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(TechEBlog)   Swiss watch found in ancient Chinese tomb. Could have just dropped off the wrist of an absent-minded archeologist, but more likely to be proof that time travel exists. With pics of watch so you can be the judge   (techeblog.com) divider line 160
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2014-02-26 08:22:29 AM  
Pretty old story.
Wonder where I read it before?
 
2014-02-26 08:28:37 AM  
thespectacleblog.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-26 08:39:29 AM  
Wasn't this the start of a Paul Walker movie?
 
2014-02-26 08:45:46 AM  
Is it a Swatch? Because there was this kid from the 80s who it might belong to.
 
2014-02-26 09:35:56 AM  
Look at this. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless! Like the Ark. Men will kill for it; men like you and me.
 
2014-02-26 09:36:02 AM  
yep. there's no way that's a 16th century watch. early 20th century, more like.
 
2014-02-26 10:12:38 AM  

FlashHarry: yep. there's no way that's a 16th century watch. early 20th century, more like.


This.
 
2014-02-26 10:13:42 AM  
There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.
 
2014-02-26 10:14:08 AM  
What is this? A watch for ants? That watch needs to be at least...3 times bigger than this.
 
2014-02-26 10:14:26 AM  
"hit the ground"

Careful, pains taking archeology there, Lou.

SHENANIGANS!
 
2014-02-26 10:14:55 AM  
Another story where the subby didn't bother reading or even looking at the pictures.
 
2014-02-26 10:14:58 AM  
Archeologist trolling.
 
2014-02-26 10:15:52 AM  
everyseemslegitjpegthereis.jpg
 
2014-02-26 10:16:57 AM  
I'm sure this guy had a hand in it...

www.newseum.org
 
2014-02-26 10:17:53 AM  
Time travelers have very tiny wrists.

I think in the future, we all consent to being shrunk to 20% of our size to stretch our resources.
 
2014-02-26 10:18:45 AM  
This isn't really that unusual. In Tomb Raider, I used to find modern ammunition and health packs in previously unopened, ancient tombs all the time.
 
2014-02-26 10:19:19 AM  
Are they sure they put it back together correctly?

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-26 10:19:54 AM  

rnatalie: There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.



Doesn't sound like a Niven story.

It does remind me of some stuff in "Strata", though:

Workboots left in a coal seam...
Dinosaur skeleton with a sign that said "End nuclear testing!"...
 
2014-02-26 10:20:28 AM  

Sybarite: Is it a Swatch? Because there was this kid from the 80s who it might belong to.



www.myconfinedspace.com
 
2014-02-26 10:21:18 AM  
Call me when they find a Mr.Fusion.
 
2014-02-26 10:21:50 AM  
What this story left out was under the coffin was a Kenyan birth certificate and election "yes we can" literature that carbon dates 400 years old.

/Got this from Fox
//Only ones willing to tel the truth
 
2014-02-26 10:21:55 AM  
Reminds me when they found the magic bullet.
 
2014-02-26 10:22:10 AM  
Ancient Chinese secret, huh?
 
2014-02-26 10:22:14 AM  
Could have been an absent-minded time-travelling archaeologist.
 
2014-02-26 10:22:56 AM  
So that people don't even have to click on this BS

media.techeblog.com

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-26 10:23:09 AM  
www.gonemovies.com
 
2014-02-26 10:23:20 AM  
[teach_the_controversy.jpg]
 
2014-02-26 10:25:51 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: So that people don't even have to click on this BS

[media.techeblog.com image 450x338]

[i.imgur.com image 455x338]


Kinda looks like an 80s earring, doesn't it?
 
2014-02-26 10:28:02 AM  
Time travelers seem to leave a lot of crap behind in their travels.
 
2014-02-26 10:28:14 AM  

Oldiron_79: FlashHarry: yep. there's no way that's a 16th century watch. early 20th century, more like.

This.


Yep. "unopened 400 year old tomb" has been opened. Probably by grave robbers. Oh wait, my bad, those don't exist in China any more than the Tienanmen Square massacre does.
 
2014-02-26 10:28:17 AM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Sybarite: Is it a Swatch? Because there was this kid from the 80s who it might belong to.


[www.myconfinedspace.com image 393x117]


Cheron: What this story left out was under the coffin was a Kenyan birth certificate and election "yes we can" literature that carbon dates 400 years old.

/Got this from Fox
//Only ones willing to tel the truth


i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-02-26 10:28:48 AM  

unlikely: Look at this. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless! Like the Ark. Men will kill for it; men like you and me.


It was Belloq's watch?!?
 
2014-02-26 10:28:49 AM  
"Weird Asia News reports, "In 1541 in Geneva, there was a ban on flashy jewelry, so the idea of a watch/ ring might make some sense, as a watch was considered practical and essential. Still, there is no record anywhere of ring/watches being popular in Europe until after 1780, which only deepens the mystery." "

what mystery?  the chinese were making knockoffs back then too.
 
2014-02-26 10:29:58 AM  

InterruptingQuirk: So that people don't even have to click on this BS

[media.techeblog.com image 450x338]

[i.imgur.com image 455x338]


Was one of these also found in the tomb?

www.crossvending.com
 
2014-02-26 10:30:05 AM  
Here is a ring watch design from roughly that time period:

www.metmuseum.org
/hot
 
2014-02-26 10:30:15 AM  
24.media.tumblr.com
 
2014-02-26 10:31:14 AM  
Along with the Hippy Ripper story, do we have a rare Time Travel Trifecta in play?
 
2014-02-26 10:32:57 AM  
unsurprised
application.denofgeek.com
 
Biv
2014-02-26 10:34:43 AM  

blatz514: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x268]


Might as well just post this in every thread.
 
2014-02-26 10:36:45 AM  

give me doughnuts: rnatalie: There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.


Doesn't sound like a Niven story.

It does remind me of some stuff in "Strata", though:

Workboots left in a coal seam...
Dinosaur skeleton with a sign that said "End nuclear testing!"...

img.fark.net



The artifact was dismissed as a watch left behind by a Russian team.
 
2014-02-26 10:38:07 AM  
I'd have believed it a little more if...
media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com
 
2014-02-26 10:38:28 AM  
From the article, they found it at the entrance. A good possibility is that an archeologist found the entrance, and left to get more funding or equipment for a full excavation but never managed to get back.
 
2014-02-26 10:38:29 AM  

Biv: blatz514: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x268]

Might as well just post this in every thread.


Hrm...maybe you're on to something.

I'll try it in the next thread that's lit.
 
2014-02-26 10:38:42 AM  

give me doughnuts: InterruptingQuirk: So that people don't even have to click on this BS

[media.techeblog.com image 450x338]

[i.imgur.com image 455x338]

Was one of these also found in the tomb?

[www.crossvending.com image 567x567]


I was thinking Crackerjack prize, but I think you have it right.
 
2014-02-26 10:39:22 AM  

Shepherd: Along with the Hippy Ripper story, do we have a rare Time Travel Trifecta in play?


We have them all the time but someone keeps going back and chang
 
2014-02-26 10:41:14 AM  

Anayalator: What is this? A watch for ants? That watch needs to be at least...3 times bigger than this.


Get out of my head!
 
2014-02-26 10:41:25 AM  
Remember a few weeks ago when a tunnel boring machine hit something underground that it couldn't cut through?  Similar wackos thought it could be a UFO!!!

What is wrong with people like that?  Not, say, " maybe it's a piece of metal", but a vehicle from another (whatever, planet, solar system, galaxy, time) without any possible rational reason to think that.

Hey, did you know that there's a radio thing in Alaska that caused earthquakes in Haiti?

We are a stupid people, on average.
 
2014-02-26 10:42:03 AM  
The space-time continuum has obviously been altered.  This means that Sarah Palin is automatically president, Travon Martin really was Obama's son, and Peyton Manning wins his second superbowl.
 
2014-02-26 10:42:45 AM  

FlashHarry: yep. there's no way that's a 16th century watch. early 20th century, more like.


Since watches hadn't been invented yet in the 16th century I'm going to have to agree with you.
 
2014-02-26 10:42:55 AM  
1) Not a real watch, just a cheap metal ring that was made to resemble a watch.
2) Cheap metal corrodes quickly which means it can look ancient pretty quickly.

Probably something made as a souvenier by a local jeweller that someone found its way into the cave. The first wristwatch wasn't made until the late 1800s.
 
2014-02-26 10:45:24 AM  

HotWingConspiracy: Time travelers have very tiny wrists.

I think in the future, we all consent to being shrunk to 20% of our size to stretch our resources.


Or there are giants digging up old Chinese tombs.
 
2014-02-26 10:46:58 AM  
Time is always leaving its crap all over the place. If you find an iPhone in an ancient Egyptian tomb, Time thinks he might have dropped it there the last time he was there.
 
2014-02-26 10:47:39 AM  

Badmoodman: I'm sure this guy had a hand in it...

[www.newseum.org image 300x200]


Good gosh, frikkin' cigarettes were everywhere back then.


i299.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-26 10:47:48 AM  
coont monkey asf edweg
 
2014-02-26 10:47:50 AM  
that watch has a winding crown, which wasn't invented until the 1840s. also, a movement that small would have to be likely even later than that.
 
2014-02-26 10:47:57 AM  

fazookus: We are a stupid people, on average.


Or an imaginative people.

/lighten up, Francis
 
2014-02-26 10:49:36 AM  
Son of a diddly that was not supposed to be posted. Mods please delete my last post. The dictionary on my firefox browser stopped working and I was just testing it to see if it re-installed correctly and force of habit hit add comment.

Please delete that post, and this one too please.
 
2014-02-26 10:49:42 AM  
Streetlight.
 
2014-02-26 10:50:07 AM  
Looks like John Titor is getting slopping.
 
2014-02-26 10:51:00 AM  

blatz514: [24.media.tumblr.com image 500x268]


The strangely hot Kunis Maximus.
 
2014-02-26 10:51:24 AM  

error 303: Looks like John Titor is getting slopping.


.... sloppy. Oi. Coffee.
 
2014-02-26 10:52:01 AM  

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


Well said.
 
2014-02-26 10:53:48 AM  

Karma Curmudgeon: The space-time continuum has obviously been altered.  This means that Sarah Palin is automatically president, Travon Martin really was Obama's son, and Peyton Manning wins his second superbowl.


That was never gonna happen.
 
2014-02-26 10:54:45 AM  
coont monkey asf edweg is the name of my new band.
 
2014-02-26 10:55:30 AM  
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-26 10:55:53 AM  

Ghastly: Son of a diddly that was not supposed to be posted. Mods please delete my last post. The dictionary on my firefox browser stopped working and I was just testing it to see if it re-installed correctly and force of habit hit add comment.

Please delete that post, and this one too please.


I think it's fine right where it's at.
 
2014-02-26 10:56:28 AM  
I'll have to make sure to go back in time to remind my past self not to drop that watch when I traveled back to participate in a Ming Dynasty burial.

But if I go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch and change history by not dropping it, there will be no reason to go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch, so I will have dropped the watch after all, so I'll have to go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch...
 
2014-02-26 10:57:06 AM  
Uh, time travel DOES exist. We've known about it for a long time. The only thing is, you can't go BACK in time, only forwards. And you'll need a really fast car.
 
2014-02-26 10:57:21 AM  
Just Xiang Shaolong's watch.
 
2014-02-26 10:57:55 AM  
Not sure what the big deal is.  I've been time-traveling for years now.


Granted, I only go forward, and at the rate of one second per second, but still.
 
2014-02-26 10:58:44 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: I'll have to make sure to go back in time to remind my past self not to drop that watch when I traveled back to participate in a Ming Dynasty burial.

But if I go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch and change history by not dropping it, there will be no reason to go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch, so I will have dropped the watch after all, so I'll have to go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch...


gifrific.com
 
2014-02-26 10:58:52 AM  
It was planted there to bring people to the new Swatch store at the mall.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-26 10:59:44 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: From the article, they found it at the entrance. A good possibility is that an archeologist found the entrance, and left to get more funding or equipment for a full excavation but never managed to get back.


The linked article said it was in the actual coffin, and wrapped in the shroud:

FTFA:
When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch...


Hmmm Pick one:

1) time travel!!!!!
2) the tomb had indeed ben opened  in the recent past
3) the coffin is a fake
4) the story is fake
 
2014-02-26 11:01:38 AM  

Danger Mouse: Copperbelly watersnake: From the article, they found it at the entrance. A good possibility is that an archeologist found the entrance, and left to get more funding or equipment for a full excavation but never managed to get back.

The linked article said it was in the actual coffin, and wrapped in the shroud:

FTFA:
When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch...


Hmmm Pick one:

1) time travel!!!!!
2) the tomb had indeed ben opened  in the recent past
3) the coffin is a fake
4) the story is fake


I know I'm supposed to pick 3), but I'm going out on a limb and saying 4).
 
2014-02-26 11:04:56 AM  
I'd have been much more impressed if it looked more like this.
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-02-26 11:05:32 AM  
Wonder where else that watch has been
cdn3.whatculture.com
 
2014-02-26 11:06:33 AM  
Came here expecting ImNotSayingItWasAliensBut.jpg with the ring Photoshopped onto his finger, leaving disappointed.
 
2014-02-26 11:08:22 AM  

WTFDYW: Danger Mouse: Copperbelly watersnake: From the article, they found it at the entrance. A good possibility is that an archeologist found the entrance, and left to get more funding or equipment for a full excavation but never managed to get back.

The linked article said it was in the actual coffin, and wrapped in the shroud:

FTFA:
When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch...


Hmmm Pick one:

1) time travel!!!!!
2) the tomb had indeed ben opened  in the recent past
3) the coffin is a fake
4) the story is fake

I know I'm supposed to pick 3), but I'm going out on a limb and saying 4).


I'm going with #2
 
2014-02-26 11:11:15 AM  

give me doughnuts: InterruptingQuirk: So that people don't even have to click on this BS

[media.techeblog.com image 450x338]

[i.imgur.com image 455x338]

Was one of these also found in the tomb?


I'm booking 3 nights at the Motel of Mysteries to check the site out.
 
2014-02-26 11:11:29 AM  
dl.dropboxusercontent.com
 
2014-02-26 11:12:40 AM  

Mell of a Hess: Wonder where else that watch has been


Threads over
 
2014-02-26 11:12:45 AM  

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


This!
 
2014-02-26 11:14:14 AM  
photos1.blogger.com

Chief Wiggum (as he was locking Milhouse and Lisa in a pyramid in biblical times)" Give my regards to the British Museum!"

/couldn't find the exact image I needed.
 
2014-02-26 11:14:38 AM  

Rindred: Came here expecting ImNotSayingItWasAliensBut.jpg with the ring Photoshopped onto his finger, leaving disappointed.


i830.photobucket.com

/no 'shop on this machine, it'll have to do
 
2014-02-26 11:18:03 AM  

Rindred: Came here expecting ImNotSayingItWasAliensBut.jpg with the ring Photoshopped onto his finger, leaving disappointed.


Here you go


i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-26 11:18:49 AM  

vudukungfu: Pretty old story.
Wonder where I read it before?


Same place you read about these 'Time-travellers Keeps Losing Their Shiat' artefacts:

Millions of years old hammer....
www.paleo.cc

spark plugs....
3.bp.blogspot.com1.bp.blogspot.com

And this article from 2008...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1096959/Mystery-centu ry -old-Swiss-watch-discovered-ancient-tomb-sealed-400-years.html


/calcium carbonate concretion
 
2014-02-26 11:20:00 AM  
What they aren't mentioning is the most important detail of all. The hands of the watch say 10:06, which was the time the tomb was opened.

/probably
 
Biv
2014-02-26 11:21:38 AM  

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


Are you casting spells, Harry Potter?
 
2014-02-26 11:22:42 AM  

maxx2112: give me doughnuts: rnatalie: There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.


Doesn't sound like a Niven story.

It does remind me of some stuff in "Strata", though:

Workboots left in a coal seam...
Dinosaur skeleton with a sign that said "End nuclear testing!"...

[img.fark.net image 325x551]


The artifact was dismissed as a watch left behind by a Russian team.


Michael Crichton used this as a plot device in "Timeline". Oh, wait...that was glasses. Still a good story.
 
2014-02-26 11:23:32 AM  

texdent: Wasn't this the start of a Paul Walker movie?



I read and really liked the Chrichton book of the same name so you can imagine my disappointment when the movie came out.

I still liked it regardless because of the subject matter and kind of appreciate it in a special way for it's Walker-esque cheesiness.

Book was obviously much better.
 
2014-02-26 11:23:52 AM  
Crack open that terra cotta pot, Svlad. I need the salt cellar back.
 
2014-02-26 11:28:29 AM  

Aigoo: Yep. "unopened 400 year old tomb" has been opened. Probably by grave robbers. Oh wait, my bad, those don't exist in China any more than the Tienanmen Square massacre does.



Tienanmen Square what now?  You mean the glorious defense of the nation from armed-gangs of anarchists?
 
2014-02-26 11:31:43 AM  

HindiDiscoMonster: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x478]
/Someone needs to shop it on his finger.... seriously.


i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-26 11:34:16 AM  

Ghastly: Son of a diddly that was not supposed to be posted. Mods please delete my last post. The dictionary on my firefox browser stopped working and I was just testing it to see if it re-installed correctly and force of habit hit add comment.

Please delete that post, and this one too please.


Request DENIED!!
 
2014-02-26 11:36:02 AM  

Baron Harkonnen: I'll have to make sure to go back in time to remind my past self not to drop that watch when I traveled back to participate in a Ming Dynasty burial.

But if I go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch and change history by not dropping it, there will be no reason to go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch, so I will have dropped the watch after all, so I'll have to go back in time to remind myself not to drop the watch...


Just go back in time and kill your past self, then hope that were in more of Whovian universe rules than Back to the Future.
 
2014-02-26 11:37:25 AM  
img1.etsystatic.comWas it a digital watch?
 
2014-02-26 11:38:54 AM  

GungFu: vudukungfu: Pretty old story.
Wonder where I read it before?

Same place you read about these 'Time-travellers Keeps Losing Their Shiat' artefacts:

Millions of years old hammer....
[www.paleo.cc image 497x292]

spark plugs....
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x260][1.bp.blogspot.com image 360x377]

And this article from 2008...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1096959/Mystery-centu ry -old-Swiss-watch-discovered-ancient-tomb-sealed-400-years.html


/calcium carbonate concretion


For some reason, the time travelers want us to think this is a six-year-old story.
 
2014-02-26 11:38:57 AM  

Danger Mouse: Copperbelly watersnake: From the article, they found it at the entrance. A good possibility is that an archeologist found the entrance, and left to get more funding or equipment for a full excavation but never managed to get back.

The linked article said it was in the actual coffin, and wrapped in the shroud:

FTFA:
When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch...


Hmmm Pick one:

1) time travel!!!!!
2) the tomb had indeed ben opened  in the recent past
3) the coffin is a fake
4) the story is fake


5) the guy opening the shroud planted it
 
2014-02-26 11:42:48 AM  

ChipNASA: HindiDiscoMonster: [1.bp.blogspot.com image 850x478]
/Someone needs to shop it on his finger.... seriously.

[i.imgur.com image 849x478]


I see he's taking his crystal butt plug with him on his travels.  That will come in handy, I bet.
 
2014-02-26 11:45:43 AM  
I have the same watch! Now maybe somebody can tell me how to change the damned battery and where one gets a screwdriver for those only-visible-through-a-microscope screws!
 
2014-02-26 11:45:55 AM  
They found these watches in the Gucci purse that was buried with the mummy, took it down to Rick who brought in a buddy who knew all about antique watches.  Turns out, it was a fake.
img.fark.net
 
2014-02-26 11:48:42 AM  
This find is mysterious, like the time I found an intact Boeing Dreamliner in an unopened 500-year-old Chinese tomb.

I'd show you the pictures, but my SD card was melted when the Dreamliner caught fire, probably due to an ancien Chinese curse.
 
2014-02-26 11:48:56 AM  

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


This.
 
2014-02-26 11:51:20 AM  

JonnyG: I have the same watch! Now maybe somebody can tell me how to change the damned battery and where one gets a screwdriver for those only-visible-through-a-microscope screws!


Eye glasses repair kit.
 
2014-02-26 11:55:36 AM  

fazookus: Remember a few weeks ago when a tunnel boring machine hit something underground that it couldn't cut through?  Similar wackos thought it could be a UFO!!!

What is wrong with people like that?  Not, say, " maybe it's a piece of metal", but a vehicle from another (whatever, planet, solar system, galaxy, time) without any possible rational reason to think that.

Hey, did you know that there's a radio thing in Alaska that caused earthquakes in Haiti?

We are a stupid people, on average.


Paleoanthropology Division
Smithsonian Institute
207 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20078


Dear Sir:

Thank you for your latest submission to the Institute, labeledv  "211-D, layer seven, next to the clothesline post. Hominid skull." We have given this specimen a careful and detailed examination, and regret to inform you that we disagree with your theory that it represents "conclusive proof of the presence of Early Man in Charleston County two million years ago." Rather, it appears that what you have found is the head of a Barbie doll, of the variety one of our staff, who has small children, believes to be the "Malibu Barbie". It is evident that you have given a great deal of thought to the analysis of this specimen, and you may be quite certain that those of us who are familiar with your prior work in the field were loathe to come to contradiction with your findings. However, we do feel that there are a number of physical attributes of the specimen which might have tipped you off to it's modern origin:

1. The material is molded plastic. Ancient hominid remains are typically fossilized bone.

2. The cranial capacity of the specimen is approximately 9 cubic centimeters, well below the threshold of even the earliest identified proto-hominids.

3. The dentition pattern evident on the "skull" is more consistent with the common domesticated dog than it is with the "ravenous man-eating Pliocene clams" you speculate roamed the wetlands during that time. This latter finding is certainly one of the most intriguing hypotheses you have submitted in your history with this institution, but the evidence seems to weigh rather heavily against it. Without going into too much detail, let us say that:

A. The specimen looks like the head of a Barbie doll that a dog has chewed on.
B. Clams don't have teeth.

It is with feelings tinged with melancholy that we must deny your request to have the specimen carbon dated. This is partially due to the heavy load our lab must bear in it's normal operation, and partly due to carbon dating's notorious inaccuracy in fossils of recent geologic record. To the best of our knowledge, no Barbie dolls were produced prior to 1956 AD, and carbon dating is likely to produce wildly inaccurate results. Sadly, we must also deny your request that we approach the National Science Foundation's Phylogeny Department with the concept of assigning your specimen the scientific name "Australopithecus spiff-arino." Speaking personally, I, for one, fought tenaciously for the acceptance of your proposed taxonomy, but was ultimately voted down because the species name you selected was hyphenated, and didn't really sound like it might be Latin.

However, we gladly accept your generous donation of this fascinating specimen to the museum. While it is undoubtedly not a hominid fossil, it is, nonetheless, yet another riveting example of the great body of work you seem to accumulate here so effortlessly. You should know that our Director has reserved a special shelf in his own office for the display of the specimens you have previously submitted to the Institution, and the entire staff speculates daily on what you will happen upon next in your digs at the site you have discovered in your back yard. We eagerly anticipate your trip to our nation's capital that you proposed in your last letter, and several of us are pressing the Director to pay for it. We are particularly interested in hearing you expand on your theories surrounding the "trans-positating fillifitation of ferrous ions in a structural matrix" that makes the excellent juvenile Tyrannosaurus rex femur you recently discovered take on the deceptive appearance of a rusty 9-mm Sears Craftsman automotive crescent wrench.

Yours in Science,

Harvey Rowe
Curator, Antiquities
 
2014-02-26 11:56:49 AM  
1. Carbon date the watch.
2. Post results.
3. Collective cheer or moan, depending on the results.
 
2014-02-26 12:00:09 PM  

sid244: 1. Carbon date the watch.
2. Post results.
3. Collective cheer or moan, depending on the results.


i1.ytimg.com
 
2014-02-26 12:05:59 PM  

special20: I'd have believed it a little more if...
[media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com image 300x300]


You are implying that it is a completely fabricated story.  But if it were, wouldn't they have made it a little more believable?  Therefore, it must be true and not fabricated.  Totally believable now.
 
2014-02-26 12:08:44 PM  

BafflerMeal: sid244: 1. Carbon date the watch.
2. Post results.
3. Collective cheer or moan, depending on the results.

[CarbonDatingDoesNotWorkThatWay.jpg]


beat me to the punch
 
2014-02-26 12:16:21 PM  

Ghastly: Son of a diddly that was not supposed to be posted. Mods please delete my last post. The dictionary on my firefox browser stopped working and I was just testing it to see if it re-installed correctly and force of habit hit add comment.

Please delete that post, and this one too please.



d22zlbw5ff7yk5.cloudfront.net

 
2014-02-26 12:22:11 PM  
There's nothing more to say about this.  Unless of course it's coont monkey asf edweg
 
2014-02-26 12:22:35 PM  
Well, if time travel is possible, it would screw up the whole fossil record. On the other hand, once it's discovered, we wouldn't *need* the fossil record any more.

/just be sure to let the paleontologists go first
//and for fark's sake, clean up after yourselves
///you think cultural contamination is bad, wait till you get temporal contamination
 
2014-02-26 12:22:59 PM  
Time travelers, no.

It had to have been left by the Knights Templar or the Masons -- who apparently are responsible for leaving traces of themselves all over the entire world.

I mean, every other treasure/mystery documentary on TV has to include them as possible suspects -- so why not.

Aliens too.

After all they seem to have been quite busy nagging everyone on Earth since the beginning of recorded history. Certainly some of their junk would have been left behind. Maybe it was a prize in an alien version of CrackerJacks.
 
2014-02-26 12:26:15 PM  

JonnyG: I have the same watch! Now maybe somebody can tell me how to change the damned battery and where one gets a screwdriver for those only-visible-through-a-microscope screws!


just take it into a jewerly store. They'll open it up and pop in a battery for you for about $10.  Yea, a bit more exsensive than buying a battery at the store, but you don't have to deal with losing the screws, finding the right battery or just simply farking the whole thing up when you jam the tiny battery in wrong.
 
2014-02-26 12:27:59 PM  

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


Pricipal . Caught sayof school
 
2014-02-26 12:31:20 PM  
Even the ancient Sumerians wore watches.
files.abovetopsecret.com
 
2014-02-26 12:47:52 PM  

Deep Contact: Even the ancient Sumerians wore watches.
[files.abovetopsecret.com image 476x634]


They also invented the "pull my finger gag".  And founded Devo.
 
2014-02-26 12:48:48 PM  
I'll go with Artifacts Dropped by the Children of Space Aliens on Field Trips for 20, Hal!

/stillreal.jpg
 
2014-02-26 01:00:43 PM  

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


OK, who stepped on the butterfly? Thanks to whoever it was we had to go back and restore the development of language. I just hope no one notices if we are missing any cromulent words.
 
2014-02-26 01:07:38 PM  

maxx2112: The artifact was dismissed as a watch left behind by a Russian team.


Loved that series.
 
2014-02-26 01:10:47 PM  
Ctrl-Alt-Del: Page full of win.

Where did that come from? If that was written on the spot bravo to you! That was definitely a more interesting read than TFA.
 
2014-02-26 01:22:13 PM  
The Swiss never make just one watch. In the past six years someone must have found another example and it's era. We on Fark just don't care that hard.
 
2014-02-26 01:34:33 PM  

chozo13: Ctrl-Alt-Del: Page full of win.

Where did that come from? If that was written on the spot bravo to you! That was definitely a more interesting read than TFA.


Thanks, but that has been around so long I didn't even think it needed any attribution.
 
2014-02-26 01:38:08 PM  
...and then things started getting al hoaxy.
 
2014-02-26 01:42:39 PM  
I am usually late to the internet party (just found out about raptor jesus about 2 years ago). Either way, thanks for the chuckle.
 
2014-02-26 01:44:46 PM  
An archeologist with access to a time machine?

www.peter-capaldi-news.com
 
2014-02-26 01:47:29 PM  
texdent:

Wasn't this the start of the best Michael Crichton novel he ever wrote that was later let down severely by a Paul Walker movie?

FTFY

/Sphere and Jurrasic Park were both awesome too, of course, but I'm partial to the medieval period
//or the post-Unification period
///okay, Andromeda, Eaters of the Dead and Pirate Latitudes were all also very good
 
2014-02-26 01:50:40 PM  
Ghastly:

forums.superherohype.com


static.fjcdn.comcoont monkey asf edweg
 
2014-02-26 01:59:06 PM  

dionysusaur: Crack open that terra cotta pot, Svlad. I need the salt cellar back.


Ok.

/finally get to reply to someone referencing my name and I got nothin'
 
2014-02-26 01:59:39 PM  

To The Escape Zeppelin!: Since watches hadn't been invented yet in the 16th century I'm going to have to agree with you.


having been to the patek museum in geneva twice and seen several 16th century watches (pocket, not wrist, mind you) in person, i'm going to have to disagree with you. they typically just had an hour hand that early on, but they were watches, not clocks.
 
2014-02-26 02:01:39 PM  

Ctrl-Alt-Del: Sybarite: Is it a Swatch? Because there was this kid from the 80s who it might belong to.



img.fark.net

Dude... HE MADE IT!

i257.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-26 02:03:11 PM  

Tatterdemalian: Well, if time travel is possible, it would screw up the whole fossil record. On the other hand, once it's discovered, we wouldn't *need* the fossil record any more.

/just be sure to let the paleontologists go first
//and for fark's sake, clean up after yourselves
///you think cultural contamination is bad, wait till you get temporal contamination


I got that once, but, the antibiotics cleared it up.  And yes, I didn't go out with her anymore.  Once was enough.
 
2014-02-26 02:06:26 PM  
 This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail
 
2014-02-26 02:07:18 PM  

Rik01: Time travelers, no.

It had to have been left by the Knights Templar or the Masons -- who apparently are responsible for leaving traces of themselves all over the entire world.

I mean, every other treasure/mystery documentary on TV has to include them as possible suspects -- so why not.

Aliens too.

After all they seem to have been quite busy nagging everyone on Earth since the beginning of recorded history. Certainly some of their junk would have been left behind. Maybe it was a prize in an alien version of CrackerJacks.


They did it to confound us, and provide the basis for stupid TV shows on the History Channel.  They're evil, I tell you!
 
2014-02-26 02:10:04 PM  

Langdon Alger: This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail


in philadelphia, it's worth fifty bucks!
 
2014-02-26 02:17:17 PM  

Langdon Alger: This is a Rouchefoucauld. The thinnest water-resistant watch in the world. Singularly unique, sculptured in design, hand-crafted in Switzerland, and water resistant to three atmospheres. This is *the* sports watch of the '80s. Six thousand, nine hundred and fifty five dollars retail


I could buy that, or I could look at the phone I already own and see what time it is.  Hmmm.  Give me a sec guys, I've got to work this one out.
 
2014-02-26 02:28:49 PM  

damageddude: An archeologist with access to a time machine?

[www.peter-capaldi-news.com image 850x464]


Alex Kingston!?! If I had known that Doctor Who was getting all saucy, I would have watched more than the five minutes.
 
2014-02-26 02:29:18 PM  

trappedspirit: special20: I'd have believed it a little more if...
[media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com image 300x300]

You are implying that it is a completely fabricated story.  But if it were, wouldn't they have made it a little more believable?  Therefore, it must be true and not fabricated.  Totally believable now.


Ahem.. never tell anyone what they are implying - it only goes to show what a thick-headed douche you are.
 
2014-02-26 03:14:56 PM  

zimbomba63: Tatterdemalian: Well, if time travel is possible, it would screw up the whole fossil record. On the other hand, once it's discovered, we wouldn't *need* the fossil record any more.

/just be sure to let the paleontologists go first
//and for fark's sake, clean up after yourselves
///you think cultural contamination is bad, wait till you get temporal contamination

I got that once, but, the antibiotics cleared it up.  And yes, I didn't go out with her anymore.  Once was enough.


You dated a zombie?

/not condemning, just didn't realize that was an option
 
2014-02-26 03:34:09 PM  
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
"Watches are a confidence trick invented by the Swiss."
 
2014-02-26 05:06:46 PM  
Well, I just came here to say coont monkey asf edwig, but I see someone else beat me to the punch!
 
2014-02-26 05:33:09 PM  

sid244: 1. Carbon date the watch.

I did not realize that science had advanced to the point of being able to carbon-date solid metal objects.
 
2014-02-26 05:40:47 PM  
 
2014-02-26 05:47:02 PM  

Danger Mouse: Copperbelly watersnake: From the article, they found it at the entrance. A good possibility is that an archeologist found the entrance, and left to get more funding or equipment for a full excavation but never managed to get back.

The linked article said it was in the actual coffin, and wrapped in the shroud:

FTFA:
When the coffin was finally opened, and the cloth removed, something metallic hit the ground. The excavation team discovered a mud and rock encrusted ring watch...


Hmmm Pick one:

1) time travel!!!!!
2) the tomb had indeed ben opened  in the recent past
3) the coffin is a fake
4) the story is fake


5) It could be something from that looks like a watch, but has a rational explanation.

The picture isn't that great.  A crossed set of swords or some other coat-of-arms-esque depiction on a signet ring or ceremonial ear-ring worn by time, dust, and corrosion.
 
2014-02-26 06:05:16 PM  

daemoncan: "Watches are a confidence trick invented by the Swiss."


Masters of Sinanju are time travellers? It all makes sense now.
 
2014-02-26 06:06:39 PM  

maxx2112: give me doughnuts: rnatalie: There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.


Doesn't sound like a Niven story.

It does remind me of some stuff in "Strata", though:

Workboots left in a coal seam...
Dinosaur skeleton with a sign that said "End nuclear testing!"...

[img.fark.net image 325x551]


The artifact was dismissed as a watch left behind by a Russian team.


Bless you, Maxx2112, I've been trying to remember the author/title of that book for years! Now I can re-read the series plus a couple newer ones, it seems.
 
2014-02-26 06:10:59 PM  
GungFu: vudukungfu: Pretty old story.
Wonder where I read it before?

Same place you read about these 'Time-travellers Keeps Losing Their Shiat' artefacts:

Millions of years old hammer....
[www.paleo.cc image 497x292]

spark plugs....
[3.bp.blogspot.com image 400x260][1.bp.blogspot.com image 360x377]

And this article from 2008...
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1096959/Mystery-centu ry -old-Swiss-watch-discovered-ancient-tomb-sealed-400-years.html


/calcium carbonate concretion


Leah the ancient fossilized pickaxe was left behind by Satan when he was burying dinosaur bone shaped rocks to test your faith 6,000 years ago.
 
2014-02-26 06:19:09 PM  

Tatterdemalian: zimbomba63: Tatterdemalian: Well, if time travel is possible, it would screw up the whole fossil record. On the other hand, once it's discovered, we wouldn't *need* the fossil record any more.

/just be sure to let the paleontologists go first
//and for fark's sake, clean up after yourselves
///you think cultural contamination is bad, wait till you get temporal contamination

I got that once, but, the antibiotics cleared it up.  And yes, I didn't go out with her anymore.  Once was enough.

You dated a zombie?

/not condemning, just didn't realize that was an option


I was lonely. Very, very lonely.
 
2014-02-26 06:32:56 PM  

Loadmaster: Then there is this item from the past...
Macedonian archeologist says three magic watches let him time travel through the ages


i0.wp.com
 
2014-02-26 07:25:21 PM  

unlikely: Look at this. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless! Like the Ark. Men will kill for it; men like you and me.



Max? Is that you?
 
2014-02-26 08:16:01 PM  

maxx2112: give me doughnuts: rnatalie: There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.


Doesn't sound like a Niven story.

It does remind me of some stuff in "Strata", though:

Workboots left in a coal seam...
Dinosaur skeleton with a sign that said "End nuclear testing!"...

[img.fark.net image 325x551]


The artifact was dismissed as a watch left behind by a Russian team.


That's it.   James P. Hogan.
 
2014-02-26 08:55:34 PM  
The fallacy here is that the watch must be the same age as the tomb in which it was found and that there is no way for a modern artifact to get into a buried tomb.

Setting aside the possibility that it was a joke or hoax, and that the tomb had been opened before, perhaps by tomb robbers with tacky taste, the most likely explanation is that the watch is modern.

The watch is obviously not contemporary because
1) "watches" were not invented at the time the tomb was closed because clocks were still big and clunky;
2) the Swiss were not making tiny finger watches until the 19th century;
3) the metal band on the watch is something that was not invented until even later (those links would have been expensive to craft by hand) 3)

I had a ring-watch just like that in the 1980s. It was a cheap dollar store novelty with a quartz mechanism and a tiny battery.

Furthermore, the watch says "Swiss" on it. That is an English word. How long have the English or English-speaking people been buying Swiss watches in numbers sufficient to justify labelling the watch in English? Well, not before the Nineteenth Century, probably, and if you are talking a mass-produced piece of junk, not until the XXth century.

How did it end up in an ancient Chinese tomb?

a) a pack rat or similar animal took it there through a hole in the tomb;
b) there was a small hole in the tomb and the settling of the soil dropped the watch from the surface, where it was lost, into the hole, and thus into the tomb.

Charles Darwin spent 39 years studying earthworms in his garden at his country house. He understood that burrowing animals and insects like ants aerate the soil and also undermine artifacts and bones left on the surface. Gradually their burrows and tunnels under the objects (which include rocks, man-made rubbish, bones, and even fossils) drop the objects to the depth that earthworms, ants, and burrowing birds, reptiles, mammals, etc. do not go. And then for good measure, they drop this level by tunneliing into the sub-soil, making the soil thicker. This is a problem for dating fossils, remains and artifacts. Things of different ages end up mixed together in what is essentially an underground midden.

Given a natural and simple explanation like that of Charles Darwin, you don't need time machines or even hoaxers. Things get into tombs and graves all the time.

Anomalies of this sort are easily explained if you apply Occam's Razor. But that doesn't stop the credulous from believing uninformed and stupid opinions from the religious right and the secular fringes of the superstitious and cranky.

By the way, if you've seen this before, it may have been in The Fortean Times or any number of sites or magazines dedicated to apparent anomalies or the supernatural.

I wonder where that watch went to. I haven't seen it in a donkey's years.
 
2014-02-26 10:58:25 PM  

maxx2112: give me doughnuts: rnatalie: There was a story (Larry Niven?) where a former civilization left one of their digital watches that was found in an archeological dig.


Doesn't sound like a Niven story.

It does remind me of some stuff in "Strata", though:

Workboots left in a coal seam...
Dinosaur skeleton with a sign that said "End nuclear testing!"...

[img.fark.net image 325x551]


The artifact was dismissed as a watch left behind by a Russian team.


Excellent book. Or series. Hogan could really spin a yarn. If you have not read the Giants series definitely read Bug Park. Code of the Lifemaker was also pretty good. Heck, I have read a bad Hogan book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_P._Hogan_%28writer%29#Novels
 
2014-02-27 12:57:09 AM  

bratface: unlikely: Look at this. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless! Like the Ark. Men will kill for it; men like you and me.


Max? Is that you?


Yes?
 
2014-02-27 08:39:49 AM  
Did it fall off the wrist of a tiny archeologist who came back in time from a future where people have evolved to be much, much smaller than they are today?
 
2014-02-27 08:47:02 AM  
Did they find a miniature piano near by?
 
2014-02-27 11:56:10 AM  

unlikely: bratface: unlikely: Look at this. It's worthless. Ten dollars from a vendor in the street. But I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless! Like the Ark. Men will kill for it; men like you and me.


Max? Is that you?

Yes?



OK
 
2014-02-27 11:57:06 AM  

RobSeace: Well, I just came here to say coont monkey asf edwig, but I see someone else beat me to the punch!


Yea, the new filter is amazing.
For instance, ***-**-**** I just typed my SSN and all by itself, filter coded it.
Neat!

Try it.
 
2014-02-27 12:32:57 PM  

snocone: RobSeace: Well, I just came here to say coont monkey asf edwig, but I see someone else beat me to the punch!

Yea, the new filter is amazing.
For instance, ***-**-**** I just typed my SSN and all by itself, filter coded it.
Neat!

Try it.


No freaking way, really?

***_**_****
 
2014-02-27 12:34:43 PM  

fazookus: Remember a few weeks ago when a tunnel boring machine hit something underground that it couldn't cut through?  Similar wackos thought it could be a UFO!!!

What is wrong with people like that?  Not, say, " maybe it's a piece of metal", but a vehicle from another (whatever, planet, solar system, galaxy, time) without any possible rational reason to think that.

Hey, did you know that there's a radio thing in Alaska that caused earthquakes in Haiti?

We are a stupid people, on average.


No different that people who hear about the new Polio-ish disease going around and instantly start blaming flu shots. (Or more mildly, ask if there's anything in common, like whether they all got flu shots.)
 
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