I'm a 'time-travelling soldier from the year 2036' – here’s when the world will be wiped out by computer virus | The Sun

A SO-CALLED time travelling soldier from the year 2036 has warned the world will be dramatically wiped out by a computer virus.

A person named John Titor took the internet by storm in the year 2000 after bizarrely claiming to be from the future and predicting the end of the world.

He made numerous wild claims about disastrous events in 2004 and beyond – including a nuclear war.

Then he suddenly disappeared, and has never been heard from again.

Taking to online forums in late 2000, John claimed to be an American soldier from 2036, based in Tampa, Florida.

In a wild theory, he said a computer virus will end the world in 2036 – 14 years away.

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He claimed his mission was to head back to 1975 in order to get an IBM 5100 computer, which had the equipment to fight the future virus.

The supposed quantum leaper said his detour to 2000 was to get some time off while visiting his three-year-old self.

During his time on the internet, he also claimed civil war would erupt in the America in 2005, leading to the US being split into five regions.

And the civil war would end in 2015 with a brief World War Three, he said.

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John stayed around on the internet for four months and answered hundreds of questions from curious people.

He even offered a high-tech explanation for how time travel really works, sharing overly complex algorithms and grainy photos of his supposed time machine.

But on March 24, 2001, John signed off forever with a final piece of advice: "Bring a gas can with you when the car dies on the side of the road."

Since his posts, documentaries have been made about him, private investigators followed his trail, and message boards buzzed with hype around who this strange man could really be.

Two years after he vanished, a fan set up a website tracking John's predictions and examining his 151 posts.

And in 2004, members of George Mason University threw together a multimedia rock opera based on John.

A film is also said to be in the pipeline based on his wild theories, turning John's four-month mysterious posts into a phenomenon.

In 2003, the John Titor Foundation published John Titor: A Time Traveler's Tale – which currently go for $130 on Amazon.

It appears conspiracy theorists have clung onto John's claims as no one has ever claimed to be behind the supposed hoax from 2000 to 2001.

Brian Dunning, a writer and producer, devoted an entire episode of podcast Skeptoid to the tale of John Titor in 2013.

"This is a superpower that everyone would love to have,” Dunning said.

"We all want John Titor to actually be from the future."

He added: "The John Titor story is popular simply because that happens to be one of the stories that became popular."

John Titor is among many others who bizarrely claim to be time travellers.

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