October 27, 2010
If you haven’t heard already, a guy from Belfast named George Clarke found what appears to be a woman walking down the street and talking on a cell phone in the Charlie Chaplin movie The Circus. The film was made in 1928. Here’s the video:
Sure, the woman appears to be holding something in her hand and speaking but Clarke’s conclusion that she must be, wait for it, a time traveler seems a bit extreme. She might be laughing while holding a transistor radio, she might be shielding her face from the camera and speaking to the cameraman. It’s a cool find but only because it makes us wonder exactly what we’re seeing, not because time travel was involved.
UPDATE: Now this guy, that’s a time traveler.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Here’s a post about George Clarke, who is also a filmmaker, and how he showed this clip to 100 people who all reached the same conclusion: time traveler.