Great article!

Posted 22 October 2014 at 12:50 am in response to Absolute Zero is 0K


ieatlettuce said: "I've always thought it funny that we (humans) want to make robots that look like us and do things like us. Surely the "design" of humans is not particularly practical - balancing on two legs is much harder than on four, not to mention all the other things that make us human, but are really unnecessary in a robot - blinking for example.

Also, I've never been to a Madame Tussauds but do they have the same problems there - where some people find the models too odd (too human perhaps?) to look at?
Finally, I remember hearing about a movie studio or production company or something that had bought the rights to use Bruce Lee's image to make a movie featuring a life-like, CGI Bruce. Heresy is my cry and I am so glad it hasn't come to fruition yet."

When you think about it though, it makes sense to model robots after ourselves to some extent. The vast majority of things that an android would need to interact with in today's world would have been originally designed with humans in mind. As such, the human form logically makes the most sense to duplicate in terms of trying to design a robot that can carry out day to day functions in a place such as a home, store, or restaurant.

Posted 21 October 2014 at 01:03 pm in response to A Walk in the Valley of the Uncanny

edward sedgewick 3rd

kerad13 said: "as a canadian i would like to say that canada succesfully burned down the americans white house."

in the war of 1812-1815 we "AMERICANS" did burn down the Canadian Parliament, but it was the British who get the credit for burning down the White House

Posted 20 October 2014 at 08:30 am in response to America's Secret Plan to Invade Canada

Moxy dog

I would love to go there it's like silent hill hell ya

Posted 18 October 2014 at 02:35 pm in response to The Smoldering Ruins of Centralia


Nazi is short for NAZIonal Socialisteche Deutscher Arbeitspartei - National Socialist German Workers Party. They were Leftist/Statist/Fascist. You could look it up.

Posted 17 October 2014 at 01:36 am in response to Vesna's Fall

Rhys Renham

Berkana said "For example, I can look at a grove of trees, and obtain the information that there are five trees and that they have fruit that I can eat, and thus the information about those trees comes into existance. If no animal nor human were to look upon these hypothetical fruit trees and perceive that they have fruit, then this information would not exist, even if the fruit trees (in what ever number) exist. Their "fiveness" and the quality of being fruit bearing are informational, and this cannot be described in terms of physics. (Strangely though, physics can be described with information/meaning/semantics)."

I would like to bring up a small point about the five trees that have been so discussed. Does a physical object’s information need to be duplicated in order to be proven to exist? I mean a tree standing alone on an island is its own physical record of itself. Or am I wrong? A person observing the tree and writing down "tree" on a piece of paper does not make the tree any more or less a piece of reality. The information of their existence is represented IN their existence. Information is not the singular result of observation, sound, or smell. Information has several definitions (I am looking at one part of what information is for the sake of this argument, please do not bring up how information is also a service on your telephone), and one is along the lines of "facts provided or learned about something or someone." The tree is providing information of its existence by existing, of its location by being where it is, and it even tells you it grows fruit because it grows that fruit. I would argue that existence itself is the medium upon which all information is accessible/recorded for life forms (such as humans) who use existence as their frame of reference.

A quick example is sound. Sounds cannot be accurately recorded in any medium other than sound. What sound is this? "ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ" is that the sound of a sleeping person, an alarm, a fly passing your ear? Yes, we have CDs and Vinyl as examples of recorded music. But without the use of a device to play these items we cannot look at the object and know what the sound recorded is without prior knowledge. The sound itself can only be received as information by an individual (a human) if it is transmitted as a sound.

We do not currently have the information about how to transplant a human brain from one body into another and people believe that it is an impossible task. If we learned to do it 50 years from now then the information would exist in a physical form (most likely written). But does that mean the information does not exist today? Or does it simply mean that the information exists and we just have yet to either discover it or to properly comprehend it? I really don't know, all of this is based on my personal thoughts and experiences and is not an attack on anyone or idea, but it is fun to think about.

Also, this also marks my moment of finishing the site up to its current point. From article #361 all the way back to announcement #1. Unlike when finishing a book I feel great because this site is alive and growing and I look forward to reading it regularly (as regularly as the articles appear) for many more years. Thanks to Alan Bellows and all the other writers, admins and people who use the comments to continue to make me think.

Posted 15 October 2014 at 05:11 pm in response to Damn Interesting

Greg White

In the Edeet Ravel novel Held a teenage girl named Chloe Mills is kidnapped while in Greece and ends up with the Stockholm syndrome.

Posted 14 October 2014 at 03:28 pm in response to Sympathy for the Devil


Matt DeMinico said: "Great article, but then seriously dude, you had to throw in some random environmentalist propaganda at the end about how we're all going to die because of rising sea levels, most likely caused by us evil human beings... sigh"

The article never called humans evil. In fact, it rather lauded what humans are capable when we put our minds to it. It never even once even alluded to humans affecting the world climate. Nor did it claim we're all going to die because of rising sea levels. What it actually said is occurring, "post-ice age glacial rebound", is 100% true.

If you see the facts about the real world as "propaganda", then I think you've been listening to too much actual propaganda from those who would deny reality when faced with the overwhelming amount of objective scientific facts about climate change. Facts which are readily available to anyone who cares to look at them.

Sea levels are rising. This is a fact. Global temperatures are also rising. This is also a fact. Admitting that we need to be ready to deal with the consequences of these changes or we'll suffer for failing to do so seems like a pretty responsible conclusion to come to after reading the rest of the article.

If that upsets you, well, feel free to continue to whine about people being concerned about it while the rest of us actually do our best to save you and people like you from yourself.

Posted 12 October 2014 at 08:42 pm in response to Surface Tension

lee shafer

i think i went to summer camp with her son chris. i'd like to contact him. anyone know him now? lee

Posted 12 October 2014 at 11:33 am in response to Taking Control of Candy Jones

siva moodley

i thought of this idea in 1982 while studying to be a maths and physical science teacher . i am now 51 years old. i wish to retire at 55 and pursue my idea with my retirement money

Posted 11 October 2014 at 01:36 pm in response to The Gravity-Powered Aircraft

Chris Klessens

Would this type of 6 cycle engine be limited to single cylinder design? The reason I ask is that it seems that in a multi-cylinder configuration, when one cylinder was on the "steam expansion" stroke of the cycle less power would be produced than that produced by a cylinder on its normal "combustion" cycle. In other words, can the expansion rate of steam in one cylinder keep up with that of burning fuel/air in another?

Posted 10 October 2014 at 04:13 am in response to The Six-Stroke Engine


Very interesting!

Sadly, I saw a news link on Facebook about this today. I have lived about an hour from Peshtigo for all my 37 years, and I had not heard about it.

Such a tragedy, but I am grateful to learn this part of Wisconsin history.

Posted 09 October 2014 at 08:01 pm in response to The Forgotten Fire


RubberBand said: "Hmm, interesting. I never knew Vaseline was so useful."

It was a turning point in my masturbation career.

Posted 09 October 2014 at 06:41 pm in response to Story of Vaseline

Click Your Poison Books

Brilliant! And just what I was looking for. The villain in my upcoming book was going to use a hidden pit of quicksand as his pulp-tastic method of disposing of the hero, but dry quicksand is so much more effective--and nefarious!

James Schannep

Posted 09 October 2014 at 12:46 pm in response to The Physics of Quicksand

Kelly Bates

I am friggin creeped out right now!!!! EWWWWWWAH!!! and heres why. K i grew up the youngest of three, Me and My 2 older Brothers, (no sisters) and a tuff tomboy. Blood/guts hey no problem, a bug or spider again no problems. Until that friggin day i will never forget. Ok we had a built-in pool and Jacuzzi if I wasn't swimming i would be riding my horse. We lived in Norco, Ca near the Santa Ana river bottom. I was around oh 12 or 13. In the dining room there was a light fixtlure controller called a dimmer?? on the wall with a round nob which you turn. On the other side of that wall was our den. In the den is where I was taking a nap on a corner group couch bed table in corner you know so I always took the big cushions off so I was right up against that wall in a deep sleep but always on somewhat of alert cuz my middle brother, yeah like to friggin wake me up with u no say smellin salt things and mess with me always ( gotta admit life would have been boring without him) so dead asleep I wake up to this thing yeah hang in mid air waving and trying to catch my nose but failing to grab it that .time well when I focused in on what the hell is that I couldnt get the hell away from this thing fast enough, but I did and yelling/screaming for my older brother (he liked bugs) to get it. When he did it was hanging out of the dimmer switch in the den (it had one too, on the same wall like back to back to the dining room one, only a foot and a half apart as he was tryin to figure out how to get it out we all said his friggin tail is hangin out the other fixture in the dining room that was when I ran...oh hell no as he was tellin me what it was and what it would have done and how lucky i was to have woken up. He finally got that thing in a huge mason jar. I just knoiw it was very flat tan and brown with a whole lotta legs and about 11/2 to 2 feet or more long. I remember my brother MIke sayin I dont believe it I now have 15 cotton balls soaked with alcohol and it hasnt even phased was horrible and I have never forgot it waving itself tryin to ..grab my nose.....eewwwwwwwwah....

Posted 08 October 2014 at 02:53 pm in response to Giant Carnivorous Centipedes

Want to get over it

not a good time said: "I had no idea about GSA and it has tortured me since reunion. I keep waiting and waiting for it to pass. It's insane. The mental connection is the hardest part."

I am having the same problem. Are you over it yet? Is it mutual? I think it might be for us but we have only danced around the subject- -we are both married. The mental connection is incredible. Sometimes I think it might be better for my piece of mind to cut it off completely.

Posted 08 October 2014 at 01:46 pm in response to Too Close for Comfort


Whwn the science will be good enough (nanotechnology, regenerative medicine) they will resurrect and rejuvenate his brain, put it in a fresh stem cells body and talk with him.

Posted 07 October 2014 at 07:13 am in response to The Whereabouts of Dr. Einstein's Brain


Centurion said: "what we be longer awake a more hyperactive "

EDIT: *would we be longer awake ........

(sorry xD )

Posted 07 October 2014 at 04:12 am in response to Beware the Dangers of Oxygen


i hope that after all this time, someone will give me an answer.. article is great, but i still have a few questions.. what if you did not breathe pure oxygen but air with more oxygen in it than it´s now.. for example if earth start to produce more oxygen a we started to breathe it.. what we be longer awake a more hyperactive or something, or quicker thinking or it would same as now (cause in article was written that that Doc added 5% of Co2 into oxygen and all side effects disappeared)
what if you where astronaut on ISS and you´ve been there few year and here it would just all change and he came back, it would be affecting him? (it´s just example, for you to understand what im trying to ask)

it would be great if you knew answer or knew someone who would know that or some forum where could i ask that and get an anwer


PS: sorry if it´s chaotic.. im writing it in a big rush and english is not even my primar language :D

Posted 07 October 2014 at 04:07 am in response to Beware the Dangers of Oxygen

Geoff Riches

Well well, amazing chap, amazing story, I bet he never thought he was brave at all, just doing his duty for his Country, his survivors must feel very proud. well written and condensed.

Posted 06 October 2014 at 11:27 pm in response to White Death

Renee Niemann

It would be neat if someone would build a tribute to Winstanley's new and improved tower and his genious as they did Smeaton's, afterall his did save countless lives until the "Mother Storm" hit, and he seemed to be the pioneer of carrying out the idea and the bravest of them all! Just a thought. Thank you for the article!

Posted 06 October 2014 at 09:06 pm in response to Night Takes Rook

gene myrick

how come nobody reconiguises pizzagalli construction co. for getting the plane out of the ice ?

Posted 06 October 2014 at 08:59 pm in response to Exhuming the Glacier Girl

Amy T

Coneee said: "You guys are disgusting. I realise I'm arguing with Americans (and 60% of you support state executions), but I still feel that I should stand up against you lot. Some choice quotes:

"I think we should bring back public hangings."
"I say we make a headband of C4 and off criminals that way. Messy but quick…and fun too!"
"why is everyone so upset about decapitation? Where were the victims "rights" when the crime was committed? An eye for an eye and pain for pain."
You're not talking about the death penalty as a "deterrent", you're talking about revenge. The fact is that there's no proof the death penalty is even effective as a deterrent when compared to other non-lethal punishments. Also, innocent people have been executed many times in the histories of countries that have the death penalty and it violates the human right to life.
Damn Interesting is a brilliant website, but I think a little more moderation of the comments is in order. I don't want to read the written masturbation of blood-lusting idiots on DI again."

I'm American, and I agree with you, 100%.

Posted 06 October 2014 at 12:57 pm in response to Lucid Decapitation

Jennifer Reichart

NBC's new tv show "A to Z" mentions this term. I chuckled when the fellow "who just learned about it" hears someone else say the TERM and then starts to say "I just learned about that", and catches himself saying it.. and goes "Whoa!" And walks away. LOL

Posted 03 October 2014 at 07:38 pm in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon


I Googled this after watching the pilot episode of "A to Z" on NBC. A character learns about the Baader-Meinhoff phenomenon and then hears someone else talking about it a few seconds later. Oh, you're describing the Baader Meinhoff phenomenon... wait, I just heard about that... Mind blown! Very clever writing.

Cristin Milioti's character was the Holy Grail and quest taker in my previous favorite TV series about destiny in finding love, "How I Met Your Mother" where her character also seeks and finds love in a path that we see clearly only in retrospect. A to Z is my new favorite such show. I like the balance of the skeptic.

With data gathering of our clicks, purchases, location, etc., we get individualized advertising and suggested connections on Facebook, YouTube, Amazon, and Zoosk. It is useful to be self aware that our mind connects these as patterns since we did not create them but they are being orchestrated. Self awareness allows us to consider the source of the patterns inside ourselves, like seeing 9:11 on the clock more often, as well as externally generated patterns.

Is destiny the simplest explanation for finding love? Maybe calling it "destiny" is facile, but it is a good placeholder until we figure it out or in the event we don't make a legendary 10-season TV show about it (such as HIMYM). However I still see life as an amazing adventure either way. We'll see if I'm so lucky in love... We create love by giving acceptance and appreciation. All it takes to have love is to give love and expand your capacity to receive. So we can make our own luck there.

No doubt Google will bring Baader-Meinhoff back around to me in my next search... and I'll be looking for it!

Posted 02 October 2014 at 08:35 pm in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon


I wonder if there has been any research into how these ideas may have come to him. As i read the article, it brought to mind something I read elsewhere about a few other prominent scienctists. DaVinci, Einstein are the 2 in particular, but also Edgar Cayce. It is documented that Einstein would do "mind experiments or exercises" as he referred to them. I only say DaVinci because of some of the drawings and such that he sketched and include Cayce for the link between all four. It would be fascinating to find out if all four were in fact tapping into "The Book of Knowledge", "The Akashic Records", "Book of Life". If so, then for me it poses another question... How does one tap into this spiritual knowledge pool? and what other kinds of technology is yet to be invented?!!

Posted 29 September 2014 at 02:58 pm in response to Tesla's Tower of Power


Radiatidon said: "jbigdog said: "Flywheel technology seems like it would be a great way to enhance solar. Imagine a home with a big, buried flywheel out back with a solar panel hooked up to it. Then you don't run into down time issues on a cloudy day, or at night. Wind works, too. Can anyone think of a reason that wouldn't work?"

To my mind, cost and maintenance issues are the only factors.
First you would want multiple flywheels (about the size of a standard auto wheel, give or take). This way you have a redundant system should any fail, so you don’t end up with zero power. Also smaller flywheels lose kinetic energy faster than a larger one, that way should they ever get loose, the smaller ones would cause less damage than say a massive car-sized one. Not to mention that it is easier to move and replace any parts on say a 150-pound metal wheel than a one-ton plus metal wheel. You have to keep in mind though, the more parts to a system, the higher the maintenance and the more components that can and will fail.
Next you would want the system stored in a somewhat climate controlled area. This ensures a longer life span for the various components (rust and dirt cause friction which decreases your system’s efficiency). A hardened concrete structure would be best with a positive pressure system (filtered air blown into the structure so any dust/dirt is blown out when someone enters). Sort-of like those old bomb shelters they built during the 1950’s thru 1960’s. That way if there was a mount failure, and the safety brake (a marriage between both a friction brake and a magnetic braking system) failed to slow/stop the flywheel it would just rebound (hopefully) within the enclosure (each flywheel in its own room to decrease chances of it damaging the other systems).
The system would need to be designed so that your power usage will never cause the flywheels to drop below a certain RPM. The initial cost in energy to start the wheels moving from a dead stop is over three times what is needed to keep them spinning.
Without sitting down and doing some serious math, I’m not sure of the size required for a solar array to power the system. I do know that a well can use a 12-volt pump that runs continuously filling a gravity reservoir (water tower). That way when you use water, the pressure is not created by the pump but by the weight of the water in the reservoir and gravity pulling it downward. This system uses a small array and is cheap to replace when the motor wears out, and not to mention that the power to run it is free.
Living on a ranch, we incorporate two systems for our water usage, the low voltage system for daily use by animals and people, and both a 120 and 240-volt system for irrigating pasture and vegetable/fruit gardens. Though I have slowly been converting the crops into a low volume watering system and might be able to convert that well into a multiple low-voltage pump system. The system(s) only need to be designed by the GPM one may use on a peak day. Free sunlight and wind power is cheaper than corporate generated electricity any day of the week, as long as you perform preventive maintenance religiously.
Not a bad thought though."

not saying change the floating sides to help on turning, but couldnt you take the air intake from driving car or plane and use water inside the device to spin? yes it would weigh a little bit more than metal but would be cheap and easier to replace.

Posted 28 September 2014 at 05:05 pm in response to The Mechanical Battery


Kryndis said: "I have a question for the hunters and I apologize in advance if this sounds like some sort of indictment, it's not meant to be. I simply don't understand something and would appreciate it if you could help me to understand. Where does the enjoyment come from killing another living, breathing creature?

Yes, I do kill ants and other bugs in my house, but I take no joy from it. I perceive them as an invader to my home and kill them the same as every other creature on the planet would under those circumstances. The difference between myself and a hunter is that I don't go out on weekends looking through the forest for colonies of ants to kill for fun.

I am a hunter although i have only tried several times with a bow, and have not killed any animal yet. I don't relish killing, I see it as more of a primitive pursuit. I like the feeling of being out in the wilderness and needing to do that to survive. And even if it is a bit of a fantasy at times, as I could always go back to civilisation and order a burger, I don't see that killing a wild animal is worse than how it is done in society.

Certainly I believe in conservation and if I knew a particular animal was endangered or threatened, I wouldn't kill it unless I was in a real emergency. Even then I would feel bad as it would be my fault for putting myself in the position to have to do that.

I certainly understand why many people do not "get" hunting. I only can say that in many places people have to do this to survive, and maybe that was more toward the life early American settlers lived. Our ability to care about conservation and environmental causes is a great thing, but it is also a modern Western luxury.

Posted 28 September 2014 at 04:03 pm in response to Extinction of the Passenger Pigeons


Quite interesting! Another great idea from 60th. And one of the first projects where people thought about the alternative power sources. The truth is that the mankind still has no good power source which is safe,cheap, compact, independent (at least relatively) and powerful at the same time. Atomic energy could be a perfect replacement for all these anachronistic things we currently use. But there's one issue - it's quite dangerous and nobody knows how to utilize the radioactive waste. However, even nowadays the atomic power is used with the great success. I mean the applications where the problems spoken above are not too important. To wit, the automatic spacecrafts. As the greatest example we can remember Voyagers. Powered by RTGs they are still workable even after 30+ years in space.

P.S.: Sorry for possible mistakes, english is not my native language.

Posted 25 September 2014 at 04:18 am in response to The Atomic Automobile


Some of these comments are very disturbing and discussting. Only a pedophile would support the arugument that a menstrating 5 yr. old girl would be willing to have sex and get aroused. At the age of 11 I started my menstral cycle, but I was in no shape, form, or fashion wanting to have any kind of sexual relations. It may be different for pubescent males, but most females that go through puberty aren't ready for intimate relations or intercourse. A pubescent female may discover that touching herself feels good, but being penetrated would be painful and horrifying at such a young age. At 13 yrs. old I was scared of boys and the thought of sex, I thought some were cute, but that's all, I didn't want to have sex, hell I was still playing with Barbie dolls! Sexual relations didn't even cross my mind until I turned 16 yrs. old, and frankly it was still scary because of the possibility of becoming pregnant or contracting an STD. I knew of a few girls that had become sexually active, or had sex at 13. Three of those girls told me that they didn't want to have sex, but that they didn't want their boyfriends to break up with them, or think they were lame. Basically they just had sex to satisfy the boyfriends because they didn't want to upset them. How sad is that? These girls also told me it wasn't enjoyable for them, one lived with regret and shame after the boy got what he wanted and told all of his friends. I can only imagine the hurt, shame, humiliation, pain, and horrifying thoughts that inflicted 5 yr. old Lina. She was only 5!!! No matter how mature they thought she was at that age, she wasn't. Also givin the particular year or decade this happened in, people were much more mature because of the responsibilities/chores they were expected to do, today it's much different. So the therapists or doctors that evaluated her would have a different mind set, not to mention that medical and mental evaluations or technology weren't that advanced, also it was in Peru for goodness sake. Just because she married later and had another child doesn't mean that she wasn't traumatized or scarred psychologically. More than likely she learned to live with it, and wanted to have a normal life. She was 38 when she got married, that tells me she had a lot of issues to free herself from, especially in that era, most people married fairly young, like 17 or 18, some even younger. I had my first child at 27 yrs. old, and I was terrified and was married for 4 yrs. in a stable relationship. I don't buy the excuse that "she was ready, or sexually mature enough", it's B.S.! I wish they would've found the male that raped and impregnated her. If they had cut off his genitilla and let him bleed to death, perhaps it would've set an example to any pedophiles or rapists in that village. If society today performed brutal acts of torture or made it an automatic death sentence for all pedophiles convicted of molesting/raping a child, it would be one less pervert to worry about, or to support in jail by taxpayers money.

Posted 23 September 2014 at 10:12 pm in response to History's Youngest Mother

Joshua Eden

Not all scientists are as pessimistic as you are. A book on extraterrestrial life written in 1980 says that, while the moon may have played a role in the development of life here, its absence elsewhere wouldn’t be all that detrimental to its formation. Wikipedia, likewise, says that other moon formation processes are possible and that, furthermore, the idea that life could develop without one has not been disproven.

Posted 23 September 2014 at 07:57 am in response to Life Without the Moon


debbiebf said: "Electricity is not really my "thing", but aren't some people scared of living near radio towers because of the energy they put out? Don't ham radio operators and those working with lots of electricity have higher incidents of cancer? Would the additional electricity coursing through the air have actually created more problems than it solved?"

The means of power transfer is electromagnetic which does not harm biology. There are companies today that sell products using this technology on a small scale to power mobile phone and other smaller devices.

Posted 22 September 2014 at 03:52 pm in response to Tesla's Tower of Power

Matt DeMinico

Great article, but then seriously dude, you had to throw in some random environmentalist propaganda at the end about how we're all going to die because of rising sea levels, most likely caused by us evil human beings... sigh

Posted 21 September 2014 at 12:25 pm in response to Surface Tension

Graeme Bird

Its a good theory. Archeological evidence suggests the anglo-saxon takeover of England is a myth. This is the same time period as Charlemagne. Wiki puts it as a refutation that the anglo-saxon story would also have had to have been false and there you have it.

Posted 20 September 2014 at 12:12 pm in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis


I recall watching an amazing TV documentary on this year's ago, showing how they needed to crawl inside the spaces under the skin that were never expected to have people in them. It was pretty impressive to see video of the welding sparks flying in inside the walls of the building in the dead of night. And phenomenal that they were able to accomplish this without raising an alarmist panic by everyone living in what would have been the crash zone, and even managing to instantiate and disseminate an emergency evacuation plan under the guise of a more seemingly innocuous justification.

Posted 18 September 2014 at 01:47 am in response to A Potentially Disastrous Design Error

Matt Castle

Lasoli said: "A slight correction here:
"The ongoing geological seesaw effect of post-ice age glacial rebound is slowly but relentlessly tipping the coastlines of the southern North Sea into water, while global sea level rise is set to relentlessly tip water over the land."

In northern Europe, the glacial rebound effect lifts coastlines from water, not into it.

This is true of Scandinavia and Scotland and other areas that were directly under the ice cap. Here coastlines are indeed being lifted due to isostatic rebound. However there is a tilt effect (the 'seesaw') so that areas further south are actually subsiding. This is shown in the map of Post Glacial Rebound Effects in the British Isles, about a third of the way into the Wikipedia article you linked to.

Posted 17 September 2014 at 09:21 am in response to Surface Tension


A slight correction here:
"The ongoing geological seesaw effect of post-ice age glacial rebound is slowly but relentlessly tipping the coastlines of the southern North Sea into water, while global sea level rise is set to relentlessly tip water over the land."

In northern Europe, the glacial rebound effect lifts coastlines from water, not into it.


Posted 16 September 2014 at 03:16 am in response to Surface Tension


Alan Bellows said: "SEN said: "Oh yeah, it's up there with Duct Tape!"

Vaseline can undo the sticky powers of duct tape... haven't you ever played Duct Tape/Vaseline/Scissors?"

Oh. I thought it was "Duct Tape/Vaseline/Blow Torch"...

No wonder no one will play with me.

Posted 15 September 2014 at 07:29 pm in response to Story of Vaseline


I have studied this and many similar articles time and time again and am convinced with the right team and financial backing a modern day underground railway, far better than HS2, much much faster and safer would be possible. I could at least double the efficiency and easily half the weight of the carriages, just need some tekkies and money. Where do I start ?

Posted 14 September 2014 at 12:20 pm in response to The Remarkable Pneumatic People-Mover


my great great grandpa was related to him

Posted 13 September 2014 at 06:51 pm in response to White Death

My 5years old son can do maths mentally just how this article describing the japanese contestant. Its a learnt skill and its amazing seeing him give out answer in a few seconds after his teacher verbally dictate the numbers. Sorry. Im a proud mother that just wanted to rave about him for abit. DI article!!! Thanks!

Posted 12 September 2014 at 07:32 pm in response to The Science of Mental Fitness

Ard Ri

Damn Interesting!

Posted 11 September 2014 at 12:29 pm in response to Surface Tension


In my opinion such an article has no place on DI. After reading so many great articles, this has been a let down.

Posted 11 September 2014 at 11:31 am in response to The Hutchison Effect


excellent article.

Posted 11 September 2014 at 08:41 am in response to Nineteen Seventy Three


DI!!!! I have been a lurker on this site for a couple of years now and finally feel able to post something I know about! I have lived in/around London for most of my life and seeing the Thames barrier close/open is always a magnificent sight (although it doesn't happen very often).

I remember a number of years ago I was on a river tour of the Thames and the guide mentioned an interesting fact that for some reason I have never forgotten. If anyone has every been to London you may recall seeing a large number of iron lion heads mounted on the bank of the River Thames, about 2 meters above the water level. They have been there for a great many years and apparently locals had a saying -

'When the Lions do drink, London shall sink'.

To the best of my knowledge the sea level has never reached the Lions mouths, but everytime I see one I feel much safer when I can see the sea level far below it!!!

Posted 11 September 2014 at 05:45 am in response to Surface Tension


Rackman said: "First! After all these years..."

Looks like it will take a few more years my friend.

Posted 09 September 2014 at 06:40 am in response to Surface Tension


I have to say that the comments on this story are pretty impressive in terms of structure and research. I can't claim to hold anything like the level of knowledge you guys (or gals) have, but just reading them makes me feel more informed. So I thank you for that.

One question that I always have when considering CO2 is the shift in automobiles from petrol to diesel, especially here in Europe. Sure the CO2 levels may be down in diesel emissions, but has anyone considered the smorgasbord of other harmful pollutants that diesel engines chuck out? I'm not sure about anybody else but I tend to see more oil burners chucking out plumes of black smoke than petrol cars. So what negative health effects does soot have, or any unique chemical found in diesel fumes for that matter? Are we just moving the negative effects from climate change onto another medium, such as our lungs, by shifting our fuels?

I am personally a proponent of large scale industrial energy production, such as nuclear fission reactors, with that produced energy being stored and utilized in the form of batteries, be they chemical or otherwise. Seems more efficient in my eyes.

Just some musings by an uninformed bored man...

Posted 09 September 2014 at 03:35 am in response to The Killer Lakes of Cameroon


The Love Canal must have been so tragic... i wish it had not have blown up with the massive explosions and deaths and all that because it sounds like it would have been a cool place

Posted 07 September 2014 at 04:56 pm in response to The Tragedy of the Love Canal


Maybe the radio signal wasn't generated by some alien civilization as a means of communation. Maybe in the course of doing what they do, they inadvertently sent a signal with some piece of unrelated technology.

Posted 06 September 2014 at 03:50 pm in response to The "Wow!" Signal


Engineering projects like the Delta Works are just so incredibly awe-inspiring to me. This is a rare example of humans having such complete dominion over the environment that we can shape it to our liking. Seeing a project like the Delta Works be a reality makes other similar huge projects, like the German plan to dam up and drain the Mediterranean Sea in the early 20th century, seem not so far-fetched. Even if the sea pushes forward, we can still fight to reclaim land.

Posted 05 September 2014 at 08:22 am in response to Surface Tension


What an interesting subject. I had never actually heard of the Northwest Conspiracy until I was reading an article about the Knights of the Golden Sun, which I didn't know a great deal about either. After reading this though I believe I will do a little more digging on both subjects. Thanks for the great read. Too bad they didn't teach this kind of stuff in American History when I was in high school. I would have slept a lot less in that class if they would have.

Posted 05 September 2014 at 05:44 am in response to The Confederacy's Special Agent


Super interesting as always, thanks for enlightening me on the subject !

Posted 05 September 2014 at 01:29 am in response to Surface Tension


I first heard about this amazing story in a Geography lesson at school. One of the reasons it was my favourite class. Thank you Mr Rodgers and Matt Castle.

Posted 04 September 2014 at 01:58 pm in response to Surface Tension


First! After all these years...

Posted 04 September 2014 at 08:04 am in response to Surface Tension


A fantastic article and eerie how it repeated itself so many years later, goes to show what a lot of money and effort thrown at a problem can fix and advance things. Shame most people and governments don't feel the way about that as they did 30, 40, 50 years ago.

Posted 04 September 2014 at 07:48 am in response to Surface Tension

George Dunbar

A previous letter told us that: "This accident was depicted in a movie called “Fat Man and Little Boy.”
That's correct, however many years earlier the accident was depicted in "The Beginning or the End", a film made immediately after the war, probably 1946. It was presented as the story of the A-bomb, but was highly fictionalized. As I recall, Brian Donlevy starred as General Groves.
More recently, a TV documentary was produced specifically about the Slotin incident (Tickling the Dragon's Tail).

Posted 03 September 2014 at 09:42 pm in response to Bitten by the Nuclear Dragon


Hehe this sure is interesting. In the tablet/phone game "Blockheads", you can craft flywheels which acts as energy storage units. I thought it was kinda silly at first, like why didn't they use something more conventional like a battery, until I read this article.

Cool stuff.

Posted 02 September 2014 at 06:07 am in response to The Mechanical Battery


Terry's observations are interesting. I am wondering if the stabilization problems and repeated dumping of ballast aft signalled that a gas bag had ruptured in the stern section. Eye-witness reports of fluttering of the canvas (and St Elmo's fire) just forward of the tail fin could be interpreted as escaping hydrogen. It also points to static electricity build-up as a likely cause of ignition.

Posted 31 August 2014 at 11:37 am in response to The Hindenburg and Humanity


jimmyhdx said: "Check out he movie,"Green Berets" starring John Wayne. They us the skyhook to extract a captured enemy general out of Vietnam."

James Bond (Sean Connery) and Claudine Auget are whisked from a life raft by a Skyhook-equipped plane in Thunderball.

Posted 30 August 2014 at 11:18 pm in response to The Skyhook


tza said: "First and foremost I would like to say f-you to all of you american eletist. I'm not sure why so many people in the US have such a grave hate for canada. I lived there for 5 years, and after moving to the US, I recieved more hate from the public then I did moving from RUSSIA to GERMANY, or from Germany to Canada for that matter. So seriously, STFU. There is no justification for any of this.

Cut of maple syrup and they will fall into the dark ages? They MAKE the sht, how are you going to cut them off without taking over the country? Idiot.
I've witnessed, too many times, of how superior Americans think they are. Canadians are lucky in the sense that their Government doesn't strip of them of nearly as many 'rights' as the American governemnt does to its people. I will admit, the CA medical system is absolute dogsh*t. I was put on a 2 year waiting list to have heart surgery. After I talked to a cardiologist here in the States (Rochester MN, Mayo Clinic), not even 10 days later I was on an operating table with all kinds of goodies messing around with my insides.
All in all, I think Americans need to get off their high-horse. Yes it is the most powerful nation in the world, but it doesn't mean that you can be a dick to everyone.
Also.. if the US ever did take over Canada, I highly doubt any nation would do anything about it. What are they going to do? Bomb the US? Their country would be turned into a wasteland. Remember Pearl Harbor? The Japs fuked with one military base, and two major cities got NUKED. Deterant enough if you ask me..
Quit the hate.. please.. it's not necissary. Someone should write an article on Mans Inhumanity to Men."

yes but you, the usa didnt create the bombs that blew up japan many scientist from different countries did so you cant really say "did you see what we did to japan", considering the fact that you guys didnt really create them all you did was fly them in and drop them from a safe height and then fly back away, you guys would have been nothing at all if other countries didnt create weapons for u, gunpowder made by the Chinese you guys just tweaked it a little bit, atomic bomb was made by mostly german scientists, china also made the first guns, you guys took them and then changed them, your power came from everyone elses countries, so dont even fucking say that ur powerful, ur just lucky that ur invading countries that cant defend themselves like, afghanistan, iraq and iran.
"oh yeah well those countries have nuclear weapons," no they dont and they never have, "oh the taliban are terrorist that will try and bomb us again," to bad the taliban is a group made by the cia, so u guys really arent powerful u just make yourselves look powerful by picking on the smaller countries, you guys are basically the bullies of the world, im pretty sure that if we did get into a confrontation canada would probably win cause oops whered did 1/3rd of ur power go oh what about some of your fresh water, and the money in trades thats all gone, you guys would lose a bunch of oil and lose probably billions of dollars in military equipment, if canada needed help other countries would probably do so, but if the usa needed help i really doubt anyone would like you enough to do so and attack canada.

Posted 30 August 2014 at 02:46 am in response to America's Secret Plan to Invade Canada


The sphere should come with a can opener and simple instructions on how to use it in case we should breed ourselves back into the ape!

Posted 30 August 2014 at 01:00 am in response to Watch the Skies in the Year 52,007 A.D.

Dave M.

eclipseann said: "His "Widow" was my Grandmother. This really did happen, although it was not quite as dramatic as portrayed."

Ralph Neeves and Midge was my dad's Aunt and Uncle.

Posted 30 August 2014 at 12:50 am in response to Jockey Tragically Killed Thursday, Wins the Title Friday


Same way some peeps put a garden hose into their fuel tanks, they piss in their beer bottles or refil their flasks and forget what they done.. el presto
Not to mention duplicating drugs, money and even roast dinners out of old scrungey plastic bags...

Posted 29 August 2014 at 11:46 pm in response to Social Drinking


At first I admire their confidence and ability to perform this task which I decided I would be poor at. However, almost without fail, when this person returns with their results it is significantly worse than what I could have accomplished. I always asked myself "How could they be so confident yet produce such crap?" After going through this many times I finally came to the conclusion that was reached in this study.

I was beginning to doubt myself. Thank you, dear fellow doubter, for providing some measure of reaffirmation :D

Posted 29 August 2014 at 09:41 pm in response to Unskilled and Unaware of It

Granville Wells

yu_chan said: "As always, great article!

Now, let me ramble...
...So, let's say that after some time, they are able to develop cures for cancer and ways to clean up all sorts of pollution and other very powerful things by studying the newly discovered microorganisms of this pit. What would the public image of Anaconda be? Would they be the evil, uncaring, money hungry, pollution mongers like other chemical companies (case in point: Love Canal, etc), or would the fact that they took what they wanted (valuable resources) and left the remainder (unmanagable toxic waste) for someone else to deal with (unknowing citizens fo Butte) be swept under the rug, or even celebrated since it lead to the holy grail of modern science: the "cure for cancer"?"

I go about my daily life not caring about anything. Then my memory goes back to Bisby AZ and a great bigger than life hole. Anaconda is away in South America digging there. Driving thru Colorada I seen whole mountains removed and the little rock left behind. I don't know of the damage, but it must be great.
A great idea...., Tear down Washington DC and remove all of it to Montana. Without the distractions they could actually pay attention to their job.
Sorry, I was daydreaming.

Posted 29 August 2014 at 08:00 pm in response to The Pit of Life and Death


I know that lucerne grown to pull salts out of the ground are then sold to unsuspecting cattle grazers..

Posted 29 August 2014 at 04:45 pm in response to Harvesting Toxins


Joe could not give a damn about a few birds,
Nobody ever watched the film Matrix? Well its like that. Ole joe indoctrinated his underachievers idealism into everybody and made sure it all fit or else you would be destroyed and recreated to suit.
Ole joe wants only himself to be satisfied when the world ends. That was after he forced a late start on this planet... what a fantastic looser

Posted 29 August 2014 at 08:43 am in response to Sordid History of the Salton Sea

Marisa Brook

@Hawk Eye: Yeah, this is potentially confusing. There's definitely a bit of nebulousness about everyone's age out there. For instance, some of the sources say that Joaquín was ten, and others suggest twelve. I took out the one reference to Jean and Isabel's ages that was seriously inconsistent with the rest of the numbers. For the rest, what I suspect is that the two of them were about fifteen and a half years apart. This would have allowed them to be 29 and 13 at their wedding, but 78 and 63 when Jean died in 1792. If we allow for the possibility of Isabel having a birthday during her short period of widowhood, then she could have turned 64 before passing away herself.

Posted 29 August 2014 at 08:03 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle


Could we put a turbine on that geyser?
Not like how my uncle patented his stirling engine design, the oil company offered good money for it but being a pilot n all, didnt want the money but for electricity generation in remote african villages then ends up hopscotching the globe still making eye contact with oil company hit men going on 20 years :/

Posted 29 August 2014 at 07:45 am in response to The Killer Lakes of Cameroon


There is a boat that is designed to look like a yacht that is sinking... but this one takes the cake.

Posted 29 August 2014 at 04:29 am in response to The Boat Designed to Capsize

Hawk Eye

For Jean Godin des Odonais, however, Peru brought a happy turn of events: in 1741, around the age of 29, he announced his intention to marry. On the 27th of December, La Condamine was in attendance as his former apprentice married 13-year-old Isabel Grandmaison.

They died only a few months apart in 1792—Jean first, then Isabel—at the ages of 78 and 64.

The paragraph in the beginning of the story suggests an age difference of 16 years between Jean and Isabel, whereas towards the end, the age gap is 14 years!

Posted 29 August 2014 at 04:22 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle


Coleys toxins cost next to nothing to cure peeps so they use chemo for the monetary injection

Posted 29 August 2014 at 01:42 am in response to Coley’s Cancer-Killing Concoction


The story was hard to follow. I won't go into too much detail but something about the structure and way words were used e.g. "her esophagus closed against the idea of food"... it was just a difficult all round read. But an interesting read nonetheless.

Posted 28 August 2014 at 09:15 pm in response to Welcome to the Jungle


By the way, the background of the picture at the top is a bit misleading. Finland is not that mountainous anywhere except the very northernmost Lapland, and then it's practically Norway.

Posted 28 August 2014 at 01:51 pm in response to White Death


marlond said: "What a chilly reception! Don't get your fingers near all those minds snapping shut. A good test of this hypothesis is to carefully compare several civilization's calendars for the period of the first millennium and once an agreement has been made, THEN compare that body of dates to OUR western calendar.

If all 'primitive' (i.e. non-christian calendar-using) civilizations have no events to correspond to that period, well then it would be time to take another look at our beliefs about what happened during our 'dark ages'."

I don't know that directly comparing years would prove much either way. What would answer the question rather quickly is matching up the dates and names of these characters and events with characters and events from other civilizations. If, at some point in the future, people say that extra years were inserted into the calender, the best bet would be to match up the leaders. If Obama and Putin were contemporaries, than dating Putin, as well as dating the meetings that they had with the Kremlin would answer the question. If Obama never met with Kruschev, than any theory that says that they were both world leaders and contemporary is probably false.

Going to the Medieval dates -- our civilization was in contact with other civilizations. Byzantium traded and made war on the Muslims, they traded and corresponded with Western leaders. If the dates don't match up on all sides, then something is wrong. If the muslims say that Charlemagne lived 500 years ago and we say he lived 750 years ago, then we can say that one of us is wrong.

Posted 28 August 2014 at 11:58 am in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis


I've studied geography for 3 years, why?
Devil knows..

Posted 27 August 2014 at 03:26 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle


It's not simply stagnancy.
Large corporations purchase rights to new technologies that threaten their profits. They then shelf the technology and continue business as usual. It is frequently more profitable -- or safer -- for them to keep the technology shelved indefinitely rather than putting it to use in creating a new product or improving an existing product. The technological advancement of our societies is being tremendously stunted by corporations and military organizations who hide new technology from the public.

Posted 27 August 2014 at 12:20 am in response to The Mechanical Battery


Thy Hangman said: "Very sick, but also medically amazing that her reproductive organs were so advanced at such an early age and able to sustain a pregnancy. What if something so horrific was to happen today? After the perp is de-skined and slowly dipped into sulfuric acid while being hung by the balls, could doctors and scientist figure out how and why it was possible for someone so young to have a child and could that bring hope to millions of infertile woman who so despirately wish they could?..Mad scientist want to know."

Unfortunately, they don't de-skin these beasts or dip them into sulphuric acid while being hung by the balls. They house them in secure areas in prison, where they serve their pitiful sentences (5 years, out in 2 with good behaviour) being protected against punishment by other inmates, given three squares a day with access to the best gym equipment, satellite TV, internet access, newspapers, further education.

I like your idea better. :)

Posted 26 August 2014 at 07:26 pm in response to History's Youngest Mother

Dave Nielsen

A ~300 IQ simply means a remarkably high intelligence. I don't think anyone takes it to mean anything more than that."

Of course, 300 was just a wild guess by one man, and even if true doesn't mean much. Einstein's IQ (estimated, and after his death, so basically also meaningless) was thought to be "only" 160 but his contributions were obviously enormous. But, then, like other great geniuses he combined high intelligence with creativity - you've got to have both. There's little evidence Sidis had the latter too.

Posted 26 August 2014 at 04:35 pm in response to The Rise and Fall of William J. Sidis


I know this is an old post but I just found you guys. You all have the most interesting stuff and I think this might be the best one I have read yet. I am working back from most recent to the very old, I LOVE THIS SITE!!!!

Posted 26 August 2014 at 03:59 pm in response to The Birth Control of Yesteryear

Jim King

1c3d0g said: "Joee: and you have...50? Thought so.

Hmm...IINM isn't 158 or higher the barrier that someone is officially recognized as a "genius"? Nevertheless, very interesting story. 40+ languages! Damn! And I have trouble learning a fifth... :-/"

Ah, the old humblebrag.

Posted 26 August 2014 at 01:16 pm in response to The Rise and Fall of William J. Sidis


Greetings form the Czech Republic
I couldn't sleep tonight and while randomly browsing I stumbled upon this site. I have to say that that all the articles here are indeed pretty damn interesting and particularly this one is one of the best I've read in a long while.
"hydrogen--an odorless, colorless gas which tends to turn into a universe if left alone for a prolonged period" - the best description of hydrogen I've ever heard, that sentence actually made me lol.
Keep up the great work, I wish there would be less cat videos and more sites like this one on the world wide web.

Posted 26 August 2014 at 09:56 am in response to Absolute Zero is 0K

Ben Martin

Amazing. Thank you.

Posted 25 August 2014 at 08:32 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle


Inti said: "Another hypothesis overlooked by you all is the possibility that the device was not lost, but stolen by the Indians. It is even possible that the U. S. government is aware of this, but hides the fact to the public. In any case, I am always bewildered by the stupidity of the military, doesn't matter to which country they belong, they are always the dumbest. It is a shame, however, that the most intelligent people agree to work for them in greed and false patriotism."

It was on India's best interests to have the device in place. Please read the article.

Posted 25 August 2014 at 06:28 am in response to Spies on the Roof of the World


MaddMan said: "Just to verify my sanity, it isn't really possible for most people to be above average, is it?"

Depends how you define 'most', 'average' and the distribution probability of your data...

using 'normal' definition for average:

given 4 numbers: 10, 9, 8 and -100, 3 of these numbers are "above average"...

Assuming that the data is of chi square type (with no maximum value, but with a minimum value), it is still possible to have more samples 'above' average, but does that fulfill your definition of 'most' might be a mater of debate...

Given a large enough sample of chi square distributed data, the normal definiton of average and most meaning at least 60%, then the probability of 'most people being above average' is very very low...


Posted 25 August 2014 at 05:48 am in response to Unskilled and Unaware of It


Truth serums can work very well. Other factors might help also.
Comment above re hypnotism, bullshit if you think a person cant be forced to do shit.
Obviously the knowhow and other dirty tricks would be protected by these naysayers, peeps who wouldnt give up their evil sex parties..
Again, good thing re certain departments of police getting their shit together to finally be able to get these unsavory people.

Posted 24 August 2014 at 03:11 am in response to The Truth About Truth Serum

Tom Risinger

June Hamer said: "I have a tin box from the Lady be good and some photos taken by my late husband when working on the oil exploration in Libya I was wondering if there is anywhere that would want it as part of the history otherwise it will be discarded."

The American Airpower Power Museum in Farmingdale, NY has a display about the fate of the "Lady be Good." I'm sure they would take good care of the photo's. Their address is 1230 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY 11735.

Posted 23 August 2014 at 04:07 pm in response to The Remains of Lady Be Good


Viking said: "THAT's damned interesting! I often wondered what damage occurred when the offshore rigs drill through thousands of feet of rock under the Gulf. Doesn't the water leak into the hole and go somewhere?"

What that did is fill that underground salt dome with water and all of the other debris depending on if that dome still had an active connection to the salt layer beneath will determine how much water goes down into the hole. As explained, the water dissolves the salt. It is the layer of salt that holds the water because of the sediment and mud and clay. That makes for a dangerous situation. That is the layer of earth that is holding you up. You don't drill through rock, you drill through mud and clay in the Bayou until you reach the salt layer. You could say this place is the Grand Canyon filled with mud. How deep is the Gulf of Mexico? The river flowing to the Gulf went in reverse drawing the saltwater in and that could have contributed to hurricane Katrina in 2013.

Posted 23 August 2014 at 11:43 am in response to Lake Peigneur: The Swirling Vortex of Doom


This man who killed anyone in the way of his recreating our earth is a woman hating gey.
So obviously, this he-man lingo embellishment is one of his many sinister signatures we had to live with..
I said 'had', hopefully, there is a time when he isnt sure what is what in the future and stops killing people and threatening to pull the plug on our universe..

Posted 23 August 2014 at 04:24 am in response to When They Became Him


Couldnt they pop beans down a production line of caged civets? People do every other sort of miserable shit so why not test the tenacity of these fluffy things to satisfy certain palettes?

Posted 23 August 2014 at 03:38 am in response to A Coffee For When You Feel Like Crap


So far, Butler's most prominent appearance is in the Gameloft FPS Modern Combat: Fallen Nation, as the name of a bridge and the author of an American dissident's favorite book.

Posted 22 August 2014 at 09:38 am in response to The Revenge of the Fighting Quaker


Sooo, if im parched, i piss in my mouth. If i have itchy toes, piss on my feet. If im bored, i go find an indian...

Posted 22 August 2014 at 06:14 am in response to Urine For a Treat


I was a member of the RAF desert rescue team operating from El Adam from 1967 to 1969.
During this time an expedition was made to recover one of the engines to be sent to the states for inspection.
I unfortunately could not be released from duties for the expedition.
However I was granted permission to be flown, with priority over some top brass, to the site for a day trip while the rest of my team mates were there.

Posted 21 August 2014 at 03:59 pm in response to The Remains of Lady Be Good

Augie Wren

Well written and interesting piece. True edge-of-your-seat dialog.

Posted 20 August 2014 at 09:14 pm in response to Aches on a Plane

Marisa Brook

@anonimoose: Heh! Brendan and I discovered the two stories involving La Condamine totally independently. Apparently Damn Interestingness followed the man wherever he went.

Posted 20 August 2014 at 11:53 am in response to The Enlightenment Guide To Winning The Lottery

Marisa Brook

Thanks for the comments, everyone!

@Steve: Ah, yes. I discovered that Whitaker's book existed while researching the topic, but my local academic library had misplaced its copy. Because I ended up working mainly with Anthony Smith's The Lost Lady of the Amazon to write the article, I didn't feel comfortable linking to Whitaker's book directly, but I appreciate you mentioning it to our readers!

@Matthew1701: It's a good point, and one I didn't address directly; I didn't find anything on what became of Isabel's mother (or whether Don Pedro was ever married to anyone else). I think we're left to assume that she'd died some years earlier.

Posted 20 August 2014 at 11:23 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle

Jay M.

This is, in my view, the simplest way to look at it.

Two-person card game between Bob and Sue. Three-card deck with one marked card, shuffled into random order.

STEP ONE: Sue picks one card, which she must place face-down on the table without looking at it.

STEP TWO: Bob gets the other two cards. He looks at his cards and is required to discard one blank card, face up.

STEP THREE: Prior to the cards being turned over, Sue is given the choice of keeping her card or swapping with Bob’s remaining card. Should she swap?

ANALYSIS: Sue should swap, because their original chances of having the winning card (1 in 3 for Sue, 2 in 3 for Bob) have not changed by virtue of Bob’s revealing his blank card. Whether he does or doesn’t have the winning card, he will always have a blank card to show, so this is just theater to confuse the issue.

[In the actual TV show, Monty Hall did not have to give the contestant the choice of switching, which changes the odds. I am not accounting for that here.]

Posted 20 August 2014 at 09:08 am in response to Let's Make a Deal



When I went to New York this year, I made sure to go and look at this building, just because I had read this article. It is quite something to look at.

Posted 20 August 2014 at 06:16 am in response to A Potentially Disastrous Design Error

Reid Glanzer

I correct not protons but photons. light ain't a positive charged atom, only has the potential to be one (e=mc2) secret of the stars.

Posted 19 August 2014 at 10:09 pm in response to America's Discarded Superconducting Supercollider

Reid Glanzer

Carcer said: "Let me get this straight...they wanted to build a machine that recreate engergies equal to or near those that theorized to be present just after the Big Bang? The Big Bang? The event that supposedly created the Universe, and they wanted the whole thing contained in a podunk town in Texas? Yeah...scientists are crazy. That is all."

Scientists aren't evil they crash protons together to see their internal parts when they crash together at nearly the speed of light and it is a marvel of human intellect that they can even pull this off you ass. Be at least intelligent enough instead of an ass. please beleive to understand that America gave up on this dream so they could cut spending after investing 15 million dollars on a project they abandoned so we couldn't achieve this same goal and forget scientific progress after landing on the moon and splitting the atom. STUPID FUCKING POLITICIANS.

Posted 19 August 2014 at 09:04 pm in response to America's Discarded Superconducting Supercollider

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