If People Start Disappearing...
boing boing has a note today on the Time Travel Fund. The idea is that you deposit a dollar into a trust fund that survives your death. Over the centuries, your investment grows thanks to compound interest -- into the billions of dollars given enough time. This money will then be given as a reward to anyone who successfully uses time travel to bring you forward in time.
The site is unintentionally hilarious, and well worth a read, but one section deserves particular note:
We establish a fund in current time. You make a small contribution to the fund, and in a few hundred years that small amount grows to a very large amount. From that fund, moneys will be taken and used to retrieve you, perhaps seconds after you join, perhaps even moments before your recorded death, perhaps some other point in your lifetime.So, if contributors to this fund begin mysteriously disappearing "seconds after" they join, and you're seriously interested in the future, you might want to invest the ten dollars. Of course, as Greg Rivera suggests, it might be a "To Serve Man" sort of future, where you're brought forward, your trust fund is cleaned out, and then you're served up with fava beans and a nice Chianti.