Serial prankster claims to find time machine

Julian Lee Hobbs, aka Rory Emerald, recently placed an ad in the Helena Independent Record claiming to have found H.G. Wells' time machine. The ad became the talk of Helena.

Turns out Emerald is a serial prankster who's done this kind of thing often:

The prankster, which California papers have called “a would be actor,” has placed fictitious ads in the past, including the Roanoke Times, where he allegedly found the diary of a “very famous American” inside an old clock, and in the Miami Harold, where he convinced the entertainment media that he was Elizabeth Taylor’s new beau.

Once, he said, he received a call from Nick Nolte after posting an ad in California suggesting he found an Academy Award in a Beverly Hills park.

Years ago, he said, he even placed an ad in the Missoulian claiming to have found an ancient sarcophagus filled with a mummy and artifacts.

Future/Time Pranks

Posted on Tue Jan 22, 2008


I heard about this hoax on a Los Angeles radio station. I couldn't stop laughing. "Famed Hollywood Personality & Prankster" Rory Emerald has been hoodwinking the media for years. Finding the original car from "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in Iowa City, Iowa was funny too. I wonder if Alex Boese and Rory Emerald are friends?
Posted by Jason Silbersack  on  Thu Jan 24, 2008  at  09:33 PM
Where is Rory Emerald these days? I liked reading about him in the newspaper. He's very funny!
Posted by ♥ Cherilyn ♥  on  Thu Oct 08, 2009  at  08:42 PM
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