The Ghost Time Hypothesis Claiming We Lived in 1726

If we were to ask anyone passing by on the street what year it is, they would say 2023. However, according to historian Heribert Illig, things are not quite as they seem. His proposed “Phantom/Phantom Time Hypothesis” suggests that a significant portion of history never actually happened! First proposed by Heribert Illig in 1991 and developed by Dr. Hans-Ulrich Niemitz in 1995, if the Phantom Time Hypothesis is correct, we are currently living in the year 1726. This means that the Gregorian calendar is not real and the Middle Ages never happened. It may sound ridiculous, but Heribert insists that he is of sound mind and has evidence to support his claim. According to his theory, physical evidence was altered, statements were falsified, and documents were forged. In short, the 297 years between AD 614 and 911 in the Early Middle Ages never actually occurred! According to this theory, Roman Emperor III. Otto, Pope II. Sylvester, and Byzantine Emperor VII. Constantine collaborated to manipulate the documents of that time period to secure III. Otto’s legitimacy. Another possibility is that there was a calendar error. In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII introduced the Gregorian calendar. Prior to the Gregorian calendar, the Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesar in 48 BC, was used. In order to align the calendar with the solar year, an extra day was added to the Julian calendar every four years in a leap year. However, there was a problem. The solar year is 365.24219 days long, so the Julian calendar gained a day every 128 years. Therefore, when Pope Gregory needed to shift the calendar by 13 days, he accidentally shifted it by 10 days instead… Thus, the possibility arose that the 297 years in question were simply fabricated without actually existing. However, this hypothesis did not receive support from other historians and remained only an entertaining “what-if” scenario. What do you think? Is it possible that such a thing could have occurred?

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