Put on your tinfoil hats: A main claiming to be a time traveler hits the message boards
When you're in those message boards late at night, you have to take information with a grain of salt. Okay, more like a whole salt shaker. But when someone can explain even the most absurd things in great detail, you have to start to believe them. When a man from 2036 stopped by the year 2000, people weren't sure what to think.
Posts began showing up on the Time Travel Institute forums in late 2000 discussing a time machine and how it worked. From January to March of 2001, the man started posting as "John Titor," a soldier from 2036 sent back to 1975 to grab an IBM 5100 computer which was needed for legacy programs in the future. The year 2000 was a pit-stop to grab some pictures, greet his family, and warm people of a disease that would spread through beef.
Titor explained his time machine in great detail and even uploaded scans of the manual with diagrams and schematics. After an intense civil war and World War III, which lead to many large cities being attacked with nuclear weapons, the new U.S. Capital is Omaha, Nebraska. The future is always so grim.
None of his predictions have come true, but that hasn't stopped a book, John Titor: A Time Traveler's Tale, from being published in 2003.