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"The only conclusion that I can come to...it's a time traveller"

Did Belfast man spot mobile phone user in 1920s Chaplin film? Time magazine says it ain’t so.

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BELFAST FILMMAKER GEORGE CLARKE believes he spotted a time traveller walking through a Charlie Chaplin film made in the 1920s.

While watching behind the scenes footage on the film The Circus, Clarke saw a woman walking while apparently chatting on a mobile phone.

He said he had screened the film to about 100 people during a film festival he organised in Belfast, but no one could offer him an explanation.

However, Time magazine says the most likely explanation is that the woman in question is using an early hearing aid.

Such aids were first invested in 1920, and Time suggests that the woman was possibly testing the aid or was just talking to herself.

Clarke says he’s putting the case forward in the hope that someone can explain what the old woman “who looks like a man in drag” is doing while she appears to speak on the phone about halfway through this video:

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