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Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:00 AM


Chaplin's time traveler
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A short video about an unusual object spotted in an old Charlie Chaplin film.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 10:42 AM

I don't see a device, to the left of her hand is her mouth, to the right is her thumb, that's the black spots. I think she is just holding her hat maybe, or she might be trying to conceal her face, maybe the filmmakers are using the same extras over and over?


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 01:51 PM

Looks to me like it is either a guy in drag who probably didn't want his face to be seen because he'd get ridiculed for dressing up as a woman OR a woman who is simply distressed about unable to remember something. Some people do put their hand to their face when trying to remember. Some even run their fingers through their hair. It's just a gesture.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 02:11 PM

The silliest thing I've seen in a long time. Even if a time traveller went back in time with a mobile phone, who are they calling and what cell network are they using???

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 02:24 PM

It is pretty cool looking.  When I first saw it, it was very apparent he/she was on a phone.

But, that is very silly, as Emma said, but curious nonetheless.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 02:47 PM

It does look like the person is on a cell phone. I know they didnt have walkie talkies back then but how about hand held radios ?


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 03:28 PM

call it silly or whatever...its interesting when you first look at it, lol

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Posted 26 October 2010 - 03:46 PM

Can we merge this thread with the one I started yesterday on this subject?  I put it under Sightings, Reports, etc. under 1920's Mobile Phone User.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 03:57 PM

If it was a radio it would still have an antena. Unless it was broken off.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 07:58 PM

If you read the video comments on Youtube you'll see it's a Siemens hearing aid that was made in 1924, which is 4 years prior to when the video was recorded. Perfectly reasonable explanation, I can't believe some people would jump to ridiculous conclusions like time travel when there are any number of other, far more plausible explanations.

The only slightly strange thing is that she appears to be talking, but again there are loads of perfectly reasonable explanations for this. Even if she was just a mad woman it'd be more likely. Hell, before speech recognition software on computers plenty of people used to talk or shout at their computers to try and get them to do something. Would you look at them now and say they were time travelers who were able to verbally communicate with electronic devices?

I don't understand the thinking that goes on in some peoples' heads.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 09:19 PM

One thing we need to remember is that Fatty Arbuckle was effectively a pariah throughout the studios after his trials (innocent though he was) and was pretty much unemployable for most of the 1920s.
However, many of his fellow actors felt differently (especially Buster Keaton) and contrived to slip him into various productions, just so Arbuckle could get some paying work.
Basically, I think Fatty is making one of his bootleg appearances here, pretending to be a deaf old harridan (with the hearing aid) and thoroughly enjoying being back in front of a camera. I can definitely see a grin there.


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Posted 26 October 2010 - 09:35 PM


I have had a look at the clip loads of times, i can see what others are saying about it possibly being a hearing aid, but after googling hearing aids, what the person appears to have/hold against their ear seems to be too big for a hearing aid of that era, not sure what it is, facinating nonetheless.   :alien:


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 12:21 AM

That is defiantly a man. Look how big the shoes are. No women would have shoes that big and when the face looks towards the camera it seems like a man and the man mouth is open enough to be speaking very heavily into whatever is in his hand. Also look at the size of the person's hand. it is just as big as their head. That is no women. And look if you were a time traveler from the future wouldnt u disguise yourself and maybe that why the person is so dressed and concealed. One last thing. That person is defiantly clutching something in his hand and is talking to it pretty loud. My guess would say a phone not trying to remember something or trying not to be seen. That is a phone and that is a man. And women back then had class. They weren't dragging their feet when they walk. That person is not normal and just may be a time traveler


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Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:09 AM

View PostCodehook, on 26 October 2010 - 07:58 PM, said:

If you read the video comments on Youtube you'll see it's a Siemens hearing aid that was made in 1924, which is 4 years prior to when the video was recorded. Perfectly reasonable explanation, I can't believe some people would jump to ridiculous conclusions like time travel when there are any number of other, far more plausible explanations.

The only slightly strange thing is that she appears to be talking, but again there are loads of perfectly reasonable explanations for this. Even if she was just a mad woman it'd be more likely. Hell, before speech recognition software on computers plenty of people used to talk or shout at their computers to try and get them to do something. Would you look at them now and say they were time travelers who were able to verbally communicate with electronic devices?

I don't understand the thinking that goes on in some peoples' heads.


I agree, we really underestimate the technology of the time.  Really unusual to see in a movie, didn't he say it was from the DVD extras?  Maybe that's why it didn't make the movie, that "person" (man, woman, who knows?) was just too strange looking for the big screen

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Posted 27 October 2010 - 02:40 PM

View Postitaly123, on 27 October 2010 - 12:21 AM, said:

That is defiantly a man. Look how big the shoes are. No women would have shoes that big and when the face looks towards the camera it seems like a man and the man mouth is open enough to be speaking very heavily into whatever is in his hand. Also look at the size of the person's hand. it is just as big as their head. That is no women. And look if you were a time traveler from the future wouldnt u disguise yourself and maybe that why the person is so dressed and concealed. One last thing. That person is defiantly clutching something in his hand and is talking to it pretty loud. My guess would say a phone not trying to remember something or trying not to be seen. That is a phone and that is a man. And women back then had class. They weren't dragging their feet when they walk. That person is not normal and just may be a time traveler

Wait...your saying women can't have big hands and big feet??  :blink: :blink:

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