A cell phone in 1928???

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#1 posted 10-31-2010 12:36 AM

Amazing- I’m with the time travel theory!!!!!

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#2 posted 10-31-2010 04:21 AM

my son looked at that quite deeply a couple of days ago and the hair and the shoes seem to suggest that it’s Charlie and not some woman. I don’t believe that we had a time travler visit his movie set.

Even if it was a cell phone there would not have been any cell towers in his time so a cell phone would not work.

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#3 posted 10-31-2010 04:35 AM

Listen to the morons on Fox News: “It can’t be a transistor radio; those wouldn’t have been invented for another 20 years. It can’t be a walkie-talkie; those wouldn’t have been invented for another 10.” The implication, of course, is that it therefore must be a cell phone (never mind the fact that those wouldn’t have been invented for another 70).

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#4 posted 10-31-2010 04:39 AM

Maybe it was an alien asking to get beamed back up.

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#5 posted 10-31-2010 04:44 AM

Maybe she sassed her husband and he boxed her ears.

OMG did I say that out loud??

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#6 posted 10-31-2010 10:16 AM

Maybe she had a fly in her ear!

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#7 posted 10-31-2010 01:11 PM

Having analyzed many grainy, out of focus and otherwise hard to understand photos, I think I know what the image is showing.
The person in question is not a paid “extra”, but a casual passerby.
Having seen the camera, she doesn’t wish to be recognized.
The “phone” she’s holding is the collar of her coat.
Her hat is tilted toward the camera and the collar finished the job of concealing her face.
Nothing mysterious about the image, to my mind.

By the way, I AM a time traveler!
I came here from the starting point of 1933, pretty close to the TIME when the ‘mystery’ photo was taken.
It’s a hard road to travel and I find that I can’t get back, not that it was such a great place (time?) anyway.

After all, the Great Depression was in full swing then.


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#8 posted 10-31-2010 01:52 PM

I think it’s a spoof. A vacuum tube cell phone would be large, hot, and would need an incredible battery pack!

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#9 posted 10-31-2010 02:19 PM

Does it have to have vacuum tubes just because it was years ago? I mean, after all, we are talking about time travelers.

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#10 posted 10-31-2010 03:27 PM

It’s an ear trumpet, or old timey hearing aid…

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#11 posted 11-01-2010 02:50 AM

Just wondering who she was talking to.

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#12 posted 11-01-2010 04:55 PM

Regardless of what it is there is an important lession here.

The best example I can think of is the leg twitch. Before we had cell phones that would vibrate in our pants pocket we had no frame of reference; it was just a twitch. But now no matter if you’re positive your phone is in another location you invariably check your pocket after one. We’ve managed to associate a body function with a piece of technology because we’re easily fooled by mimicry.

This woman’s actions mimic talking into a cell phone; something that is a representative action. Take ten people dancing; none of them look alike but our brain has a representative picture of dancing so we can identify them all as dancing. Maybe one is actually having a seizure; nevermind our brain still says “dancing.” We rely on patterns to speed up recognition. The main reason why we see faces in the floor, walls and patterns where they don’t actually exist (Grilled Jesus Sandwich) is bad “software” leftover from when we had to recognize patterns quickly or risk being eaten by a big cat.

Twenty years ago we wouldn’t have associated this woman’s actions with talking on a cell phone and twenty years from now people will see something different. However, right now our brains are fooled by mimicry into recognizing a pattern that doesn’t actually exist.

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#13 posted 11-01-2010 05:38 PM

Maybe she was calling her agent since she wanted to be in the movie too :-)

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#14 posted 11-01-2010 05:53 PM

Wait, she’s from far enough in the future that time travel is available, but she’s still using 2010 technology for communication?

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#15 posted 11-01-2010 06:15 PM

If you look closely at the label she is holding an iPhone 89G :-)

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