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A highlight from The Skeptics Guide #916 - Jan 28 2023
"Joining me this week are bob novella. Hey everybody. Harris Santa Maria. Howdy, Jay novella. Hey guys, and Evan Bernstein. Good evening, folks. So have you guys heard the news about what Pope Francis said about the LGBTQ community? No. What do you say? I didn't know. I did not. It's pretty interesting. And I think it shows how far we've come in a way, but basically, you know, Pope Francis, who, by the way, now has a personal adviser who is openly gay. Who ten years ago considered each other mortal enemies. By his own words, not Pope Francis, but did the guy. But this is Juan Carlos Cruz. Pope Francis gave a major speech where he basically said a couple of things. One is that we have to distinguish something that is a sin from something that should be a crime. And he said, there's nothing about homosexuality that means it should be a crime. You know, it's still the position of the Catholic Church that homosexuality is they use a specific word, but it basically means unnatural. And it goes against the will of God. But that two things. It's not a crime, which is important because the Catholic Church has supported criminalizing homosexuality in the past. There are still some Catholic bishops in certain countries around the world that do that. But it's now the official position of the Catholic Church to oppose laws which criminalize homosexuality. Amazing. Or the LGBTQ in any way. And he said, while homosexuality may go against God, it's it goes even more against God is even more of a basically to not respect somebody's dignity. And that basically the Catholic Church needs to be open to the LGBTQ community, right? So basically with the should be respected, they should be welcomed. They shouldn't be criminalized. It still is saying, but you know, we're not there. We're not going to make a big deal about it. Basically. Which is really a change for the Catholic Church. I mean, think about that. You know, Steve, ever since, you know, the whole child, you know, child abuse epidemic that they had going on, you know, it was institutionalized child abuse on a level that is doubt has been rivaled by any other organization. To hear them try to have any kind of moral high ground or play it off like they're the good guys to me is laughable. Well, it's true, but just a movement towards progress. I don't think it's about going look at us for so high and mighty, is it? I mean, there might be an element of trying to buff up the brand a little bit. I mean, they're not doing well in a lot of communities. But Pope is a more progressive post. Absolutely. I think he's legitimately more progressive. I think he really means what he says, and it is progress. It's not the progress that I think a progressive person would think as far enough. No, it's definitely not. But it's a remarkable change. Yeah, but even still, like, one very minor good deed, you know, it's like, let's just forget about all that crazy stuff. I don't think these and therefore forget all the child abuse scandal. No, but the fact is that they haven't even addressed the child abuse thing adequately. That's the real thing. Well, that's true. That's true. That is true. So we had that kind of lingering. You know, it's like, okay, well, yeah, great, great move, like you've taken basically a half a step in the right direction. But how about owning up to and trying to make amends on some way in some way to the incredible crimes that you committed? You know, that's why I look at this and I'm like, yeah, okay, I think you're right. I think this is a branding thing, if anything. Yeah, I mean, I'm not that cynical. I do think it's a legitimate move against hard to know what the motives are and I wouldn't just assume the most cynical position. But it is fair to say, that's great. Now what about all the buggery? Let's talk about that. But also responding positively when somebody or an institution or whatever does something positive even if it's a halfway step and even if it's not in other things we'd like to see is good positive reinforcement. I think we should you give the devil is due, right? This is a move in the right direction we should acknowledge it as such and accept it as such and go from there that doesn't mean we give them a pass or we forget the other things that are highly problematic. Certainly doesn't absolve them. And if the Pope says it, I don't understand really how the law of Catholicism works as far as the Pope goes. I mean, you know, Francis won't be there forever and what's to stop the next Pope from coming in and basically just reversing that statement and saying the church's position is something different now and that's the way that is. Yeah. The problem establishes what the church's position is. Yeah, the thing about the Pope is the Pope is supposed to be the mouthpiece of God. So when the Pope says something like this, from a religious point of view, it's supposed to be what God wants. You know what I mean? I think they're very careful about kind of undoing stuff that other popes have done because you know that's ultimately pretty ridiculous. And there's a council of some sort or a cardinals or I'm not sure what does the Pope have to basically get, you know, need the support of whatever kind of counsels there are to help back him up on these kinds of proclamations. I think if that's what it is. Maybe politically, but I don't think legally. I think the Pope's word is the word of the Catholic Church. Basically. Wow. That's powerful. Yeah, oh yeah. Very powerful. That's powerful. Indeed. But again, internal politics who knows. I'm not an expert on the Catholic Church, but. No, it's a black box to me.
A highlight from The Skeptics Guide #915 - Jan 21 2023
"Week are bob novella. Hey everybody. Kara Santa Maria. Howdy. Jane novella. Hey guys, and Evan Bernstein. Good evening, everyone. How are you all doing? Good, how you doing? I like your use of y'all. I appreciate that. So get right into some interesting conversation. You guys seen that CNET was publishing articles entirely written by Chad GPT, and it was pretty much a disaster. Well, the articles are the PR based on the fact that they did it. Both because the articles were a lot of them were just in factually incorrect. My God, they did vet them first. That's ridiculous. Well, that's the question because they claim that the articles were edited, you know, that they were written by Chad GPT, but then they were edited by the editorial staff. And so the question is, were they really edited? And if they were really edited, how did they let egregious errors get through? There was a math errors, for example, which we know about chat. I think he doesn't do that well. You know, so it's interesting. This sort of first foray into just having chat GPT write articles, didn't go very well, and didn't seem that I think they're being a little coy about exactly what their process was, so the question was, like, maybe they weren't editing them as thoroughly as they would a human written article may be the authoritative voice of the articles, and the fact that this was written by an AI kind of put the editors off their game and they maybe didn't look at them that closely. They're like, yeah, this is, this is cogent. And they didn't bother fact checking them. But something went terribly awry. You'd think that they would want to put them up on edited just because it seems stunt. No, they know. Well, you know, it wasn't, that's the thing. It's not like that's the problem. It's not like they were transparent about it. They weren't a problem. Hey folks, this was something we produced through chat GPT. Take a look at it. As a meta article about chat GPT, they just published it under the byline like the CNET staff or something. CNET money staff. You've seen that money staff. Robot staff. Nothing up front letting you know that this was an AI generator. You had to do some digging a little bit to reveal that information. It was just not apparent from the first glance. Interesting. I mean, I personally see this as just growing pains for the technology. So first of all, be upfront about where the article is coming from. And you'll need to come up with some language about the process, AI generated, but whatever. And it editorially reviewed by whoever, and you then editors have to know that what chat GPT can and can not do. You still have to fact check it, right? It's just sort of regurgitating what a crap is on the Internet. But it's not, it doesn't know what's right and what's not right. So will the technology get there in that direction of the accuracy? Well, it will be able to pair that down. Yeah, so that's interesting question. Can they include some kind of fact checking in the process itself? You know, like some internal fact checking. Or improve the algorithm so that it relies somehow can tell like what better information from worse information and then bias the algorithm towards more reliable information. That's interesting. The idea, though, how would chat GPT actually fact check? Because you would think that everything apparently knows you can quotes, right? Or understands would be already fact checked because that's it went through all the training data and how does it handle information that's discrepancies where two different sources are saying two different things. I don't know. I don't know, but yeah, they need some way to do some sort of fact checking whether maybe it's external to the trading data or rate sources for reliability. I don't know. I think it's totally doable. Sure. I would even be satisfied if the chat itself revealed, hey, there are many opinions on this particular thing. For example, XYZ says this and ABC says this, it sort of brings the that level of, well, the fact that it's understood under discussion or controversial. I agree. That's a good point. Sometimes it might want to put in its sources into what it's giving you as information. So you have an idea of where it's coming from and sure. Maybe even maybe it even rates what it thinks the reliability. Reliability. Based on what though? Well, it has to, it has to learn. Does it not? It has to. Yeah, but it goes through billions of websites and the websites don't have a rating. To how reliable they are. So how was it supposed to know? But they could, though, bob, that's the thing, you know, sources can be rated for the amount of trust you're giving them. Yeah, but then you're limiting that. But then you're putting a limit on the training data because you want to you want to go through and have as much a lot of training data, billions of pages and there's no way you're going to rate a billion web pages for reliability before you train your you could rate as an example you could in each field say they rate pages that they say are the most trustworthy. So at least it knows what a quote unquote empirical source of information could pay for that topic. Google has an algorithms that it uses to promote better information off of over worse information. Chat GPT could use similar algorithms to bias its output for information that has certain features like it comes from academic sources or nonprofit sources or whatever some determination of more authoritative sources or if some answer is like the 80% answer, then it will favor that over the 20% answer, assuming that the other factors also favor. So whatever. They could just use some predictive algorithm to stay and when you train the data and you have to feed back into the loop was the answer a correct or not. And then it uses the process to figure out the correct answer over incorrect answers, right? I mean, just kind of build that into true Ness into the algorithm. And does the AI actually quote unquote learn from that in other words, it once it realizes that something is more reliable than not, then it will start to ignore the things that are less reliable. Yeah, it's really good. When you have an extended back and forth chatting with chat GPT, everything you discussed with it, it will remember until you close it all out. But yeah, remembers everything. So it could base answers to your conversation later in the conversation. Those answers will reflect things that you're back and forth your conversation. It's still very early.
What Lurks Beneath: The Legend of the Loch Ness Monster
"The modern day fascination with old nasty started in nineteen thirty three when aldy mckay and her husband were driving along loch ness and we all know that lock is scottish for lake right so they were driving along the loc when less than a mile out in the water. Algae mckay reported seeing a tremendous upheaval on the lock which previously had been a calm as a proverbial mill pond. That was my scottish accent. Mckay said she saw what she thought looked like the body of some huge creature resembling awale rolling and diving churning the water into a bubbling foam. The creature was large enough that when it took its final dive under the water sent out huge waves. Mckay and her husband stayed on the road for half an hour waiting to see if they would spot whatever it was again. But in that time it never resurfaced the only paper that ran a story about the mckay. Strange encounter was the inverness. Corier other than that. No one seemed very interested less than three months later married. Couple mr and mrs spicer. We're driving south along loch mess. When they claim to see a huge prehistoric creature. Cross the road in front of them headed toward the lake according to an interview. The spicer's gave to rupert gould. Who wrote the first book about the loch ness monster. The creature had a long neck and a low thick body about four or five feet high. Mr spicer said he couldn't see legs or tail but he did see something flopping up and down which he later thought was a tail curled around toward the front of the animal. The couple said they couldn't tell if they're creature entered the water because their view was obstructed. And they couldn't hear anything over the sound of their engine. The author gould however claimed to have been watching the lake the same day. The spicer's say they witnessed this thing cross the road and he confirmed that the water was particularly choppy and noisy at roughly location. The spicer's claim they saw the animal. Gould went into the interview skeptical but based on their description and a drawing. Mr spicer made he came out. Short that the spicer's were telling the truth and had in fact seen the loch ness monster.
Crop Circles: Alien Messages or Man-Made Hoaxes?
"One of the first stories that got people talking about crop circles began one morning in january nineteen sixty six when banana farmer george pedley entirely a town in north queensland australia was driving his tractor through his farm passed a lagoon. George hurt a high pitched hissing. Sound assuming it was a pierce tire. He stopped the tractor to check but immediately saw what he later described as a flying saucer. Rise up at great speed from the lagoon and sip away disappearing into a cloud of blue vapor after registering his complete shock. He went to investigate the site from which he saw the object rise there in the lagoon. George found what looked almost like a massive nest of flattened reads fused together floating on the surface of the water spinning clockwise. It was almost thirty feet across later in the day. George called his friend albert to check it out. It seems to me if you see a flying saucer and a floating nest from where it took off you call someone immediately but george was like. Wow i just saw. Ufo oh well. These bananas are gonna pick themselves. Maybe he was a man who has priorities in order one harvest bananas to call friend about ufo citing when albert got to the lagoon. He waited out in to get a closer look and notice that the reads weren't just bent over but rather it looked like they'd been pulled up by their roots at this point. One of the men alerted the media. I'm guessing it was albert since george seemed to be taking a slightly more lazy fair approach to the whole thing when the local press arrived to more smaller circles were found in one. The reads went clockwise. Counterclockwise also found was a six by five foot rectangle of empty space in the reeds where the reads it seemingly been pulled up from their roots and were missing completely
The Pascagoula Alien Abduction
"Sometimes life just throws you a curve ball. An unexpected event happens that totally changes your outlook on life. It could be the death of a loved one. A natural disaster. A big break in your career today story is about one of those moments amplified to the max. Something's worth shatteringly. Strange happens to two men in pascagoula mississippi that not only changes their outlook. It completely ruined the rest of their lives. It's october eleventh. Nineteen seventy three in forty. Two year old. Charlie hickson in nineteen year old calvin parker or fishing on the pascagoula river despite the age difference or super close family friends. Charlie's always been kind of a father figure to calvin and today they're celebrating. Calvin recently got engaged and to help pay for the wedding. He started to work as a welder. The shipyard were charlie's a- format by nine pm. The sun has set in. They're about ready to pack up but before they go home they try out one last fishing spot appear by the old shopping or shipyard and that's when things get weird as charlie reaches into his tackle box for a piece of bait. Here's this zipping. Sound coming from behind him. It's loud enough. That he and calvin both turn around and they see this vehicle in the distance. That has these blue flashing lights at first. Calvin some cops are poking around his car. But the lights start to get closer and calvin realizes it can't be the police. He's never seen any squad car. That's the size of a yacht and floats in mid air. Yeah whatever this vehicle is is now about seventy feet away hovering two feet off the ground. And it's huge about thirty feet long charlie. In calvin stare at this thing in total confusion. They have absolutely no idea what to do or what to make of it and before they can formulate a plan a super bright light shoots out of the. I guess you'd call it a ship. The lights coming from a door on the side of the ship which is opening and something is coming out of it
The Haunted Hallway
"As a kid. I used to have a lot of issues asleep arouses. I didn't know at the time it was. And that was pre internet pre dr phil kind of thing But i used to wake up a lot in the guy felt like goes being pulled from my bed. i used to have a lot of. I guess like hallucinations. Because i know there's a medical description for sleep paralysis but often see a lot of strange things in my room so there was a lot of times i spent a lotta nights sharing a room with my brother because i was just terrified to go to sleep at night. I don't think that had anything to do with what was going on in the house. But it kind of made me. I don't know maybe open to just being scared and looking for those kinds of things. That would terrify a child. Because i couldn't understand what was happening to me at nights and And i never really talk my parents about it until as an adult so they never really knew how how much i struggled but Yeah basically the house was a nineteen fifties rancher. My dad always told us like a post second world war house. He bought it off a gentleman who is actually terminally ill with cancer and basic. The previous owner. As far as i know passed away but part of the house was left unfinished an area of the house that we call the room. It was kind of a no go zone especially when we were kids later did become a bedroom but the house was a basic rancher on one side it had a garage on the opposite side of the house that had a living room and kitchen and it was just connected you know the two sides are connected with the long hallway had three bedrooms and a bathroom. The two bedrooms that me and my brother had were across from each other closes to the garage in the bathroom has crossed my parents closer to the living room in the kitchen. So i do. I'm a little nervous. It's hard for me to kind of figure this stuff out but Yeah it's all good man. Yeah my Basically the hallway was just kind of unspoken no-go zone for me and my brother. And i actually spoke to him yesterday. He's not as open to the subject as i am but It was just an area of the house. You didn't go especially as a kid. We never walked in the hallway so he had to leave your benjamin go to the kitchen me. It was leave your bedroom. Go and run in a full sprint. Was never just nonchalantly walking minding your business. We didn't play in the hallway as kids until we got older. We it would just be a full sprint from the living room to the bathroom from the bathroom to the garage. It didn't matter where you're going. You never walk in the hallway
Is Time Travel Possible? Stories About Potential Time Travelers
"In july of nineteen. Fifty four as passengers filed through customs at tokyo international airport. A middle aged white man stepped up to a customs agent and handed over his documents. His passport from the country of torrid looked official enough if slightly different than other countries passports had to stamps from japan from that year alone showing that this was his third trip to the country. Despite that the customs agent was like Torrid and the man was like yep or whatever the japanese equivalent of yup is. Apparently he spoke japanese french and a few other languages and the customs agent was like I've never heard torrid whereas it and the man was like. What do you mean. You've never heard of torah. It is gone tree. Ask two point two tore it on a map. However the man pointed to a country between france and spain called andorra and was genuinely confused. He said he had no idea what andorra was and that his country of torre had a rich one thousand year old history for further proof. The man pulled out his checkbook but the customs official who had now gotten involved trying to sort out. The situation couldn't find bank matching the name of the bank of the checks. He was also carrying currency for many different countries. Which was what you had to do back before. Debit cards are bitcoin. Or whatever the kids are using these days which at least indicated that he did indeed travel internationally a lot so now this guy is starting to seem pretty suspicious walking around with checks from a non existent bank and a nonexistent country. The customs people were like okay. If you're here on business what company you work for the man happily provided the name of the company he worked for but when officials called the company they learned that while it did have a branch in japan. it didn't have one in torrid. It also had no record of this man either working for them or having an appointment with anyone in the company.
The Truth Behind Sleep Paralysis
"Everyone who goes through sleep. Paralysis says the same thing. They weren't dreaming. They were awake when it happened because they could see and hear everything going on around them and everyone who only hears about sleep. Paralysis says the same thing. There's no way these people were actually awake. It was probably just an extra vivid nightmare but once you hear stories about people who experience sleep paralysis. You realize there's a problem with that theory. You start to wonder if it wasn't real. Then why did they all see the exact same thing. This question haunted. A man named david hovered in nineteen sixty three david's a college student studying in williamsport pennsylvania. One night he wakes up in his dark off-campus bedroom to find himself completely paralysed. He can't lift a finger in fact he can't move a single bone in his body. He tries to call out for help but his vocal chords aren't responding either. Nothing like this has ever happened to him before so he has no idea. If it's ever going to end. He feels more helpless and more vulnerable than he's ever been in his life and that's when it gets a thousand times worse david. Here's a faint shuffling sound. It takes him a second to realize that. It's the sound of footsteps. There's someone in his bedroom. He tries to roll over and switch on the light but his muscles still won't cooperate. Meanwhile the footsteps are getting closer then he feels the bed sink down like something's climbing in david tries to scream but no sound comes out. And that's when he feels a sudden pressure on his chest like something's kneeling on him pressing him down into his mattress. You can't see it. He can only feel it but whatever it is grabs his throat and starts to suffocate him.
The Curse of the Crying Boy Painting
"The middle of the night in the early nineteen eighties in south yorkshire in england. A beautiful country home caught on fire and it burned to the ground. The living room was nothing but charred wood in ashes. The house was owned by ron and may hall and they lost everything in the fire except for a painting that they had hanging on the wall of the living room. It was the painting of a crying young a boy for some reason. Everything in the house was destroyed except this one painting of a crying boy. Is it a valuable painting. No it's it's not a valuable painting it. It was a mass mass produced painting in fact why are we mass producing paintings of crying. Children will when you think about some of the mass produced pictures not just paintings but photos that you find in frames at stores when you buy a frame at a store. They'll put a photo in there. Yeah they're not. Always the most tasteful. They're usually a little tack sweeping kid. And since these paintings were created mass if you will. This was not the first time that the picture of a crying boy was found as the only artifacts to survive in a house fire. In fact over the years there have been dozens and dozens of these
Near Death Experiences
"To be clear. Pam's heart and brain were both stopped. She was d- di dead. The plan was when the surgery was finished. They would warm pam's body up to regular alive person temperature and then do the shock paddle thingies to restart her heart like jumping a dead car engine. There were molded ear. Buds in pants ears playing clicks decimal level of a jackhammer or jet. Engine taking off that way. If any part of pam's brain registered the sound it would appear on the monitor and they would know that brain activity was not all the way dead and look. I'm no brain surgeon. So i don't know what happens when the patient you're working on is supposed to be dead. And then isn't like they're about to cut out the aneurysm. And then all the sudden the monitor shows brain activity. What do you do be like. I guess she's not dead enough. Why anyone goes into. This line of work is beyond me. But i applaud you as pam later reports as the surgery is beginning pam. Dear lifeless pam. Here's the drill. Turn on its buzz coming out like a natural d. The doctor or nurse by her legs reported that the artery was too small. I don't know if you know this but apparently they go through your legs to get to your brain during surgery. I may have mentioned before that. I'm not a surgeon. Another doctor says to try the other leg pam then says she popped out of herself through her had she could see twenty doctors in the room which seems like an immense number of people. But i don't know how brain surgery works. She looked down on the scene and could see the tray with the drill. Bits and the drill itself which she said looked like the handle of her electric toothbrush. That's when she was pulled toward the bright white light as she stepped into the light. Her dead grandmother greeted her pam wondered to herself if she deserve to be there. She wasn't a perfect person. She thought i'm not sure how she knew where there was. But i imagine if you're dead and you're walking toward a bright light. It's a good guests. You're in heaven and her grandmother said as a child. We expected that you would spill your milk. It's the manor which you clean it up. That gives us cause for pride
The Haunting of Chaonei No. 81
"June giggled as she covered her eyes and counting to ten but once he reached wives she peered through her fingers. She could see mainly heading toward the a number eighty one a creepy old house and their neighborhood. June knew that it was cheating to peak but mailing wasn't playing fair. Either she wasn't supposed to go near the abandoned mansion. June was just leveling the playing field june followed nailing climbing over the mansion cement wall and dropping into the overgrown yard on the other side. Kids always told stories about this house. They claimed it was haunted. Anyone who went inside disappeared but june wasn't afraid of ghosts. She wasn't afraid of. Even though the owners had boarded up the place she spotted an opening where someone had wrenched away. The wood june hoisted herself through hole and climbed inside. She smiled when she saw pink bow. Sitting in the cop. Cobwebbed doorway may laying was here. June turned as she heard a clatter coming from an open door beneath the stairs as she walked toward it she suddenly heard a voice yell for help jones pulse quickened. It was mailing. She raced to the door in time to hear a blood-curdling scream echoing from the basement. June leapt alvis chairs and unto the dirt floor frantically looking for a light switch. Finally she pulled on a chain and a single. Bare bulb illuminated the room. But it was empty. may ling was gone.
Living Statues: The Sleeping Pandemic
"On a cold winter morning in nineteen eighteen english dr. Aj hall made a house call in london. His new patient was a young boy who didn't have any visible illness in fact to doctor hall there didn't seem to be anything wrong with child at all but the boy complained that he was constantly exhausted and he had fevers that lasted for weeks. He grew physically weaker each day. While other children ran jumped and played. He could hardly lift himself out of bed with such broad symptoms. Doctor hall couldn't make an accurate diagnosis within a few days of his visit. The boy's condition deteriorated quickly. He started slurring his words and the boy wasn't the only case of this strange disease. There were many many more over the next few weeks. Doctor hall visited several other patients experiencing exhaustion and muscle weakness. Some slept for days on end others suffered from mania and delirious nece still others simply up and died without any known cause many patients fell into a catatonic state. Unable to move or communicate. They became trapped inside their bodies for all intents and purposes living statues doctor hall had no idea what he was dealing with but he knew it was spreading soon reports of immobile unresponsive patients cropped up all over the world thousands of people became infected. This wasn't an isolated mystery illness. It was a pandemic and there was no cure.
Kryptos: A Monument to CIA Secrecy
"In the late nineteen eighties. The cia added a new headquarters building to their complex in langley virginia to celebrate the planners wanted to place an art installation between the old headquarters and the new one after a long search for the perfect artist. They awarded a two hundred fifty thousand dollar commission to a sculpture named jim. Sanborn sanborn was known for creating puzzling interactive art. Many of his previous sculptures involved cosmic images compasses and hidden meanings. He saw the cia's commission as an opportunity to explore another interest of his cryptography. Cryptography is the art of making and breaking codes. Sanborn wanted his sculpture to contain a series of secret messages and he wanted the coach to be incredibly difficult to crack so he contacted edwards shite. The head of the cia cryptography department. Sanborn goal was to make a code so tough that challenged even the most seasoned members of the cia. He met with shy in secret. And the cryptology expert taught him how to create ciphers a method of hiding a message by replacing or shuffling around its letters with sheds help sanborn wrote an encrypted four messages. Then he started work on the sculpture itself. The artwork began with a large copper sheet. Sanborn saw about eighteen hundred capital letters into the metal interspersed with the occasional question mark. It looked like an unsolved crossword puzzle. Well sanborn carved these odd patterns others at the cia. Compound tried to spy on the artist. Word of the sculpture had spread among employees and their interest was piqued
The Haunted History of Casa Loma
"Tenor sunk is mop into the bucket of soapy water and slapped off to the hardwood. There was a lot of floor at castle. Aloma thousands of square feet of it. The place had dozens of rooms with. Wall-to-wall would lush red velvet furniture and our nate chandeliers. And it was tanner's job to make it spotless. He side weekends cleaning and old tourist. Hotspot wasn't exactly the most fun job but at least it gave him some cash and he was saving up for something. He couldn't stop thinking about a drum set. Tanner tapped out a beat. On the panel in lived for percussion he spent most of his time drumming out new rhythms or listening to imaginary solos. Crashing has had his obsession got yelled at at school for not paying attention but he found something he loved. Why should we give it everything he had. He stopped drumming for a moment to dip them up back in the bucket but tapping continued. Kenner looked around the room. Trying to find the source he finally craig's next appeared directly behind him his stomach drawn a woman was tapping your fingers rhythmically on the wall glaring tanner. His blood went cold. This was no tourist. Her cheeks restrict with tears. Enter white dress was soaked through with blood adrenaline rush through tenders fans. He dropped the mom but before he could run. She reached out and grabbed his arm but tapping sound grew louder and louder until he felt like a skull would burst. She leaned forward her voice in bishops. Whisper and told tanner to get out of her house.
The Phenomenon Of "Coffin Births"
"Francois are a vias dissuade so lifted a living baby boy out of his wife's coffin. He thought it was a miracle to celebrate his son's birth he named the child. Feast dilatot french for son of the earth. The boy's name would forever be synonymous with coffin births. But he wasn't the only example of a post mortem delivery or even the first there had been other documented examples like one from roughly two hundred years prior during a time of gruesome bloodshed in europe in sixteenth century spain. The inquisition was a tool for catholic. Monarchs to keep control to stop rebellion before it started. Inquisitors traveled around the country and rooted out heresy including anti-catholic and anti royal sentiment. Those accused of betraying the throne were punished severely with practices that ranged from torture to execution. Nobody was safe not even pregnant women in one case in fifteen fifty one. The inquisition tried and sentenced a pregnant woman to death by hanging. These deaths were meant to be examples for the public reminders. Of what happens to those who choose to defy the powerful institutions that govern their lives. The woman's body remained dangling from the gallows long after her death about four hours. After the execution passersby noticed something strange according to his self-proclaimed medical professional from the time quote two living children fell from her womb. This was the first written record of what is now called postmortem. Fetal expulsion given. There aren't any other accounts of this incident. It's impossible to verify. It could have been falsified or exaggerated to illustrate the brutality of the spanish inquisition. But it's probably fair to say that until this moment humans never magin. A corpse could deliver a child
Mystery of the Flathead Lake Monster
"Oscar sat on the dock sipping coffee from chipped mug while he stared across the peaceful bluewater. The son had yet to make its way over the mission mountains. It was picturesque almost worth getting up at this hour. Almost oskar was no early bird after the army. He vowed to never again get up before sunrise. It was the main appeal of his job at the bank but he wasn't going fishing for himself. He was doing this for his best friend. The roar of a model a rumbled behind him. Oscar smiled. He knew that sound that bought that car from his dad. When oscar and matt got back from the war it was ancient them and that was nearly a decade ago. Oskar chugged his coffee and gave himself a pep talk. Matt needs this so don't complain. He smiled and waved. As matt backed up the car and the twelve foot john boat he towed behind it down the ramp and the water that called out to oscar. Figured you'd be wearing your bank. Close today matt's blue eyes looked sharp and clear and he was already busting oscars chops like used to those. Were good signs. Oscar worried about matt. Who was a little unstable these days. Not that oscar blamed him matt had been laid off. His wife had left him but they weren't going to talk about the sad stuff today. Today was about fishing. one thing. The two friends could still agree on after all these years or at least it was one thing matt loved that oscar could tolerate. Oscar hated hiking and hunting to him. It wasn't too different than being in the army. So fishing it was. He hadn't been on the lake years and he prayed for still waters matt hopped out of the truck and wrapped oscar in a bear. Hug you ready to catch the flathead lake monster. I saw it last week. Oscar i swear. Oscar chuckled matt. Had to make everything an adventure.
The Cecil Hotel: Terror, Murder, and Death in the World's Scariest Hotel
"The great depression changed the cels neighborhood. Dramatically downtown. la once a hot spot for tourists and nightlife became a hub for newly homeless. Thousands of people flocked downtown with nowhere to live and the area. Around the sel hotel became skid row. No longer a west coast. Gatsby esque destination. The hotel became known as a hang out for drug addicts runaways and as opposed on all that interesting dot com. Put it quote criminals far from its first days as the paul of the great depression settled over the country. The seasonal became home to a growing number of suicides and unfortunate deaths. The first successful suicide on record at the seoul was in nineteen thirty one forty six year. Old w k norton was found dead in his room after having taken poison pills he was found only a few hours after he died by the made. Police found more poison capsules in his pocket. Norton had checked into the hotel is james willis from chicago but police were able to correctly. Identify him from the numerous checks. He had with them. Made out to mrs m. c. norton in manhattan beach california just about a half an hour south of la in nineteen thirty to twenty five year. Old benjamin dotage was found in his hotel room having shot himself to death. Benjamin left no note two years after that. A former sergeant in the army medical corps fifty-three-year-old. Louis de bordon slashed his own throat in his room at the hotel. He cited ill health as the reason in his suicide note. Nine hundred thirty seven. Another military veteran jumped to his death from the top of the hotel landing on a skylight below. There is maddeningly little information about these people other than how they died. Apparently the appetite for true crime wasn't quite so hardy. A hundred years ago there were so many suicides at the c. soul that by the nineteen forties. The hotel had earned the nickname the suicide
New York's Legendary Mole People
"On a cold evening in nineteen ninety two journalists jennifer toth accompanied six new york police officers on their patrol through the new york city subway. She'd been inside the tunnels before. But this was the first time with a police escort. The cops hopped onto the tracks. Flashlights in hand. Toth was careful as she climbed down after them. Stepping over the electrified third rail the tracks were live which means that one accidental touch of the rail could kill her instantly as they walk deeper into the tunnel. Toth noticed a few discarded. Needles and glass vials. That used to hold crack cocaine a disgusting odor filled the space. She spotted human feces everywhere. The tunnel was silent except for the faint echoes of dripping water and scratching rats. Then a figure moved in the darkness. A behead heavy footsteps move toward them. One of the cops swung his flashlight around his hand drawn to his sidearm. Ready to draw and fire bay saw the figure race up a rusty ladder leading to a small room hidden in the tunnel. Ceiling toke was sure. It was one of the infamous mole people. She and the cops gave chase but the figure seemingly vanished. The cops weren't willing to go any deeper into the tunnel so to meet the real mole. People toth had to go into the darkness alone.
The Legend of Charles Hatfield: Rainmaker
"Since ancient. Times wanted to understand the weather but without science they had to invent creative ways to explain it so the greeks told stories about a pantheon of gods who used whether for their own ends. The book of genesis gave us the story of noah and the catastrophic flood but by the time the industrial age was in full swing. People wanted to do more than explain the weather. They wanted to control it. After all by the nineteenth century powers that once seemed impossible. Even supernatural becoming commonplace humankind had harnessed electric light in glass bulbs. Couldn't someone figure out how to control the rain. The first man to vie for the title of scientific rainmaker was james pollard. Espy an american meteorologist. He believed that he could set these massive forest fires that would heat the air up and create enough condensation to make rain. Unfortunately for him and the forest he obliterated his theory didn't work. Throughout the rest of the nineteenth century other would be rainmakers had similar non results and pretty soon people began to suspect that the whole concept of weather modification was just wishful thinking until the early twentieth century. When a self taught weather aficionado enter the picture with a bit more optimism. His name is charles hatfield as a young man. Charles is working a day job as a sewing machine salesman when he comes across these stories about rainmakers like james pollard. Espy and he's like these guys are pedaling something valuable more than hope. They're selling life. Charles spent his youth working on his father's ranch in california so he understands the importance of rain. Water crops means a healthy harvest which means enough food to eat. If you could find a way to prevent droughts there might never be another famine. Sure every attempt at actually doing it has been a pretty big failure but maybe charles can crack the code and if he can he can definitely make a pretty penny off the deal. So charles learns everything he can about meteorology atmospheric pressure humidity wind patterns. It's not a formal education. But he feels like he really has a knack for it and when he's done with his books. Charles starts experimenting. He climbs a windmill tower near his father's ranch and starts messing around with some chemicals to create his secret formula. I'm not exactly sure what these experiments are or what goes into his miraculous rain potion. Charles never tells anyone his secrets. But i do know that by nineteen for a twenty nine year. Old charles is ready to go public with his new technology. He plays some ads in the local paper calling himself. A moisture accelerator. His work isn't magic. He stresses he says quote. I do not make rain. That would be an absurd claim. I simply attract clouds and they do the
The Arctics Mysterious Ping
"In two thousand sixteen. A man piloted his sailboat. Through the fury and hecklers straight in the northern canadian territory of nunavut as he cut through the water his sonar equipment emitted a peculiar sound. It was a single long tone high pitched and shrill to consistent to be run of the mill background noise after a few moments. The sound stopped but it had already kick started a mystery. The sailor was the first person to hear the nunavut ping. We don't know how word spread but soon news of the pain had reached the local at town of igloo. Lick as with many small hamlets in northern canada. A lot of glue lick residents relied on the ocean. They made their living hunting seals and other water mammals and they usually found their prey in the fury and hecklers straight. This waterway boasted an abundance of seals and was free from ice year round but recently hunters had struggled in the fury and hekla straight. Nobody knew why but the animals were disappearing win. The glue lick heard about the ping. They assumed a connection. The southbound must be driving the seals out of the fury and heckler straight even more concerning the ping hadn't done away over the next few weeks other hunters and if few vacationers on yachts detected it as well. If they listened carefully they could hear it through their hall but it appeared clear as day on sonar witnesses described it as a beep abuzz or most commonly ping no one could figure out where it came from
The Haunting of Pfister Hotel
"Celeste sped up trying to outpace her mother as they walked through the opulent lobby of the pfister hotel. The night had been going fine until she mentioned. Celeste boyfriend daniel. Her mom launched into a tirade that he was going nowhere and not good enough for her. Now all celeste wanted was to pack and catch the first plane out of milwaukee as she approached the grand staircase for mom called out to her. Celeste spun around and put her hands on her hips. She told her mother that she didn't want to hear it. Celeste was tired of her expectations if her mom at screwed up her own life. That was her problem. It didn't give her the right to control everyone else. So less words rang through the empty lobby but her mom didn't respond. Celeste realize that her mother's face had gone white and she was trembling. Celeste harp plummeted. She'd gone too far. She'd been angry but she hadn't meant to hurt her mother like that. Celeste started to apologize but her mom cut her off racing shaking finger to point toward the stairs. Celeste turned and saw women's standing behind her. She wore an old fashioned dress with the bodice of blue lace for wide skirt in long black hair billowed out around here as though blown by an unseen wind. Her eyes were wide with and your arms flailed wildly as though she'd lost her balance but it wasn't the woman's appearance that made celeste blood. Run cold it was the fact that she fluted three feet off the ground.
The Fox Sisters: A Mysterious Haunting
"Today story begins in december of eighteen. Forty seven when the fox family moves to the rural community of hides new york the plan to build their own home in the new town but the winter is pretty brutal so the construction comes to a stop in the meantime. John and margaret fox rent a modest house near the town centre and move in with their two young daughters. Fourteen year old maggie and eleven year old kate. This rental house is small like the four of them have to share a single bedroom. The parents asleep in one bed in maggie in kate and another and while it's kind of tight the fox's are relatively happy. John is a reformed alcoholic with a new outlook on life. Margaret is a super sweet mother who lives for her children as for maggie and kate. They're pretty much glued at the hip so they're never bored. Most nights in the new house are pretty unremarkable. After doing some chores and blowing out the candle they slip into their beds and fall asleep to the peaceful sounds of the river nearby. Of course there are other sounds too you know. The standard creepy sounds that come with living in a tiny shack in the middle of the woods. The wind howling the creaking of old trees. The pitter-patter of creatures scuttling through the night but on a cold march night. The fox's wake up to something different something other worldly. There's a sudden wrapping on the walls thumping on the ceilings and vibrations all around them naturally. Everyone's a little alarmed so they re light the candle and investigate this sound has to have a source an open window rattling an animal trapped inside a woodpecker on the roof. It could be any number of things but after checking every corner of the room and popping their heads outside. They don't find anything out of the ordinary. Which is a little weird sure. But it's the middle of the night in everyone's tired. So john margaret maggie and kate all go back to bed hoping that the sounds will just go away on their own. But that's wishful thinking.