‘iPhone’ In Old Painting Sparks Time Travel Speculation

An international task force of Time Travel Hunters has located yet another piece of evidence that temporal tourists are mucking about with our already fragile timeline. Well, it was actually just some folks on Twitter. But it’s a good thing they’re on the lookout.

Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller
Image: Die Erwartete (The Expected; 1860)

What we have here is a painting titled Die Erwartete (The Expected), created by the Austrian painter Ferdinand George Waldmüller in 1860.

It shows a man crouching in the foreground holding a flower, waiting for a woman who’s walking his way down a rocky path. But what’s that she’s holding?

If we check the tabloids (as if we’ve just been recruited into the Men In Black), we’ll learn that it’s almost definitely an iPhone X, and that she’s almost definitely already preoccupied browsing Tinder.

“…for all we know, she could be swiping through Tinder, so he may as well sack it off completely.”

Well, he tried.

Of course, skeptics are quick to point out that the item she’s holding is probably just “a plain old hymn book” and not an object of modern time. But we all know how these things go.

Misplaced cell phones are the #1 cause of all temporal anomalies. Only you can prevent tears in the spacetime continuum.


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  1. It’s hard to tell. It might be a possibility, but it is worth remembering that phones these days resemble other objects like cards. The picture is kind of blurry from what I can tell. It could be a box or something in her hands.

    1. Well, if she’s like me, it might be an older iPhone that doesn’t have a connection, anymore. But it still has a working copy of Bejeweled 2 on it so she keeps it around, anyway.

  2. hello I’m wondering if you could help me I think someone brought me to the future without my knowing and I would like to get back to my present day and that was sometime in the summer of 2006 anyday is fine just as long as I get back there some people tells me my life is in danger not at this time it’s not mom and dad past away and now it’s only me don’t care about brother or sister anymore I tried but oh well I’m just wondering if there is anyway to get back to my present time I all most have nothing in this time I live in a group home that I want to get out of I preety much would like my old house back but I think God wants me else where I know I don’t belong here that’s for usre I’ll give you more information later it’s too long thank you

  3. My 2¢ is that claiming the object is a phone is almost certainly just a form of pareidolia. Like the (in)famous “spider” on the US $1 bill or a cloud that looks like Massachusetts, our brains are interpreting an unfamiliar image in terms of something more recognizable. We’re so accustomed to seeing people wandering around, necks craned and eyes focused their phones that when we see an image of someone in a similar pose holding a similar-sized object, our neurons immediately fire off “smartphone, smartphone!”.

    It would be a fascinating time-travel experiment to ask a group of people from 1960 to interpret the picture.

  4. Come on we have a brain and we can think this is absolutely a mirror,, if it an iphone why is this only painting shows someone holding an iPhone.