Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cell Phones Interfere with Plane Instruments

Never mind what the 'Know-it-all' in the seat next to you says about cell phones messing with plane navigation — those metallic birds are built airtight against foreign signals and operate on entirely different frequencies than cell phones.
So why all the fuss about phones? When you make a call at 10,000 feet, the signal bounces off multiple available cell towers, rather than one at a time. That means too many phone-happy jetsetters might clog up the networks on the ground, which is why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) — not the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) — banned cell use on planes.
If you're just dying to bust out your BlackBerry mid-flight, go international. Some airlines in Europe, the Middle East and Asia now allow cell phone use in planes, but don't hold your breath for the FCC to follow suit.

Beans = Farts

Beans, beans, the musical fruit
The more you eat, the more you toot
The more you toot, the better you feel
So we have beans at every meal!

This myth confirmation makes scientific sense, because beans are packed with a type of sugar called oligosaccharides. As bacteria in the large intestine work hard to break down these macromolecules, they release gas in the process. Unfortunately, that gas needs to go somewhere, and its escape route is often in the form of flatulence.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Surf City Hotel

     I chose to write about the Surf City Hotel in Long Beach Island, NJ because it is local to both Stockton and where I live. The hotel was built in the late 1800's, and is rumored to be haunted because of a ship wreck that occurred just off of the shore. The ship wreck was the Powhattan accident that occurred on March 1st of 1854. The ship had been making voyages for decades until a storm off the coast of New Jersey ended its journeys. The ship was sailing from port of Le Havre in France to New York City. Aboard the ship was several hundred people, including around 200 German immigrants.
      The ship encountered the storm and was sent off course and closer to shore around 5:00 p.m. The ship was then able to remain intact until the next day when it broke apart, resulting in the deaths of between 200 and 365 crew and passengers. This made it one of the worst ship accidents in New Jersey history. This connects to the Surf City Hotel because several of the bodies that washed ashore were taken to the hotel to be identified. Since the bodies were there for a few days, this ended up reportedly turning the place haunted to this current day. Has anyone ever been to this hotel and experienced anything paranormal?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mdeical Marijuana

 There are some beliefs out there that some plants can heal us in some way. But what about marijuana? Do you believe in legalizing it to assist certain people who might have Aids, Cancer or maybe even seizures or any other ailments? But what about a child who suffers form seizures? Well take a look at the case of Charlotte Figi, she started having seizures soon after birth. By the age of 3, she was having 300 a week, despite being on several different medications. Medical marijuana has calmed her brain, limiting her seizures to 2 or 3 per month.

Haunted Hollywood Sign

    The story of the Hollywood sign Los Angeles California has been reported by many witnesses that it's haunted. But who and why? Her name was Peg Entwistle, she was thrilled when RKO signed her for the role of Hazel in the murder mystery Thirteen Women starring Irene Dunne, but the film got such poor reviews from the critics that the studio held back its general release so it could be re edit the film. Her studio options with RKO were eventually dropped , leaving her to battle depression once again. The reports are that on September 18, 1932 after a night of drinking and overwhelming depression, Peg told her uncle Harold that she was going to go meet up with some friends. But instead, Peg would scratch and claw her way up to the rocky slope of Mt. Lee to the base of the Hollywood sign. Once there, she removed he black  and silk coat, folded it neatly and place it along side her stylish purse, which contained a suicide note. At the base of the 50 foot high electrician's ladder which led up to the " H ". Then she would climb up to the ladder-losing one of her new shoes along the way - and, after peering out over the twinkling lights of the city that represented her hopes and dreams, a perform a perfect swan dive into the ground. She was more than likely to be killed instantly! She was only 24 years old. One of the claims are smelling the scent of gardenias around even when there are no flowers around, noticed a women wearing clothing from the 1930's. They noticed a lady however, seemed to be walking in a daze. Thinking that perhaps she was drunk or on drugs, they started to steer clear of her when she suddenly just faded away before their eyes. At that time they didn't know who Peg Entwistle was or even if someone has committed suicide there before. I would like to hear feedback, has anyone been there and have any experiences?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Man-killing Monsters = Female=Man-killing Monsters?

Man-killing Monsters?=Female=Man-killing Monsters?:
In many a mythology, the downfall of mankind is more often than not, something female.In Greek mythology, the Siren's song("sirens" according to myth, are half-bird, half-women) lures sailors to their death. In Egyptian mythology, in one famous myth, the goddess Hathor(or Bastet) does too good a job of punishing mankind for its wickedness, draining so much of men's blood that even the god Ra, who gave Hathor the order to punish humanity in the first place, grows frightened of Hathor and the zeal she showed in fulfilling her actions. And in Japanese mythology, kitsune are sort of for shape-shifters who(as normally fox-like creatures) take on the forms of women to attract and/or kill man to (possibly) gain power. But why are these powerful creatures female? It could have to do with idea of the wonam as "the other"-a species seperate from men that want to either nurture or do harm to men in genreal. Whatever the reason, I hope that would help you stop and think the next time you cheer for the big, strong male hero to destroy that evil demon seductress.


Brothers Grimm(or rather, the two Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm) are perhaps best known for their collection of fairy tales. The Brothers Grimm's stories(many of which were based off German folktales and village oral traditions) are hailed as classics, and I would be lying if I said that I don't think that they deserve such recognition, but my problem isn't so much with the stories themselves but with people's reception to(or maybe people's interpretation of) said stories' events. Many people seem to want "the Cinderella story" a "fairy tale wedding" or for their problems to go away "like magic". Writing their stories, what the Brothers Grimm is to teach about human nature, give cautionary tales and illustrated how cruel the world can be when the odds aren't in your favor. To me at least, to say you want your life to "be like a fairy-tale" implies that you would either want all the awards a fairy-tale can give with none of the work involves, or (and this is important) you would want yourself to befall the very hardships the Brothers Grimm wanted you avoid in the first place. Because stories aren't simply meant to entertain-your meant to learn from them too, after all.

Superstitious Christian Roots

Superstitious Christian Roots:
A lot of, what I like to call, "old world" superstitions seem to have some very Christian roots.

 For example, the idea that crossing underneath a ladder is bad luck comes from the idea that each point of the ladder
-(pictured here) -    represents part of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit) an crossing underneath one would "break it", thus breaking the Trinity.

Throwing spilt salt over your shoulder is meant to be good luck because it blinds the devil on your shoulder, thus stopping you from causing your own bad luck through temptation.

Likewise, the number 7 is supposed to be good luck because it represents the 6 days before and the one day of the Sabbath,

Just as a disclaimer: none of these superstitions are necessarily guaranteed to give you good or bad luck.And all images are from Google.

ON the the other hand, they aren't guaranteed not to work either. Superstitions are funny that way.
It's interesting to see how these superstitions came about and it sheds a lot lot of light how the "old world" superstitions still have an affect on us today.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Why do people believe in the zombie apocalypse?

If you're a die-hard fan of the Walking Dead, or have any belief that a zombie apocalypse may happen, this is probably not the article for you. Lately, TV shows about brain-eating zombies and post-apocalyptic worlds have exploded with popularity. At first, I thought it was just a fad. Sure, it can be fun to talk about zombies or watch them mull around aimlessly on television, but lately it seems that most people are convinced an apocalypse is actually going to happen. A prime example is the National Geographic reality series called Doomsday Preppers. This show broadcasts live families that are stocking up on arsenals of guns, food rations, survival equipment and creating bomb shelters in their own backyards. Now, let's keep in mind that this show is called REALITY TELEVISION, much like those ridiculous MTV shows and Jerry Springer. However, the families shown on this series are fully convinced that economic or societal collapse is just around the corner....

I read an article on Cracked. com that brought forth 5 reasons why a "zombie apocalypse is scientifically possible". Let me reiterate their idea: apparently, there is a parasite called toxoplasmosa gondii, which infects rats, and causes them to be "mindless, zombie-like slaves". The parasite infects the rat, but can only "breed inside the intestines of cats". So, the article goes on to say that the infection takes over the rat's brain and makes the rat scurry toward cats so it will be eaten... So, how does this even relate to humans? Let's continue the read. It says that apparently, "half the earth's population is infected with toxoplasmosa" and that it will "only take a more evolved version of toxoplasmosa" before we end up like those rats. If you're reading this and it makes no sense, it's probably because this article was designed to run around in circles because what they are presenting is, unfortunately, total bulls***. If you look up toxoplasmosa even on a simple search engine like Wikipedia, you will find that the information Cracked. com presented on their website is skewed half-truths mixed up with fancy words that catch your attention. The only way toxoplasmosa is transmittable to humans is through eating infected meat, or more graphically, eating the feces of a cat infected with the parasite. Yes, you literally have to eat cat poop to catch this parasite. So why is this article, like millions of other articles on the internet, serving us with half-truths and trying to make us believe in such a far-fetched idea?

Maybe people believe in the idea of the "end all" because they are unhappy with the world today. Maybe people love these shows because there is a hero and a villain, and we all want to become the hero. Or maybe, we have a morbid fascination with our deaths and if we will go out in a blaze of glory. Personally, I do not buy into the hype of zombie apocalypse or the idea of the world ending. Friends, our fate is something that we cannot foresee.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Subliminal Messaging

It has been said that people are subject to subliminal messages in movies, music, television shows and other means of entertainment. Subliminal messages are words, images, or sounds that may be completely ignored by the conscious brain and be beyond the conscious perception.

The theory holds, and is getting less popular, that subliminal messages are perceived by the subconscious or unconscious mind. Sine the conscious mind doesn't have time to rationalize or analyze these messages, people might more easily accept them.

Disney movies have become somewhat famous for having bizarre things written in the backgrounds of their movies. I have put some images of some things people have noticed.

You can take this fun test to see how perceptive your mind is and train yourself to see subliminal messages.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Lucid Dreaming

A lucid dream is a dream in which the person dreaming is actually aware that they are dreaming allowing the dreamer to control what they do in their dreams.  A few things you can do to increase your chances of lucid dreaming you can do a number of things for example writing down your dreams in the morning, and napping can also increase your chances ultimately because lucid dreams are more common during naps. Waking up in the middle of the night and then going back to sleep can definitely increase the chances and thinking about a certain dream or fantasy you would like to have right before you go to sleep can help you lucid dream about the scenario you want to have


Friday, October 31, 2014

The lie detector determined that was a LIE!

Polygraph tests have been around since 1921, and have been serving us with very questionable data since then. A polygraph test, or more popularly known as a lie detector, is designed to pick up when someone is telling a lie. This mechanism, in theory, can hold great power when it comes to criminal cases in court, police investigations, and employers who are interviewing prospective workers. The legality of the polygraph test varies between states. A machine that can accurately detect a lie is revolutionary, but the reality of it is it is a very poor method of obtaining truthful data.
In 2007, only 19 US states allowed polygraph examinations to be used in federal court, and only at the discretion of the trial judge. Polygraphs are used commonly in police investigations, but no individual can be forced to undergo an examination unless they have granted permission. The way polygraph tests operate is by measuring several physiological indicators such as blood pressure, pulse and respiration, and skin conductivity. The theory is that if an individual is telling a lie, the indicators will produce a response that is different than if the subject had told the truth. This method is arguable at best;  it operates under a legal gray area. It is not a completely reliable source and in many cases, can incriminate the innocent and let free a criminal. 
Interestingly enough, there are several places in southern Jersey where we can take a polygraph test. They advertise "specialty in infidelity/family issues and workplace theft" (see link below). In my opinion, polygraphs can serve us with a guideline or ballpark estimate, but certainly should not be used as a reliable source in searching for the truth. Polygraph tests can also serve us with great entertainment! (see video).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Madden Curse

Madden by EA Sports is a football video game for the Xbox and Playstation. Each edition since 1999 features a player on the cover that had a great season the previous year. With great reward ultimately comes to a drastic downfall according to this curse. The curse is once a player appears on the cover of the game he either has a poor statistical year or gets injured. It started in 1999 with Garrison Hearst the first player to be on the cover of Madden. The 49er broken his ankle the next season shortly after being on the cover. The curse continued in the next Madden with Dorsey Levens, who preformed badly and lost his starting position.The streak continued for many years, while fans claiming they don't want their star player on the cover in fear of the curse. In fact 16 out of the 18 players including this year have been affected by the curse. The only players not affected were Calvin Johnson on the Detroit Lions that put out a record breaking season and Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks that is on the cover of this years issue. It is still in the season with a long time to take affect on Richard Sherman. Calvin was the only one fortunate to break the streak in 2013. Many thought the curse would end until Adrian Peterson suffered from injuries the next season after being on the cover. With Sherman on the cover of this years Madden all eyes are on him with all the previous injuries and statistical struggle. Will it be possible for him to add to Johnson to be the only two to break the curse? We will just have to see as the season carries on.

Long fingered Alien Friends?

          Recently I have read an article that says that a scientist on his death bed claims that he knows what really goes on at Area 51.  Area 51 is said to have secrets of aliens and other incredible things that the general public don't know about.  Dr. Boyd Bushman claims to have been apart of it and has reversed engineers the UFOs that have come into defense firm Lockheed Martin.  In a video that Dr. Boyd has made he confesses everything about these extraterrestrials.  He claims that there are two different kinds of aliens.  There are the friendly and then the one ones that supposedly steal.  These aliens apparently have long fingers and are friendly to us humans.  The doctor also says that he has picture evidence that he shows in his video.
       Although the idea of aliens is a very interesting and remarkable idea, the questions still stands are they really real?  If you think about it there are many variables that come along with these claims.  For example, this doctor is making all these claims and yet we don't see any data or published studies about it.  Also, does he show his credentials that he truly is capable of being an engineer to be able to work with these UFOs.  Another thing could be that this is an older man.  He could also have just dreamt this up and made himself believe that this is all true.  It really is a very interesting idea but can it truly be real?

Palm Reader

Palmistry has been present since caveman era. Archaeologist have discovered many hand print made out of stone, wood and ivory. The discovery revealed the fascination ancient civilization had on the  details of the palm, it was believed that palm was the path of connection with god and also a healing tool. Palmistry was first used by Egyptians, Chaldeans and India, later it had spread to China, Tibet, Persia and other places in Asia and Europe. Palm reading was conducted by gypsies since 3000 BC. Alexander the great, had made decisions based on the reading of his sword, his sword makers were gypsies who were also fortune tellers. Palm reading was always praised until organized religion had bad mouthed it. However, palm reading is still popular amongst people. Psychic shops can be found everywhere, for example, in Atlantic City boardwalk, there are about one to two psychic shops in every block. People turn to palm readers to uncover their future, many find it comforting to know what will happen in the future. People are always seeking answers to question like what they are meant to do in their life? Who will be their significant other and when? This curiosity led them to believe palm readers.
 One day at work I was helping out a client, who was a palm reader. When she stepped to the register, she started making statements about my manager who was scanning her clothes she was purchasing. My manager stopped and all of his attention drifted towards her as soon as she had mentioned about a relationship in Florida. She had said that he had a relationship in Florida, but he had told her that he had never been to Florida. After that statement, she immediately changed it and mentioned he will get a better job in February. When he heard that he started believing everything that she had said about him through palm reading. He was in love with the idea of getting a better job, so he wanted to believe her. He had given her that money, so she would be more detailed about the reading. In the middle of the reading she had held his hand and passed him a rock, which would give him positive energy and wanted to charge him $50 for the rock. Of course he denied, since he will not give her money for the rock, she wanted him to help them steal from the store and pay for the rock, but he refused and asked them to leave the store. When this was all happening, my main focus was strictly on the behavior of the psychic, who seemed very aggressive. She had a very dominant attitude, which affected the confidence of my manager. This dominant trait is what allows them to convince people that palm readers are special. They specialize in scamming people by attacking their emotion.

The Full Moon

         There's a belief that the full moon causes people to go mad, but is it really the cause of the moon. At work they always suspect something to happen during the week of the full moon each month, but I never understood why. The case is that the moon brings out something in people that causes them to be crazier. I did experience such an event at work during a week of the full moon. Where a customer just lost it and started to hallucinate, but ironically it was a day before the moon was to be full. My coworker says it usually happens anytime of the week, but I doubt the moon had cause the customer to lose her mind. 

        Research has been done to see what effects the moon does have on human minds and our body. The results lead to that some studies have mistakes during the study and others show little to no correlation of people going crazy because of the moon. The correlation of people during crazy things happens to correlate with holidays and the weekends. Even the moon's gravity pulls that affect the tides is not strong enough to affect human. Thus, the myth that the moon causes people to have abnormal behavior is very unlikely. 

Articles to read:

Sunday, October 26, 2014


     Cryptozoology is a branch of paranormal study surrounding animals that have yet to be identified, or confirmed to exist. Perhaps the most popular example of this research in North America is "Big Foot." The legend of Big Foot has been around for decades, with new pictures of this animal/man surfacing in 2012. This picture, like all of the ones before it was deemed a hoax. This picture was actually a Canadian researcher in a ghillie suit made to look like Big Foot. But there's so much talk around this legend, there has to be something out there right?

     The next most popular example of Cryptozoology has to be the Loch Ness Monster. This urban legend was started in 1933 by a couple in the Scottish Highlands. A mere few months later, one of the most iconic pictures of all time was published. Both of these myths have had so many reported cases and incidents, but even with all of today's technology, nothing has every actually been scientifically documented. Do these monsters exist? Or are they just a product of good story telling and human subjectivity?

Friday, October 24, 2014

James VanPraagh: Medium of the Century

                On Sunday, October 19, 2014 Stockton was lucky enough to be graced with the presence of world renowned medium and window into the spirit world James VanPraagh.  Tickets sold to non-students for around thirty dollars while a student like myself had to pay a measly eight to experience this wonder that is VanPraagh. I was fortunate enough to sit in the second row, where I had an amazing view the man of wonder.  Now, I have to be honest, I did show up around ten minutes late, so the show had already started.  But, I arrived to VanPraagh already giving it his all to convince every one of the audience members of his powers to talk to those who have crossed over.  I got the following out of his teachings, and really, I have to say that I’m a tad disappointed. 
            First off, he talked of the presence of God ad his view on religion.  He personally doesn’t have one but believes, not in the being God, but in the acronym ONE: Omniscient Nurturing Energy.  He believes that we are all God, in a sense, and that he is simply the energy within us.  Then he talked about the acronym FEAR.  Can you tell that he likes acronyms?  Anyway, FEAR stood for a False Ego Appearing Real, which led to the acronym EGO.  That’s number three, ladies and gentlemen!  So, now you’re wondering and just have to know, “What does EGO stand for Joe?!”  Well, it stood for Edging God Out.  So we have EGO edging out ONE based on FEAR.  By this time, I was just so infatuated I had to hear more.  He began to speak of a “near death” experience he had a couple years ago in which he saw an old cousin of his who had committed suicide years before.  She told him of this beautiful piece of ribbon, which he later refered to as a tapestry, that was connected to a large matrix of another dimension that hovered over all of our heads.  This tapestry represented the energies we brought into and put out during our on Earth years. 

            As you can imagine, it only got worse, to where he compared thoughts to that of a wifi hotspot and that thoughts could be transmitted from one person to another if we could just sync up our bandwidths.  Really, this guy is ahead of his time.  Well, after all of this lecture, there was a “meditation” in which we “released” all of our negative energy.  A reading followed, but before he could do the reading, he had to make one thing clear to everyone.  If you wanted spirit to come through, it wouldn’t.  Well, there went my hopes and dreams.  So, after pulling teeth for two readings I decided it was time to go.  Who knows, maybe if I had stayed, he would have talked about a cancer patient who I could have related to.  But then again, do I really want that?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Music... Help or no Help?

Who doesn't like to listen to music? Does it help performance? Does it hinder performance?

Personally I listen to music while doing any and everything! I don't feel that it affects me in any negative ways other than focusing. When I am in tune with the song it is hard to focus on the task at hand. But, in contrast to that, specifically while I am working out I feel that it gives me a good cadence when I am doing cardio. And, depending on the song it gives me a boost of motivation and drive to push harder.

From the searching and research I have done my personal findings are valid. According to "Psychology Today .com" Doing complex tasks while listening to music makes it harder to focus on that task at hand. Although some aspects I didn't think of; It boosts creativity and helps during doing monotonous or repetitive tasks. (Autopilot) In retrospect to that It makes it more difficult to perform tasks that require reading or writing.

In conclusion, as I said before music does help boost your mood. Some research I found explains that music helps the release of dopamine in the brain which boosts your mood. So keep up the music when doing everything else. But maybe when it comes time to do homework or study its better to turn it down. :'(

Monday, October 13, 2014


When I first heard of the movie "Lucy," I was extremely elated, not only because the beautiful Scarlett Johannson would be starring in the film, but because of the concept behind the film.  I had no idea where they were going to go with the whole ten percent theory and was intrigued to find out.  After watching the movie, however, and watching the Mythbusters prove the theory wrong on television, I am sad to say that the theory is definitely far from truth.  The amount of abilities in which Scarlett gained by simply using "20 percent" of her brain was astounding and far from believable.  According to the movie, by around 20 percent, one can feel all of the feelings they have felt from the time they were born, including the feeling of being born (take that to be as graphic as you want to take it).  This, to me at least, stretches the imagination.  Maybe, if the brain even was represented as a whole, you could get away with this statement at say 60 percent, going deep into the memory, but 20 percent is a little much.

I said before that Discovery Channel's Mythbusters have tested this myth, and they have.  A link to their findings will be below if you want to read what they have to say about this whole 10 percent business.