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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 57
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2014-02-26 10:18:45 AM
14 votes:
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 10:28:17 AM
13 votes:

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


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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 10:20:28 AM
11 votes:

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



www.myconfinedspace.com
2014-02-26 08:28:37 AM
10 votes:
thespectacleblog.files.wordpress.com
2014-02-26 09:35:56 AM
8 votes:
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 11:55:36 AM
6 votes:

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 11:05:32 AM
4 votes:
Wonder where else that watch has been
cdn3.whatculture.com
2014-02-26 10:19:19 AM
4 votes:
Are they sure they put it back together correctly?

img.fark.net
2014-02-26 10:14:26 AM
4 votes:
"hit the ground"

Careful, pains taking archeology there, Lou.

SHENANIGANS!
2014-02-26 10:14:08 AM
4 votes:
What is this? A watch for ants? That watch needs to be at least...3 times bigger than this.
2014-02-26 10:58:44 AM
3 votes:

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 10:55:30 AM
3 votes:
img.fark.net
2014-02-26 10:28:49 AM
3 votes:
"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 10:23:09 AM
3 votes:
www.gonemovies.com
2014-02-26 12:00:09 PM
2 votes:

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


i1.ytimg.com
2014-02-26 11:45:55 AM
2 votes:
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 11:14:38 AM
2 votes:

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 10:55:53 AM
2 votes:

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 10:54:45 AM
2 votes:
coont monkey asf edweg is the name of my new band.
2014-02-26 10:49:36 AM
2 votes:
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 10:47:48 AM
2 votes:
coont monkey asf edweg
2014-02-26 10:36:45 AM
2 votes:

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 10:30:15 AM
2 votes:
24.media.tumblr.com
2014-02-26 10:29:58 AM
2 votes:

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

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Was one of these also found in the tomb?

www.crossvending.com
2014-02-26 10:22:10 AM
2 votes:
Ancient Chinese secret, huh?
2014-02-26 10:21:50 AM
2 votes:
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 10:19:54 AM
2 votes:

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 10:17:53 AM
2 votes:
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.
2014-02-27 11:57:06 AM
1 votes:

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.
2014-02-26 06:32:56 PM
1 votes:

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 03:34:09 PM
1 votes:
encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com
"Watches are a confidence trick invented by the Swiss."
2014-02-26 01:44:46 PM
1 votes:
An archeologist with access to a time machine?

www.peter-capaldi-news.com
2014-02-26 11:23:52 AM
1 votes:
Crack open that terra cotta pot, Svlad. I need the salt cellar back.
2014-02-26 11:18:04 AM
1 votes:
1.bp.blogspot.com
/Someone needs to shop it on his finger.... seriously.
2014-02-26 11:18:03 AM
1 votes:

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


Here you go


i.imgur.com
2014-02-26 11:12:40 AM
1 votes:

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


Threads over
2014-02-26 11:04:56 AM
1 votes:
I'd have been much more impressed if it looked more like this.
4.bp.blogspot.com
2014-02-26 10:57:55 AM
1 votes:
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 10:57:06 AM
1 votes:
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 10:56:28 AM
1 votes:
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 10:52:01 AM
1 votes:

Ghastly: coont monkey asf edweg


Well said.
2014-02-26 10:49:42 AM
1 votes:
Streetlight.
2014-02-26 10:47:57 AM
1 votes:

fazookus: We are a stupid people, on average.


Or an imaginative people.

/lighten up, Francis
2014-02-26 10:47:39 AM
1 votes:

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 10:41:14 AM
1 votes:

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 10:38:42 AM
1 votes:

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

[media.techeblog.com image 450x338]

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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 10:38:07 AM
1 votes:
I'd have believed it a little more if...
media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com
2014-02-26 10:32:57 AM
1 votes:
unsurprised
application.denofgeek.com
2014-02-26 10:28:48 AM
1 votes:

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 10:28:14 AM
1 votes:

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 10:28:02 AM
1 votes:
Time travelers seem to leave a lot of crap behind in their travels.
2014-02-26 10:23:20 AM
1 votes:
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2014-02-26 10:22:56 AM
1 votes:
So that people don't even have to click on this BS

media.techeblog.com

i.imgur.com
2014-02-26 10:15:52 AM
1 votes:
everyseemslegitjpegthereis.jpg
2014-02-26 10:12:38 AM
1 votes:

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


This.
2014-02-26 08:39:29 AM
1 votes:
Wasn't this the start of a Paul Walker movie?
2014-02-26 08:22:29 AM
1 votes:
Pretty old story.
Wonder where I read it before?
 
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