Worst part of ParaMania 2017: The Museum of Death.
Best part of ParaMania 2017: The Aetherius Society's HQ.
See y'all in N'awlins next year, fellow Discordian priests!
- House votes to restrict EPA's use of Science. Next thing you know they'll be trading their computers for an abbacus.
- Mother Nature was totally on drugs when she created the oldest known relative of dinosaurs.
- Saving Priv-Ant Ryan: Warrior ants carry injured comrades home.
- Google's AI seeks further ways to humiliate us at Go.
- California Squatchers search for Bigfoot in Ohio.
- Lincoln Cathedral ghost encounter inspires woman to start own paranormal podcast.
- Dolly Parton believes the ghosts of her grannies saved her life.
- First image ever of the web of dark matter that connects all galaxies together.
- How we express our culture through space exploration.
- NASA has just found a huge cold spot on Jupiter.
- NASA will probably break its own rules re. Radiation in order to get people to Mars. Hey, what's one extra tittie, amiright?
- NASA is, once again, geek teasing us about the discovery of liquid oceans inside our solar system and the prospects of extraterrestrial life.
- 60th anniversary of Europe's 1st alleged UFO contactee inspires pop-up museum in Runcorn, England.
- The dark secret at the heart of A.I.: Nobody really understands how it works.
- Longevity? Meh…
- Red Pill of the Day: 8-year-old learns how to drive by watching Youtube videos. Parents plan to give him a flight simulator videogame for his birthday.
Thanks to Chris Heyes
Quote of the Day:
"Opinions are like @#$holes, you should have yours regularly checked out, and if an expert tells you something is wrong, you should listen."
There's a persistent joke on the 'net about how, as camera phones have grown in usage, the number of UFO sightings has dropped (e.g. this XKCD comic). And while this joke has morphed slowly into an assumed fact, the truth of the matter is actually the opposite - at least in Canada anyhow.
Need proof? See the 2016 Canadian UFO Survey, which shows that UFO sightings are currently being reported at near-record levels. The Canadian UFO Survey has been compiled by UFOlogy Research Manitoba since 1989, and in 2016 they recorded 1131 officially filed UFO reports - the fifth year in a row above 1000 cases - which "clearly contradicts comments by those who would assert that UFOs are a ‘passing fad’ or that UFO sightings are decreasing in number".
Here's a graph of the numbers of reported sightings of UFOs in Canada from 1989-2016, just for clarity:
Of course, a high number of UFO sightings doesn't necessarily translate to something inexplicable. As noted in a blog post summarising the report, most of the UFOs reported were just simple lights in the sky, while 'close encounters' comprised less than 1 in 100 of the reports. Additionally, it has to be noted that the number of cases considered "Unexplained" was just 4%. And further...
...It should be emphasized the classification of Unknown does not imply alien visitation. Each case may still have an explanation following further investigation. And of those that remain unexplained, they may remain unexplained, but still are not incontrovertible proof of extraterrestrial intervention or some mysterious natural phenomenon.
For more detailed (and fascinating) breakdowns of the data, as well as selected cases of interest, see the full 2016 Canadian UFO Report (PDF download).
Internet forums explained, using just one short video...
- Does the afterlife exist? Better to read this book than that article, don'cha think?
- Meet the scientists searching for Jesus' DNA. What if all that talk about the Second Coming was referring to a clone...? (said in my best Conspiracy Keanu voice)
- There were giants in the earth in those days: the tallest men in the world trace back to paleolithic mammoth hunters.
- The sounds of Stonehenge.
- Mystery as 14,000 World War II dogtags found buried in a field.
- The dark secret at the heart of artificial intelligence.
- No, Einstein did not get bad grades at school.
- Roswell conspiracy theorists say that this mystery 'magnetic' rock with alien carvings could finally crack the 70-year-old case.
- Group will research mysterious little people of Alaska.
- Harvard researchers are preparing to geoengineer the atmosphere.
- NASA unveiled new plans for getting humans to Mars, and hardly anyone noticed.
- Space sex is serious business.
- Hubble has spotted something huge coming out of Uranus... *ahem*
- Molecularly engineered bacteria glows when it detects landmines.
- Is your cat self-aware?
- Scientists unravel the mystery of the loose shoelace.
- Coal Museum installs solar panels to save on electricity bills.
Thanks to @AnomalistNews.
Quote of the Day:
The totally convinced and the totally stupid have too much in common for the resemblance to be accidental.
Robert Anton Wilson
The Daily Grail would not be able to continue without support from all our wonderful Patreon backers, readers who purchase some of the books from Daily Grail Publishing, and also the occasional advertiser. So here's a quick shout-out to New Dawn Magazine, who have been a supporter of this site for some time (see the current banner at the top right of the page) and provide some cool reading material to boot - the latest being New Dawn Special Issue Vol. 11, No. 2, which focuses on UFOs and the alien contact phenomenon.
If you're in Australia or New Zealand you can grab a copy of New Dawn from your local newsagency, or you can grab the digital edition regardless of your location direct from the New Dawn website:
- 13,000-year-old fillings prove ancient dentistry was brutal.
- Stone 'tools' may not have been made by human ancestors, research finds.
- Prehistoric Native Americans farmed macaws in 'feather factories'.
- First Nations people among those reporting UFOs in Canada in 2016.
- Mysterious 'fairy circles' continue to enchant scientists.
- Listen to an earthquake's eerie 'whale songs'.
- A new study challenges assumptions about how memories are made.
- Melding mind and machine: how close are we?
- Hoverboard daredevil speeds over Atlantic Ocean.
- The world's blackest material can make objects disappear.
- Meet the man bent on powering the world with tornadoes.
- Why the 'North Pond Hermit' hid from people for 27 years.
- From human flesh appearing in communion to a statue of Jesus that wept blood: the most polarising 'miracles' of the Catholic Church.
- Study finds belief in aliens and religious belief share a similar psychological motivation.
- Michelangelo's Medici Chapel may contain hidden symbols of female anatomy.
- The worst ways to die.
- Video of the Day: This is who is taking your jobs.
Quote of the Day:
The comedy of man starts like this
Our brains are way too big for our mothers' hips
And so Nature, she divines this alternative
We emerge half-formed and hope that whoever greets us on the other end
Is kind enough to fill us in
Father John Misty, 'Pure Comedy'
We all know that Albert Einstein, one of the great geniuses of history, had bad grades as a teenager. It's one of those motivational stories that every kid struggling at school has been told. Some have theorised that perhaps because he was such a genius, he was bored at school and thus didn't put in the effort required. The problem with such theories? Einstein was actually almost a straight-A student.
There is no shortage of myths and misconceptions in the fields of both science and history. From the oft-repeated canard that medieval people thought the world was flat, through to the misconception that water drains from a sink in opposite circular motions in the northern and southern hemisphere (though to be fair, it is based loosely on scientific reasoning).
In Einstein's case, the myth about his poor grades apparently resulted from a misreading of his Swiss report card by German authors. In an article in Viewpoint (PDF), the magazine of the British Society for the History of Science - titled "Myths, Zombies and History of Science Story Telling", science historian Thony Christie explains how the myth began:
Einstein was actually almost a straight-A student with an excellent school report. Strangely enough, it is this school report that is the origin of the myth. In Germany, students are not graded by letters but by the numbers one to six, with one being the equivalent of an A-grade and six the equivalent of an F. However Einstein took his high school diploma in Switzerland, where the grading system was, in his times, the exact reverse of the German one, with six at the top and one at the bottom: Einstein’s high school diploma is full of sixes!
German authors, assuming the German grading system, thought that he had failed nearly all his subjects! And so a myth that refuses to die was born through a simple but understandable error.
Here's the school report in question:
Christie mentions a number of other historical myths in his short article - including the suggestion that Copernicus didn’t publish his De revolutionibus (promoting the 'heretical' theory that Earth revolved around the Sun) for many years because he feared the reaction of the Church - that appear to have their basis in a historical fiction about the conflict between science and the Church that was largely created by two authors in the late 19th century:
The geocentric contra heliocentric mythology is a core argument in a much bigger history of science myth that there has been some sort of fundamental existential battle between science and religion through the ages. Actually, this myth is a product of the 18th and 19th centuries, which interestingly is when the flat earth myth first emerged.
Its two most well know-proponents were the Americans John William Draper, with his History of the Conflict between Religion and Science (1874), and Andrew Dickson White, with his A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom (1896).
The flat earth myth was most widely propagated by another American, Washington Irving, in his largely fictional but purportedly factual biography of Christopher Columbus, A History of the Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus, published in 1828. Irving also presented his Columbus as butting heads with a bigoted Catholic Church: a piece of pure fiction.
The Draper-White (or conflict) thesis, as it is generally known by historians of science, has become deeply ingrained in the fabric of Western culture over the last two hundred years. One can often find even leading intellectuals expounding it as gospel truth and also accusing historians of science, who try to correct them, of being religious apologists.
- Can Many-Worlds theory rescue us from Boltzmann Brains?
- The spiritual, reductionist consciousness of famed neuroscientist Christof Koch.
- A puke bucket and an ancient drug: is ayahuasca the future of PTSD treatment?
- The case for Christ: what's the evidence for the resurrection?
- The obscure religion that shaped the West.
- Ice Age art in Indonesia reveals how spiritual life transformed en route to Australia.
- Get lost in the mega-tunnels dug by ancient South American megafauna.
- On the latest Mysterious Universe podcast Leslie Kean discusses her new book Surviving Death.
- An Earth-like exoplanet with an atmosphere has been discovered for the first time.
- NASA funds 22 sci-fi proposals that could "expand how how we exlpore the universe".
- A sci-fi staple for decades, laser weapons are finally becoming reality in the U.S. military.
- Royal Astronomer predicts a catastrophic robot takeover soon.
- Quantum data storage in a single atom brings new computing era closer to reality.
- Curious circle shape on Mars raises some questions.
- Astronomers are attempting to capture the first-ever photograph of a black hole. I can only imagine how big a flash they're using...
Quote of the Day:
They are dismantling the sleeping middle class. More and more people are becoming poor. We are their cattle. We are being bred for slavery. We could be pets, we could be food, but all we really are is livestock.
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- News Briefs 03-04-2017 (Monday)
- Precognition Researcher Daryl Bem Responds to Criticism of His Famous Experiments
- News Briefs 04-04-2017 (Tuesday)
- Movie From a Parallel Universe: Found Footage of 'Non-Existent' Film "Shazaam" Puts the Mandela Effect Front and Center
- News Briefs 05-04-2017 (Wednesday)
- Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist Says He is 99% Sure That ESP is Real
- News Briefs 06-04-2017 (Thursday)
- Cassini's Grand Finale
- News Briefs 07-04-2017 (Friday)
- If John Carpenter Made a Pepsi Ad...
Have a good weekend!
Please fasten your seatbelt, we appear to be entering some turbulence...
- Funding the search for E.T. by using a lottery.
- Goldman Sachs says mining platinum from asteroids "is more realistic than perceived".
- Atmosphere containing water detected around rocky exoplanet.
- The man who brought the Swastika to Germany, and how the Nazis stole it.
- Consider for a moment the amazing amount of self-deception required to be a flat-earther.
- The worst part of globalisation? The brain-invading worms.
- The original Brexit: geologists unveil how Britain first separated from Europe - and it was catastrophic.
- Angkor Wat's collapse from climate change has lessons for today.
- Girl found living with monkeys in Indian forest.
- Catfish falls out of the sky, lands in Florida couple's pool.
- Octopuses do something really strange to their genes, and it might be connected to their extraordinary intelligence.
- Is matter conscious?
- Warner Bros. might have to pay $900 million if they can't prove that ghosts are real.
- Nobel Prize-winning physicist says he is 99% sure that ESP is real.
- Image(s) of the Day: Japan's colourful gravestone decorations protect the souls of lost children.
Quote of the Day:
What will we get for bombing Syria besides more debt and a possible long term conflict? Obama needs Congressional approval.
Bonus Bipartisan Quote of the Day:
I really believe that we should have, and still should, take out [Assad's] airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.