HOAX ALERT: Tiny time traveler’s watch is not real (UPDATED)

Techeblog has posted a hoax story from 2008 (not going to link to it because it CERTAINLY does not make for worthwhile reading). I don’t know why this kind of crap resurrects itself when in two seconds Google produces a slew of links to it. Need blog hits?

Please don’t pass it around. But now you know.

Here is a good look taken at the story originally circulated in December of 2008 out of China.

Advanced “100 yr old” Swiss Ring-watch found in sealed 400-year-old tomb « Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff).

It’s not a watch, it’s not an artifact, and it probably wasn’t even found in a tomb. It’s a joke.

Many of these types of stories are deliberate for a laugh or to make people THINK that there are actual time travelers or alien races or whatnot. If it seems too outrageous to be true, it’s almost certainly not true.


More on Out of Place Artifacts from Skeptoid:

Out of Place Artifacts.

The fact is that OOPArts, for all the excitement they exact, so far have never stood up to any scrutiny. The testable examples, like the Antikythera Mechanism, have proven to fit into our historical understanding and in the best cases, to improve it. The rest, so far, have all turned out to be nonexistent fairy tales (like the Dropa Stones), sensationalized reporting of ordinary objects (like the Coso Artifact), or anything that fits into the historical rewriting agendas of Young Earthers, UFO proponents, or any other group that casts science aside in favor of ideology.

Ancient machine gears embedded in rock? Nope. Crinoid fossils. (Update: hoax) | Doubtful News.

Come on, Russian media! A “UFO tooth-wheel”? Silly. (Update: not extraordinary) | Doubtful News.

UPDATE 5-July 2015: This story is popular today probably due to sharing on a Facebook page. I can’t track those. Please note that this story, from 2008, was never verified. It was posted from news sites like Austrian Times which often post generally fictionalized and exaggerated stories for hits. This is a problem because people think it’s real.

Looking at the odds, the safe bet is that this is a hoax or it is a mixing up of facts to make an sensational story. In the 7 years since it’s been out there, there is no further word on its veracity. Applying some simple reasoning to this, it’s not good thinking to assume that the “facts” of this story are true since they aren’t verified; and, time travel is not a reasonable conclusion since there is no evidence to support it. Therefore, I’m going to stick with my original post in that it is NOT a true story. If further verification of this story comes to light, I’m sure we’ll here about it. Until then, I’m not going to buy into a story from dubious sources for web hits and you shouldn’t either.

  2 comments for “HOAX ALERT: Tiny time traveler’s watch is not real (UPDATED)

  1. Aruvqan Myers
    February 27, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    It *is* a watch, but it is not period to the burial. If you hit google you can find all sorts of vintage finger watches, for the one in the photo, I think it may be either Tiffany or Rolex with Swiss works..

    People drop stuff all the time, and small rodents will haul it off into burrows and it will get mixed into the wrong layer of a dig – that is how a fair amount of stuff is now coming back to the surface in Germany. Doing the Tourist in the Mysterious Orient was so very commonly done even my grandparents did a tour through China and Japan and the Phillipines back in 1918 when they got married. I still have oriental stuff they brought back [as I have some sort of Thai or Balinese temple rubbing, they also probably hit Thailand or Java/Bali/Indonesia as well.] I could easily see someone like my Grandmother drop a watch ring while out seeing some temple or interesting view and some rodent scurrying off with it down a hole.

  2. idoubtit
    February 28, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    I don’t agree that it looks like working finger watch. Of course, the photos aren’t great.

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