of Jesus?
Maybe protected similar to how cows are in India?”
8. Leonardo DaVinci’s hands.
“Rubber duck shows up in the hands of Leonardo DaVinci while he is inventing cool shit.
He’s smart enough to realize that the rubber and polymer material is a breakthrough technology.
He moves rubber and plastics research up by 400 years.”
9. In the Large Hadron Collider.
“The first time we collided two atoms in the LHC.
Two atoms smash together and a duck happens.
Can you imagine the panic?”
10. Albert Einstein’s brain.
“Autopsy of Einstein’s brain.
Imagine if they cut it open and there was a rubber duck inside.”
11. The tomb of Tutankhamen.
“In the tomb of Tutankhamen, inside the sarcophagus.
Imagine the looks of wonderment that would quickly turn to confusion as everyone registered a pair of beady little duck eyes peering up at them.”
“Howard Carter’s account would’ve read a little different.
But presently, as my eyes grew accustomed to the light, details of the room within emerged slowly from the mist.
Strange animals, statues, and ducks.
Everywhere the squeak of ducks.'”
12. John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
“Taking the bullet for JFK.”
“The bullet that was shot at JFK.”
13. The Titanic’s last journey.
“A single rubber duck blocks the Titanic from the iceberg saving it and so on the day of April 14th every year it is rubber duck appreciation day, and so when there is a movie about it it will focus on the rubber duck and not a pair of stupid and horny 20 somethings.”
14. Before the invention of the rubber duck.
“In front of the man who was about to invent the rubber duck.
He then believes it’s already been done and the rubber ducky never gets invented.
Causing a paradox, resulting in the universe ending.”
Well… I bet you didn’t think you’d read a post about THIS today, did you?
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