The break-up of the Beatles during the period 1969-70, caused by a series of personal, financial and legal conflicts after the death of their manager Brian Epstein in 1967, left many fans with a broken heart. But here’s a fascinating idea. What if, in a certain parallel universe, the Beatles never broke up? According to James Richards, this is exactly what happened.
James Richards, a man from Livermore, California, was driving home from Turlock on the date of September 9, 2009, while he decided to take a drive through the scenic road along Del Puerto Canyon, a place west of west of Turlock.
Since his female dog needed to go pee-pee, Richards stopped the car, and let her go, while he stretched. After a while, he heard some barking from the distance. As he followed, he found his dog chasing a rabbit. As he ran after the dog to stop it, in a way befitting Alice in Wonderland, he feel into a rabbit hole. At this point, he passed out.
When he woke up, he found himself in a room. The wound on his head had been dressed, and from outside came the noise of constant traffic. What happened next is best described in his own words:
I wasn’t near the window in the room, it was actually on the other side next to a unusual looking electronic machine that i didn’t recognize from anywhere I’ve seen before. The only reason this stood out was because it seemed out of place in a person’s home, which most of the room resembled. I decided to get up and look out the window but the door opened and in ran my dog, who was pretty excited to see me. When I looked up there was a man standing at the door. He was about 6 ft tall, had medium long black hair and was dressed casually nice but gave me a “greasy” vibe, if you know what I mean. He introduced himself as Jonas and asked me if I was ok, which I said yes. He said he found me unconscious in a field with my dog barking at me. So I thanked him for helping me and my dog out, and that I was surprised my dog even came back to me. I then asked him the question that would make me start wondering if I in fact had gone crazy… I asked him “where am I?”.
“About 20 feet away from where I found you” he replied. I told him that couldn’t be possible because there were no houses within at least 20 miles from where I last remember being. He then told me that what he was going to say next will be very shocking and unbelievable, and that if he didn’t actually experience it himself then he wouldn’t believe it. He took a look at the machine near the window and looked back at me and said he transported me into parallel Earth. He said he traveled to our Earth dimension and found me knocked out in the blazing heat with nobody around to help me out. Normally he said he doesn’t take outsiders through a portal but in my case he thought I needed urgent help.
Thus, after a really long and monotonous chit-chat on the similarities and dissimilarities of their worlds, interdimensional travel and so on, Jonas took Richards to the music room.
“We also started talking about music, which was an interesting topic because there were many of the same bands between our worlds that existed, including The Beatles. When their name got brought up Jonas mentioned that his brother just got back from seeing them perform at a concert recently, which I gave a weird look to and said “you mean they are still together?”, and he said yea. I then told him about how they broke up in our world and that John & George passed away, apparently in his world they are all alive, healthy and on tour still.”
Thus, Jonas showed Richards the 6 Beatles albums he had, 5 of which were never recorded in this world, and they listened to them for some time. In order to prove to his world his otherworldly experience, Richards asked Jonas to provide him with a copy of one of those albums. Jonas reacted sharply and said: “No, you are not to take anything with you back to your world. No pictures, no souvenirs, no tapes, NOTHING.”
However, thinking that an unsung song by one of the most popular bands of the world will serve the best proof of interdimensional travel, James stole an album while Jonas went to answer the doorbell.
Thus, after some more mundane chit-chat and having lunch together, James took off for his own home:
We went back in the room with the machines in it, I grabbed my dog and shook Jonas’ hand for taking care of me after I was knocked out. I thanked him again and stepped through the portal (which felt like getting wet but staying dry the entire time, really weird… when i put my dog on the ground she even shook herself like she thought she was wet).
Thus, the most astonishing journey of his life came to an end. back in his own world, Richards found his car and drove his way home.
Unfortunately I don’t have any information about the tape other than what is written on the card sleeve. The track names were written, as well as the album title “Everyday Chemistry” . Everything else about it is as mysterious to you as it is to me. It also wasn’t like I could have asked the guy anything about it, especially after taking it from him.
If you wish to contact James Richards for more information, he has very graciously provided his email ID [email protected]. Odd? Funny? Unbelievable? Fascinating? What’s your remark? Let us know on Twitter, Facebook and in your comments below.