22 People Who Were Allegedly Real Life Time Travelers

No matter if you’re the geekiest sci-fi nerd, or the coolest guy on campus, the possibility of time travel is so appealing that whenever the topic is broached people automatically begin to wonder what they’d change about their lives. Believe it or not, real life time travelers exist (or at least they think they do), but they rarely have control over what they can change, or who they get to meet. Most of the chrononauts (a term that is very real and not made up at all) you’ll be learning about below are nothing more than pawns in one of the government’s many time travel programs operating secretly underground. The ones who aren’t are too busy defending themselves to the science community to reveal why they’ve really begun trekking across time and space. Take a look at these very real time travel incidents and pack a bag, you never know when the future’s coming.

Real time travel comes in many forms. Some of the folks on this list have experienced what’s known as a “time slip,” where you accidentally enter another time for a brief moment, while others have come back to visit us for a particular reason. Maybe they had to pick up an IBM 5100, or they just wanted to warn us of the dangers of a Trump presidency. Whatever their reasons, they’re all very real and not crazy or made up in any way. So let’s venture onward into the unknown with these people who were real life time travelers.

  • Sergei Avdeyev
    Photo: Dmitry Rozhkov / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0
    This cosmonaut's time travel tale may not involve meeting President Obama on Mars or surfing through the galaxy with the Pleiadians, but it's actually really cool. Due to his 747 days spent in space, Avdeyev went approximately 27,360 km/h, aging roughly 20 milliseconds less than all of us chumps down here on planet Earth. This makes him 0.02 seconds younger than he would have been had he never traveled through space.
  • An Unspecified Man in Florida

    Towards the end of 2015, a time traveler showed up in Florida when he tried to drive a Dodge Charger through a wall in order to "enter a time portal." Looks like this guy forgot the first rule of time machines: Don't Buy American.
  • The Old Woman in "The Circus"

    The Old Woman in "The Circus"
    Video: YouTube
    Back in 2010, an Irish filmmaker named George Clark was watching a Charlie Chaplin film called The Circus and noticed something weird: an old woman talking into a phone. It's entirely possible that the old woman isn't a time traveler calling her friends back in 2045 and telling them all about how she's photobombing Charlie Chaplin, but if that's not what's happen then what is?!
  • Sir Robert Victor Goddard

    In 1935, a British airman experienced a time slip while flying over Ireland. According to J.H. Brennan, author of Time Travel: A New Perspective, Goddard flew off from a dilapidated airfield in a rain storm, but when he returned, "The torrential rain abruptly changed to bright sunlight. When he looked down he saw the airfield had been completely renovated and was now in use. There were mechanics in blue overalls walking around and four yellow planes parked on the runway. One of these was a model which, for all his aviation experience, he completely failed to recognize." Four years after the event the RAF began to paint their planes yellow. Is this a case of regular old time travel or did Goddard manage to inform the future by his travels?
  • Al Bielek

    Al Bielek
    Video: YouTube

    If the reports are to be believed, Al Bielek has led quite the life. After meeting Mark Hamill in 1956 (yes, that Mark Hamill) Bielek was recruited to work for The Montauk Project, a government time travel project with an unspecified mission. According to Bielek he not only traveled from California to Montauk via time travel (it sure beats taking the red eye), but he also took multiple trips to Mars.

  • Andrew Carlssin

    In 2003 Andrew Carlssin was arrested for insider trading, but defended himself by stating that he was a a time traveler from the year 2256. Allegedly, he made an initial investment of $800 and in two weeks' time he had a portfolio valued at over $350 million. He refused to give up the location of his "time craft" or discuss how it actually works for fear that the technology would "fall into the wrong hands."