Andrew Basiago, a practicing lawyer , claims that he's been traveling through time since he was only six years old. His father got him into the business, using him as a test subject with a super-duper top secret time travel program called Project Pegasus. While his first trip was just across the country—New York to New Mexico—he not only says that he went back to hear Lincoln's Gettysburg address when he was 10, but also that he has a picture of himself in According to Basiago, the government gets firsthand experience of other times in a few ways.
Basiago did it, and in , he went public with claims that Barack Obama was also a "chrononaut," and that they went to Mars together as a part of a member team. The White House denied it. If you're thinking he should probably already know whether his presidential bid was successful, silly you for thinking time travel is that precise. Basiago says he does know he'll be either a vice president or a president at some point between and , and honestly, we hope so.
He says that not only is he going to go public with all the time travel knowledge you could possibly want, but he's also going to put Bigfoot on the endangered species list. Yes, he's met a father-and-son Bigfoot. It's about time we had some government officials who are concerned about the welfare of our endangered creatures. The Australian Time Travel Study Group sounds like something a handful of community college kids would name their physics after-class study sessions, but it's a very real thing that claims to have discovered proof of time travel.
They advertise their group on the side of a bright blue car, and it was enough to convince Vice writer Mat Drogemuller to attend one of the group's workshops. But first, the group's website , which has clearly traveled through time from There's a couple of different names and photos of people associated with the group, and as Drogemuller found, it's a little unclear who's who and who's responsible for what.
It links to the writings of a man named Ronald Pegg , who claims ancient texts that talk about visits from God and other celestial beings are recording visits from time travelers, and each trip to the past resulted in the creation of every major mythological pantheon and major religion. Other claims include that the Archangel Michael is author Michael Drosnin, who is, of course, a time traveler, and that the Bible and other religious texts describe modern objects like CDs, computer cables and a mouse, and, for some reason, the Israeli Census.
That's not proof of time travel, you're saying, that's just crazy talk. Fortunately, Drogemuller wrote about the "proof" that he was shown at the workshop, and he says it's Windows Loading Windows 95—and going through the black boot screen and the Windows sounds—supposedly coincides with writings in Genesis and Revelations.
Revelations in particular talks about an ancient book with seven seals, and the seventh is , The file that launches good old Win95 is , bytes.
Ironclad proof right there. George Van Tassel took a slightly different approach to building his time machine. His was called the Integratron, and the point wasn't to pick up a person and take them somewhere else. The point was to erase all the effects time had on a person's body, prolonging their life so they could travel through time the long route. According to Van Tassel, he received the plans for the Integratron by a man named Solganda. Solganda had come to Earth from his home planet of Venus, appeared at the end of Van Tassel's bed on August 24, , and passed along a page equation that held the secret to erasing the effects of time on a cellular level.
To raise money for the construction of the Integratron, Van Tassel organized a series of UFO conventions that attracted thousands hoping to find kindred spirits who had also had extraterrestrial contact. The Integratron was never finished, but it still stands without its mechanical workings , and whether or not you believe in time travel, you still have to admire its acoustic properties.
The real story of the "Safety Not Guaranteed" time travel ad. There's an eerie number of stories about these occurrences around Liverpool, including one from a former police officer who swore he suddenly found himself in the s and knew exactly what stores had been where. Why do so many people find themselves in s Liverpool? The story had made the rounds for years, and it wasn't until that someone did the research. It was reprinted, spread, and somewhere along the line, someone forgot that they had read it in a book. You'll get paid after we get back.
Van Tassel was no slouch, and his background was in aviation. An employee of both Lockheed Aircraft and Hughes Aviation, he spent 25 years working on building the complex machinery that he claimed was an electrostatic generator to repair damage to cellular structure and recharge the human body.
He likened it to a car battery, and according to those who interviewed him—and his own memoir, I Rode a Flying Saucer —he was completely, percent certain time travel wasn't just possible, but aliens had given him the key. It's definitely a much more optimistic alien encounter tale than we usually get, that's for sure.
Classified ads have always been awesome, mostly because condensing an entire story into a few words tends to leave a lot open for interpretation. In , an ad ran in Backwoods Home Magazine , and it read: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke.
Box , Oakview, CA You'll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before.
His other ad—a personal ad, looking for a girlfriend—got a couple of responses. This one got thousands, and more than a decade after it ran, that P.
Box is still getting mail. And it was turned into a movie. Silveira has said that the idea came from an unfinished novel he had been working on, and he's gotten mail from everywhere, even Antarctica. Some call him out on a hoax, but others are pretty hard-core. He has a pile of letters from people advertising their martial arts and skills with explosives, and a bunch give a sad look into just what people would do with that opportunity.
Those letters were so heartbreaking I almost couldn't read them, and I felt a certain amount of shame for not anticipating the false hope I placed in so many hearts. In , a strange email spammed inboxes. The Internet has always been a weird place, and at least one person played along. Dave Hill made up an online store and shipped the email's sender the motor from an old hard drive.
When "Bob White" got the motor, he asked for help getting more parts because clearly, it was just what he needed to build his time machine. Hill stopped the charade, but the Internet was still interested in who was sending out the emails and who was potentially building a time machine. They tracked down year-old Massachusetts man Robert Todino, and when Wired talked to him in , he admitted to sending somewhere around million emails since Legal issues saw the state trying to shut him down, but Todino persisted. Aside from pleas for time machine parts, he also sent emails explaining just what he needed the time machine for.
According to a three-page missive, "Robby" claimed he was going to go back and fix his own past, avoiding a childhood where he had been poisoned by his father's girlfriend. He got back in his plane and took off. Heavy rain and low visibility prevented him from going too far, so he turned around and headed back to the airfield to wait out the storm.
As he approached the landing strip, though, something very strange happened. The clouds cleared, the sun shone brightly, and he saw that the previously abandoned land was now bustling with mechanics in blue jumpsuits. There were four yellow planes on the tarmac, and one of them was a kind he had never seen before. Keep in mind, this guy was a military pilot. He was pretty familiar with all the different plane models available at the time. Goddard's story is convincing because he wasn't even trying to travel through time - something unexplainable just happened to him.
Bernard Hutton and photographer Joachim Brandt were sent by a German newspaper to do a story on the Hamburg shipyard in It was an uneventful visit until the bombs began raining down. Hutton and Brandt realized they were caught in the middle of an air raid and high-tailed it out of there, but not before snapping some photographs.
When they got back to the center of Hamburg, no one believed their story. They developed the photos they took, intending to prove to everyone that they weren't crazy.
In fact, they proved the opposite: They didn't speak English or any other identifiable language, for that matter and their skin was green. They were taken in by a local villager, and though the boy died soon after, the girl survived and eventually learned to speak English. Finally, she was able to tell someone where she came from.
She said she had come from a dark, underground place called St. They went into the cave, and after walking for what felt like a very long time, they emerged in Woolpit.