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Were the Apollo astronauts followed by a UFO all the way to the moon? Was Mozart really murdered by Antonio Salieri? Is there such a thing as ball lightning? Can martial arts masters kill without touching? Is an alien buried in the local cemetery in Aurora, Texas? In this book, he casts his skeptical eye on fifty paranormal, cultural, and supernatural beliefs that are at best foolish, and at worst, deadly. My sweetheart and I enjoy all of Mr.
Dunning's skeptoid workings and this is no different. The concept originated in a series of supposedly leaked secret government documents first circulated by ufologists in Upon examination, the Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI declared the documents to be "completely bogus", and many ufologists consider them to be an elaborate hoax.
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History The concept of "Majestic Twelve" emerged during a period in the s when ufologists believed there had been a cover-up of the Roswell UFO incident and speculated some secretive upper tier of the U. Eidetic memory eye-DET-ik; sometimes called photographic memory is an ability to recall images from memory vividly after only a few instances of exposure, with high precision for a brief time after exposure, without using a mnemonic device.
Jesse Horn is an American writer and illustrator, best known for his work with Brian Dunning and for illustrating The Secret of the Gypsy Queen, a children's book adapted from the th episode of Dunning's Skeptoid podcast. One of these books was about the events surrounding the Rape of Nanking, and is listed as a recommended reading by the Chinese News Digest. A set of 10 guidelines is inscribed on the structure in eight modern languages and a shorter message is inscribed at the top of the structure in four ancient language scripts.
One slab stands in the center, with four arranged around it. A capstone lies on top of the five slabs, which are astronomically aligned. An additional stone tablet, which is set in the ground a short distance to the west of the structure, provides some notes on the history and purpose of the guidestones. The structure is sometimes referred to as an "American Stonehenge".
Michael Alyn Pondsmith is an American roleplaying, board, and video game designer. He is best known for his work for the publisher R. Talsorian Games, where he developed a majority of the company's role-playing game lines since the company's founding in Pondsmith also worked as an instructor at the DigiPen Institute of Technology. Air Force for the first 18 years of his life. Dune is a science fiction novel by American author Frank Herbert, originally published as two separate serials in Analog magazine. While the planet is an inhospitable and sparsely populated desert wasteland, it is the only source of melange, or "the spice", a drug that extends life and enhances mental abilities.
The story explores the multi-layered interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, as. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing. Reiki is a pseudoscience, and is used as an illustrative example of pseudoscience in scholarly texts and academic journal articles. It is based on qi "chi" , which practitioners say is a universal life force, although there is no empirical evidence that such a life force exists.
An overview of reiki investigations found that studies reporting positive effects had methodological flaws. The American Cancer Society stated that reiki should not replace conventional cancer treatment, a sentiment echoed by Cancer Re. Outlander is a drama television series based upon author Diana Gabaldon's historical time travel book series of the same name.
Developed by Ronald D. On June 1, Starz renewed the series for a third and fourth season, which adapt the third and fourth Outlander novels, Voyager and Drums of Autumn. The episode third season premiered on September 10, The episode fourth season premiered on November 4, , and Starz has renewed the series for a fifth and sixth season. This is a list of University of Western Sydney people, including alumni and staff. The phantom time hypothesis is a historical conspiracy theory asserted by Heribert Illig.
Illig believed that this was achieved through the alteration, misrepresentation and forgery of documentary and physical evidence. The proposal has been universally rejected by mainstream historians. He was active in an association dedicated to Immanuel Velikovsky, catastrophism and historical revisionism, Gesellscha.
In late December , there was a series of reported sightings of unexplained lights near Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, which have become linked with claims of UFO landings. Halt, claimed to see things they described as a UFO sighting. The occurrence is the most famous of claimed UFO events to have happened in the United Kingdom, ranking among the best-known reported UFO events worldwide.
Sceptics have explained the sightings as a misinterpretation of a series of nocturnal lights: a fireball, the Orfordness Lighthouse and bright stars. The Sargasso Sea is a region of the North Atlantic Ocean bounded by four currents forming an ocean gyre. Born in Strabane, County Tyrone, he is regarded as a key figure in postmodern literature. O'Nolan's novels have attracted a wide following for their bizarre humour and modernist metafiction.
As a novelist, O'Nolan was influenced by James Joyce. He was nonetheless sceptical of the cult of Joyce, which overshadows much of Irish writing, saying "I declare to God if I hear that name Joyce one more time I will surely froth at the gob. The U. The story first appeared in , in letters of unknown origin sent to a writer and astronomer, Morris K. It is widely understood to be a hoax; the U.
Navy maintains that no such experiment was ever conducted, that the details of the story contradict well-established facts about USS Eldridge, and that the alleged claims do not conform to known physical laws. Jessup, the author of the just published book The Case for the UFO, about unidentified flying objects and the exotic means of propulsion they might use, received two letters from a Carlos Miguel Allende. An out-of-place artifact OOPArt is an artifact of historical, archaeological, or paleontological interest found in an unusual context, that challenges conventional historical chronology by being "too advanced" for the level of civilization that existed at the time, or showing "human presence" before humans were known to exist.
Other examples suggest contact between different cultures that are hard to account for with conventional historical understanding. The term is used largely by cryptozoologists, proponents of ancient astronaut theories, young Earth creationists, and paranormal enthusiasts. Critics argue that most purported OOPArts which are not hoaxes are the result of mistaken interpretation, wishful thinking, or a mistaken belief that a particular culture could not have created an ar. Since the 19th century, a number of attempts have been made to locate treasure and artifacts. Theories about artifacts present on the island range from pirate treasure, to Shakespearean manuscripts, to possibly the Holy Grail or the Ark of the Covenant, with the Grail and the Ark having been buried there by the Knights Templar.
Various items have surfaced over the years that were found on the island, some of which have since been carbon-dated and found to be hundreds of years old. Although these items can be considered treasure in their own right, no significant main treasure site has ever been found. The site consists of digs by numerous people and groups of people. The original shaft, in an unknown location today, was dug by early explorers and known as "the money pit. The "Well to Hell" is an urban legend regarding a putative borehole in Russia which was purportedly drilled so deep that it broke through into Hell.
This urban legend has been circulating around the Internet since at least It is first attested in English as a broadcast by a U. Legend and basis The legend holds that a team of Russian engineers purportedly led by an individual named "Mr. Azakov" in an unnamed place in Siberia had drilled a hole that was Intrigued by this unexpected discovery, they lowered an extremely heat-tolerant microphone, along with other sensory equipment, into the well.
However, the recording was later found to be looped together from various sound effects, sometimes identified as the. The unique red salt mine in Belarus - Soligorsk. Halotherapy spa in Slovakia Halotherapy, derived from the Greek alas, meaning "salt", is a form of alternative medicine which makes use of salt.
Numerous forms of halotherapy have been known of and used for millennia.
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The first mention of spa resorts were in Poland in records dating from the twelfth century. They relate to bathing in mineral waters. Beyond short-term relief associated with dry environment for those trying to excrete sputum, Norman Edelman of the American Lung Association s. This is a list of notable people that promote or practice scientific skepticism. In general, they favor science and are opposed to pseudoscience and quackery. They are generally skeptical of parapsychology, the paranormal, and alternative medicine.
James Alcock, psychologist. Author of several skeptical books and articles. Wrote or edited over popular science, other nonfiction, and science fiction books, including the Foundation series. Baker, psychologist, author. Wrote books on ghosts, alien abductions and false memory syndrome. Real name Steve Shaw Stephen Barrett, psychiatrist. Founder of the Quackwatch website. Author, lecturer, and broadcaster. Edward was a World War II United States Navy veteran and former police officer who became a self-taught and self-professed demonologist, author, and lecturer.
Lorraine professed to be clairvoyant and a light trance medium who worked closely with her husband.
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They claimed to have investigated over 10, cases during their career. The Warrens were among the very first investigators in the controversial Amityville haunting. According to the Warrens, the N. This is a list of pen names used by notable authors of written work.
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A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. A pen name may be used to make the author's name more distinctive, to disguise the author's gender, to distance the author from their other works, to protect the author from retribution for their writings, to combine more than one author into a single author, or for any of a number of reasons related to the marketing or aesthetic presentation of the work. The author's name may be known only to the publisher, or may come to be common knowledge. List Pen name Real name Details A. Tammsaare Anton Hansen A.
It premiered on Hulu on February 15, , and was received positively by critics. Premise Jake Epping James Franco , a recently divorced English teacher from Lisbon, Maine, is presented with the chance to travel back in time to by his long-time friend Al Templeton Chris Cooper. He is persuaded into going in an attempt to prevent the assassination of John F.
Kennedy on November 22nd, ; however, he becomes attached to the life he makes in the past, which could be the mission's undoing. He must find a way to secretly gather information about people and events leading up to the assassination while also creating and maintaining a new life to avoid suspicion. This is a list of notable accidents and incidents involving military aircraft grouped by the year in which the accident or incident occurred.
Not all of the aircraft were in operation at the time. For more exhaustive lists, see the baaa-acro. For this list, the criteria used for a military aircraft will be: any fixed-wing or rotary-wing aircraft that is operated by a governmental organization such as United States Department of Defense or British Armed Forces in either combat or non-combat missions. The aircraft will fall into categories such. Emoto's conjecture evolved over the years, and his early work revolved around pseudoscientific hypotheses that water could react to positive thoughts and words and that polluted water could be cleaned through prayer and positive visualization.
In the mids, he began studying water in more detail. Doughten, Jr. The film is set during the near future, focusing on Patty, a young woman who was not raptured and who struggles to decide what to do in the face of the Tribulation. Plot In media res, a young woman named Patty Myer awakens one morning to a radio broadcast announcing the disappearance of millions around the world showing that the rapture has occurred.
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She finds that her family has disappeared and that she has been left behind. Ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations that are reported to be haunted by ghosts. Typically, a ghost-hunting team will attempt to collect evidence supporting the existence of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters use a variety of electronic devices, including EMF meters, digital thermometers, both handheld and static digital video cameras, including thermographic and night vision cameras, as well as digital audio recorders.
Other more traditional techniques are also used, such as conducting interviews and researching the history of allegedly haunted sites. Ghost hunters may also refer to themselves as "paranormal investigators. No scientific study has ever been able to confirm the existence of ghosts. Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston.
When aired in the UK, the television series was initially titled Gun Law, later reverting to Gunsmoke. John Dunning wrote that among radio drama enthusiasts, "Gunsmoke is routinely placed among the best shows of any kind and any time. At the end of its run in , Los Angeles Times columnist Cecil Smith wrote: "Gunsmoke was the dramatization of the American epic legend of the west.
Our own Iliad and Odyssey, created from standard elements of the dime novel and the pulp Western as romanticized by [Ned] Buntline, [Bret] Harte, and. Various faces have supposedly appeared and disappeared at irregular intervals since and have been frequently photographed by the local newspapers and curious visitors. Skeptical researchers have performed extensive tests on the faces and believe that they are fabrications possibly created as part of a hoax. It is su. Mel's Hole is, according to an urban legend, an allegedly "bottomless pit" near Ellensburg, Washington.
Waters claimed that he owned rural property nine miles west of Ellensburg in Kittitas County, Washington that contained a mysterious hole. According to Bell's interviews with Waters, the hole had infinite depth and the ability to restore dead animals to life. Waters claimed to have measured the hole's depth to be more than 80, feet by using fishing line and a weight. According to Waters, the hole's magical properties prompted US "federal agents" to seize the land and fund his relocation to Australia.
In the s, the US military published two reports disclosing the true nature of the crashed object: a nuclear test surveillance balloon from Project Mogul. Nevertheless, the Roswell incident continues to be of interest in popular media, and conspiracy theories surrounding the event persist. Roswell has been described as "the world's most famous, most exhaustively investigated, and most thoroughly debunked UFO claim".
The "Like button" used on Facebook, a popular slacktivist tool Slacktivism slactivism or slackervism, a portmanteau of slacker and activism is a pejorative term for "feel-good" measures in support of an issue or social cause. Slacktivism is showing support for a cause with the main purpose of boosting the egos of participants in the movement. The action may have little effect other than to make the person doing it feel satisfied that they have contributed.
Slactivism is often a form of virtue signalling. The underlying assumption being promoted by the term is that these low-cost efforts substitute for more substantive actions rather than supplementing them, although this assumption has been criticized. People can now express concern about social or political issues with nothing mo. The New Year Honours were appointments by King George V to various orders and honours to reward and highlight good works by citizens of the British Empire.
As The Times reported: "The New Year Honours represent largely the circumstances of war, and, perhaps, as usual, they also reflect human nature in an obvious form. The list is one of the rare opportunities for the public to scan the names of soldiers who have distinguished themselves in service. This is a list of detective fiction writers. Many of these authors may also overlap with authors of crime fiction, mystery fiction, or thriller fiction.
Beaton — E. Chesterton — Shunshin Chin — Agatha Christie A feral child also called wild child is a human child who has lived isolated from human contact from a very young age, and so has had little or no experience of human care, behavior or human language. There are several confirmed cases and other speculative ones. Feral children may have experienced severe abuse or trauma before being abandoned or running away.
They are sometimes the subjects of folklore and legends, typically portrayed as having been raised by animals. Description Feral children lack the basic social skills that are normally learned in the process of enculturation. For example, they may be unable to learn to use a toilet, have trouble learning to walk upright after walking on fours all their lives, or display a complete lack of interest in the human activity around them. They often seem mentally impaired and have almost insurmountable trouble learning a human language. HUL was established in as Lever Brothers. Following merger of constituent groups in , it was renamed as Hindustan Lever Limited.
The company was renamed in June as "Hindustan Unilever Limited". However the integration of employees of GSK remained uncertain as HUL stated there was no clause for retention of employees in the deal. This is a categorized, alphabetical list of people who are known to have been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus HIV , the pathogen that causes AIDS, including those who have died.
AIDS is a pandemic. Because of lack of public acceptance, people infected with HIV are frequently subjected to stigma and discrimination. John Bell Sr. According to legend, from , his family and the local area came under attack by a mostly invisible entity that was able to speak, affect the physical environment, and shapeshift. In , newspaper editor Martin V. Ingram published his Authenticated History of the Bell Witch. The book is widely regarded as the first full-length record of the legend and a primary source for subsequent treatments. The individuals recorded in the work were known historical personalities.
In modern times, some skeptics have regarded Ingram's efforts as. The Bermuda Triangle, also known as the Devil's Triangle or Hurricane Alley, is a loosely-defined region in the western part of the North Atlantic Ocean, where a number of aircraft and ships are said to have disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Most reputable sources dismiss the idea that there is any mystery. The vicinity of the Bermuda Triangle is amongst the most heavily traveled shipping lanes in the world, with ships frequently crossing through it for ports in the Americas, Europe and the Caribbean islands.
Cruise ships and pleasure craft regularly sail through the region, and commercial and private aircraft routinely fly over it.