Haley

That is a damn shame!! Man, I'm seriously wondering if the rumour of it being a hoax could be true though.

Posted 21 December 2014 at 04:41 pm in response to The Clockmaker

Random

I did some more research about comparison of different sources and astronomical evidene.

Beside the hungarian chronicles there are a damn lot of these kind of controversial things. Non-existent jewish literature for at least two centuries, problems with dating of Viking and Saracen raids in that era (not that they didnt happen but when, where and how). The Armenian historian Chorenatzi, who seems like lived in the 5th and 8th century at the same time, I mean there weird things around him.
Even places where we believed there is a proof for sure are failing, like Charlemagne exchanged diplomats with Harun al-Raschid, the Caliph of Baghdad. Well, Arab sources do not mention anything about this relation or even the Caroling Empire. Harun al-Raschid actually only exist as a fairy-tale protagonist in the One Thousand and One Night.
Or there is the fable about the Seven Holy Sleepers, spreading across Islam, Persia andeven Byzantinum and other Christian regions. Ther are many versions of the tale but roughly its about seven christians who were sleeping in a cave through about 200-300 years while hiding from prosecutions.
These kind of facts and sories just flooding from all direction of the borderlands of Charlemagne's Europe.

But lets see the astronomical evidence. They must be clearly disprove this nonsense. But not. Most calculation, Halley's Comet etc. cannot help. I read a long paper about these things, I won't get into detail but to quote Dieter B. Hermann, professor of astronomy "Ultimate evidence against Illig's hypothesis, based solely on historical solar eclipses, can possibly not be found."

The most close we can get by these sources is this:
"Actually, discussion has concentrated on the reports of solar and lunar eclipses engraved on Babylonian cuneiform tablets. It should be noted that it was not possible to confirm the dates given on these tablets really independent from astronomical retrocalculations. This means that the risk of logical circles cannot be excluded. [ref. van Gent] However, many of these tablets provide very accurate information from centuries of systematic astronomical observations. This allows to analyse the deviation (ΔT) between observation time and retro calculation. [Stephenson (1997)] The excellent statistical match indicates that the timings given on Babylonian tablets are not affected by the medieval PhT. Unfortunately, for the millennium separating the numerous records from Babylonian and Arab as well as Chinese astronomers, only a handful of records may be considered reliable. When the secular deceleration of the earth's rotation has been calculated, the data could not approve the expected virtually constant deceleration due to tidal friction. Instead, Stephenson hat to presume an unexplained zero deceleration between the 1st and 6th century AD. When the records were reviewed, assuming a deliberately introduced medieval PhT, the expected constant deceleration was found."

Damn. Actually it backs the theory. At least, some calendar forgery is still more acceptable - following Occam's Razor - than that unexplained zero decereration era.

I'm just freaked out :)
The more and more I'm trying to disprove this nonsense theory, the more I just prove it practically.

Posted 21 December 2014 at 06:10 am in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis

Sabio

Wow great read.

Posted 20 December 2014 at 09:50 am in response to Welcome to the Jungle

Random

@Zywakem

The comparison you are talking about is exist in a sense.

First I think we can agree that carbon dating, due to its official +- one century accuracy and 60-80% reliability - not to mention that 6 months long tests on the same artifact by the British Museum showed an even wider spread of results - make a 300 years gap easily possible. Then it's interesting that we haven't got a single unarguable archeological finding from that area or even a letter of contemporaty writings. Yes I know about the Carolingian Renaissance, but I have to mention that both by technology and art style they are 11th century buildings. So it seems like they invented late Romanesque architecture from out of nowhere then forget it suddenly, then we can observe in a very well detailed way how they invented it again in a logical and long process in the 10-11th centuries. At least as weird as the Phantom Time theory. I have to mention, theres really not a single written word can be dated to this time. a Chronicle from the 14th century stating it is a copy of a lost one from the 8th century isn't "contemporary". And if we think about what happened in Europe these years it's more interesting. I mean there supposed to be four huge empires, Charlemagne's Empire, Visigoth Kingdom, Avar Khaganate and the Khazar Empire. Archeological evidence about them are not much at all, in many cases about zero. What is interesting, because any empires that size we know about - like Roman Empire, Macedon Empire of Alexander the Great, Persia etc. - left for us so much evidence and so much cultural impact we just can't even count them.

But about the comparison of contemporary written sources:
I won't go into Islam. The connection between Arian heresy and Islam is well explained in the book itself.
Finding contemporary - or a bit later - sources about the above mentioned empires isn't easy at all, because there is none. Funny, but outside Europe and Byzantinum, nobody ever mentioned an existence of a Caroling or even Khazar Empire. No trade, no wars, nothing. But we can say the parts of the world were too separated (what is nonsense because Greeks, Romans, Persians etc had a well detailed picture about distant peoples aswell).
But we can find a place where we can make our comparison: Hungary. There is a debate basically about the origin of Hungarians - as long as I know, every new genetical or archeologcal result just go straight against the official theory - but as I'm not an expert i leave it. Based on the mainstream version, they lived somewhere around the river Don, in Royal Scythia, what was the Khazar Empire back then, in the 7-8th century and moved from there to the Carpathian Basin - what was the Avar Khaganate - in the 9th century. So they were outsiders arriving into Europe just in the middle of the "lost" period. The problem is that in the numerous hungarian chronicles (most of them predating the later chronicles describing Charlemagne in detail), there is not a single word about the Khazar or Avar empires, neither Charlemagne or the Visigoths. Rather they gave a very detailed story with a line of rulers and their deeds what counts 104 years between Atilla and Arpad, missing the exact amount of time what Illig calculated. And they gave explanation of most of the questions raised about events in the "lost" time.
We don't have to care about China or the likes because it isn't about lost time, or centuries passing on "stand-by" but just a few national epics and heroes invented. What as I look over the history textbooks of the 20th century from different countries and dates, is more than possible.
You can find a detailed explanation about the different hungarian chronicles in the light of this theory by a hungarian researcher (so somebody who is way more qualified then me in the subject) here (very very interesting imo):
http://www.cakravartin.com/archives/the-trap-of-false-history

And I do not say Illig is right. Actually at the first time I just couldn't stop laughing on the theory. But I have to say, most critics are bending the theory and discredit things loudly what it never stated actually. So I don't know what to believe, but looking at the subject, not from a very eurocentric point of view, but including neightbouring cultures, it is make a lot of sense.

Posted 20 December 2014 at 07:58 am in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis

KP

My mother remembers, when she was a child during the Depression, a Hobo knocked on their door and asked for something to eat. My grandmother made him a sandwich and a cup of coffee, then gave him a nickel for another cup of coffee on the road. People were having terrible times, and she had compassion for those who were even worse off. After that, she noticed that men would walk past the other houses on the street, and come to hers. She always did the same, a sandwich, cup of coffee and a nickel. She asked one why they only came to her house and then learned about the markings which told others which houses were good to them. She never turned anyone away, even if she only had peanut butter to give.

This a very cool thing I just learned about my grandmother.

Posted 19 December 2014 at 08:25 am in response to The Hobo Code

Matt

Shad Larsen said: "One thing I considered... wouldn't basic cracking logic exploit this code within the first couple of tries. If we assume that a person knew the code was 8 digits long and was going to utilize a basic cracking mechanism of starting with the first set and incrementing by 1 each time I believe '00000000' would have been the first set of numbers in the routine and BINGO! you're in.

My thought is that even if you are to compromise the process with this bypass you would have at least had even minor complexity. Granted it was a differet time with emotions guiding decisions of this nature..."

Well sure. By that logic, the safest combination would be 99999999.

Posted 19 December 2014 at 05:29 am in response to I've Got the Same Combination on My Luggage!

Joubil

Joubil said: "Ron said: "i have lived on the same area of coast and observed tidal guages for many years and i assure you sea levels have not changed one iota,that's a fact,. global temperatures have been static for nearly 2 decades now,sorry but that's also a fact.as for propaganda,if this event happened today i;m sure the usual fear and guilt merchants would be blaming it all on global warming and forecasting our imminent doom.that's not a fact"

None of what you said is a fact. You're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. Sea levels have risen, see cited article below. Global temperatures have risen, see article below. Furthermore global warming is even a bit of a misnomer, as the real threat is massive climate change, but none the less temperatures have in fact risen.
Climate
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/oceans/sea-level.html
Temps
https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/how-much-has-global-temperature-risen-last-100-years"
Bla. Bla. Bla.
Climate is always changing, it has been for millions of years. But since you are confusing climate with decadal weather changes, let me refresh your memory. The paleocene, eocene, oligocene, miocene and pliocene periods of our planet's climate history were all very warmer than it is now. In fact, when you look at the big picture, our planet is still in a cooling phase. Unless of course you are part of the crowd that would benefit from seeing the working class being taxed for simply being alive and exhaling co2."

Oh and here is a link that corroborates what I wrote.
https://www.climate.gov/sites/default/files/styles/inline_all/public/climateqa_hottest_ocean_temp_610.png?itok=DRHNrr3d

Posted 18 December 2014 at 09:54 pm in response to Surface Tension

Joubil

Ron said: "i have lived on the same area of coast and observed tidal guages for many years and i assure you sea levels have not changed one iota,that's a fact,. global temperatures have been static for nearly 2 decades now,sorry but that's also a fact.as for propaganda,if this event happened today i;m sure the usual fear and guilt merchants would be blaming it all on global warming and forecasting our imminent doom.that's not a fact"

None of what you said is a fact. You're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. Sea levels have risen, see cited article below. Global temperatures have risen, see article below. Furthermore global warming is even a bit of a misnomer, as the real threat is massive climate change, but none the less temperatures have in fact risen.
Climate
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/oceans/sea-level.html
Temps
https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/how-much-has-global-temperature-risen-last-100-years"

Bla. Bla. Bla.

Climate is always changing, it has been for millions of years. But since you are confusing climate with decadal weather changes, let me refresh your memory. The paleocene, eocene, oligocene, miocene and pliocene periods of our planet's climate history were all very warmer than it is now. In fact, when you look at the big picture, our planet is still in a cooling phase. Unless of course you are part of the crowd that would benefit from seeing the working class being taxed for simply being alive and exhaling co2.

Posted 18 December 2014 at 09:52 pm in response to Surface Tension

Shaun Wilkinson

has DI died? I miss my fix of interesting stories and I've already read through the entire archive.

Posted 18 December 2014 at 06:06 am in response to Surface Tension

VegasYooper

Thanks for a great article and for all the informative responses. I'm of Finnish ancestry and I've read a bit about the Winter War. The Finns were unreal with men like Hayha and Lauri Tornii, later known in US special forces as Larry Thorne. The book 'A Frozen Hell' by William Trotter is a great account of the conflict.

Posted 17 December 2014 at 05:51 pm in response to White Death

iain

Interesting article, spoiled by reference to the 'English trenches' when of course it should be 'British trenches'.

Posted 17 December 2014 at 07:18 am in response to The Spanish Flu Epidemic

eric

Bucky said: "I thought that water in your pistons was B-A-D? My friend drove his truck through a huge puddle and water got in under the sparkplugs. The engine seized up so quickly that the crankshaft was bent where the pistons attach. How is this engine successful, then?

I'm still amazed he got it to work on the first try. I can hardly make a few lines of code run correctly on the first try, much less design my own revolutionary combustion engine and have it work from the start. I guess that is testament to the simplicity of the idea. It will be interesting to see where this goes in the coming years, if at all.
Maybe the car could create distilled water itself, from tapwater? That might be able to take even more heat out of the engine."

Water in the engine is bad... he is talking about injecting it (probably in a fine mist) so that it creates steam pressure, and is then exhausted before the fuel cycle even starts.

Posted 16 December 2014 at 06:32 pm in response to The Six-Stroke Engine

Robert Halfpenny

Prince said: "Why did they make 2232 copies and then change them, why not change one, then copy it 2232 times?

all in all, a brilliant prank."

I think the reason is that each "card flipper" has different instructions which is what makes each picture different.

Posted 14 December 2014 at 09:36 am in response to The Great Rose Bowl Prank of 1961

L

Chris said: "As a survival trait, positive self-deception gets things done, and that's why everybody does it."

I agree with your observations, Coherent. I belive I am a "realist" yet that is not generally accepted as much as the "optimist" positive perception. Recently I was accused of being "negative" when someone asked about the weather for the weekend and I replied "bleak." "Stop being so negative!" was the response. "Negative?" I replied. "I just saw the weather report and it said 70% chance of rain." Now, I would rather have nice ,rain free weekend, but since when is stating the most likely a "negative?! Not what they wanted to hear!
Anyway, great article! And that is a "realistic" answer!"

Dear Chris,

You comment is in fact negative, a realistic one would have merely reported the chance of raining without much subjective judgement.

What makes someone depressed is the overall idea based on actual facts that the subject comes to realize about the world, himself and what is around him in terms of opportunities and ability to influence his own future. This ideas are true but dysfunctional for himself and the way he interacts in social groups, leading to being marginalized and eventually seen as mentally ill.

Posted 14 December 2014 at 08:24 am in response to The Total Perspective Vortex

Khushi

Dear Friends,

My brother is also suffering from this decease. Could you please help me what treatment should he be given to overcome from this decease.

Please,please Advise.

Regards
Khushi

Posted 13 December 2014 at 08:56 pm in response to Alien Hand Syndrome

Souvik Ghosh

What kind of propulsion system is favourable for cyler orbit?

Posted 13 December 2014 at 09:28 am in response to The Martian Express

Souvik Ghosh

What should be the speed of an orbiting cylcer space settlement which will have a torus for creating gravity which would be travelling in these buzz-aldrin cycler orbits?

Posted 13 December 2014 at 09:12 am in response to The Martian Express

vind

Three words: law of attraction.

Posted 11 December 2014 at 03:53 pm in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Paul

As always this story was DamnInteresting. My only problem now is that we haven't had a story in over THREE months. At first I thought DI was holding out for DamnInteresting Thanksgiving story. Now I'm left wondering if there is going to be a Christmas story. Please don't keep me jonesing into the new year.

Thanks for all the great essays.

Posted 10 December 2014 at 06:21 pm in response to Surface Tension

Jack

Furnace said: "Lucid dreaming only takes a little time and effort. For about three years straight, I wrote a detailed description of my dreams, and after seeing patterns emerge in my writings, I started having concious thoughts when I noticed them in my dreams. "Hey! I've had five different dreams where someone cuts their foot on broken glass and here it is again!" ...and the lucid dreaming starts.

My goal for the longest time was to find a book in a dream, then read and remember as much as possible so I could find out what my mind would create. Time and time again, it was always gibberish. This is the longest line of text I've been able to get from a dream- "Standard strock not oekey todoso.""

That's actually quite interesting. I'm also very intrigued by the skill of lucid dreaming (though I'm only just a beginner). My dream diary is about 2 weeks long, but it has quite a few gaps in it since I usually can't remember my dreams when I awake.

Anyway, when you're reading those gibberish lines of text, do they actually make sense to your dream self, or do you read it and toss it due to it being gibberish?

Posted 09 December 2014 at 03:31 pm in response to The Consequences of Excessive Wakefulness

Zywakem

septimine said: "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."

Basically a better version of what I was thinking.

Posted 08 December 2014 at 12:23 pm in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis

Zywakem

Is it not hard to cross-check the dates and major events (those that could be seen or felt all over the world, for example comets) with other civilisations, such as the Chinese and other Eastern cultures? It would be obvious then to see whether these 297 years were fabricated or not.

Posted 08 December 2014 at 12:21 pm in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis

JJ

I guess we can safely assume that in many factories the management's attitude didn't change: Don't do what's good for workers, do only what the law requires, do the minimum you can legally get away with.

Posted 08 December 2014 at 03:58 am in response to Undark and the Radium Girls

Alan Brandon

kilranian said: "First?
It's really interesting to actually see the backstory for this event and how it came to be.
DI"

It's all in the legal loopholes of the time.

This has me thinking of the Bhopal,India stunt from Union Carbide or how about the Shell Oil spill in San Francisco, Cal.

Posted 07 December 2014 at 11:27 pm in response to The Tragedy of the Love Canal

Mark

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

The article never called humans evil. In fact, it rather lauded what humans are capable when we put our minds to it. It never even once even alluded to humans affecting the world climate. Nor did it claim we're all going to die because of rising sea levels. What it actually said is occurring, "post-ice age glacial rebound", is 100% true.
If you see the facts about the real world as "propaganda", then I think you've been listening to too much actual propaganda from those who would deny reality when faced with the overwhelming amount of objective scientific facts about climate change. Facts which are readily available to anyone who cares to look at them.
Sea levels are rising. This is a fact. Global temperatures are also rising. This is also a fact. Admitting that we need to be ready to deal with the consequences of these changes or we'll suffer for failing to do so seems like a pretty responsible conclusion to come to after reading the rest of the article.
If that upsets you, well, feel free to continue to whine about people being concerned about it while the rest of us actually do our best to save you and people like you from yourself."
i have lived on the same area of coast and observed tidal guages for many years and i assure you sea levels have not changed one iota,that's a fact,. global temperatures have been static for nearly 2 decades now,sorry but that's also a fact.as for propaganda,if this event happened today i;m sure the usual fear and guilt merchants would be blaming it all on global warming and forecasting our imminent doom.that's not a fact"

And I just ate dinner, so I feel like world hunger has ended.
Seriously- the world's problem with climate change and rising sea levels is a fact.

Posted 07 December 2014 at 05:10 pm in response to Surface Tension

Ron

i have lived on the same area of coast and observed tidal guages for many years and i assure you sea levels have not changed one iota,that's a fact,. global temperatures have been static for nearly 2 decades now,sorry but that's also a fact.as for propaganda,if this event happened today i;m sure the usual fear and guilt merchants would be blaming it all on global warming and forecasting our imminent doom.that's not a fact"

None of what you said is a fact. You're entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. Sea levels have risen, see cited article below. Global temperatures have risen, see article below. Furthermore global warming is even a bit of a misnomer, as the real threat is massive climate change, but none the less temperatures have in fact risen.

Climate
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/science/indicators/oceans/sea-level.html

Temps
https://www2.ucar.edu/climate/faq/how-much-has-global-temperature-risen-last-100-years

Posted 04 December 2014 at 12:17 pm in response to Surface Tension

Wes the Norseman

LOL! NIce to know there's a real person at the other end!

Posted 04 December 2014 at 11:13 am in response to Surface Tension

Alan Bellows

Wes the Norseman said: "Sigh . . . we seem to be in a DI drought rather than in a cataract. Must . . . read . . . something . . . interesting . . . !!!"

Sorry for the delay; it's due to a combination of variables:

a) I was out of commission for a couple of weeks, and catching up is hard to do;

b) The article I'm currently working on has a lot of research materials to read through and reduce;

c) My day-job work is temporarily very busy; and

d) I just filled up my customer loyalty stamp card at the excuse store!

Posted 04 December 2014 at 10:56 am in response to Surface Tension

Wes the Norseman

Sigh . . . we seem to be in a DI drought rather than in a cataract. Must . . . read . . . something . . . interesting . . . !!!

Posted 04 December 2014 at 10:32 am in response to Surface Tension

Pino

John M. said: "Ultimately, our bodies belong to God, and we should not mutilate them."

"If your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off. It is better to enter [everlasting] life crippled than to have you and your two feet tossed into the burn pit." -- Yeshua of Nazareth, Mark 9:45

Posted 03 December 2014 at 05:34 pm in response to Amputation Fetishism

Illumina-tion

This is unbelievably interesting... DI to say the least. Erkko's comment about Sweden was interesting as well... I wonder why Wiki is so secretive about the Swedes. I had no idea White Death was so important to that war. Kudos!

Posted 26 November 2014 at 09:16 pm in response to White Death

Erkko

"A bunch of swedes went over to fight with Finland."

And a bunch more deserted from Finland to Sweden in the face of war. There had been an estimated 31,000 to 35,000 deserters, approximately half of whom managed to escape, and nearly 3/4 of them were Fenno-Swedes, many of them from the radically leftist Munsala region, from which the phenomenon got its name, the "Munsala Rowing Club".

It's a bit of hush-hush history within Finland due to the high political standing of the Fenno-Swedes in the society. If you try to set up a wikipedia article for it, they instantly vote to delete it.

The deserters were collectively and colloquially called the "pinecone brigade", or the "forestry guard", after the habit of the poor and the less able to collect pine cones from felled trees to sell them as a last resort income. These days collecting pine cones can net you a whole lot of money because there's high demand from tree farms.

Posted 25 November 2014 at 06:07 am in response to White Death

Elizabeth

I'm not touching the main point with a ten-foot pole. However, several folks have been asking about the cause of lack of precision in carbon dating, and I think I can shed some light on that. The primary problem is that carbon dating works by comparing the ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 in the artifact in question. Carbon-14 is radioactive, unlike carbon-12, so carbon-14 levels decrease over time while carbon-12 levels stay constant. Based on the current ratio, we can extrapolate back how much time has passed since the two were in their original ratio. The problem is that this assumes that the atmospheric ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 has always had the same value that it has today. While we can gain some insight into past atmospheric composition by examining ice cores, the carbon-14 in those has been decaying as well, so they're of limited use. That, in a nutshell, is why carbon-dating can be tetchy.

Posted 20 November 2014 at 01:36 pm in response to The Phantom Time Hypothesis

colin

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

The article never called humans evil. In fact, it rather lauded what humans are capable when we put our minds to it. It never even once even alluded to humans affecting the world climate. Nor did it claim we're all going to die because of rising sea levels. What it actually said is occurring, "post-ice age glacial rebound", is 100% true.
If you see the facts about the real world as "propaganda", then I think you've been listening to too much actual propaganda from those who would deny reality when faced with the overwhelming amount of objective scientific facts about climate change. Facts which are readily available to anyone who cares to look at them.
Sea levels are rising. This is a fact. Global temperatures are also rising. This is also a fact. Admitting that we need to be ready to deal with the consequences of these changes or we'll suffer for failing to do so seems like a pretty responsible conclusion to come to after reading the rest of the article.
If that upsets you, well, feel free to continue to whine about people being concerned about it while the rest of us actually do our best to save you and people like you from yourself."

i have lived on the same area of coast and observed tidal guages for many years and i assure you sea levels have not changed one iota,that's a fact,. global temperatures have been static for nearly 2 decades now,sorry but that's also a fact.as for propaganda,if this event happened today i;m sure the usual fear and guilt merchants would be blaming it all on global warming and forecasting our imminent doom.that's not a fact

Posted 20 November 2014 at 01:21 am in response to Surface Tension

Bob G.

<. I saw a movie (I think in the 1970's) about Colditz (I only know this because of the wonderful story here on Damn Interesting). The last few minutes of the movie shows the catapult going into action (ie, with the bathtub full of cement) then the Glider launching off the top of the castle. For a second or two, the Glider drops out of site (and you don't know if it crashed or not). Next thing you know, the Glider pulls out of the dive and swoops off...thus, the allowing the one or two (don't remember) POWs to escape. That was one of the Best Damn endings of any movie I've seen. THANK YOU JOSH, for reminding me of this great movie (if only I can find out the title......)."

The movie you're talking about was called "the birdmen" or something very similar.

Posted 18 November 2014 at 09:47 pm in response to And You Thought Houdini Was Good

Dennis Kender

Please get the basic mining history facts straight! The Anaconda Co. sold its mining operations to ARCO; which is the Atlantic Richfield Company. Thus it was ARCO that decided to save some money by turning off the pumps! ARCO knew nothing about underground mining operations and had ceased that form of mining; but continued with the pit mining of the Berkley Pit.

ARCO gave up the entire endeavor as a very bad idea. It has been said to me that it was the ARCO accountants who (not knowing a blasted thing about the material world) suggested that ARCO stop the pumps in order to save something like $10,000 per month as I remember it.

Posted 18 November 2014 at 09:19 pm in response to The Pit of Life and Death

Max_B

So what happened to Adrian Thompson? It like he vanished. Who does he work for? What's he working on? I have little doubt that he's still working on evolvable hardware...

Posted 15 November 2014 at 04:58 pm in response to On the Origin of Circuits

hopper1492

Matt said: "Can someone explain "tends to turn into a universe if left alone for a prolonged period"?"

According to the big bang theory, just after the bang, as the universe cooled, everything condensed into hydrogen gas. So the universe started out with one single element, hydrogen. As time progressed, gravity caused the hydrogen to collapse into the first stars and start the fusion process. This process produced all the other elements in the universe.
So take a bunch of hydrogen and let it sit for a really long time and you will get the universe. You would have to have a really large amount of hydrogen and it would take a while. Maybe best if you plan on having something else to do while you wait.

Posted 15 November 2014 at 02:03 pm in response to Absolute Zero is 0K

hopper1492

Having been in the US Navy in the early 80s, I cannot imagine that we mistook the sea mount for a sub. It is on nav charts as that is a well used shipping lane and the top is well above the draft of most ships. So I tried to find any mention of the incident and found none. It was a quick search and I will try again more aggressively tomorrow, but in the mean time, anyone point me in the right direction?

Posted 14 November 2014 at 11:54 pm in response to It Came from Beneath the Sea

JohnAllen

The filter elements in the Cockcroft filters were approximately one metre square and fitted into a large support matrix, but one of the problems with them was they restricted the air flow to much for the necessary amount of cooling required. So often many of the elements were removed to increase the flow of cooling air. Much of the dust in the form of a white power was to be found all over the local area. One of the principal scientific officers working at Windscale built his own Geiger counter and one day when his daughter came home from school, as she removed her beret he noticed a line of white powder across her forehead, he used his Geiger counter to measure any radiation and his devise went fully off the scale. This might explain where the missing tons of Plutonium went.

Posted 13 November 2014 at 10:10 am in response to The Windscale Disaster

Mandy Lynn

mandy

MeasureMan said: "Damn Interesting? I think not! Damn Disgusting!!!!!"
-It's not disgusting once you figure out that the mucus within our nasal passage is 95% water. The other 5% is bacteria. So, whether you consume it or not, we already have both elements from the mucus in our bodies. It really can do nothing but benefit us, because once the mucus is consumed, it travels through our body and cleanses it until it flushes out of our system when we urinate, thus leaving our immune system with cleaner passageways, along with no harm done. Now if you blow your nose, you can strain the muscles inside of your nasal bridge due to blunt force and pressure. Plus, blowing your nose doesnt benefit your immune system in any way.

Posted 12 November 2014 at 10:55 pm in response to You Can Pick Your Doctor, and You Can Pick Your Nose...

Ben

A bunch of swedes went over to fight with Finland. More here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweden_and_the_Winter_War

Posted 12 November 2014 at 03:48 pm in response to White Death

Caanis

ALOT of assumptions that if another race of beings find the site that they would have some/same ideology of danger much less have the same general weakness of Terran life. Much less if they even have the same general form or composition of Terran life. If they don't have a endoskeleton would they know a skull and cross bones are parts of our internal structural makeup and being exposed represents death?

It is a responsible act to warn others of danger. Danger can be ambitious and conveying what is dangerous to us could be impossible to such a foreign life form. Example if we had pictures of the progress of radioactive damage to various Terran lifeforms and then placed "arrows" to indicate here is the stuff that did this they could take it that when life on this planet dies it become this waste. Also various ideals about using color and shape also very subjective, what if the beings sees everything slightly shifted towards the infrared/ultraviolet spectrum? Even here color is subjective. Hindu's use white for funeral usage and red for weddings. Maybe they come from a world that very small creatures are more dangerous than large creatures and imposingly large objects to us would be comforting to them.

Now warning future generations would be much easier given we have a bit more insight to how we think and view our environment. I do wonder what changes in social/ideology would take place in 10,000 years.

Posted 12 November 2014 at 06:20 am in response to This Place is Not a Place of Honor

Ronald Taylor

I was at the new plant in Utah what a mess I was there to do start up of two Dixon 900 hp boilers was there for 8 month's what a desater it was built a office but forgot to add a restroom coast another 30-40 grand
Had alot of problems was getting feedback from the mile or so cable trays
Once they were in production they showed how dangerous this crap is.
After that it was time to go
Nice vacation place lol

Posted 09 November 2014 at 09:21 pm in response to The PEPCON Disaster

william j sidis

How do lesser minds dare criticize his "lack of contribution" to society? He might have in turn criticized a society too materialistic and dull to understand his subtle contributions - did he not baffle Harvard audiences at an early age? Or perhaps he would have been stymied by the absurdity of a human being contributing anything, being barely larger or longer lived than a gnat in the grand scheme of things. Or baffled by the idea of an imaginary "society" that can somehow use such "contributions", realizing that a real, lasting, meaningful, balanced civilization is something that may develop in the future, but certainly has not come into existence yet.

Perhaps he was so much separate from the lesser lemmings that they did not have the capacity to benefit from his superior intellect. Though, especially in our computer age, the value of memorizing languages or theorems can be seen for what it is - mere data.

Personally I tend to believe that the intelligence of all humans is more or less equal, its what you do with it that counts. The brain is just a bunch of cells, if you exercise those cells learning languages or working math problems, you are going to get a different result than if you spend your time alternating between pounding a hammer and drinking lots of alcohol. But starting intellect is about the same. Just as most humans start life with four limbs, two eyes, etc, and are usually between 5 and 6 feet tall as adults, so most humans start with more or less the same brain, on average. Here's the kicker: Who can judge what is a valuable use of time, and what is a waste? True story: One guy in Ohio invented both leaded gasoline and CFC's. The idiots of the press and many supposedly less idiotic persons lauded him as a genius during his lifetime, it was only later discovered that these inventions were very, very bad things.

Perhaps Sedis' greatest contribution was that he withdrew from society, got a boring, repetitive job, and did not use his intellect to conjure up some technological demon from hell that would make the hydrogen bomb look like a water balloon.

Maybe when you reach the nth dimensional spacetime destination of perfect intelligence, you discover that the hermit's cave is the best place to be.

wjs

Posted 09 November 2014 at 04:54 pm in response to The Rise and Fall of William J. Sidis

yousef

wow... i hope they never use it holy crap...

Posted 07 November 2014 at 10:43 pm in response to The Most Powerful Bomb Ever Constructed

Susan Simkin

I have an ASD 10 year old son, who is falling asleep on the job. He is now going to bed at 7 each night but not waking until 12 or 1 the next afternoon. He is only doing 1 to 2 hour's of school a day as he fall's asleep. He say's sometime's he is aware of everything going on around him but can't move or speak. Other time's he wakes up and know's nothing since he got ready for bed the night before. I'm being told by a doctor that he's having a mental brake-down. Is this true or is it something else?? Really love a reply...

Posted 07 November 2014 at 10:05 pm in response to The Sleepy Sickness

Terry

The kidofspeed site was indeed interesting and haunting, but alas turned out to be fake. She never toured the area on a motorcycle, but instead took a tour of the reactor area organised by a tourist agency, and she carried a motorcycle helmet with her during the tour.

Posted 07 November 2014 at 01:08 pm in response to Chernobyl

Tony Alvarez

Had Germany completed five carriers, she merely would have been diverting valuable resources from somewhere else so even had the carriers been successful there would have been greater Allied opportunity elsewhere.

Additionally, I find it extremely hard to believe that the Kriegsmarine could have mastered the art/science of carrier warfare and logistics to the same degree that the UK, Japan and USA had.

Not to mention that by 1944-45, the USN had plenty of carriers, planes and pilots to spare. They could have easily transferred overwhelming force from the Pacific to the Atlantic...and even then only if the Brits actually needed help to deal with what probably would have been a haphazard and comically inept use of carrier power by the Germans.

Also, only Japan and the USA had any true carrier vs carrier battle experience. Any US carrier task force comprising of at least 2 fleet carriers and the proper escorts and support ships would have made short work of even all five KSM carriers. The quantity of aircraft would be roughly equal and the quality of aircraft and pilot experience would have been off the chart in favor of the US.

Oh...and in the last couple of years of the war, the USN had a large excess of submarines in the Pacific with no targets to hit that also could have transferred to the Atlantic. U-boats get all the ink but the US subs were successful in prosecuting their warplan to the finish. A claim that cannot be made by the German underwater service.

Posted 06 November 2014 at 06:31 pm in response to The Only Nazi Aircraft Carrier

Nick M

RandomAction said: "I'd like to know where you got that photograph of my mother?

In Russia, even as recent as the first part of the 20th Century, certain people were given misplaced respect and honor. Sadly the same happens in the first part of the 21st century as well.

To continue:
Where did he come from, was he Russian? Was that his native language? When did he arrive in the lives of the Romanov's? How was he introduced to them? Why was he introduced to them? You have raised more questions than you've answered. Which I think is good."

Netflix has all the answers to your questions in a Documentary. Flipping amazing and creepy guy his entire life.

Posted 06 November 2014 at 01:49 am in response to The Death of Grigory Rasputin

Kristin

MM said: "I spent five years with this condition, and it is worse than hell. At the same time, it is NOT hell, because you really don't care. Yeah, that might sound laughable, but when you get right down to it, wouldn't most people agree that not caring - at all! - is worse than the deepest sadness or hatred? Well, now I have absolutetly no doubt about that whatsoever - and that is an emotional reaction! :-) With this condition - and neither do I have any doubt about its existence - you don't live, you just exist. You don't feel, you just function. It's like being in a coma in the sense that, the second you snap out of it, you can no longer imagine what it was like being in it. It's totally impossible for living, feeling people - myself included - to imagine this kind of existence. I just know it was awful. I snapped out of it one night while sitting around playing a boring computer game (Minesweeper), instead of celebrating Christmas.

P.S. If there are any others out there who want to know how I recovered, feel free to ask, but it won't help you much."

Like you said I don't think talking to you, or anyone for that matter, can help me. I have lived with what I think is this condition since birth. I can remember being different even as a kid in elementary school. I didn't know any different though, so I thought it was normal and that this was life. It really wasn't until I got older that I KNEW something was wrong. I am 25 years old now.

Two years ago, June 2012, I 'snapped' out of it too. I was driving to the city with my mom and all the sudden it just hit me. Its like the whole world came to life. Everything mattered and I was literally a different person. I went back to school, held down a job (which I was never able to do, nor wanted because I isolated myself) I met my fiance and became a step mom. I began taking skating lessons. I had real friends, that I connected with and knew what it meant to be a friend. I had goals and dreams. My whole life changed from that moment on. It was as if the person that I was for 23 years was some other person. I told my parents that the past 20 years didn't matter. Everything I had done in those years was fake, and it wasn't me. They of course were hurt by this and remembered having good family trips and quality family time together. It was the complete opposite for me. Since becoming this new person, I wish I could have erased almost everything that happened previous to the 'new me.' I remember I wasn't resentful though. I couldn't change the past so I didn't dwell on it. And honestly I was just so happy to be a normal person that I lived every moment being happy and so excited that I was magically cured! I wanted to start living my life NOW. I remember telling my dad that I 'snapped' out of whatever it was and he agreed with me. I told him that I must have had schizophrenia or something and he said he didn't know about that. But He saw the changes I was going through. Then he posed an interesting, scary question...well if you can snap one way, can you snap back to the old way? I couldn't even fathom snapping back to the way I was. I literally was just NOT HERE for 23 years of my life. It was like you said, a coma. I had a fiance and a family to take care of now. I had bills to pay and my own home. I had responsibilities for crying out loud. I just couldn't snap back. Well, a year and a half later (April 2014) it happened. I snapped back. I don't know how or why. But I am exactly where I was for the 23 years of my life. I'm just not here. I have trouble leaving the house. I don't have a job. I'm not in school. I stopped all communication with my new found friends that I had made when I was 'normal.' I am 100% positive now that there is something wrong with me. Having been normal for a year and a half, I know what it feels like to be happy, to feel stress, to feel anger, to feel excitement, to feel appreciation, to feel thankfulness, and to be a functioning person in society. Having 'snapped back' does not leave me hopeful for the future. I often wonder if I will die with this condition, whatever it is, having lived a non meaningful life.

Anyways, I'm glad (and not glad) there are some others out there that can relate.

Posted 05 November 2014 at 09:13 am in response to The Emotional Bankruptcy of Alexithymia

TJ

During a course for a Foster Parenting program we were introduced to a child that was discovered abused by her highly drug addicted parents ( dealers also). She was almost 4 yrs @ the time. Couldn't walk ,talk, was filthy dirty with her hair so matted to her head she had sores. She scooted around on her bum. She was terrified when discovered by police locked in a bedroom during a raid. When we met her 2 yrs later to the credit to all who worked with her and to her Foster Family she was a polite,outgoing,beautiful,,intelligent darling little girl. She spoke well, played hide and seek and sat nicely and colored while her foster family talked about her, their experiences ( some extremly hard and trying) and answered our questions. It is truly amazing what a little patience and a lot of love can do.

Posted 05 November 2014 at 12:43 am in response to Feral Children

EGDP

Furnace said: "When I was a kid, I read a book in school about a man that sailed a balloon around the world and ended up on Krakatoa right before the explosion. (Fictional, of course.) If anyone happens to know the title of it, I would really appreciate it. I can't find it anywhere."

The book is called 21 Balloons

Posted 04 November 2014 at 11:42 pm in response to Son of Krakatoa

L

No...there is a difference. I don't buy the idea that the U.S. and the Soviets were the moral equivalent of 2 scorpions fighting in a box for survival. For example, look at the results of the client states.

What are you talking about? you need to have a look at Operation Condor in South America or a simple list of dictators supported by US and get out this self righteousness delusion

Posted 02 November 2014 at 05:05 am in response to The Spy Who Loved Nothing

Seabrook enthusiasts anyone?

I can't contain my delight. Where do I buy this??
I've always wanted to know, to be honest Seabrooks descriptions fascinated me from the getgo.

Now I'm hungry...

Posted 31 October 2014 at 02:13 pm in response to The Great Taste of Human Flesh, Without the Guilt

Arkenaten

Excellent article. A truly enjoyable read.

Posted 29 October 2014 at 04:54 am in response to Surface Tension

sods1234

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."

omg haha that happened to me too! It was after I watched an Internet Vine where this guy feels nervous when he looks at the time and it says 9:11 and then for weeks following that, whenever I looked at my watch/phone etc it was 9:11 on the dot, morning or at night :')

Posted 28 October 2014 at 08:46 pm in response to The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon

Jaders

That rotten rye stuff was actually an ingredient in acid (LSD). So that's why they were thinking they saw witches and the Devil. They never did. They were trippin'! Plus, Abby was a liar, as well as the other girls. It was all just a bunch of un-called-for drama. I'm glad I didn't live in that time era.

Posted 28 October 2014 at 02:43 pm in response to Bad Rye and the Salem Witches

sedacca

I remember seeing a half megawatt flywheel well embedded in a concrete pit at Falcon Testing Laboratories in Loughborough near Leicester, some ten years ago.

I don't know if it was still operational then - it was certainly not used for the very high prospective fault currents that we needed to test the circuit breakers used for electrical distribution switchgear.

I suspect they would have dumped the current to earth as heat through massive resistor banks. I somehow doubt that they would have been able to use batteries to store the energy.

Before that pre-2000, I went to an all-electric ship conference where some navy bods were talking about the possibility using flywheel storage instead of batteries, but I don't know if this ever came to fruition.

Posted 28 October 2014 at 10:20 am in response to The Mechanical Battery

Tianna

Found out about these creatures on animal planets "Lost Tapes". Definitely freaky. I never knew about them before, and I totally thought they were harmless. Glad I looked more into it, just to know what to not touch and mess with.

Posted 28 October 2014 at 05:29 am in response to Giant Carnivorous Centipedes

deceptionexposed

I think the video below with the fishing line needs to be posted here because I don't see it on the hutchison website as a fav. The line can be seen in the top left quadrant of the screen maneuvering the "moving" object:{}

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6GkmSwt7zI

Posted 26 October 2014 at 01:49 pm in response to The Hutchison Effect

Mary

Great article!

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

Jake

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

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

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

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

edward sedgewick 3rd

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

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

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

Moxy dog

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

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

Shell

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

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

Rhys Renham

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg White

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

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

HiEv

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

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

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

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

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

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

lee shafer

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

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

siva moodley

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

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

Chris Klessens

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

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

Michelle

Very interesting!

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

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

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

JarJarBinks

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

It was a turning point in my masturbation career.

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

Click Your Poison Books

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

Thanks,
James Schannep

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

Kelly Bates

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

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

Want to get over it

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

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

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

Marian IONESCU-VLASCEANU

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

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

Centurion

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

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

(sorry xD )

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

Centurion

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

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

thanks!

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

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

Geoff Riches

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

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

Renee Niemann

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

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

gene myrick

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

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

Amy T

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

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

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

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

Jennifer Reichart

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

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

Charles

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

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

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

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

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

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

colenot

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

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

chris

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

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

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

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

Stefan

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

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

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

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

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

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

ufo

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

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

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

Kelly

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

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

Joshua Eden

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

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

MJ

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

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

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

Matt DeMinico

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

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

Graeme Bird

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

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

Herb

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

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

Matt Castle

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

In northern Europe, the glacial rebound effect lifts coastlines from water, not into it.
Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-glacial_rebound"

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

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

Lasoli

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

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

Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post-glacial_rebound

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

Stevenredd

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

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

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

No wonder no one will play with me.

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

RayN

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

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

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