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But the Nazis *did* have a moon base!!!

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The Nazis had a Moon Base

Esoteric Hitlerists and conspiracy theorists interested in Nazi mysticism and World War II have speculated that the Germans landed on the Moon as early as 1942.

According to other theories it is believed that the Nazis had made contact with 'half a dozen' alien races, including the malevolent Reptilians.

Actually true to some degree... I've done this myself.

How to Detect a Two-Way Mirror - Netlore Archive

When we visit bathrooms, hotel rooms, changing rooms, etc., how many of you know for sure that the seemingly ordinary mirror hanging on the wall is a real mirror, or actually a 2-way mirror (i.e. they can see you, but you can't see them)?

There have been many cases of people installing 2-way mirrors in female changing rooms. It is very difficult to positively identify the surface by just looking at it. It's time to get paranoid. So, how do we determine with any amount of certainty? Just conduct this simple test:

Place the tip of your fingernail against the reflective surface and if there is a GAP between your fingernail and the image of the nail, then it is a GENUINE mirror. However, if your fingernail DIRECTLY TOUCHES the image of your nail, then BEWARE, for it is a 2-way mirror!

Let's just say that there is precious little information out there regarding this new "product". Don't confuse the cheesy fakery (I swear, they're using a 1/8" headphone jack) with the AtomChip Group at the University of Heidelberg.

Atom Chip Corporation, a research and development company for new computer designs concentrating on new Quantum and Quantum-Optical devices for storing and processing information in a way that permits high-speed data accessibility, unveiled its 6.8GHz laptop, the AtomChip® SG220-2.

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This new laptop does not employ a hard disk drive and hence increasing system stability by reducing the heat generated and eliminating vibration caused by hard disk operations. The laptop is completely based on solid state AtomChip® optoelectronics (except the DVD drive). Its 6.8GHz processing speed is powered by their very own AtomChip® Quantum® II processor, or four 1.7GHz Intel® Pentium® M processors. The new AtomChip® Quantum® II processor with 256MB on-board memory is claimed to have a high speed with very low consumption of electrical energy.

Hoax: Atom Chip Corporation Unveiled 6.8GHz Laptop :: Portable Gadgets - Mobile Gadget News

True ... What's funny is that Kitchener, ON makes it into a Snopes article. We rule.

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Some critics have long maintained that companies and their advertising agencies often employ subliminal advertising to increase sales by concealing words and images (usually of a sexually suggestive nature) in their advertisements. The nature of "subliminal," of course, means that these alleged hidden persuaders are not obvious to the ordinary viewer and may require intense scrutiny or an unusual approach (such as viewing an image backwards, upside-down, or with a magnifying glass) to discern.

Such is the nature of the putative Yellow Pages ad for a flooring company displayed above, which is accompanied by an illustration of a woman holding a champagne glass that, when flipped upside-down and cropped in half horizontally, resembles an image of a woman with no lower undergarments touching herself in a strategically sensitive area.

Another reader passed along an example of a genuine Yellow Pages ad (for a bar in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) that makes use of this illustration.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Photo Gallery (I Am Curious (Yellow Pages))

Bigfoot fever is gripping Malaysia, with local newspapers and the official news agency reporting sightings of a huge ape in southern rainforests.

In one reported sighting, an indigenous man claimed he saw a 10-feet-tall (300-cm-tall) ape standing on two legs beside a river in heavy rainforest in Johor state, the director of the state's national-parks service told Reuters on Sunday.

"He said it was hairy all over, like a gorilla," said Hashim Yusoff, director of Johor National Parks Corp.

Hashim took and a group of park rangers and journalists into the Sungai Madek forest reserve last week in four-wheel-drive vehicles to ask indigenous people in the area about the reported sightings.

He said he was keeping an open mind and wanted to enlist scientists to prove whether the beast was fact or fantasy. "We are collecting a database on the sightings," he added.

Oddly Enough News Article | Reuters.co.uk

When Philimon Banda fell ill last year in his small village on the edge of Lake Mweru in northern Zambia, he went to 15 local witchdoctors who all told him he had been possessed. One said he had a snake in his body drinking his blood, another that he had been inhabited by a ghost, a third that he had been bewitched by jealous neighbours.

They took his money, washed his evil spirits away, exorcised him and gave him roots and powders. But he got progressively weaker until, he said, by early this year he could not even walk.

Five months ago Mr Banda was tested positive for HIV by Médecins sans Frontières and put on antiretroviral drugs, which have saved his life. He is now strong enough to work and angry with the healers. "It was very wrong of them to promise they could cure me," he said.

But the power of traditional healers in northern Zambia, where up to 25% of the population is HIV-infected, is enormous. People go to them first and treatment can be fatally delayed - something that bothers the witchdoctors, too.

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Zambia struggles with power of witchdoctors

In the late 1990s, as a twenty-year rash of high-profile sex abuse cases was winding down, Harvard Ph.D. student Susan Clancy took a skeptical look at the phenomenon of "recovered memories"â..memories repressed for years and suddenly recalled in therapy, which had been sending accused molesters to jail for a decade. Her work promptly got her labeled a "friend of pedophiles" by one letter writer, and politically biased by a colleague quoted in the New York Times. Unprepared for the political minefield she'd stumbled into, Clancy started looking for a way to study false memory creation without inviting attacks of political bias. Naturally, she turned to aliens.

Claims of alien abduction have become increasingly common over the past thirty years, Clancy reports, as has a general belief in the existence of extraterrestrial life. Recruiting people who truly believed they'd been abducted by extraterrestrials, she found a way to study memory creation without directly engaging the bitter debate over recovered memories of abuse. And listening to their grotesque and often sexually explicit accounts, she could be reasonably sure that the memories she was studying were not vivid recollections of traumatic abuse, but imaginative reconstructions of the latest Spielberg flick.

Reason: Susan Clancy on recovered memories, alien abductions, and how to believe weird things. A Reason interview.

A brass egg given to former Beatle, John Lennon "by aliens" has gone on show in London.

The ornament, which Lennon gave to Israeli-born paranormalist URI GELLER before his untimely murder on 8 December 1980, was allegedly a present from extraterrestrials.

And the famous spoon-bender - who has kept the egg in his living room ever since - is sure Lennon's far-fetched story is true.

BEATLE JOHN LENNON - LENNONS EGG LEGACY TO GELLER

  British Voodoo Vets

The mythical Voodoo curse is based on the principle of sympathetic magic: the metaphysical belief that like affects like. It is sympathetic because if you stick a pin in the voodoo dollâ..s leg, the person you are cursing is supposed to feel a pain in their leg. It is magic because there is no known reason to suppose this would ever work.

It is the same with homeopathy: its proponents treat an illness with something that they say would give a healthy person the same symptoms as the illness they purport to treat. Again, there is no reason to suppose this is true; it was just made-up by homeopathyâ..s founder, Samuel Hahnemann. And homeopaths go on to dilute this â..medicineâ. until there is not even one molecule left on the basis that this makes it stronger.

Although homeopathy has been shown by all well designed studies to be nothing more than placebo, it continues to be popular for the same reasons that many altie remedies appear to work. But not only with people: there are homeopathic veterinarians too. The thing to remember is that unlike human medicine, the law states that only qualified vets are allowed to treat animals. This is because animals can't choose for themselves. Therefore while the law leaves people free to go to unqualified quacks if they like, they can't do that with their animals.

Skeptico: The British Veterinary Voodoo Society

Apparently amotion-activated low-res camera captured a picture of something, and all the crypto-zoologist wannabes are trying to make it into something it isn't.

Itâ..s a low quality, highly compressed picture of something that is the colour and shape of a leaf. Itâ..s probably a hairy orange monster.

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What Is It? New Photo Mystery: Braxton Beast at Cryptomundo.com

Women who want to lose weight are being offered a startling new way to burn fat - by being set on fire.

Would-be slimmers are flocking to a spa in Hong Kong that promises to reduce their waistlines by smearing them with Chinese herbs, dousing them with alcohol and then setting light to them, all for £78 a session.

The spa claims that the intense heat of the fire penetrates deep tissue, increasing circulation and helping the body to absorb the herbal concoction which works to detoxify the body and break down fat.

The results, it boasts, are immediate with customers recording losses of up to 15 centimetres of fat after the first session.

Telegraph | News | The new way to burn fat - set yourself on fire

True.

Regardless of our squeamishness, we have to note that the claim of a five-year-old girl giving birth is apparently true. Her name was Lina Medina, a Peruvian girl from the Andean village of Ticrapo who made medical history when she gave birth to a boy by caesarean section in May 1939 at the age of five years, seven months and 21 days. Lina's parents initially thought their daughter had a large abdominal tumor, but after they took her to a hospital in the town of Pisco physicians confirmed that her abdominal swelling was due to pregnancy. Lina was eventually transferred to a hospital in Lima, where she delivered a six-pound baby boy by Cesarean section on 14 May 1939 (coincidentally the date on which Mother's Day was celebrated that year). Lina's father was temporarily jailed on suspicion of incest, but he was released for a lack of evidence and authorities were never able to determine who fathered Lina's child.

Lina's incredible story was documented in contemporaneous reports by Edmundo Escomel, one of Peru's preeminent physician-researchers of the period and a laureate of the prestigious French Academy of Sciences. Escomel's first correspondence to the editors of La Presse Medicale1 (which is undated but appeared in the 13 May 1939 issue) noted that Lina first came to the attention of Dr. G�rado Lozada, chief physician of the Hospital of Pisco, when she appeared at that hospital in early April 1939 for evaluation of what was assumed to be a massive abdominal tumor.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Pregnancy (Youngest Mother)

SETI@home has completed its transition to BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing). BOINC, developed at U.C. Berkeley, is a framework for volunteer computing projects like SETI@home.

Switching your computer to the new "SETI@home/BOINC" is easy. Visit http://setiathome.berkeley.edu for instructions. We'll be shutting down the "SETI@home Classic" project on December 15. The workunit totals of users and teams will be frozen at that point, and the final totals will be available on the web.

Scientists at other universities are using BOINC to create volunteer computing projects in areas like molecular biology, high-energy physics, and climate change study. See http://boinc.berkeley.edu for more information. BOINC lets you donate computer time to multiple causes, divided up however you want. For example, your PC could spend 40% of its time searching for extraterrestrial life (SETI@home), 30% studying climate change (http://climateprediction.net), and 30% studying protein folding, design and docking (Rosetta@home: http://boinc.bakerlab.org/rosetta/).

False. Turkey does contain tryptophan, an amino acid which is a natural sedative. But tryptophan doesn't act on the brain unless it is taken on an empty stomach with no protein present, and the amount gobbled even during a holiday feast is generally too small to have an appreciable effect. That lazy, lethargic feeling so many are overcome by at the conclusion of a festive season meal is most likely due to the combination of drinking alcohol and overeating a carbohydrate-rich repast, as well as some other factors...

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Food (The Big Sleep)

A New York consumer protection agency warns the infomercial star who wrote "Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About" has something he doesn't want his customers to know about.

The state Consumer Protection Board warned Thursday that author Kevin Trudeau is selling their name and contact information to other telemarketers and junk mailers. Some of Trudeau's customers have also complained of unexpected charges for his newsletter and discount purchase programs, said state Consumer Protection Board Executive Director Teresa Santiago.

Yahoo! Health News: Agency: 'Natural Cures' Guy Selling Names

  • A collection of 2005 Halloween-related news stories.
  • A suicide by hanging is mistaken for a Halloween decoration.
  • Accidental Halloween hangings.
  • Pins, needles, and razor blades in Halloween treats.
  • Psychic predicts a Halloween murder on a college campus.
  • Children are victims of random Halloween candy poisonings.
  • Halloween party-goer is confused by spouse's costume switch.
  • Town's haunted house attraction is so scary that no one has ever completed a tour of it.
  • Black cats are routinely sacrificed by "satanic cults" at Halloween.
  • Top Ten list offers reason why Halloween is better than sex.
  • Chainsaw-wielding 'madman' turns out to be a partygoer who arrived at the wrong house.
  • The legend of Bloody Mary.
  • Other horror legends.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Halloween (Halloween)

True.

On 26 October 2005, the corpse of a 42-year-old woman was left suspended in public view for hours in Frederica, Delaware, because her lifeless body was assumed to be yet another Halloween display. The unnamed woman hung herself from a tree located across a moderately busy road from some homes. Her body, suspended about 15 feet above the ground, could easily be seen from passing vehicles.

State police spokesman Cpl. Jeff Oldham and neighbors said people noticed the body around 7:30 that morning but dismissed it as a holiday prank. Authorities arrived at the scene at 11:00 to begin the process of examining the scene and removing the body.

Urban Legends Reference Pages: Horrors (Bough'd Out)

Do you have memories of being abducted by aliens and whisked away in a spaceship?You wouldn't be alone. Several thousand people worldwide claim to have had such close encounters, researchers say. But in a new study, a psychology expert at London's Goldsmiths College says these experiences are proof of the frailty of the human memory, rather than evidence of life in other galaxies.

"Maybe what we're dealing with here is false memories, and not that people are actually being abducted and taken aboard spaceships," says Professor Chris French, who surveyed 19 self-proclaimed alien abductees.

Alien abductees prone to false memories -expert - Yahoo! News UK


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