The DVD of Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" movie contains footage from the 1928 premiere of the movie, which shows a woman talking on a device that looks like a cell phone. Many outlets reported on this and had fun guessing what was actually happening there. The most common and most ridiculous conclusion has been that the woman is a time-traveler.
LiveScience decided to go to the experts, who all seem to agree that the device is nothing more than a hearing aid known as an ear trumpet. "Old-fashioned mechanical or resonating hearing aids were not necessarily long and rounded," said one archivist. "Short, compact rectangular forms were not unusual. Besides, I would expect this woman to be over 50 years old, so using a late 19th century design in 1928 would not be a stretch I think."
He added: "Now, I can't really explain why the woman appears to be talking (other than yelling at the man who quickened his pace ahead of her). But I think it's fair to say it would be a hasty judgment to dismiss the possibility that it was a hearing aid she was holding up to her ear."
Check out a photo of an ear trumpet and the footage from the premiere below.
I can't believe that people thought it was a time traveler.
Big_Daddywrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 9:11:24 PM
f*ck I would quicken my pace to if I was married to a he/she hearing aid having pig like that
Big_Daddywrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 9:16:01 PM
Dammit I just got a visit from my future self and this IS my wife
Kurskijwrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 9:51:27 PM
Get the f*ck out! No sh*t!
And I was starting to get nervous...
Rangerwrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 10:06:57 PM
Oh great! With this 'cover-up' I believe more than ever now she's a time-traveler!!!
buttabeanwrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 10:26:55 PM
It's an alien talking to her mother that is nagging her. Technically it could be a man lol. You can't totally tell from the video but it's safe to say that it's either a crazy person or an alien enjoying some good old human entertainment.
jdl107writes: on October 29th, 2010 at 10:37:10 PM
No, what the f*ck. If that was what she was using then the way that thing is designed she'd have to be holding it farther back, since the earpiece is right next to the speaker-hole. Unless of course she was holding it backwards.
johnny_boywrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 10:55:11 PM
Can somebody go back in time and punch Justin Biebers mothers balls the night he was conceived?
Sinestrowrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 11:06:46 PM
We needed EXPERTS to tell us this sh*t?
Detrimentalwrites: on October 29th, 2010 at 11:13:35 PM
Lol @ Roban.
By experts they mean the organizations that employ Austin Powers led by Doc & his DeLorean. These bastards are covering their fluke of the butterfly effect when pot is legalized in America in the future by distracting us with things like this. Someone call Bill & Ted so we have a fighting chance to stand up to these futuristic douchebags screwing around with us just we forget about trying to legalize pot. It's obvious, pot must therefore be legalized. Weed. Yes. Do it. Bong it up.
CCBlevwrites: on October 30th, 2010 at 12:32:35 AM
I'm telling ya, you gotta call the Timecop himself, Van Douche, in to investigate.