Welcome to this month’s Time Travel Nexus Investigates! At TTNI, we’re playing detective, hunting the TTTs (time-travelling tourists), and attempting to solve some much-talked-about cases of real-life time travel.
So… did a TTT from 2030 just prove his claims by passing a lie detector?
Origin of the claim
When I first found a story about an alleged TTT who had passed a lie detector test, I figured it was an isolated incident. More extensive researching for this article revealed that, in fact, there are lots of TTTs passing lie detector tests. Of late we seem to have something of an influx of time travellers among us.
These lie detector-passing time travellers originate in videos posted by the YouTube channel ApexTV. According to the channel, they make “paranormal and mysterious videos and are most well-known for [their] time travel videos”. They have over 784,000 subscribers and their videos have attracted over 192,000,000 views. This high profile has led a number of their time travel claimants to catch the attention of the mainstream news media, with some popping up in the Express, the Mirror and the Daily Star.
In this article I’m going to focus on one particular claimant, a man who goes by the alias “Noah”. Noah is the most featured alleged TTT on ApexTV, having appeared in more than 10 videos. He’s also the only one to do live videos that answer viewers’ questions. He’s made a number of interesting claims about things that are set to happen in the very near future.
Noah was first featured on ApexTV’s sister channel, Paranormal Elite, and claimed to be a time traveller from the year 2030. ApexTV did several live interviews with him, then decided to hook him up to a lie detector to evaluate his story, which he passed.
Nature of the claim
Noah says that in 2025 he was selected for a secret time travel program whereby he would spend eight years collecting information for a database of world history. He claims that he travels through time via a giant dome that fires up like a rocket and transmits an electric shock through his body.
In 2030, he travelled back in time to 2017 and he and his teammates ended up in a bar fight in South America. They were all subsequently fired from the time travel program and left stranded in 2017.
Noah split off from his team and earned money doing Photoshop work for various companies. He eventually reached out to ApexTV. He started participating in video interviews and took part in a lie detector test. After his first interview, he claimed to have been abducted by people from the future who weren’t keen on him talking to ApexTV, but continued talking to them regardless.
He also said he’d met another time traveller and gone with him to Las Vegas in 2120. However, he got into trouble for his disclosures and was brought back to 2018.
Later, ApexTV was contacted by an older man claiming to be Noah from 2070. ApexTV arranged a meeting between Young Noah and Old Noah. Young Noah stated that he believed that Old Noah really was him from the future, albeit having put on a substantial amount of weight and gotten shorter. Young Noah later admitted that he wasn’t sure about the other man’s credibility. A DNA test is yet to be carried out.
Noah has made numerous predictions about the near future. Here are some of the highlights:
- Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will pass away in 2019. Noah feared giving out this information in case it was published by British tabloids and caused a paradox (but gave it out anyway).
- Donald Trump will be re-elected president of the US in 2020 and meet with aliens (of the outer space variety). He’ll die in 2022 and be replaced with Mike Pence. #shudder#
- There will be a huge war between North and South Korea.
- By 2120 we’ll have flying cars and human-alien relationships.
- There are pills in 2030 that will stop people from ageing.
- Many crimes in the future will be solved by spectators being able to see who did it.
- It will be revealed that Adolf Hitler and Tupac Shakur faked their deaths.
- In 2029, India will become one of the world’s superpowers after inventing a chip that will connect the brain to the internet. It will also send its citizens to colonise the solar system to deal with major overpopulation.
- Technology capable of independently running homes will be in operation by 2030.
Well, where to start with all this.
I guess the first step is to look at ApexTV itself. They seem to take themselves seriously and reportedly have screening procedures in place to root out hoaxes. They also maintain that they refrain from giving any opinion on the stories they receive and promote.
Frankly, we only have ApexTV’s word for all that. I find it odd that the ApexTV team wear hoods and conceal their faces in all of their videos. Why do that if you want to appear legit and trustworthy? We also don’t know what these apparent ‘screening procedures’ are, or whether they exist at all.
Then we come to these lie detector tests they’ve been undertaking. I’ve watched the video in which Noah takes the lie detector test. It looks like it takes place in a school classroom with a load of cheap blood pressure equipment. In another video, ApexTV have hooked up their alleged TTT to a lie detector I’ve since learned can be purchased on Amazon and was outed by customers as a “junk” and a “children’s toy” that “doesn’t work”. Most tellingly, however, is the fact that real lie detectors tests only accept answers in the form of “yes” or “no”. They don’t (and can’t) judge lengthy answers from people as “true” or “false” as ApexTV claim.
But let’s, for a moment, give ApexTV the benefit of the doubt and turn our attentions to ‘Noah’.
ApexTV asked Noah if he had any “hard evidence” to support any of his claims. Noah said he had but couldn’t share any of it because it might cause “a paradox”. Convenient.
What about the nature of Noah’s claims? Well, it’s almost 2019, so if Queen Elizabeth II doesn’t die next year, we’ll know we’ve been had.
Still, it’s pretty easy to tell that this is all one big, albeit wonderfully imaginative, leg-pull.
India colonising the solar system? That we’ll have the technology to establish sustainable colonies on any of the solar system’s totally uninhabitable planets in just 10 years is about as likely as Theresa May winning a dance competition.
Hitler and Tupac faking their deaths? Well, those are just popular conspiracy theories that Noah’s capitalising on, aren’t they.
Flying cars? Robert Zemeckis came up with that one years ago. See Back to the Future Part II.
Technology that can run homes? Keep up, Noah. We’re already doing this. Haven’t you ever heard of a smart home? Or Alexa?
Crimes being solved by spectators able to see who did it? Urm, somebody’s been watching Minority Report, haven’t they?
There’s also the slightly awkward problem of Noah, bless his cottons, sounding like he hasn’t got very much going on upstairs. He’s not very articulate and his vocabulary is poor. And his ‘older self’ is even worse. I highly doubt he’d get any kind of clearance to go on secret time travel missions!
Noah’s story is great fun and full of imagination, but only if you accept it as a work of fiction. As a real-life time travel claim, it’s farcical and quite clearly a hoax. The easiest “False” all year.
Next month: the Green Children of Woolpit