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

james michael kieffer

let us make it happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted 18 August 2014 at 09:38 pm in response to Tesla's Tower of Power


An old man came in to the store I work at to fax some documents. After a moment of fussing with the documents he said to me "This technology is moving ahead faster than an old man can handle!" If only he'd known that the machine he was working with was invented before he was even born!

Posted 18 August 2014 at 12:26 pm in response to The Fax Machines of the 1800s


Damn interesting en'all... but, I just wish people ( Those from the 'US' particularly ) would use the term 'frequency illusion' or pick on some other group - possibly, one closer to their own home... and drop the late 60's early 70's West German terrorist group leader moniker. It was probably picked 'ad hoc' and of course, for purely mnemonic purposes - the reason it has caught on?

'Baader Meinhof' or The Red Army Faction - means almost nothing in the US. It's an historical platitude, with no cultural meaning or significance. It's sad, that a militant group so vehemently opposed to US style capitalism, become a catch phrase for the superstitiously minded to fuss over. If it was a politically incorrect 'ethic' word, it would have been dropped immediately. A side note... Did Mr.Zwicky really coin the phrase in '06 or, was it later... when the 'German made' film 'The Baader Meinhof Complex' ( Der Baader Meinhof Komplex ) came out in '08?

Posted 17 August 2014 at 02:18 pm in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

David Roland

Ard Ri said: "So the current Coke uses "spent" coca leaves, how does one produce a "spent" Coca leaf?"

By making cocaine.

Posted 16 August 2014 at 05:37 am in response to The American Gustation Crisis of 1985


A rising fastball doesn't actually rise, it just doesn't drop as quickly as the batter expects/wind tunnel tests prove a curveball really does curve.

Hmmm...which is it?

My father played fast pitch softball in the 1950s and '60s when it was a popular sport for adults. He was a pitcher. After he left the game and I was in my teens we would play catch in the backyard and sometimes he would feel loose enough to "air it out" like he once had. He could make the ball curve up, down, left, or right (riser, drop, curve, screwball), and his knuckleball corkscrewed (as WolfManDragon mentioned) its way to the plate, then dropped and broke either left or right (never knew which) as it crossed the plate.

I remember reading a story, I think from the 1930s or '40s, about a scientist who stated that a curveball doesn't really curve, its appearing to is just an optical illusion. A major league pitcher of the era was asked what he thought of the assertion and replied, "If he'll stand behind a tree sixty feet and six inches from me I'll whomp him to death with an optical illusion."

Great article and comments.

Posted 16 August 2014 at 01:25 am in response to Baseball and the Physicists

ivette diaz

Very interesting. I had read that Einstein would play the violin when he would be stuck on any work he was doing. He said he used to find answers through music. It was his creativity that would find the answers for him.

The reason this is interesting is because they state that his section of the brain that is responsible for this was more developed. His brain was also 15% larger than a normal human brain for his age.

As we know, the brain is a muscle that we could all develop. Don't be discouraged my friends, we could all have a brain similar to Einsteins IF we want to.

Posted 15 August 2014 at 01:21 pm in response to The Whereabouts of Dr. Einstein's Brain

Funny about Money

Funny about Money said: ""Is there anything it can't do?" Apparently it can't be made in America. It's another product that's been offshored to China. Since this and a related product, Mentholatum, are things I grew up using on my face and around the nose and mouth when we had colds, that makes the product essentially unusable for those of us who don't trust the quality of made-in-China products. Too bad. Another of many once commonplace items that no longer exist, no longer are of a quality one feels safe with, or simply no longer made in America.

Interesting commentary on duct tape!"

Oops! make that "can't"...

Posted 15 August 2014 at 06:29 am in response to Story of Vaseline

Funny about Money

"Is there anything it can't do?" Apparently it can be made in America. It's another product that's been offshored to China. Since this and a related product, Mentholatum, are things I grew up using on my face and around the nose and mouth when we had colds, that makes the product essentially unusable for those of us who don't trust the quality of made-in-China products. Too bad. Another of many once commonplace items that no longer exist, no longer are of a quality one feels safe with, or simply no longer made in America.

Interesting commentary on duct tape!

Posted 15 August 2014 at 06:28 am in response to Story of Vaseline


After this many years he'll probably never see it but...

cornerpocket, the movie you were speaking of is "Emperor of the North Pole". The title is the honorific bestowed on the "King of the Hobos", the one all the other hobos look up to. In this case his road name was "A#1" and he was played by Lee Marvin. Ernest Borgnine was the baddest-ass railroad bull (I can't remember his name) and Keith Carradine was "Cigarette", a cocky young 'bo who wanted to be like A#1. It's a great film. I don't know if you can ever find a copy of it.

Posted 15 August 2014 at 02:24 am in response to The Hobo Code


I've been reading up on this stuff and not only would his idea have been superior but it would have been free energy for the world. In fact, his wireless free energy has been proven hundreds of times. Each time people have been literally hunted down and their inventions taken away, destroyed and the people threatened, hurt or killed. It's about keeping the people of the world under the thumb of those who control us financially with money.
If we weren't paying for energy, one of the big ones, we would be able to do a lot more including put a lot of our focus into growing our own food in back yard gardens and such. Imagine if we didn't pay for food, water and energy the three things we should be able to provide for ourselves, what we could do with our money.

Posted 14 August 2014 at 08:00 pm in response to Tesla's Tower of Power



Posted 14 August 2014 at 08:51 am in response to In Soviet Russia, Lake Contaminates You

Harold Matthews

Northern Dancer had a heart weighing 15 pounds he was beat in the Belmont by Quadrangle who had a heart of 16 pounds To get another tripple crown winner you will have to have a horse with a heart of 17 pounds or bigger the 15 pound hearts will not do it. It is possible to tell the horses heart size before it is dead. There is a way to tell the heart size of horses at the track.

Posted 12 August 2014 at 11:54 pm in response to Measuring Great Hearts

Harold Matthews

since heart sizes aren't known until after the horse dies The heart size is not posted on a race form. However California Chrome who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness this year has a heart that weighs 15 pounds he was beat in the Belmont by Tonalist who has a heart that weighs 17 pounds and Commissioner heart of 16 pounds. Northern Dancer Won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness he was beat in the Belmont by Quadrangle who had a heart of 16 pounds. Zenyatta has a heart of 17 pounds..Her foal will have a heart of 17 pounds Don't know if this answers your question. I have not tried this at the track. Only learned how to do it a month or so back.

Posted 12 August 2014 at 11:40 pm in response to Measuring Great Hearts

Tom Brown

If you really want to have nightmares, visit

The guy that runs is ... weird. Not totally objectionable, but pretty out there: he seems to have an odd mixture of normal reactions, disgust, conspiracy theorist, realist, and sick outlooks on what he posts.

But, putting that aside, he has the most disturbing videos anywhere on the net that I've found:

LOTS of real beheadings... from Islamic terrorists in Syria and Iraq, but also from Mexican drug cartels. Mostly the cartels are *WORSE*

Most of these beheadings use a knife. Sometimes the knife isn't so sharp, and sometimes the beheader isn't very skillful. Some of the more prominent examples:

Mexican drug cartel member standing over a kneeling woman making a speech, he then proceeds to cut her head off with a knife. She has her hands tied behind her back. This guy is good... he finishes in under a minute and holds the severed head up to the camera... you can see her eyes both turn to the right. She hardly lets out a whimper as the guy does his dirty work. Crazy.

Islamic terrorist (ISIS I think) with buddies cut the head off a victim with a dull knife. It takes a while just to break the skin, but they manage... holding the guy on the ground the whole while.

Some victims scream. Sometimes their mouths are taped shut so you can't hear them at all. Sometimes they gurgle while their neck is being sawed.

In general the Islamics are better head cutter offers... getting the job done more efficiently. But the Mexicans are crueler ... it seems they go out of their way to make it horrible. Sometimes when they behead women, they make them get naked first, or pull boobs out. Sometimes they seem to try to keep from cutting the main arteries to keep the victim alive longer. Sometimes they skin the head... one video shows a female Mexican murderess cutting a poor guy's head off with a knife. He's a gurgler. When she's done she skins the head. Sometimes it's implied (but no videos) that the head is skinned while the victim is alive.

Mexicans also love to interview the victims before they butcher them. In one case a group of women in kneeling on the ground, most with their breasts exposed while the killers stand behind them with guns... they interview each one, asking her name etc. Then proceed to just start sawing their heads off with knives and machetes simultaneously. When they're mostly done, they chop their bodies into pieces with axes... with a pile or arms, legs, torsos and heads the result. They did all this pretty quick... but then there must have been about 10 or 12 killers to help. This was like about five women. Sometimes there's a mixture of men and women, but often the women are fully or partially naked, whereas the men usually keep their pants on at least ... however there are exceptions!

Sometimes the Mexicans will do their victims one at a time so some have to wait their turn to have their head sawed off. Sometimes they do teenagers. Sometimes they hang people, or beat them first. One video shows each victim getting knocked hard on the head with a 2x4 prior to their head being cut off (which probably mercifully knocked them out). Often the arms will twitch while they chop or saw through the spinal chord. Sometimes the beheader will get frustrated trying to fully detach the head and will attempt to twist it off.

One poor guy was hung naked upside down. Before using a knife on his neck they cut his genitals off... he thrashed around a lot while they did that (I was surprised at the relative lack of blood from his groin), which made it take longer. Then they cut his head off and chopped up the corpse. Another poor guy was beaten badly and then they used what appeared to be an arc welder on his body and face before cutting his head off.

They always make the victims confess that they are part of a rival cartel first. Sometimes they have to name names of other people helping the rival cartel (one can only imagine that those who are named are also targeted). Sometimes they seem unsure of the answers, as if they were just innocent victims snatched off the street to "star" in the execution video (and had to memorize lines they were given)... perhaps so the perpetrators can use it like a video resume to get in their cartel of choice? I really don't know. What's their motivation to learn their lines? Perhaps they are threatened with worse tortures if they don't comply. I don't know.

The victims mostly seem resigned to their fates. Most don't scream or moan. In one two guys (uncle and nephew) are sitting next to each other being interviewed... when the interview ends you hear a chainsaw starting up off camera, and then a guy comes forward and just saws the uncle's head right off with the chainsaw... he seems to have cut the nephew's arm in the process, but the nephew doesn't even flinch... he just stares to the side waiting for the horror to be over. They don't use the chainsaw on him though after they're done beheading his uncle... instead they use a knife (which takes longer, as you can imagine).

A couple of people do make a last minute plea. One guy, after watching two or three of his buddies have their heads cut off with a knife, pleads for them to just shoot him. The tape runs out, so it's not clear what happens to him. Another lady, again kneeling on the ground, pleads for them to spare her right before she gets a bullet to the head. It was like a last minute after thought... she was resigned and compliant up until that last futile attempt to beg for mercy. Another girl (probably 17 or so) is crying while they interview her... they cut her head off with a knife... it takes a while too. Pretty horrible.

So, I think there are plenty of opportunities to do more tests... for an enterprising researcher willing to brave the people he'd have to hang out with, and willing to stomach lots of sickening and cruel violence.

Posted 12 August 2014 at 07:30 pm in response to Lucid Decapitation


DInterested said: "That Japanese Americans were interned and German Americans were not, just doesn't seem fair ;)"

Though not to the extent of Japanese Americans, both Italian and German ethnics on the east coast were interned.

Posted 11 August 2014 at 11:21 am in response to Incident on Niihau Island


Several other mentions of Tesla/Tunguska. This was another interesting read, wanted North Pole explorer to witness, bad aim with data available at the time, hit Tunguska.

Posted 10 August 2014 at 09:41 pm in response to Tesla's Tower of Power

Austin Long

I think that Sidis's main problem was that he was more interested in economics, politics and social issues than he was mathematics and science. His beliefs were really radical for his time (libertarian, leftist, anti-war, pro-democratic beliefs) and it got him arrested once and according to him his parents were constantly trying to reform him and sent him to a sanatorium.

There is a man at the moment called Noam Chomsky who is brilliant at linguistics and many other academic subjects but he mostly just wants to do social and political work. The only difference between Chomsky and Sidis in this regard is that Chomsky's beliefs aren't considered radical today so people actually listen to him. Also Chomsky didn't die abruptly and has had more time to live and share his knowledge.

Posted 10 August 2014 at 12:12 am in response to The Rise and Fall of William J. Sidis


Shandooga said: "So anything evolve there? No? Oh. Ok."

there is evolution over there, new plant species have been discovered too, go check other articles

Posted 09 August 2014 at 11:11 pm in response to An Island Is Born


Holy moly ,I did try it 2times in Palau island,to be honest to u I did like it and it was so delicious meat that I ever had.

Posted 09 August 2014 at 03:53 am in response to The Hazards of Eating Bats


It has also been said that a German pilot broke the speed of sound in 1944. Some interesting stuff was happening towards that last few months.

Posted 07 August 2014 at 07:00 pm in response to WW2: Hitler's A-bomb

Glenn Davey

Dennbert said: "There is actually an entire planet of alexithymics... it's called Vulcan.

This was the first thing I thought of!

Posted 07 August 2014 at 04:40 pm in response to The Emotional Bankruptcy of Alexithymia


really a nice love story!! amazing articles!! i love reading them....keep up the good work!!

Posted 07 August 2014 at 01:38 pm in response to Welcome to the Jungle

Viola Register

I would definitely like to know how you snapped out of it, because it is killing me. I feel nothing and I have a husband , five children and five grandchildren who I love dearly!!! I broke my foot in June had a pulmonary embolism in July, was given lexapro, took it for 12 days and weaned my self off. This is how I ended up. Lots of fear, anxiety and no emotion.

Posted 07 August 2014 at 01:28 pm in response to The Emotional Bankruptcy of Alexithymia

Gavin Meatpants

'Dr Doctor gave him the news.'

Robert Palmer would be proud...

Posted 07 August 2014 at 06:51 am in response to Meddle, Metal, and Mettle

Gavin Meatpants

You could argue either side when it comes to the humanity of dropping those bombs. No-one can truly know the extent of loss that would have been suffered if Japan had been invaded, but at the same time that can't really excuse the use of such terrible weapons. But what can we expect now in this day and age? An apology from the US for fighting an enemy? How about an apology from the Germans to the Brits over the carpet bombing of London? Or even how about the other way round, us Brits apologizing to the Germans for destroying 80% of Hamburg, Bochum and Mainz? I seem to recall that current estimates put the amount of civilian casualties in WW2 at between 40-50 million. So taking the casualties of the 2 bombs at being around 400,000 people all in, that makes the percentage from the 2 atomic bomb blasts about 0.1% of total casualties at the most conservative of estimates...

And in terms of the effectiveness of the leaflets, it would be like dropping leaflets over Berlin in WW2 telling the Germans that they were going to be bombed. Most people would kind of know that already, and any concerned enough to try and flee I'm sure would have been 'convinced' otherwise by the authorities.

Posted 07 August 2014 at 06:23 am in response to WW2: America Warned Hiroshima and Nagasaki Citizens


psyOtic said: "I hadn't heard about the health benefits of urine and neither had I heard of the side effects but aside from drinking it there are other survival uses for it I have heard that it can be used to sterilize a wound or cure athletes foot if any one has the facts on this it would be interesting to know. damn interesting and damn gross too."

I use to pee on my feet when showering, only when nobody was looking at boarding school in 1956 for my athletics feet and I know it works.

Posted 07 August 2014 at 02:29 am in response to Urine For a Treat


I didn't listen to the Podcast but read the transcript. I LOVED THIS!!!. Except for the last part, what a waste he lived through so much to end it so poorly. Me to if you ever need assistance w/ transcript let me know!

Posted 06 August 2014 at 03:24 pm in response to The Conductor


Nice touch.

Posted 05 August 2014 at 10:08 am in response to Remember, Remember the 22nd of November


In australia, theres whats called min min lights.. apparently, some of the bush aborigines can talk to it, in an entirely different language, like the devil talking. If any whitefella had been with them, they were blindfolded. Then whatever creature that was, would turn back into a red ball of light and shoot off into the distance.

Posted 05 August 2014 at 04:54 am in response to The Fiery Balls of Naga


1c3d0g said: "Pfft...only a fool would settle down there. I guess they're eligible for a Darwin award, though."

Reality is....the fools you state...were our grandparents who didn't know anything about this stuff until it was too late. We are the generations from the after effects who have to deal with the consequences from this mess.

Posted 04 August 2014 at 11:47 am in response to The Tragedy of the Love Canal


Читам коментаре и видим да сте сви задивљени НИКОЛОМ ТЕСЛОМ научником, иноватором, СРБИНОМ из ЛИКЕ, тада у АУСТРОУГАРСКОЈ онда у ЈУГОСЛАВИЈИ, цела ЛИКА И ОБЛАСТИ ОКОЛО СУ СВЕ СРБИ...Наука се може стварати тамо где има новца што је разлика у односу на социјалистичке земље...Овде у СРБИЈИ, део бивше ЈУГОСЛАВИЈЕ, имате много лјуди иноватора али немогу ништа да практично створе, јер немају могућности, нема новца...
Имате поред Николе Тесле велике научнике СРБЕ, Михаило Пупин, МИЛАНКОВИЋА и много других...Да није било научника из света социјализма који су отишли у Америку, од Америке неби било ништа...скоро сва наука је остала нјима и они већим делом то нјихово знанје продају свету!!!

Automatic translation by Google (Serbian):

I read the comments and see that you are all amazed by Nikola Tesla, scientist, innovator, a Serb from Lika, then in Austria-Hungary, then in Yugoslavia, the whole LIKA AND AREAS NEAR Serbs were ... Science can be created where the money is what is the difference compared to the socialist country ... Here in Serbia, part of the former Yugoslavia, have a lot of people can not innovators but virtually nothing to create, because they have no options, no money ...
You have the next great scientist Nikola Tesla Serbs Mihailo Pupin Boulevard and many others ... Do not scientists in the world socialist who went to America, from America would be nothing ... almost all science was left to them and they for the most part to their knowledge of the world of sales!

Posted 02 August 2014 at 09:47 am in response to Tesla's Tower of Power

vladimir dominolov

gagan gupta said: "Leave it man..atleast i am not going to be customer of thank " GOD...""

you are a vegetable

Posted 31 July 2014 at 08:21 pm in response to The Great Taste of Human Flesh, Without the Guilt

Rick Klages

The Royal Tenenbaums

Eli Cash: "The crickets and the rust-beetles scuttled among the nettles of the sage thicket. "Vámonos, amigos," he whispered, and threw the busted leather flintcraw over the loose weave of the saddlecock. And they rode on in the friscalating dusk light."

Posted 30 July 2014 at 02:38 pm in response to The Ice Worm Cometh


leob said: "I'm not sure the Tsar Bell is a specimen of military might."

ha-ha it is not at all. The opening paragraph "salivating over" is also an uneducated simplification of history. Makes you wonder about the fact checking in other stories. will not recommend this website.

Posted 29 July 2014 at 09:32 am in response to In Soviet Russia, Lake Contaminates You


Looking at the footage of the crash on youtube, they dumped a huge amount of water ballast just before landing to try to stabilize the ship. Could this dumping of ballast have caused the ship to acquire a huge static electricity charge?
I've read about this effect happening with aerosol cans where the spray mist gets a static charge as the particles separate on leaving the nozzle. I'm not sure if this could happen with water though.

Posted 27 July 2014 at 10:53 am in response to The Hindenburg and Humanity

Les Thomson

Tudor IV's seem to have had a bit of bad luck in that area. Two of Star Dust's sister aircraft, Star Tiger and Star Aerial, both also disappeared without a trace, although it is likely they went down in the sea after running out of fuel or experiencing technical difficulties.

Posted 25 July 2014 at 07:20 pm in response to The Star Dust Mystery

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