FANS have created a new conspiracy theory surrounding iconic TV sitcom The Office as a pair of Apple AirPods surfaced ten years before their release.
The bizarre footage shows a man wearing a green jacket, a black backpack and tiny white earbuds resembling AirPods in both ears.
Apple’s first-generation AirPods weren’t released until December 13, 2016, but the Valentine’s Day episode of The Office that features the controversial scene aired on February 9, 2006.
Many think this is proof that time travel exists.
In the quick three-second scene, the man walks past Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, who is descending some stairs into the 49 St subway station in New York City.
Before Michael goes back up the stairs as “a man in a box appears down there.”
It then quickly cuts to The Biggest Boss in the World overlooking the ice rink at Rockefeller Center before one of the sitcom’s more famous scenes, in which Michael mistakenly follows a woman he believes is the actress and Comedian Tina Fey is.
The camera then follows someone walking past Michael, who is revealed to be American talk show host and comedian Conan O’Brien.
The result was a disappointed Scott missing Conan when he spoke to the fake Tina Fey.
The exact time of the scene is five minutes and 20 seconds in season two, episode 16, “Valentine’s Day”.
The episode focuses on Michael and his boss’s trip to New York to meet with the Dunder Mifflin corporate team on Valentine’s Day, leading to rumors that they are dating.
The Office AirPod Time Traveler Conspiracy, as it is known online, was first mentioned in 2018 by YouTuber Tom Gobuzas, who posted a video with the same name as the theory.
The video now has 51,000 views online, but the theory only really took off when it became one Tick tock Trending in 2019 with people pointing out the confusing scene and getting millions of views from interested fans.
Since then, people have noticed a faint black chord on the earbuds, which could explain the phenomenon and put an end to the crazy theory.
Mysteriously, Apple products were seen on television several times before their release.
A TikTok video showed a performer at the 2008 Beijing Olympics wearing white plastic items that resembled AirPods.
TikTok user Yessirbrother said in the video: “I think I found a real time traveler.
“2008 Beijing Olympics – this guy has Airpods!”
The idea of time travel goes even further back when a photo from Brazil’s 1962 World Cup was exposed because the image showed a man with a flip phone.
Apple CEO Tim Cook even joked that a 350-year-old Dutch painting by Pieter de Hooch appeared to show a woman holding an iPhone.