Time travel: Myth or Reality?

What date would you go back to if you could travel through time? Would you go back in time when the beautiful Taj Mahal was built, or when dinosaurs existed? Or probably to a time in future when technological advancements have swept the whole world?

 

Everyone has heard a completely ludicrous time travel story at least once in their life. But is time travel really possible? That’s something you have to decide for yourself. With less than a week left for Symphony, we bring to you this list that’s going to take you through some of the most credible time travel stories that sound convincing.

 

  1. Chaplin’s time traveller

 

In one of the most iconic occurences of time travel in popular culture, the time traveller in question appears in one of Charlie Chaplin’s movies, ‘The Circus’. The supposed time-travelling lady can be spotted walking by, holding an object to her ear, that appears to be a cellular phone. The footage is from the film’s premiere in Los Angeles in 1928.

 

Though the footage is grainy, theorists have speculated that the lady is actually a time traveller from the future while others have proposed that the device she is holding is actually a hearing device that existed at the time.
2. The ‘Green Children’ of Woolpit

 

In the 12th Century, a young boy and girl were found alone in Woolpit, England. They didn’t speak English (or any other identifiable language, for that matter) and their skin was green. Yes, green. Unbelievable right?

They were taken in by a local villager, and though the boy died soon after, the girl survived and eventually learned to speak English. Finally, she was able to tell someone where she came from. She said she had come from a dark, underground place called St. Martin’s Land and that she and her brother were taking care of their father’s sheep one day when they found a cave. They went into the cave, and after walking for what felt like a very long time, they emerged in Woolpit.

Maybe it’s just a folk tale. Or maybe they came from the future. After all, their story does sound suspiciously like a time slip. Unfortunately for them, they were never able to get back to where, or when, they came from.

 

  1. Hotel Time Warp


Two British couples vacationing in the north of France in 1979 were driving, looking for a place to stay for the night. Along the way, they saw signs that seemed to be for a very old-fashioned type of circus. The first building they came to looked like it might be a motel, but some men standing in front of it told the travelers it was “an inn” and that a hotel could be found down the road.

Further on, they did find an old-fashioned building marked “Hotel”. Inside, they discovered, almost everything was made of heavy wood, and there seemed to be no evidence of modern conveniences such as telephones. Their rooms had no locks, but simple wooden latches and the windows had wooden shutters but no glass.


In the morning, as they ate breakfast, two gendarmes entered wearing very old-fashioned caped uniforms. After getting what turned out to be terrible directions to Avignon from the gendarmes, the couples paid a bill that came to only 19 francs, and they left.

After two weeks in Spain, the couple made a return trip through France and decided to stay again at the interesting, if odd, and cheap hotel. This time, however, the hotel could not be found. Certain they were in the exact same spot (they saw the same circus posters), they realized that the old hotel had completely vanished without a trace. Photos taken at the hotel did not develop. And a little research revealed that French gendarmes wore uniforms of that description prior to 1905.

 

  1. The video of Hakan Nordkvist

 

Hakan Nordkvist, a Swedish man claims to have travelled to the future and met his 70 year-old future self. According to his own account, on 30th August 2006, he found a portal to the future under his sink while fixing his home’s plumbing. The video that he took with his future self and uploaded on YouTube went on to become viral and garnered the attention of conspiracy theorists. Some theorists speculated that Hakan had actually found a wormhole to the future while skeptics concluded that it was publicity campaign by a life insurance company called AMF.

 

“Actually I don’t care if people think I am a liar. I know I’m not. I met myself in the future, and I was fine. That’s all I know. But if it happened to me it probably must have happened to someone else.”

 

True, or not, these claims make for some great time travel stories! Our confused characters have more or less the same story as this one. Having travelled to an unfamiliar age, they have almost become accustomed.

 

Symphony 2018 promises to be a celebration of the noble concept of time travel and will explore the multitude of possibilities it possesses. At Symphony 2018, all these time travel stories would come alive and these people would be teleported back to their respective time periods but not before having the time of their lives at Symphony.

 

Athmika Hebbar, Kshitij Editorial.

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