In December 2008, Chinese archaeologists discovered a giant tomb that was believed to be an undisturbed, 400-year-old coffin of Si Qing in Shangsi County. That's pretty old, guys. Before they even managed to crack the lid and find out what was inside, however, they came across something even more amazing than a centuries-old bag of bones in the soil around the outside of the tomb: a small piece of golden metal, shaped like a watch, with the time frozen at 10:06, wth the word 'Swiss' engraved on the back. A watch that couldn't have been more than one hundred years old.
So how did it end up embedded in the soil of an ancient, undisturbed tomb?
We'll tell you: It's time travel. At least that's the conclusion that the world's media came to when the story broke a few years ago. We're pretty interested as to how the watch in question got to be so minuscule - something to do with quarks, we imagine (because we don't know what quarks are) - but also how a watch from the last century ended up bundled with a coffin dating back to the Ming Dynasty (the 15th-16th Century).
The plot thickens since, apparently, there was a ban on flashy jewelry around that time in Geneva, so the idea it may actually be a watch would make sense, because they were considered as an essential, practical accessory rather than decoration. There's no record anywhere of watches being popular in Europe until after 1780, though, so what's the deal? Guy with a tiny watch traveled back in time, mucked around with some old Chinese dude's grave, then dropped his watch on the way out?
Also: he was tiny for some reason?
Again, it's time travel. Or maybe an elaborate hoax. Probably the former, though.