A clip featuring an alleged time traveller in Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film The Circus is doing rounds this week. It is trending on Twitter, the video has a couple million hits, and everyone is excited about it. Watch it:

The video makes for great water-cooler conversation between people who don’t know about time travel (neither do I). Time travel — the concept in itself — has some paradoxes (such as this). Let’s forget those for a moment.

I totally get that a time traveller would want to show off his/her brand new smartphone in 1928. Here’s what I don’t get: How is she able to use the mobile phone in 1928?


Someone says it might have been a banana.


I was (and still am) on a break from many things, blogging being one.