Three Oddly Interesting Incidents of “Time Travel”

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How much of human life is lost on waiting

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


I don't know if time travel will ever be possible for us humans, just as much as I can't assure you with my hands over fire that the following stories are thoroughly veracious. According to Albert Einstein's well accepted Special Relativity theory; time travel would be possible by flying in a spacecraft at about 99.5% of the speed of light - however the results wouldn't be as those characterized by sci-fi literature.

There are hundreds of hypothesis and conjectures - so until the day we can finally figure it all out, let's amuse ourselves with wonderful anecdotes such as these... 

Sergei Ponomarenko

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On April 23 of the year 2006 an Ukrainian policeman approached to help a man who seemed to be heavily disoriented. When the officer asked him if he was all right, Sergei - who looked quite well dressed yet wearing an outdated attire - asked for a street which did no longer exist. The cop found him suspicious and asked him for an ID - at the request, the man presented a document issued by the former Soviet Union, dated to the 50's.

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The policemen transferred Ponomarenko to a psychiatric hospital in a precautionary measure while he investigated more about him. In the clinic, Sergei's belongings got confiscated; obsolete coins and a camera.

When the psychiatrist interrogated him, a confused Sergei narrated his day - a tranquile morning with his girlfriend, having a stroll down the streets of Kiev when, suddenly he saw an object in the sky he had never seen before. He pulled his camera out, focused, shot and... Everything around him changed, next thing he knew there was an officer walking towards him.

As it is to be expected, nobody believed him. The doctors thought it would be easy to prove him wrong; they sent the roll of his camera to reveal, and to their surprise they received back old images of Kiev, along with photographs of his fiancée, of himself, and a last one in which a strange object with the shape of a bell could be seen above the sky.

Just as he had appeared, Sergei vanished from his hospital room - without a single trace of having ever been there.

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ANDREW CARLSSIN

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In 2003, a man named Andrew Carlssin was investigated by the FBI on suspicion of insider trading as consequence of managing to increase his stock investments from $800 to 350 million dollars in just two weeks through 126 high-risk exchanges, without ever losing a penny. This in a time when stock prices were sinking and most investors were losing money.

Carlssin was captured and interrogated with the expectation of obtaining lucrative information about a privileged data network - instead, the FBI acquired a 4-hour confession from a man who claimed coming from 250 years in the future. To corroborate his claims, Carlssin provided some predictions, such as the exact date of the invasion of Iraq, and offering facts regarding the location of Osama bin Laden along with the cure for AIDS - all of these just in exchange of being allowed to return to his ship. 

Everything would simply end up as the creative tale of a lucky, crazy man if it wouldn't have been for the fact that there was no record of him anywhere - even the photo printed in the New York Times showed that no citizen knew anything about Andrew or had ever seen him at all. On April 2, 2003, Carlssin's should have attended at a court hearing - event which he never appeared to, he simply disappeared.

Currently, the SEC and the FBI deny having any relationship with Carlssin. The lack of documentation on his existence made the majority accuse the media of fabricating and spreading this story, incriminations which they of course reject.

 

Rudolf Fent

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On a hot summer night in June 1950 something tilted the immutable rules of our universe for a brief moment, sending a man through time and sealing his destiny in the process.

One hour before midnight, a man simply appeared out of nowhere at an intersection near Times Square, in New York City. He assumed a confused posture in the middle of the street, which caught the attention of a police officer. As the officer approached the mysterious man, the traffic light changed - confused, he ran and got hit by a taxi, dying instantly. 

A crowd gathered quickly. Nobody knew about man or where he came from, most of all nobody could explain his sudden appearance in the middle of a busy intersection. His appearance was strange, even for New York - he was handsomely dressed but his clothes were severely out of fashion: buttoned shoes, checkered trousers, a buttoned coat and a top hat. He would have fit correctly if he had lived a century before, and judging from the contents of his pockets, it could have been like that. His name was carefully embroidered on the inside of his suit Rudolf Fent. 

During the investigation the police found several curious objects in his pockets: Old coins and bills (the last of which was dated to 1876, interestingly, almost all of them in perfect condition) - A brass token for a 5-cent beer for a New York saloon that nobody had ever heard of - a letter sent from Philadelphia, dated June 1876 - a bill for the care of a horse and the washing of a carriage, and a handful of cards. The office of missing persons took over the investigation, but there were no records of a any Rudolph Fentz; no fingerprints, no identification, no reports of any disappearance under that name.

Later, in 1952, a writer named Jack Finney picked up on the story and wrote a science fiction short tale, turning everything into an urban legend. If it all really happened or not, is on you to decide.


“How did it get so late so soon?”

~ Dr. Seuss

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