There are times when I wonder if I was too hasty to assume that the man who murdered William II was a time traveller. But now I am finding evidence of time travellers everywhere. I had not heard of any of these stories before, probably because I’m not a science fiction fan and have always paid little attention to urban legends and conspiracy theories. But these stories are plentiful.

I have learned about the Charlie Chaplin Time Traveller, which bears a striking resemblance to my own discovery. In a clip of the LA premiere of Charlie Chaplin’s The Circus, a woman can be seen talking on a mobile phone — in 1928, decades before mobiles were invented.

Then there’s Rudolph Fentz, a man who appeared in Times Square, New York, in 1951, wearing 19th-century clothes and looking like he’d never seen a car before. Police discovered him to be the same man who vanished without trace in 1876, seemingly travelling through time from 1876 to 1951.

And there are so many others. The ‘time-travelling hipster’ — a man who appeared at a 1941 bridge opening wearing clothes that were far too modern. The Moberly-Jourdain incident — two women slipping back through time at the Palace of Versailles and encountering Marie Antoinette. John Titor — an internet forum poster claiming to have been sent from the future on a military mission. Andrew Carlssin — a man who got caught winning big on the stock market and said he knew which stocks to invest in because he was from the future.

The ‘time-travelling hipster’

It is true that some of the stories are thought to be hoaxes and misconceptions. But all of them?

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