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Old 02-27-2010, 07:37 PM   #126
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Old 02-27-2010, 09:09 PM   #127
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Sokushinbutsu were Buddhist monks or priests who caused their own deaths in a way that resulted in their mummification.
This has to be the most excruciating kind of suicide humans ever invented.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:14 PM   #128
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Thanks to this thread I've spent about 2 hours today reading about number stations and other related stuff. There's something about the mix of technology, secrecy and radio that makes me feel all tingly
The broadcasts are just plain creepy to listen to but it seems like a highly effective system for secret communications 'out in the open'.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:51 PM   #129
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5 stars btw. Despite not posting anything articles worthy I'm actively reading this thread. Keep er' going.
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Old 02-27-2010, 10:51 PM   #130
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Supposedly this tree is praised in the Bible and according to legend its fruit had healing powers. I did some searching and the tree was brought back and supposedly this year (the tree will be 4 years old if not mistaken) scientists will be able to find out if the tree is male/female. If it ain't female then it won't bear fruit. Keep your fingers crossed.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:53 AM   #131
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was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:06 AM   #132
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These massive lists are killing the point of the thread. I like the little brief rundowns that we get from the members...bah.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:13 AM   #133
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These massive lists are killing the point of the thread. I like the little brief rundowns that we get from the members...bah.
youll be happy to know that some wicked insomnia means that ive started my way through that huge thing disturbance posted and summarizing the good links with short blurbs in order to post it properly.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:19 AM   #134
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youll be happy to know that some wicked insomnia means that ive started my way through that huge thing disturbance posted and summarizing the good links with short blurbs in order to post it properly.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:24 AM   #135
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Edward Arnold 'Eddie' Chapman (16 November 1914 Burnopfield, County Durham - 11 December 1997) was a pre-war criminal and wartime spy. During the Second World War he was recruited by Nazi Germany as a spy but turned and became a British double agent code named 'Zigzag'. He had a number of aliases known by the British police, amongst them Edward Edwards, Arnold Thompson, and Edward Simpson. His German codename was Fritz or later its diminutive Fritzchen.
2 things...

Why is it common for a spy to use part of their real name in an alias? Is it because they have a familarity with saying it...and thus it comes across as legit when they introduce themselves? You would think a great spy would never have any inclination in an alias to use part of their real name.

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Howard Hughes should be on the list of Eccentric people.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:29 AM   #136
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After reading this, now I'm fascinated with fractals
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:34 AM   #137
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2 things...

Why is it common for a spy to use part of their real name in an alias? Is it because they have a familarity with saying it...and thus it comes across as legit when they introduce themselves? You would think a great spy would never have any inclination in an alias to use part of their real name.
Not sure why i feel the need to point this out now, but your post brought to my mind that i most certainly would make a terrible spy.
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:46 AM   #138
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proof of aliens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_UFO_wave
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:13 AM   #139
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whoa. most UFO stories have a strong element of "that's probably BS". this one has almost none. nh
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Old 02-28-2010, 07:45 AM   #140
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2 things...

Why is it common for a spy to use part of their real name in an alias? Is it because they have a familarity with saying it...and thus it comes across as legit when they introduce themselves? You would think a great spy would never have any inclination in an alias to use part of their real name.

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Howard Hughes should be on the list of Eccentric people.
Read the wiki before he became a spy he was a safe cracker and womaniser of socialites. Those aliases belong to his time as a criminal not a spy.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:27 AM   #141
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These massive lists are killing the point of the thread. I like the little brief rundowns that we get from the members...bah.
I refer to this as 'Wamy Einhousing' the **** out of a thread.
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Old 02-28-2010, 09:28 AM   #142
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tollund_Man

A body is found in a bog in Denmark. The police first think it's a recent murder victim, but after a closer examination the body is found to be 2400 years old. The face is so well preserved because of the conditions in the bog, that you can still see what he looked like.
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:58 AM   #143
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2 things...

Why is it common for a spy to use part of their real name in an alias? Is it because they have a familarity with saying it...and thus it comes across as legit when they introduce themselves? You would think a great spy would never have any inclination in an alias to use part of their real name.

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Howard Hughes should be on the list of Eccentric people.
I think people always try to use the same first name so that they will react naturally to it at all times.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:02 PM   #144
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Dancing Plague of 1518

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The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, France (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Numerous people took to dancing for days without rest, and over the period of about one month, most of the people died from heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion.
Linked off that laughing epidemic from earlier in the thread.

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Old 02-28-2010, 12:57 PM   #145
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Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco, California, who in 1859 proclaimed himself "Emperor of these United States" and subsequently "Protector of Mexico."
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:00 PM   #146
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Henry "Box" Brown (1815-1879?) was a 19th century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom by arranging to have himself mailed to Philadelphia abolitionists in a dry goods container.
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Old 02-28-2010, 04:11 PM   #147
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miajag,

Why does the Voynich Manuscript creep you out so much? Can you elaborate?
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:32 PM   #148
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I refer to this as 'Wamy Einhousing' the **** out of a thread.
I would agree with you if I was repeatedly posting lists across multiple pages. Why not read some of the links and post some discussion points?

This one is pretty bizarre:

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

The bodies were next to each other, slightly covered by grass. They were wearing suits, lead masks and impermeable coats. There was no sign of violence to the bodies or to the surrounding area. Next to the bodies, the police found an empty bottle of water and a packet containing two towels. They were masks typically used for protection from radiation, and it is these masks that have given the case its name. Police found a small notebook stating: "16:30 estar no local determinado. 18:30 ingerir cápsulas, após efeito proteger metais aguardar sinal máscara" (16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect protect metals wait for the mask sign).
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:41 PM   #149
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Db_cooper

Man hijacks a plane demanding a ransom, once receiving the ransom money he jumps out the back of the plane (over Washington), never to be seen again
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Old 02-28-2010, 06:49 PM   #150
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Why does the Voynich Manuscript creep you out so much? Can you elaborate?
did you see all the weird pipes and naked people?
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