Ever since the internet was created it has been the place of hoax and rumor and the idea of time travel is no exception. From buying a time machine on eBay and Craigslist (here, here & here ) to pictures of time travelers appearing in old photos and films (pictures at bottom of article)
Perhaps no time travel theory has been as widely publicized as John Titor, who appeared in November 2000 and posted on a public forum that he was a time traveller from the year 2036….at first this was just
shrugged off as a hoax, but as time went on and John started to post pictures of his time machine and answer questions posed by fellow forum members, people began to take notice.
Apparently in John’s timeline, World War III had occurred in the year 2015 killing nearly 3 billion people leaving the ones who survived to work together and rebuild, helping them become a more peaceful civilization. John’s mission was to go back to 1975 to retrieve an IBM 5100 personal computer, which was needed to debug some vintage computer code in his time that could not be read by his modern computers. He then
stopped in the year 2000 where he was living with his family and his 2 year old self.
On March 21st 2001, John said he would be returning to 2036 and after that he was never heard from again.
While John was here he made some strange and scary predictions, most of which have not happened, but some say he left secret messages with other predictions that have in fact come true, including being the reason Y2k never occurred. There are many websites online with supposed proof for and against John and both make compelling arguments.
Whether or not it was a hoax, John Titor remains on of the internet’s greatest mysteries.
Top: Time travelling hipster in 1940′s photo.
Bottom: Woman appearing to talk into a mobile phone in the 1928 Charlie Chaplin film ‘The Circus’
(Click either image for a closer look)