I am a HUGE fan of magic, especially slight of hand. This is one of the best card tricks i’ve seen in a long while. :)
Mason I. Bilderberg (MIB)
Bill Malone’s signature trick. One of the most entertaining card tricks of all time!
- Sam the bell hop (oyiabrown.com)
- David Blaine Destroyed the Minds of Your Favorite Famous People on Real or Magic (grantland.com)
- David Blaine’s Card Trick Thoroughly Freaks Out Harrison Ford (businessinsider.com)
- Breaking Bad-gic: David Blaine pulls a card trick on Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul – VIDEO (popwatch.ew.com)
- VIDEO: Harrison Ford’s reaction to this insane card trick by David Blaine is absolutely priceless (deadstate.org)
The other day I came across this very strange “news” story on an blog that’s been going around the internet about a Danish anthropologist by the name of Kalena Søndergaard, whom had apparently been abducted and held for seven years in Iceland.
That’s right, I said elves.
Obviously I’m skeptical of the story, and for good reason (mostly being that it is ridiculous as hell, and that the story itself written by a horror fiction writer).
Besides the obvious fact that the story was written by a horror fiction writer, and that it just sounds fake, the story itself has no links or references what so ever to show to show that this woman had ever been listed as missing, a major red flag telling that it was fake.
Infact when I did a Google search on her the only thing I could find out about Kalena were just copied and pasted portions of the story (or the whole story in itself) written by C. Michael Forsyth.
The second red flag that shot up for me was the fact that in the story there was information in there about the Homo floresiensis, a diminutive hominid that was very closely related to modern humans, and according to the story was a major part of the woman’s doctoral thesis… about elves and how they might exist.
While I found the information to be interesting, the fact is that it had nothing to do with the story, and seemed to have been added in to attempt to prove that elves exist, or atleast give the possibility that elves exist more credibility.
The third red flag that shot up for me was the photos.
- If “Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves” sounds ridiculous, that’s because it is (doubtfulnews.com)
- Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years (gnostalgia.wordpress.com)
- Elf kidnapping (skeptophilia.blogspot.com)
- The Elves, Twitter and the Anthropologist. (huntersoddworld.wordpress.com)
- Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years (youviewed.com)
- Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years (lunaticoutpost.com)
- Hoaxes & Disinfo – Re: Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years (disclose.tv)
- Elves in Iceland?…Fairies and hidden people? Elf school? (thecosmicpilgrim.wordpress.com)
- Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years (awombatsweb.wordpress.com)
- Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years (dpatlarge.wordpress.com)
Could the world’s militaries really build lethal sonic weapons? Could infrasound really destroy a human being? How far away are we from the space-age sonic weapons of science fiction? Join Ben and Matt as they explore the rumors, fact and fiction surrounding the strange world of weaponized sound.
In the modern age, tales of mermaids fall under the same category as stories of minotaurs or dragons. Sure, they seem like neat ideas, but no one actually believes such creatures could exist. If that’s the case, then why have sailors across centuries reported seeing humanoid, aquatic creatures on the waves? Is there any grain of truth within the claims? Tune in to learn more about alleged mermaid sightings, the problem of evidence (or lack thereof) and more.
- Mermaid Sighting in Kiryat Yam: Real or Hoax? (wafflesatnoon.com)
- Discovery Documentary “Mermaids: The New Evidence” Proves Mermaids Are Real – Video (news.softpedia.com)
- Mermaids: The Body Found Documentary Still Fascinates (webpronews.com)
- Mermaids do Exist (oceanamermaid.wordpress.com)
- Real Mermaid Caught on Camera (Seen on Animal Planet) (disclose.tv)
- Where do mermaids come from? (georgiabluebooks.wordpress.com)
Just a quick note.
I told him the movie is fiction, filled with either unproven assertions or simple, flat-out factual errors. He was stuck neck-deep in the rabbit hole and refused to even discuss the issue. Typical conspiracist. Ask them to to provide evidence supporting their alternate reality and they scamper away screaming “Troll! Trollllll!”
Mission accomplished. Anyway . . .
So i thought to myself, there may be other skeptics out there in need of a great source of information to discuss the bullcrap in “Why In The World Are They Spraying.” Here is a great discussion forum with all the information you’ll need.
You needn’t join or participate. Just reading the discussion is a great education. Unlike conspiracists, the good people at MetaBunk go to great lengths to justify their assertions.
Here is the link: Factual Errors in “Why In The World Are They Spraying”.
Mason I. Bilderberg (MIB)
- John Titor, Time Traveler (illuminutti.com)
- Time Traveler John Titor: Time Traveler or Internet Troll? (freakoutnation.com)
- Skeptoid #355: John Titor, Time Traveler (skeptoid.com)
- The Man Who Told the Internet He’d Come from the Future (izabael.com)
- Titor prophecy is unfolding as we speak!! China is invading Korea! (lunaticoutpost.com)
- Time Travel: Is It Possible, Is It of Any Value, and Is It Desirable? (expertscolumn.com)
As an experienced user of Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro and video special effects software, i am well aware of how images and videos can be manipulated with just a few clicks of the computer keyboard.
With such software and computing power in the hands of an ever increasing number of people, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for skeptics like myself to know with certainty if an image or a video is real or fake.
Fortunately for us skeptics there are companies like Fourandsix Technologies who specialize in image authenitcation and forensics. Even more fortunate for us skeptics is the willingness of Fourandsix Technologies to share some of their forensic secrets*.
For example, how can you use shadows or reflections to check the validity of an image? Keep reading and check it out. I think you’ll enjoy this.
Mason I. Bilderberg (MIB)
Photo forensics from shadows
Shown below are two images in which the bottle and its cast shadow are slightly different (the rest of the scene is identical). Can you tell which shadow is consistent with the lighting in the rest of the scene?
Think you know the answer? Click here to find out how to analyze these shadows.
Photo forensics from reflections
Shown below … are two images of the same basic scene. The reflection of the table and garbage can are slightly different (everything else is the same) Can you tell which is correct?
Click here to find out how to analyze these reflections.
*If you enjoyed these two examples i encourage you to visit the mother load of image forensics techniques used by Fourandsix Technologies. Fascinating stuff.
via The Soap Box
One of the big conspiracy theories going around the internet (especially Youtube) is that the music industry is controlled by the Illuminati (mind you of course there is no proof that the Illuminati even exists in the first place).
One of the key pieces of “evidence” that many conspiracy theorists claims is “proof” that the Illuminati is in control of the music industry is that many musical artists tend to use hand gestures and symbols (along also with certain lyrics) that many conspiracy theorists believe contain pro-Illuminati messages, or is being used as some type of brain washing techniques.
Now besides the fact that a very secretive group (such as the allegedly existing Illuminati) probably wouldn’t be so bluntly giving away their existence by having a bunch of musical artists basically giving their audience a bunch of little subtle hints of that group’s existence, it would kind of defeats the purpose of a secretive group being a secret to the public at large if they gave away their existence so openly.
Musical artists can be a weird kind of bunch. They constantly “reinvent” themselves or evolve in there tastes for two main purpose: To express themselves artistically, and to stay relevant so they can make money from teenagers and young adults, because that is where a large part of where music sales come from. There is even speculation that some musical artist that are accused of working for the Illuminati are actually intentionally using what is considered Illuminati symbols in their acts and lyrics in their music in order to generate controversy, and thus publicity.
There are also other claims by people who claim to have worked in (or currently are working in) the music industry, and that they have actually “witnessed” either what they consider to be Illuminati or other occult type ceremonies occur in private with some of these musical artists. These claims tend to be few and far between, and could be simply the result of . . .
MORE . . .
- Illuminati Symbolism in Music and Sport’s (illuminutti.com)
- The Illuminati and Why It Spoke to Me (dogmaandgeopolitics.wordpress.com)
- Ozarks Illuminati Hideout – Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura (ufo-blogger.com)
- David Icke: Conspiracy of the Lizard Illuminati | Watch Documentary Online Free – Documentary Heaven (feralfrenzy.wordpress.com)
- Conspiracy theory!!!!! (ludumdare.com)
- The 13 Bloodlines Illuminati (mysteryworlds.wordpress.com)
Ever wonder why i named this blog iLLumiNuTTi? Well, the following story is but one example – this is some of the nuttiest crap i’ve ever read. Illuminati Symbolism? I don’t think so. This is just more iLLumi“NuTTi” nonsense. Grab the popcorn and enjoy :)
via Pakalert Press
When researching the Illuminati you are going to come across a lot if information from many conflicting beliefs and opinions. As a writer I will remain objectionable and focus on Illuminati symbolism in popular media and more precisely Illuminati symbolism in music and music videos. If you tend to be on the paranoid side you may want to remain in the dark and maybe read about sports or celebrity breakups. This subject matter is not to be taken lightly and should be pursued with caution. With this warning said it is time for you to decide.
What to Look For
Illuminati symbolism can be found in movies and music alike. While there is Illuminati symbolism in the music itself, most of the symbolism in the music industry will be found in album covers and music videos. It’s possible that the symbolism is just easier to identify in the visual art. I will focus as much as possible on both representations when possible and identify what could be interpreted as Illuminati symbolism and why.
For example, you will find a lot of “artists” blatantly hiding one eye in videos and on album covers.
It is often said that people who talk to themselves must be crazy. This is not necessarily true as a new study has shown. Charles Choi has reported for Live Science “Talk to Yourself? Why You’re Not Crazy.” Researchers have found that talking to yourself might not mean you are crazy and that this can actually benefit thinking and perception.
Scientists have said that people often talk to themselves, with most doing so at least every few days. Many people even report talking to themselves on an hourly basis. Although the action of talking to oneself may appear to be irrational muttering, previous research has shown that self-directed speech can help guide children’s behavior. Kids often talk to themselves to help guide themselves step-by-step through tasks such as tying their shoelaces, with the self talking apparently reminding themselves to focus on the job at hand.
- Changing Your Negative Self Talk Into Positive Self Talk (deanrblack.com)
- What we say to ourselves and our marriage (mapenzinandoa.wordpress.com)
- The Power of Positive Self Talk (managedifficultpeople.com)
- Talk Talk (thedistinctdot.com)
- Mayo Clinic: Reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk (guardianlv.com)
by Andres Trujillo via listverse.com
That we’re not alone in the universe is something no one knows but most suspect – not only because it is highly probable that there is another advanced form of life somewhere out there, but also because it is a highly fascinating subject that does a beautiful job at spurring our imagination. However, in imagining what such form of life could look like or behave like, we readily make a number of anthropocentric assumptions (that is, we assume they are like us to an unnecessary degree), some of which we are not even aware of. Our common idea of what an extraterrestrial being should look like has been largely shaped by depictions in arts and entertainment that were, in one way or another, created to be relatable and convenient for storytelling purposes, while compromising verisimilitude. If we live in a multiverse, then practically any kind of being we could possibly conceive has existed or will exist at some point. But let’s pretend that humanity is on the verge of making first contact with a single species, a civilization that dwells on a planet close to ours. What can and what can we not assume about them? What do we have to wonder about them? Let us explore, in the spirit of speculation, a number of factors that merit some thought – and how they are related to both science fiction and real science.
It’s not just that we imagine them to be humanoid (standing on two legs, two limbs coming out of the sides of the upper torso, a head with a nose, a mouth, ears, and eyes); it’s that we imagine them to appear earthling-like at all. Even when we try to diverge most from the typical humanoid appearance that science fiction gives to extraterrestrials, we can’t help but envision them as sharing a general morphology with Earth’s fauna: reptiles, crustaceans, or, at best, insects – only of human size or slightly bigger. The rationale behind this is actually not as faulty as it may seem. If we build our imagined extraterrestrial from the ground up, we make anthropocentric assumptions about their morphology out of necessity. After all, we are the only intelligent species that we know of, and therefore the only instance that we can study of evolution reaching such a state. First, we assume that any intelligent species had to arise from some sort of biochemistry similar to ours. Then the resulting life form had to achieve a multicellular state, so as to develop a dedicated brain. It had to develop a skeleton of sorts to cope with gravity, and its body had to grow up to a minimum size such that its brain developed the level of cognition that we enjoy. It had to grow at least a pair of limbs to move around with and a pair to use tools. It also has to have a set of senses to interact with its world and a body big and strong enough to thrive in its ecosystem. In the end, it’s just simpler to not think outside the box.
Read the remaining Top 10 Interesting Questions About Aliens.
Magic jewelry is any jewelry worn to make you better or to protect you from harm. A bracelet won’t make you healthier or bring you good luck. A necklace won’t make you stronger or bounce back evil rays. That only happens in stories. Pieces of metal, cloth, paper, rubber, or plastic that are made into jewelry might look nice, but they aren’t magical. Yet, many people spend a lot of money on such jewelry. Why?
People buy and wear magic jewelry because they believe it works. They may have seen advertisements where a famous person says that a rubber band with a fancy name like PowerBalance gave them more energy and made them a better golfer or basketball player. A friend might have told them that her luck has been great since she began wearing her Q-Ray bracelet. Besides, she’s seen on TV where it is “ionized” and “balances your yin and yang,” so it must work. Ads say it has been tested by scientists, so it must be ok!
Keep reading: magic jewelry – Skeptic’s Dictionary for Kids.
- ghost hunters – Skeptic’s Dictionary for Kids (illuminutti.com)
- magical thinking – The Skeptic’s Dictionary word of the day (illuminutti.com)
- Self-deception (illuminutti.com)
“Don’t move.” The sound of the woman’s voice was plain and audible, whispered quietly from directly behind him. Nick had just gotten out of bed, and standing beside the door leading into the hallway, he did the first thing that came to mind: he answered her.
“Okay,” he said, a little unnerved, expecting maybe to hear further instructions from his mysterious visitor. He had heard nothing more for several seconds, and finally jerked around to see who had been issuing early-morning orders from behind him someplace. And yet, to his surprise, there was no one there. Later that day, he asked if his roommate had perhaps been host to a visitor that Nick hadn’t been told about, but his friend denied receiving any such visit, and said he had heard no voices earlier that morning. Perplexed, Nick had to resolve that, despite clearly hearing a woman’s voice telling him not to move, there must have been no one present to have actually told him this!
On occasion, strange phenomenon such as this does tend to occur, particularly as one awakes from a sleep state, where disembodied voices can be heard so lucidly as to create the certain impression in one’s mind that they are not alone. And yet, on further inspection, more often than not there actually is no one else with you… thus, could such voices merely be products of the imagination? Or might there be something more to such odd utterances from beyond?
- Disembodied Voice (holisticwords.wordpress.com)
Posted by The Locke via The Soap Box
On a previous blog post I wrote about Ancient Alien theorists believe that not only have aliens visited us in the past, but that they also believe that information that would prove this to be true is being covered up.
Besides the fact that you really couldn’t cover up something, the stories that are told by ancient peoples you really can’t take at face value and say that it’s entirely true.
Ancient alien theorists tend take myths way to literally, and that ancient humans were basically trying to best make sense of what they saw, and in a sense, this is true. The problem is that ancient alien theorist believe that these myths are maybe only two or three hundred years older then when they were first written down. In reality these myths are probably several thousands of years older then when they were first written down. The simple matter of fact is that we have no idea just how old these myths really are. Even if those myths were only a couple of hundred years old before they were written down, it still doesn’t mean that the details didn’t get messed up along the way.
- Ancient Aliens Debunked – Part 8 – Now Posted (illuminutti.com)
- Embarrassing Conspiracy Theories: Ancient Aliens Cover-up (illuminutti.com)
- Ancient Aliens, are They Right? (socyberty.com)
- ECT Follow-up: Chemtrails and Vinegar (illuminutti.com)
- Aliens & UFOs – Re: Proof of Ancient Alien Technology (disclose.tv)
He wears a caped bat costume in public and funds an alter ego out of his personal fortune. As a child he witnessed his parents’ murders; as an adult, he puts his own life on the line, practicing a personal brand of vigilante justice.
He may be a comic book character, but Batman provides fertile ground for a psychologist, and California clinical psychologist Robin Rosenberg has taken up the challenge.
There are lots of things we don’t know. But there is a difference between things we don’t know and things that can’t be known. For example, no-one knows when Shakespeare was born (although we do know when he was baptized). However, it’s not impossible that in the future we could find out – a long lost document might be found that mentions his birth, so Shakespeare’s true date of birth is not unknowable, just unknown. This list contains 10 things that are unknowable in principle. Not only are they unknown now, they can never be known.
Keep Reading: Top 10 Unknowable Things.
- Top 10 Unknowable Things (listverse.com)
- Guitar Hero clone used to teach unknowable, subconscious passwords (joystiq.com)