We depend on time to be consistent, but it’s not always so dependable
In the movie Star Trek: Generations, Captains Kirk and Picard join
forces to fight Dr. Soran, a madman who viewed time as his enemy.
Picard, however, came to see time as a companion that accompanies us on
our journeys through life. Throughout the many experiences of our lives, we regard time in both
ways: as a kind of enemy when we’re late for something or eager for
something to happen; but on an everyday basis as something we can rely
on. One thing follows another, cause and effect, twenty-four hours in a
Every once in awhile, however, time seems to go haywire, gets fouled up
in a glitch, moves impossibly fast orimpossibly slow.
Is it time
itself that gets screwed up? Or is it just our perception of it?
Consider these reports from people who suspect that the flow of time
(or the flow of their lives through it) went mysteriously wrong.
Time Moved too Slowly
Don and his wife had their encounter with missing time in the Nevada
desert in 1997. They were driving their small, three-cylinder Geo Metro
to Laughlin, Nevada from San Diego, California. “We took the back way
to Laughlin on 8 East through the desert to 95 North,” says Don.
“Around dusk, our windshield had a rather large collection of bugs, so
we pulled into the only gas station at Vidal Junction to clean the
As they pulled into the mini mart station, Don noticed a seedy looking
character at the pumps staring at him and his wife. He had greasy hair,
a disco shirt and aleather vest, and was driving a beat up, early ’70s
Toronado. Don quickly cleaned his windows and got back in his car. The
greasy dude was still staring at them.
Darkness was quickly approaching as Don pulled back onto 95N, hoping
the creepy stranger would not follow them. But he did. “Immediately, I
had a bad feeling,” says Don, “knowing that in the lonely desert there
are bandits who prey on tourists, nudging their car, then robbing them
after they pull over for a fender bender.”
Don knew his Geo Metro was no match for the stranger’s aging muscle
car, but tried to outrun him anyway. Even managing to reach 80 mph, the
stranger stayed on his tail. Don and his wife began to get frightened.
“I told my wife to get the gun out of our backpack we travel with for
But then something weird happened. “A split second later, with noturn
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