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Time Machine Contest

1.   Mrs. RICHARDSON

He typed “YEAR 1950 – LOCATION CAMBRIDGE” on the time machine keyboard and pressed the ENTER key. He found himself in an MIT English class for foreign students.

*                           *                           *

He graduated from a Haifa High School where his English teacher was from London.

“You must submit your essay before Monday,” announced Mrs. Richardson, the English teacher. 

Essay was a new word for him. In Haifa, they called it composition.  He wrote an essay on archaeology. To his dismay, it was returned with three red marks for misspelled words. Upset for having submitted an essay with mistakes, he retrieved his dictionary to check his spelling. 

“I checked my dictionary. There are no mistakes in my essay,” he told Mrs. Richardson.

"Show me your dictionary," she said.  

He gave her his Oxford.   

"Throw it away and buy a Webster."

"What's a Webster?" He asked.   

"Forget your British spelling. In America we spell the Webster way."  She ended the discussion.  

He bought a Webster.  He modified his essay by changing "COLOUR" to "COLOR", "HONOUR" to

"HONOR" and VIGOUR" to "VIGOR". However, he never threw away his Oxford.  

That was the day he decided to write about his passion for archaeology.

2.   HOW TO BECOME A MILLIONAIRE

He looked at the time machine keyboard. When he typed his username and password, a message appeared.

 “Today is December 20, 2010. Type F for FUTURE. Type P for PAST”. 

 He typed F.

 “Enter a future date.”

 When he typed January 10, 2011, a new message appeared.

 “Type your question.”

 He typed “What is the price of IBM shares on January 10, 2011?”

 ”Please wait while I check the stock market.”

 He waited wondering if the machine could make him a millionaire.

 His patience ended when a new message appeared.

 “The price of IBM common shares is $226.25”

 “Wow!” he jumped with joy. He ran to his laptop, liquidated his portfolio and bought 1000 January call options of IBM. He figured that his profit would be millions of dollars.    

He checked his computer daily to track the price of IBM shares. It was $100.25 on January 3. When it dropped to $88.00 on January 8, he panicked and sold all his options taking a loss of $100,000.00.

 On January 9, 2011, IBM announced that its holding in an oil exploration company paid off, following the discovery of a large oil field. The next day, IBM shares shot up to $226.25.

 
 
 
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