Time travel has fascinated sci-fi enthusiasts for decades now, if the success of movies like Back to the Future and is anything to go by. Obviously, it is a known fact that time travel is purely fiction (at least, until now!) but over the years, several people have claimed to be time-travellers. While most of these claims have been disproved, the stories are still worth giving an ear to. Here are some of the most fascinating one we at Kaleidoscope came across:
1. “Noah”: In 2018, several British tabloids reported about the illusive Noah. Claiming to be a time-traveller stuck in the wrong year, Noah is (apparently) from 2030, that is 11 years into the future. He claims to have arrived to our time using technology that was invented in 2003, but nor declassified until 2028.
Noah’s revelations have been many, but nothing he has said has been particularly interesting―self driving cars finally become a thing, and Trump gets reelected―but there’s no impending apocalypse threatening us, if his word is to be believed.
Noah is not his real name, and he insists on blurring out his face and distorting his voice to hide from assassins who would hunt him down for revealing the truth. He has also expressed concerns about running into his past self, for it that were to happen, a paradox would be created that would rip the universe into shreds.
2. Charlotte Anne Moberly and Eleanor Jourdain: These two friends who met just prior to working together at the all-female St. Hugh’s College in Oxford in and shared an interest I'm spiritualism. Their book 'An Adventure', released in 1911, caused much sensation, as it detailed experiences they’d shared while visiting the Palace of Versailles in 1901.
While wandering through the place gardens, they came across several people dressed in18th century royal clothing and more fascinatingly, met a woman who they claimed strongly resembles Mary Antoinette. Once they returned to their time, they set out to “prove” their experience with time travel by researching and corroborating what they had seen with historical records.
In their book, they attributed their weird adventure to time travel, but many sceptics that it was nothing more than a fabricated tale (more so because the authors of the book had published it under pseudonyms). However, their reputations as academics did make other people question whether there could be any truth their claims.
3. John Titor: This internet legend has not only confounded people for years, but also seems to have built a cult following. The mysterious John Titor first appeared in 1998, claiming he was from a parallel timeline where time travel was invented in 2034 by General Electric and that he was sent back in time to complete a mission.
Over the years he has explained that his mission is to collect a vintage computer from 1975 to debug computers in 2036 (yeah, we’re confused as well). He has made several predictions, but most pf them haven’t come true, like the predicted Second American Civil War circa 2013.
While investigations on the mysterious Titor issue has revealed people who might be behind this hoax, no amount of debunking and disproving has been able to remove Titor and his stories from internet culture. His legend is among the first proper internet folklore, and also one of the most fascinating.
4. Håkan Nordkvist: A story truly fit for an oddball sci-fi TV show, the tale of Håkan Nordkvist has surprised many, and confused even more. He claimed to have travelled from 2006 to 2046―while fixing his kitchen sink.
In a video uploaded in 2006 shows the Swedish man chronicling his experience of travelling 40 years into the future. In the future, he met a man of about seventy, with whom he had a great time. No other detail of the man was ever given. He did, However, film a short footage of the two smiling and hugging each other. They both had the same tattoo on their right hand and this led people to believe that he had, in fact, met his own future self.
The story in itself is fascinating (and if you ask us, pretty wholesome), so it managed to capture people’s attention. Several people around the globe dedicated themselves to finding details about Nordkvist and his experience. However, much to people’s disappointment, the whole thing turned out to be a publicity campaign promoting pension plans of insurance company AMF.
5. Paul Dienach: In 1921, Swiss-American man Paul Dienach fell into a coma. When he miraculously woke up, he started writing a diary in which he chronicled his experiences while in a coma. He claimed to have woken up as a man named Andrew Northman in the year 3046 AD.
Dienach believed that if these journals were revealed, his life would be in danger for letting the world know the truth about time travel. Instead of publishing and publicizing his experience, he kept his journal secret, and once he believed he was getting closer to his demise, he gave them to his friend Georgios Papachatzis to keep safe.
In his adventure into 3046, people were quick to understand that he was not in fact Andrew Morthman. In his journals Dienach claims that people were kind to him in the future, and taught him their ways of living in a new millennium, but warned his never to reveal those secrets, as it would lead to a destructive paradox.
While claims and urban legends about time travels have existed for as long as we remember, there is a general consensus among physicists that moving back and forth in time is a highly unlikely scenario. But the future is not static, and what we know to be true today may not be true tomorrow. So, who knows, maybe some are actually time travellers stuck in the wrong time. It's simply a matter of what were ready to believe.