June 12th, 2008 by Dan Meyer
You are unexpectedly transported to England in the year 1000 AD with what you are wearing, what you know, and nothing else. What challenges do you face? Specifically, how do you survive?
Such a fine summative question there, visceral, compelling, offering a gradient of responses all the way from "I wouldn't." to some of the comments at Marginal Revolution, demonstrating extraordinary command of local geography, sociology, and economy.
You've got people arguing for trebuchets, crop rotation, and bookkeeping while others argue that trebuchets, crop rotation, and the printing press are all ideas that'll get you incinerated for sorcery.
And after dozens of serious vectors on the question, this gem:
Only what you are wearing and what you know? Well, I'm wearing a fully-comped Springfield DA in a shoulder rig, counterbalanced with three extra mags. I've got a Spyderco Police Model in the back pocket of my jeans, a pretty extensive magpie board in my wallet, and I know how to make grain explode. So, me, I'm headed straight for my new castle, comprende?