A few days ago, a friend asked me via msn messenger if I knew John Titor. When I told him I didn’t, he sent me the link of the John Titor Times website. And once I started looking thru the site more, I had myself engaged, couldn’t stop but kept reading for hours about John Titor and the messages that he posted on forums and message boards.
– A Time Traveler ? –
Starting on Nov 2000, someone calling themselves Timetravel_0, and later John Titor, started posting on a public forum claiming that he was a time traveler from the year of 2036. As time passed, more and more people started questioning him about the reason he was here, the science of time travel, the world in 2036, and his thoughts about our time. And in Mar 2001, John Titor said he needed to return to 2036. From then on, he was never heard from again.
– Predictions –
In his posts, John Titor made a number of predictions about events as early as 2004, including WWIII, the last Olympic Game (the hot topic now 😉 John Titor said that the last Olympic Game took place in 2004 and would resume in 2040. Despite of all the Tibet-Olympic issues going on, I believe the 2008 Olympic Game in Beijing will be held successfully), and the devastated environment due to a nuclear attack. While many of these predictions have failed to come true (thanks God!), there are still many people believe in John Titor and think he is a genuine time traveler.
The story has been retold on many websites, in a book, in a play, as well as in radio shows occasionally.
– A Hoax ? –
Despite my friend sent me the link of John Titor Times, I explored this topic of John Titor first via Wikipedia (I love Wiki, best place to start a research). Even though much in Wikipedia has disproved John Titor’s predictions, as well as his claims regarding the technology of the time travel machine, I didn’t stop there, but kept on reading more about John Titor and his postings in other sites online.
The story is definitely an excellent motion picture material (I can picture Nick Cage as John Titor 8) ). Yet, put aside the question of whether John Titor is a real time traveler or a hoax, this whole thing is a very entertaining and thought provoking one. Don’t be too serious and grasping on proving or disproving John Titor’s claims. Go ahead and treat it as a sci fi, then you would soon find it is actually a good food for thought, inspiring us to rethink some of the values, ideas, concepts and faiths that we hold today.
Here are several topics that John Titor brought up and worth of note.
(Yet, there is no need to buy this book since everything can be found John Titor Times and other websites)