A video showing something unusual in Charlie Chaplin’s 1928 film ‘The Circus‘ has gone viral on the web.
Earlier today I noticed that ‘Charlie Chaplin’ was trending on Twitter – not exactly the first online destination I would associate with the great silent comedian.
It turns out all the fuss was about a YouTube video which has amassed over 1.5 million views.
Posted by George Clarke from Belfast, it shows a woman in the Chaplin film holding something to her head.
On his YouTube page he says:
“My only theory – as well as many others – is simple… a time traveller on a mobile phone”
Amazingly his theory that this could be evidence of time travel (!) has been picked up by the likes of BBC News, who have the story under the ludicrous headline ‘Has Belfast film-maker found time travel evidence?’
I know that Deloreans were built in Northern Ireland but is he really suggesting that this woman actually went back in time?
And why are people quoting him like there might be a shred of truth to this?
The AP offer a more sensible explanation:
It’s likely the actor is holding a hearing aid, but that hasn’t stopped the video from amassing more than two million views on YouTube.
I’m sure the fact that some Charlie Chaplin DVDs are released in a couple of weeks is a total and utter coincidence (notice he mentions the name of the DVD label).