Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

Extra, extra! Left-handedness no longer freakish; Citizen no longer Vigilant!

  • Meanest Girls: A 15-year-old girl in Blackburn, England, was devastated when her online boyfriend, Jaydon Rothwell, committed suicide. On his Facebook status, Jaydon had written that he was going to kill himself with a fatal pill/alcohol overdose because she had accused him – falsely – of cheating on her. This led to a spate of hatemail and nasty phone calls from Jaydon’s Facebook “fans”, accusing her of causing his death. The girl was even more devastated when Lancashire police informed her that Jaydon hadn’t really killed himself. In fact, he never existed. He was a character created by two other girls, both 16, who were reportedly peeved with her for dating a guy one of them had also dated. They kept up the ruse for three months, even using a teen boy to impersonate “Jaydon” at a dimly lit party. The girls apologized as part of a restorative justice session, but I have a feeling these three girls won’t be hanging out together anytime soon.
  • Vigilant Citizen appears to be out of commission. Now where will we get all our vital information about Illuminati symbolism in Russian pop music videos?!
  • Not quite as scary as the Doomsday Clock. But almost.
  • Dr. Carole Lieberman, infamous for claiming that the videogame Bulletstorm caused an increase in sexual assaults (and now suggesting Fox News was part of a conspiracy to promote the game), has one of the strangest websites I’ve ever seen. It looks like a collaborative effort between Barbie and Gloria Allred.
  • Cold fusion! This time it’s totally happening! For reals! Srsly, you guys!
  • According to TIME, left-handedness is no longer “socially weird”. Thank you, Ned Flanders.
  • Least convincing slideshow presentation of the week: One creative YouTuber has decided the Bible contains references to quantum mechanics. Especially Hebrews 11: 1, 3: “The things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” C for effort, D- for presentation. I’ve seen YTPs that make more sense.
  • If you can’t attend the Dolphins & Teleportation Symposium in June, maybe you can catch the Secret Space Program Conference. After all, there are aquatic animals on Mars, and the Rockefeller set seems intent on relocating there.

Wednesday Weirdness Roundup

  • 20something guy overheard in a coffeeshop: “Primordial bacteria are killing fisherman; the planet is fighting back, just like in The Happening.” He went on to say that Steven Spielberg deserves props for including the “suppressed” knowledge of head-binding in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, even though it was a crappy movie. Museums long ago removed all evidence of the practice from public display, he said, not stopping to wonder how – if it was really suppressed – he and Steven Spielberg knew about it in the first place.
  • For years, there have been rumours that cameras and/or microphones are concealed within digital TV converters; Big Brother by stealth. I first came across this in a May 2004 Vanity Fair article by Rich Cohen, “Welcome to the Conspiracy”. Back then, Scientific-Atlanta converter boxes were the prime suspects. Paul Watson of Prison Planet reported the hidden-microphone rumour as fact in 2006, claiming the mics were first installed in the late ’90s but would not be activated until ’06 (reproduced here). But no one thought of dissecting a converter box until this guy came along … and sure enough, he found a camera. Of course he did. He put it there in the first place. As anyone who gives the idea more than a nanosecond of thought realizes, a camera (or any other recording device) inside a converter box would not be able to transmit any data. And conspiranoids have yet to explain how the New World Order will benefit from watching me floss during Lost.
  • Whoever created this truly bizarre YouTube presentation thinks former BYU professor and 9/11 Truther Steven E. Jones “weaponized cold fusion“. Perhaps I’ll have more to say about this later, when I’ve stopped laughing…