More tech-using time travelers spotted in archival film footage

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The Chaplin film is a possibility.

    The first video above is likely a depiction of an apple chewed all around.

    The last video the n’s don’t match – indicates tampering.

    Cap-Z-ro…

  2. Pag says:

    Steve Jobs had tried to suppress all evidence, but at last we have proof! He did not, in fact, invent the rounded rectangle!

  3. Anonymous says:

    That was entertaining. I laughed out loud. :)

  4. tcforest says:

    I think the final, clinching proof of time travel is the way the teacher points to the blackboard. She’s holding her hand in the approved Apple iPhone 4 manner. She IS the time traveller!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Jump to 3:16 to see the original scene without the poor comping of the blackboard.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixy5FBLnh7o

  6. dainel says:

    How many times did the Giants play the Rangers, and end up with a score of 9 – 0.

  7. peacock says:

    I expect to see more of these posts when pot becomes legal in California.

  8. Unmutual says:

    that second vid made my day

  9. M says:

    You fools! There is only one answer!

    Wait. . . . let me try that again. . .

    YOU FOOLS THERE IS ONLY ONE ANSWER!!!!!!!
    http://www.timecube.com/

    There, that’s better.

    :-)

  10. Unmutual says:

    Can we be sure the girl is a time traveler?

    I mean maybe the film itself was produced in the future and then it was sent back in time?

  11. msl87 says:

    That second video is so phony! Black and white children sharing a classroom in the 1950′s? Please!

  12. bklynchris says:

    That was hilarious!

  13. enkiv2 says:

    I fully expect BoingBoing readers to be the first people to have time machines, and once they do, I fully expect them to go back and pull these sorts of stunts.

    Time travel is really going to revolutionize trolling.

  14. user23 says:

    that is so a pre-release macbook air running os X leopard – CONFIRMED!

  15. dumbeast says:

    Hey, I think she killed my grandpa.

  16. Robert says:

    That writing on the blackboard is so similar to attempts to draw with a mouse. By the way, here’s the original Duck and Cover video, with the segment at 3:30: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixy5FBLnh7o

  17. irksome says:

    Won’t someone please figure out a way to blame this on Obama?

  18. eagleapex says:

    Obviously not. There are no time travelers, because no one came to the time traveller convention: http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/

  19. Anonymous says:

    When does Forest Gump enter the frame to regale the students with a Ping-Pong demonstration?

  20. Jackasimov says:

    OK stupids. This is clearly fake, Apple didn’t even use that logo in the 50s!

    As for the woman talking on the cellphone at the Chaplain premiere…she’s a prankster. She knew this footage would be seen by people in the future so she was faking talking on a cellphone to mess with future viewers. I mean think about how this would look to someone in the 70s. It would blow their minds! Luckily, cellphones have been around now for quite some time so we can easily explain this.

    pfft.

    • TravelDude says:

      Enough with cell phones. The woman from the early Chaplin video was obviously singing to an early prototype of the Sony Walkman.

  21. Tim says:

    What most perplexes me is how the time traveler managed to do so and stay on Earth. With how fast Earth is moving through space, going back or forward in time even a minute would leave you in empty blackness and instantly kill you.

    That’s some impressive calculations and machinery if they were able to compensate for that.

    • Anonymous says:

      spacetime is defined by the mass in it, so it makes sense that moving through spacetime would keep you in a point relative to the mass that is defining it.

    • Anonymous says:

      @Tim: That’s interesting, time travel would only be possible for 365 1/4 day intervals then, if the motion was static.

      • sapere_aude says:

        … time travel would only be possible for 365 1/4 day intervals then, if the motion was static.

        Nope. Keep in mind that the sun is also moving, rotating around the center of the galaxy, dragging the Earth and the rest of the solar system along with it. And the galaxy itself is also moving relative to other nearby galaxies due to their gravitational attraction (not counting the overall expansion of the universe). Combine all of these motions, and the position of the Earth in space exactly 1 year from today will be nearly 20 billion kilometers from where it is today. So, a time machine that displaces you in time but not in space is inevitably going to leave you floating somewhere in the void, quite some distance from Earth.

  22. Xenu says:

    This is obviously fake, as they didn’t have YouTube in those days.

  23. Nylund says:

    “Obviously not. There are no time travelers, because no one came to the time traveller convention: http://web.mit.edu/adorai/timetraveler/

    Just because I decide to throw a party for Obama doesn’t mean I should actually expect him to come to my house. And, in this case, since it was in the past (from their perspective), they already knew how lame the party would be.

    You’re also supposing that knowledge of the party lasted long enough to reach the people of the future. Maybe the invitation got lost over the years, or do future people scour the future-internet in search of centuries old time travel party invitations?

  24. brillow says:

    Whether or not you will see something weird depends highly on whether or not you’ve been pre-conditioned to see it.

  25. Anonymous says:

    I love these videos – they’re the geek equivalent of the lady in East Texas who finds a picture of Jesus and some angels in her grilled bologna and cheese.

  26. Anonymous says:

    She’s from 1923. Watch the dress! She traveld froward in time

  27. Nylund says:

    “What most perplexes me is how the time traveler managed to do so and stay on Earth. With how fast Earth is moving through space, going back or forward in time even a minute would leave you in empty blackness and instantly kill you.

    That’s some impressive calculations and machinery if they were able to compensate for that.”

    Not if your time traveling device is a spaceship. You go from that point in space to that same point in space, then just fly to wherever Earth is at that moment. There is no need to do an earth to earth time jump.

  28. Scott Bieser says:

    That second video would be more impressive if it showed the score for Game 5, which is being played today, rather than Game 2, which was played on Oct. 28, the day before this YouTube clip was posted.

  29. Apreche says:

    OMG Time travel is real! What’s even more surprising is that we have time travel machines right now! I mean, all these time travel videos show people with cellphones, Macbooks, etc. If time travel were invented in the distant future, the travelers would have rayguns and whatever other holographic futuristic gadgetry. The fact that they have modern gadgetry and care about the scores of the 2010 world series shows that they are from 2010! The government is hiding these time machines somewhere, and I demand to have access for world saving and dinosaur hunting purposes.

    • Sagodjur says:

      I wouldn’t put it past the government to waste billions of dollars on research and development of time travel technology and then negligently letting it fall into the hands of children and old ladies who just use it to screw with people on YouTube by showing up in old footage.

  30. rotundo says:

    Oh for f—, another one?!? The first one was ridiculous, and this video is even worse. Look, I’m a big science fiction fan, but please: give me something to work with here! This is just stupid.

  31. hostile17 says:

    Yes, it’s true. They have progressed enough to BEND time and travel through it. But they have old iPhones and laptops from the 20th/21st century.

    They also then go out of their way to be extras in videos of the time.

  32. MrJM says:

    No way!

    Nobody’s gonna to bait me into commenting on this stuff again!

  33. Anonymous says:

    I have to say, after watching the Charlie Chaplin time traveler I noticed something quite distinct which nobody seems to have picked up on. She’s clearly rolling her fingers at the end when she turns to the camera. Almost like she’s playing idly with her hair.

    The closer we get to time travel, the more evidence of it will crop up in old footage. I like to think so anyway. As anon 12 said, it’s the geek equivalent of religious pareidolia.

  34. Ceronomus says:

    Lamest meme ever…

  35. Teller says:

    Sorry, folks. It was 1959 and the Giants had just moved West and played 3 charity exhibition games. The first with Sunset Scavenger drivers, the second with the Muir Woods staff (pictured) and the third with Muni drivers. I know this because at the time, I was the girl asking the question.

  36. chawke says:

    I haven’t had really looked at this latest time travel clip. However – my comment is relevant.

    Charlie Chaplin and H.G. Wells were friends. Charlie Chaplin considered H.G. to be one of his great influences:

    Chaplin became increasingly concerned with politics. A strong supporter of Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal, Chaplin’s film, Modern Times (1936), was seen by some critics as an attack on capitalism. J. Edgar Hoover, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), began compiling a file on Chaplin’s activities, including his friendship with radicals such as Upton Sinclair, H. G. Wells, Hanns Eisner, Albert Einstein and Harold Laski.

    Source – http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USAchaplinC.htm

    H.G. Wells predicted a lot of technology. Perhaps he and Chaplin discussed the inevitability of miniaturized radios. Forget cell phones – simply mini-radios.

    Please don’t scoff – these were creative people – a comedian and a futurist. Maybe Chaplin, for fun, inserted an Easter-egg? Simple explanation not involving the woo-woo.

  37. Anonymous says:

    I bet the fees for using the internet in the past is astronomical!

  38. Anonymous says:

    I call BS.

    Unless the time travelers can take the entire cell phone infrastructure with them – towers, fiber, switched-packet networks, and all – it just won’t work.

    Q.E.D.

    • Donald Petersen says:

      Unless the time travelers can take the entire cell phone infrastructure with them – towers, fiber, switched-packet networks, and all – it just won’t work.

      Which is why you really have to enhance the volume to hear what she’s saying:

      “Hello…? Hello…? Dammit Jobs, how do you expect me to pull off Operation: Grandpa Gates Bucket Kick with this half-assed… Hello?! I knew we shoulda listened to Woz. He told us to get OffMaps. Come on, show me some bars!!”

  39. Lime D. Zeze says:

    Plate of shrimp.

  40. peacock says:

    Time traveler phones use another type of transmission.

    Geez, I have to explain everything

  41. Anonymous says:

    Two Words—”John Titor”…

  42. Anonymous says:

    Well, I’m glad that I don’t have to take any interest in world affairs.

    Sort it out, Time Travellers! I’m going back to my donuts!

  43. Sagodjur says:

    Geekologie has a post quoting an article about how the original “cell phone” might have been an analog hearing aid.

    http://www.geekologie.com/2010/11/unsolved_mysteries_time_travel.php

  44. Prospero761 says:

    The whole idea is simply ridiculous. Get out your tin-foil hats and demand to see Obama’s birth certificate, before Muslims from the future destroy the moon.

  45. Alan says:

    Obviously both explanations offered for both videos are wrong. In the first, the girl is not carrying an Apple laptop. It’s an Apple portable time traveling machine, called the iTime. And in the second video, the teacher is not a time traveler. The handwriting is of a child, who is the actual time traveler.

    Geesh. Do I have to explain everything around here?

  46. skeptacally says:

    speaking of time travel…

    is it me or is there a brand new robo-xeni riding a unicorn in the sidebar?

    i’m pretty sure we haven’t invented robo-xenis yet!

  47. Anonymous says:

    Yes, and the other girl is clearly wearing the X50 holo.
    Oups..

  48. Enormo says:

    This in an retarded.

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