The first rule of time travel is don’t change anything – and the second is don’t draw attention to yourself, right..?
This clip is from the premier of Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 silent film, The Circus. Entering the shot from the right, a woman strides ahead – apparently chatting away on her mobile phone. But that’s impossible in 1928! This lady’s out-of-place behaviour has lead thousands to claim this short piece of film as proof of time travel. What do you think?
Who’s that guy?
Known as the ‘time-travelling hipster’, this authentic snap from 1941 shows a small crowd attending a bridge opening in British Columbia, Canada. Nothing very exciting about that, right?
But who’s the distinctive dude in the centre of the shot? In contrast to the rest of the group who’re dressed in typical 1940s attire, this chap’s sporting modern sunglasses and what looks like a printed T-shirt. His tousled hairstyle is straight out of trendy Shoreditch, in London, and he seems to be clutching a camera.
On first glance he looks completely out of place, but some people claim that, although his appearance is uncannily modern, everything this guy’s wearing was available to buy in 1941.
Like ships in the night…
This story of the Philadelphia Experiment, 1943, surrounds the US Navy Destroyer escort, the USS Eldridge. It centers around an alleged military experiment that aimed to render the ship invisible. Rumours abound that the experiment was, to some extent, a success – but at a terrible price to the crew.
The ship vanished, crew included. On top of this, the vessel is said to have teleported from Philadelphia, hundreds of miles to Virginia, and then back again. And, if all of that wasn’t impressive enough, it also went back in time by 10 minutes.
After the ship became visible again, the story goes that some sailors found various parts of their body had become fused to the steel hull of the ship; some reappeared on a different deck. Some lost their mind – others never came back with the ship in the first place…
The accidental time traveler
The year is 1950, the place, New York’s Times Square. A man dressed in Victorian garb with mutton chops appears out of thin air, startling witnesses – but more so himself. Unfortunately, disorientated and panicked, our chap doesn’t get a chance to get over the shock and astonishment of finding himself in this unusual situation, as almost immediately after he appears, he’s struck by a car and killed.
Police examining the case find old-fashioned objects in his pockets: a copper beer token bearing the name of a saloon locals had never heard of; a bill for the care of a horse and carriage; $70 in old banknotes; a letter dated 1876 and a business card bearing the name and address of one Rudolph Fentz. None of the items appeared to be age-worn, despite the fact they had to be decades old, at least.
Investigators could find no records of Rudolph Fentz – until they tracked down the elderly widow of Rudolph Fentz Junior. She told them her father-in-law had vanished mysteriously in 1876 at the age of 29. He’d left the house for an evening walk, and never returned. Was Rudolph Fentz an unwilling time traveler?
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