For years we've wondered if time travel could be possible, and what it would be like to take the Marty McFly course through life -- zipping to and fro, experiencing the past while missing new key moments in the present as life inevitably changes. (Am I the only one who wished for a movie showing Marty dealing with all the darned changes to his life when he comes back after the first film?!) A quarter of a century later, we're still waiting for hoverboards and cars that live on our rotting garbage, not to mention the moment when our own crazy Doc needs our help to jump back in time.
But if old footage from a Charlie Chaplin movie premiere is any indication, there's one older, lucky woman (or man) out there who's already made the leap, walking down the street whilst talking on a cell phone all the way back in 1928. So on the 25th anniversary of Marty McFly traveling back in time, let's take a closer look at the talked-about video after the jump.
Roger Ebert recently shared a link to a YouTube video where one man wonders if time travel really is possible. Basically, in the DVD extras from the Chaplin film 'The Circus,' there is footage of the premiere. At one point we see people walking by a stuffed zebra on the street, and one woman does so while holding something up to her ear. Behind the zebra she pauses for a moment, before turning just a little bit so that we can see her talking, and see the end of some small, flat black object in her hand.
It's no jump to wonder whether she's talking on a cell phone. She's gripping something to her ear and talking as she walks by herself down the sidewalk. The man in the video, a filmmaker named George Clarke, has shown it to festival audiences, searching for an answer -- other than time travel -- that makes sense, but has had no luck, though YouTube members offer up possibilities like microphones, walkie talkies and alien technology.
Check it out for yourself below. Is it a time traveler on a cell phone? If so, how does she get reception? Is she a crazy woman who uses a piece of wood to talk to her dead husband? Perhaps this is proof that The Doctor really exists, and this is our look at a real-life companion? Offer up your theories below.