Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Is Chris Evans, Jensen Ackles, and the producers of the CW show Supernatural in cahoots to spring an April's Fool joke on unwary fans? Comicbookmovie.com has a theory so crazy, so diabolical in its cunning...it might actually be true!
The theory goes like this: even though Chris Evans was "confirmed" to be playing Steve Rogers in the new Captain America movie, it is really Supernatural's Jensen Ackles that has the role. And the secret is encoded, DaVinci Code style, within the March 25th episode of Supernatural:
Evidence #1: American flags prominently displayed throughout the episode, and a shot of Jensen Ackles with Mount Rushmore behind him.
Evidence #2: The carved initials “C.A” appear on a Bronco appeared right next to Jensen’s head.
Evidence #3: Jensen Ackles character was depicted eating many apple pies. As you know, apple pies are a symbol of America.
Evidence #4: Jensen finds a red, white, and blue motorcycle in a closet.
But the theory goes further. Not only is Chris Evans NOT going to play Captain America, but he's really going to play Hawkeye instead. It was all an elaborate con on fanboys.
What do you think? Was that Supernatural episode secretly coded with "Easter Eggs?" During Easter Week, no less?
The truth is out there.
You don't need to seek out a haunted house to find possible poltergeist activity. You can become a ghost-researcher from the comfort of your own home with these so-called haunted dolls sold on eBay.
This "Haunted Doll From The Tennessee Hollows" has quite a history to it, having allegedly been owned by an elderly Wiccan medium who died in a retirement home fire. One creepy detail the seller has added:
"Since I have owned the doll I have had to tape over her eyes to keep her from staring at me."
"Haunted Doll Brindle Needs A New Mom" is apparently a 6-time loser on eBay, but her seller has not given up hope. As she explains:
"She is 7 years old and desperately misses her brother Joey who did get bid on and given a new home. I would often find Brindle and Joey huddled together like they were telling each other secrets. I've heard her cry and whimper so many times since Joey was adopted. Its quite sad to hear."
Now you can have a chance to own Brindle & have her keep you up at night crying for Joey.
Haunted Doll Niami's owners tried to work with her in the beginning, "blending energies," when this supposedly happened:
"I was walking by the doll one day when I distinctly saw a white shadow on the wall beside it. The shadow was in the shape of a person, and I heard the words "Niami" said from a lovely voice, that seemed to whisper in my ear."
But it gets even better:
"A couple days later the whole family was in the living room, when suddenly my youngest daughter pointed to the edge of the room. We all looked in stunned amazement, as the doll was levitating at least 5 feet into the air."
oh but wait it gets even betterer:
"The next day I found the doll unexplainably sitting on the end of my bed, this was very odd, because I had been alone in the house all morning, and the doll had not been there just moments before. I picked the doll up, and it suddenly lifted from my arms and floated across the room. Then I realized, I was not alone... A beautiful woman in her 20's wearing a dark purple cloak stood across from me. The doll floated into her waiting arms, and she said the word Niami again. I asked her if this was her name, and she nodded."
BUT IT GETS EVEN BETTERER THAN THAT:
"Suddenly the woman turned into a white mist and the mist floated right through my body, and in that instant I felt all powerful! It was like all her knowledge and wisdom had been put inside of me, and it didn't leave. I knew everyone of her Spells, rituals, conjurations, and I knew that she was also far more powerful than any Witch I had ever met."
All that excitement for only $17 bucks + $8 Priority Mail.
Finally, Haunted Doll Amy Lynn comes with a "Certificate Of Authenticity" from "The American Paranormal Research Society" and has been deemed a "Class A Paranormal Object." The listing warns: "PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE AFRAID." Amy Lynn's EVPs are an impressive 23 in one week, and she boasts an EMF reading of 100.
"Up for bid is an amazing doll named Amylynn. She DIED IN 1912 at the age of 5. So She loves Cats and has a lovely personality. She was placed in the oraphanage from birth. She died at 5 in a hosital of pnemonia. she is looking for a lovely peaceful home around others. she really likes other people and longs to be a part of a loving family. She is very active and is desperately seeking a new home."
So are you seeking a very active doll of your very own that floats in the air and can transmit the wisdom of the ages directly into your brain via white mist? Then eBay is the place for you.
Mark Hogancamp has built a fantastic and detailed 1/6 scale World War II-era town called Marwencol right in his own backyard. Mark started the project to help recover his hand-eye coordination and deal with the emotional trauma after being being beaten into a coma outside a bar. I think it's really great how he turned that negative into such a remarkable positive that many people can enjoy. You can help support Mark & his family by purchasing one of the photo storybooks based on Marwencol here.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
An urban legend has cropped up that infamous occultist Aleister Crowley is depicted on the cover of Michael Jacksons album Dangerous (he's allegedly the Old Man on the bottom right):
Is this true? Did Michael Jackson, much like The Beatles before him, include an image of Crowley on his album cover?
P.T. Barnum and the "Old Man" on the Dangerous album cover
I'm all up for sinister conspiracy theories, but it seems far more likely that the image is that of P.T. Barnum. The reasons are as follows:
- Michael Jackson idolized P.T. Barnum and his sense of spectacle.
- The album cover has a circus theme.
- Tom Thumb is standing on the old man's head. Tom Thumb worked with P.T. Barnum
- The image of the old man looks more like Barnum than Crowley, though I will admit the hair resembles more the latter.
The mysterious Old Man with Tom Thumb on his head
That said, there is more than enough occult imagery on the Dangerous album cover to keep conspiratologists buzzing, such as the Masonic pillars, the nude girl standing on the hand holding an animal skull, MJ's all-seeing eye, and the (brrr) clowns.
The Dangerous album cover was painted by Mark Ryden, by the way. no stranger to incorporating outré & occult symbols in his work.
* "Meaning of the Michael Jackson's Dangerous Album"
* "The Illuminati (NWO) Killed Michael Jackson"
* "Dangerous Cover" at The Michael Jackson Code
* "A Cultural Autopsy of Michael Jackson"
In a discovery that has potential ramifications for Muslims and Jews, an Australian academic warns that pig's blood may be used in the making of cigarettes.
University of Sydney Professor in Public Health Simon Chapman has pointed out the results of a Dutch study that identified the use of pig hemoglobin in the manufacture of cigarette filters.
The tobacco industry is traditionally secretive about its manufacturing methods, though they voluntarily list the ingredients of their cigarettes on their websites. However, Professor Chapman warned that the pig's blood might be present in what these companies refer to only as "processing aids."
Both Muslims and Jews have religious requirements regarding the avoidance of pork. Vegetarians may also balk at the thought of using cigarette filters partially made from animals.
A YouTube user put together this vid showing an alleged subliminal hidden in an episode of Smallville. I say "alleged" not because I doubt it is a subliminal, but because it seems to be a case of "clever" product placement. The question then is: Are product placements really subliminal advertising given a new name?
Tumblr user Hexagonall's screen captures and gifs are pieces of art in themselves, a hallucinogenic tapestry of 80s-style electronic images and science-fiction motifs. Ranging from the transcendent to the apocalyptic, Hexagonall's site is a treasure-trove of inspiring images.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Ever wanted to make like your local fortune teller and "see" the future? Why spend money on a prognosticator when you can do it yourself for free (cost of materials not included)? I give you the run-down on 5 methods of divination you can learn to do yourself.
The art of divining the future using a book. This is probably the easiest route for you, as books are plentiful. Choosing a book that means something important to you might aid in your quest for uncanny answers, though a dictionary, magazine, or comic book could work just as well. Just concentrate on your question and point to a random page. The results could be spooky...or unintelligible.
4. I Ching
Reading the I Ching consists of casting 3 coins (or yarrow sticks, if you happen to have them around the house) to build a series of 6 lines called a hexagram. Then the hexagram pattern is looked up in a book called I Ching or Book of Changes, and a fortune is read. The resulting readings are often delightfully nuanced and intelligent, giving you a lot to meditate on; but you will have to buy one of the editions of the I Ching & learn the methodology. More on the I Ching and recommended editions in another post.
Runes for divination take the form of 24 stones inscribed with letters from an ancient Germanic alphabet. Each letter corresponds with a certain meaning that might require some work and knowledge on your end to interpret. For example, the letter tiwaz, with its arrow pointing upward, might obviously mean some sort of positivity or increase in relation to your question. But another letter might need more reflection. You can buy a set of runes or learn to make your own.
2. Dream Interpretation
This one seems deceptively easy: just remember your dream and attempt to interpret it as some possible augur of your future. The problem is this: while there might be some dream material that refers specifically/literally to your life and/or a possible future life event, the dreams could also be symbolic or the result of anxiety or wishful thinking. You could scare yourself to death by dreaming of your death but it might all be symbolic of a job ending or something. Good dream interpretation takes a lot of practice, trust in intuition, and research into universal & personal symbols.
This is probably one of the most popular forms of divination. It can be a lot of fun, very convenient to use, and great at parties. It also involves a bit of practice and study to really make the reading effective. I would give it six months of getting to know the meanings of the various cards and spreads before you really feel you've got the knack for it – but once you've got it it's like riding a bike, you'll never forget it. Also, the symbology of different decks are not necessarily the same, and you would need to take care in procuring a deck that's right for you.
There are, of course, other forms of divination that I haven't covered here: palmistry, the West African system of Ifa, using a pendulum, staring through a scrying mirror, etc. I've just listed the ones I've had personal experience with.
No matter what system you use, a really important word of advice: don't ask the same question twice or more in a row in a desperate attempt to secure the "right" (a.k.a. the one you want) answer. You really kill the spontaneity that way, and I think that spontaneity is very key to the efficacy your reading.
In a story with shades of the Chucky series, a mother in Tampa was shocked to discover that a talking Elmo doll was making death threats to her son.
Melissa Bowman claims that the Elmo Knows Your Name doll she gave to her 2-year-old son James repeatedly said the phrase "Kill James" in an eerie sing-song voice:
"It's not something that really you would think would ever come out of a toy. But once I heard, I was just kind of distraught."
Thinking that perhaps Elmo's voice was impaired due to low power, she replaced the batteries on the doll. BUT ELMO KEPT THREATENING TO KILL HER SON!!!!
James is now no longer allowed to play with Elmo Knows Your Name. Fisher-Price is investigating.
The exact contents of the Last Supper has increased exponentially over the years, say two U.S. researchers. The pair examined 52 paintings depicting the Last Supper from between 1000 and 2000 A.D., and found that over the course of time the amount of food contained within that most famous of dinners skyrocketed:
"Over a thousand years, the size of the main dish progressively grew by 69.2 per cent, plate size by 65.6 percent and bread size by 23.1 percent, they found."
The study was published in Britain's International Journal of Obesity.
Is there anything more heartwarming to a comic book fan than memories of the "superhero families" classic characters like Superman & Batman had? It often seemed to be a trio: Batman, Robin, Batgirl. Superman, Superboy, Supergirl. Even Space Ghost, Jace, and Jan. What made that particular grouping so perfect, so catchy? The answer may lie in Ancient Egypt.
It was Egyptian custom to have one's gods/goddesses in sets of three: triads. These triads fell into two basic types: Father/Mother/Son or Two Girls And A Guy. While Two Girls And A Guy might have evolved into your basic Archie/Veronica/Betty and Jack/Janet/Chrissy, the Father/Mother/Son proved to be the preferred triad in Ancient Egyptian society. Father/Mother/Son was considered "perfect" because it represented the standard family unit.
One of the most famous of the triads is Osiris/Isis/Horus. Isis was her own "character," but often female goddesses were invented from male gods to round out a triad on the spot, forcing a crude "feminization" of an established name. For example, Horus would have a feminine suffix attached to it, creating Horît. And from Amon came Amonît.
Now let's go back to the comic books and see how a similar phenomenon plays out. To complete the Batman triad, "girl" is added to Batman creating Batgirl. Now we have the triad of Batman/Batgirl/Robin. From Superman comes Supergirl, creating the triad of Superman/Supergirl/Superboy. Interestingly, the women in these superhero triads are not usually mothers, but "girls."
Even superheroes we might not think of as making the typical triad sort of fall into this pattern. For example, Reed Richards/Sue Richards/Johnny Storm. What about Ben Grimm? The two Richards and Storm are actual related family: a triad of two father/mother types and one younger "kid." From Hulk is created She-Hulk: a glaring absence is a Boy Hulk to complete the triad, though attempts have been made with characters like Hulkling & Skarr Son of Hulk.
It is my thesis that the reason the triad has been so long-lasting through the many centuries is because it is a primal archetype that has been "burned" in our collective unconscious. I mean, look at the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (an entity which is often considered "feminine"). Or Morpheus, Neo, and Trinity.
EDIT: How could I have forgotten one of the most famous superhero triads of all time:
Reference: The History of Egypt, Chaldea, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Vol. 1
Saturday, March 27, 2010
13-year-old Colin Carlson – a sophomore at the University of Connecticut who is seeking a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and another in environmental studies – has filed an age discrimination claim against his school.
The University of Connecticut had rejected his application to study abroad in South Africa for what they've said are concerns for his safety. But Mr. Carlson doesn't see it that way:
"I'm losing time in my four-year plan for college," he said. "They're upsetting the framework of one of my majors."
With more and more child prodigies cropping up worldwide, might this question of age discrimination become more of an issue? I mean, if she or he is old enough to perform brain surgery, might they also be old enough to drink or drive a car?
Colin was 4 when he read Harry Potter, and 11 when he graduated high-school.
This photorealistic sculpture of film director David Lynch's head is made by Jamie Salmon. It made me think of Henry's decapitated head in Lynch's Eraserhead:
"I like to use the human form as a way of exploring the nature of what we consider to be “real” and how we react when our visual perceptions of this reality are challenged."Found via Dangerous Minds
Friday, March 26, 2010
Is the new terrorist secret weapon explosives hidden in breast implants? Fox News is there:
"The shocking new Al Qaeda tactic involves radical doctors inserting the explosives in women's breasts during plastic surgery — making them "virtually impossible to detect by the usual airport scanning machines."But it's not just the female terrorists who might be using this particular method...
"MI5 has also discovered that extremists are inserting the explosives into the buttocks of some male bombers."
Remember when life was innocent and you'd just have things like knife-points jutting out of some female agent's bra? It takes real determination to shove explosives up your ass.
In this continuing series, I examine different unique interpretations about movies from around the Internet.
This installment focuses on YouTube user Warduck1's examination of the film Talladega Nights: The Legend Of Ricky Bobby. NOTE: this is not my theory, though I might present my own theories from time-to-time within this series.
THE THEORY: Talladega Nights is "Luciferian Propaganda," undermining Christianity.
Ricky Bobby's car number at the beginning of the film is 26, which represents "God" (according to Gematria, the numerical value of the name of God in Hebrew is formed of the Hebraic letters yod, he, waw and he = YHWH = 10+5+6+5=26) So at the beginning of the film, Ricky Bobby's career, with the 26-numbered car, is successful, "indicating his place in heaven with God."
The Number 26 = God
Ricky Bobby's rival, Jean Girard (Sacha Baron Cohen), also represents God. Jean Girard's sponsor is Perrier, representing the flood waters the Biblical God used in the story of Noah.
The race track represents heaven and a battle between God (Girard) and Lucifer (Ricky Bobby). When Ricky Bobby loses, it symbolizes Lucifer being cast out of heaven. As Jean Girard watches Ricky Bobby's breakdown from high on the stands, he proclaims: "C'est finis," which = "It is finished" from the Bible, John 19:30.
Ricky Bobby's career is now over, and he has to move in with his mom, who says "It is a new age." This refers to new age philosophy, which is in this viewpoint "occult" and "anti-Christian."
When Ricky Bobby makes his comeback, the word on his car is "ME" symbolizing the Luciferian concept of self-worship. Also, the number on his car is reversed from 26 to 62, representing the Antichrist.
The final battle with Ricky & Jean ends in a tie. Ricky (Lucifer) is now on the same level as Girard (God). Also, by beating Girard in the foot race, Ricky proves himself to be even better than God. Thus: the movie is set up to undermine Christianity by showing Lucifer as the victor. At the end of the movie, Ricky changes his nickname to that of the Devil: "Just call me El Diablo."
I do not agree with all of the religious beliefs expressed by this theorist, but I do respect the process of deriving deeper meaning from pop-culture. The Jean Girard = God thing doesn't really have me convinced, though it was a nice use of numerology with the cars.
What do you think?
Watch the original video "Hollywood's Satanic Agenda: Talladega Nights":
A word that's been tossed around a lot on LOST recently is "candidate." The character Jacob is apparently selecting "candidates" to take over watching the island after his passing. When we look at the history behind the word, things really start to fit:
The word "candidate" is taken from the Latin candidatus, which meant "clothed in white." This was a white different from ordinary whiteness (which the Romans called albus), something far more glistening and spectacular. Something pure.
In Ancient Roman times, people seeking office would "prove" their worthiness for the position by wearing a spotless white toga smeared with chalk. The off-white chalk would be contrasted by the gleaming whiteness of the toga fabric, demonstrating the trustworthiness and purity of the person.
And so the word candidatus – clothed in white – became associated with persons running for office and other official positions, and the rest is history.
Interesting for LOST-ologists to note is that one of Jacob's trademarks is his simple cotton white shirt. One would assume that if one of the candidates actually becomes Head Island Watcher, she or he might wear similar clothing. Jacob is also theorized to be some sort of deity representing Good, again leading back to the concept of wearing white = goodness.
Reference: Thereby Hangs A Tale: Hundreds of Stories of Curious Word Origins by Charles Earle Funk
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Some conspiracy theorists believe that there is an out-of-place time-traveler in this 1940 photo. Can you spot him? What do you think?
Source: Bralorne Pioneer Museum
Source: Bralorne Pioneer Museum
Being a werewolf hunter is pretty awesome, but to assume the mantle of "werewolf and chud hunter" is quite unique. Nevertheless, Bainbridge Island police didn't seem to appreciate this shirtless sword-waving 35-year-old man's attempts to rid his local Ace Hardware of the beasts.
From the official police report:
"The subject was detained and questioned about his behavior. The detained male reported that he was “Hunting Werewolves and Chuds.” He told police he was concerned about his safety. The man advised officers that the Werewolves and Chuds in many cases took the form of humans."
It's apparent that several of the news outlets covering this story do not know what "chuds" are, so a brief lesson is order.
C.H.U.D. was a 1984 horror film about scary cannibal creatures; the acronym is for "Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers." These creatures used to be normal like you or I (well, maybe like you), but exposure to radioactive material transformed them into hideous monsters that must live underground. While panned by the critics, C.H.U.D. became a cult classic.
While people believing they were hunting werewolves goes back for centuries, this is the first time I've heard of a C.H.U.D. hunter. Since C.H.U.D. was based on urban legends about the dangers lurking under the city landscape (as well as the Morlock race as invented by H. G. Wells), I don't find it that surprising.
THE MORE YOU KNOW:
The Werewolf in Lore and Legend by Montague Summers
43 Things: Become A Werewolf Hunter
The Straight Dope: Are There Really "Mole People" Living Under The Streets Of NYC?"