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

    1. cupcakeman


      oh pls tell us ^_^

  2. Birds aren't real.

    1. cupcakeman
    2. Cosmo


      Just look at those little bastards.

    3. 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


      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.
  16. So about that disclosure...
  17. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Eating carrots won’t correct vision problems such as nearsightedness or farsightedness. While consuming carrots will keep your eyes healthy and prevent vision loss—particularly if you have a vitamin A deficiency—they won’t improve your eyesight. If you need glasses or contact lenses, eating extra carrots won’t take care of the problem. Most eye issues are caused by genetics, aging, or diabetes, and a carrot’s beta carotene properties won’t help. The beta carotene converts into a form of vitamin A during digestion called “retinal,” which is important in maintaining normal vision. Dark, leafy green vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collard greens are actually better for your eyes than carrots. These veggies contain more antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can protect your eyes from certain high-energy rays of light that can harm your retina. These greens and their carotenoids can also reduce the advancement of age-related macular degeneration, which can cause blindness. Sweet potatoes are also good for your eyes, and they contain more vitamin A than carrots. Fresh fruit also has vitamins C and E, which are good for your peepers. Most people get enough vitamin A from their diets to keep their eyes healthy and strong. If you don’t get enough vitamin A, you can actually go blind. As many as 500,000 malnourished children lose their eyesight every year due to a vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A supplements and beta carotene are known to help people see better at night if they suffer from a vitamin deficiency. So, where did the myth about carrots improving your eyesight come from? During World War II, the British government promoted the nutritional value of carrots and their purported night-vision properties. The U.K. Ministry of Food wanted people to eat more carrots during food rationing shortages, according to the World Carrot Museum. The government credited carrots for helping the British Air Force see better while hunting down German aircraft at night. The federal campaign included the slogan, “Carrots Keep You Healthy and Help You See in The Dark.” As a result, the general public believed eating carrots led to improved vision at night, specifically in blackout conditions (a real concern during the war). If you really want the vitamin A benefits from carrots, you should eat them with a fat-soluble vitamin, such as ranch dipping sauce, so your body can fully absorb the antioxidants. And there is such a thing as eating too many carrots. Your body can only convert so much beta carotene to vitamin A, and the rest is just excess. It is also possible to overdose on Vitamin A supplements, so consult a doctor before taking them. Plus, carrots can turn fair skin a shade of orange. By Noelle Talmon, contributor for Ripleys.com Source: Carrots, Eyesight, And World War II Propaganda View the full article
  18. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! The Man In The Moon Believe it or not, one man is buried on the Moon. His name is Eugene Shoemaker, and he pioneered planetary science. Since time immemorial cultures all across the surface of the Earth have seen a face in the side of the Moon facing us. Curiosity getting the better of us, all sorts of legends and fables have been written about who the man in the Moon is and how he got there. Dante wrote that the fratricidal Cain was banished to the Moon. In Chinese traditions, the goddess of the Moon, Chang’e winds up on the moon after drinking an immortality elixir. The first man on the Moon, however, was Neil Armstrong in 1969. He, along with the other astronauts of the Apollo 11 mission explored the lunar surface and collected sample to bring back to Earth. These samples were of particular interest to the man who would eventually end up interred on the Moon. Eugene Shoemaker is often credited with inventing the field of planetary science. Trained as a geologist, Shoemaker melded his discipline with astronomy, using the great space race to study the surfaces of moons, planets, and comets. He trained the astronauts headed to the Moon, and even sat next to Walter Cronkite on air as NASA’s spokesperson on the status of the moon missions. He named many of the craters, valleys, and mountains on the Moon. His contributions proved so great that he even has a whole comet named after him. In 1994, Comet Shoemaker—Levy 9 gained worldwide attention because it crashed into Jupiter. This impact eventually led to scientists realizing that Jupiter acted as an important “vacuum cleaner” for debris that could otherwise pose a threat to the Earth. Shoemaker spent much of his later life trekking across the globe to find impact craters that had gone unnoticed. Tragically, one of these trips ended in a fatal car crash. Eventually, Shoemaker’s ashes were sealed in a metal cylinder and sent to the Moon. His wife, Carolyn, who had made many discoveries alongside her husband had an image of the Hale-Bopp comet inscribed on the outside, along with a quote from Romeo and Juliet: And, when he shall die Take him and cut him out in little stars And he will make the face of heaven so fine That all the world will be in love with night And pay no worship to the garish sun. Since his ashes were interred on the Moon, Shoemaker has remained the only person ever buried on an extraterrestrial surface. Though many companies have offered space burials inspired by science fiction shows like Star Trek, most of these capsules are launched into low Earth orbit. These ashes end up falling into the atmosphere soon after and burn up. Elysium Space, however, wants to send people’s ashes all the way to the Moon, so that they’ll stay in space. The asking price is around ten thousand dollars, which actually matches the average cost of a normal funeral in the United States. Source: The Only Man To Be Buried On the Moon (So Far) View the full article
  19. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! It’s impossible for most people to drive their cars in the water-filled streets of Venice, but with this Italian sports car, waterways are what it was made for. This Ferrari F50 was carved entirely out of wood by master sculptor Livio Di Marchi. The supercar can’t drive on traditional roads, but instead, uses its buoyant frame to float. While the production version could go from zero to 60 in just 3.8 seconds, the 512 horsepower V12 engine has been replaced with an outboard motor that will definitely make you want to row your gondola out of the way. The car is truly one of a kind. The road model may have only had 349 models manufactured, but the wooden 350th was sculpted entirely by hand using only hand chisels. Marchi is a prolific artist, carving a number of other novelty boats as well. He’s whittled replicas of a gull-wing Mercedes, a 1930s Jaguar, and even a wooden Vespa. Popularly known as the “Carpenter of Venice,” Marchi began his obsession with sculpture after studying at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Venice. Finding wood to be a kind of muse that summoned his creativity and spontaneity, he settled on the medium as his favorite. Marchi has even played fairy godfather with his creations, sculpting a floating pumpkin carriage complete with horses for people’s weddings. The man is absolutely obsessed with wood. His home is filled with wooden sculptures, including renderings of beds, teddy bears, clothes, dishes, and even underwear carved by hand. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has bought a number of Marchi’s works, displaying them in museums all around the world. The wooden F50 once sailed the San Diego Bay with a surfing dog in tow, and it’s returning to the city once more for San Diego Comic-Con as part of the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Car Lot! Source: Finally, An Italian Sports Car That Can Navigate Venice View the full article
  20. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! While the death of a whale can be a sad sign of polluted waters, food scarcity, or human violence, the gargantuan bodies left behind by these majestic creatures can create a hotbed for life, even as they decompose. Whales can die in a number of ways, many of which are not well observed by science. Some whales get sick and become too weak to keep returning to the surface for air and drown, while others might beach themselves on a nearby coast in distress. Either way, the decomposition process starts immediately. Bacteria in their guts often produces gas that bloats their bodies and causes them to float. Sharks and other carnivorous fish get first dibs on recycling the whale’s body, taking what pieces of flesh, muscle, and blubber they can. Some of these floating whales end up deposited on the shoreline, where land-bound creatures are gifted a unique, but bountiful feast. A whale that sinks to the seafloor as its gassy interior bursts or slowly deflates becomes a unique habitat for bottom-feeding fish and crustaceans. Some fish and sharks are actually believed to thrive specifically on whale corpses, while the flesh, once again, is the prime target for shrimp, eels, and crabs. Sometimes called a whale fall, carcasses that end up in the deep depths of the ocean’s abyss are an important transmission vector for nutrients to an otherwise static part of the ocean. When a 60,000-pound gray whale lands 6,500 feet below the surface of the ocean, it makes an impact. Over the course of months, the soft tissue is completely eaten away. The detritus and material of the whale don’t just provide direct sustenance, however. The nutrients that make it into the soil give rise to plant life and bacterial mats, that in turn are a new food source for the whole biological community. Craig Smith, University of Hawaii/NOAA Even the remaining skeleton can become a basis for colonization, with microorganisms living off the chemical reaction of its decomposition. Anemones specific to whale falls, as well as unique bone-eating zombie worms, make the rotting carcass home. These organisms can be supported for 10 years from a single whale carcass. Whales that don’t reach as deep a resting place can last even longer, as the microbes that break down their bones may not be present. Whale skeletons recovered on land have showcased equally long-lasting effects. A whale carcass taken off the bow of an oil tanker in Massachusetts was reduced to a skeleton and hung in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The bones of the whale oozed oil—whale oil, unrelated to the tanker—for over 15 years, a demonstration of the longevity of the carcasses biological resources. The oily blue whale/CC Elpriceisright Along the Oregon coast this year, whales have been washing up in record numbers. Fishery officials believe the cause is that the whales’ food has been largely driven south by warming waters. The deaths have meant their shores are inundated with whale carcasses without many optimal places for decomposition. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had to resort to asking for people to volunteer their backyards for the whales to decompose in. Though the smell might be unbearable, some biologists are excited to see these land decompositions themselves, in real time. Source: Whale Decomposition: The Lifecycle Of A Cetacean Carcass View the full article
  21. If he's a LARP, he's a far better LARP than the internet has ever seen. Some of the "proofs" I see are tenuous or indirect (most of those come from morons on 8ch making the stupidist goddamned connections possible), but it's still interesting and worth following for at least the news and theories alone ? I love Q. Toots is funny too.
  22. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! This Week [July 7-13th, 2019] The world wife-carrying champions, killer cats, an orange seagull, and the rest of the week’s weird news from Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Wife-Carrying Championship Each year, couples battle it out in the World Wife-Carrying Championship. Held in Finland, contestants must have the wife ride on the backs of their husbands while navigating a 278-yard obstacle course. This year’s winners, the Kirkliauskas set a new best time, completing the challenge in just one minute and 6.72 seconds. Via World Wife Carrying Championship Surviving Niagara Though a handful of people have survived a trip down Niagara Falls in barrels, one man recently made the journey with absolutely nothing protecting his body. The man who eluded police and climbed over a retaining wall threw himself in the river and was carried over Horseshoes Falls—the largest of the three falls at Niagara. Surviving a nearly 200-foot drop, the man was later found by police sitting on some rocks with no serious physical injuries. Orange Seagull Wildlife officials in Buckinghamshire, UK, were informed that a very strange looking bird was having trouble in the area. Onlookers said it looked like a seagull, but was bright orange. Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital was eventually able to catch the bird and discovered it was indeed a seagull, but its orange skin was not natural. The bird apparently had gotten into a vat of turmeric. After a much-needed bath, he was released back into the wild. Facebook Group Plans Area 51 Raid While a recent episode of the Ripley’s Believe It or Notcast took a close look at how Area 51 was set up and most of what goes on there, the public at large still has many theories about the facility’s association with the extra-terrestrial. Hoping to thwart the base’s security—which mostly consists of inhospitable desert—a group of 400,000 people has pledged to blitz the facility to “see them aliens.” An Area 51 warning sign. Killer Cats While the adverse effects of letting house cats roam in the wild have been known for some time, experts in Australia have just recently been able to quantify their impacts. According to their research, free-roaming and feral felines kill over 2 billion native animals per year. They estimate that in just one day 1.8 million reptiles, 1.3 million birds, and 3.1 million mammals fall to kitten paws. Source: World Wife Carrying Championship Bested In Just Over One Minute View the full article
  23. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Almost everyone’s heard of the 8×8 rule. Specifically, it states that one needs to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day in order to take in the necessary amount of water to stay healthy. While this advice seems to be universally understood, although almost no one follows it, it’s important to consider where it actually came from and whether or not it’s really accurate. Who Started the 8×8 Rule? The 8×8 rule seems to have come from one of two places. A 1945 report published by the National Research Council’s Food and Nutrition Board stated that to stay hydrated, people need to take in one milliliter of water for every calorie they consume. Since the advised daily intake of calories is around 2,000 each day, this would mean the same individual would need to drink 2,000 milliliters of water to match it. This roughly translates to about eight 8-ounce glasses of water. A book written by Dr. Frederick Stare in 1974 also offers the advice that people should take in 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. However, both of these publications mentioned that water can be found in other places than just its purest, drinkable form. They both mentioned that one can eat fruits and other foods high in water content to get their daily water intake. In addition, they mentioned almost every beverage you can drink—from tea to coffee to soda to beer—contains some form of water. So, Should I Drink 8 Glasses a Day? In truth, eight glasses might actually be overkill. You’re taking in water from many different sources throughout your day, and those who are eating healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, and dairy are taking in even more. Even those who drink beer moderately are getting their water intake from this substance, as one must drink quite a lot of beer before the diuretic effect takes hold. Therefore, it’s probably best not to make yourself crazy trying to hit this mark. How Much Water Should I Drink? Scientifically speaking, women are meant to ingest 2.7 liters of water a day, while for men, it’s 3.7. However, this is considering water coming from all sources, and you’re already likely taking in more of than you realize. The best way to gauge how much water you should drink is to pay attention to your body and notice when you feel thirsty. Feeling hungry can also be a sign that you’re in need of hydration, and this is why drinking more water is almost always recommended for those hoping to lose weight. However, drinking more water itself doesn’t actually help you shed the pounds but instead makes you less likely to eat when you’re not hungry. If you are a long-distance runner, someone who lives in a hot climate, breastfeeding, or living an especially active lifestyle, you may want to be a little more focused on your water intake, as you’ll need more of it than the average sedentary but healthy person. Still, drinking too much water can cause a problem called water intoxication. Water intoxication can even be fatal, though it doesn’t happen too often to people who aren’t professional athletes or coping with an illness. You may be looking for a definitive answer when it comes to how much water you should drink, but every person and their lifestyle is different. Therefore, try to remember to stay hydrated and to drink when you’re thirsty, but don’t overdo it. By Julia Tilford, contributor for Ripleys.com Source: Do You Really Just Need 8 Glasses Of Water A Day? View the full article
  24. Did I miss the alien mothership?
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