Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Have You Heard of Nikola Tesla?

Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla

Many of Nikola Tesla's inventions and discoveries are still in use today, such as the Tesla Coil. Although he started his career working with Thomas Edison, the two became rivals after a short time. Due to poor business sense, and a series of mysterious circumstances, Tesla's many scientific contributions remain largely uncredited in the United States.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Are Unidentified Remains Plesiosauri?

Do Plesiosauri Still Exist?

All of these pictures were taken at different times, in different parts of the world. They appear to show a similar creature resembling a plesiosaurus. Plesiosauri are commonly thought to be extinct.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs
Naga Fireballs

Each October, fireballs appear to emerge from the Mekong River in Nong Khai, Thailand. Also known as the Mekong Lights, or "bung fai paya nak," legend has it that the Naga Fireballs are spat by a river monster from Buddhist lore. Some "explanations" include swamp gas and tracer rounds fired by soldiers on opposing banks, but swamp gas (methane) can apparently be ruled-out.

While soldiers do fire tracer rounds and fireworks (apparently for tourism, as the Mekong Lights are sparse some years), many films and photos appear to show the Naga Fireballs emerging from the water. One study by a Thai science institution claimed the Mekong Lights are actually isoprene.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Watch Chariots of the Gods Streaming Free

Chariots of the Gods
Chariots of the Gods
Erich von Daniken is largely credited for the ancient astronauts theory. He made his rather rambling, but not entirely meritless, case in a series of three books. Chariots of the Gods was the first, and most successful, of von Daniken's series.

The book was made into a film, and though it was also successful, it varies somewhat from the book, and fails to convincingly present a cogent case. It is thought-provoking, though dated, and worth a watch.

Eric von Daniken's Chariots of the Gods film was released in 1970.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

New Look, New Books

The current design is the one you're stuck with for the moment, Readers! After a lot of attempts, I finally settled on the current look. I realize it is not without its flaws, but it is on theme and I don't find fault with it every time I open the damn thing.

I also invested in some new books on the subjects we cover. Some of them are dated, and others are very general, but they at least provide jumping-off points for further research, and ideas for content. I've settled on a schedule of one post per week for now, and have content scheduled throughout the next few months, so I have a headstart.

I hope you enjoy! Bookmark us, follow us on RSS, and tell your friends! Thanks.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Epiphone Limited Ed.

It is a pretty common joke amongst musicians (and their significant others) that guitarists are known to collect instruments, even if they have plenty. So this epiphone es 335 may be the perfect gift for the guitarist in your life this holiday season -- or yourself, if you just can't live without it! While you are there, be sure to check out all the other great specials, as well.

The Book Test

Gladys Osborne Leonard invented The Book Test
Gladys Osborne Leonard
Invented by famed English medium, Gladys Osborne Leonard (and her spirit guide, Feda), The Book Test was popular around the time of The Great War (WWI). A dead "communicator" would send a message to the living by way of a medium, who would direct the listener to a book in a location to which the medium has never been. The dead spirit's message would be found in the text on a page number specified by the medium. Like many fads of the American Spiritualist Movement at the turn of the 20th-Century, the practice was inauthentic and short-lived.

A 1921 analysis of The Book Test found no merit to the practice, though a handful of cases proved inexplicable. Of 532 tests, 17% were successful, 18% were partially successful, but 38% were total failures. It was dismissed as providing any proof of life after death.

Russian medium Nina Kulagina presented a unique twist on The Book Test phenomenon, by naming the first letter of each paragraph on given pages of randomly-chosen books.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dunlop Bass Strings

Like most musicians, I have little idea as to how bass guitars work. Of course, I am only kidding (mostly). The bass guitar is essential to any modern band, and specific to many genres. And, like any other stringed instrument, needs maintenance and care. These dunlop super bright bass strings should work on most models but, if they are not suited for your bass guitar, a little poking around should uncover some that are.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Brown Lady Ghost Picture

The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall
The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall

The Brown Lady Ghost Photo is the most famous picture of an alleged spirit in the world. The Brown Lady of Raynham Hall is believed to be the ghost of Lady Dorothy Townshend, who was banished to the estate as punishment for her infidelity. Captain Provand and Indre Shira, photographers for Country Life, snapped this on September 19th, 1936.

The photo above is widely considered one of the few reputable full body apparitions caught on film; while many mundane explanations for the image have been proffered, The Brown Lady Ghost Picture is not believed to have been an intentional hoax.

Note: This picture was filtered slightly to improve the quality of the image. It was not otherwise altered.

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Haunebu Test Flight, 1939

Declassified video showing the 1939 Haunebu test flight in Nazi Germany. The Nazis were developing saucer-shaped aircraft using spinning disc technology before WWII. American forces first encountered Nazi UFO aircraft in WWII, terming them "foo fighters." It was not until 1947 that the term "flying saucer" became a staple in American households, thanks to a sighting by Kenneth Arnold.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Musical Accessories

We are ardent, longstanding supporters of the Arts and Humanities, but we know that Art supplies and equipment is cost-prohibitive to a lot of people. Even if you just play guitar, you need picks, pick-ups, cases, strings, straps, and more. Most other instruments require even more expenditures, and all of them require regular maintenance using supplies that can also bite you in the wallet. But believe us when we tell you that it is well worth it. Of course, you don't have to pay top dollar when there are plenty of alternatives, so research prices before you purchase.