John Titor is the name of a purported time traveller from the year
2036. He posted on several time travel-related Internet bulletin boards during
2000/2001. A notable feature of Titor's claims is that they are literate, elaborate,
evocative, and reasonably consistent; they are even accompanied by photographic
evidence. As a result, many have come to believe his claims (especially in
the pseudoscientific community); however, many who are more skeptical hold
that his claims are a hoax or possibly an example of kookery, and still others
are taking a "wait and see" approach until there is definite evidence
one way or the other.
John Titor gave us political views both present and future and also how much
life has changed in the year 2036. From wars to economic disasters John Titor
warns us of the future and to prepare.
Synopsis of Titor's claims
It is during the period that Titor posted on bulletin boards, he made many
specific, falsifiable predictions about events in the near future that will
ultimately prove his story true or false. He also gave an explicit, detailed
account; the below is a composite of his statements.
Titor claimed to be a serving soldier who was recruited to a governmental
time travel project. He was supposedly sent from 2036 back to 1975 to
retrieve an IBM 5100 computer which he claimed was needed to overcome a Unix
bug - Unix-based machines would no longer function after 2038 - a known bug
related to the 32-bit nature of the Unix clock.
He then travelled to 2000 to visit his family, including his infant self.
He also stated that he wished to see the effects of the millennium bug.
Titor began open discussion on Internet bulletin boards, apparently to gauge
people's reactions upon encountering an actual time traveler. His first post
was on November 2, 2000, initially using the username Timetravel_0 before switching
to John Titor. It is therefore possible that 'John Titor' itself is a pseudonym.
Titor was also happy to hold question-and-answer sessions during his stay.
Many find that a provocative aspect about Titor's story is that it is accompanied
by a well-described theory of how exactly Titor manages to travel in time that
is consistent with known concepts of time travel and black hole mechanics,
along with the philosophical impact on Titor's society created by the realisation
of the existence of multiple timelines. The theory was supported by pictorial
evidence, including schematics and photographs of his "time distortion
gravity displacement" machine, as well as a photograph of it in use showing
laser light being bent by the time displacement outside the 'vertical safe
distance' of the time travelling vehicle. Some skeptics believe a photo-manipulating
program was used to obscure or even eliminate small details which would have
weighed against the validity of said documents.
He claimed his time machine - a "C204 time displacement" machine
- was created by General Electric. Supposedly, he transported it in a standard
motor vehicle - a model-year 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible to be exact
- and the car also served as his vessel whilst travelling through time (it
remained stationary throughout with the engine off). He claimed that the public
is fully aware of time travel in his time period, although the extreme skeptics
of his day do not believe it exists.
On March 24, 2001 Titor stated that he would be returning to his own time,
and did not post as John Titor again. There is apparently video footage of
his time machine disappearing, but this has never been released or observed
by a neutral party. John also claimed to have shifted the traveling device
to a stiffer frame-suspended, "Chevy Truck" for his return home to
year 2036. The photographic evidence places this vehicle as a 1987 Chevrolet
Suburban 4x4 which John claimed he obtained while staying with his parents
Although the context of Titor's claims are highly speculative, they appear
to have a very polarizing effect on the people who read them. Currently, there
are many organized groups on the Internet attempting to locate the actual author(s)
of the John Titor posts. Some by using scare tactics, intimidation and propaganda.
Others by exposing visual flaws in the photographic evidence, or by pointing
out inconsistent logic in statements he had made. On the other side, many Titor
believers, or "Titorites" as they are referred to, point to some
of the following predictions made by John when he posted in 2000/2001.
1. John gave technical details about his time machine that
involved the use of mini-black holes. He stated that CERN would make an announcement
pertaining to this within a year after he discussed it. In the fall of 2001,
after John left, CERN issued a press release indicating the possibility of
creating mini-black holes was realistic. Although the work being explored in
this area was speculated upon some months prior to that time.
2. John stated the IBM 5100 computer had special abilities
that were unpublished by IBM. Numerous IBM engineers have come forward to confirm
3. John made numerous comments about Constitutional and civil
rights changing in the United States.
4. John stated that Mad Cow disease would arrive and be downplayed
in the United States.
5. John stated, years before a second war was even a possibility,
that WMDs would not be found in Iraq and that another war would be fought on
the pretense of removing her nukes.
6. John stated that the Olympics would be canceled after
7. John claimed that the government will assume that its
citzens would prefer security rather than freedom. At the present, the USA
PATRIOT Act is seen by some to nullify key freedoms given by the Constitution
and another phase is being planned as an addition which will allow federal
agents to search and arrest citizens without a warrant.
Titor's description of the future
Titor's description of events between 2000 and 2036 effectively describes World
War III and two decades of recovery.
He claims that the seeds of this conflict will begin to be seen in 2004/2005
around the time of U.S. presidential election, 2004. Continuing Muslim/Jewish
tensions are still a problem at that time but are not the cause; instead, an
American civil war is brought on by increasingly intrusive police state tactics
more or less resembling the massacres at Waco and Ruby Ridge. The "second
civil war" sees those in the cities fighting those in rural areas (Titor
fought on the rural forces, joining a "shotgun militia" when he was
The civil war is effectively ended by Russia in 2015 when it commences nuclear
warfare on most major US cities, eliminating the federal government and thereby
securing a 'victory' for the rural forces. Most major urban areas in the world
are also hit by nuclear weapons in tit-for-tat retaliation. Europe, Africa
and Australia are particularly badly hit in this regard and, Titor claims,
are decimated as approximately three billion people die worldwide.
By 2036, people are making progress in recovering from the war. There are
five US states (the seat of government is in Nebraska). Society is considerably
decentralized, focused on tight-knit rural communities. There is more emphasis
on religion, personal interaction (as opposed to mass media and other sources
of social isolation) and self-sufficiency. Technology does not seem to be widely
affected, however, with "predictable" advances such as rapid rail
transport between cities, space travel and genetic engineering. Water must
still be filtered or distilled to remove radioactive particles and life is
harsh, with people expected to work in the fields to produce locally-grown
food for part of their day.
Titor's claims of life in 2036 strongly resemble ideals held by survivalists,
militias and some Libertarians in some respects, though in others they are
similar to those held by advocates of deep ecology or anarcho-syndicalism.
He is skeptical of consumerism, militarism, genetically-modified foods, and
commercial food processing generally, all of which are positions associated
with environmentalism and/or the Political Left.
Dr. Robert Brown, a physicist at Duke University analysed the science involved
in Titor's time travel explanations and states it is impossible, both in theory
and practice. He alludes that Titor's story plagiarizes older science novels
such as Alas, Babylon and Michio Kaku's Hyperspace to construct his time travelling
stories. He concludes his critique by suggesting that people are extremely
gullible to believe the plausibility of Titor's time travel and stories of
a post-apocalypse world.