8 Amazing Time Travel Stories That Could Be True
The world has always been fascinated with the idea of time travel. From Hollywood flicks like Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, to the Terminator franchise, to Back to the Future, there’s nothing like a good time-travel tale to delight audiences.
While traveling through time is a fantasy that has been splashed all over screens big and small, it’s still unknown territory. However, there have been people who claim they have traveled through time — and they have the stories to prove it.
Whether they’re true or not, these stories are quite entertaining. Plus, some have unexplainable situations that leave you wondering if it’s really possible.
1. Tim Cook and the 17th Century Painting
While attending Startup Fest in Amsterdam, the CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, was admiring a painting at the Rijksmuseum called “Man Handing a Letter to a Woman in the Entrance Hall of a House.” The piece was painted by Pieter de Hooch in 1670.
People talking about time travel involving this painting because the letter painted has a crazy resemblance to the 21st century iPhone — and this was painted 350 years ago. After seeing the piece, Cook jokes that he “thought he knew ” when the iPhone was invented but wasn’t so sure anymore.
2. The Philadelphia Experiment
This is a pretty interesting time travel story that began with a project carried out by the United States Navy during World War II.
The navy implemented a project called the “Philadelphia Experiment”. The goal was to make a ship called the USS Eldridge invisible during the war. It was designed with several large generators that were supposed to create a magnetic shield around the ship. This would make it invisible and allow the U.S. to win the Battle of the Atlantic.
During this experiment, it’s rumored that something went wrong. The technology might have flown the Eldridge 10 seconds back in time. As wild as a 10 second trip back in time would be, this story has been mostly considered an entertaining hoax.
3. A 1941 Hipster Caught on Camera
A 1941 photo caused quite a stir in the hipster community. Taken in British Columbia at a bridge reopening event, there’s a man wearing attire that looks suspiciously straight out of a 2020 lookbook. He’s wearing a printed shirt, sunglasses, and even had a camera in hand.
While he does seem out of place, everything in the photo actually checks out for the time period. The glasses and camera he wore were available to purchase in the 1940s.
If anything, this photo just proves that hipsters have existed long before we actually realized.
4. A Cell Phone Appears in a 1938 Video
In a 1938 black and white video clip that was taken in a Massachusetts factory, you can watch a bunch of workers leaving the building. At a glance, there is nothing unusual. However, if you look closely, there is a woman who seems to be holding and talking on a mobile phone.
Since the first cell phone wasn’t released until 1973, those who discovered this photo believe modern technology appeared in this decade because of time travel. Luckily, this situation isn’t a complete mystery. The woman’s granddaughter actually came forward with an explanation behind the photo.
After seeing the photo circulating online, she revealed her grandmother was actually on a prototype cell phone. It was a prototype at the time that was developed by a communications factory in the state, which would explain how a cell phone could exist in 1938.
5. Times Square Time Travel
This time travel story sounds like the plot of a movie.
In 1950, a man named Rudolph Fentz died after being hit by a vehicle in Times Square. He was around 30 years old and for some reason, wore 19th century-styled clothes.
As police investigated the scene, they found some unconventional items in his pockets. There was coinage and forms of currency that hadn’t been produced for decades, as well as a letter dated 1876. When police found his name on the letter, they looked him up in directories but couldn’t find any trace of Fentz’s existence.
During the investigation, it was revealed that a missing-persons case was filed in 1876 for Rudolph Fentz. The clothing and letter found on the man match the description and time era of the case as if it was filed that same day.
This would mean Fentz somehow time-traveled nearly 75 years into the future. Despite the story being considered an urban legend, this case has been reproduced into many forms using the narrative of Rudolph Fentz as inspiration.
6. A Missing Scientist Appears Two Decades Later
In 1938, an Italian scientist named Ettore Majorana disappeared without a trace after traveling on a boat from Palermo to Naples. It was a suspicious case that didn’t have any answers about his whereabouts.
His disappearance was brought into the spotlight much later in 2011. Italian media reported a discovery about a photograph that was taken in Argentina in 1955. It had a familiar face in it and technology revealed 10 points of similarities to Majorna. To anyone, the photographed man looked exactly like the Italian scientist.
This is especially odd because the photo was taken nearly two decades after the scientist disappeared — and he hadn’t aged a day.
7. Cheating the Trades System
This case involves using time travel as a means of financial gain.
In 2003, Andrew Carlssin was arrested for insider-trading related violations. He made 126 consecutive high-risk trades over a two-week period. Thus, turning an $800 investment into a portfolio worth $350 million.
The explanation behind Carlssin’s confident spending? He claimed to have come from 200 years into the future and knew all sorts of information, including the location of Osama Bin Laden.
It turns out, this outrageous story is 100 percent as fake as it sounds. The story first ran in a tabloid called Weekly World News. They published satire and fiction pieces, but it was taken literally after being picked up by other newspapers and magazines.
8. British Tourists Meet Marie Antoinette
In 1901, two British women published a book called “An Adventure” under pseudonyms. The book told the story of two academics and their unusual trip to France.
During their travels, the women took a wrong turn from their itinerary and ended up traveling back in time. They reached the Temple de l’Armour, where they claimed to have run into Marie Antoinette. The setting the pair was suddenly launched into seemed to be a pre-revolutionary France in the 20th century, which is when Antoinette would have been alive.
After finding their way back home, the women wrote their book and ended up causing quite a stir with their story.