Time Travel in a 1928 Chaplin film?


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My jaw drops sometimes at the conclusions some people will jump to based on the tiniest piece of “evidence”. Granted, the majority of people don’t jump to time-traveling conclusions, but the fact that there’s enough believers out there that this video becomes so viral is kinda scary. It’s the same as all those people who believed you could use your cell phone to pop popcorn based on a single well-made YouTube video (though I guess that has at least a little scientific plausibility). We’ve seen so many fantasies on TV and been told so many lies about God, Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny that we’re desperate to believe in any kind of insanity, or we’re just so confused about reality that we don’t know what to believe.

I mean, seriously, it’s a woman with her hand on her ear. There’s nothing that even resembles a cell phone in the shot, yet people want so desperately to believe, as though our world isn’t exciting enough as it is. It seems like statistically, with all the countless hours of old video out there, we should be seeing even crazier coincidences than this.

This is one thing I really appreciate about my mom when I was a kid. My parents always made it clear that Santa Clause and the Easter Bunny weren’t literally real, and every time I came up with a wacky idea (like the time I thought Madonna was talking to me through a cassette tape), my mom would shoot the idea down, thinking of my long-term psychological development instead of my short-term emotions.

Edit: You know, on second thought, I wonder if some folks out there are pulling our legs here. Maybe this is all just a variation on trolling. Someone makes a claim that this video proves time travel and everyone (such as myself) freaks out and writes big long blog posts about how important it is to have a grasp on reality and they’re just laughing at how we’re the ones who actually don’t have a grip because we really think a YouTube clip is gonna make people believe in time travel.

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