What if time travel is possible? And what if there’s already proof that people from the future have visited us, and even interacted with civilizations from our ancient past?
What follows are a series of images many claim are evidence that time travel has already occurred. Are these stories and photographs actual proof of time travel? You decide!
Evidence of time travel in Chinese tomb?
In December 2008, Chinese archaeologists allegedly removed the opening of a giant coffin within what was believed to be an undisturbed, 400-year old Si Qing tomb in Shangsi County.
As they removed the soil around the coffin, however, they were shocked and amazed to find this:
A small piece of metal shaped like a watch, with the time frozen at 10:06.
“Swiss” was engraved on the back.
If the tomb was truly undisturbed for 400 years, what could explain the existence of this modern artifact?
Time Travel Proof In Museum Photo?
The above photo was allegedly found on the Virtual Museum of Canada website, an online repository of “Canada’s rich history and culture.” It’s said to be of the reopening of the South Fork Bridge in the early 1940s in Gold Bridge, B.C., Canada.
But in the photo, something doesn’t belong.
Who is this strange individual, seemingly out of place — modern attire and all — in what would otherwise be a perfectly ordinary gathering? Is he from the future?
Woman on cell phone in 1928?
The above video contains a short clip taken from a special feature on the DVD version of Charlie Chaplin’s film, The Circus. In it, we see a relatively mundane shot from the film’s premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in 1928. Two individuals walk across the screen behind a zebra.
But what’s that woman holding to her ear?
A cell phone? A pan-dimensional communication device? Is this a real time traveler?
Woman on cell phone in 1938?
More recently, some have claimed that the above video, from 1938, also captures a woman speaking on a mobile phone. The footage was apparently taken in Massachusetts, as a crowd of people exited a factory. One woman is clearly seen holding an object up to her ear, which some claim may also be a mobile phone.
You can view the original uncut footage here.
Whether this is proof of time travel or not, one thing is clear: any future time travelers must be sure not to take futuristic devices into the past.
Because someone will find it and post it on YouTube.
A Compact Disc case in the 1800s?
Allegedly, this painting was created sometime in the 1800s, and appears to be of a man holding what looks like a fancy CD box.
You can see the flap held up by the man’s thumb, but remember: The earliest form of plastic wasn’t invented until the mid-1800s, and (obviously) Compact Discs weren’t in use until the 1980s.
Perhaps it was made of glass? But what was the purpose of this strange box, and was this photo truly taken in the 1800s?
Contrary to popular believe, this is not actually a photograph, but rather a crop from a painting. Thanks go to Eddy Pengelly for the correction.
Andrew D. Basiago’s Trip To Gettysburg
This singular image is courtesy Andrew D. Basiago, who allegedly took part in DARPA’s top secret government operation Project Pegasus back in the 1970s.
The photograph is said to have been taken during one of Basiago’s temporal trips, during which he found himself at Gettysburg on the very day of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863.
Basiago is, allegedly, the young boy at center-left.
“I am the boy standing in the foreground of the image at center-left, looking to his right. My shoes were lost in the transit through the quantum plenum that took me from the plasma confinement chamber at the time lab in East Hanover, NJ in 1972 to Gettysburg, PA on the day that Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address there in 1863.”
Of course, Basiago has other stories to tell. Click here to find out why he thinks President Barack Obama traveled to Mars in the 1980s.
Believe him or don’t, John Titor captured the imaginations of forum-goers in a way no other alleged time travelers ever could.
His story, in short, is an urban legend for the Information Age. He provided insights into the future, pictures of his machine (like the one on the left), and, hoax or not, his story was compelling.
His original fax to Art Bell, his warnings about the future (which were never likely to come true, if you follow his narrative). Sure, they were just posts on a handful of message boards, a few pictures that could have meant nothing.
But suspend your disbelief for a little while and just enjoy the story. It makes for good science fiction. And if you believe? It makes for very compelling evidence of time travel.
Am I supposed to believe that a man named Rudolph Fentz vanished in 1876, only to reappear 74 years later in New York City?
As the legend goes, Rudolph Fentz materialized on a busy New York street in 1950, only to be hit by a passing car, his mysterious temporal voyage ending in an instant.
Police investigations then led one captain on a strange journey of his own — proof that time travel is possible, and sometimes fatal.
Read more: The Extraordinary Voyage Of Rudolph Fentz
While the Rudoplh Fentz story appears in Jack Finney’s About Time: 12 Short Stories, it has often been repeated as legitimate evidence of time travel. Many claim, without hesitation, that the Fentz story is based on factual events, and Finney was simply relaying it years later, in fictional form.
The “Real” Time Machine
Designed by Steven Gibbs in 1985, the HDR, or Hyper Dimensional Resonator, is said to allow its user to astrally travel through space and time (via naturally-occurring interdimensional vortices).
Some on the Internet claim to have successfully used the device to visit the future. Allegedly, Gibbs was given the designs/inspiration for the HDR by two aliens and/or time travelers named… Paco and Pedro.
The above image clearly highlights the machine’s “rubbing plate,” “wishing well” (into which you place your crystals, naturally), and a handful of knobs and switches. For more on this peculiar invention, head on over to The “Real” Time Machine.
A Time Portal Under The Kitchen Sink?
A Swedish man named Håkan Nordkvist claims that, in 2006, he momentarily traveled to the year 2042 and met his older self. He even snapped a photo of their (his) matching tattoos, seen above. Check out Did This Man Find A Wormhole Under His Kitchen Sink to find out more.
Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
And there you have it. Are these images proof of time travel? Is time travel possible? Does time even exist? At the end of the day, it’s all just a bunch of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey…stuff. Best not to take it too seriously.
Leave your thoughts in the comments!
And also be sure to check out photographer Flora Borsi’s faux time travel photo gallery, which contains awesome photos like the one below.