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 bestgore.com

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 Veg...so not going to be customer of his..food 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

Kevin Paulson

Mitrokhin said: "To the above comment on Johnson Jr dying in Vietnam in 1967, that Johnson Jr was born in 1945 in Oklahoma, the Johnson Jr I read about in a Times article on the stabbingindicated he was 22 in 1972 and from Indiana ."

Any idea as to his present whereabouts?

Posted 25 July 2014 at 11:09 am in response to The Spy Who Loved Nothing


1c3d0g said: "I'd probably classify as a psychopath (or worse), even though I do know the difference between right and wrong and do feel guilt and such. But for some things, such as (for instance); if I caught a burglar in my house, I wouldn't hesitate to put him down and end his life right there. Or if someone killed a person I loved, they'd bought themselves a death sentence immediately. I would hunt them down, torture them and kill them slowly and painfully. I *know* it's wrong to do such a thing, but impulsively I'd do it without thinking twice. I just can't help it. Maybe I do need professional medical attention, but hey, I try to look at it this way: stay out of my way and I'm cool with everyone, you f*ck with me or someone I care about, and you (and the people responsible) will get what's coming their way. :-|"

Don't fool yourself. You are talking about operating from emotions of revenge and anger. If you have never done any of the things that you mention, you wouldn't stand a chance against a violent real psychopath. Keep living your imaginary vigilante life, if it makes you feel secure, however, just keep in mind that you are only fooling yourself.

Posted 25 July 2014 at 09:10 am in response to The Unburdened Mind


I was just over there looking into some road work and when I stopped and got out of the car there was a nasty smell and a bunch of flies got into the car when we opened it. Horrible!

Posted 24 July 2014 at 07:19 pm in response to Sordid History of the Salton Sea


I am still waiting for someone from Hollywood to make a good movie out of the story of this man.

Posted 24 July 2014 at 12:44 pm in response to White Death


I get this about every second day, but of all of the times, I think the winning experience was learning the Greek word for belly button (Omphalos) and hearing it twice again in the same week.

The Greek word for belly button.


Posted 23 July 2014 at 03:49 pm in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

sylvia garcia

Hi my name is sylvia and I am the owner of a property in henderson nv . Is there anything you can tell me about the lawsuit back in 2007..I was never notified of such lawsuit and if anyone can provide me any info in regards to this case I will appreciate it. Thank you......sylvia. cell phone 951 287 0258

Posted 23 July 2014 at 03:25 pm in response to The PEPCON Disaster


It amazes me how patient people can be in a time when life expectancy was like 40 years old, IF you lived through adolescence.

"Drive this boat up the river and wait several years for some lady who'll probably die trying to get to you, though you'll never know for sure."

"Okay, boss. Nice knowing you, I'm sure you'll get dysentery and croak before I see you again. Tell your replacement to tell his replacement to keep paying me, assuming I'm not dead, which is likely but you'll never know for sure. "

Posted 23 July 2014 at 10:15 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle

Dan B

With enough lubrication anything is possible!

Posted 23 July 2014 at 07:34 am in response to The Gravity Express


I have not read all of the comments on this post so I don't know if anyone else has discussed it this way. There are a lot of comments so I apologize if someone else has already posted this idea. I had the idea of a wind up car some years back and it came to me when I was having my vehicle towed. Because of the make the tow-truck operator had to dolly the rear wheels and to do this he got out these little wheel Dollies that fit on the ground next to the rear tire,one for each rear tire. Then he got a long poll stuck it in this little dolly and simply walked from one end of my vehicle to the other and lifted it off the ground. I thought that was pretty neat. This only took a minute and off he went. A couple of years later I was investing in electric car companies and had the idea of a wind up car. I talked to a few freinds and they told me I was crazy but I know it could work. The only thing is my idea is that the car is solely wind up. You don't need another source of energy because of leverage. I saw a man lift the corner of a car that weighed hundreds of pounds with no effort at all. So here is the idea I had. A vehicle would be equipped with two wind areas seated behind the driver and front passinger area, kind of where the read door conects on most four door vehicles. To wind the car, a person would open a small door there push down what looks like a large button that would then extend out by spring a few inches allowing the person to insert a long rod and basically then walk past the vehicle storing the torc in a large spring. This of course might take several passes on each side but could be done in a couple of minutes, probably less time then it takes to fuel most vehicles now. One last thing, although I know this idea could work, even if it was able to be proofed it would neve be allowed to hit the light of day. Just as the electric car hs been squashed, non-taxable sources of energy will never be allowed to be common place. I drove electric cars in the 1990's that were great cars but the technology was never allowed out. I had invested in this company heavily and visited them several times. I got to drive a converted car and it did wonderfully on both city and highway testing and it didn't need a gas engine. Hybrids are ridiculous and not needed. We have all the tech. To produce a comfortable and fisable electric car right now and for lot less that 200k but it simply won't be allowed. Well this is my two cents worth....at least I'm not the only crazy one out there.

Posted 22 July 2014 at 05:08 am in response to Why Not a Wind-up Car?

utkarsh trivedi

Great article marissa......
Eager for more articles from your end. :)

Posted 21 July 2014 at 08:13 pm in response to Welcome to the Jungle

Aman in Iowa

If more people would take a stand we could put an end to corrupt politics. There are way more civilians than there are military in the United States, even considering the police and security agencies. If we would all take a stand for what is right we could restore this country back to being a republic for the people, by the people. We do not have to allow big business to take over and destroy our country. We do not have to allow corrupt politicians to rewrite the constitution and remove our rights, privileges and freedoms. We are America, the land of the free, the home of the brave. Men have fought and given their lives for our freedom. Have we forgotten? Have we become a country of cowards? Have we no shame? We should all take action, as this man did. Many may have to give their lives but we can restore this country to its roots. One nation under God!! We have allowed corruption to rob us long enough. We must give the good fight and we must win.

Posted 21 July 2014 at 03:50 pm in response to The Wrath of the Killdozer


To the above comment on Johnson Jr dying in Vietnam in 1967, that Johnson Jr was born in 1945 in Oklahoma, the Johnson Jr I read about in a Times article on the stabbingindicated he was 22 in 1972 and from Indiana .

Posted 21 July 2014 at 03:33 pm in response to The Spy Who Loved Nothing

Alan Bellows

Travis said: "I really love that image at the top of the story, with all the different flags. Who is it by? Where is it from?"

Thanks! It's actually a collage I created based on several pieces of old Japanese artwork. I cut out the bits I wanted, arranged them all fancily, added the flags in the background, stitched it all together with a few brush strokes of my own, and gave it a simulated weathered paper effect.

Posted 21 July 2014 at 02:21 pm in response to Otokichi’s Long Trip Home


I really love that image at the top of the story, with all the different flags. Who is it by? Where is it from?


Posted 21 July 2014 at 12:50 pm in response to Otokichi’s Long Trip Home


trillian said: "Dr.Grimgravy said: "I have the situation of looking at the clock exactly at 9:11 pm/am. It is weird, but it seems I look at the clock at exactly 9:11 all the time........"

I know how you feel. For me it is 6:23, in the morning to be specific.

But there is more..

In grade school, 5th grade if I remember correctly, the teacher had us all stand at our seats. She said, "in a few moments I will say start, and I want you to close your eyes, and wait for one minute to pass before sitting down." She waited for several seconds to pass after the minute hand of the classrooms clock to make its unusually loud click to pass, and said "START NOW".

Months before this I was with my family at Fisherman's Wharf. I lived in San Francisco while I was a kid. While in the vicinity of the Wharf, there is a famous clock about the size of a lamp-post, maybe stop sign is closer. Its somewhat Victorian looking. Anyway.. I stood there while we waited for whatever reason, and I watched the second hand tick. That one second tick pattern it had sticks with me to this day.

So, after I counted to 60, with the rhythm of that clock in my head keeping tempo, I finally sat down. My teacher said I was the only one even close, and hit it dead on perfect.

Ever since that time I have noticed an uncanny ability to tell time. Most of the time this 'super power' reveals itself when I wake up at odd hours of the night, and correctly guess the time, to the minute before reaching for my watch, or now cell phone.

I can often feel when its 6:23 too. As far as I know, nothing special ever happened at 6:23, nothing I can remember. Maybe that was the actual time my Mother work me up for school? I dont know.

As for the Baader-Meinhoff phenomenon, I see it at least once a week. Sometimes with practical effects. Let me explain that.. I do servicing work on copiers, printers, computers, etc.. I have roughly 500 machines in my territory to service, some of them i have yet to even see. The servicing is usually random. Fix a paper jam here, clean up a toner spill there, why cant I print over here, you get the idea. But several times a year, I get the same thing, over and over in one week, or sometimes all in a single day. Not something simple like a paper jam, that happens all the time, but something rare like a fuser failure. Thats a part that just doesn't fail very often, and you don't expect to get 3 to 5 in one day, from one territory. Once it starts, I can tell.

I have begun to preemptively stock up on particular parts in anticipation of this. It usually pays off. But that could be, and probably is just random hit and miss. I'd need a lot more instances of this, but its happened dozens of times.

Posted 21 July 2014 at 11:32 am in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon


Dido said: "Will someone please answer my question? How does this guy hold the record for surviving a 75 story freefall, while that one woman who fell 33,000 feet holds the record for the highest freefall. Someone please answer? ill be thankful."

She held the record for surviving the longest freefall IN AN ELEVATOR, not freefall in the sky.

Posted 21 July 2014 at 06:31 am in response to In Heavy Fog


one point that I possibly missed.... Don Pedro.... he initially went down to where the boat was in advance of his daughter, and then after his sons died he decided to continue on.... did he not have a wife back in Riobamba? I would venture to guess that he did not since its stated in the story that he was advanced in years... and then the author says that he went on to French Guiana....

Posted 20 July 2014 at 04:41 pm in response to Welcome to the Jungle


I love that Condamine links this article and the one aaa out the Amazon.

Posted 19 July 2014 at 08:04 am in response to The Enlightenment Guide To Winning The Lottery


Science, society, survival.
Hey, maybe I just invented a new DI slogan!

Posted 19 July 2014 at 05:25 am in response to The Tyrant of Clipperton Island


Fantastic article- both content and form! Was a pleasure to read.

Had one questions as well....the original scientists liquefying these gasses, taking them down to -250C, which were the thermometers that they used to actually measure down almost to absolute zero?!

Posted 18 July 2014 at 05:10 am in response to Absolute Zero is 0K

kerrianne rudderow

This is awesome.

Posted 17 July 2014 at 04:11 pm in response to Absolute Zero is 0K


MeasureMan said: "Marius said: "Pardon my ignorance, but is this a thermal imager? I thought those things needed a fairly substantial cooling unit in order to operate. This thingy seems more in the radar range.(hee hee, a pun for us oldsters) Although it does seem awfully small for a radar tranciever as well, but I've been out of the radar business (I was a radar and radio tech. on C-130's in the early '90's) for quite some time."

You are correct Marius. We got on the subject of the thermal imaging camera from the first comment by Arcangel. As you know the higher the frequency, the shorter the wave length and I would guess the smaller the components can be. Based on the size, it still must be some low power technology.
While I was in the Air Force (late 70's early 80's) I calibrated AN/URM 141 radar test sets. Did you use them? They were pretty old back then."

so a person can take images of a person who is in the building just like an ordinary camera??????????

Posted 17 July 2014 at 12:45 pm in response to Handheld Device Detects Movement Through Walls


Scopalomine seemed to be a favorite drug of the author Allistaire McClain. He used it in 2 of his best stories: "Where Eagles Dare" and "The Guns of Navarone", when the Germans were interrogating a prisoner in WWII.

Posted 16 July 2014 at 12:44 pm in response to The Truth About Truth Serum


Oh, by the way...

Last !

Posted 15 July 2014 at 03:59 pm in response to This Place is Not a Place of Honor


Anyone see Prometheus ? The Engineers did the same thing with their weapons lab by putting a ginormous skull on top. And we all know how that ended.

Posted 15 July 2014 at 03:56 pm in response to This Place is Not a Place of Honor

sheldon hodges

Ed Graham said: "Long Pig refers to the look of a roasting human on a spit.

...can't help but wonder what I taste like."

It really is the "other" white meat. Rather good but slightly dry.

Posted 15 July 2014 at 03:51 pm in response to The Great Taste of Human Flesh, Without the Guilt

sheldon hodges

Having, inadvertently, eaten human flesh while in Southeast Asia, the taste did, in fact, have a porcine quality. Lighter than dark pork but still with a porcine aspect. Significantly better than MacDonalds.

Posted 15 July 2014 at 03:45 pm in response to The Great Taste of Human Flesh, Without the Guilt


Chalumeau said: "Does anyone know precisely why Johnston ate the livers, and no other edible bits of his targets' anatomy? I think the liver is rich in certain nutrients (ex. iron) but I could be wrong."

The Liver was considered sacred and necessary to pass on to the afterlife to the Crow nation/tribe. By eating their livers he was preventing them from entering their version of the afterlife, something akin to spitting blood in the face of the entire nation and committing an "Ultimate sacrilege" against their beliefs.

Essentially he was declaring himself to be the ultimate warrior against the crow and striking fear and hatred into their hearts in one move.

Posted 15 July 2014 at 09:33 am in response to Liver-Eating Johnson


Still tastier than McDonalds!

Posted 14 July 2014 at 04:37 pm in response to The Great Taste of Human Flesh, Without the Guilt


Where's the flux capacitor when you need one...

Posted 14 July 2014 at 01:55 am in response to The Clockmaker


This is so horrible and morbid. If I don't have nightmares after this I will be surprised.

Posted 12 July 2014 at 08:15 pm in response to Lucid Decapitation


WOW! I'm definitely going to check out that book, the Mapmaker's Wife. Incredible story - definitely sounds like the plot of an adventure/romance novel more then anything that could actually happen. Incredible how tough (and patient!) people were back then. Of course if they were famous back then, those must have been tough and patient people even by 18th century standards :)

Posted 12 July 2014 at 03:28 pm in response to Welcome to the Jungle


I can't help wondering...is there any reason to think that he didn't live his life exactly the way he wanted to, and happily so? I mean, just because he had so much potential, doesn't mean he would have been happy utilizing it the way society might expect him to. His lack of achievements, may not have anything at all to do with his upbringing or the media attention or any other external force, and it seems possible that the direction his life took was simply a matter of free will. ..And probably a very very educated choice at that. I doubt it's even possible for the average genius to even begin to understand all of the motives and reasoning that would come with an IQ in the 300's.

damn interesting article! Thank you so much for hosting one the best spots on the web..

Posted 11 July 2014 at 12:52 pm in response to The Rise and Fall of William J. Sidis


I suppose the saddest day in Tesla's life or afterlife is when the banknote with his face mutated a whole bunch of additional zeroes. The Hapsburg Empire, Yugoslav Kingdom, Croatia, Yugoslav Union, whatever his homeland is called, had been wrecked by good people such as those gentlemen above this post over and over again, through things like arguing whether he's Serbian or Croatian. Seriously, you are not thinking big like him.

Posted 11 July 2014 at 07:03 am in response to Tesla


GDSquire said: "After this you will have done a complete 360!"

At 3:06 AM of course..

Posted 11 July 2014 at 03:31 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle


After this you will have done a complete 360!

Posted 11 July 2014 at 03:06 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle


alipardiwala said: "6 storeys of bunker? Thats bloody deep. But didn't the french suffer a lot of losses in the war? Where did they get so many resources to go and build these things then?"

They spent all of their time and money building these things, they planned on fighting WW2 if it came as WW1 was fought. WW2 was completely different the Nazis invented fast, mobile armored warfare.

Posted 11 July 2014 at 02:23 am in response to The (Almost) Impenetrable Defenses of France

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