There’s been a long history of people claiming to be time travelers.

And there’s been an even longer history of people just being full of crap.

Oddly enough, the Venn diagram between the two is almost an identical shadow of two circles.

Certainly, there are maybe one or two instances that have made me, and others, go “hmmmm.”

But most of them have made me, and others, go, “Oh geez, this is friggin’ baloney.”

Art Bell: King of Late Night Media, Archduke of Lunatic Bullshit.

One of the most infamous of these among the bologna category was John Titor.

Now, back in the ‘90s and up to the mid-2000s, one of the most famous radio shows in the country (back when people actually listened to the radio in large numbers) was the Coast To Coast AM Show, hosted by Art Bell.

I absolutely loved this show. I used to work late nights at the newspaper back in the ’90s and ’00s, and I listened to Art’s astonishing and often hilarious program every night. Art was everything you would want in a host of a show of this nature, he was sort of an odd and interesting character himself, and would expertly walk the line between cynical and incredulous when he interviewed a vast array of guests, everyone from people claiming to be alien abductees to people claiming to have caught werewolves to the occasional time traveler.

In fact, Bell was so into the whole time travel idea that he would, from time to time (pun intended) open up a phone line specifically for time travelers.

During many Bell shows, he dove into the stories of a mysterious character claiming his name was John Titor, which was actually a name thought to be short for “John TimeTraveler” that was used on several bulletin boards during 2000 and 2001 by a poster claiming to be an American military time traveler from 2036.

Titor made several incredible claims, including that he was here to help save the world from the Y2K bug, and that he was here to warn us

John Titor’s alleged time travel device. Also makes toast and can chop onions like a charm!

about several calamities, including a nuclear war, mass famines, and the thriving career of Justin Bieber.

Of course, none of them came true, and it was later surmised that Titor was a hoax perpetrated by a couple of lawyers from Florida who were just goofing around.

I bring up Titor, because there’s another time traveler who’s been gaining a lot of attention lately in the world of TikTok, where there are several people claiming to be from the future, coming back to warn us about various awful things on the horizon, as if 2020 wasn’t bad enough already.

This guy goes by the handle thatonetimetraveler, and claims to be from the year 2485, coming back to warn us of various events about to happen over the next few years.

In all likelihood, this guy is either yanking people’s chains or doing a masterful job of jerking them along so that he can promote a movie, book, video game or something else tied in to the whole time travel thing and the world he’s spinning for them.

And, fair enough for him. I don’t really care, he’s not harming anyone, other than anyone stupid enough to really take him seriously, and at the very least he’s entertaining.

That said, let’s take a look at a few of the things he says are going to happen over the next four years, which he’s revealing to us as Imagine Dragons plays in the background, which is both hilarious and appropriate:

So, what do you think? Complete and total crapola? Partial crapola? Interesting or imaginative crapola?

I guess we’ll find out. And soon. The guy says Trump is going to win the November election (although let’s face it, he’s got a 50/50 shot on that one; it’s like picking the Super Bowl winner once you know the two teams that are playing) and he says some MAJOR thing is going to happen on Jan. 2, 2021. My guess is that it’s the release of his book or movie or video game or whatever that he’s promoting with this. Of course, if Trump loses everyone will think he’s totally bogus, unless he comes up with some explanation of an alternate timeline or something.

I’ll look forward to seeing that video, and as a time traveler myself, albeit one who only travels to the future one second at a time, I’m going to predict that the music he has playing during his explanation video is going to be this

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Sean Leary is an author, director, artist, musician, producer and entrepreneur who has been writing professionally since debuting at age 11 in the pages of the Comics Buyers Guide. An honors graduate of the University of Southern California masters program, he has written over 50 books including the best-sellers The Arimathean, Every Number is Lucky to Someone and We Are All Characters.