The Siemens 1924 hearing aid: Apparently the answer to the Charlie Chaplin time travel mystery
The mystery of the alleged time traveler at the 1928 premiere of Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" has now been solved.
As first posited yesterday by a writer at the New York Daily News as well as other bloggers and online commenters, the device in the woman's hand definitely seems to be a 1924 Siemens hearing aid, based on the video below:
But some questions remain.
The main one, which I raised in yesterday's post about the viral video phenomenon of the week, being: If she's just using a hearing aid, why does she also appear to be talking into it? The obvious answer is that she's just chattering to herself, or perhaps trying to get the attention of someone around her. But she's probably not using a mobile phone.
And of course, there's the other big question: if it took interested parties on the Internet less than a day to solve this -- actually, if the running time on the video above is any indication, it took 25 seconds -- then why didn't Belfast filmmaker George Clarke, the man who discovered the "time traveler" footage and created the swiftly circulating YouTube clip, figure this out himself? Did he really do this just to promote his movie work? Or he did he consider his efforts a public service that would give bored office drones something to discuss until today, when they can fully focus their lost-productivity efforts on Halloween?
I don't know. All I know is that, while the hearing aid explanation may be the most logical one, I much preferred thinking that lady was actually the Doctor from "Doctor Who." Here's the original video again, if you want to reminisce about how awesome it was when you first watched it 22 hours ago.
And if you want to keep believing that time travel is possible, you can always cling to the hope that the guy in this photo jumped back to the '40s:
| October 29, 2010; 9:10 AM ET
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