Origins

John Titor (or TimeTravel_0) is a pseudonym used between 2000 and 2001 by a person claiming to be an American military time traveler from 2036. Titor made numerous predictions regarding catastrophic events in 2004 and beyond, including nuclear war.

The first posts appeared in the Time Travel Institute forums on November 2, 2000, by TimeTravel_0. At the time, forum software was rudimentary. The number of posts the thread received caused the thread to “lock up”. Titor eventually created a second thread to continue the conversation.

The name “John Titor” was not introduced until January 2001, when TimeTravel_0 began posting at the Art Bell BBS Forums. Keith Rowland, the webmaster at the time, required all new accounts to use their first and last names.

John Titor stopped posting in late March 2001.

Titor’s Time Machine

The Titor posts discussed the broad mechanics of time travel and the six parts a time machine would require to operate. He talked about his time machine on several occasions, describing it as a stationary mass temporal displacement unit powered by two top-spin, dual positive singularities, producing a standard off-set Tipler sinusoid.

Other posts describe the time machine as containing the following:

+ Two magnetic housing units for the dual micro singularities
+ An electron injection manifold to alter the mass and gravity of the micro singularities
+ A cooling and X-ray venting system
+ Gravity sensors, or a variable gravity lock
+ Four main cesium clocks
+ Three main computer units

According to the posts, the device was installed in the rear of a 1966 Chevrolet Corvette convertible and later mentioned a 1987 truck having four-wheel drive.

Claims John Titor Made

John Titor claimed to be an American soldier from 2036, based in Tampa, Florida, and assigned to a governmental time travel project. He was sent back to 1975 to retrieve an IBM 5100 computer needed to debug various legacy computer programs in 2036 (a possible reference to the UNIX year 2038 problem).

Titor said he was selected for this mission because his paternal grandfather was directly involved with the assembly and programming of the 5100. To support this, he described unpublicized features of the 5100, leading to assumptions that a computer scientist could be behind the postings.

His presence in 2000 is explained as a stopover “for personal reasons,” to collect pictures lost in the (future) civil war and to visit his family, of whom he spoke often. Titor also said he had been trying to alert anyone that would listen about the threat of Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and about the possibility of civil war in the United States.

When questioned about them by an online subscriber, Titor also expressed an interest in mysteries such as UFOs, which he claimed remained unexplained in his time. Titor suggested that UFOs and extraterrestrials might be travelers from much further into the future than his own time, with superior time machines.

Predictions
Although invoking the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics (events from his timeline differing from our own), Titor also expressed assurance that the differences were minimal. As such, his descriptions have been interpreted as predictions and compared with historical events since 2001.

The most immediate of Titor’s predictions were of an upcoming civil war in the United States having to do with “order and rights.” He described it as beginning in 2004, with civil unrest surrounding the presidential election of that year. This civil conflict that he characterized as “having a Waco-type event every month that steadily gets worse” would be “pretty much at everyone’s doorstep” and erupt by 2008.

As a result of the war, the United States would split into five regions based on various factors and differing military objectives. This civil war, according to Titor, would end in 2015 with a brief but intense World War III.

Titor refers to the exchange as “N Day.” Washington, D.C. and Jacksonville, Florida are specifically mentioned as being hit. After the war, Omaha, Nebraska, would be the new U.S. capital. Titor was vague as to the exact motivations and causes for World War III. At one point, he characterized the hostilities as being led by “border clashes and overpopulation .” He also pointed to the contemporary conflict between Arabs and Israel as a milestone that precedes a hypothetical World War III.

Titor claimed that as a 13-year-old in 2011, he joined the Fighting Diamondbacks, a shotgun infantry unit in Florida, for at least four years. In other posts, he described himself as hiding from the war.

Titor claimed that the “Everett–Wheeler model of quantum physics,” better known as the many-worlds interpretation, was correct. According to Titor, this caused a new timestream to form because of his time travel.