UFOs and censorship: Managing minds through media

January 03, 2019
Anyone who knows their UFO history will know of The Robertson Panel—a group of leading scientists assembled by US government physicist Howard Percy Robertson under the guidance of the CIA for the purpose of reviewing the US Air Force’s UFO files. In 1953 the panel concluded that UFOs did not pose a direct threat to national security, but suggested nonetheless that the USAF begin a “debunking” campaign employing the talents of psychiatrists, astronomers, and celebrities with the goal of demystifying UFO reports. Their formal recommendation was that: “The national security agencies take immediate steps to strip the Unidentified Flying Objects of the special status they have been given and the aura of mystery they have unfortunately acquired.”

How did a Christmas Carol come to be?

December 29, 2018
On May 1843, Charles Dickens was invited to a fundraising dinner in aid of the Charterhouse Square infirmary, which cared for elderly, impoverished men. Ironically, most of the diners were very wealthy men, who made fortunes in the City of London. Dickens wrote a contemptuous letter to his friend Douglas Jerrold describing them as “sleek, slobbering, bow-paunched, overfed, apoplectic, snorting cattle.

10 Unbelievable cases of self-amputation for survival

December 28, 2018
When it comes to the need to survive, most organisms will do anything to stay alive. While self-preservation isn’t the ultimate goal of every life-form, it’s definitely up there as one of the most important facets of our existence. It is the satisfaction of successive goals which keep us alive and make our lives valuable, giving them meaning, imbuing them with a sense of purpose, that keeps us going. But sometimes, we must make tough, life-or-death decisions when faced with extreme, rare, unusual, or challenging circumstances. The fact that it is believed that all of us are, in some way, the descendants of cannibals shows that our human ancestors went to extreme lengths to survive and keep the human race alive long enough for you to exist today. And today, people can still face equally hard choices—some people have even had to remove parts of their own bodies in order to reach those successive goals and survive. Here are ten unbelievable people who amputated a part of their own body in an effort to stay alive.

Are UFOs and extraterrestrial the same thing?

December 27, 2018
Few details were given about the program, apart from its name–The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program–and confirmation of its existence by the likes of Luis Elizondo, the former head of the program, as well as politicians like Harry Reid who helped secure funding for it.It was also revealed that much of the funding allocated for the program–a meager $22 million, according to the NYT–was funneled to aerospace entrepreneur Robert Bigelow, who used it to outsource UFO research to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

UFO Studies to be taught at major university

December 27, 2018
Duke University in North Carolina is known for its excellent academic programs, high number of Rhodes Scholar graduates and outstanding basketball teams. All of that pales in comparison to the recent announcement that Duke will now host a course (through its Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning at Duke (OLLI)), in UFOs taught by a religious studies professor who is also a well-known UFO researcher. Is that enough to convince your parents not to cut off your tuition money when they find out you’ve changed majors to UFOlogy?

Man quits his job to wait for “Dream Girl” he made eye contact with for 10 seconds in a bookstore

December 22, 2018
To say that this 26-year-old man is a firm believer in love at first sight would be an understatement. He is so convinced that the woman he saw in a popular Beijing bookstore back in September is the girl of his dreams that he quit his job and has been staying in the bookshop every day from 11am to 7pm, hoping to meet her again so he can tell her how he feels. To improve his chances of bumping into the mystery woman again, the man, surnamed Sun, has been passing out hand-drawn sketches of her to other bookstore visitors, and recently tried to sue her for emotional distress, even though he doesn’t even know her name.

The brutal crimes of mass murderer Richard Speck

December 21, 2018
Though it’s unclear what Speck would have done had neighbors Suzanne Farris and Mary Ann Jordan not appeared, what happened next was a massacre. After killing all three of the women, Speck went back for the remaining victims he had been keeping in a separate room -- taking them out one by one, raping and killing them, until no one was left.

This 17-year-old boy stayed awake for 11 days, for science

December 21, 2018
Here’s something you might not know: the Guinness Book of World Records doesn’t accept entries for the longest period spent without sleeping. That’s because it’s pretty dangerous to stay awake for days and weeks on end. But they did at one time, and what happened to the current record holder is the very reason they stopped taking submissions. Meet Randy Gardner. You Snooze, You Lose

Captured by the light: Alien abductions, their origins, and misconceptions

December 20, 2018
Known to those who study unexplained aerial phenomena as UFO or alien abduction, the earliest UFO literature was essentially void of any references to such captures or kidnappings. However, beginning in the 1960s popular books on the subject, namely John G. Fuller’s The Interrupted Journey, began to chronicle the claims of those like Betty and Barney Hill, a New Hampshire couple who alleged they were taken aboard a flying saucer and examined by aliens while returning late one night from a vacation at Niagara Falls.