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Brief History of Triple-Decker Buses
September Morn, the painting that shocked the censor, 1913
The boy with the golden tooth, 1593
Bizarre pictographs of Emmanuel Domenech, 1860
Old-Time Photo Fakery, 1900 to 1919
Samsung invents the on/off switch
The Olympic Underwear Relay, 1956
Did Paul McCartney die on Nov. 9, 1966?
Taco Bells buys the Liberty Bell, 1996
The Hoaxing Hitchhiker, 1941
Rudolph Fentz and Time Travel
A decades-old time travel hoax has been unravelling in Ohio this past week. It started with an article about Chris Aubeck, a researcher who was investigating the case of Rudolph Fentz. Fentz was a man who had supposedly time-travelled from 1876 to 1950, only to get struck down by a car and killed. The story has gained wide credence in many European circles. But Aubeck tracked the source of the tale down to an Akron-based writer, Ralph M. Holland, who wrote a story about this incident in 1953.But when Rev. George Murphy read about Aubeck's research, he recognized that the tale had an even earlier source. It turned out that Holland had lifted the tale from a short story by Jack Finney that appeared in a science fiction anthology titled Tomorrow, The Stars edited by Robert Heinlein that was published in 1951. So a 1951 science fiction story had somehow become accepted as fact by many, until Aubeck and Rev. Murphy debunked it.
Categories: Future/Time
Posted by The Curator on Tue Aug 20, 2002
Comments (3)
I wonder how much the government paid these guys to say that? Rudolph Fentz was real!!!
Posted by Stu  in  NY  on  Fri Jun 22, 2007  at  02:14 AM
The book "Tomorrow, The Stars" was published in 1952, not in 1951 as indicated above. At least according to Abe Books. And the link to George Murphys article does not work.
Posted by Clas Svahn  in  Sweden  on  Wed Mar 12, 2008  at  11:30 AM
many this story was real but government covered it up
Posted by nj  on  Sun Jan 06, 2013  at  06:48 PM
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