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Posted 27 March 2015 at 08:00 am

Illig has right that is minimal...; but it seems the falsification is bigger ...see Fomenko

I get to conclusion that the 'tatar invasion' [and in fact all of the nomad invasions] were the crusades [Fomenko even says taht some wars [trojan etc] were the same [but says the tatars were the russians] - but to simplify this they were the scythians.

Fomenko says about 'roman empire' the populating of europe from east'

Myself i think that the 'roman empire' realy was some
nomad empire'

Posted 27 March 2015 at 02:33 am

If someone having such a disorder is curable of the psychological state the doctors willing in removal of the clients requested limb or limbs can seem quite strange, yet in reality who is it really hurting? The client? No. To them removala a life saver.The doctor/doctors? No. Need to see potential in lim b donation. Think possitive. Society? No. Only when people look down upon illness strange or not.

Posted 26 March 2015 at 10:01 am

I want to thank you for this article.

I came here looking for it to present to my nephew, who has a bad case of instant gratification.

He went to Berkley on a double major and then dropped out a semester short of graduation to join the Navy. I was discharged on a medical before he finished boot camp.

Then he decides to go to Coleman College to get a degree in computer technology.

Now I hear he has dropped out again after completing only a few certificates to get a job. Doesn't have a job lined up.

So rather than finish a degree to get a higher paying job, he quits now and is pretty much doomed to a lifetime of lower paying jobs.

He won't listen to any of us about what a bad decision this is.

And he had a free ride. My Dad was paying for it all. Now if he wants any additional school he'll have to pay for it out of his own pocket, on whatever low salary he manages to pull in from whatever kind of job he manages to find.

This was a 4.0 valedictorian of his class with AP classes up the whazoo. Now he is just a dropout and a loser.

I blame the video games but your mileage may vary.

Posted 22 March 2015 at 01:56 pm

GREED, GREED, GREED!!!! Little do these big companies realize is of they were honest in there dealings, and didn't push the GENIUIS OUT OF THE WAY FOR MONEY, BIG BUSINESS in the long run would make so much more. WHO KNOWS HOW MANY MORE INVENTIONS THIS GUY WOULD HAVE THOUGHT OF. "GREED SEE'S THE SHORT TERM, INTEGRITY SEE'S THE LONG TERM".

Posted 18 March 2015 at 01:43 pm

@Guerrero: A polar bear of course :) A self-timer on their camera (in 1897 no less), and a tripod? An Inuit who mysteriously appeared out of the fog, helpfully took their picture, then vanished again without a trace? Truly a baffling question!

Hmm, on a related note it looks like Alan modified the story somewhat and removed a picture he had originally included, that showed a backup aeronaut, along with the three who actually took flight - a "spaeronaut". Without that picture my previous comment makes no sense any more, and the story got less funny! Why did you take that picture out, Alan?

Maybe the now-vanished spaeronaut took the picture of the other three with the sledge...

Alan Bellows
Posted 16 March 2015 at 07:28 am

@Chris: The fellow who narrates most of our podcast episodes--Simon Whistler--also does the voice work for a few other podcasts. That's probably what has caused the confusion. Apart from the shared narrator they are unaffiliated. I do have other projects, but they are mostly pedestrian stuff such as a day job, contract work, and occasional tinkering.

Posted 16 March 2015 at 07:27 am

Great article, but after the 1707 Act of Union there was no 'English' parliament, just a British one (based in England).

Posted 16 March 2015 at 06:11 am

Alan, why dont you advertise your other project? I understand you have bills to pay so why not tell people about it? I actually like your daily podcast, listen to it through Audioboom.

Posted 15 March 2015 at 08:57 pm

Very Interesting! I had a SRO at my school who talked about the Cold War. I remember him saying that there was a malfunction and he remembered thinking he was going to die because Russia was going to nuke us. I didn't realize he was apart of this. He was apart of the air force i believe.

Posted 13 March 2015 at 03:44 am

Someone in here started commenting about GM and "plant aura's" and what not...

Just wanted to clarify:

Aura's are fictional. Like magic, unicorns and lepricons.

GMO's (Genetically Modified Organisms) are not necessesarily bad. Transplanting gene's in whatever way to some organism (plant, animal, yeast, bacteria) is nothing more but a quicker way to introduce mutations, that might otherwise have occured naturally after a vast time period, or that could have been happening sooner due to selective breeding (which happens all the time for all kinds of plants and animals, e.g: humans created the dog race. Ten thousand years ago we started training wolves - and now they are dogs. All dogs come from the same animal - all dogs are different phenotypes of the wolf. All corn types are descendents of grass. The same thing with broccoli, wiki quote: "Common vegetables such as cabbage, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts are all descendants of the wild cabbage plant").

My point is: Mutation = a good thing.
GMO's = quick way of selective breeding.

The one thing with GMO's that you have to be carefull with, is that you dont introduce some mutation that might be harmful for human consumption or harmful for the wild flora and fauna, if the gmo race was to be introduced to the wild. Remember, though, that this can also happen naturally. Anyway - there are strict protocols to make sure GMO's do not escape into the wild. They are studied in closed laboratories, that force you to wear protective clothing etc. They are meticulously tested before even considering being used. If they are safe - then they are used. As an example, all penicillin is actually produced by a genetically modified yeast strain! Yes! By modifying some yeast strain, they were able to have the fungi produce penicillin.

The anti-gmo movement has raised attention towards genetic engineering, which is a good thing, but it has also significantly damaged and stagnated research and development. By means of genetic engineering the human race could solve a lot of problems. We could battle hereditary diseases, make food crops resistent to certain fungi and vira, maybe enable them to grow on saline water, instead of fresh water. However all these things require research, and research requires funding. And funding is very hard to get on these subjects due to misinformed people spreading the false accusations of said anti-gmo movement.

My point is. Know what you are actually voting against. Research it.

Posted 10 March 2015 at 11:36 am

Recognizing that this is an old topic, it does still turn up on google-searching. Thus, I get to put in my two cents worth for someone else to read, right? After reading all the cute and/or wise comments both on topic and off, I'm left to wonder why none of them mentioned the elephant in the room: why must all birth control and/or abortion discussion center so fully on the role of the female when the male is obviously equally present and active at the time of conception? In today's supposedly enlightened society, shouldn't we give credence to more than latex in preventing the little swimmers that invade the nest? What's wrong, in short, with MALE birth control ingestions? Or does such a product get vetoed out of hand immediately as interfering with the macho of the male image? Considering the disasterous effects of botched abortion, neglect of unwanted children, any number of potentially hazardous in vitro complications, it seems MALE birth control medicines would be a far safer route for society.

Posted 08 March 2015 at 08:04 pm

My father-in-law was a Captain and pilot in the Army Air Corps, during World War II. He was aware of the leaflets being dropped. At the time, civilians, enemy and ally alike, were instructed NOT to pick up leaflets of any kind, falling from the sky. There were reports of incendiary leaflets (whether true or not), being made on both sides. That and whatever was printed on them would almost surely be propaganda from the enemy. This may help explain why most leaflets were mostly ignored. While giving first-hand accounts of the World War to an elementary class, my father-in-law was asked whether he thought it was necessary to drop the atomic bomb. After a pause, emotionally, he said: "At the time, yes. We were planning a major invasion of Japan and the Japanese civilians had been instructed for every man, woman and child to fight to the death. The losses of American soldiers and Japanese soldiers and civilians nation-wide were spared the horror of a major invasion. I hope and pray no one ever has to use that kind of force, again."

Posted 07 March 2015 at 10:58 am

In Boris Chertok's four volume history of the Soviet space program (Rockets and People)he talks about the plundering of German technology and the revelation he got from it. They contributed little or nothing to the war effort. All the resources the secret weapons required to develop were a tremendous drain on the system and produced little of value in return.

Posted 06 March 2015 at 09:16 pm

"Doyle was undeniably biased, but on the other hand, he had become intimately familiar with George Rogers’ machinations" on the other hand he only had two fingers.

Posted 05 March 2015 at 07:19 am

This is cool!!!

T. Fraser
Posted 04 March 2015 at 11:38 pm

This is one the best stories I've read in ages, and I come here all the time! (Heck, I own the book, and I still think this is an incredible story.) Thank you for all the hard work and research!

Matt Heyne
Posted 03 March 2015 at 11:08 pm

"Bob Nesbo
Posted 19 August 2008 at 03:37 am

This sounds crazy, but would there be a way to drill out the magma, do some "magma mining" to slowly release the pressure? And get some heat energy while we were at it, and at the same time reduce the pressure on the caldera? Or will someone complain that we will be deflating the earth or something like that and protest the whole thing?"

Sounds like a great idea Bob, but we have no idea of the effect of such an action. It could work, but it could also destabilise the caldera and cause an eruption. And if we tried to vent it there is no guarantee we could control what we vented(toxic gasses etc.) how much, or if we could stop it once it began. Volcanology is still a guessing game for the most part, as we still have no way of mapping the internal structure of the planet or the extreme forces involved therein. 10 points for creativity though.

Malleus Mal
Posted 03 March 2015 at 10:58 am

I have bad news. In my opinion, we are utterly alone in the Universe. At best, there may be some forms of life millions of miles away, that exist briefly, and are then extinguished, just as earth will cease to exist one day. I suspect this happens over and over, again, throughout the Universe. For different forms of life to communicate over these vast distances, given their brief existence, would be a rare event, indeed.

Posted 28 February 2015 at 05:03 pm

Seriously damn interesting. I feel like it would be like any drugs now, and not all bad. Although there would be cases in which people might zap themselves constantly and be addicted and fail at life and blah blah blah, there could still be a vast number of people that could use it for occasional pleasure and recreation. And there's also the factor of money. I seriously doubt this would be a cheap procedure which limits the number of people that could even have access to it, let alone abuse it. Just because some people might abuse the technology doesn't mean it's bad.

Posted 28 February 2015 at 08:24 am

Kiniesten, I hope I never come cross one of your posts again.... talk about deviating from the topic! you don't belong here.

Posted 28 February 2015 at 06:38 am

you're not last....

Posted 28 February 2015 at 12:52 am

no, their IQ isn't higher, then average. (explain you later, if anybody is interested)
no, we don't look up to them, unless we haven't had a close relationship with them, but just read.
no, it's not true, that they don't know, they are hurting others: not knowing what you are doing is different from doing it, because you think you are the only one, who is allowed. they don't allow the same to be done to themselves, do they??
no, they aren't strong or heroic. courage is, when you are scared, but can overcome the fear and still do GOOD....and good, not bad, Bad is easy to do.
no, as weird, as it may sound, the sadistic type psycho isn't as bad, as praying (doesn't care, if somebody is hurt). Dr. George K. Simon.
Re: quots "from horses mouth" - well....a quot from a 'victim' - "a psycho says the sky is blue, it means, that it's not". this to just consider, but believe the rest, or you are in trubble, because....
....YES, THEY ARE DANGEROUS, but silly, because
...Yes, it IS a disorder.

Posted 27 February 2015 at 05:37 pm

Wow. Damn Interesting

Posted 26 February 2015 at 10:05 pm

The Big Bang shattered absolute zero. Charles Talley

Posted 26 February 2015 at 08:31 am

I really enjoyed that story. Excellently told and just a total cracker.

I like reading maritime stories and highly recommend the books by the historian, Jean Hood, one of my favourites being her short (yet true) stories about shipping disasters called "Come Hell and High Water."

Posted 25 February 2015 at 11:05 pm

As always, this is a great story. I love your style and this was a captivating piece of History. I couldn't wait to read more. Not just damn interesting more like fascinating!

Posted 24 February 2015 at 06:41 pm

I know this is a pretty old article, and please forgive me for reviving it, but as a medical student, I must pick on this a little bit...

"I don't think nerves are anywhere near as sensitive on your insides. Many organs have virtually no nerves, such as the brain, which can be poked and moved around without you feeling much. :D"

your brain is probably the worst example you can give of a "nerve-less" organ, it is literally comprised of all nervous tissue. nerves are bundles of nervous tissue. While the brain may not have pain receptors, or pressure receptors, (called nociceptors and baroceptors respectively), it quite certainly has nervous tissue.

again, my apologies. *end rant*

Alan Bellows
Posted 24 February 2015 at 03:24 pm

@Chris: Actually, the voice you are recognizing is that of Simon Whistler, our professional voice talent. He just happens to do the voice work for that other podcast as well. My voice is the one you'll hear reading the end credits, and I have also recorded a few episodes myself (e.g., The Clockmaker).

Regarding the reduction in article publication frequency, this is simply a function of decreased free time, increased publication difficulty (longer articles, addition of the podcast, etc.), and an unwillingness to reduce quality for the sake of quantity.

Damn Interesting has always been a spare-time endeavor for me, so I become a bottleneck. This is especially true considering that I personally edit articles, produce the podcast, create most of the podcast music, create most of the article artwork, manage our social media, keep our server running through Reddit click-storms, code site updates, and generally manage our constellation of responsibilities, all in my spare time. And I also like to write articles on occasion.

So, I'm sorry that we cannot publish with the swiftness of our youth, but at least we're not caving to the easy and lucrative clickbait-and-ads model that is gobbling up so much of the Internet nowadays.

Posted 24 February 2015 at 08:59 am

Now I know why the articles have dried up past year or so, Alan you've been busy doing the Daily Knowledge Podcast haven't you? Recognise your voice a mile off, glad to get a fix using Audioboom's new app anyway.

Posted 23 February 2015 at 12:57 pm

I was so happy to see another article on here, and even more so when I saw how long it was! Such an interesting and lengthy back story that continued well after the Derelict had sunk.

Damn Interesting!

Colin Davis
Posted 21 February 2015 at 08:18 am

This is very similar in theory, to a tactic used by the Portuguese, before that tried to invade India at the start of the 16th century. Albuquerque, a Portuguese church minister, was commissioned to obtain information from leading persons in India, to enable the Portuguese to establish commercial routes and relationships. Albuquerque, always dressed poor, but his never told anyone his mission or his plan. Eventually he let slip and the Indians rose up against the Portuguese.

Posted 21 February 2015 at 07:17 am

Strange, I thought about this when I found all my socks that had disappeared in the washing machine.

Posted 21 February 2015 at 02:39 am

I don't really like the Calvinist conclusion that money makes you what you are. Voltaire wasn't the first or only wealthy man on Earth and yet he spoke his mind well ahead of time by expressing concepts that are at the foundation of our human rights today.

One could even argue that there were already signs of his free mind before the lottery scheme came into being and that he would eventually become Voltaire anyway, but that again would be interspersing history with our beliefs.

Posted 20 February 2015 at 10:54 pm

Thanks for a great article. Some fantastic turns of phrase. As a longtime pulpmill operator, 'percussive maintenance' is something I am very familiar with.

The Firestarter
Posted 20 February 2015 at 04:57 pm

"The fourth wall, dear reader ..." Oh I see what you did there!

Posted 18 February 2015 at 09:16 pm

I always called this 'The Simpsons Effect' because by about 1998 here in the UK, The Simpsons was aired twice a day every day except Saturday. What would happen is you'd frequently run into something obscure and specific that was featured in an episode you'd just watched. Of course the reality is that when you're watching that many hours of a tv show with as many side jokes and references as The Simpsons, it shouldn't be surprising at all.

As a few people have mentioned accurately guessing the time, I've prided myself on being good at cancelling the alarm within seconds of its set time, usually when I've given myself another 10 minutes or so.

I was most proud about the time my power went out for..I suppose say two hours and 34 minutes, so I manually set my old timey electric non smart clock forward by that amount until my computer loaded up and connected to the internet - of course when it connected I saw that my estimate was spot on to the minute.

Bicky Goyal
Posted 17 February 2015 at 04:34 am

Amazing story. I wonder why this has not been adapted into a movie yet. Nonetheless, the read was fun. :-)


Posted 16 February 2015 at 05:30 am

At the heart of the tragedy that we know as the Titanic lies the Potato Famine in Ireland. There was only a famine because the entire crop came from one genus and had others been available this disaster might have been mitigated.
So great was the exodus of Irish nationals, leaving to find a new life in America that the White Star line saw a business opportunity.
The Titanic was not the only vessel on this run. It is commonly thought that she was a luxury liner but the real trade was in the emigration from the Emerald Isle.
The cabins were poky and small and following the dispersal of the Irish to America via Ellis Island, these cabins were all stripped out of their scanty furnishings and used for freight back to England.
Following the sinking of the Titanic there was the usual board of enquiry. It found that the vessel had been incorrectly classified and this led to a major revision of the construction rules for such vessels.
All this from the humble potato.

Posted 16 February 2015 at 12:28 am

Hi. I'm alexithymic, and I'd like to clear something up. Having this condition does not render you apathetic or void of emotion, and nowhere in the article was that stated. It simply means that I have trouble understanding my own emotions and why other people are so controlled by them. Yes, I am neutral a lot of the time, but I am a loving, kind, and funny person. I'm very realistic, but I am also very imaginative. When people call us emotionless, it hurts our feelings, yes, we have those! It just takes a little more to make us recognize them,instead of being detached and viewing emotion as a resource with little value.

Posted 15 February 2015 at 02:34 am

Against the backdrop of European history from 1860 to 1939 there is the rise of Finland. Finland never existed as a nation and was little more than a Grand Duchy of Sweden until the Kalevala was discovered. This is a massive epic poem, possibly one of the greatest discoveries in world literature of recent times.
Up to the point of its discovery, anyone who was anyone in what became Finland was Swedish. Sweden was anxious to have a buffer state between it and Russia and was right to be concerned about the bellicose noises coming out of Russia after the 1917 Revolution.
The story of the creation of Finland is an example of how a nation is created once that body of people discovers a great heritage, a language of its own, and nationhood is only around the corner.
It is a terrible tragedy that Britain found itself at war with Finland during WW2.
Years ago, I met an attractive Finnish lady who had the classic Swedish complexion. Bright sapphire blue eyes topped by flowing blonde hair. She told me she was going on holiday back to Helsinki and I asked her if she could find and purchase a book with the Kalevala on one side and a translation into English on the other. She drew a blank but came back with two texts, the Kalevala and a good translation in paperback. The spine of the Kalevala is written in large uppercase vertically on the spine.
She puzzled at the words and the language.
" is not Finnish as I know it."
"Yes...." I said. "That is because the language of the Kalevala is ancient, Runic and it was remembered through chant and song."
It is wonderful. Well worth study.

Posted 14 February 2015 at 07:12 am

Those events are still discussed. The hero was a man on one vessel, Radio Officer Proudfoot who was in the singular position of being able to send weather reports that forewarned the emergency services of the danger that would engulf the eastern coast of Britain. He lost his life but the measures, such as could be mustered, were in place and thanks to him loss of life was to some degree minimised. The high water levels that overwhelmed Norfolk were caused by a high tide combined with the depression that caused the seas to rise well above maximum spring tide levels.
It is with thanks to R/O Proudfoot, with his totally unambiguous copper plate morse, that we owe this debt.
There was another freak incident in more recent times when an atmospheric depression affected the river Trent and the oxygen levels were depleted. Oxygen had to be vapourised and blown into the water to stop the fish from dying.

Posted 14 February 2015 at 04:44 am

That moment when your suspicion is subtly focused on Rogers and you realise you're only halfway into an epic tale; just magnificent! Bravo, Mr Bellows!

Posted 10 February 2015 at 09:08 pm

Fantastic article, really enjoyed it.

Posted 10 February 2015 at 11:11 am

Furnace, I am reading this article 9 years to the day that you posted your comment, and my birthday is on 24 February! Pretty cool!

Posted 09 February 2015 at 03:09 pm

The most obvious benefit is... to do something else, such as sleep, read, make phone calls, watch the news...

Our society continues going backward. We already have the technology with these benefits. They're called trains.

Posted 07 February 2015 at 10:37 am

I'll read this one to my love for valentines.... wonder if she would wail so long for me?

either way, thanks so much Marrisa,DI!

Posted 07 February 2015 at 05:19 am

great read and beautifully descriptive
"so crew members applied percussive maintenance to the mechanisms "

Posted 07 February 2015 at 02:27 am

This is my first read here...and I must say...stunningly well done. Gained a fan for sure :)

Julie Hafford
Posted 06 February 2015 at 12:56 pm

I read this book after accidentally finding it on a dusty shelf in the library. I wished that we learned the story of this woman along with (or instead of) Anne Frank. She represents strength, perseverance, bravery and so much more. I have told people if this book at every chance I get. I'm very happy that I'm not the only person who feels this way. Great article!

Posted 06 February 2015 at 09:35 am

pls tell abut working principle & working off six stroke engine REPLY FAST

Posted 03 February 2015 at 04:19 pm

No one had commented in a long time so i feel like i should. This was all true (I would know) very Interesting

Posted 03 February 2015 at 11:35 am

Surviving exploding ammunition is nothing short of miraculous.

Here's a video about that ammunition, he would most likely have been hit with a Soviet PZ round:

Posted 02 February 2015 at 10:01 am

Quote: "the Finns developed a counter-strategy called "Motti" tactics, a name derived from the Finnish word for "encircled.""

Not true. The word "motti" in Finnish is a measure of wood, equivalent to one cubic metre. The logic behind the term is that the Soviet invaders were sorted and arranged into "mottis", a measure (or "portion") that could be handled, contained and destroyed. Think of a "motti" as a "bite size" piece.

Posted 01 February 2015 at 09:24 am

That is awesome!- I had forgotten what this man's name was.

Posted 01 February 2015 at 05:49 am

Amazing production values on the podcast! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

Posted 29 January 2015 at 08:28 am

Great article. Another point you missed is that he often did not use a scope. As that made him a lager target, and of coarse a gleam. Hence why he was so successful in hiding in plane site and was not shot until the end of the war.

Posted 28 January 2015 at 11:45 am

As always a pleasure to learn a shiny new interesting story..

For the first time I have used the podcast instead of reading the article. It works very well. Thank you for the effort!

James Mhango
Posted 28 January 2015 at 02:54 am

What else. what if whatever I believe in has similar connotations. we are not free beings we are under control of memes. Victims of information. This proves that All religions started like this. Examine all your beliefs and don't cry

Posted 27 January 2015 at 07:39 pm

Great article. Thank you.

Posted 23 January 2015 at 11:59 pm

And this affair apparently was the origin of magicians pulling rabbits out of hats - gave the audience of the day a good laugh. Funny to think that magicians then started doing the rabbit out of hat effect as if it was serious magic when originally it was just a gag.

Posted 23 January 2015 at 02:39 am

Great article! Keep it up.

Posted 22 January 2015 at 02:33 pm

Enjoyed this podcast very much.

Posted 22 January 2015 at 11:21 am

Sometimes the men, and even other women including the inlaws like you for nothin' better than that.I mean breast size. I had larger the breasts than my siter inlaws and my mother inlaw and they all remarked about it and told me they were glad that I was more bosomy than them.Cathy

Posted 22 January 2015 at 11:10 am

What a great article and what a fine job you guys do providing them. Many Thanks! I'd been waiting for a new pearl of knowledge to appear from Damn Interesting and wasn't disappointed!

Posted 22 January 2015 at 01:48 am

I'm a bit of a new reader to this site (only starting since the last one was released), yet I have been waiting for quite some time for a new article. I see that it was well worth the wait! It was a great read. Thank you for the fantastic article.

hector arnaud
Posted 19 January 2015 at 10:46 pm

Hi Melisa

I would like talk with you because this is the story of muy family

My granfather Ramón Arnaud born in Clipperton and muy Mother wrote a full story since they arrive when the MExican goverment send them to the island

I will appreciated you sonest respons


Family Arnaud

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Posted 18 January 2015 at 11:52 pm

Alan, one of the best I've read. Thanks so much!

Posted 18 January 2015 at 03:55 pm

I'm Brian Fellows!

Posted 18 January 2015 at 12:58 pm

I've read nearly every single article on this site over the years. This is hands down one of the best!

Nice to see a new article, especially one that good. The atmospheric sound was a pretty cool concept, I could imagine people fleeing as fire races around...

For some reason it's overlaid with the "radio reporter voice" of the 20s-30s though...

Posted 18 January 2015 at 12:55 pm

Ive read nearly every article on this site. This is one of the best!

Nice to see a new article up, especially one this good.

Posted 17 January 2015 at 05:21 pm

okay, so I've been doing a lot of research about the blood boiling in space thing. This is the first resource that has told me that blood in your circulatory system may in fact evaporate. Can you elaborate on that ? Because everywhere else has just been telling me that since you circulatory system is a closed system, and the pressure is held constant, your blood wouldn't start boiling. Of course, falling unconscious will drop your blood pressure by a lot, but as long as your system remains closed, will your blood not remain liquid until your body freezes ? I mean, as long as your heart is beating, there will be pressure in your circulatory system, so the blood won't boil. I would appreciate some clarification on this matter, thanks :)

Posted 17 January 2015 at 10:47 am

As always Alan, DI indeed. Great job brother!

Posted 16 January 2015 at 08:52 am

Not that significant.

1. Scan in each page of the manuscript.

2. OCR the scan pictures into text.

3. Edit the OCR text on Word. You'd have to do editing anyway, but this step would also catch any OCR errors.

4. Load the Word file onto an ebook publishing site. Profit!

5. Load the Word file onto a paper format publishing site. (This might actually get fiddly.) Profit!

Alan Bellows
Posted 15 January 2015 at 03:24 pm

@Ron: From what I gather his son has the only copy, and it's typewritten. So unfortunately it would require significant effort to digitize it for modern publication.

Ron Paquin
Posted 15 January 2015 at 01:05 pm


In your research for the article, did you learn what became of Vincent Doyle's unpublished manuscript "Beyond All Reasonable Doubt"? In this era of self-publishing for electronic platforms, wouldn't it be fun to be able to read it on a Kindle! Could not possibly be worse than some of the stuff available there.

Great article. Thank you.


Alan Bellows
Posted 15 January 2015 at 05:12 am

There seems to be some confusion in the timeline:

Ah, yes, sorry about that. It should have said "half past two." I've corrected the text.

Posted 14 January 2015 at 03:26 pm

Always with the anti-other-life fearmongering…

Humans seem to forget, that we are by far the most deadly, ruthless and evil life-form on this planet. And that even the deadliest virus and the most dangerous tiger are no match for us; not by a long shot.

If anything, we should be afraid of ourselves!
We are the species that IS currently annihilating the planet, acting like a virus, with its one-track mind.

Posted 14 January 2015 at 01:39 pm

I enjoy the narration option.

Posted 14 January 2015 at 01:09 pm

There seems to be some confusion in the timeline:

"...sometime around half past three in the morning and asked him if he smelled smoke..."

Then later:
"At 2:56am, about fifteen minutes after the fire had first been reported"

Posted 14 January 2015 at 07:32 am

The algebraic solution ends in 5 places(_ _ _ _ _) answer, however the process is only 4 places( _ _ _ _ ) long. it takes a lifetime to solve.

Posted 14 January 2015 at 06:30 am

Wow! What a great tale and so well written as always. A compelling story with a healthy heaping of bitter and twisted deeds.
I like the new format and special (sound) effects.

Sacred Junk
Posted 14 January 2015 at 02:47 am

Firefox 34.0.5 here and scrolling works fine

Posted 14 January 2015 at 02:31 am

I've been a long time reader, and have thoroughly enjoyed the stories. But I can't justify paying to help keep this site running to get new entertainment every four or five months. So thanks but no thanks

Posted 13 January 2015 at 09:07 pm

Lengthy, but captivating. It amazes me, the intrigue and complexity behind what is a minor event in history.

Great stuff! :)

Posted 13 January 2015 at 08:45 pm

Though I've been reading Damn Interesting for a while, this is my first comment on the site.

Mr. Bellows, you've outdone yourself this time. This is probably the best article I've read yet. Congrats!

Posted 13 January 2015 at 04:16 pm

Fantastic article, thank you!
George did it for sure!

Posted 13 January 2015 at 03:26 pm

I have become addicted to your pod casts :) I listen to them at work in between calls and have learned so much. I have already brought them up to many of my friends and intend to post one of my favourites on my Facebook page. Thank you!

Colin meek
Posted 13 January 2015 at 02:15 pm

No, not first!! :-(

Colin meek
Posted 13 January 2015 at 02:13 pm

Damn interesting! And a first !!

Posted 13 January 2015 at 01:57 pm

Great job! Damn interesting, as always!

Posted 13 January 2015 at 01:38 pm

I can hardly scroll with this new design, it just freezes my browser :/

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Posted 12 January 2015 at 02:39 pm

12 days in Alan, 12 days in!

Posted 11 January 2015 at 08:46 pm

I got really excited today because I remember reading an article similar to this one and while I was in New York City I stumbled across two while walking in and near time square! It's so interesting!

Captain Catfish
Posted 11 January 2015 at 01:43 pm

Hitler was not brilliant on land. His tactics were simple and borderline retarded. He was such an ego-idiot refusing skilled advice and so on. He was such a poor tactician that assassination attempts were halted because the longer he remained in power, the easier it would be to end the war. He was so incompetent they thought it would be better to watch him fumble around rather than let the numerous skilled staff and still very potent army drag it out, gain concessions, etc. Not brilliant.said: "Hitler was a bright tactician on land (although you wouldn't guess it from his "invasion" of russia) and a real ass at sea. If he had a little more confidence in his navy, londoners would be eating fish'n'pretzels today. Can anyone spell lederhosen? No? Thank god!"

Posted 10 January 2015 at 05:08 pm

I met a British sniper survivor In hospital whilst undergoing leg ops same as ( Pete) in a team of 4 hunting natzi snipers shooting field troops in open areas while watching men drop signaling crossfire and did a 1 inch square 4 corners shot to heart while hiding in a tree, he was observed robbing the shot field troops and was wearing British boots as natzi clobber was inferior, (Pete survived an ambush by machine gunners and helped by red cross who talked the captures captain out of shooting the only susurvivor with severe legs blown!! Hence I met him in hospital went for tea at his and saw all his highly polished, ammo on the fire place, Good old Red Cross, oh and Pete,n mates,. Saw him walking in town once, Mr Wobbly but very much alive!!!!!,

Glinda Gail Bustamante
Posted 10 January 2015 at 01:17 pm

What a fascinating story!!! My mind is blown! I aspire to be half the woman that Isabel was through all of her trials; what faithfulness! Would I have remarried? A lesser woman I am perhaps. Had she given up, humanity would have been robbed of the inspiration that most certainly has been provided by this harrowing tale. One can survive against all odds, in the Name of Love. Hallelujah!

Posted 09 January 2015 at 09:15 am

This is god awfully inhumane... I understand the whole bomb sniffing and training them that way, but inserting things into their brain to control there movements?! What the hell is wrong with people..

Samuel Adams
Posted 09 January 2015 at 04:15 am

Arcangel said: "Oh and if you are really serious consider Iraq. You guys are having a tough enough time over there and with Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, need I go on? Better that you consider us allies then enemies. Seems you have a world full of them."

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