This new (well, it’s not new as it first made the rounds last year) video is quite vexing to say the least as it allegedly shows a woman, circa 1938, using what we today refer to as a cell phone. Surprised? Shocked? Confused?
How about we take a look at the video and then go on to some commentary from Yahoo?
Great Scott! Commenter says ‘time travel’ footage not what it seems
A video—supposedly shot in the 1930s—depicts a young woman carrying what looks like a cell phone. Is the clip evidence that the woman was a time traveler from the 21st century who forgot to leave her mobile at home?
Keep your DeLoreans in the garage: According to the Daily Mail, the short clip first surfaced a year ago around April Fools’ Day, which probably isn’t a coincidence. Now the clip is back in the news thanks to a commenter identified as “planetcheck,” who claims the woman in the video is Gertrude Jones, the commenter’s great grandmother.
“She was 17 years old,” planetcheck writes. “I asked her about this video and she remembers it quite clearly. She says Dupont had a telephone communications section in the factory. They were experimenting with wireless telephones. Gertrude and five other women were given these wireless phones to test out for a week. Gertrude is talking to one of the scientists holding another wireless phone who is off to her right as she walks by.”
Sounds logical, right? But other commenters aren’t convinced. “I’m quite sure it wouldn’t be that small, the device she is holding is the size of a modern cell phone, ones in the early 80s needed to be carried in a briefcase and later were huge bricks,” a commenter wrote. Others echoed the sentiment and wondered why phones—even those produced many years later—were much larger than the one in the clip.
Planetcheck writes that anyone interested in why the phone never saw the light of day would have to ask Dupont: “Maybe they decided it was too far advanced for people and they abandoned the idea. The Romans invented concrete. But it was quickly forgotten and not invented for another thousand years later. Ideas are hatched, prototypes are made and sometimes like this phone they are forgotten until somebody discovers some long lost film of the world first wireless phone and marvels at it.”
Planetcheck also gave an in-depth description of the phone, which Jones apparently got to keep. “It is light brown and made of Bakelite material. It is about 5 inches long and 3 inches wide. It has small buttons on the inside of the phone. The numbers are nearly worn out. They go from 0 to 9. It has the words Dupont Co. on the bottom of the phone. It weighs about a half a pound. The phone is sealed away in a glass box and has not been touched for many years. I have held the box though and am always amazed that this phone was around in 1938 making wireless calls.”
Take a jaunt over to Yahoo for the rest of the story.
As you can see, there are some hard core time travel believers who doubt the veracity of the above explanation. Of course, you can’t blame them for trying as they do have some interesting points. If you really consider what this implies, their attitude is more insulting than anything else. Rather than giving human beings credit where credit is due, they prefer to believe in something theoretical at best. For example, ask anyone you know when the microwave oven was first on the market? I will forgo the answer in favor of allowing you to look it up for yourself. Further, consider the TV show ‘Ancient Aliens‘, if that’s not a slap in the face of mankind, I don’t know what is. Not to mention, the guy making the claims on that show looks like he stuck his finger in a light socket.
Time travel has been on the minds of out there scientists, mathematicians and engineers for years with little success. However, that doesn’t stop the intermittent time travel train from stopping from time to time with a new scenario for us.
We all remember the big tadoo where Nicolas Cage was accused of being a time traveler or possibly a vampire. Other more famous cases are no bigger than John Titor who showed up not long ago claiming he was a time traveler. Believers ate up his spiel and predictions for the future.
I’m sure almost everyone reading remembers this photo of an alleged time traveling hipster:
Or this video of the controversial Charlie Chaplin movie clip which alleges another cell phone incident:
Unfortunately, the first photo of the hipster merely requires a little bit of investigation into what kind of attire was obtainable at the time. Come to find out, there was nothing the man had on that was not readily available. In the Chaplin video it was concluded that what the woman was using is an early hearing aid. It is speculated that she was speaking into it to test the sound level and I for one believe it. Why? Because overwhelming logic tells me to.
You can find a few more subjects in the Associated Content, including some I have already mentioned above.
Bottom line, even if time travel were possible, I don’t think those doing it would be telling anyone. I also believe in the old “step on a blade of grass and alter the future” scenario. We wouldn’t want to skew the time-line, now would we Dr. Brown?
Thanks to Yahoo for providing our quoted content.
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