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  1. Wow, work has kept me busy. I'm actively working on something cool for Curious Cosmos though...

    1. cupcakeman

      cupcakeman

      oh pls tell us ^_^

  2. Birds aren't real.

    1. cupcakeman

      cupcakeman

      how so???? ? 

    2. Cosmo

      Cosmo

      Just look at those little bastards.

    3. cupcakeman

      cupcakeman

      what about chickens arnt they the same as birds?

  3. I think this one is the real infographic:
  4. Hi everyone, When Titor was posting, TTI was running on an old version of Ultimate Bulletin Board: https://web.archive.org/web/20010422203520/http://www.xone.net/tti/board/ubbhtml/Forum1/HTML/000433.html Somewhere along the line, those original threads got corrupted/lost. Whether that was caused by the software acting up or Mop's server just eating itself, I can't say. Remember that Titor's first thread broke after it hit 11 pages and that the server itself seemed to have consistent issues (especially near the end of Mop's ownership). I do know that Mop didn't purposely delete any of that information. As you've seen with TTI/Curious Cosmos over the years, converting and updating sometimes causes data loss or corruption. That's just how it goes with personal websites sometimes, and we're talking about very early forum software. Back then, most free/afforable forum scripts were pretty rickety. By the time I came around, all that remained of the original threads were: 1: Darby's own copies he'd saved to his personal Dropbox 2: An export Mop gave me of the corrupted content (basically just a text file with a lot of encoded character garbage that needed cleaning up) 3: Archive.org's copy of the site I used all three of those as references to reconstruct Titor's threads. However, IP addresses weren't part of the archived content because viewing that was a function of the original software pulling that info from the database on the fly. There was never a way to recover any of that, even before we moved to the xenForo software in 2012 or when I took over in late 2014. While I was messing with that stuff and getting everything migrated to my own server, I asked Mop about the IP address out of curiosity. He told me that at the time, he'd looked it up and it ended up tracing back to Celebration High School. He didn't have the original IP address and didn't share the method he used to look the IP up. He only had that one bit of information to share.
  5. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Father Vince Lampert is giving a tour of his latest church as the midday sun shines through its stained glass windows. “No,” he says in response to a question, waving it away. “Not a chance.” He’s visibly entertained by what I’ve asked and, because of his profession, I think he’s very qualified to answer. We sit in a pew. The church is quiet and peaceful. “It just wouldn’t work,” he says. See, our discussion centers on the controversial ending of the movie, The Exorcist. I think Father Lampert would be able to comment on this because he’s a real exorcist. We’re sitting in St. Michael Church in Brookville, Indiana For 28 years Lampert has served as a priest in the Indianapolis Archdiocese, and in July, he was transferred to St. Michael. It’s a beautiful church from the 19th century that’s undergoing a total exterior renovation. For the past 14 years, he’s also served as the exorcist for the Diocese. Trained in Rome, he’s performed six official exorcisms over that time and counseled hundreds of others. He says he gets 1,800 requests for help every year. I want to know everything about exorcisms—about what we think we know from the movies and books we’ve read. And more importantly, I want to know what’s incorrect. But before all of that, I had to ask about The Exorcist movie. I’ve always been a bit torn about what went down at the end of the film. (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS 46-YEAR-OLD MOVIE) Who won? Was it God, because the young priest stole the demon from the girl and threw himself out the window to die, and—I assume—kill the hellacious demon with him? Or was it the Devil, who wound up causing the young priest to do all of this in the first place? According to Lampert, none of that really matters. While movies tend to get some things right—yes, he’s seen people froth out the mouth, show crazy amounts of strength, and even levitate in this last scene they got it all wrong. With that, here are 10 things we think we know about exorcisms—but we really don’t. 1. The Considerations Those seeking exorcisms must first be vetted through a procedure where they undergo physical and psychiatric testing. “Can this person’s problem be explained by the medical health field or by the person’s medical doctor?” Lampert asks. “All explanation has to be explored.” 2. The Demons Those who are possessed are actually normally done so by more than one demon. Sometimes, it could be as many as 10, and each must be dealt with separately, as some are more powerful than others. “It’s always a cluster,” Lampert says. “The weakest (demons) are always the first to go.” 3. The Unwilling Some people actually turn down help. There is a rigorous process before someone is approved for an exorcism, and only then can Fr. Lampert advise whether an exorcism should be performed. But, some turn down the advice. “You can’t perform an exorcism on somebody against their will,” he says. “(They think), ‘If I do this, will this get worse?’ It’s like surgery, you hope the pain you go through is short-term.” 4. The Invitation People can become possessed through any number of, what Lampert calls, “entry points.” These could be as simple as inviting a demon into you or experimenting with an alternative religion. “How did evil enter into this person’s life?” he asks. “The average person, if you’re going to church and you’re praying … the Devil’s already on the run.” 5. The Location One thing every movie always gets wrong is location. An exorcism must take place at a sacred space, a chapel, or a church. It would never take place in a house or someone’s bedroom. “The Devil doesn’t get to decide where he’s going to be defeated,” Lampert says. 6. The Audience No one besides religious personnel would ever be welcome in the room with the possessed. “The Priest determines who will be present,” Lampert says. “Obviously myself, the one who is afflicted, a family member or two of the person. There’s no such thing as Exorcism Tourism—no one is just there out of curiosity.” However, Lampert also says he will never meet alone with the afflicted. For example, he will always bring another priest with him. 7. The Possessed Most of those who come seeking guidance for exorcisms are women. “I think women are more inclined to ask for help,” he says. “I also think women are more inherently spiritual, if you will. When men become exposed to evil, they’re less likely to ask for help.” 8. The Duration These things take time. Lampert says he’s seen exorcisms take as long as five years, where the possessed make regular appointments to come see the exorcist, as they would a psychologist. The hope being that the demon weakens over time. 9. The Ritual Exorcists must follow a strict ritual of prayer. There would never be any ad-libbing. “Stick to the ritual of the church,” Lampert says. “Don’t ad-lib. Don’t ask unnecessary questions. Then you’re allowing the evil spirit to control the session, if you will. The exorcist needs to be the one in charge.” 10. The Likelihood Lampert says very few requests actually result in exorcisms. Some have psychological or physical problems. Only one in 5,000 require exorcisms. Back to the ending of The Exorcist—it makes no sense, he says. “If you think about it, if this were the way it worked, every exorcist would only perform one exorcism,” Lampert says, laughing. What he means is, they would always die at the end. So, you can’t just take the demon from a person and transfer it into you? “I don’t have any special powers or abilities. If we’re relying on me, we’d all be in trouble,” he says. “If we’re relying on the power of God, that’s where we need to be. Exorcism is always a matter of faith. (We) help a person connect or re-connect with God.” Listen to the full interview with Father Vincent Lampert in Episode 4 of Ripley’s Believe It or Notcast. By Ryan Clark, Contributor for Ripleys.com Source: The Fact And Fiction Behind Exorcisms View the full article
  6. Wait, didn't I have an avatar?

    1. Einstein

      Einstein

      This is probably a test. Just to see how well the mind control is working.

  7. Back from camping ?

  8. The redpill is just a vitamin supplement that builds up your fortitude enough to be able to acknowledge the Kali Yuga.

  9. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Prim and proper are far from present for pooches arriving at the Sonoma-Marin Fair each June. Atypical from the poised, pedigree dog shows seen on television, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest showcases the less-than-perfect appearances of its contestants. For nearly 30 years, Petaluma, California, has hosted pups from near and far who are hoping to make a name for themselves as the World’s Ugliest Dog. While the title may not seem worthy of a five-foot trophy, the impact on the pet community proves otherwise. Meeting the Puparazzi While there is no formal documentation to signify the official contest debut, it’s believed that the competition began as a local community-building event and eventually made its way to the fairground, as a result of its growing popularity. “In a world of marketing beauty… the true love for an animal, or anything, can get lost.” – Allison Keaney, CEO Sonoma-Marin Fair Participant pre-show is a true testament of pampering and paparazzi. Pups and handlers begin with a backstage reception for some relaxation before being greeted by the press. CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center The contest begins with a prideful walk-of-fame down the red carpet. Amidst judges, media, celebrities, and fans, these canines prove to be the true shining stars of the show. At the end of the carpet, contestants are brought to the judges’ table for evaluation. Dogs are evaluated on first impression, originality, audience appeal, and natural ugliness. Decisions are truly in the eye of the beholder. CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center Once a Top 3 has been established, the judges kick it over to the audience for determination of a winner. Measured by a round of applause, the first-place champion is crowned as the World’s Ugliest Dog. Telling the Tail of Champions Since the start of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, there have been many notable champions including World Record Holder, Chi-Chi. Chi-Chi won contests held in 1978, 1982-84, 1986-87 and 1991, giving her 7 total titles. Other first-place recipients include Quasi Modo (2015), a hunchback, 10-year-old Pitbull-Dutch Shepherd mix; Walle (2013), a 4-year-old pup with an unusually large head and duck-like waddle; and Princess Abby (2010), a one-eyed Chihuahua with a back deformity. 2019 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Winner, Scamp the Tramp CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center This year’s winner was Scamp the Tramp, complete with big, bug-eyes and dreadlocked fur. His owner, Yvonne Morones, found Scamp on Pet Finder in 2014 and decided it was time for this Compton street-dog to come home. Yvonne knew he was something special from the moment she met him, stating, “There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing One Love and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.” Ain’t Nothing but a Pound Dog In many cases, these winning mutts are rescued from shelters, abusive households, or puppy mills. Without their caregivers, many of them would have had incredibly short lives and, evidently, untapped potential. As the contest continues to evolve, its mission holds true: all animals deserve to find a loving home. Creating these spokesdogs for adoption is just one facet of the pro-rescue mission, in addition to the Sonoma-Marin Fair’s “pet fest.” On the morning of the contest, local vendors, veterinarians, and rescue organizations set up tables for discussion surrounding the importance of adoption, animal health, and other areas of pet expertise. This gives local specialists the opportunity to not only showcase their wares but educate fair-goers about the importance of this mission. CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center Major Barking Rights First place winners receive a five-and-a-half foot tall, three-tiered pink trophy, complete with the World’s Ugliest Dog logo, and some pocket change: $1,500. They also get more than just their five minutes of fame with a trip to New York and a seat alongside hosts of the Today Show. Owner, Ann Lewis and 2019 2nd Place winner, Wild Thang CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center Second place winners receive a $1,000 prize and third place $750. The greatest prize, however, is the generous contribution made by donors of the contest. Each finalist receives a prize match to donate to their animal charity of choice. Owner, Molly Horgan and 2019 3rd Place winner, Tostito CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center “The real spirit behind this competition is that every animal deserves a loving home. Every animal contributes to a family in some way, and the stories behind some of these little guys are amazing, they really are.” – Allison Keaney, CEO Sonoma-Marin Fair The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest acts as a shining example of the fact that pups don’t have to be pedigree to be pawsitively perfect. Source: The Beauty of The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest View the full article
  10. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! While light may be beneficial in helping your body produce vitamin D, the healing properties of luminance were once promised to cure cancer, diabetes, and even gangrene. Dinshah Ghadiali—honorary M.D., M.E., D.C., Ph.D., L.L.D., D. O.P.T., N.D., L.M.N.O.P.—invented the Spectro-Chrome Metry machine. As the chairman of the self-created Electro-Medical Hall, he certified that the device unlocked the medical secrets of using light to cure all sorts of diseases and afflictions. Ghadiali was born in Bombay, India, in 1873. He served as an assistant to the Professor of Mathematics and Science at the nearby Wilson College. He reached a turning point in his medical career when he treated a friend’s niece. The story goes that traditional music had failed her, but Ghadiali had an alternative treatment in mind. He filtered the light of a kerosene lantern through indigo-colored glass, shining it on her. He also put milk in a blue bottle and let it sit in the sun, absorbing light. Allegedly, she was back on her feet in just three days. This medical success put Ghadiali on a path to discover the “secrets” of chromopathy—healing with light. By 1920, Ghadiali was ready to show his invention to the world. He began marketing his Spectro-Chrome box in New York. Establishing the Electro-Medical Hall, he trained an estimated 800 health professionals to use colored light to treat peoples’ medical conditions. The box itself is made of aluminum and houses a 1,000-watt lightbulb. A timer on the side is turned as instructed per Ghadiali’s prescription and then colored glass, referred to as “Attuned Color Wave Slides,” is slid into place, making the light the color of your doctor’s choosing. While a normal doctor might prescribe an insulin regiment to someone with diabetes, the Electro-Medical Hall said there was no need. Simply treat yourself with yellow light. If a wound became infected, green light was said to keep the gangrene away. Legitimate doctors immediately took issue with Ghadiali’s teachings. He arrived on the scene when governments all over the world were dealing with an onslaught of medical gadgets and gizmos. Many of these devices weren’t for medical use at all, and others had no basis in scientific fact. In 1924, the Journal for the American Medical Association dedicated an entire article to debunking Spectro-Chrome Metry. While many readers thought they were wasting their time debunking such a preposterous idea in the first place, medical doctors of the time had legitimate concerns. Ghadiali’s device was keeping people with serious medical issues from seeking help. Leaving tuberculosis, ovaritis, and syphilis untreated could spell long-term disaster for patients. The head of the Electro-Medical Hall would go on to make over a million dollars on his devices, but not before many more brushes with the law. Oregon newspapers report he was arrested for engaging in a pistol battle in 1925. He was found in violation of the Mann Act—transporting a 19-year-old girl across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Given five years in prison, his sentence was commuted by President Herbert Hoover for helping prison services during a disease outbreak. He promptly returned to selling Spectro-Chrome Metry machines. Ghadiali was later indicted in 1931 for defrauding customers and falsely representing the healing powers of Spectro-Chrome Metry. Though it seemed like an easy case at first for prosecutors, the doctor of light was able to produce three sterling medical witnesses that soon convinced the jury that light medicine had worked for them. He received a “not guilty” verdict. It would take another 17 years before the FDA forced Ghadiali to dissociate himself from medicine. Source: The Lunacy Of Light Medicine: Spectro-Chrome Metry View the full article
  11. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! With the unrivaled power to flatten cities and snuff out tens of thousands of lives in an instant, great measures have been taken in securing nuclear arsenals around the world. While their security may be the greatest in the world, that doesn’t mean a few atomic bombs haven’t gone off accidentally. Since their inception in 1945, over 50 nukes have befallen the United States military. Many of these accidents were the result of contamination, but a few dozen involved the loss of nuclear warheads altogether. Secret Nukes In Canada The first known unplanned drop of atomic weapons occurred on November 10, 1950. While on a mission to return atomic weapons that had been secretly deployed in Canada, the plane transporting the bombs had engine trouble. Fearing a crash with the bombs aboard would result in catastrophe, they jettisoned the devices. They rigged the devices to blow in mid-air, but the detonation wasn’t atomic. The blast may have had a fraction of the power, but it did scatter a hundred pounds of uranium over British Columbia. Three more bombs would be jettisoned from damaged aircraft before the end of the 1950s. Surprisingly, none of these bombs were ever recovered. This became a trend in ongoing atomic bomb losses, with the ocean swallowing up nearly a dozen intact nuclear warheads. The Biggest Whoopsie The first accidental deployment of an atomic bomb by an undamaged aircraft occurred on March 11, 1958. As part of a secret military training exercise codenamed Operation Snow Flurry, a Boeing B47E was loaded with nuclear armaments. At the time, tensions were rising and a war with the Soviet Union looked as though it could erupt at any moment. Noticing a harness warning light was on, Air Force Captain Bruce Kulka was summoned to the bomb bay. While inspecting the harness pin assembly, he accidentally engaged the manual release. The bomb dropped and smashed through the closed bomb-bay doors, hurtling 15,000 feet above the State of South Carolina. The Mark 6 nuclear bomb was capable of obliterating a city. It landed on a children’s playhouse in the town of Mars Bluff and exploded. Thankfully, only the bomb’s conventional ordinance was triggered. No atomic detonation occurred. A nearby family was injured, but the playhouse was empty, and nobody was killed. The explosion left a 70-foot-wide crater that still exists to this day. CC DTMedia2 Even Higher Stakes Three years after the incident over South Carolina, the military had even more deadly bombs in the air. Hydrogen bombs rely on fusion to create explosions many times larger than simple atomic weapons. On January 24, 1961, a B-52 bomber caught fire and exploded in mid-air after suffering a fuel leak. Two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs survived the explosion. Stabilized by automatically deployed parachutes, the bombs immediately began arming themselves over Goldsboro, North Carolina. One touched down relatively undamaged, but the other slammed into a nearby swamp at 700 miles per hour, burying itself 20 feet deep in mud. Thankfully, the pilot’s arm-mounted safety switch prevented a detonation. The Air Force was able to very carefully disarm the weapons, though the uranium contained in the sunken bomb was never recovered. Instead, the Air Force bought the land and fenced it off. Lost At Sea On December 5, 1965, an A-4e Skyhawk equipped with a nuclear bomb was sitting on the deck of the USS Ticonderoga when it fell off the side of the ship, into the ocean. The coordinates of this incident have been disputed, though it’s known the ship was off the coast of Japan. The jet, bomb, and pilot were never recovered. Finally Recovering A Bomb Lost At Sea While many of the United State’s nuclear blunders happened either at home or over international waters, a collision between a B-52 bomber and a refueling tanker dumped four bombs over the country of Spain. Two exploded in the air, spreading radioactive plutonium. A third landed intact on a farm, and a fourth was lost at sea, but eventually recovered after a three-month search involving 12,000 people. More Human Error The most recent known nuclear arms catastrophe occurred on September 18, 1980. While performing maintenance at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, a worker dropped a nine-pound socket that fell 80 feet and pierced the fuel tank of an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. The facility was immediately evacuated before an explosion destroyed the missile silo. Most were spared any injury, and the missile’s warhead was thrown into the air before landing just a hundred feet from the launch complex’s entrance. Source: That Time The U.S. Military Accidentally Dropped An Atomic Bomb View the full article
  12. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! A World War II Submarine Detector A terror of the seas, the German U-boat struck fear into the hearts of Navies and ocean liners all over the world. Though early submarines could only perform brief underwater missions to strike ships from below, by the time World War II engulfed the Pacific, the high-seas game of cat-and-mouse had become far more deadly. Underwater sound detection systems had gotten their start in 1917 Britain. Thrown into anti-submarine testing, the American version—SONAR—was quickly adopted by ships in order to sniff out subs. Suspecting a submarine to be in the vicinity and pinpointing them for a counter-attack, however, had great disparity. Aiming a torpedo at a hidden submarine required immense precision. At the time, sonar readings could be thrown off by variances in depth and water temperature. Thankfully, a secondary sensor was able to fill in the variables. The bathythermograph was a torpedo-shaped device strung behind ships via cable. Operators normally had access to a small shack at the aft of the ship, and manned a winch attached to the device. In rough weather, this area would often be totally covered by waves. If the equipment was deployed, someone would have to man the cables, risking being swept away by turgid water. Because the design hadn’t been well tested, leaving the winch unattended would result in it unwinding until the bathythermograph was lost. Onlookers would often see technicians disappear from sight behind the waves. Though it was attached to the ship with a cable, the bathythermograph required purely manual readings. To check depth and temperature, technicians would load an oil-covered slide into the torpedo-shaped housing, let it loose, then reel it back in to take a reading. As these sensors advanced, submarines themselves would eventually make use of them. With bathythermographs mounted to their sides, submarines became capable of attacking ships without ever making visual contact. Source: When Sonar Wasn’t Enough: The Bathythermograph View the full article
  13. Hey guys! Checking in. Work's got me busy developing some new stuff so it'll be another week or two before I can get back to building here.

    Everything is going well ?

  14. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Rumors have been circulating for years that Fred Rogers served in the military and that he got some ink to commemorate his war record. Despite the rumors, Rogers was never a sniper, Navy Seal, Green Beret, or Marine Corps drill instructor. He didn’t serve in the military at all. Beloved TV children’s host Mr. Rogers did not have an armful of tattoos that he hid under colorful cardigans. He opted for sweaters so he’d have a comfortable appearance while interacting with children. His fashion was also heavily influenced by his mother. Rogers was born in 1928 in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He was too young to enlist in World War II and too old for Vietnam. It was plausible for him to serve in the Korean War, but he didn’t. Instead, he launched a TV career in 1951 at the age of 23. When working on The Children’s Corner for a public education television station in Pittsburgh, Rogers realized that his squeaky dress shoes were too noisy when he worked alongside puppets. He changed his footwear and opted for some less-formal clothing to match. After all, a suit with running shoes isn’t very stylish. The show eventually evolved into Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, which aired from 1968 to 2001. The TV personality filmed a total of 895 episodes. Each episode started the same way—Rogers came home and sang “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” and then changed into sneakers and a zippered cardigan. Via the Smithsonian Institute Rogers’ mother Nancy knitted every single one of the sweaters the entertainer wore on the program. His wardrobe is so iconic, that one of his red cardigans belongs to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, it’s not currently on display, a fact that disappoints many fans. One person wrote on the museum’s webpage, “I would travel the world to see that sweater,” proving that Rogers impact on people’s lives is undeniable. The good news is that one of his gold sweaters and a pair of his sneakers are available for all to see at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. Rogers was a good son who listened to his mother, who was more than just an accomplished knitter. He once said of her advice: “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’” Rogers died on Feb. 27, 2003, at the age of 74 after suffering from stomach cancer. He lived a very authentic life and taught others to follow suit. “There are three ways to ultimate success,” Rogers is quoted as saying. “The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.” By Noelle Talmon, contributor for Ripleys.com Source: The Truth About What Was (Or Wasn’t) Under Mr. Rogers’ Sweaters View the full article
  15. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a science and technology museum in Portland, Oregon, United States. It contains three auditoriums, including a large-screen theatre, planetarium, and exhibition halls with a variety of hands-on permanent exhibits focused on natural sciences, industry, and technology.
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