Comments for Damn Interesting https://www.damninteresting.com A collection of fascinating true stories from history, science, and psychology. In text and podcast form. Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:15:22 -0600 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 Comment on The Zero-Armed Bandit by Davieboy https://www.damninteresting.com/the-zero-armed-bandit/#comment-71717 Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:15:22 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=7585#comment-71717 Another superbly written and interesting article. You have a devastating turn of phrase!

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Comment on Bound By Tradition by ChrisFrank https://www.damninteresting.com/bound-by-tradition/#comment-71714 Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:29:56 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=2854#comment-71714 Read about this practice in the good earth by pearl s. buck in English honors. Aside from the social status I really don’t see how this could possibly be attractive. The fact that one could put a child through so much pain without any sort of relief is downright scary

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Comment on The Tyrant of Clipperton Island by Drummer https://www.damninteresting.com/the-tyrant-clipperton-island/#comment-71712 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:54:46 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=4514#comment-71712 Twenty years ago a friend of mine had visited the island and he told me the story of the abandoned Clipperton people. I was fascinated and searched the facts in the US and Mexico. The result was a 500 page Novel that was published in former East Germany. Whoever is interested and able to read in the German language may find the book on Amazon. The title is CLIPPERTON the author Ivo Mansmann.

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Comment on A Series of Unfortunate Hacks by Omer https://www.damninteresting.com/a-series-of-unfortunate-hacks/#comment-71710 Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:03:18 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=977#comment-71710 The troubling thing is that there seems to be no ‘official’ way to report these activities as illegal.

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Comment on Son of Krakatoa by GinieB https://www.damninteresting.com/son-of-krakatoa/#comment-71707 Sun, 21 Aug 2016 23:17:25 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=578#comment-71707 My father, WS Bristowe visited Anak Krakatoa in 1930 with a group of scientists. The island was very new then, but he found several spiders had arrived there already. He wrote of the experience in his book, ‘A book of Islands’. There is also a good description of the eruption of Krakatoa in Eliza Scidmore’s book on Java. Both books are out of print, but can be bought on line.

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Comment on Lucid Decapitation by Stu https://www.damninteresting.com/lucid-decapitation/#comment-71704 Sat, 20 Aug 2016 08:50:15 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=495#comment-71704 How about chopping off arms and legs, stop bleeding with a red hot iron….skin whats left alive, mount of stake and disembowel where the victim is forced to watch hungry dogs eat his entrails…then pour petrol over him and set him alight to finish the job.

I’m one cruel sick bastard. My emotional response to the truely sicko crimes like serial thrill killings etc, is to do as above. But on a rational level, where does the death penalty get you. More of the same that is where. It doesn’t matter the reason, but when the State executes people, it tells all in the population, that it is actually ok to kill people. The State does it for it’s reasons, so morally, what is the difference between that you doing for your reasons…..morally..not legally. Legality is just what ever whoever is in charge says it is. Now I ask everyone to think of the family of the the murder victim. Their pain. Their desire to see that bastard exterminated, and see him gone from the earth. But what about the family of the condemed. Are they not innocent. For one example, imagine being say…..a 5 year old boy…as the day of your fathers execution approaches. Imagine on the day, watching the clock tick down. Imagine what that boy thinks of the legal system, the courts, etc. And imagine the impact it will have on him…..for the rest of his life. Imagine what he might turn out to be because of that turmoil, the suffering he would feel, for many years waiting.

I would spare people the death penalty, both for the effect it has on condoning killing of people…and for the family and loved ones of the condemned. They are innocent after all.

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Comment on The Six-Stroke Engine by Azuike https://www.damninteresting.com/the-six-stroke-engine/#comment-71703 Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:37:57 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=467#comment-71703 For those countries depending on oil. It wil affect their economy. Water is cheap and the distillation process will not be cost as oil cost.

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Comment on The Remarkable Pneumatic People-Mover by Alan Bellows https://www.damninteresting.com/the-remarkable-pneumatic-people-mover/#comment-71702 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 23:15:21 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=946#comment-71702 @JoeBrennan: This text was written relying on multiple sources, including your site, which is (and always was) the very first link under the “Sources & More Information” section at the bottom of the article. Our link text even compliments the breadth of your data.

And please notice that your site is not the original source material for any of the old history; like us, you are largely summarizing others’ historical accounts. We didn’t use any of your text directly, we wrote the story our own way after reading books, contemporary newspaper reports, and yes, your website (among many others). We didn’t even follow the same chronology as you in the telling. You are airing imagined grievances.

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Comment on The Remarkable Pneumatic People-Mover by JoeBrennan https://www.damninteresting.com/the-remarkable-pneumatic-people-mover/#comment-71701 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:47:20 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?p=946#comment-71701 All right, I am 8 years late with these comments. That’s how it goes.

It is strange reading your linked page about copyright and people stealing content on the net. I’m as annoyed as you are about the problem, of course. But feeling as you do, how is it that every illustration here was nicked from my pages on the subject, and the great majority of the text is summarized from my work? And no credit at all, except a link by someone in the comments? It’s not right, is it?

Please note that the image from wikipedia is protected by copyright, but it can be used with the credit requested by the photographer, which I supplied but you did not.

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Comment on The King’s Letters by Heike https://www.damninteresting.com/the-kings-letters/#comment-71700 Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:28:12 +0000 https://www.damninteresting.com/?post_type=upcoming&p=11117#comment-71700 I can’t help but sympathize with the elites on this one. Populism and anti-intellectualism are a huge problem, and both have led to the rise of Donald Trump. If he gets elected we’re all fucked. He’ll start a nuclear war with Russia or China. Some writing system kind of pales next to that problem, doesn’t it?

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