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1928 Time Traveler Caught On Film?

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the I-hate-time-travel-stories dept.

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Many of you have submitted a story about Irish filmmaker George Clarke, who claims to have found a person using a cellphone in the "unused footage" section of the DVD The Circus, a Charlie Chaplin movie filmed in 1928. To me the bigger mystery is how someone who appears to be the offspring of Ram-Man and The Penguin got into a movie in the first place, especially if they were talking to a little metal box on set. Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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OK, I'll bite. (5, Insightful)

ThoughtMonster (1602047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053510)

Who was she talking to? (considering the lack of cell-phone towers)

Ugh.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (0, Redundant)

nasta (598787) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053556)

Yeah, that struck me as well. Where are all the cell towers?

Re:OK, I'll bite. (2, Insightful)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053636)

We totally need an 'Ahead of its time' moderation!

Re:OK, I'll bite. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053572)

Maybe it's a satellite-phone...

Re:OK, I'll bite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053574)

Obviously she must be connected though the time vortex to the phone network of her original time. She probably just told her mom that she saw Charlie Chaplin.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (5, Funny)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053616)

Imagine the roaming charges on that call...

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053648)

Nah. The caller just bought a couple penny stocks and used the proceeds to buy Verizon today.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

Bitch-Face Jones (588723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053578)

Well, back then everything that anyone said showed up on these big title cards, so the lack of a cell phone tower shouldn't have been a problem.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053594)

The Doctor?

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

countSudoku() (1047544) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053602)

Perhaps it was one of those Nextel phones with the walky-talky feature? Clearly, we have either discovered an irresponsible time traveler, or that George is a raving crackpot and desperate for attention during these uncertain times.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053976)

Nextel walky-talky still needs a cell tower ... how else could they work over hundreds of miles on a few milliwatts?

To me it looks like someone holding their collar up to hide their face, who stops in-frame to look at the camera to see if they've gotten out-of-frame yet.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (2, Funny)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053624)

Maybe it's a sat phone, like an Iridium phone?

Either way, the roaming charges have got to be a royal bitch...

Re:OK, I'll bite. (2, Informative)

ELitwin (1631305) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053650)

If you can pretend that the technology for time travel actually exists in the distant future, then can't you pretend that the the technology for a communication device would be vastly different and not need cell-phone towers?

Re:OK, I'll bite. (3, Insightful)

FatAlb3rt (533682) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053892)

Maybe we shouldn't pretend the need to hold a brick to your head either, especially in a society that would tend to notice that anomaly.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

Littleman_TAMU (589126) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053940)

the technology for a communication device would be vastly different

So why's she talking on a fairly large, conspicuous headset and not a small hidden device?

Re:OK, I'll bite. (4, Interesting)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053724)

Who was she talking to? (considering the lack of cell-phone towers)

Ugh.

It is entirely possible that the time travelling 'ship' could serve as a tower for this purpose. It could be relaying communications to her home time or to a fellow traveler.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (3, Insightful)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053770)

Maybe it's not a cell phone as we know it. Maybe it allows communication through time. Maybe it isn't about time travel at all, but was an alien communicating with the mother ship.

Or maybe the story is bs, and either the video was manipulated, you're not seeing what you think you see, or the guy was immitating "talking on a phone" with a small, boxy object that happened to be in reach (either for reasons you'd have to be in his converation to know, or because he's nuts). For that matter, maybe he was holding something cold to a bruise on the side of his head while takling to the person next to him.

Even for Idle this is silly.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

tsm_sf (545316) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053858)

or the guy was immitating "talking on a phone" with a small, boxy object that happened to be in reach

Wasn't the speaker separate from the receiver back then? Miming a phone conversation would have required both hands, if so.

This is fun.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

ottothecow (600101) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053962)

That is actually what he is talking about.

He is telling his friend "hey, why don't we put the speaker and the microphone together on one piece like this" and the reason the footage was not used is due to the ensuing cheers of ingenuity that followed.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053996)

Some were, some weren't. Among those that were, sometimes the mouthpiece was built into the base of the phone, so you might or might not use your other hand.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

alen (225700) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053852)

a spaceship in orbit? like when kirk took the enterprise back in time and talked to spock while on earth of the 1960's

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

interkin3tic (1469267) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053884)

Probably Verizon, since by 2042 they'll have the best temporal coverage of any of the major providers. Their 3022G network isn't the fastest though.

A lot of problems with this conspiracy theory. (1)

DrPeper (249585) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053930)

Precisely! There are no cell towers in 1928, not to mention no technology capable of even remotely replicating one, so it couldn't be a cell phone. That's not to say it's not (possibly) some form of small communication device. But there's no clear image of what's in his/her/it's hand. Now if there was a Motorola or Nokia logo clearly visible, I'd be singing a different tune!

Assuming it is a time traveler, they would probably have had to originate before todays date, because after todays date they'd know about this issue and be able to avoid it. I just don't think we have the technology for manipulating gravity, much less space time.

Another issue is that people have been getting taller evolution-wize over the past roughly 100 years. So you most likely wouldn't see someone VERY short and chubby from the future. Actually the build of the person is pretty much exactly what one would expect for that time period.

If they had Nike's on then it would be a whole other story. But all I see is someone from a silent film pretending to talk while holding something to their ear, which looks to me to possibly be a small portable radio. But I don't think battery or radio technology was at that level for that time either.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

drpimp (900837) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053958)

And how come no hands free either?

Simple explanation (5, Insightful)

LateArthurDent (1403947) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053990)

Who was she talking to? (considering the lack of cell-phone towers)

Ugh.

Not that I believe in this, but if you were time-traveling to the past to be an extra in a Charlie Chaplin movie (which is a plausible thing for any film buff), it's perfectly reasonable that such a person would whip out their cell phones just to be filmed pretending to talk on it. They could then point it out to their friends once they return to their time.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34054022)

She was talking to Doc Brown, on her cheap little walkie-talkie.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (1)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054024)

Who was she talking to? (considering the lack of cell-phone towers)

Ugh.

Well obviously, it's not a cellphone, but a communicator. She's talking to her starship in orbit. Duh.

Re:OK, I'll bite. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34054040)

Why, she's obviously talking to the future.

Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (4, Interesting)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053514)

And uh, what network was this cell phone connecting to? Because you know there's a series of cell towers and satellites that need to be in place for cell phones to work and I don't recall anyone having the foresight to erect such towers in 1928.

This is such utter drivel. The person in the picture could be scratching his/her head or shielding their ear from a breeze with something (my grandmother does similar things when the wind is strong and she wears a shawl). I don't see a black object, I see two of the fingers around what would be the 'top' of the phone which is uncharacteristically how people hold cell phones. I don't see any shock or expression on the face as they turn it just seems like Clarke is projecting what he wants on the viewer. It could just be a schizophrenic wandering around who is used to shielding their face and mouth when they can't control what they are saying.

It's ridiculous that time traveling is even suggested, let alone continually reinforced by George Clarke.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (5, Funny)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053668)

Wow. They really should create a separate section of Slashdot for these ridiculous stories.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (2, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053730)

Wow. They really should create a separate section of Slashdot for these ridiculous stories.

Great idea! Maybe we could even give it a descriptive name like "Idle" so people know to avoid it.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053690)

While silly, we can still speculate...

Nikola Tesla came to mind when you said "tower" - even though his towers were trying to transmit free electricity, Heaven only knows what else he was playing with (a fire in his home/lab had destroyed a shitload of notes and ideas of things he was working on).

Maybe the era which the time-traveling chick came from doesn't need no stinkin' cell towers. :)

...or maybe she's just using something to pick out ear wax. *shrug*.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (2, Funny)

Zeek40 (1017978) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053702)

Well, if they can send one person back in time, why couldn't they send all the towers, lines, servers, power plants running them and support staff necessary to operate those phones back?
Once we master time travel, moving several million tons of copper, steel, electronics, generators, etc. through the time portal should be easy.

The real question is why is my cell phone bill so high when that film demonstrates that it's obviously 80+ year old technology.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (1)

mini me (132455) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053760)

It could be a peer-to-peer phone (i.e. a two way radio), and the person in the video is talking with another time traveller who was also present in that time. Or perhaps the time travel machine acts as its own cell station, relaying the data forward in time. The lack of infrastructure does not really discredit the theory.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (1)

Monkeedude1212 (1560403) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053780)

The lack of infrastructure does not really discredit the theory.

The theory of it being a cell phone?

Yes, yes it does.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (1)

Oceanplexian (807998) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053866)

I think we know there weren't cell towers in 1928, but I also don't assume the limits of uninvented technology. If you've invented a time machine it's not unrealistic to think you could have invented a radio that works wherever you are in spacetime. In fact, the latter is probably easier than the former.

Re:Verizon's Network Was So Terrible in 1928 (3, Funny)

ColdCuts (193807) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053908)

Worse would be the cell phone company's charges. The minutes would certianly be billed under a time 'roaming' plan. But worse, they would be instantly overdue, and with interest and late fees accumulating, a 300 year trip to the past with a quick call to brag about your journey would bankrupt the poor traveler.

No carrier (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053518)

I imagine this alleged time traveler's reception must have been terrible

Re:No carrier (1)

ArcherB (796902) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053886)

I imagine this alleged time traveler's reception must have been terrible

The reception is fine. The lag is a bitch though.

Prime Directive! (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053522)

If so he did an awesome job of protecting the continuity of the timeline by not leaving many traces!

Re:Prime Directive! (2, Insightful)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053696)

How do you know? Maybe without his involvement the Depression would've played out differently. Maybe he set events in motion that changed the outcome of WWII so that the Allies would win. Could've changed anything or everything; it's not like any of us would "remember" how it was "supposed to be".

Actually, if he was so open about using anachronistic technology that he got caught on film on a movie set, I'd say he did a pretty piss poor job with the whole 'leaving no trace' thing.

Huh (3, Insightful)

Markvs (17298) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053532)

I wonder what network the were using in 1928? Marconi Wireless? (snicker)
Seriously, this has been in the media for days now. It's almost certainly someone using an old-style hearing aid.

OCCAM'S RAZOR, MAN (4, Funny)

gaspar ilom (859751) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053628)

Nuh-uh: "Time traveler w/ cell phone" is the simplest explanation.

Re:Huh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053710)

No, it's a Starfleet communicator from the 22nd century.

Re:Huh (1)

werdnapk (706357) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053714)

Or they're simply covering their face with their hand. Looking at the footage, I see nothing in the persons hand. What looks like something black in the ladies hand is just her hair. Nothing to see here folks.

Re:Huh (1)

Penguinisto (415985) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053734)

I wonder what network the were using in 1928? Marconi Wireless? (snicker)

At least texting would only require one key to pound out the morse code. ;)

Companion (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053534)

Insert joke about Companion, Doctor, and Tardis here. Mods, please mark everything else as redundant. Thank you.

Looks like a hearing aid. (3, Informative)

Shadmere (1158007) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053548)

Obviously it's not clear what kind of aid it is, specifically, but it looks like an old ear trumpet.

Like this thing. [hearingaidmuseum.com]

/. at its best (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053566)

On their best day, Slashdot readers would think of cell phone towers. I don't think there are any days this rabble would be intelligent enough to realize that any species or members of humanity from a time traveling society wouldn't need towers for their communication devices. Or would have very rapid means of deploying them from relatively small devices.

Slashdot reminds me of ignorant atheists who attack creationism on the same logical level that creationists attack atheism on.

Not a cell phone. (4, Informative)

davev2.0 (1873518) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053590)

It is an early carbonic (electric) hearing aid.

Not likely (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053592)

If arbitrary time travel is possible (which I personally highly doubt), by the time our technology advances to that level cell phones will be considered as ancient as the telegraph is today.

Western Electric Hearing Aid ca. 1925 (2, Interesting)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053600)

Grandma Titor was likely using one of these:

http://www.hearingaidmuseum.com/gallery/Carbon/WesternElectric/info/westelect34a.htm [hearingaidmuseum.com]

It still doesn't explain why the person she's conversing with is INVISIBLE!!!

Re:Western Electric Hearing Aid ca. 1925 (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053670)

We just slashdotted the hearing aid museum...

Re:Western Electric Hearing Aid ca. 1925 (2, Funny)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054014)

They may need some kind of device to filter out the excess noise so people can clearly read the site.

Nice attention for an unknown filmmaker (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053612)

Now I have to watch all his movies!

Conspiracy theories are for gullible idiots. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053620)

There is no clear device in the hand. It looks like they're talking to someone in front of them or themselves while holding their hat.

Re:Conspiracy theories are for gullible idiots. (1)

DudeTheMath (522264) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053818)

Mod parent up. One finger is clearly above the hat brim, and the next one is below. She's just holding her hat on her head. And, you know, back then people on the street actually talked to one another.

It was a hearing aid (5, Informative)

Valiss (463641) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053630)

This was released in 1924:

http://hearing.siemens.com/sg/10-about-us/01-our-history/milestones.jsp?year=1924 [siemens.com]

Seems like it could easily be that.

Re:It was a hearing aid (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34054050)

Is this the first occurrence of Product Placement???

tachyon communication device (4, Funny)

danlip (737336) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053632)

Clear not an actual cell phone, but a tachyon communication device that allowed her to communicate with her native time frame. Duh.

Re:tachyon communication device (1)

Demablogia (1149365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053742)

Yes, I agree with you : it's possible to be . I thought that could be a transistor radio, but was developed in 1954 ( Wikipedia dixit )

Re:tachyon communication device (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053854)

Did it also have A Chorus Line's I Hope I Get It as a ringtone?

What device? (1)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053634)

I do not see a black device. I see an empty hand and a shadow.

Schizophrenia? (3, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053654)

They had to have Schizophrenics back in the 20s, didn't they? Maybe she was just talking to herself and cupping her hands over her ears in an attempt to block out the voices?

no (1)

Fict (475) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053656)

hint: not a time traveler.

I saw that episode (5, Funny)

praedictus (61731) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053672)

Don't worry!!! She will get hit by a car and Kirk cant save her or else the Nazis will take over.

like cave men trying to explain a TV (5, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053680)

The "cell phone" theory is a golden example of people projecting their own limited conception of the world onto something they don't recognize. Someone 40 years ago probably would've imagined that they saw someone singing along to a transistor radio. Someone from 120 years ago would've thought they saw someone listening to a seashell and chewing gum. If she's really holding something (IMO the video isn't clear enough to be sure), it's almost certainly a contemporary hearing aid.

Re:like cave men trying to explain a TV (1)

UnknowingFool (672806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053984)

Yes but you'll never convince some people regardless of what evidence you have. Remember the moon landings were faked, and 9/11 was the work of the Bush administration. Logic need not apply when it comes to conspiracies.

Re:like cave men trying to explain a TV (1)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054008)

The "cell phone" theory is a golden example of people projecting their own limited conception of the world onto something they don't recognize.

And rather poorly too - bluetooth headsets are abusrdly common today. If time-travel existed whatever communications device they used - cell phone or otherwise, would certainly use a mini-headset of some-sort if for no other reason than to make it less obvious to the locals.

guy never shuts up (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053692)

What the fuck i stopped watching after 2.5 minutes becuse he never shut up and just kept repeating himself. This whole thins is like 8.5 minutes? wtf.

Not practical (2, Funny)

Palestrina (715471) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053698)

Do have any idea what the per-minute fees are for time travel voice plans? And let's not talk about the data rates. The person on the film is clearly connecting via a local Wifi hotspot.

radio (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053750)

It's a portable radio.

Not impressed at all. (4, Funny)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053786)

Completely unimpressive. can't tell if it's a phone or not.

Although, the blue police call box that the person walked in to was interesting. Seemed bigger on the inside than on the outside....

Ancient Hearing Aid (2, Informative)

HighOrbit (631451) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053804)

It looks to be an old lady, so its entirely possible that what he is seeing is something like this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ardent_hearing_aid.JPG [wikipedia.org] which is part of this article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orkney_Wireless_Museum [wikipedia.org] also seen here http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/broughttolife/objects/display.aspx?id=6713 [sciencemuseum.org.uk]

And we all know what she was saying... (1)

dpilot (134227) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053806)

Beam me up, Scotty. There's no intelligent life down here.

Horn hearing aid? (1)

guantamanera (751262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053808)

Maybe she is adjusting one of those horn looking hearing aids from back in the days. like this one [mtfca.com]

Where's your imaginiation? (1)

maddogkistler (1718554) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053814)

Could be a Time phone, or an alien dressed in an old lady human suit....

Non-public technology? (1)

Andy Smith (55346) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053826)

From some quick Googling:

Telephone invented: 1876 (Alexander Graham Bell)
Cellphone concept: 1915 (American Telephone and Telegraph)
Cellphone invented: 1973 (Motorola)

Looking at those dates, it doesn't seem out-of-the-question that some kind of wireless telephone could have been around by 1928, albeit not used by the public. I'm sure there are technologies currently in use by our security services, law enforcement agencies, etc, that won't reach the public market for many years. And I'm sure the same was happening back in 1928.

Perhaps the person in the video was, for example, a detective following someone and reporting their whereabouts. Less exciting that a time traveler, alien or some kind of covert military "black ops" explanation. But an explanation all the same.

Not a time traveller (1)

meerling (1487879) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053836)

People get freaked out be imagining or misidentifying things in old images all the time. Remember people freaking out over a sweater in an old picture? Yeah, sweaters have been around for a long time.
Somebody holding their hand up near their hat and their fingers crooked and moving, no biggie either. I didn't see any shot clear enough to make out something in the hand, just a shadow under the hat.
Now if you want to analyze that, why would a time traveler blatantly use advanced tech while knowingly being recorded? Why would someone holding a phone/radio/other audio based gadget be wiggling the fingers like that? As this was a film, they are filming people they know and have instructed to do those things in front of the camera, why would someone who doesn't fit in be allowed to wander through a closed set in front of the camera during filming while apparently talking to themselves while holding something near their head when film was very expensive, and the film cameras of the time could only record for a few minutes at a time?

There's no freaking way that was a time traveler, or a cell phone, or a walkie talkie, or anything else that is chronologically displaced, other than some peoples imagination.

If there are any time travelers reading this, please come and tell me how wrong I am. Let's meet up at the Carl's Junior in the food court of the Gateway mall at 3:30pm last monday. Don't be late, I was there.
PS: bring strawberries.

Something is really wrong ... (1)

sammyF70 (1154563) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053840)

THIS isn't from the documentary about The Circus, it was actually filmed in 1929 by the famous filmmaker Colin McKenzy. The woman is really talking into the 20s equivalent of a cellphone. The (tense) dual hemp line connecting her ~phone~ to that of a person probably trailing 10 or so meter behind her can clearly be seen in some of the slow motion. It was just another of McKenzy's innovations. The "circus" sign in the background was clearly shopped into the picture! Check Peter Jackson's documentary about Colin McKenzy called "Forgotten Silver" if you don't believe me.

you see what you are accustomed to see (3, Interesting)

Tom (822) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053848)

Seriously, that would mean that time travel is so close that cell phones won't change considerably. The chance of that is even smaller than that for time travel per se.

We are pattern-matching machines. We see and interpret in practically the same thought. We are used to people using cell phones like that, so that is what we think we see.

Re:you see what you are accustomed to see (1)

BobMcD (601576) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053954)

Seriously, that would mean that time travel is so close that cell phones won't change considerably. The chance of that is even smaller than that for time travel per se.

We are pattern-matching machines. We see and interpret in practically the same thought. We are used to people using cell phones like that, so that is what we think we see.

I assume that the distance between the human ear and the human mouth simply hadn't changed much in the intervening years. That is, after all, the base design for the size of the device.

Genius Marketing... (4, Insightful)

gauauu (649169) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053850)

This is genius. I've never heard of this guy, George Clarke, but now by mentioning his work at the beginning of the video, he's got a great viral marketing campaign!

Of course he doesn't believe a word of it, but he managed to get word to spread of his silly little video, and thus free advertising for his work. Pure genius!

Impossible (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053870)

If time travel existed then poeple in the future would already know to go back in time a day and tell Jill not to get caught on film.

It's not a cell phone (1)

pickens (49171) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053874)

It's a transistor radio.

Why Not? (3, Interesting)

jesseck (942036) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053876)

Why can't this be a cell phone? Of course, now that this has been discovered, someone from the future will travel back in time to stop this from happening...

It reminds me of an occurrence one night while I was working as a hospital security officer on nights. A man came in breathless to our office, and asked to speak to Sergeant D* (I don't recall the full last name). We told him he didn't work with us. The man said that the Sergeant was supposed to be there, he was running from the CIA, and had to speak to him. We responded that Sergeant didn't exist. The man then bolted and ran away from us. It kind of shook my world, and I can't stop thinking... did I just ensure the destruction of mankind, by running this guy off?

Lip reading (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053904)

Looks like he's saying "Sam, why haven't I leaped?!"

Silly Theories (1)

j_kenpo (571930) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053906)

Simple solutions... shes either a crazy old lady talking to herself with her hand up for whatever reason, shes chewing gum, or this is "B" roll that the DVD authors used for the extra feature, and this particular footage just happened to have some women on her phone.

It would make a good aspect of a Sci-Fi story, cell phones function on their time of origin, regardless of what time the physical handset is in.

Reward: 10$ for samzenpus's head on a stake* (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053910)

Won't someone close to 'that' which calls itself 'samzenpus' please end our suffering and remove that hack from this plane of existence?
For fucks sake, it is a constant barrage of chewed over, stale, incorrect, unchecked, "Bigfoot-sighting", irrelevant, pathetic excuse for "news" not even fit for a schoolgirl's blog.

What's next? That story about that guy who recently found the image of Jesus (that looks like a Dalek) in the rings of a fallen tree?
Or a "news story" about canals on Mars?
How about a link to a blog claiming a scientific basis to the reading of tea leaves?

Jon Katz was at least... well... you could laugh at him.
This pus guy on the other hand is simply intellectually insulting.

 
 
  *Stakes are free and biodegradable. Plates, silver or otherwise are neither.

Dementia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34053914)

My Grandmother who died in 1996 at the age of 92 would do the exact same thing. She would press two fingers to the temple of her head and mutter something unintelligible when she was trying to think. The woman probably walked onto the set and forgot what she was supposed to do once she got there. She pressed her fingers to her temple muttered something to herself and then walked out of the frame.

That is it... nothing more.

Or... (1)

hades.himself (1678062) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053932)

the person is just plain mad.

My favorite quote ... (1)

blandthrax (575357) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053944)

I stopped watching when he said: "it can't be an AM/FM radio, obviously, because it's 1928" ... so obviously it's a time traveler with a cell phone, that's the only logical conclusion.

Human nature (1)

KiwiCanuck (1075767) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053946)

It is part of human nature to see patterns in randomness. We see someone talking with their hand to their ear, and we automatically think, cell phone. In the 1928, they would have thought, mental patient. For all we know this person is heading to the doctor because of an ear ache. As others have pointed out, there are no cell phone towers. If I must defy logic, then I would say this person is talking to their mothership, and telling them it's too soon to cause the stock market to crash. Give it a year.

Over what network? (1)

walmass (67905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34053948)

That dude is a moron. Unless there was another traveler, and they took a cellphone network (tower and all) who was she talking to, and over what?

Its a Tesla Prototype (1)

droidsURlooking4 (1543007) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054006)

that got killed like all his stuff. It utilized his one tower in Wardenclyffe that would provide coverage for the entire world. Edison developed a competing product that would rely on Wall St. providers (ie; future carriers). The woman is talking to Nikola himself (the only other device owner) and he is explaining his premonition that AT&T service is going to suck.

Laugh-In (1)

boristdog (133725) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054028)

Next thing you know he'll say Garry Owen was using a cell phone during Laugh-In.

Slashdot - copying the Internets (1)

CAIMLAS (41445) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054038)

I don't frequent all that many news aggregator sites, but it seems that lately, most of the submissions getting through to the front page were on other sites days or weeks before.

This article, the ones from earlier today on the 'liberal gene', the primate fossils in Asia, CIA investments, the first photograph of a human, the home-built Batmobile, the Australian impact crater - and so on. I've seen these all on one of the following sites in the past week or so on either digg, fark or extragoodshit.phlap.net (which is quite NSFW, but still a very good news/aggregator site, and currently my favorite; the boobies don't hurt his cause any. I highly recommend it with or without the boobies).

Can you hear me now? (1)

joeyblades (785896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054054)

OK, it's clearly not a cell phone since, as others have pointed out there was no network. She might as well be talking into her purse.

Probably not a hearing device of any sort, since there was no one else in the vacinity that she could have been talking to.

Most likely explanation:

  • Old lady walking down the street and spots a film crew across the street.
  • "Oh my, I don't want to be in the movies... must hide my face."
  • "I'll just hold my clutch (small purse) up in front of my face as I walk by and mutter to myself how horrible this is..."
  • "Am I in the clear yet?" Stop and turn slightly... "Oh my, not yet..."

Time travel film (1)

fatbuckel (1714764) | more than 3 years ago | (#34054058)

Scarier even still is the fact that CNN devoted air-time to this joke of a story.
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