Thursday, November 27, 2014



Nostradamus Effects Seen in Jonny Bravo and the Titanic?

“Vagueness is ESSENTIAL to fortune telling and cold reading”.

Johnny Bravo


            When we learned about Nostradamus and his vague predictions last class, these were the first two things that popped in my mind. The prediction of the destruction of the world trade center during 9/11 and the also the prediction of Titanic sinking. Contrary to Nostradamus cold readings, these two things weren't vague at all. In fact they were eerily similar.



This scene comes from the episode “Chain Gang Johnny”. As you can see on the right hands side depicts a picture of a smoking building engulfed in flames with the words“ coming soon” on top. Having known this episode aired in the year 200, 4 months prior to the happenings of 9/11, I was quite stupefied. 

Titanic and the Futility

The novel “Futility” written in 1898 by the author Morgan Robertson, also shows eerie similarities with the sinking of the Titanic.

Here are some similarities:

Name: In Futility, the boat is described as the largest ship of its day and was called the Titan.

Size: The ships were practically the same size, with the Titanic measuring only 25 meters longer.

Date: Both ships, described as “unsinkable,” hit an iceberg and went under in mid-April.

Speed: Both were capable of speeds over 20 knots.

Safety: Despite having thousands of passengers on board, both ships carried the bare legal minimum number of lifeboats

According a researcher, the author of the book was “an experienced seaman, and he saw ships as getting very large and the possible danger that one of these behemoths would hit an iceber

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Lucid Dreaming

            Lucid dreaming in its essence is being aware and in control when you’re dreaming. Sleep paralysis is the experience that no one ever wants to associate themselves with. Lucid dreaming on the other hand, is a pleasant one. There are two ways in which you can lucid dream.  The first one being an initiated lucid dream and the second one being the wake initiated technique. For the majority of us that don’t intend to practice lucid dreaming, the probability of entering the lucid dream state is random.

Dream Initiated Lucid Dreaming
Are analogy for this would be a ghost being able to interact instead of observe. When experiencing a dream you can’t really do anything, but just observe. A dream initiated lucid dream is being in a dream and finally realizing that your presence can alter events.

Wake Initiated Technique
A wake initiated lucid dream is entering the dream world in a state of consciousness. There are no apparent lapses of consciousness and you have a sense of yourself having an out of body experience. It tends to happen when you’re physically tired, but you have something very pressing on your mind.
What happens then?
            A lucid dream is an out of body experience when you’re in control of all 5 senses and an experience in which you decides what happens next. In a sense it’s more realistic than an actual dream even though you could do something like flying. Some dreams are also quite blurred, but lucid dreams are experienced with full clarity. Lastly, you can just do about everything imaginable in this dream.
It helps your overcome personal issues and fears. So… That monster under your bed, won’t be a monster anymore as you imagine wielding the most destructive weapon on Earth incinerating it to oblivion!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Graphology test : Extra Post

Online Graphology Test 

I was asked to write a paragraph on Alice's adventures in wonderland by
Lewis Carroll
'Well!' thought Alice to herself, 'after such a fall as this, I shall think nothing of tumbling down stairs! How brave they'll all think me at home! Why, I wouldn't say anything about it, even if I fell off the top of the house!' (Which was very likely true.)
Then i was asked a couple of questions according to my handwriting.  Such as:


1. What is the size of your handwriting?
  • Large, greater than 7mm
  • Middle size 4-6mm
  • Small 2-3mm
  • Extremely small, less than 2mm
According to the answers My personality: Characteristics include being accurate, logical, and composed. You have an artistic nature and are able to understand and interpret your emotions and those of other people. You also to tend to hold your emotions back, or keep them inside. You are friendly, and warm, and like to engage in conversation.Letters slanting so much that they touch the line point to possible psychological issues.

Im not so artistic but I am very friendly and warm and yes i like engaging in conversation but thats usually with people I'm comfortable with or friends with not just anyone. This was very vague and i don't have any physical issues i doth know but i really don't believe in this stuff. I also asked my brother to take the same test and his reading was completely opposite to his personality. It said he was insecure problematic and a revel but he is completely secure friendly and never in trouble or problematic. 

Post 4


Nostradamus : Most of the quatrains deal with disasters, such as plagues, earthquakes, wars, floods, invasions, murders, droughts, and battles—all undated and based on foreshadowings by the Mirabilis Liber. Some quatrains cover these disasters in overall terms; others concern a single person or small group of people. Some cover a single town, others several towns in several countries. A major, underlying theme is an impending invasion of Europe by Muslim forces from farther east and south headed by the expected Antichrist, directly reflecting the then-current Ottoman invasions and the earlier Saracen equivalents, as well as the prior expectations of theMirabilis Liber. All of this is presented in the context of the supposedly imminent end of the world—even though this is not in fact mentioned—a conviction that sparked numerous collections of end time prophecies at the time, not least an unpublished collection by Christopher Columbus. I watched a documentary a couple of years ago and actually believed many of this but than to The pseudoscience and paranormal I've learned to not be so naive to believe such vague predictions such as this now that I watched the same documentary once again i am more skeptic about it.

Post 3

Dreams Come true!
This statement is true in my family, Im not saying we are witches or psychics all Im doing is speaking the truth. My grandmother my mom and I dream things with meaning and that actually happen and I'm not talking about "oh i dreamed with a dog so that means best friend and this means that my best friend and I will be good friends forever." Im talking dreaming something that will happen exactly the next day. For example my mother had dreamed that the door bell ringed and it was one of her friends coming to the house to tell her she was getting married,then she left and came back again. She woke up and told the story to my father and my grandmother During breakfast the door bell ringed and It was the same friend she had the dream with saying she was bringing the invitation for her weeding but that she hadn't brought the venue confirmation because she though they were still in their vacation so she left and came back to bring them the venue confirmation so they can also assist to the venue. Thats one out of many stories one of my most painful dreams that came true was me dreaming that my great grandfather had past away during those days he had been sick but unexpectedly got better. In my dream i seen him in a suit all dressed up but laying still and i reached to touch him and he was cold i woke up crying and told my mother about my dream, hours later we got a call saying he had passed away. So on we have many dreams that happened and have come true mostly just about our family or close friends things that will happen to us or people close to us. I don't know how or why this happens to the three of us but whatever it is Ive lived through it and no one can tell me other wise. This is my personal experience with dreams coming true.

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La Casa Matusita
La Casa Matusita is an innocuous-looking yellow building in Lima’s center, at the intersection of Garcilaso de la Vega and España. However, many, many Peruvians claim it is haunted. The legend goes that the house was the scene of a horrible crime; one story claims that a Japanese-Peruvian slaughtered his family and then committed suicide, while another holds that a formal dinner party turned into a massacre after the guests were given hallucinogens. Ever since, reports are that the second floor has been haunted, with no one able to enter and maintain his or her sanity. In the 1960s, a television reporter was alleged to have gone crazy after entering the building in an effort to prove believers wrong. The second floor remains allegedly remains vacant. Skeptics have another explanation, however. They say that the ghost stories were invented by the US Embassy, which was located next door during the height of the Cold War. The diplomats feared that someone hiding in the house could spy on the embassy, and fabricated the stories to keep people out.



Monday, November 24, 2014

Graphology Test

Post #4

I decided to take a Graphology test online that required me to write a few sentences in my own handwriting and then sign my name in order to test my results.
This is what they had me write:

"Civilization means refinement. It means replacing savage habits by good ones. The savage condition of man is barbarism. Civilization means getting away from barbarism. Man is civilized when he works for the good of the society. 
(New Paragraph)Something happened today and you start supporting or condemning it without thinking about its future effects is obviously not sign of a civilized person. 
(New Paragraph)Overall, we can conclude that a man who is unselfish and is fine with others is a civilized one. The line between good and bad is what separates a civilized and uncivilized person."
I automatically noticed several spelling and grammar mistakes within the paragraph and wondered if they would skew the result.

My results were:

"Kyrstin, your handwriting reveals that you are an extrovert and spontaneous.You need a lot of space, unwilling to concentrate or confine your energies on the small details of life. You're quick in your responses and possess spontaneity.
Kyrstin, the above is only a glimpse of your personality which we concluded from analyzing just two of your 11 handwriting traits - Size & Speed. We have prepared your 14-page Personalized Handwriting Analysis Report which will show your complete and true personality based upon the detailed analysis of all of your 11 handwriting traits- Slant, Style, Stroke, Baseline, Margins, Spacing, Pressure, Size, Speed, Zones, Signature. Kyrstin, it's time you get to know yourself better."

Funny, I'm definitely not an extrovert nor am I spontaneous. The rest, interestingly enough, required a membership that you had to pay for.
Everything they said was pretty general and I think it speaks for itself. It's totally unrealistic.








The website I used:
http://www.3smartcubes.com/pages/tests/handwriting_analysis/handwriting_analysis_instructions.asp

Pishtacos

Post #3

Pishtacos are also known as "fat vampires" as they are supernatural creatures that use their magic to rob passing travelers of their fat. The legends concerning them had died off in popularity, but lately, reported gang activity in Peru helped to bring the popularity back. The gangsters had knocked people unconscious, kidnapped them, and actually rendered them into actual fat. They sold them on the black market but were caught and arrested. (Scary and gross...)

Many don't believe the stories concerning the gangsters as no other valuable body parts were touched and the murders were never truly proven. It just goes along with the urban legend of pishtacos and their ability to eat the fat of humans to remain immortal. (1)

No one really has much evidence concerning this urban legend.

   

A pishtaco as depicted by Supernatural. 


1) http://listverse.com/2014/07/30/10-bone-chilling-urban-legends/


Black Eyed Children

Post #2


Recently, the strange phenomena of black eyed children came up again, after years of no activity. Black eyed children are supposedly supernatural creatures who resemble children but have extremely pale skin and black eyes. They are reportedly seen hitchhiking or even appearing on the porches of unsuspecting people.

They say the story began with Brian Bethel and gained popularity from him in the late 90's and died off, but recently there have been reports of sightings in the UK and several stories have been published since then.

They are related slightly to vampiric legends in that you have to invite them into your home in order for them to enter.

There haven't been any reports of death from these sightings, but many speculate they are bad omens or are just strange apparitions. But I think we can all admit the concept is creepy.

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Aromatherapy and my experience!!

The claims of Aromatherapy are that it can heal or cure pain, illnesses or maybe even diseases. Dating back to 400 B.C used in places like China and India. Aromatherapy is the inhalation of plant oils, called essential oils, for improved physical, mental, and emotional well being. On November 6th, 2014 I attended a Wellness event called " Living An Aromatherapy Life." I actually thought that the event was boring and didn't show credibility that aromatherapy works. All we did was watch slides and smelled some essential oils,that she had in a shoe box. The speaker said that what she uses all the time instead of medicine. For example if she has a headache she "smells" peppermint oil. Although I did not try peppermint oil for a headache I did tell her I had a stuffed up nose. The speaker let me try an essential oil for that, she said that it would clear it up. I did not clear my stuffy nose but i was able to smell peppermint the whole time. Even though I didn't believe that aromatherapy works, however I did win a door prize! An essential oil used for cramping or back pain! 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FLDS

The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, also known as the FLDS, is probably one of the most frightening examples of what a selfish thinker can accomplish when surrounded by naïve thinkers.  Warren Jeffs is the founder of this church, and is probably one of the most manipulative men in the world.  He led the branch of the Mormon Church until he was convicted of two felony counts of child sexual assault in 2007.  Besides these counts, he was also charged with eight other counts of various sexual misconducts.  In a television series on TLC, they highlighted the indecent conditions in which the women had to live.  Women were told, ever since they were little, to just “keep sweet” when men treated them poorly.  And when a woman would act out, she would be taken from her family and married off to another man within the church.  “Breaking the Faith” was cancelled after only one season, but it showed many people just how dangerous a selfish thinker can be when given the right opportunity.  Here is a clip of the show.  It’s more of a summary and is pretty intense.  Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Illuminati Conspiracy

Illuminati Conspiracy
It is believed that Illuminati consist of many powerful and elite people, they are either seeking to rule the world or they are already in control of the world. Defining exactly the concept of Illuminati conspiracy is extremely difficult because over the years the conspiracy was altered and had additional conspiracy added. Illuminati is a secret society that had began by Jesuit priests, and then was conducted by five councilmen. Their mission was to gain super power, all they wanted to achieve was world domination for a higher power. Its believed Illuminati is involved in politics, religion, world’s economic system. Many of the big organizations with incredible amount of power like United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the International Criminal Court are accused of being part of Illuminati. It is believed that Illuminati is responsible for controlling the mind of average human beings, by altering our thought process, press, educational curriculum, and political leadership. It is believed that Illuminati has a very strong grip on the major banks. The illuminatus control how the economy is throughout the whole world, they control  recessions, inflations, and depressions.  Illuminati is creating the “New World Order,” where they will be the leader and controller of the whole world.
Illuminati is such a popular and well known conspiracy amongst everyone, especially adolescent and young adults. Everyone seems to suspect powerful and popular celebrities to be an Illuminati. Many people like to correlate a celebrities success with illuminati. Any celebrities that would make any hand gestures would automatically be connected to and associated with Illuminati. The illuminati conspiracy has become very powerful and extremely bizarre over the past few years. It no longer focuses on couple of guys wanting to seek full power of the world, but rather associates celebrity with selling their souls to illuminati for fame.

The following video provides some facts about illuminati: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26rLYghPDsc
Website: http://www.gotquestions.org/illuminati-conspiracy.html

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.

http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2014-06-16/everything-you-need-to-know-about-using-a-cell-phone-on-a-plane

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.



http://www.nutritionj.com/content/10/1/128

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?  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powhattan_(1837)

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. 


 http://youtu.be/hrVXRZY1_x0

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? 


http://paranormal.about.com/od/trueghoststories/a/Ghost-Of-The-Hollywood-Sign.htmhttp://www.franksreelreviews.com/shorttakes/hollywoodland.htm

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.

Like...Fairy-tales?

Like...Fairy-tales?
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.