Found a newspaper from 1998 and a phone from the same era left alone on a bench

Found a newspaper from 1998 and a phone from the same era left alone on a bench


Oh that time traveller is going to be so pissed when he realises he left them behind


Our gain, because now we’re armed with cutting edge tech from another time.


and now we can also make successful bets on the Bull's games!


I like the way you think


This is the way.


Now we'll know if they change destiny.


I'm really curious what he was here to observe? What is it about June 14, 2021 that would induce a time traveler to come?


It was the last normal day before The Fall began.


And this was the next article on my feed: [US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility](https://www.cnn.com/2021/06/14/politics/china-nuclear-reactor-leak-us-monitoring/index.html) Just great...


Coooool, coolcoolcoolcoolcool


Cool. Cool cool cool.


Troy and Abed in the bunnnnn-ker


Watch out for gamma ra*Dean*ation!


Mine was listening to the CBC talk about Russian and Chinese territorial aggression and interest in the Arctic because of the polar ice caps melting and how a new trade route is going to open up. And how we should be doing more militarily to protect it. Odd thing to hear on the news in Canada lol.


Who do you think has been financing climate denialism propaganda?


The corporations that own the US politics Oh sorry it’s Russia right


Ah, fuck!


Everyone knows the last normal day before society began to collapse was May 27, 2016, the day before Harambe was shot.


Mate shits been going down since 2012.. The Aztecs were right saying the world would end in 2012, they just didn't let us know it'd be a slow burning fuse of a fuck fest.


With calendar adjustments, guess what their 2012 would have been?


That sounds like you're trying to trick me into doing maths here.


Yup! I actually forgot what the answer is. It was later than 2012 though; something like 2016 or 2020.


Kony 2012!


That's when the devs stopped maintenance. Everything since is the system getting increasingly fucked as the malware people keep finding new bullshit to pull and nobody is patching security holes anymore.


If Quantum Leap has taught me anything, it's rarely something that happens on the day you arrive. It's usually 1-3 days out.


I thought the moral of that show was you better brush up on a lot of random skills. Who knows when you might need to play a concerto, walk a tightrope, drive a bus or for that matter cross dress in clothing of various time periods. I know Sam Becket was a genius but it's hard to believe he could pass himself off in so many outrageous situations.


He leaped into a chimpanzee once too.


I'm hearing Bakula say "oh boy!" In my head.


Every episode!


Sam Beckett was my first television crush. I loved that show.


Same! Still have a crush on the actor 27 years later. Lol.


I was in New Orleans about 3 years ago now and I saw him on street, they had been filming NCIS earlier in the day. I saw him and called him Sam Beckett. Told him I had been a fan since Quantum Leap. He grinned so big and stopped and took a picture with me. He was the best about it. He told me he was happy I still remembered that show!


I would probably pass out if I met him in person. Very jealous! I've heard he's super nice. :)


He was very kind to me. Seems to be a sweet genuine soul.


In the plot of Stephen King's 11/ 22 /63, the guy arrived over a year before the event.


I thought it was like 5 years.


The Last Normal Monday... beyond that... I'm so sorry...


Maybe they are from this time and was visiting 98.


They can take me with them next time.


The state of society before the UAP report was released.


Technically he left them ahead


Time is cyclical!


Jeremy Bearimy, baby.


These kind of posts always worry me that someone with Alzheimer's or something like that is wandering around. Ostensibly, they grabbed their phone and newspaper to go read in the park, as you do, and then you find this abandoned artifact. :(


Oh no :(


Luckily there won’t be any lasting damage


If they’ve got Alzheimer’s they probably aren’t putting all that together in their mind. :-(


Actually routines are what they remember most. For instance they can often drive to work/their house/somewhere they go often with no issue but they can’t tell you what year it is or anybody’s name. Or they can order their usual meal just fine and don’t know where they are, and don’t realize that they don’t know where they are unless asked. I worked at a nursing home and one guy only remembered he was addicted to smoking cigarettes when he went to the group activities in a balcony area. Because he always used to smoke on his balcony. If someone took their phone and the paper to read on a bench by their house a lot that would stick in their mind a long time even when other more important things didn’t. Just in case you were having a good day or something


I was feeling a little cheerful and this post cleared that right up.


My grandmother's routine was to get dressed and go volunteer at a local nursing home... When she was finally a resident at one(not the same), one day she just did her routine, and waved at the desk staff on the way out the door. They found her an hour later at a bus stop.


He's gonna be more pissed about changing the timelines




Lol stop. And this guy.


Seems suspicious


Nah I'm sure the high quality paper and ink used in newspaper could survive the outdoor elements, and that children, collectors, maintenance persons, thieves, and the plain curious would ignore the strange scene, for 23 years.


Never mind he's posting a photo of a newspaper image from a Lakers-Bulls championship game that happened exactly 23 years ago to the day (well, the newspaper itself was published the next day, but the game happened today) I'm sure that's a complete coincidence too.


I'm not saying this isn't fake, but I don't think anyone was trying to imply that they literally sat on a bench got 23 years...


That is EXACTLY what OP is trying to imply, that someone sat there 23 years ago and left the paper and phone there and neither has moved since


Unless there's a comment where OP actually says that, that's a huge stretch to assume that's what they're going for here.


It’s literally in the title


No it isn't. It says the newspaper is from 1998 and the phone is from the same era, and that they were left alone on a bench. Nowhere in that title does it say they were left there since 1998.




Great explanation! ‘no it isn’t’ I’m totally convinced now!


not to mention something as simple as a breeze coming along from time to time


Exactly my thoughts. I'm going to need a judge's ruling on this one.


It felt slightly suspicious to me too, yet I wasn't sure what to really suspect




it was you Ozzy


Im not gonna lie, occams razor says that you just set them there yourself and took the photograph. not even trying to be rude here


I follow now. And no worries, I guess if making up things like this is something people do, I can see why people would think it's made up. From my perspective however, occam's razor seemed to say maybe someone put them there and watched from a distance to see how people would react. at least that's what came to mind at the time.


>I guess if making up things like this is something people do You really think someone would do that? Just go on the Internet and tell lies?


Things "like this" was more of the odd part to me. Personally it never occurred to me that in sharing my strange occurrence, the response would be to assume I dug up an old newspaper and phone, brought them out to a bench, and staged a plan to pretend I found them for some sort of internet points of no monetary value or utility. But clearly that was a very common reaction, so I understand now that yes, that is something people probably would do, and it's now given me the life experience of what it's like to share something strange that happened and have people tell me my experience didn't happen, which in the long run I can already tell will be useful to me. It shows me all sorts of things, how we humans have created a situation where we are untrustworthy enough that when something noteworthy or even synchronous happens (e.g., it came to my attention in the comments that [this](https://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/ns7e9n/i_found_an_exactly_23_year_old_newspaper_sitting/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share) happened to someone else a couple weeks ago across the world from where i live!), we can't just engage over the content of that thing but rather must engage over the trustworthiness of the person reporting it. It shows me how prominent a role the internet plays in people's images, such that even on a platform where we generally interact anonymously, these karma points are clearly desirable enough to enough people that faking posts like this would be a plausible explanation for why this newspaper and phone were here. It will help me empathize with people who have life experiences - often far, far more significant than this one - and are met by incredulity or insults from others. I found some old things on a bench and got called "pathetic" and an "idiot" for it, and my sharing of this information was so unwelcome to people that my post actually seems to have gotten reported and no longer shows on the sub pending mod approval. It will also help me empathize with those very people who don't believe others, because I can see there are enough of them that it's clearly conditioned into us at the collective level - that we've created a society where we must be so on guard that such a response is naturally going to be the default for many. And it helps me be a bit more open minded about things that previously I was perhaps a little quick to shut down, based on my own conditioning. So ultimately there's a lot I took from this little situation.


Yea, no, you did not come across a 25 year old newspaper and cellphone placed next to each other outdoors in perfect, intact condition. Girl bye. And girl bye to your excessive, incoherent rant.


Ok loser


Jesus christ. It's a meme from a cartoon dude


Maybe it is a cold drop with some secret messages... This kind of stuff fascinates me. Whoever did this, did it on purpose.


No you just placed those for karma and you are an idiot.


"Agent Orenda reporting to Time HQ. Tell Wilson in Parameters that they got the alignment wrong...AGAIN. I'm in 2021, not 1998. How could they mess it up by 23 years? "Per protocols, I am discarding anachronistic props after applying *Insta-Age*. I am leaving the area. "Oh...and tell Wilson I just figured out that 23 was Michael Jordan's number. If this is some kind of joke, I am going to SMACK them when I get back!"


HQ: Please find out more about the possibility of breeding with Mr.Jordan. He must have had quite a few thousand partners now that we’ve decoded the ‘23 and me’ archive.


Power on that phone. I bet it still has battery life


Motorola is second to Nokia... I believe in Motorola*cheers motorola*


Funnily enough, I found my old [Motorola "MicroTAC DPC 550"](https://www.mobilecollectors.net/phone/3008/Motorola-MicroTAC+DPC+550) from way back in like 1994. Had the charger with it and an extra battery. Both the batteries were dead, but they took and held a charge. Phone turned right on too. Too bad it's utterly useless for anything other than throwing it at someone to inflict as much damage as a decent sized rock.


Hello moto


Write "buy Bitcoin in the mid 2000s" on the paper for the benefit of the time traveler who left it there.


Bitcoin didn't exist until 2009


He meant 2500. I’m sure of it


I mean.. Who knows, maybe it'll spike from 96 Billion to like 99999999999 bagillion around the year of 2505? (If anyone sees this in 2505, holy shit i wonder how life is for yall.. Hope youre having a good day i guess) Holy shit im high


I'd like to add my greetings to 2505. Hope you're all having a great time. If not, goodluck.


Also leaving a message for 2505: fuck yall


RemindMe! 479 years


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Wouldn’t it make more sense with 2020, all things considered?


Data rot: Fuck yall's messages.


Speaking of being high, I wonder if by then they could just reanimate a mf but don't cuz they'd only do it if they had the previous consent of the reanimated. If that's the case and y'all 2500 cats saw these last folks message, I consent to being reanimated without a second thought to the repercussions, let's see what's up.


>Hope youre having a good day i guess I have no idea why you're wishing me wellness for 24 hours, maybe there's a translation error, but thank you! Oh btw watch out for th


Hi high I'm dad


Then you would make a lot of money inventing it in 2005.


no way it will happen !! if so bitcoin shouldnt exist cuz FMI doesnt want to so


Yeah, bullshit.


You just found a time traveling dudes stuff!


no creo porque el periódico se ve antiguo y si fuera de un viajero estaría como nuevo


Lo que no dudaría es que te gusta dejar intrigados a los que no entienden español.


Si. Buen observacion senor.


Are you living in a spy movie?


If someone sits down next to those, tell them you have fish in your pockets. Unless they respond "my hovercraft is full of eels" you must leave with haste. If they do answer appropriately, you may have just been recruited to a top.secret mission.


Shave off your fingerprints first, just in case.


it could have been left by someone with dementia. caretakers often provide old newspapers and magazines to them because without being able to internalize new memories in many cases, they wake up still thinking it's the same year over and over again and so it's often easier to just show them the same news for the sake of comfort. either this or somebody just cracked open a storage unit and decided to keep two of the least valuable items therein. especially given that this is a big headline about michael jordan winning a game, it's giving me "lets show them some news that will consistently make them happy" vibes.


This is an interesting theory I hadn't considered


My money says it's some smart-ass with alot of free time. Seems right up my alley when I was a dissolute.


If that phone has juice, power it up and check the speed dial/last call. It may actually be a functional phone if it belonged to someone with memory loss. See if next of kin is in there.


That phone would have been on an AMPS analog network. Long since decommissioned and replaced at least 3 if not 4 times. So even if the phone powers up and is operational it would have nothing to connect to.


Probably. But I've heard of weirder things than modifying an ancient phone to work on a modern system. Hell, I've got a neighbor with a "rotary" phone in his den/office. Just a (admittedly unlikely) possibility stemming from the theory that these items belonged to someone with dementia or memory loss. It takes seconds to check and seemed like it would be a good idea.


Yes, another interesting theory is that you put some old newspaper from your parent's house and an old cellphone for karma on a bench. You are pathetic. Summer reddit smh...


Makes me think of the first PG-13 movie I went and saw on my own, 50 first dates.


Came here to say this, or at least similar. My mother is dying from dimentia now, and I can say that the movie *50 First Dates* got a few things right when it comes to mental diseases/disorders. Except that it will only keep getting worse, not better. Sometimes there's no use fighting it anymore, and the best thing you can do is try to make every day as pleasant as possible before the days run out. Please report what you found to the police or similar authority - the location and time you found it may be important details. There could *easily* be someone missing from home or a care facility, and/or I would imagine these items were important to someone's mental health. Best of luck finding answers!




No you didn't EDIT: Thanks for the awards!


Can’t believe I had to scroll this far down for this


Yeah, I'm especially suspicious [given my post from a few days back](https://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/ns7e9n/i_found_an_exactly_23_year_old_newspaper_sitting/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share)


Damn look at all the karma you missed out on by not planting a phone next to it


So we can just post staged bullshit now?


and apparently get at least 5k upvotes for it too!


The quality of the classic reddit subs sure has hit the toilet wall


time travellers are getting real sloppy nowadays


The paper & phone would look new if it were a time traveler right?


The time traveler obviously wasn't coming FROM the '90s.. they brought these along to try and fit in, then realized their error and dumped them inconspicuously.


Time traveler, yes. Temporal anomaly, not so much.


As a time traveller from 1971 I can confirm they should look new


That's just John Titor, he stops by on alternating millenniums.




Sure you did mate


Doubt it


Of all the things that never happened, this one happened the least.


Doc will be back for them. He just had to save Marty right quick.


Is it wrong that I want to go back to what sports were in 1998? • The Jordan Bulls winning their last NBA title. • The McGuire/Sosa home run race. • The Broncos winning Super Bowls in the twilight of John Elway’s career.


I'm okay with MLB players not juicing themselves. We can leave that in the past.


56k modems Emma Watson wasn't even born yet


Emma Watson was born in 1990.


>Emma Watson was born in 1990. I like the way you think.


Leave it


I did! I felt like I was being watched or something, like it must be some kind of strange social experiment. But if someone was watching they were hiding well.






No you didn't. You're farming karma.


1998 called, they want their newspaper back


I highly doubt you did, why did the wind never blow that paper off the bench? I can’t believe 5k idiots upvoted you for this bullshit


No you didn’t stfu


Hold on. Let me grab my old Phone and a 90s newspaper from the library and post it.


This is such bullshit. To the 5358 people who upvoted this, do yall use any critical thinking skills, ever?


Sure you did!!!!!


Why did you put those on a bench and take a photo of them?


Yeah......right, all the people that walked by there and YOU are the only one that happens to "find" it.......👌


Exactly this. Who honestly believes this? Dude is either trying to make some "haha, a time traveler must have been here" joke. OP was probably cleaning out an attic or something and stumbled on upon this. Which would have been a lot better of a post than an obvious lie.


5k upvoters apparently believe it, or seriously believe a time traveler left it


For context, this was on a fairly busy street with shops and pedestrians, although nobody appeared to be paying attention to this bench or these things.


Did you hang around for a while and watch out for anyone who might have left it?


I stayed there for a few minutes, speculating with my wife and our friend what might be the explanation and took pictures. Then went into a coffee shop nearby, came back out and it was still there, left it and moved on with my day.


Weird thing for people to downvote.


Some people think OP is lying. I don't, but that's why.


500 for things that never happened, Alex


This is conundrum


Reminds me of the laundromat I used to go to in Japan. Someone, never learned who, would randomly leave these old books/magazines lying around. Things like a travel guide from the 70s or a computer magazine from 1990. I always thought it was really cool to be able to peer into the past like that, especially because I wasn’t in Japan(or in some cases even born) at the time it was printed.


why I feel that 98 is not that far back in the past? and thinking that 2044 is so far in the future?


Someone just fucked up the timeline again. This won't end well.


[Hmmm, interesting](https://www.reddit.com/r/mildlyinteresting/comments/ns7e9n/i_found_an_exactly_23_year_old_newspaper_sitting/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share)




What bench? Where? Left there for 23 years?!


Let’s think about these questions for just a moment


This is a clue!


He never opened that paper with Jordan on the front page. -“...and so, it became personal with me.”


Mj doesnt have anything better to do these days.


Scavenger hunt/escape room type thing perhaps?


There is a story behind this. I'm curious.


The story is OP staged the photo for karma, there’s your story


Time traveler found a minions pocketpussy


Definitely left by a time traveler


I'd believe it was a time traveler if the newspaper wasn't so beat up.


Maybe someone left this for a loved one who passed


Likely props from a TV series or movie that was filming there. Background actors often misplace their props. If you’re in a big city- it’s more likely/possible the area was used as a set for a period piece.


That's my thought. Assuming OP is telling the truth, someone was filming a period piece, and an actor or crew member forgot these props. There might have been a film permit issued. OP could check with whatever office issues those for the area.


When you are going to time travel back to 1998 but forget your blending in props


If that's not a code from a secret agent I don't know what is


Interesting, I would keep both, if no one asks. The last championship won by the Bulls.


So.. there is NO way that phone is getting service on todays network. Also, how come this phone never existed in our history?


I'd have stuck around to see if Doc and Marty showed up....


I came here for the time traveling comments


I have a British news paper from ww2 V-day that my grandad kept, no phone but my grandfather will always be in my heart and memory about his story’s of fighting in the war, thought someone might find that mildly interesting


The answer is simple. They have been sitting there, unnoticed, for 23 years.


No they haven’t


damn time travellers never picking up after themselves


Oh man what a good year too


23 years to the day? If only it had been discovered or dropped at 23:23....


What's mad as well is it's pretty much to the day. As if writing it's the 14th June 2021 for me and when posted but it's literally a day out from being 23 years on! Crazy!


Oh this is an interesting observation; however to make it less interesting, I will note that this actually happened a few weeks ago. I just remembered today that I wanted to share it.


You could have played it off like it was intentional and nobody would be suspect of it 😂 cool pic though regardless mate!


It’s not mad, it’s staged


The problem with time travel... well... ATOMS know how old they SHOULD be. Was there also a pile of dust?