I’ve had a number of people send me links to this video over the past few days, so I figured I had better post about it… especially now that there seems to be a feasible explanation for it all. A couple of days ago, a clip from a 1928 Charlie Chaplin film called “The Circus” started to go viral when someone noticed that an extra in the background appeared to be talking on a cell phone. Filmmaker George Clarke analyzed the clip and uploaded a YouTube video (embedded after the jump) putting forth the rather preposterous notion that the woman must actually be a time traveler from the future. Obviously! Fortunately some better theories have since surfaced that would seem to bury the idea of any visitors from the future.
According to Christian Science Monitor, the lady was most likely using an early form of hearing aid known as an ear trumpet. There were also a number of pocket-sized carbon hearing aids available in the 1920s that are possibilities as well. While this is probably good enough for most people, some conspiracy theorists still think it’s odd that she is seen to be talking into a hearing aid. The response to this is that it’s quite possible that she was just yelling at the person walking in front of her, or even talking to herself. What do you think? Does the hearing aid explanation make sense, or is there really something strange and mysterious going on here? Was this video created just to create publicity for Clarke’s production company, and if so, why did everyone fall for it? Does it make sense that someone from the far future would even be using today’s technology? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.