I like to keep tabs on time travelers. Who doesn’t? They’re a shifty lot, what with their attempts to pass as our contemporaries, and their secret knowledge of the future, and their super-high-tech wristwatches.
It’s not that I’m jealous. So what if I grew up reading and watching stories about time travel? So what if there are countless things in my life I’d like to undo, or redo? No. This is about trust, and secret time travelers just can’t be trusted. Why are they here? (Actually, I blame time travelers for the economy.) What could possibly be so interesting about today, or yesterday, that’s worth all the trouble to visit it from 2327?
What aren’t they telling us?
Worse yet, we don’t know how many people from the future have infiltrated the present day. Their super high tech time travel technology probably also means they have hyperadvanced disguises. How would we know? We could be surrounded by armies of invisible time travelers right now.
Fortunately, they are human, and they are fallible. Every once in a while, they slip up and get caught on film.
Like this hipster attending the opening ceremony for a new bridge in 1941. Sticks out a bit, doesn’t he? Oh, sure, you could argue there’s nothing technically anachronistic about his ensemble. But it does look like he slept through the telepathically transmitted holo-lecture on 1940s fashion. What are you going to believe—this fellow just happened to have coincidentally forward-looking fashion sense, or that he was a secret advance scout for a time traveler invasion force?
Sure it sounds crazy now. But we’ll see who’s laughing when the war begins.
And take a look at the lady in this clip from a Charlie Chaplin film (the mind-shattering clip itself begins around 2:37 in this video). Is she using an ear trumpet, a hearing aid, or chatting on a cell phone? Since there were no cell towers in the 1920s (…that we know of…) we must conclude that it was probably a satellite phone. Or some technology that we can’t even understand today.
And what about the dockworker in this photo? Innocent laborer or time traveling infantryman?
They’re everywhere. Everywhen. My god, people, what is the government hiding from us?!?