Proof of Time Travel?

On Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, somebody made one of the craziest bets Wall Street has ever seen. The mystery figure spent $1.7 million on a series of options, gambling that shares in the venerable investment bank Bear Stearns would lose more than half their value in nine days or less.

via Wall Street’s Naked Swindle

And it worked.  In less than a week, the trader turned his money into over a quarter of a billion dollars.  Funny thing is, no one knows who did it.

Some unimaginative types consider this to be a case of insider trading, but I prefer to think it proves the existence of time travel.

Eventually this post made it to the front page of Google for “proof of time travel”  and some people reading the page were quite angry for one reason or another. So in order to help fill the Internet with useful information and keep from getting flamed by people looking for better proof, I’ve included the incidents below that are often considered proof of time travel.

Swiss Watch In Tomb

In 2008 during the excavation of a 400 year old sealed tomb in Shangsi Town, China a chunk of dirt was knocked off and landed with a metallic sound. Upon investigation it was discovered that there was a Swiss ring watch in the dirt. The watch was supposedly of a make that wouldn’t be developed until hundreds of years after the tomb  had been sealed.

Cell Phone in Charlie Chaplin

In one of Charlie Chaplin’s movies called The Circus, a lady walks past and she appears to be talking on a cell phone. It seems plausible that there may be a different explanation for her behavior–especially when you consider that if you go back in time with a cell phone, it probably wouldn’t be particularly useful before the infrastructure is built to support making calls, but if she is a traveler from the future, who knows what type of amazing device she might be holding.

I’m just glad to see that in the future people aren’t walking around like idiots talking to themselves with invisible earpieces embedded in their ear.

Below is the video of the woman from the movie.

Bridge Opening Photograph

There is an old photo from the re-opening of a bridge in 194 where one of the people looks like they are dressed in a style  that post dates when the photograph was taken. The caption reads: Reopening of the South Fork Bridge after flood in Nov. 1940. 1941

Here is a close up of the man that seems dressed a bit out of his time period.

Time Portal Under Sink

This guy claims he crawled under his sink and just kept going.  He stood up and met himself as an older man.  He shot some video with his phone with “himself” and they both show that they have the same tattoo. Update: I’m told that this is actually an advertisement for mutual funds or retirement planning, so I guess we can’t count this as proof.

If you’ve made it this far, you are probably very interested in time travel. According to this article, it is impossible. However, if we’ve learned anything from history, we should know that you have to be very careful what you say is impossible.


98 Replies to “Proof of Time Travel?”

  1. I concider myself to be quite the nerd, but you have all just outnerded me to the power of 1000.

    Good job……. if only all the science nerds could get on the same page, we’d get some real progress.

    1. The thing about science is that it requires proof. In the first case, the watch is supposedly of a make that wouldn’t have been developed when the tomb was sealed. So it doesn’t count as proof of anything. The same can be said of the guy who claimed to make a video with his older self. Without evidence, it’s meaningless.

      The picture supposedly showing someone who doesn’t fit into the time may clearly show that if that’s what one wants to see. I see a guy who doesn’t look particularly out of place. His hairstyle is not unusual for the time, nor are his clothes or sunglasses and he’s carrying a camera that fits with the timeframe. So what it looks like is evidence of a guy in a photograph. He may appear out of place because he happens to be surrounded by people wearing suits, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t other people in those times who didn’t generally wear suits.

      Unfortunately I can’t view the Charlie Chaplain video as it’s no longer there, but again, the notion that the woman is using a cell phone is speculation, not proof of anything.

      And the story about the Bear Sterns fall? That story is simply not true at all. The subprime crisis was no mystery to anyone, particularly not big investors. Bear Sterns, on 11 March 2008, was known to be in big trouble with banks and other investment companies betting against them in spite of the executives’ claims that everything was still fine after two major hedge funds collapsed. And the mystery man who made billions betting against the housing market bubble? He’s no mystery man, nor was he the only one. The most famous and probably the inspiration for the “mystery” man was John Paulson, but numerous investors made a lot of money out of the subprime crisis by noticing what was going on. Most of the money was made early on in the crisis, though, during 2007.

  2. The guy wearing the shades in the photo offers no proof of time travel. For one, the picture could have been doctored, the other, I think most people would have had their eyes on him rather than what was going on. And why would a time traveler go all the way back to witness the opening of some bridge in the 40’s…it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
    I think that we all see what we want to see, believe what we want to believe regardless of how ridiculous, and if time travel did exist I don’t think the traveler would dress in casual future clothes if he didn’t want to upset the time line, he just wouldn’t be that sloppy.

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