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PopRocks
Jul 4, 2003

WTF am I reading?

One of my favorites from the last thread, the Japanese Aum Shinrikyo cult:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aum_Shinrikyo

Specifically, their time spent in the Australian outback:
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banjawarn_station
The mysterious seismic event makes this page really unnerving.

The cult used their time in Western Australia to plan the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tokyo_subway_gas_attack

Something about this desolate area being so remote that nobody notices what a bunch of cultist terrorists are up to. The seismic event was probably a natural phenomenon like an asteroid that disintegrated before impact, but the nobody knows aspect just gets to me. Like, the fact that it's even possible that a cult could be working on WMDs is pretty bizarre to consider.

I read a pretty great article on how the cult thrived due to the culture in Japan following WW II, I wish I could remember who wrote it.

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Sand Monster
Apr 13, 2008



Speaking of potential nuclear tests conducted in secret in remote areas, I've always found this article interesting:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vela_Incident

quote:

The Vela Incident — sometimes referred to as the South Atlantic Flash — was an unidentified "double flash" of light detected by an American Vela Hotel satellite on September 22, 1979, near the Prince Edward Islands off Antarctica, which many believe was of nuclear origin. The most widespread theory among those who believe the flash was of nuclear origin is that it resulted from a joint South African and Israeli nuclear test.[1][2][3] The topic remains highly disputed today.

Rapman the Cook
Aug 24, 2013

by Ralp


Why start a new thread just to post all the same things again?

PopRocks
Jul 4, 2003

WTF am I reading?

Rapman the Cook posted:

Why start a new thread just to post all the same things again?

Because it's "post your favorite" not "post your brand new, never before seen" and the old thread is long and the best can be curated and distilled in the first couple pages of this thread to get the ball rolling on articles that may not have been posted before.

Edit for content: The Voynich manuscript:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voynich_manuscript
600 year old D&D guide, poorly translated book of plants, or document proving extra-terrestrial contact or hollow earth theory.

New developments:
http://www.beds.ac.uk/news/2014/feb...shire-professor

PopRocks has a new favorite as of 14:47 on May 6, 2014

Literally Kermit
Mar 4, 2012
t


Rapman the Cook posted:

Why start a new thread just to post all the same things again?

I'll do my best to put some of the old threads in the OP (or under it) if that helps.

Do your part! Find us some cool scary wikipedia goodness! I believe in you.

Edit: In fact, lemme add some potentially new content! I didn't see this one last thread (and i read the whole loving thing) but there was, amusingly, a goon with a nickname alluding to these chucklefucks:

Meet Leopold and Loeb

WIkipeda posted:

Nathan Freudenthal Leopold, Jr. (November 19, 1904 – August 29, 1971)[1] and Richard Albert Loeb (June 11, 1905 – January 28, 1936), more commonly known as "Leopold and Loeb", were two wealthy University of Chicago law students who kidnapped and murdered 13-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks in 1924 in Chicago.[2]

The duo was motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime.

A letter from Leopold posted:

"A superman ... is, on account of certain superior qualities inherent in him, exempted from the ordinary laws which govern men. He is not liable for anything he may do."

Leopold was a huge fan of Nietzsche, and the concept of the Ubermensch, which easily rubbed off on Loeb. They wanted to kidnap and murder a random boy while also collecting ransom from that boy's family. And naturally, they wanted to not get caught which shouldn't be a problem since they were supermen, right?

The horrific details of Bobby Franks' murder I will leave to the article, but spoilers: they hosed up royally. The key factor of their downfall was... Leopold himself:

quote:

Though Leopold went about his day to day routine quietly, Loeb involved himself in the police investigations as much as possible. He offered theories to reporters and whoever else would listen. He even went as far as to say "If I were to murder anybody, it would be such a cocky little son of a bitch as Bobby Franks".[citation needed]

For a while, the hunt for clues seemed hopeless. However, Detective Hugh Patrick Byrne, while searching for evidence, discovered a pair of eyeglasses near the body. Though common in prescription and frame, these glasses were equipped with an unusual hinge mechanism (patent 1,342,973[19]). In Chicago, only three people had purchased glasses with such a mechanism, one of whom was Nathan Leopold.[20] (Leopold's glasses are now in the Chicago History Museum.[21])

(A citation of him stealth-boasting was in mentioned in the crime encyclopedia I had when I was younger, and a lot of my links will be what I remember of that book)
The cops also found the destroyed typewriter L&L used to type up the ransom note; they had neglected to fully destroy the parts that easily matched it to the note.

The crime was sensational of its time, given the age, wealth, and motives of the two boys. Read the full article for the sordid details.

Leopold repented somewhat after Loeb died in a prison fight. He was paroled for good behavior and for volunteering to test malaria treatments and lived the remaineder of his life trying to clear Loeb's name (again, see article)

Ironically, upon his death, Leopold's corneas were donated. They never gave him luck, anyway.

Literally Kermit has a new favorite as of 16:06 on May 6, 2014

Erghh
Sep 24, 2007
"Stuff"


hey man lookin' good

Content: Nazi-ish enclave in Chile

Colonia Dignidad posted:


Nazi ties

Both the Central Intelligence Agency and Simon Wiesenthal have presented evidence of the presence at the colony of the infamous Nazi concentration camp doctor Josef Mengele, known as the "Angel of Death" for his lethal experiments on human subjects during the Holocaust.[5]

Tortures

During the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet the Colonia Dignidad served as a special torture center. In 1991, Chile’s National Commission for Truth and Reconciliation concluded “that a certain number of people apprehended by the DINA were really taken to Colonia Dignidad, held prisoner there for some time, and that some of them were subjected to torture, and that besides DINA agents, some of the residents there were involved in these actions.”[6]

This was reported in the March 1977 Amnesty International report, "disappeared prisoners in Chile".[7]


...and a whole bunch of other poo poo involving sexual abuse, weapons caches, disappearances and who knows how deep the rabbit hole goes. IIRC there were some interesting blog posts floating around out there by people who actually traveled there.

KoRMaK
Jul 31, 2012

Easter was an Inside Job


Literally Kermit posted:

It's not just space junk orbiting the earth, it's space junk that has been directly orbiting the sun and periodically returning to earth's orbit for a few years, roughly every forty years. It's most likely the second stage of Apollo 12, meaning it's a piece of equipment that put men on the moon. It's an accidental time capsule, in a way.



This is a picture of the S-IVB stage of Apollo 17, identical to the orbiting J002E3. Barring the unforeseen, it'll continue that semi-stable orbit that it began before many of us were born, and long after we're all dead.

Also, it'll show up twice as much as Halley's Comet. I was six when it last passed by earth, and I have a clear memory of watching it. This same comet has buzzed us every 74- 79 years, and boy did it ever gently caress with our ancestor's heads.

Occasionally, it may have also hosed with their lively-hoods:


That is, a fragment came down, blew up enough dust in the atmosphere to effect harvests, and led to a demand for imported food from far away places, such as Egypt and China. This helped spread disease-carrying rats and caused the first known outbreak of the bubonic plague. Evidence of it being from the comet comes from samples from Greenland, which shows the dust that settled around that time contained traces of stuff usually found in comets.

Halley's Comet will return in 2061, heralding another scary and unnerving thing - Claymation Mark Twain. The real Mark Twain was born on a year the comet was near earth, and died in 1910, the next time Halley's Comet visited. He saw it out.

Just to be clear, the plague wasn't riding through space on the comet right? It's just that it kicked up enough dust to make humans change how far they would travel, and some far off place had a disease that propagated. Am I paraphrasing that correctly?

quote:

Evidence of it being from the comet comes from samples from Greenland, which shows the dust that settled around that time contained traces of stuff usually found in comets.
This is just referring to the dust and not embedded fossilized plague stuff that originated from the comet, right?

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.

KoRMaK posted:

Just to be clear, the plague wasn't riding through space on the comet right? It's just that it kicked up enough dust to make humans change how far they would travel, and some far off place had a disease that propagated. Am I paraphrasing that correctly?

Yes; the temporary climate changes affected migration patterns and the alimentary supply chain, which caused plague-carrying parasites to be carried into previously unaffected area.

Literally Kermit
Mar 4, 2012
t


KoRMaK posted:

Just to be clear, the plague wasn't riding through space on the comet right? It's just that it kicked up enough dust to make humans change how far they would travel, and some far off place had a disease that propagated. Am I paraphrasing that correctly?

This is just referring to the dust and not embedded fossilized plague stuff that originated from the comet, right?

Yeah. The comet fragment just hosed with growing crops and hunting game, which caused a demand for food from far away, which caused the already existing plague to find new places to infect.

The presence of comet dust just served to identify why so much dust was settling at that period, and the rest is connecting the dots. If it had been volcanic dust found in those layers, we'd look to possible links to volcano eruptions around that timeframe.

The unnerving part is that many ancient cultures considered a comet an omen, and in this one case it did bring woe. Also, that nifty comet I saw as a kid has the potential to gently caress up the environment far more efficiently and faster than we can (and Lord knows, we try).


Fake edit:

FrozenVent posted:

Yes; the temporary climate changes affected migration patterns and the alimentary supply chain, which caused plague-carrying parasites to be carried into previously unaffected area.

This post is saying the same thing only shorter and more efficient. Thus, I was beaten.

SylvainMustach
Dec 12, 2007

Superior Trash Talk!


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.

I think someone mentioned in the previous thread that he was a goon. True or not, it lead me to wonder if there were any other killers who frequented the forums.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Cunanan
Andrew Cunanan seemed like a fairly successful and well adjusted gay man until he started to prostitute himself and appear in increasingly sadomasochistic pornography. The especially creepy touch about this guy isn't in mentioned in the article, but in a chilling piece of foreshadowing, he filled the space of his high school year book typically reserved for comments, memories and song lyrics with the quote from the court of Louis XV.

quote:

“…Apres Moi, Le Deluge…”
or
“…After Me, The Storm (or Flood)…”

He would go on a little killing spree, ultimately ending with the death of Fashion designer Gianni Versace (followed by suicide).

The level of crimes that both of these guys committed, with seemingly little hesitation, premeditation or real motive (well one of Cunanan's seemed to have a motive), really creeped me out. I'm a true crime buff but I legitimately found these guys to be chilling.

As for a creepy, recently captured, Serial Killer, we have Israel Keyes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israel_Keyes

Israel is unique in having killed over a long span (starting in the Early 90s and only ending around two years ago) with little to no victim profile and almost no media attention. This is largely due to the fact that there weren't many connections made early on between his crimes, both due to the differing profiles of the victims and their distance geographically.

He also left behind a long and rambling suicide note.

The Ape of Naples
Jul 24, 2007
This Goon is a Dumb Prick!

Grimey Drawer

SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.

I think someone mentioned in the previous thread that he was a goon. True or not, it lead me to wonder if there were any other killers who frequented the forums.


I think there was a thread where a goon was saying his mother was in contact/mailing letters with some criminal and it turned out to be this guy. This was soon after he got caught so it's possible that it was all a troll but it did weirdly make him a little more 'real'.

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.

SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Cunanan
Andrew Cunanan seemed like a fairly successful and well adjusted gay man until he started to prostitute himself and appear in increasingly sadomasochistic pornography. The especially creepy touch about this guy isn't in mentioned in the article, but in a chilling piece of foreshadowing, he filled the space of his high school year book typically reserved for comments, memories and song lyrics with the quote from the court of Louis XV.


He would go on a little killing spree, ultimately ending with the death of Fashion designer Gianni Versace (followed by suicide).

To be a bit more accurate, that quote uses the word déluge, which is the French word for the biblical flood Noah built a boat for. So it's basically "After me, the end."

Twat McTwatterson
May 31, 2011


Stupid_Sexy_Flander posted:

As much as people worry about climate change, the planet is going to be just fine. We'll be dead and extinct, but mother nature is gonna keep on truckin'.

Climate change is bad for humans, but not for the earth. The earth don't give a gently caress. It's been here for 4 billion years- time is not an issue to the earth. 99% of everything that has ever lived is extinct. The earth has been cold, hot, molten, what have you. It doesn't care.

Nausea
Sep 2, 2009


SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.

I think someone mentioned in the previous thread that he was a goon. True or not, it lead me to wonder if there were any other killers who frequented the forums.

It's mentioned in the article, but it's doubly hosed up because you can find the video of him killing the guy, having sex with the body, and dismembering it. All to the tune of New Order's "True Faith".

Similarly, i can never listen to Bjork's - "I remember you" without thinking of this guy:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricard...B3pez_(stalker)

quote:

On September 12, 1996, López mailed the device to Björk's residence in London, and filmed the final entry in his video diary, entitled "Last Day - Ricardo López". In the video, López paints his head in red, black and green greasepaint, shaves his head, and kills himself with a gun in his mouth next to a hand painted sign that reads "The best of me" (it is assumed that López intended on covering the sign with his blood and brain matter as a result of the gunshot) while Björk's song, "I Remember You", plays in the background. The videotape, which was still in López's camera as police discovered the body, continued to roll as López lay motionless in his apartment. Björk's relationship with Goldie ended a week before López mailed the device and killed himself.

Celery Face
Feb 18, 2012


SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.
He auditioned for some reality show and even if I hadn't about him when I saw that, I still would have gotten a serial killer vibe. He sounds like Buffalo Bill with a weird, stereotypical Canadian accent (though he's probably doing that on purpose).

http://www.thestar.com/news/2012/05...ality_show.html

Celery Face has a new favorite as of 03:04 on May 7, 2014

bucksmash
Mar 11, 2002

ahh I love takos


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salish...oot_discoveries

Basically, over the last several years, random feet have been turning up in the waters around British Columbia and Washington state. Some have been identified, others are still unknown. The weird thing is in almost every single case, the severed foot was still inside a shoe.

quote:

Since August 20, 2007, several detached human feet have been discovered on the coasts of the Salish Sea in British Columbia (Canada) and Washington (United States). The feet belonged to five men, one woman, and three other people of unknown sex, the two left feet having been matched with two of the right feet. As of February 2012, only five feet of four people have been identified; it is not known to whom the rest of the feet belong. In addition, a hoax "foot" was planted on Vancouver Island.

Thankfully they seem to have tapered off.

Until today.

ozza
Oct 23, 2008



bucksmash posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salish...oot_discoveries

Basically, over the last several years, random feet have been turning up in the waters around British Columbia and Washington state. Some have been identified, others are still unknown. The weird thing is in almost every single case, the severed foot was still inside a shoe.


Thankfully they seem to have tapered off.

Until today.

I thought this had been solved. If memory serves, it was deduced that the feet came from suicides. Someone would take the plunge off a bridge somewhere, and get washed out to sea. The ankle joint would break away from the leg after a few days in the water, and then the ocean currents would take the feet back to shore.

Edit: memory did serve http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/936778-129/story.html

Nemesis Of Moles
Jul 25, 2007



There was a thread in Old GBS about the feet thing, and my favorite response was 'What if they test them and they all come back as the same person?'

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009

The Boeing 737-200QC is the undisputed workhorse of the skies.

Nemesis Of Moles posted:

There was a thread in Old GBS about the feet thing, and my favorite response was 'What if they test them and they all come back as the same person?'

Orphan Black season 3 writes itself.

Hihohe
Oct 4, 2008

Fuck you and the sun you live under



Twat McTwatterson posted:

Climate change is bad for humans, but not for the earth. The earth don't give a gently caress. It's been here for 4 billion years- time is not an issue to the earth. 99% of everything that has ever lived is extinct. The earth has been cold, hot, molten, what have you. It doesn't care.

gently caress your hippie bullshit I bet if we stuffed enough nukes in mother nature's stupid face we could crack her like krypton. I'd bet she'd remember that

Twat McTwatterson
May 31, 2011


Green children of woolpit has always been an interesting tale: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_children_of_Woolpit

Just an old medieval story but curious nonetheless.

Jambo Jambos
Sep 3, 2011


http://allkindsofhistory.wordpress....-at-worlds-end/

Bouvet Island lies in the furthest reaches of the storm-wracked Southern Ocean, far south even of the Roaring Forties. It is a speck of ice in the middle of a freezing fastness: a few square miles of uninhabited volcanic basalt groaning under several hundred feet of glacier, scraped raw by gales, shrouded by drifts of sea-fog, and utterly devoid of trees, shelter, or landing places.

So how did a rowing boat, a forty-four gallon drum and a pair of oars appear on the island. Whose were they? What happened them?

Juanito
Jan 20, 2004

I wasn't paying attention
to what you just said.

Can you repeat yourself
in a more interesting way?


Hell Gem

Jambo Jambos posted:

http://allkindsofhistory.wordpress....-at-worlds-end/

Bouvet Island lies in the furthest reaches of the storm-wracked Southern Ocean, far south even of the Roaring Forties. It is a speck of ice in the middle of a freezing fastness: a few square miles of uninhabited volcanic basalt groaning under several hundred feet of glacier, scraped raw by gales, shrouded by drifts of sea-fog, and utterly devoid of trees, shelter, or landing places.

So how did a rowing boat, a forty-four gallon drum and a pair of oars appear on the island. Whose were they? What happened them?
I knew about Bouvet Island, but never had heard about the boat, oars and drum being left there. Very interesting read.

That blog is pretty awesome too.

Phobophilia
Apr 26, 2008
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SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.

I think someone mentioned in the previous thread that he was a goon. True or not, it lead me to wonder if there were any other killers who frequented the forums.

It's... actually stranger than that. I'd vaguely remembered the guy's name popping up in the context of Karla Homolka (on these very forums), I'd punched the guy's name into google, and nothing substantial appeared. What had been happening was that he'd been attention-seeking throughout the entire internet, setting up pages and facebook profiles and even writing up his own wikipedia page (which were promptly deleted because he wasn't notable).

It's only after he'd been doing this poo poo for years that he finally mans up and murders someone. I was definitely surprised when his name popped up again. Congrats dude, you finally have your attention.

Saiphiriel
Dec 31, 2007


*munchie* *munchie* Hase

I like unexplained deaths and possibly spy / double agent stories like this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isdal_Woman

Wikipedia posted:

The Isdal woman is the subject of an unsolved case involving an unidentified woman found dead at Isdalen Valley in Bergen, Norway on 29 November 1970. Considered one of Norway's most profound mysteries, the case has been the subject of intense speculation over the years regarding the identity of the victim, the events leading up to her death and the cause of death. Public interest in the case remains significant.[1]
The woman was found in a part of Isdalen popularly known as "Death Valley", which lies in the direction towards Mount Ulriken. Next to the scene police found a burned-out passport. The autopsy showed that the woman had suffered blunt force trauma to the neck and had taken several sleeping pills before she died. The official police report concluded suicide, but this conclusion is highly controversial.

It reminds of one of my alltime favourites, the Taman Shud Case:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Shud_case

Wikipedia posted:

The Taman Shud Case, also known as the Mystery of the Somerton Man, is an unsolved case of an unidentified man found dead at 6:30 a.m., 1 December 1948, on Somerton beach in Adelaide, South Australia. It is named after a phrase, tamam shud, meaning "ended" or "finished" in Persian, on a scrap of the final page of The Rubaiyat, found in the hidden pocket of the man's trousers.

Fragrag
Aug 3, 2007
The Worst Admin Ever bashes You in the head with his banhammer. It is smashed into the body, an unrecognizable mass! You have been struck down.

SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.

I think someone mentioned in the previous thread that he was a goon. True or not, it lead me to wonder if there were any other killers who frequented the forums.

Goon murderers? Well, there was Bomber1666. I remember the thread shortly after I registered and I remember several goons coming out the woodwork who were somehow related to the victims.

Juanito
Jan 20, 2004

I wasn't paying attention
to what you just said.

Can you repeat yourself
in a more interesting way?


Hell Gem

forbiddenforum posted in TFR a few times, including talking about getting revenge on people who had destroyed his Halloween pumpkin. He got banned a few days before he put on a cape, helmet and paintball mask and shot and killed two of his neighbors and then himself.

http://murderpedia.org/male.F/f/freund-william.htm

People found places where he'd posted online, just wanting someone to be his friend.

Ignimbrite
Jan 5, 2010

BALLS BALLS BALLS


Dinosaur Gum

Hihohe posted:

gently caress your hippie bullshit I bet if we stuffed enough nukes in mother nature's stupid face we could crack her like krypton. I'd bet she'd remember that

Nature - from space, not nice old mother earth, that is, - can do us one better. Gamma Ray Bursts.

Basically, when a big enough star goes supernova, or hypernova, even, it will release a pulse of extremely energetic particles along its primary axis. We can see gamma ray bursts from other galaxies safely - hell, it's how we actually figure out how far away they are. But, if we had a star with the right orientation, pointing right at us, produce a gamma ray burst, we'd all be dead quick enough we couldn't literally see it coming until it was too late, not that we could actually DO anything about it, either. One of the big mass extinctions before the dinosaurs (The ordovician-silurian extinction event) could have been caused by a gamma ray burst.

Don't gently caress with nature.

Rev. Bleech_
Oct 19, 2004

We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte - just delivered the BUMB, the Hiroshima bumb. Eleven hundred men went into the water.


Juanito posted:

forbiddenforum posted in TFR a few times, including talking about getting revenge on people who had destroyed his Halloween pumpkin. He got banned a few days before he put on a cape, helmet and paintball mask and shot and killed two of his neighbors and then himself.

http://murderpedia.org/male.F/f/freund-william.htm

People found places where he'd posted online, just wanting someone to be his friend.

thus leading to one of my favorite FYAD flags

SerialKilldeer
Apr 25, 2014



liquid courage posted:

Along those lines (and to include a Wikipedia link) anyone interested in this stuff should absolutely check out the Conet Project. It's the largest compilation of numbers stations recordings that I've come across and although the website the recording were hosted on looks to have gone offline, there's an archive.org page with all of the recordings on the compilation. I've listened to several dozen or so of these and some of them are short loops of jingles followed by a synthesized voice speaking a series of numbers and letters. Fascinating stuff considering numbers stations are still in use today and only a select few have any idea what a particular message means.

That compilation was rereleased last year with a new CD of "noise stations"-- ones that transmit only bizarre sounds, possibly for the purpose of interfering with enemy communications. It's not on archive, but there are samples here:
http://www.forcedexposure.com/Catalog/IRD.TCP1.html

For Wikipedia content, I find Pfiesteria piscicida pretty unnerving:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pfiesteria_piscicida
It's a highly toxic dinoflagellate (microscopic marine algae) with a complex life cycle, which not only causes massive fish-killing blooms but has nasty symptoms in humans:

quote:

memory loss
confusion
acute skin burning (on direct contact with water); or
three or more of an additional set of conditions (headaches, skin rash, eye irritation, upper respiratory irritation, muscle cramps, and gastrointestinal complaints (i.e., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and/or abdominal cramps).

kecske
Feb 28, 2011






Soiled Meat

Remember when you made bubbles as a kid there was always one that lasted way longer than the others? Now imagine that one bubble is the universe:

quote:

For decades, scientific models of our universe have included the possibility that it exists as a long-lived, but not completely stable, sector of space, which could potentially at some time be destroyed upon 'toppling' into a more stable vacuum state. The Standard Model of particle physics opens the possibility of calculating whether the universe's present state is likely to be stable or merely long-lived. A catastrophic bubble of "true vacuum" could theoretically occur at any time or place in the universe, which means (because the bubble of "true vacuum" will expand at the speed of light) the end of our false vacuum could occur at any time.

If the Standard Model is correct, the particles and forces we observe in our universe exist as they do because of underlying quantum fields. Quantum fields can have states of differing stability, including 'stable', 'unstable', or 'metastable' (meaning, long-lived but capable of being "toppled" in the right circumstances). If a more stable vacuum state were able to arise, then existing particles and forces would no longer arise as they presently do. Different particles or forces would arise from (and be shaped by) whatever new quantum states arose. The world we know depends upon these particles and forces, so if this happened, everything around us, from subatomic particles to galaxies, and all fundamental forces, would be reconstituted into new fundamental particles and forces and structures.

A hypothetical 'vacuum metastability' event would be theoretically possible if our universe was in fact part of a metastable (false) vacuum in the first place. A false vacuum is one that appears stable, and is stable within certain limits and conditions, but is capable of being disrupted and entering a different state which is more stable. If this were the case, a bubble of lower-energy vacuum could come to exist by chance or otherwise in our universe, and catalyze the conversion of our universe to a lower energy state in a volume expanding at nearly the speed of light, destroying all that we know without forewarning.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_vacuum


Olewithmilk
Jun 30, 2006

What?


Dinosaur Gum

vuohiliitto posted:

Remember when you made bubbles as a kid there was always one that lasted way longer than the others? Now imagine that one bubble is the universe:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/False_vacuum




On working on the theory:

quote:

The possibility that we are living in a false vacuum has never been a cheering one to contemplate. Vacuum decay is the ultimate ecological catastrophe; in the new vacuum there are new constants of nature; after vacuum decay, not only is life as we know it impossible, so is chemistry as we know it. However, one could always draw stoic comfort from the possibility that perhaps in the course of time the new vacuum would sustain, if not life as we know it, at least some structures capable of knowing joy. This possibility has now been eliminated.

DStecks
Feb 6, 2012



Olewithmilk posted:

On working on the theory:




This wikipedia article guest-written by HP Lovecraft.

grate deceiver
Jul 10, 2009


Olewithmilk posted:

On working on the theory:





I don't know, with the universe being as huge as it is, the sun turning into a red giant seems like a more immediate threat than this bubble ever reaching Earth. Hope this cheers you up

Shyrka
Feb 10, 2005

Small Boss likes to spin!

grate deceiver posted:

I don't know, with the universe being as huge as it is, the sun turning into a red giant seems like a more immediate threat than this bubble ever reaching Earth. Hope this cheers you up

But we know the sun won't do that for like a billion years. Vacuum decay could happen at any moment, anywhere!

As could gamma ray bursts, asteroid impacts, supervolcanoes, etc.

Zeroisanumber
Oct 23, 2010



Nap Ghost

I remember reading a sci fi story once, I can't remember the name offhand, where the world was spinning along just doing its thing when all of the sudden combustion just stopped working. The False Vacuum idea reminds me of that.

grate deceiver
Jul 10, 2009


Shyrka posted:

Vacuum decay could happen at any moment, anywhere!

Yeah, my point is the anywhere part. If the observable universe is about 100 billion ly across, then the likelihood of it happening anywhere near us is pretty low. It would have to start within something like 10 000 ly radius for us to give a crap.

Fatty Crabcakes
Jan 31, 2008

HISSSSSSSSSSSSS



SylvainMustach posted:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_Magnotta

Luke Magnotta. One of the grisliest killers in a long time, kills Chinese student, dismembers the corpse and sends out the limbs to various Canadian political parties. Guys like this, at least in the past, tend to escalate so it was amazing, and fortunate, that he was caught relatively soon after his first murder.
And posted a video of himself dismembering the poor dude and buttfucking what remained of the corpse.

The Ape of Naples
Jul 24, 2007
This Goon is a Dumb Prick!

Grimey Drawer

grate deceiver posted:

Yeah, my point is the anywhere part. If the observable universe is about 100 billion ly across, then the likelihood of it happening anywhere near us is pretty low. It would have to start within something like 10 000 ly radius for us to give a crap.

Yeah. For all we know, it could be happening right now very, very far away.

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Son of Thunderbeast
Sep 21, 2002

Hey, Adora.



Grimey Drawer

or it could have started a lot closer, and might hit us any second n

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