“Disfigured Yet Still Handsome”: The Fantastic Phineas P. Gage

…the patient bore his sufferings with the most heroic firmness. He recognized me at once, and said he hoped he was not much hurt. He seemed to be perfectly conscious, but was getting exhausted from the hemorrhage. His person, and the bed on which he was laid, were literally one gore of blood.
–Dr. John Martyn Harlow

On September 13, 1848, railroad construction foreman Phineas P. Gage had a large iron rod shoved completely through his head in a freak accident.

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The Man Who Haunted Himself

Several years ago, a gentleman (I’m assuming) with the intriguing name RBradbury1920 posted on Reddit’s “legal advice” section a rather alarming tale:

On the 15th of April I found a yellow post-it note in a handwriting that wasn’t mine on my desk reminding me of some errands I had to do, but told literally nobody about. While odd, I chalked it up to something I did in my sleep, thinking maybe in my half-awake state I scrawled it so it didn’t appear to be my handwriting. I threw it out and thought little of it.

Creepy, right? It gets worse:

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The Countess Who Had Drilled A Hole In Her Head

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WARNING: Some images in this post are graphic (I mean…obviously).

In the early 1970s, 23-year-old Amanda Feilding drilled a hole in her skull with a dentist’s electric drill, wearing a tight pair of close-fitting glasses so the blood wouldn’t get into her eyes. She then bandaged herself up and went out to a restaurant to have a steak.

It’s called trepanning — the ancient practice of drilling a hole in the skull to give the brain more oxygen. In a more metaphysical sense, advocates of trepanation see the eventual fusing of the bones at the top of the skull in adults to be a closing-off of vital energy, creativity, and spirituality—something that the boring of a new hole in the cranium might “fix.”

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The Spy Cats Of The CIA

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Considering everything else that’s happening in the world, this is a relatively benign, even goofy, story…well, except for the cats.

Wikileaks recently tweeted a link to a CIA memo archive (which was released in 2001) that contained information on “Project Acoustic Kitty”—a five-year year project in the 1960s designed to turn ordinary cats into mobile recording devices.

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Shazaam! Mandela Effect Manifests In CollegeHumor Video

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Sinbad in “Shaazam”

It is probably the most well-known of the so-called “Mandela Effects”—that comedian Sinbad starred in an early 1990s kids movie called Shazaam! as a genie. Numerous people online have claimed to remember this movie, but it does not seem to exist. Was the possible reason for this discrepancy some conflation of memories consisting of the Shaquille O’Neal movie Kaazam! and the fact that Sinbad once dressed like a genie for a TV film festival?

Or are we indeed in an alternate parallel universe—perhaps produced by CERN’s Large Hadron Collider—in which Kaazam! is really just a bastardized version of Shaazam!?

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Digitizing The Vatican Library

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And so here we have a case of a famed and notoriously secretive organization opening a bunch of their documents to the public via the Internet.

I can’t even begin to tell you how weird it is to find out that the Vatican has dumped thousands of scanned books from their fabled library on the Interwebs for easy reading. This is a library that has always been cited by conspiracy buffs as being chock full o’ esoteric shit. It has 1.1 million printed books, 75,000 codices, and 8,500 incunabula. As of this writing, over 6000 books/documents have been scanned.

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