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September 12, 2007

Ask Your Waitress



  1. “Ask your waitress” signs usually refer to the soup of the day, or some other mundane topic. Deering suggests that she might be equally helpful in explaining how, if time travel were possible, you could go back in time, marry your grandmother, and become your own grandfather.

    Comment by James — September 12, 2007 @ 12:21 am

  2. That’s the Futurama version. The more traditional, and far less EWWWWW version is traveling back to kill your grandfather so you don’t exist, but then who would have killed your grandfather otherwise? In fact, the Futurama version PREVENTS the paradox.

    Comment by Rasheed — September 12, 2007 @ 12:32 am

  3. The only problem is that I heard of the “Futurama” version more than 25 years ago.

    Comment by Charlene — September 12, 2007 @ 5:18 am

  4. Well yeah, it wasn’t original to Futurama, but it did win an Emmy.

    Comment by Rasheed — September 12, 2007 @ 9:11 am

  5. The cheesy ’80s sci-fi movie “Timerider” had the “go back in time and become your own grandfather” plot.

    Comment by eeyore19 — September 12, 2007 @ 9:02 pm

  6. Even better is Heinlein’s “All you zombies”, in which the hero becomes both his own father *and* his own mother!

    Comment by Pete — September 12, 2007 @ 9:29 pm

  7. And similarly David Gerrold’s “The Man Who Folded Himself”

    Comment by Cidu Bill — September 12, 2007 @ 10:47 pm

  8. She wishes she could go back in time to kill her Grandfather so she herself would never have been born, but of course the paradox prevents that and she’s stuck pouring coffee for every slob that comes in there. The sign is daring the customers to ask her about her crappy day/life.

    Comment by Matt — September 12, 2007 @ 11:16 pm

  9. Then there’s the DS9 episode that parodied the concept by having Bashir try to justify hitting on an attractive crewman by supposing that she might be his great-grandmother.

    Comment by Powers — September 13, 2007 @ 7:23 am

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