Every feel like you lost 300 years somewhere? Image © by Michael Paukner. Image Source: Cargo Collective.
I09 recently reported on Dr. Hans-Ulrich Niemitz's Phantom Time Hypothesis, defined on Brain Pickings as a "bizarre historical conspiracy theory positing that the Roman calendar was infiltrated with 297 years which never actually occurred and the Middle Ages never took place, so this isn’t the year 2010 but, rather, 1713." According to Cargo Collective:
Yes, calendar conspirators. If this is really 1713, then the Millennium will not arrive until the year 2297. We can all relax! In fact, Niemitz's theory is a result of miscounting the calendar around the resolutions of the Council of Nicaea in A.D. 325.
When Dr. Hans-Ulrich Niemitz introduces his paper on the “phantom time hypothesis”, he kindly asks his readers to be patient, benevolent, and open to radically new ideas, because his claims are highly unconventional. This is because his paper is suggesting three difficult-to-believe propositions: 1) Hundreds of years ago, our calendar was polluted with 297 years which never occurred; 2) this is not the year 2010, but rather 1713; and 3) The purveyors of this hypothesis are not crackpots.
The Phantom Time Hypothesis suggests that the early Middle Ages (614-911 A.D.) never happened, but were added to the calendar long ago either by accident, by misinterpretation of documents, or by deliberate falsification by calendar conspirators. This would mean that all artifacts ascribed to those three centuries belong to other periods, and that all events thought to have occurred during that same period occurred at other times, or are outright fabrications.
Brain Pickings recently ran a profile on the Austrian artist Michael Paukner, who illustrated Niemitz's notion, shown above. Paukner has also visualized other mysteries, like the hundred monkeys theory, Kundalini, Megatron's Cube, Stonehenge rebuilt, and a diagram of the capital city of Atlantis. You can see his work here.
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