A TikToker has posted a series of videos detailing moments in history that he believes must have been impacted somehow by time travellers... Pinch of salt required, naturally.
Santiago (@ivyonpss) regularly posts about conspiracy theories and ‘disturbing facts’, and also has a seven-part series about ‘history facts that make it seem like a time traveller was involved’.
These include ‘the invention of the potato chip’… Yep.
In one video, Santiago explains: “There was a cook who was making French-fried potatoes for a customer, and the customer kept sending them back, claiming they were ‘too thick’.
“So eventually, the frustrated cook peeled off thin slices of potato and fried those, apparently thinking ‘Let’s see him call these too thick!” … and it kind of took off from there.
“That customer sounds to me like someone who knows exactly what potato chips are, and wants to enjoy his favourite snack, but he’s having a bit of trouble getting the cook at the local restaurant to get them right…”
Erm, okay. I’ll admit I’m not overly convinced by that one, fella.
What about the bombing of Hamburg Shipyard?
Santiago says: “That one story of the guy who experienced an air raid 11 years before it occurred. Journalist J. Bernard Hutton and photographer Joachim Brandt were sent by a German newspaper to do a story on the Hamburg shipyard in 1932. It was an uneventful visit – until the bombs began raining down on them.
“Hutton and Brandt realized they were caught in the middle of an air raid and high-railed it out of there, but not before snapping some photographs. When they got back to the centre 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: the photos showed no signs of an air raid.
“Eleven years later, Hutton was living in London when he opened up a newspaper and probably nearly spit his coffee across his desk. There was a story about Operation Gomorrah, an air raid on Hamburg. The accompanying photos looked exactly what he had experienced in 1932.”
So, the theory here is that Hutton and Brandt had an experienced the air raid 11 years before it happened. Thus… time travel.
Santiago also claims a novelist called Cleve Cartmill may have been a time traveller, having written a 1944 book called Deadline ‘basically foreshadowing the development of the atomic bomb’.
In another video, he tells the story of a man named Andrew Carlssin, who was reportedly arrested and investigated by the FBI after claiming to be a time traveler from 2026.
He apparently made a huge wedge of cash after knowing which stocks to bid on, travelling back to 2003 to do precisely that – although the news was eventually disregarded as it had been shared by a satirical site.
Santiago, however, reckons there was evidence of missing money from the stock market at the time, in turn supposedly providing evidence of time travel.
Another example Santiago has shared is that of the Pilgrims from the Mayflower being greeted by Native American Samoset.
As the story goes, he spoke to them in English, not only saying ‘welcome’ but also asking for a beer – his knowledge of English thought to be a sign that time travel exists, despite the fact some historians believe Native Americans may have learned languages from fishermen.
Santiago even refers back to the Ancient Egyptian times and the Indus Valley Civilisation from 3300 BCE to 1300 BCE – when one of the biggest accomplishments was the world’s first toilet and drainage system.
This, he says, is yet another example of an invention that must be way ahead of its time… and indicative, surely, of time travel.
Make of all that what you will.