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.