Imagine waking up somewhere you don’t belong or even worse, in a time you don’t belong in…
Well that is exactly what people theorise happened to a man named Rudolph Fentz. The legend states that one evening in mid-June 1951, at about 11:15 at night, passers by at New York City’s Times Square noticed a man of about twenty years of age, dressed in the fashion of the late 19th century. No one observed how he had arrived there, but they noticed he was disoriented and confused, standing in the middle of an intersection. He was hit by a taxi and fatally injured, before people were able to intervene.
When his body was searched they found several strange items. The first item was a copper token for a beer worth 5 cents, bearing the name of a saloon, which was unknown, even to older residents of the area. They found a bill for the care of a horse and the washing of a carriage, drawn by a livery stable on Lexington Avenue that was not listed in any address book. About 70 dollars in old banknotes was found, business cards with the name Rudolph Fentz and an address on Fifth Avenue and a letter sent to this address, in June 1876 from Philadelphia. Even more mysteriously, none of these objects showed any signs of aging. They also found a medal for coming 3rd in a three legged race.
Captain Hubert V. Rihm of the Missing Persons Department of the NYPD, tried using this information to identify the man. He found that the address on Fifth Avenue was part of a business; its current owner did not know anyone by the name of Rudolph Fentz. Rhim also discovered that Fentz’s name was not listed in the address book, his fingerprints were not recorded anywhere, and no one had reported him missing. The Captain continued his investigation and finally found a Rudolph Fentz Jr. in a telephone book from 1939. Rihm spoke to the residents of the apartment building at the listed address who remembered Fentz and described him as a man about 60 years who had worked nearby. After his retirement, he moved to an unknown location in 1940. Contacting the bank, Rihm was told that Fentz died five years before, but his widow was still alive, living in Florida. Hubert Rihm contacted her and learned that her husband’s father had disappeared in 1876, aged 29. He had left the house for an evening walk and never returned. All efforts to locate him were in vain and no trace remained.
Captain Rihm checked the missing persons files on Rudolph Fentz in 1876. The description of his appearance, age, and clothing corresponded precisely to the appearance of the unidentified dead man from Times Square. The case was still marked unsolved. Fearing he would be held mentally incompetent, Rihm never noted the results of his investigation in the official files.
Did Rudolph Fentz time travel? Many people believe to this day that he did and many believe that there is a lot of evidence to support that, through history, he wasn’t the only one.
Unfortunately, Rudolph Fentz apparently originated from a 1952 science fiction short story by Jack Finney and it has been retold as a legend that actually occurred and then brought to life by the internet. There is a more recent report where a man named Hakan Nordkvist claims he has traveled into the future and met himself, more accurately a seventy year old version of himself.
Hakan Nordkvist says he walked into his kitchen one day to find a puddle of water had collected near his sink. Thinking it must have been a leaking pipe, he fetched his tools and went to investigate. He said he couldn’t reach it so he kept squeezing into the cupboard until suddenly there was a bright flash and he found he could stand up. Hakan then couldn’t believe his eyes. Stood in front of him was an older version of himself.
At first Hakan’s story sounds absurd, however he said he knew nobody would believe him so he grabbed his phone from his pocket and made a quick video of them together.
Scientists were baffled, but is his video enough to back up his claim? I’ll let you guys decide for yourselves. Personally I think it wouldn’t be too hard to fake this and if it was true, surely they would be clever enough to exchange valuable information, like any future epidemics or even next weeks lotto numbers…
Of course this article wouldn’t be complete without some pictures of time travelling celebrities…
Do you think People know how to time travel? Leave your comments below!