Unsolvable

There’s an explanation, of course, for the mysterious 1928 cell-phone woman walking on the sidewalk near the premiere of Charlie Chaplin‘s The Circus on Hollywood Blvd. But one question never raised in this video is who she may be talking to.

  • actionman

    utterlyfuckingmindblowing

  • LicentiousMaximus

    I just traveled here from 1980…..did trickle down economics work?

  • LicentiousMaximus

    Serioulsy, the scuttlebutt is that it’s a hand held hearing aid. A cell phone would need a network and I’m sure the roaming charges in a parallel universe would make this cost prohibitive.

  • Ryan Stewart

    She just bought a music box and can barely hear it on a busy street. She’s not talking, she’s singing along, or at least mouthing words.

  • Nate West

    Who is she talking to?

    Tesla.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “A cell phone would need a network and I’m sure the roaming charges in a parallel universe would make this cost prohibitive.”

    Pretty sure time-travelers can figure out a solution to cellphone network issues.

  • LicentiousMaximus

    “Pretty sure time-travelers can figure out a solution to cellphone network issues. ”

    Pretty sure that an advanced civilization that could muster the electro magnetic power necessary to warp space, surely has better communication methods than cell phones.

  • Zach

    It’s a crazy woman holding a sea shell to her ear and talking to the ocean.

  • Eloi Wrath

    “Pretty sure that an advanced civilization that could muster the electro magnetic power necessary to warp space, surely has better communication methods than cell phones.”

    They’re probably from so far ahead in the future that the 20th Century all merges together in their mind. So they think that using a cellphone will help them blend in.

  • Eloi Wrath

    Maybe she was originally holding a gun until Chaplin asked that they replace it with a walkie-talkie for a more family-friendly film.

  • Travis Crabtree

    Absolutely without a doubt that IS a cell phone. There is NO WAY it could possibly be anything else. She is from the future.

    in other news…..

    Laugh for laugh “The Circus” is the funniest Chaplin movie of all time. Maybe not the greatest, or the best, but the funniest. The tightrope scene is a thing of beauty.

    And that pic of Jacki Weaver glaring at us on the side banners is really starting to bring me down.

  • actionman

    it can’t be a cell phone…but it’s also not a hearing aid…who talks INTO a hearing aid?

  • Mr. F.

    Her head goes back… and to the left. Back… and to the left.

    Back… and to the left.

  • actionman

    Was that Keith Hernandez in front of her?

  • televisiontears

    On one hand, I want to rip into anybody taking this evenly remotely serious.

    On the other, it’s hard to argue with the logic. Time travel is theoretically possible so even though it sounds fucking idiotic to say, I guess it’s possible that she’s from something like the year 3000.

    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

    Mr. F: I laughed.

  • actionman

    “Time travel is theoretically possible…”

    it is? how so?

  • Robert Cashill

    The caller’s on a party line with Linda Hamilton and Rod Taylor.

  • The Lord of Misrule

    A friend passed this along to me and I’m “paying it forward”

    http://hearing.siemens.com/sg/10-about-us/01-our-history/milestones.jsp?year=1924

  • adorian

    Despite his statement otherwise, she is using an ear trumpet (she needs it for traffic noises at the intersections). She is chewing something, singing to herself, or talking to herself. Lord help us if this guy ever tries to analyze the Zapruder film.

  • LicentiousMaximus

    Yes time travel is theoretically possible, Miguel Alcubierre, a Mexican theoretical physicist has mathematically invented the ‘warp drive’.

    http://www.andersoninstitute.com/alcubierre-warp-drive.html

    …but this chick ain’t ridin’ that train. She’s holding a hearing aid to her ear and talking to herself.

  • arch451

    Wow, the first time in recorded history of a woman walking along, talking to herself, while touching the side of her head. Such a feat was surely impossible before the invention of the cell phone. Therefore, she is a time-traveller.

    What retarded bullshit.

  • Noah Cross

    As to the “It’s a man, baby” part of the theory, I think it’s Lon Chaney.

  • Wrecktem

    Toothache. People used to get them. A lot.

  • Gridlock

    So time travellers have cross-dimensional cellphones but wearing a Bluetooth is still socially unacceptable?

    Fantastic.

  • Carl Kolchak

    Time travel is theoretically possible, we just lack the specific technology to implement it. Travel to the future is absolutely possible if you are in a spacecraft that is approaching the speed of light. Time is slow for the traveler, while a lot of time goes by on earth. We just don’t have the technology to travel that fast right now. Travel to the past is trickier, but if string theory pans out there are ways, but the past you would travle into would appear to be like ours, but would really be into a parallel version of our past.

  • DiscoNap

    Why would someone travel back in time to see a bad Chaplin movie?

  • Nate West

    Why would someone travel back in time to see a bad Chaplin movie?

    To warn us?

  • Mr. F.

    Time travel into the future is indeed possible — I’m LIVING PROOF.

    Every time I close my eyes at night, I open them up and I’ve traveled *8 hours* into the future. (Sometimes more if I’ve been drinking.)

    Wow, this is a silly thread. But lots of good comedy out of it, so…

  • The Thing

    I would think that there would be better ways to communicate than cell phones if society found a way to go back in time.

    Also, why wasn’t the guy who directed this asking “what the fuck is she doing?”, and not use the footage? Unless that happened from time to time, the audience would be baffled by this strange act.

    I think we need to get a historian over here to analyze this.

  • nbxzero

    @The Thing

    So, are you Mac or Childs? Or both?

  • hiviper

    Jacki Weaver = Sally Struthers on Nutri-Slim

  • televisiontears

    Jesus, now I sound ridiculous. For the record, I do not believe that this person is a time traveler. Yeah, she’s likely holding her hearing aid or whatever.

    I was only saying that it is theoretically possible that she has technology from beyond her era. Just as it’s possible to say the junkie mumbling somewhat coherently to himself at the bus stop is Bruce Willis from 12 Monkeys.

    We can’t know. We won’t know, and Bruce Willis is usually wrong about everything. Why make a thing out of it?

  • JapAdapters

    The denial here is staggering but to be expected from such mainstream types.

    This woman is CLEARLY a time traveler. They didn’t have schizophrenia back then, hadn’t been invented yet.

  • Deathtongue_Groupie

    Boy, you can really tell this is a forum with a dearth of both women and those of us who live with them.

    If she isn’t simply shielding her eyes from the sun, the most rationale explanation is she has one of those period hats with netting. Look at the spacing of her fingers as she turns.