Charlie Chaplin Mystery Device Could Be Siemens Hearing Aid
Theories that an apparent 'time traveller' made her way into the set of Charlie Chaplin's 1928 movie 'The Circus', appear to have been debunked today after experts began wading in on the debate. Earlier this week, Irish filmmaker GEORGE CLARKE pointed out that an extra in the movie appears to be holding a cell-phone to her ear while walking across the set.
However, the website LiveScience.com spoke to an archivist at the Medical Library of Washington University who appeared to give a logical explanation for the mystery. Phillip Skroska provided images of early hearing aids and said, "As you can tell from these, old-fashioned mechanical or resonating hearing aids were not necessarily long and rounded. Short, compact rectangular forms were not unusual". Those commenting on the Youtube video, which has over 1.5 million views, urged people to visit Siemens official hearing aid site and flick through their product history page. The company reportedly released a device in 1924 that resembled the modern day cell phone.
Yesterday, The Washington Post explained the footage by suggesting the woman was simply adjusting her hat, adding, "After watching the footage several times, this is the most logical conclusion I can draw. If you watch closely, she eventually starts to put her hand back down".