Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Live feed from NASA which excited many into claiming they'd captured footage of untold extraterrestrial spacecraft :
An extraterrestrial attack on Fort Worth, Texas? Or blowing power generators?
We're being invaded!
|One of the many remarkable public parks under construction in China's "Ghost Cities"|
Western media loves to do stories on what they call China's "Ghost Cities." What they are referring to is the brand new cities springing up across China to deal with the planned shift of more than 400 million Chinese from rural living to city living over the next two decades.
Obviously you need to build cities for all these people to move into, and they're not going to fill up overnight (what city ever has?).
But just how empty are these so-called "Ghost Cities"? Well, when you take a close look at satellite images that often accompany western smirking at China's pre-planning, they're not so empty after all, and they're often teeming with signs of life, and massive construction projects. Even traffic jams.
SBS Dateline has now done two interesting stories on China's "Chost Cities" in two years, collectively clocking up millions of online views. But do they tell the full story of what's going on in these cities, still under construction?
Here's a selection of screengrabs from Googe Earth views of the cities of Tianducheng, Dongguan and Ordos, so famous now as a "Ghost City" it is pulling in tourists.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Friday, August 23, 2013
Experts and residents are struggling to determine what the remains are, with guesses ranging from everything from a relative of the Loch Ness Monster, a dinosaur or sea monster, or an oarfish.
"It’s hard to know what we are dealing with," PROMAR Sea Life Defence Program spokesman Paco Toledano told Ideal Ameria.
"It’s very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is."
Saturday, August 10, 2013
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
ALICE IN WONDERLAND SYNDROME
Also called micropsia, this condition distorts visual perception so that objects that are close appear disproportionately tiny, as though viewed through the wrong end of a telescope. It owes its name to Lewis Carroll's fictional protagonist, Alice, who perceived things as too small or too big after taking magical medicines. Usually temporary in nature, the syndrome is associated with migraines. Carroll suffered migraines, so perhaps he was describing his own experiences.
A wonderful name for a nasty problem, this is a sleep disorder resulting from a malfunctioning autonomic nervous system. Its victims are unable to breathe spontaneously but must consciously will each breath, so will suffocate if they fall asleep. Respirators may help. Also known as congenital central alveolar hypoventilation syndrome, Ondine's Curse derives its name from the legend of a water nymph, Ondine, who fell in love with a human, thereby forfeiting her immortality. Though he had pledged his undying love, Ondine discovered him snoring in the arms of another woman. She cursed him, declaring that as he had pledged his love with every waking breath, he would die the moment he fell asleep.
Still on the subject of hands, polydactylism is a congenital abnormality involving being born with too many digits, ranging from rudimentary nubbins to fully formed fingers or toes. While rare, polydactylism is prevalent among communities given to intermarriage, such as Philadelphia's Old Order Amish. Notables with the condition have included Henry VIII's ill-fated second wife Anne Boleyn (whose extra pinky sparked rumours of her being a witch), war photographer Robert Capa and cricketer Garry Sobers. According to The Guinness Book of Records, the record for extra digits goes to Indian brothers Tribhuwan and Triloki Yadav, who boast 20 fingers, four thumbs and 24 toes between them.
A loved one has been stolen by a doppelganger; sounds like a movie about alien abduction. But for sufferers of Capgras Syndrome, the action occurs only in their brains, not outer space. This syndrome involves the delusion that a significant other, such as a parent, spouse or other relative, is being impersonated by an imposter. Sufferers sometimes attack the supposed double. The delusion can also extend even to oneself, with the person convinced that the reflection in the mirror is that of an imposter. While extremely rare, it is linked with brain damage, psychotic disorders and various neurological problems that somehow interfere with normal face recognition abilities. The syndrome owes its name to the French psychiatrist who first described it.
People with hypertrichosis, a congenital condition involving hair growing all over the body - including eyelids and even ears, which can sprout long curls - have always attracted enormous interest, especially as sideshow stars. Probably the most famous was JoJo the Dog-Faced Boy (aka Fedor Jeftichew, a Russian recruited by showman P.T. Barnum), who toured widely during the latter half of the 19th century. There are different forms of hypertrichosis, distinguished by varying hair type, quantity and distribution. Some cases also have a little hairy appendage called a faun tail.
Koro is one of a number of names for a hysterical condition known medically as Genital Retraction Syndrome, whose victims become convinced that their genitals are disappearing into their bodies. It can be contagious, sparking off "penis panics", such as the one that overtook Singapore in 1967 in which thousands of men became convinced that their penises were being stolen; it was contained by a complete media blackout on the condition. Often blamed on witchcraft, Koro typically strikes in less developed parts of the world, including Africa and Asia, where belief in sorcery remains strong. It's thought to be an extreme overreaction to normal genital shrinking from cold or other causes. Koro can be treated with medical reassurance and anti-anxiety medications.
Named after Proteus, the Greek god famous for changing his shape, this is a progressive disorder causing disfiguring tumours and abnormal bone development. It's extremely rare, with just over 100 cases confirmed since it was first identified in 1979. Its most celebrated victim was Joseph Merrick, aka "The Elephant Man", a grotesquely deformed man befriended by Dr Frederick Treves, a physician at London Hospital. At first, Merrick was believed to have suffered from the nerve disorder neurofibromatosis, but in 2003 DNA testing on his remains showed that he in fact had Proteus Syndrome. His story inspired the 1980 film The Elephant Man, starring John Hurt as Merrick.
Plenty More Here
Friday, August 02, 2013
Saturday, June 16, 2012
There is no actual Theory Of Ancient Mickey Mouse, I just made it up. But maybe there is something in such absurdity. Can this really be just a coincidence?
First, an ancient statue thousands of years old is unearthed:
And now NASA reveals a 'natural' feature on the surface of Mecury that seems very familiar indeed.
I will explore the Ancient Mickey Mouse Theory further as more evidence comes to hand. Perhaps Walt Disney himself was "one of them."
If this was the 1970s, I could write a book about Ancient Mickey Theory and make a bundle. But not now. Damn internet with its fast and easy fact-checking. Spoilsports.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
An artist claims he has found 'animal faces' unnoticed for over 500 years in the most famous painting in the world. Here's one of them :
From the UK Sun :
Ron found another hidden image — the crocodile or snake — by following instructions in another part of da Vinci's writings suggesting to tip the painting at a 45 degree angle. This was supposedly where the angle of the light was best and led to the least amount of reflection.You might need a handful of magic mushrooms to find them without da Vinci's instructions.
The instructions also called for the viewer to put their eyes on the same level as the horizon in the painting.
From this he was able to make sense of the line in the passage about how to paint envy which reads: "Make her heart gnawed by a swelling serpent", as there is such a creature emerging from her right breast.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
How strange it is that apes can show "human-like behaviour" when they were running around this planet for millions of years before humans came along. Maybe they taught us to use tools...
Do apes have access to genetic memories of previous generations? Did these torture lab apes know the sun existed for the 3 decades they were held against their will? They can scarcely believe what they are seeing, but they're not afraid. They're delighted, and laughing. It's like they're hugging each other saying, "We made it! We're finally free!"
We were told for most of the 20th century that apes were not like humans, they had no sense of self. The arrogance in believing that we were alone of all the animals in knowing what we are is beyond belief and seems an incredibly primitive way for such a supposedly advanced species to think :
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Sunday, September 04, 2011
Kingda Ka in New Jersey, USA, claims to have the world's highest drop of 456 feet, and is also one of the fastest :
Superman Ride Of Steel, Six Flags, New England, USA, with up to 10 periods of weightlessness, or "airtime" :
Takabisha, Japan is, for the moment, the world's steepest rollercoaster, with 121 degree incline :
Formula Rossa, in Abu Dhabi, claims to be the world's fastest, accelerating to more than 250kmh in four seconds :
Expedition GeForce, Germany, provides seven, brief periods of airtime :
Eejanaika in Fuji highlands, Japan, is simply the world's wildest rollercoaster :
Saturday, August 20, 2011
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Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Two videos that show how Japanese zookeepers rehearse emergency response scenarios for keeping visitors safe in the event of, say a rhino rampage....
...or a clearly angry and agitated polar bear :
This overacted transquilised 'ape' collapse is some beautiful work.
Sunday, June 05, 2011
A house with false walls, corridors that lead nowhere, windows that open only onto brick walls, has become a staple of both horror movies and crime fiction, but such a house really did exist, in Chicago, in the last years of the 19th century :
....a maze of windowless rooms with doorways opening to brick walls, oddly angled hallways, stairways to nowhere, doors openable only from the outside, and a host of other strange and labyrinthine constructions.The builder of the house, Dr Henry Howard Holmes, is known as the United States' first documented serial killer. He admitted to the murders of more than two dozen people, but he may have killed as many as 250.
Holmes repeatedly changed builders during the construction of the Castle, so only he fully understood the design of the house, thus decreasing the chance of being reported to the police.
After the completion of the hotel, Holmes selected mostly female victims from among his employees (many of whom were required as a condition of employment to take out life insurance policies for which Holmes would pay the premiums but also be the beneficiary), as well as his lovers and hotel guests. He tortured and killed them. Some were locked in soundproof bedrooms fitted with gas lines that let him asphyxiate them at any time. Some victims were locked in a huge soundproof bank vault near his office where they were left to suffocate.
The victims' bodies were dropped by secret chute to the basement, where some were meticulously dissected, stripped of flesh, crafted into skeleton models, and then sold to medical schools. Holmes also cremated some of the bodies or placed them in lime pits for destruction. Holmes had two giant furnaces as well as pits of acid, bottles of various poisons, and even a stretching rack.
A Harpers Magazine examination from 1943 goes into more detail of this horrific house :
...in 1892 he built on the opposite corner the enormous, improbable structure later to be known as his murder castle. It was more than a hundred and fifty feet long and fifty feet wide, huge and ugly, with three storeys and a basement.The minds of some humans.
There were “staircases that led nowhere in particular,” blind passageways, hinged walls, false partitions, rooms with no doors and rooms with many doors. All these centered on the second floor of the gloomy, forbidding structure. Holmes’s own apartments were at the front of this floor. A trap door was cut in his bathroom and from it a short hidden stairway led to a windowless cubicle between-floors in the heart of the house; from this a chute dropped straight to the cellar.
Behind Holmes’s apartments were various rooms labeled in contemporary newspaper sketches as “five-door room,” “secret room,” “mysterious closed room” (behind this last was a “dummy elevator for lowering bodies” to the basement), “the black closet,” “room of the three corpses,” “sealed room all bricked in,” “blind room,” “another secret chamber,” “the hanging secret chamber,” and so on–nearly forty rooms in all. Near the rear of the house was an “asphyxiation chamber–no light–with gas connections.” Here the large purchases of gas fixtures becomes meaningful; it apparently was Holmes’s practice to lock victims in this sealed, asbestos-lined room and to turn on the gas. Immediately behind the asphyxiation chamber was another chute down which the bodies could be dispatched to the basement. Some of the rooms on this second storey were lined with iron plates, some had false floors that concealed tiny airless chambers, nearly all had gas connections.
The cellar was perhaps the most remarkable section of the building. It was fitted with operating tables, a crematory, pits containing quicklime and acids, surgical instruments, and various pieces of apparatus which, resembling mediaeval torture racks, never were satisfactorily explained.
Friday, June 03, 2011
The Aftermath :
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By Darryl Mason
Before you watch this, remember you cannot unwatch it, for now at least there is no way to burn the memory of seeing this from your brain. You can still look away. It's not too late :
Surely George Lucas only allowed this so there is something much worse out there than the Star Wars Holiday Special (see below)?
I don't know what's sadder, the fact that this authorised Star Wars Disney show of so little imagination actually exists, or the riot of absolute disgust Dance Off With The Star Wars Stars has provoked amongst 40-something males who truly believe the original Star Wars movie was the most important event of their childhoods and George Lucas doing anything to stain its memory is like the Pope vomiting on the Bible, over and over again. An attitude best summed up by this YouTube comment :
George Lucas killed my dreams with the prequels, this digs them up out of their graves to defecate on them with a continual stream of piping hot effluent.I think George Lucas may actually now be trolling the most hardcore of Star Wars fans. If so, Dance Off With The Star Wars Stars is most definitely working.
Anyway, I don't know what Star Wars geeks are complaining about. It's not like George Lucas has only been taking Stars Wars and turning it into spin-off crap for the past decade. He was doing it within a year of the original film's release :
The Star Wars and Disney association that led to that stage show did, however, produce a great piece of poster art :
It seems like there is a city-smashing natural disaster in the US every couple of weeks now.
The Full Set Of Aerial Photos Are Here