Cell Phone in Charlie Chaplin Movie: Mystery Solved!

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charlie chaplin time traveler cell phoneFootage from the 1928 Charlie Chaplin film The Circus had everyone talking about time travelers last week. The scene that created the stir shows a woman holding her left hand to their ear and talking. Filmmaker George Clarke saw the scene and deduced the woman was holding a cell phone -- and was way ahead of her time (so to speak). He made a YouTube video, and shared his finding with the world.

As thrilling as the thought of time travel is, it seems that the so-called cell phone is really just an old-time Siemens 1924 hearing aid.

Watch this:

Bummer!

But the guesses as to what the cell phone possibly could have been -- and the many time travel theories -- proved to be quite entertaining. Here are some of the best comments.

  1. It's an iPod!
  2. If that's a time traveler, he's in that time for a reason. If a Government/Military complex develops such a technology, would it be open to the public? And if so, it would be far over one million dollars. But it's highly improbable that it would be open to the public due to the Butterfly theory. What needs to happen is an in-depth investigation on this.
  3. She has a swollen gum and she was icing it.
  4. Maybe the cell phone is so advanced that they didn't need cell phone towers. I mean if they came up with a time machine I'm pretty sure they can come up with anything.
  5. Aliens! Aliens dressed as an old woman, accidentally get caught on a Chaplin film ...
  6. If a person wanted to provide evidence of their ability to time travel, I suppose the best way to do so would be to obtain film of oneself using a technology known to be developed after the footage was recorded. And if the footage is legitimate, perhaps we are closer to time travel than we are currently aware.
  7. Perhaps she is some crazy lady talking into a some sort of fruit -- you know like crazy people do.
  8. She's clearly using the Telepathic Communicator Crystal (TM) embedded in her left temple.
  9. She is wearing a heavy coat which suggest that it is cold, probably windy too. I think it is her purse she is holding up to her ear to keep the wind from freezing her ear.
  10. It is probably a hoax that was added to the DVD before it was produced. After all they spend hours going through these old videos and clean and enhance them. If a guy is bored, cleaning up a 1928 film and transferring it to the digital world, why not play a little prank.

Are you disappointed that the cell phone time traveler theory proved to have a logical explanation?

 

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