Time Traveling Reports Swirl Around Halloween, "Back to the Future" Anniversary

Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" (YouTube)

Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" (YouTube)

NEW YORK (CBS) The internet has been abuzz with time traveling talk the past few days, conveniently around the same time of the 25th anniversary of "Back to the Future" and Halloween.

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Earlier this week, footage from the 1928 premiere of Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" popped up and appeared to show a woman talking on a cell phone in the background. George Clarke, the Irish filmmaker who posted the video on YouTube, claims the only plausible theory is the woman must be a time traveler.

While that theory might work for some, others believe the most logical explanation is that she's holding ahearing aid (the device was invented in the '20s).

Four days after Clarke posted the video, an Ann Arbor, Mich., student posted a picture of a portrait that appeared to be of "The Office" star John Krasinski on her Facebook and Reddit page. The 1835 painting, which she found in a Copenhagen museum, gained attention and was treated with similar speculation.

So, is it a coincidence that both of these time traveling-related posts went viral the same week of Halloween and the anniversary of Marty McFly and Doc Brown's first adventure in "Back to the Future"? Probably, but it's still pretty interesting to wonder if there really is something going on with the space-time continuum.

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