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Welcome to Interesting If True, the podcast that you’ve already listened to. I'm your host this week, Aaron, and with me are: I'm Shea, and this week I learned that Easter Bunnies are hollow to represent God’s promises. Round Table I dunno, give money to WyoAIDS. This Week’s Beer * Junior Astronaut Juice: Double Dry-hopped IPA.* The Great Dick-ceaver Over the years astute listeners will have noticed that Shea and I occasionally watch Dr. Who. As long as by occasionally you mean “all of” and by watching you mean “get tattoos.” So how could I resist when I stumbled across a collection of stories from way back to nearly now of people who claim to be time travelers? This story is going to be a little different than what we usually do. Normally, we do one long story with a bit of research. We’ve deviated from that a few times, like the Funny and Unusual Deaths episode, and this week I’m doing a similar thing with a collection of short stories. Enjoy all the Dr. Who and Terminator jokes that are about to happen. Speaking of The TheAter!, we should begin with Chaplin’s Time Traveller, and YouTube. In October of 2010, Northern Irish filmmaker George Clarke — producer of award-winning, $200, zombie movies — uploaded a video onto YouTube. It was a clip of a DVD extra (well, bonus footage) from the premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s film, The Circus. In the clip, you can see what appears to be a woman on a cell phone — something of an accomplishment in 1928. The footage is from outside the Manns Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But even if the phone is from the future, who does it get a signal? Talk about roaming fees… If you look at your phones now, you’ll see the jpg I’ve embedded anyway. The woman is on the right by the “zebra’s” nose. I’m not sure this constitutes evidence but I am sure that Steven Moffat can make it stupid. From Mr. Clark: ‘I have studied this film for over a year now - showing it to over 100 people and at a film festival, yet no one can give any explanation as to what she is doing. My only theory - as well as many others - is simple… a time traveler on a mobile phone. See for yourself and feel free to leave a comment on your own explanation or thoughts about it.’ To that, the internet at large has another theory: Mr. Clark is full of shit. Remember, he’s a filmmaker and… not a popular one. A viral ghost hoax is a good way to drum up some attention and sure enough, this went viral. The Daily Mail ran a story that was “just asking the question,” the Telegraph, Vulture, and HuffPo did the same thing. CBS, ABC, and the BBC ran slightly more critical stories but were just in it for the slow-news-day-lolz. Even Know Your Meme has a write-up. The Atlantic, at least, called their article a debunking. Following the YouTube sensation, Clark made like 3 more, cheap-ass, handy-cam horror movies, and then, I assume, The TVA got him. When shown to people who know what the f**k they’re talking about, the answer is pretty straightforward. From the Atlantic, there most probably explanation is a portable hearing aid, a new and bulk technology. Philip Skroska,
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