Watching Man Go All 'Benjamin Button' Is Surprisingly Un-Creepy (VIDEO)

Maressa Brown

sam klemkeThe Curious Case of Benjamin Button kinda creeped me out. Something about a computerized old man-baby Brad Pitt is just freaky, you know? But if someone who had naturally aged to, say, their mid-50s could morph back in time to when they were 20? Well, a.) this would be any Real Housewife's dream come true (ha, I kid!), and b.) since everyone is already attempting to do that with Botox and countless other "under-the-knife" procedures, obviously that's the kind of technology that could make millions, right?  

I doubt 55-year-old caricature artist Sam Klemke will be making tons of cold hard cash for his youth-resurrecting skills, but it sure is entertaining to see him age backward in a viral video he made that documents the past 35 years of his life.

I've always been "into" the idea of time travel (Back to the Future is my fave film and The Time Traveler's Wife is my fave book -- yes, really). I even get a kick out of the idea that video technology has improved so dramatically in the past 40 years. I know, I'm a geek, but it's just kinda crazy to think how grainy even video from the mid-'90s looks compared to the HD eyefuls we get now. And on another sort of whimsical level, I like to think about what life was like back around the time I was too young to remember what was going on in the world and beforehand. (Maybe that has something to do with the fact that when I ask my parents about the wild 'n' florescent '80s, they'll say, "How the hell do we know? We were too busy having you kids!" or when I ask about the '60s and '70s, they can't remember for ... other reasons ...)

Until now, I sort of thought I was one of the only people around who would geek-out over these kinds of things, but apparently not. Because over half a million people have watched Klemke's video. So, other people must be getting a kick out of watching a guy age backward, all the way back to the late '70s. But I think there's more to it than just Klemke's transformation from 55 to 20 years old. Watching the world change around him over the course of three and a half decades and, oh, the fact that this guy even had enough footage to do something like this is beyond fascinating! (Who is he, Forrest Gump? Michael Jackson?)

Proof I'm not alone? Commenters say, "This makes me want to jump to the '90s again!" (hmmm ... is this person living a real-life version of Quantum Leap?) and "This is eerily inspiring. And intimidating. And overwhelming at the same time."

See what you think for yourself ...

Are you inspired? Fascinated? Intimidated?


Image via YouTube

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