Let’s assume you have a time machine.
Scorning such noble endeavors as saving JFK or putting Mrs. O’Leary’s lantern on a high shelf, you decide to go back in time and be worshipped as a prophet and visionary.
The questions are:
What time period do you go to? It has to be far enough back that the inhabitants will have no knowledge or explanation of what you bring, do or say, and with poor mass communications so that you don’t alert authorities who might reveal your ruse.
And, what do you bring? How do you impress, shock, scare and amaze the simple past-timers? An almanac to predict eclipses? A Palm Pilot? A flashlight?
Your aim is to set up shop in some village, tribe or town, and be hailed as a seer, healer or even a wizard. You will have to do no work, as the happy (or frightened) villagers will do everything for you. You’ll have whatever food you want, sexual partners as you desire them – the past-timers might even build you a palace.
We assume you’d have to go back at least 100 years (unless you went to an isolated region of Russia or somesuch). We’re not talking about predicting Super Bowls, which might make you rich, but lacks the whole unlimited-worship angle.
So, what time period do you go to, and what do you bring? We’ll assume your time machine is as big as a VW Beetle.
Enjoy the awe!