5 Pictures And Videos Which ‘Prove’ Time Travel Exists
‘If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?’ Stephen Hawking asked in A Brief History Of Time.
Hawking also famously staged a party for time travelers, complete with champagne and a banner saying, ‘Welcome time travelers’.
None showed up, in case you were wondering.
But there ARE certain unsettling signs which seem to suggest that time travelers are in our midst - from a woman on a mobile in a Charlie Chaplin film, to a Greek statue using a laptop.
Here are five things which ‘prove’ time travel exists - at least according to people on the internet.
Vladimir Putin, the immortal
Is Vladimir Putin a time traveler - or a magical, ageless being who has defended his native Russia through the ages?
UFO site Disclose.tv says, ‘On social networks are circulating pictures from 1920. and in 1941. for which some people claim that they are pictures of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
‘In fact, supporters of the thesis that Putin is almighty and immortal, have launched a story that their president is a mythical creature that resides on our planet for hundreds, if not thousands of years.’
But, like previous ‘sightings’ of celebrities such as Jay-Z ‘in the past’, this is just a case of hoaxers finding similar faces in old photos.
The Greek statue with the laptop
Hang on, is this an ancient Greek woman actually using a laptop - complete with USB ports?
That’s what conspiracy theorists would have you believe.
The statue, ‘Grave Naiskos of an Enthroned Woman with an Attendant’ is in The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
YouTuber StillSpeakingOut says it, ‘depicts an astonishing object which bears a striking resemblance with a modern laptop or some hand-held device.’
The gallery’s own description is much more modest, describing it as a ‘shallow chest’.
The woman using a mobile in a Charlie Chaplin film
A woman is clearly seen talking into what appears to be a mobile phone in a DVD extra of Charlie Chaplin’s film The Circus - in 1928.
The clip was unearthed by film-maker George Clarke, and was the subject of TV news slots around the world.
But while the clip is still touted as evidence for time travel, more sober analysis by experts at Washington University in St Louis suggests that she is actually using an ear trumpet.
Other experts have pointed out that the first portable hearing aids were being developed around this time.
The time-traveling hipster
Debate still rages about the man seen here in seemingly modern clothes - in a photo dated from 1941.
The image comes from the Bralorne Pioneer Museum, and shows the re-opening of the South Fork Bridge in Gold Bridge, British Columbia.
Many suggest that the style of sunglasses and clothes worn by the man suggest he is not from 1941.
But after the story went viral in 2011, many internet users pointed out that the style of sunglasses worn by the man actually appeared in the 1920s - and that while it looks like he is wearing a T-shirt, he is probably wearing an ice hockey sweater with a sewn-on emblem.
Henry Fonda checking his iPhone, 1948
Conspiracy sites touted footage of Henry Fonda ‘checking an iPhone’ in the 1948 film Fort Apache as proof that time travel is real.
But others suggest that it is simply a notepad - and that internet users have forgotten how we used to use these in the days before iPhones existed.
Nigel Watson, paranormal expert and author of the UFO Investigations Manual, ‘Would time travelers from the future really be using mobile phones? Wouldn’t they use something more sophisticated and less visible? Then again Dr Who still uses a sonic screwdriver and that is so 20th Century…’