New video takes you back through the origins of time travel

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Mar 26, 2021, 3:00 PM EDT (Updated)

The universal concept of time is often foremost on people's minds as they go about their daily grind, especially now that Daylight Savings has ended and we're thrust back into the disorienting temporal reality of gaining one hour.

Time and the notion of traveling along its infinite stream has been the source of countless novels, short stories, TV shows, comics, songs, and Hollywood feature films galore -- from Time Cop, Back to the Future, and Terminator to Looper, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and 12 Monkeys. But what was the precise moment in time when someone conjured up the idea of tripping though it? And where was it first presented in entertainment form for the masses to digest?

This provocative new video by The Nerdwriter, titled When Did Time Travel Come From?, examines this continuity conundrum, and comes to some interesting conclusions as to the steadily ticking origins of the time travel genre over the past 100 years.

The short video above begins with the notion of time travel's prehistoric beginnings, with cavemen suffering from regret and wondering what the cause and effect would be to leapfrog a few hours. From there, we travel from Charles Dickens' 1843 holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, to H.G. Wells' 1898 invasion thriller, The Time Machine, to our oversaturation with time travel as a modern storytelling device. Whether we're talking the T-800 or Doc Brown's souped-up DeLorean, we're all familiar with the perils and pitfalls of this age-old scientific theory.

Take a trip into this informative video's expansive ocean of time, and engage in the endless debate surrounding the origins of time travel in pop culture, then tell us where you'd deliver yourself if time allowed.