Let’s Do the Time Warp

Sometimes I wake up and I feel like I’ve gone COMPLETELY INSANE.

Take, for instance, news that has been the subject of – at the very least – 572 articles over the past 24 hours.

Is there a Time Traveler Wandering through Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Circus?

You’re kidding, right?

I know that it’s fun to daydream about going back in time, etc. – but to sweep through major news outlets?  From CNBC to the Associated Press, this thing has run the gamut.   And of course, the “news outlet” responsible for it all… no, not Weekly Word News or The Onion…:

Someone walks by the camera with a hand by their ear.  There are 1,000 reasons why someone might do this.  Hearing aid?  Sure.  I just can’t believe that major news outlets actually took the time to entertain this theory:  It’s 1928 and she looks like she’s on a cellphone.  MUST BE A TIME TRAVELER.


This is the stupidest conclusive jump I’ve seen since Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi said big boobs cause earthquakes.  It’s like a big, fucked up material implication played out in the mass media.

One thing it definitely is: irresponsible journalism.

I’m surprised we haven’t seen this excuse for other pop culture mysteries.  Lollipop kid hangs himself in the background of the Wizard of Oz?  Must’ve been a time traveler.  Dark Side of the Rainbow?  Chalk it up to time travel. The Rent is Too Damn High? MUST BE A TIME TRAVELER.

Even if this is a Halloween Hoax, it’s a cold reminder that CNN can manipulate what goes viral on a given day.  We’re on a crash course for a 21st century “War of the Worlds” fueled by internet meme, and it will likely happen sooner than later.


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