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. 

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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.

Monday, October 6, 2014

In Major League Baseball, there are many different things that a ball player "needs" or "has" to do to have a good game. In a sport that even the best players only preform exceptional 30% of the time, it seems ridiculous that a certain food, act, or anything else will cause the outcome of what the future will bring. Nevertheless, every day the majority of players have a routine they will do before every at bat or before every game that they think will give them an edge. In the video provided, there are a few of these superstitions that live on today in America's Favorite Pastime.

This is a small portion of what lengths players will go to maintain a hot streak or winning streak, but at the same time it's pretty funny to watch some of the things the players will do.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Why Do Little  Girls Love Fairies?:
I never understood why little girls loved fairies.
If you were anything like me, and the type of kid who discovered the powers Wikipedia before age ten, you might researched everything and everyone you could on Wikipedia, from Greek mythology to types of dresses to Egyptology to penis envy to, finally, fairies.
And fairies seemed like little hellions to me. What's ironic is that a common phrase I'd hear about fairies is that they were "too good for hell but too bad for heaven".
They stole human babies, they pulled pranks, they slept with human men only to drain away their life force, they pulled ranks, they glamoured(which is where the word 'glamour' comes from by the way-a sort of spell that enchants you to think what you want to think; to believe something was attractive in an almost supernatural way) a few people into thinking that they were well within faerie palaces only to have the fairy trick them and leave them sitting there chewing on a plank of wood, ect..
So, I'd read these legends, and just be left there wonder...why? Girls 3rd grade in my class loved Tinkerbell- and I would always wonder "why?" because I knew all these aforementioned "fairy facts" and facts about Tinkerbell herself-that she was jealous and possive and died by the end of the original novel anyway- and I couldn't get their overarching appeal. And then it hit me. Faeries were beings of unlimitied power who did what they want. Little girls don't get that a lot-we females don't have a lot of noteworthy superheroes(besides Diana of course) so faeries and princesses are pretty much all we got. And yeah, it makes sense-faeries, by analysis, aren't that much different from Greek heroes-they'd have children then abandon them, affect how the world works, work spells for their own benefit, all because they want to. They aren't perfect, and it's a little scary to think about, but hey, I can see why little girls would think this was cool. Maybe even me too, even with my extensive Wikipedia research. Now I think I understand why little girls can love fairies. I'd just do my best not to eat too much of their food.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Voodoo Chile

When we think of voodoo, the most popular thoughts that come to mind are black magic, human sacrifice and pushing pins into dolls. America has become entranced with the idea that there are people who can conjure up potions and cast spells among the unlucky. The city of New Orleans is rife with such myths and legends. Although voodoo originated from the West coast of Africa and Haiti, we will focus on the phenomenon that is Louisiana Voodoo.
Let's start off by pointing out that voodoo has become a very lucrative business of superstitions. Americans believe voodoo is real and truly evil and for some reason, this is wildly fascinating. In the city of New Orleans voodoo is a very popular tourist attraction. Here, you can buy voodoo dolls which are meant to resemble a victim to torture, charms and amulets, and ritual powders. The most unsettling theme of voodoo is the gris-gris, which according to legend is a small leather pouch that is worn on the person and is said to bring bad luck upon whoever is wearing it. Practitioners of voodoo are commonly thought to be much like followers of Wicca or even Satanism, meant to bring evil and misfortune.
Luckily for those who believe in this phenomenon, it is entirely inaccurate. As mentioned earlier, voodoo originated from Africa and Haiti and brought into America around the sixteenth century by slaves. In Louisiana, they mixed with Spanish, French, and Creole influences to create a cultural form of the original religions. Voodoo is practiced to treat anxiety and depression, to cure addictions and ailments, and to aid the hungry and the poor. The theory that voodoo is aimed to hurt and manipulate others is entirely contrary to the real ideals of voodooism.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Greada Treaty, Real or Fake?

On the night and early hours of February 20-21, 1954, while on a ‘vacation’ to Palm Springs, California, President Dwight Eisenhower went missing and allegedly was taken to Edwards Air force base for a secret meeting. When he showed up the next morning at a church service in Los Angeles, reporters were told that he had to have emergency dental treatment the previous evening and had visited a local dentist. The dentist later appeared at a function that evening and presented as the ‘dentist’ who had treated Eisenhower. The missing night and morning has subsequently fueled rumors that Eisenhower was using the alleged dentist visit as a cover story for an extraordinary event. The event is possibly the most significant that any American President could have conducted: an alleged ‘First Contact’ meeting with extraterrestrials at Edwards Air Force base (previously Muroc Airfield), and the beginning of a series of meetings with different extraterrestrial races that led to a ‘treaty’ that was eventually signed. This astonishing First Contact event, if it occurred, will experience its 50th anniversary on February 20-21, 2004.
This paper explores the evidence that the First Contact meeting had occurred with extraterrestrials with a distinctive ‘Nordic’ appearance, the likelihood of an agreement having been spurned with this ‘Nordic race’, the start of a series of meetings that led to a treaty eventually being signed with a different extraterrestrial race dubbed the ‘Greys’, and the motivations of the different extraterrestrial races involved in these treaty discussions. The paper will further examine why these events were kept secret for so long, the significance of the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower’s meeting with extraterrestrials, and whether an official disclosure announcement is likely in the near future.

Could it be an Angel?

In March 2005 the unthinkable happened when I woke up and found the man I was dating dead at 25, he had died in his sleep of a heart attack. When I found him his lips were blue and he wouldn't answer me when I called his name " Greg! " After that I realized he was gone and wouldn't come back. The night before his funeral strange things happened like when I was watching TV all of a sudden the channel changed by itself. I know what you are thinking maybe I hit the remote by accident! But how would that happen if the remote was on my nightstand and I was lying in bed no where near it. There wasn't a malfunction with the TV because that's never happened before and its never happened again. Also the pull chain for my ceiling fan swung and hit the light, when there was no heat or air on at the time! I had a touch lamp and every now and then it will turn on by itself! Its never done it before his death! Then a couple years later I'm driving and my current boyfriend notices something on my dashboard, and says hmm I never noticed this before. We tried wiping it off thinking maybe its dust or dirt, but it wouldn't come off. We both thought it looked like an angel! Thinking maybe its Greg or maybe a close relative watching over me! You tell me what do you see?


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Out Of Body Experiences

Recently I have been reading up and researching out of body experiences. The best time to try and have an OEB is  either right before you fall asleep or right after you wake up.  The first step is relaxation, you have to be completely relaxed for an OEB to work, the more your body is relaxed the less you can feel it making an OEB more likely to work.  There are numerous steps on how to relax your body.  The next step is to focus your mind.  When you are leaving you body the most important thing is your state of mind, when you are in the right state of mind leaving the body is easy.  The right state of mind is to be a quiet, completely passive, single-minded observer.  The third step is to wander the edge of consciousness.  During this step you let yourself begin to  fall asleep and then catch yourself, after catching yourself you must make sure you are fully awake again.  You continue this process but each time letting yourself fall into a deeper sleep before catching yourself.  Step Four is to visualize an object.  A popular object is a small cube visualized about 6 feet directly in front of your face.  You keep on visualizing this object and may not continue the process until this small cube or other object of your choice is visualized in your minds "eye." Steps 5, 6, and 7 consist of you swaying the cube above your head progressively swaying faster and faster and then swaying your body in the opposite direction. The last step is to grab the imaginary cube and let it pull your soul out of you body.  You are then free to explore the nonphysical world.

Superstitions Or Super Stupid

We've all heard of superstitions before, but what triggers the existence of a superstition? Where do all of these beliefs come from, and is it actually true? Well we can start off by breaking apart the word; superstition. 

A superstition is any belief based on myths, traditions, tales, or irrational thoughts. Since superstitions are passed through oral tradition, there's no exact pinpoint on its origin. Superstitions usually involves animals, inanimate objects, spiritual beings, and even people. Superstitions are like rumors, they start out as facts, but becomes exaggerated over the years. So what makes people believe in them? Well part of it is through religious beliefs. Superstitions have become part of one's culture and religion, therefore there are various superstitions around the world. From Western superstitions to Eastern superstitions, everyone believes different because of their culture. 

In my opinion, I don't believe in superstitions. I find them rather silly, false, and don't really care for them. However, in my family, my father's side is very superstitious. It gets to the point where they actually sound silly. For instance, the number 3 is bad luck. So when you take a picture, there can't be 3 people. But what if the family consists of 3 people? Or, you're not supposed to comment on how the newborn baby cries a lot to the mother because it'll grow up crying endlessly. Superstitions play a big factor in culture and has the power to control how one thinks. Its just a part of belief and culture. What do you guys think?

Here are some popular Southeast Asian superstitions: 

- do not sleep in a big bed with unused pillows
- do not point at the moon 
- do not whistle in the dark
- if you hear your name being called and can't find where its coming from, do not answer
- do not leave your sticky rice container open
- do not lie down after eating
- keeping knives under your bed at night will keep bad dreams and scary spirits away 

Chupacabra: A Children's Story

            When I was young I heard stories of the Chupacabra also known as the goat sucker from my Father and his side of the family. There were various accusations on what it looked like but the one I was told was that it looked like a coyote and a dog mixed. It was a creature without hair and had an abnormal spinal cord. It apparently lives by the border of Mexico and Texas. The Chupacabra feeds on the blood of any preys it can get, like a vampire. Most "witnessed" descriptions of the monster were different from person to person but all of them claim to have seen it during the night. Most people who have seen it say that "there just see a pair of glowing eyes and distorted figure."
          An accusation that is false was that the Chupacabra does not come from Mexico but Puerto Rico around 1970's. There was an incident of farm animals being killed and left bloodless. After that more and more reports were filed and began to spread to other countries like El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, and more in South America. The Chupabra was told as a children's story to scare them into listening to the adults because if they didn't "the Chupacabra would come and get you". Even with so many reports of it, there is no actual evidence that can conclude such a creature does exist. No one has ever been able to capture the real thing, just the remains of it's bloodless prey.

Basketball Hot Hand

      The basketball hot hand is the belief after a player makes a shot the following shot will have a greater chance at going in the basket. This has been proven to be a fallacy because each shot has the same percent chance of going in. Many people believe that players have hot and cold shooting streaks. When really each individual shot has the same theoretical chance of going in. There has been plenty of research and studies done on players disproving the hot hand phenomena. There is no statistical evidence once making the first shot the second has higher precent chance of going in. Although researchers have found some evidence for the hot hand in foul shots where defense is not applied and difficulty of the shot is constant. They have found after making the first foul shot, the second has a higher precent chance of going in compared to missing the first shot.

      Even after analyzing all of this information, I still believe if a shooter gets in rhythm there is a higher precent chance of them making shots. Some games people score 40 plus points, shooting 60 precent from the field which is way above average and I think is having the hot hand.
Kobe Bryant scoring 81 points shooting 28-46 from the field 7-13 from 3 and 18-20 from the line proves a shooter can get into a streak and have greater chance at scoring baskets.


Since I was a little girl, my family has often moved from one place to another. We never found a place that was “home sweet home.” Every place had something unpleasant about it. The two places that stood out to me was because of the experience that my brother and mother had. The first apartment was where my mom had bad experiences. It was a three bedroom apartment, on a busy intersection. My mom had a feeling of someone following her around. My mom always had a very cold feeling about that house. This feeling of someone always watching over her shoulder had changed her personality, she seemed less happy and quieter. Eventually, we had to move out of that apartment because my mom could not deal with the whole situation.
The next apartment that we had lived in was where my brother had a paranormal encounter. His room was a little further from my and my parents room, which may be the reason his mind played a trick on him. One night, he was in his room watching a movie, it was pitch dark. Around 3 AM he heard a noise, it was very loud and clear. He got so scared that he wrapped himself with the blanket, creating some sort of comfort. He was not able to sleep for the rest of the night and was shaken up from fear. The next morning when I had woken up, he ran to my room and was telling me what happened the night before. He had heard a little girl in his room, saying hello to him.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Phases of Thought

By now, many of us have become comfortable in our way of thinking.  As I look back, however, I have become much more aware of who I am ] and who I used to be, not only as a person, but as a thinker.  In class, we learned of the three kinds of thinkers.  I believe that these types are not specific to any one person.  In discussion, we spoke of people we knew who were either naive in their thinking, selfish in their thinking, or fair minded in their thinking.  But as I look back into my past, I see not only a fair minded thinker, but a naive thinker and a selfish thinker.

Throughout my childhood, I was naive to things like the boogieman, monsters under my bed, Santa Clause, etc..  And while during that time I never thought of myself as being naive in my thoughts, many of my decisions and my actions were just that.  But then, as I went a little further into the future of my past (if that makes any sense), I became aware of the fact that I was very, very vindictive and manipulative in my thoughts and actions as a preteen and young teen.  This would have defined me as a selfish thinker, to which I obviously did not think was the case.  Now, as I look at my recent history of events, I see that of a fair minded thinker in both thought and action.  But how is it that I was, or am, all three?  I think we are all given the opportunity to be each of the three kinds of thinkers, and we seem to settle on the one that best fits our situations.  But no one is really ever set in one kind, and through all that occurs, we are who we are and will be who we decide to be.

Natural Remedies

     Natural remedies are very popular in our society today. Every house hold I've been in has a different remedy for the common cold, or for symptoms of allergies. People are still very fascinated with ancient remedies, often even opting to use those remedies instead of medicine that is scientifically proven to work. Perhaps this has to do with the cost of medicine, or lack of faith in doctors today.
     One remedy that I am I see often is honey mixed with cinnamon to reduce the symptoms of colds and allergies. This simple remedy apparently has very profound effects, often working nearly instantly with no repercussions. Members of my household are convinced in the power of this simple concoction, however I am not so sure. I tried to take this remedy once and felt no better until the cold I was dealing with had ran its course. So it begs the question: Does this remedy actually relieve the runny nose, and sore throat that is associated with the common cold? Or is it just a mental thing and people just believe they're being cured therefore their symptoms begin subsiding? For further reading, here's what has to say on the topic: