Welcome to a semi-daily overview of the world inside and outside my head:
Picture of the day: Winona Ryder with her godfather Timothy Leary + an old psychedelic Dr. Strange poster. I liked how the images blended. I’m hardly an artist with this stuff, I just like to sort of quickly mesh two completely different pictures together and note the synchronous placements & stuff like that. Sort of like a Burroughs “cut-up,” but not really. Maybe more like a sigil.
Quote of the day:
He: “I have bad short term memory.”
She: “You don’t need it. Take notes.”
–overheard in an elevator
Links of Possible Interest:
You lucky devils, I just realized that I haven’t closed the browser windows on my phone since December and have like 300 of them open to different posts and threads. Probably not the best thing for the optimal functioning of my phone, but there’s some interesting stuff here so let’s take a look:
MONA LISA AND THE MANDELA EFFECT
This was a general search I did on the theory that Leonardo DaVinci’s famous painting now has a “bigger” smile post-CERN space/time-continuum parallel Earths fuckery. Some proponents of this alleged Mandela Effect not only believe her smile is bigger now, but that she is actually “smirking.” In some photo comparisons, the “original” painting has obviously been altered to show her with a resting bitch face:
Setting aside the obvious Photoshops, what do YOU think about all this? Misremembered memory, or proof of a subtle shift in the timeline?
THE ALEX JONES STORY, A.K.A. THE ONE ABOUT HIS EX-WIFE (GUEST-STARRING JON RONSON!)
This is an utterly rabbit-holey epic thread from the Twitter account Fraude which starts with the early days of Alex Jones’ career and then plunges headfirst into the bag of cats that is allegedly his ex-wife. So we start with the infamous Jones episode where he “infiltrates” Bohemian Grove…part of a documentary that was written and filmed by The Men Who Stare At Goats author Jon Ronson. Wasn’t aware of the Jones/Ronson connection before (that’s going to be an in-depth rabbit hole inquiry for another day). Then Fraude moves over to the story of Violet Nichols (a.k.a. Kelly Jones), who would eventually become Jones’ wife and then ex-wife. Yikes. What a story! Those two seemed really evenly matched! At the end, you almost feel sorry for Jones…almost.
“MY SON STOLE A RARE BOBA FETT FIGURE FROM MY BROTHER”
OK, this one is not esoteric in nature, but epic nonetheless. A person goes on the legal advice Subreddit and says that their 15-year-old son not only stole a rare Boba Fett figure from their brother, but opened the mint-in-package toy so now it’s ruined. The brother is furious, says the figure was worth $2000, and wants to sue. The OP sort of contextualizes all this as “kids will be kids,” it’s all in the family anyhow, and to get upset over a “toy” is overreacting. Thus the outraged Redditors—who certainly know the true value of a mint unopened Boba Fett figure—go nuts on this person. Spoilers: in the follow-up to the original Reddit post, the OP says they made up with the brother and was OK with him filing a police report on the theft so he can at least collect the renter’s insurance. The Reddit hivemind is still not happy, said getting the cops involved will only make things worse & mark the kid for life. I guess sometimes you just can’t win.
FAKE WASHINGTON POST EDITIONS DISTRIBUTED SAYING TRUMP LEAVES OFFICE
This story, which happened in January, was just fascinating to me by its very nature. An activist organization printed up convincing facsimiles of The Washington Post with the headline, “Unpresidented. Trump hastily departs White House, ending crisis.” People believed it was a real newspaper. It just all felt like something out of a comic book or even a CIA playbook. And then you add this to just the topic of “fake news” in general…Picture a scenario where a small town’s newspapers are all swapped out with some fakes with headlines like “Martians Invade!” or whatever. Impromptu psychological experiment and hilarity ensues.
THE GREAT GEORGE WASHINGTON’S TEETH CONSPIRACY
Ok, not so much a conspiracy, but like a debunking/confirmation of a couple of urban legends relating to the first U.S. president’s false teeth. First Part: Washington’s teeth were not wooden; we find this out per Snopes. His dentures were made of human & cow teeth, as well as elephant ivory. Second Part: Were Washington’s dentures made from the teeth of his own slaves? Answer: Uh…it’s not 100% confirmed, but well within the realm of possibility. There is a notation in Washington’s plantation ledger that reads: “By Cash pd Negroes for 9 Teeth on Acct of Dr. Lemoire.” Dr. Lemoire, of course, is Washington’s dentist. And it’s most likely the teeth came out of the mouths of living people. So: yeah, kinda awkward.
Is there a new sexual classification for people who carnally relate mostly to technology like VR and Sex Robots? This Fast Company article explores the rise of the so-called Digisexuals: “As these technologies develop, they will enable sexual experiences that many people will find just as satisfying as those with human partners, or in some cases more so.” And, “We believe that in the coming decades, as these technologies become more sophisticated and more widespread, there will be an increasing number of people who will choose to find sex and partnership entirely from artificial agents or in virtual environments.” Question: are articles like these sort of subtle propaganda to promote this in the population? I’m not saying digisexuality is wrong. But let’s face it: if you can completely commodify sexual partners by having them be purchasable hardware and software…somebody’s making money somewhere! (Bonus: “Sex Robots Can Be Hacked To Kill You”)
IS PAUL McCARTNEY REALLY JUNIOR CAMPBELL FROM THE BAND “MARMALADE”?
Here’s another epic rabbit-hole type thing I was finding myself go down a month or so ago. Okay, I’m assuming you’ve heard of the “core” conspiracy of “Paul Is Dead,” right? That the real McCartney died in the mid-Sixties and was replaced by a lookalike. So, this offshoot from the theory believes that musician Junior Campbell (born William Campbell) from the Scottish band Marmalade was that McCartney double! “Proof” presented includes the fact that they were musical contemporaries, look and sound similar, and that Marmalade covered “Ob-La-Di-Ob-La-Da.” The conspiracy theory is a LOT more labyrinthine than that, but I’ve covered the basics here. And aren’t you glad I did?
EXPLETIVE-FILLED PARODY COMIC ACCIDENTALLY USED IN CHILDREN’S GARFIELD MOVIE
I just found this one on Reddit a few days ago, but I couldn’t wait to share it with you. So apparently the 2007 CGI movie Garfield Gets Real has a part in which a parody comic was accidentally used. In the scene, Garfield is running past an “actual” Sunday comic strip of “Garfield” in a library or whatnot. But the strip in question seems to have been pulled from the internet by the animators under the assumption it was a legit one made by Garfield creator Jim Davis. IT WAS NOT. Jon calls Garfield a motherfucker in the strip and also threatens to rape him. Lesson: don’t just pull shit from the internet, peoples!
EDIT: here is the screenshot where you can clearly see the “motherfucker” in the comic strip:
PETE DAVIDSON AND KATE BECKINSALE ROMANCE: FALSE FLAG OR *FALSEST FLAG*?
Folks, I will puzzle over this one until the day I die.
…and thus we are all up-to-date! Thanks so much for reading, and have a good Thursday.