Thursday, October 28, 2010

The BS Tunnel

It's a bird, it's a (toy) plane, it's a ...cellphone! As CNN reported below, this video of footage from the premiere of Charlie Chaplin's The Circus went "viral" because someone claimed it shows a time traveler:

And the original George Clarke video, where he says:

This short film is about a piece of footage I (George Clarke) found behind the scenes in Charlie Chaplins film 'The Circus'. Attending the premiere at Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, CA - the scene shows a large woman dressed in black with a hat hiding most of her face, with what can only be described as a mobile phone device - talking as she walks alone.

I have studied this film for over a year now - showing it to over 100 people and at a film festival, yet no-one can give any explanation as to what she is doing.

My only theory - as well as many others - is simple... a time traveler on a mobile phone.

Nobody could give him an explanation? How come lots of explanations popped up in the YouTube comments? This guy is like a Christian, "No one can explain the empty tomb (to my satisfaction), so Jesus rose from the dead," or "No one can explain where the universe came from, so God made it".

I like the explanation that the old man walking in front of the old woman is her husband, and she's talking to him with a hearing device up to her ear.

It has been suggested that she is holding "...a hearing aid, either a Siemens 1924 pocket-sized carbon amplifier or a Western Electric 34A audiophone carbon hearing aid, manufactured in 1925."

If this is correct then it all makes sense: the man in front of her is her husband, walking ahead of her while she waddles along behind, yammering away at him (you can see older married couples doing this every day). When she notices the film crew she turns to look at it; her husband just keeps going.

Or it's something else, but a cellphone? No cell phone towers in 1928, so how was she using it? A walkie-talkie? A Star Trek like communicator used to converse with a fellow time traveler in another location? But if time traveling tourists exist in the future, wouldn't they have something better and more advanced than a big thing you have to hold up to your ear?

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