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Old 10-28-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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Ok, a slight diversion, but a possible fun one.

This story is making it's way from local news stations to CNN. Someone screened an old clip from a Charlie Chaplin movie, and found what appears to be a woman walking down the street using a cell phone in 1928 (?)

He rants on a bit, but it's an interesting clip to watch (youtube):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6a4T2tJaSU


So, I wonder... was this the first iPhone prototype? Android .0001928? Or just some crazy older woman talking into a shoe? You be the judge.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:44 PM
 
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It does seem pretty interesting in that clip for sure!!
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:53 PM
 
Location: NoVA
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It's entirely possible that the lady is an apprehensive 'extra' and is using a pocket mirror or wallet or some other small tool as a poor attempt to cover up her face as she walks by in a scene. Perhaps a good number of people in the 1920's weren't entirely enthused about a movie camera in their immediate vicinity. Also, simultaneous walking and talking while trying to conceal one's face doesn't seem so out of the ordinary to me.

I sure won't claim to know for a fact, but I'm far from convinced there's any cellphone from what I'm seeing there.
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Old 10-29-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Canada
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If this woman is a time traveller then WHY is she wearing clothes from the 1920's? Wouldn't she be dressed in a similar fashion to how we dress today. The story is just ridiculous. I don't even think she is talking on a phone.
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Old 10-30-2010, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Lakewood Ranch, FL
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I don't know what the story is but she seems to be getting better service tha I get with my Blackberry and TMobile!
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Old 10-31-2010, 10:29 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Unless she/he is from our future (where cell towers are no longer needed?), I find it hard to believe that someone could use our current cellphones without any cellphone towers to gain reception.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Northern VA
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Well, Dr. Kaku says time travel is theoretically possible. So I guess it could be... Or it could be that he/she is talking to someone on a space ship, or it could be a piece of plastic, or he/she could be crazy.

http://youtu.be/X02WMNoHSm8
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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It was already debunked on Slashdot and identified as an early model hearing aid (from Siemens or something like that).

Siemens Hearing Instruments - Our History (http://hearing.siemens.com/en/10-about-us/01-our-history/milestones.jsp?year=1924 - broken link)
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Old 11-07-2010, 06:59 AM
 
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If this woman is a time traveller then WHY is she wearing clothes from the 1920's? Wouldn't she be dressed in a similar fashion to how we dress today. The story is just ridiculous. I don't even think she is talking on a phone.
Everyone knows that you dress as the period your in dictates, not the period your from, didn't you ever see Back to the Future?
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Old 11-07-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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It was already debunked on Slashdot and identified as an early model hearing aid (from Siemens or something like that).

Siemens Hearing Instruments - Our History (http://hearing.siemens.com/en/10-about-us/01-our-history/milestones.jsp?year=1924 - broken link)
Don't buy it. That time traveler (or one of his/hers cronies) went back in time after this video surfaced to invent this listening device at Siemens to throw us off the trail. It's a time-traveling conspiracy!!!1!
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