Category Archives: Weirdness

Meanwhile, on YouTube….

Wandering clicky-click on YouTube just now, I landed on a video that begins:

Everything I have ever learned about meteor and asteroid impacts has just been called into question after five seconds of imagery I recorded during a live ustream.tv broadcast.

…and my first thought was: You must not have learned very much about those things, then.

I’ve never encountered a conspiracy theorist, paranormal investigator, etc., who knew the first thing about making observations, collecting & evaluating evidence, following the scientific method – anything that would lend credence to their conclusions.

Footloose

Remember the Canadian Severed-Foot Mystery of 2008? It’s not over! CNN says:

Authorities have found what appears to be a severed human foot this week, the 11th found in waterways in British Columbia in the past four years.

Eleven? Looks like they found a few more when I wasn’t paying attention….

Naked Germans invade Switzerland

MSNBC says:

APPENZELL, Switzerland – Voters in the heart of the Swiss Alps have banned naked hiking after dozens of mostly German nudists started rambling through their picturesque region.

There goes my vacation….

Tetrachromatic

A bit of chatter today about http://www.4colorvision.com/:

This site presents the new, and COMPREHENSIVE
ELECTROLYTIC THEORY OF THE VISUAL PROCESS…. The theory shows that the ARCHITECTURE OF ALL VISION IS TETRACHROMATIC. Although traditionally called trichromats, it is shown that HUMANS ARE BLOCKED TETRACHROMATS.

Etc., etc., etc.

Apparently, this theory says that the human retina is sensitive to ultraviolet light, but the lens is opaque to ultraviolet. Except for the lucky(?) few who’ve had one or both lenses removed, we’re all UV-blind.

I’m UV-blind? I never knew. I’m just devastated.

There may be some interesting or useful science behind http://www.4colorvision.com/, but to me it smells more like just another crackpot site, like http://www.aspartamekills.com/.

The mystery of Corinne Valenzuela

The other day, over on FaceBook, I got a friend request from Corinne Valenzuela.

Who’s that? thought I.

Her profile says she’s 24, and lives in Georgia. She has five friends, of which three live in Georgia, one lives in Arkansas, and the last is some kind of job-hunter pseudo. Her profile picture is a bit racy:

So I sent her a message: I fear I am not who you think I am.

Days passed, with no reply from Ms. Valenzuela.

In the end, I decided she was just another spambot, trolling for email addresses, and declined her friend request.

At least it wasn’t the Virgin Mary

CNN says:

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — Two sisters from Virginia sold their Illinois-shaped cornflake on eBay Friday night for $1,350.

"We were biting our nails all the way up to the finish, seeing what would happen," said Melissa McIntire, 23. "There’s a lot of relief involved."

I suppose if you’re half-blind – or half-witted – the cornflake in question might look like the state of Illinois.

But anyone who’d pay $1,350 for the thing is a fool.

Google denies my humanity

Google is a bit suspicious of dear old WRI this morning:

We’re sorry…

… but your query looks similar to automated requests from a computer virus or spyware application. To protect our users, we can’t process your request right now.

We’ll restore your access as quickly as possible, so try again soon. In the meantime, if you suspect that your computer or network has been infected, you might want to run a virus checker or spyware remover to make sure that your systems are free of viruses and other spurious software.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and hope we’ll see you again on Google.

I am not a spyware application, I am a human being!