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Foibles of the future

Time travel has fascinated man for eons. When Adam felt the affects of eating the forbidden fruit, I'm sure he considered going back to stop Eve.

The idea of moving forward in time is also a source of fodder for the imagination. We always want to know what new gadgets will come about or when the world will end.

This subject has also been the source of much entertainment. The popularity of novels like H.G. Wells' The Time Machine or movies like Back to the Future demonstrate that fact.

And when one nut posted messages on a time travel internet discussion board claiming he was from the year 2036 visiting the past to pick up an outdated computer, many people were mesmerized by everything he said.

For everyone letting out a big "Huh," let me explain. Someone calling himself John Titor wrote a few posts from November of 2000 through March of 2001 saying he came backward in time.

As luck would have it, he gave several "predictions" about what we would soon experience. Foremost in my mind is the U.S. civil war in 2005. Oops, missed that one.

He also said there would be no Olympics after 2004. With the passage of the 2006 winter games, it's safe to say he was dead wrong on that too. He never said a word about 9/11, but he did say something intriguing about the current war in Iraq.

Mr. Titor posed the question, would anyone be surprised to find out that Iraq had nuclear weapons or is it just a farce to get the world to accept the next war. He wrote this long before we invaded.

But of course it didn't take a rocket scientist (or a physicist for that matter) to know that George W. Bush wanted revenge on Saddam Hussein for the assassination attempt on his "Daddy."

So really this guy's predictions don't impress me. Plus, his believers say the wrong ones just took place on a different worldline than our own. Convieneint.

Add to those predictions about our time what he said about the distant future, and we really see his lunacy. Will the capital of the U.S. be relocated to Omaha, Neb., and will the presidency be split into five offices? I think not.

To lend him credibility, his followers quote people like Dr. Ronald Mallet, a scientist and professor at UConn who is working on a machine he hopes will send subatomic particles nanoseconds into the future.

Anyone who happens to be really bored one day should search for these guys on the internet. It makes for some interesting reading. And if they're for real, they'll already know you were going to look them up.

I agree with the T-shirt for sale on the website. "Go back to 2036, John Titor."

Web posted on Thursday, June 22, 2006

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