Synopsis for “The Terrible Time Machine”
An Arab tells the story of thoughts he has had since he bumped his head a week ago that originally he was a scientist inventor from the far future who had invented a time machine in order to return to a tomb to plunder it. When he initially arrived he realized he would not be able to open the casket to seize the jewels without explosives so he returns to his future, acquires equipment, and heads back. The machine makes a slight miscalculation and deposits him with an hours difference so he encounters himself and a fight breaks out as he is not willing to share the treasure. The winner of the fight knocks out the loser, but finds himself fading into nothingness, since he knocked himself out and cannot use the time machine. When the defeated version regains consciousness, he finds that his memory is gone. The Arab ponders if these are all just some wild musings, and the proof would be the time machine in the tomb, but the tomb was buried in a recent earthquake, so he will never, ever know.