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Time Slips Away

Strange Cases Of People Slipping In Time

By James Donahue

Scientists are only recently beginning to accept theories offered by such noted physicists as Albert Einstein, Stephen Hawking and Michio Kaku that time travel is possible. But Einstein, who’s Theory of Relativity became the foundation for his proclamation, believed that people or objects had to be propelled at speeds approaching or even exceeding the speed of light to make the clock slow down.

If time travel is going to be that difficult, how can we explain the strange "slips" through time experienced by various people over the years? My wife and I have personally experienced moments when time appeared to slow down, making it possible for us to achieve a day of work within minutes, or getting stranded for what seemed like an hour on a trip in our car that should have been no more than a few minutes.

An unidentified man in Australia told an eerie story about stopping at a public rest stop along a road near Woodside, in November 2010. While his female companion was using the facility, the man said he decided to walk off into a nearby forest to stretch is legs. When he tried to find his way back to the car he said he became disoriented and walked for what seemed a long time before stumbling out of the trees some distance from where the car was parked. As he gazed at the distant car he observed himself getting out of the car and walking off into the woods. When he reached the car, he discovered his companion had not yet returned. When he told her his strange story, they realized that she had been gone for only about a minute.

In 1935, Sir Victor Goddard of the British Royal Air Force was flying a Hawker Hart biplane from Edinburgh, Scotland to a base at Andover, England. On the way he flew over an abandoned airfield at Drem, near Edinburgh, and remembered how the hangers were falling apart, the area was overgrown with foliage and cows were grazing in what had once been the landing field. HE then flew into a strange storm with brown-yellow clouds, lost control of his aircraft, and discovered he was back over the Drem airfield. This time the airfield was changed. The hangers looked new, there were four aircraft on the ground all painted yellow. One was a monoplane, which was not part of the Royal Air Force in 1935. Goddard later flew through the same storm before landing at Andover. It was not until 1939 that the RAF began painting their planes yellow and added monoplanes like the one Goddard saw.

Douglas Brown told about a time he was in the barn on his Michigan farm, feeding his pigs, when a strange man entered the barn. Brown said the man ignored his greetings, walked right past him as if he was not there, went to the other end of the barn and disappeared through the wall. Brown later learned that a door had once existed at the point where the strange man disappeared.

A woman who gave her name only as Alice, told of an odd experience she had when she was seven, and attending an elementary school in her town. She said she was excused from class to go to the restroom. She remembered that there was a fierce storm raging at the time and the clouds were ominous. When she got to the restroom she saw everything was changed. The tile separators between the stalls were now made of a shiny chrome material and there were two large supercomputers in the room with red lights on them. The computers were making loud beeping noises. She said she returned to the restroom during the lunch period and everything was back to normal.

Then there was the classic case of the two travelers on Highway 167 near Lafayette, Indiana. It was about 1:30 p.m. on October 20, 1969. The men said the highway was almost traffic free until they came upon an "antique" model vehicle "in mint condition," driving slowly along ahead of them. As they slowed and prepared to pass, they noticed the license plate was colored a bright orange and that it was stamped 1940. As they passed they noticed the driver was a young woman dressed in 1940 vintage clothing. A little girl stood on the seat next to her. Both were wearing heavy winter coats even though it was a warm autumn day.

The men also noticed as they pulled alongside the old car that the woman behind the wheel was looking frantic, as if she was extremely puzzled or upset about something. They yelled out asking if she needed help. She looked at them and nodded yes. They motioned to her to pull on the side of the road, and they stopped their vehicle directly in front of her car. But when they turned to look back, the old car, the woman and her child had vanished.

Another story told by a man named Jake, recalled a strange incident in 2004. Jake said he was 15 at the time, living with his parents in the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. It was about 10 p.m. and there was an amazing display of Northern Lights that could be seen that night throughout most of North America and he went outside to look at them. While there he said his body suddenly became numb and he blacked out. When he came to he went back in the house and found that he had been outside for about an hour. But he said he was confused. He said he kept telling his parents he thought the calendar was wrong because he thought it was about 2008 and a black man had been elected President.

There are many similar stories like these. But the photograph at the tip of the story is a story without words. It was shot over a crowd attending the reopening of the South Ford Bridge over the Saline River in Garland County, Arkansas, in November, 1940. If you look closely at the young man in sun glasses at the lower right corner of the picture it will soon be obvious that he is clearly out of place and out of time. Is the picture a hoax? You tell us.