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creagmor
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« on: May 14, 2016, 08:17:19 am »

Kirlian photography?
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 11:53:57 am »

Not all humbug lasts. You don't hear much about biorhytms either these days.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 02:24:46 am »

The images are produced by electrical flow between an electrified object and a photographic plate that the object is pressed against. The nature of the image can be explained entirely through real science, but a group of cranks claims that the image is of an energy aura that surrounds all objects. Self-described parapsychologists popularized the aura-photography claim in the 1970's but, since they provided no decent proof, and found no practical application for the images, nothing ever really came of it.

If you want to use Kirlian photography to drive the plot of a science fiction or fantasy story, or a role playing game, that would be a better use for the technology that has ever been devised by its proponents.
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creagmor
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 09:43:15 am »

Thank you for your information. I am a natural sceptic and one of my parents was quite a cynic. thus I have always believed that there was something wonky about it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 10:25:33 am »

Not all humbug lasts. You don't hear much about biorhytms either these days.

^This.

It is beautifully and succinctly put.

Consider the below, then, a perhaps unnecessary footnote:

Nor pyramids sharpening razor blades, nor the Bermuda Triangle, nor plants communicating telepathically with their owners, nor aliens traveling all the way to Earth to construct monuments beyond the capabilities of brown peoples (white peoples, apparently, being able to build their own monuments without extraterrestrial help), nor folk remedies for cancer based on peach pits, nor that advertisers manipulate us by hiding the word "sex" in photos of crackers.
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2016, 03:20:25 pm »

Not all humbug lasts. You don't hear much about biorhytms either these days.

^This.

It is beautifully and succinctly put.

Consider the below, then, a perhaps unnecessary footnote:

Nor pyramids sharpening razor blades, nor the Bermuda Triangle, nor plants communicating telepathically with their owners, nor aliens traveling all the way to Earth to construct monuments beyond the capabilities of brown peoples (white peoples, apparently, being able to build their own monuments without extraterrestrial help), nor folk remedies for cancer based on peach pits, nor that advertisers manipulate us by hiding the word "sex" in photos of crackers.

The old "In Search Of" episodes are all in a vault somewhere, waiting to be shown again by some nostalgic TV channel.
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 03:45:07 pm »


Nor pyramids sharpening razor blades,


Nooooooo .....
(Exits, sobbing with disillusionment)
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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 04:50:17 pm »

I watched "In Search Of" as a child, and I believed all of the stuff about psychic plants and pyramid power, then as I got older and more knowledgeable I learned that it was all bunk, but I maintained a nostalgia for it. I even briefly collected books on UFOs and the paranormal for a while, until I realized that the lunatic fringe subculture was far bigger than I had imagined, and that the crazy books were being produced in too great of numbers to be dealt with properly by a casual collector.

I still don't have any problem with works of fiction that treat this stuff as part of the background of the fictional world. I did dislike the recent X-Files revival's focus on post-9-11 conspiracy theory; that stuff is just poisonous.
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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2016, 05:30:34 pm »

If one were to think about it, anything sailing through the air that could not be recognized would qualify as a UFO. Also there are a lot of "flying saucers" here in South Africa. There are even road signs indicating their locations; but here that is a term for a freeway interchange.   
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2016, 09:48:35 pm »

If one were to think about it, anything sailing through the air that could not be recognized would qualify as a UFO. Also there are a lot of "flying saucers" here in South Africa. There are even road signs indicating their locations; but here that is a term for a freeway interchange.   

The South African highway system incorporates Roswell technology.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2016, 09:56:00 pm »

If one were to think about it, anything sailing through the air that could not be recognized would qualify as a UFO. Also there are a lot of "flying saucers" here in South Africa. There are even road signs indicating their locations; but here that is a term for a freeway interchange.   

The South African highway system incorporates Roswell technology.

All highway systems do. That's why you can make what should be a brief commute only to discover, upon arrival, that you've unaccountably lost several hours out of your life.
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2016, 04:17:08 pm »

Fay Wray?
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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2016, 04:52:36 am »

Fay Wray?

Perfect!
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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2016, 07:57:10 am »



 Believe it or not

 Because....

 You asked for it
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2016, 07:18:24 pm »

Fay Wray?


...Randolph Scott,
Happened to the industry.
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« Reply #15 on: May 25, 2016, 08:13:21 am »

Fay Wray?
That delicate satin-draped frame...


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