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>>275 I hope all of you are already redpilled on the Cat Question, but just in case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii
>>277 Cat question, I'll just continue loving my cat thank you very much
>>279 Ok toxobrain
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>>277 >Looking at humans, studies using the Cattell’s 16 Personality Factor questionnaire found that infected men scored lower on Factor G (superego strength/rule consciousness) and higher on Factor L (vigilance) while the opposite pattern was observed for infected women. This means that men were more likely to disregard rule and were more expedient, suspicious and jealous. On the other hand, women were more warm hearted, outgoing, conscientious and moralistic. >Research on the linkage between T. gondii infection and entrepreneurial behavior showed that students who tested positive for T. gondii exposure were 1.4 times more likely to major in business, and 1.7 times more likely to have an emphasis in "management and entrepreneurship". Among 197 participants of entrepreneurship events, T. gondii exposure was correlated with being 1.8 times more likely to have started their own business. Cats confirmed great
Some of these pages read like SCP entries (or RCP authority entries, if you prefer). I really like the strange boundary between the things we know and the things that we do not know. That's where the mystery happens, and it's what makes learning new things so much fun. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forest_ring https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Hilliard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Fugates
This article reads very creepily. It lists a bunch of people, and how they reached their last moments alive in extraordinarily odd circumstances that truly show the unpredictable horror of death. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_unusual_deaths
>>287 >According to one account given by Diogenes Laërtius, the Greek philosopher Heraclitus was said to have been devoured by dogs after smearing himself with cow manure in an attempt to cure his dropsy. >One ancient account of the death of Chrysippus, a third-century BC Greek Stoic philosopher, tells that he died of laughter after he saw a donkey eating his figs; he told a slave to give the donkey neat wine to drink to wash them down with, and then, "...having laughed too much, he died" (Diogenes Laërtius 7.185). >The deacon Saint Lawrence was roasted alive on a giant grill during the persecution of Valerian. Prudentius tells that he joked with his tormentors, "Turn me over—I'm done on this side". He is now the patron saint of cooks, chefs and comedians. >Sir William Payne-Gallwey, a former British MP, sustained "severe internal injuries" when he fell over and landed on a turnip while out hunting. He died a few days later. >Jones, a lawyer in Bangor, Wales, woke up to find that he had his throat slit. Motioning for a paper and a pencil, he wrote: "I dreamt that I had done it. I awoke to find it true," and died 80 minutes later. He had slit his throat himself while unconscious. An inquest at Bangor said that "suicide while temporarily insane," was the verdict. >Basil Brown, a 48-year-old health food advocate from Croydon, England, died from liver damage after he consumed 70 million units of Vitamin A and around 10 US gallons (38 litres) of carrot juice over ten days, turning his skin bright yellow >Scaglione died after smashing his golf club against a golf cart. The head broke off and impaled him in the throat, severing his jugular vein >Dick Wertheim, a tennis linesman, died after a ball struck him in the groin and he fell out of his chair >A poodle named Cachy, in Caballito, Buenos Aires, fell from 13 floors and fatally hit 75-year-old Marta Espina, killing both instantly. In the course of the events, 46-year-old Edith Sola, who came to see the incident, was fatally hit by a bus. An unidentified man, who witnessed Edith's death, had an heart attack and also died, on his way to the hospital. >Garry Hoy, a lawyer in Toronto fell to his death from the 24th floor of the Toronto-Dominion Centre while demonstrating to a group of visitors that the building's windows were "unbreakable". Hoy threw himself against the window, which did not break but popped out of its frame >Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, a 25-year-old supermarket employee from Council Bluffs, Iowa, is believed to have fallen into the 18-inch gap between a cooler and a wall and become trapped. His body was not discovered for almost ten years, when the cooler was finally moved >Takuya Nagaya, 23, from Japan, started to slither on the floor and claimed he had become a snake. Takuya died after his father spent the next two days head-butting and biting him "to drive [out] the snake that had possessed him." >Hayato Tsuruta, 28, from Japan, with intellectual disabilities, ran away from his residential facility and went to a supermarket. There he consumed so many doughnuts displayed that he choked to death. >Sam Ballard, 29, died from angiostrongyliasis after eating a garden slug as a dare eight years earlier. There's some really brutal and depressing deaths in their too, and it's amazing how many people have died because of choking.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saturn_return https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/27_Club I find these to be particularly intriguing because of my own astrological interests. It may be that I might suffer the same fate as those of the 27 club.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kowloon_Walled_City https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Darger https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collyer_brothers https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_von_Ungern-Sternberg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interdimensional_hypothesis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Amazonian_Indians https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remy_Van_Lierde#Alleged_encounter_with_a_giant_snake https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_children_of_Woolpit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_airship https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Javier_Pereira_(longevity_claimant) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Sharpe_Shaver Here's some bonus reading material on an interesting topic that doesn't have a Wikipedia article: http://www.strangemag.com/strangemag/strange21/thunderbird21/thunderbirdintro21.html This story was the first time I'd ever heard of whole Mandela Effect concept. >>277 Good to see another person who's taken the catpill. >>286 >I really like the strange boundary between the things we know and the things that we do not know. That's where the mystery happens, and it's what makes learning new things so much fun. Agreed. As a kid I was always into Fortean phenomena and wished things like cryptids and aliens could be proven to exist beyond a shadow of a doubt, but nowadays all the murkiness is what makes it interesting to me. There's credible evidence, outright falsehoods, and eberrything in between to sort through. Even blatant hoaxes like the Cardiff Giant and the Great Moon Hoax can be fascinating to me. If we found a population of sasquatches or made contact with aliens and studied them thoroughly, I'd quickly lose interest. The way your own imagination can run wild with the unknown is far more engrossing than it could ever be if it were brought into the light. >>289 I recently started reading up more on astrology and don't know what to think of it. In the past I was berry doubtful, but I'm more on the fence now after reading some defenses from its adherents and making myself a rough birth chart.
>>1673 >the Great Moon Hoax As someone unfamiliar with many hoaxes beyond Roswell and fake animal sightings, I thought you were calling the moon landing broadcast an blatant hoax (regardless of anyone's view, blatant wood not be appropriate) Have you seen any of the famous BBC April Fools joke hoaxes (spaghetti trees, flying penguins)?
>>1703 >Have you seen any of the famous BBC April Fools joke hoaxes (spaghetti trees, flying penguins)? No, I've never heard of them before. It takes a certain kind of hoax to get my imagination going. Older ones in particular seem to feel more enigmatic and more plausible to me in an odd way. It probably has to do with being able to suspend disbelief due to how different things were in the past and how things weren't as well documented. Even hoaxes and practical jokes that were done in good fun and probably recognized as such at the time could be mistaken for earnest accounts of strange happenings. For example, newspapers used to run tall tales and joke stories pretty regularly back in the 19th century. It also used to be a lot harder to find solid information on these things in the earlier days of the Internet. I remember reading those "unexplained" books as a kid and seeing things like the de Loy's ape photo and a faked image of Jesus in the clouds (supposedly from the Korean War) being presented without too much skepticism. It wasn't until years later that I was able to find good information on where they came from and why they almost certainly weren't what they were claiming to be. That's not to say that there aren't some relatively new ones that I find interesting. Pic related is one I remember seeing back in elementary school that has always stuck with me, even though it always looked fake to me. It only dates back to the '90s. The Gable film is another newer one that has that hazy, mysterious feeling to it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNwqqLjc7b0
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>>1730 >It probably has to do with being able to suspend disbelief due to how different things were in the past and how things weren't as well documented. Even hoaxes and practical jokes that were done in good fun and probably recognized as such at the time could be mistaken for earnest accounts of strange happenings. I think the spaghetti-trees hoax wood be interesting then, maybe less so to us now but back in the 1950s UK it was believable. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti-tree_hoax >At the time spaghetti was relatively unknown in the UK, so many Britons were unaware that it is made from wheat flour and water; a number of viewers afterwards contacted the BBC for advice on growing their own spaghetti trees.
>>1775 If UFOs really are real, then I wonder why it wood need to be kept a secret.
>>1732 It also comes down to to both the presentation and the subject matter, I think. Something about the Surgeon's Photo, for example, feels kind of spooky even knowing how it was made. The high contrast of the image doesn't provide much visual information and so imparts a feeling of mystery. And, while implausible, the idea of an elusive survivor of an otherwise long-extinct species being captured on film isn't as unbelievable as a plant that grows pasta is (although it makes sense that people at the time fell for it given how they weren't familiar with spaghetti). It's still worth watching the clip, however: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVo_wkxH9dU The whole thing kind of reminds me of this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vegetable_Lamb_of_Tartary These old legends seem to hit the sweet spot for me a bit more due to how intertwined myths were with actual history back then and the almost limitless possibilities of what could be thought to exist in faraway lands back then, whether it's vegetable lambs or dragons or headless men. >>1777 Could it be that the government doesn't know what in the world it's dealing with and is trying to save face? I don't know. If I remember right, Jacques Vallee seems to think that the government has also been involved in pushing certain narratives about UFOs. For example, I think he believes they were involved in making up the whole Roswell kerfuffle. Maybe I should look into reading more of his work, but his book Confrontations I found so unsettling that I lost the interest to read his UFO works any further. Dimensions I actually enjoyed though.
>>1777 I think it's about trying to prevent mass panic and hysteria, and instead of just telling the people that ayys exist, the government is more or less conditioning the people through sci-fi and scientific speculation to accept aliens as a possibility before revealing the truth. Just my $0.02 though.
>>1811 >the government is more or less conditioning the people through sci-fi and scientific speculation to accept aliens as a possibility before revealing the truth. Just my $0.02 though. I think there's a feedback loop between alien sightings (and a lot of other paranormal occurrences like cryptid sightings and Marian apparitions) and pop culture. I don't think people started viewing aliens as extraterrestrials until the idea was floating around the collective unconscious in the second half of the 19th century (the wave of airship sightings of the 1890s being the first instance I know of where people attributed strange objects in the sky to beings from other planets). Some of the elements of UFO abduction accounts are also similar stories of run-ins with fairies or other strange creatures people were said to have encountered in the distant past.
>>1817 >similar stories of run-ins with fairies or other strange creatures people were said to have encountered in the distant past. Celtic Fae folk?
>>1828 Yup.
>>1817 Human brains filter information rather than display reality. It's a weird concept but eberrything you see is a "video" made by your brain from the data it's collected. It's not what is actually in front of you. If your brain is full of UFO stories then when it has to process something beyond it's understanding it may turn to UFOs to do it. I'm of the opinion there are lots of weird things in the world and some of them maybe beyond human comprehension. We're no different then a bird staring at a computer screen. It can't make sense of it but it tries it's best any way
>>1847 Terry, is that you?
I think cargo cultism is pretty interesting- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cargo_cult
>>1817 Years ago I remember someone posted on /x/ a drawing of a demon sighting looking a lot like the grey aliens, some occultist who's name escapes me. Maybe those are just supernatural phenomena we can't explain or maybe the human brain just likes to play tricks on itself. Who knows? >>1847 That's technically right but you're probably overrating what's being filtered. There are ways of interpolating info from what you know in order to prove what's observed and what's not aren't the same. I think anything we see that isn't reasonably associated with reality isn't too far off base.
>>1962 First time hearing such a thing made me chuckle. Have these breasts... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breast-shaped_hill
Wikipedia starting point: "Zine" Lead to-> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinderwhore https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heroin_chic Not particularly great articles but interesting to learn about new subcultures and the social contexts they were born from and influenced.
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>>1702 >https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incidents_of_objects_being_thrown_at_politicians I noticed a trend of national favorites. >Aus: egging >France: flour-bombing >Greece: Yogurt >[debatable] Middle-East: Shoe-throwing >USA: Pie, glitter-bombing
>>2359 >eBay listings has a 'New Species' category That's next level.

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