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Found this stunning picture, and thought i would share it with my lovely friends.
Silence is a word which is not a word, and breath an object which is not an object...
...But everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud.
Answer: "The cassette had started at the beginning of the man's utterance. Someone else had to be there to rewind the tape"
Someone PMed me, and suggested that it was supernatural powers at play. Maybe it was recorded after his death, or maybe not his voice at all. Well, for one i dont believe in ghosts, do you?
The human brain is hard-wired to detect faces and voices. It is how we can tell people apart much better than we can tell, say, rocks apart. It is also the cause of many misconceptions. Because of the way our brains are wired, we want to see recognizable shapes in everything. This is what prompts us to see clouds as being shaped like sheep or dragons instead of just "random puffs of water." It is also what drives people to see "ghosts" in photos or in a darkened room - the pattern of shadows or the static on a TV can be perceived as a face, because that is what we are designed to see.
The same applies to our hearing and voices. You've probably heard people describe birdcalls using words - such as the whippoorwil and the killdeer, named for the words their calls supposedly sound like. Obviously the birds are not actually saying "whip poor Will," but that is what we hear because we are made to detect language. See also the tendency of small children to interpret the various nighttime household noises (water in the plumbing, the roar of the furnace) as monsters or ghosts coming to get them.
There's also a pretty good amount of, for lack of a better term, wishful thinking. (That's not the word I want but the right one has slipped my mind.) If you expect to hear a ghost, you will hear one. If you expect to hear God talking to you, that's what you'll interpret it as. If you expect to hear a coffee machine... then you hear a coffee machine.
Another brain teaser for my lovely friends. Maybe you will be able to guess it before tomorrow when i give you then answer?
"A man was found dead in his study. He was slumped over his desk and a gun was in his hand. There was a cassette recorder on his desk. When the police entered the room and pressed the play button on the tape recorder they heard: "I can't go on. I have nothing to live for." Then there was the sound of a gunshot. How did the detective immediately know that the man had been murdered and it wasn't a suicide?"
We found out recently that if you try to leave a little kid in a graveyard late at night, he'll freak out. Even if you offer to leave him a gun to protect himself. Why? It's because on some instinctual level, all humans know it's just a matter of time until the zombies show up.
Our culture is full of tales of the undead walking the Earth, from our religions to our comic books. But, some sort of zombie apocalypse isn't actually possible, right?
Actually, yes. It's quite possible. Here's five ways it could happen, according to science.
Brain Parasites (seen in Resident Evil IV):
Parasites that turn victims into mindless, zombie-like slaves are fairly common in nature. There's one called toxoplasmosa gondii that seems to devote its entire existence to being terrifying.
This bug infects rats, but can only breed inside the intestines of a cat. The parasite knows it needs to get the rat inside the cat (yes, we realize this sounds like the beginning of the most fucked-up Dr. Seuss poem ever) so the parasite takes over the rat's freaking brain, and intentionally makes it scurry toward where the cats hang out. The rat is being programmed to get itself eaten, and it doesn't even know.
Of course, those are just rats, right?
How it can result in zombies?
Hey, did we mention that half the human population on Earth is infected with toxoplasmosa, and don't know it? Hey, maybe you're one of them. Flip a coin.
Oh, also, they've done studies and shown that the infected see a change in their personality and have a higher chance of going batshit insane.
Neurotoxins (seen in The Serpent and the Rainbow):
There are certain kinds of poisons that slow your bodily functions to the point that you'll be considered dead, even to a doctor (okay, maybe not to a good doctor). The poison from fugu (Japanese blowfish) can do this.
The victims can then be brought back under the effects of a drug like datura stramonium (or other chemicals called alkaloids) that leave them in a trance-like state with no memory, but still able to perform simple tasks like eating, sleeping, moaning and shambling around with their arms outstretched.
How it can result in zombies?
"Can?" How about "does."
This stuff has happened in Haiti; that's where the word "zombie" comes from. There are books about it, the most famous ones by Dr. Wade Davis (Passage of Darkness and The Serpent and the Rainbow). Yes, the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on this guy's actual science stuff.
The Real Rage Virus (seen in 28 Days Later):
In the movie, it was a virus that turned human beings into mindless killing machines. In real life, we have a series of brain disorders that do the same thing. They were never contagious, of course. Then, Mad Cow Disease came along. It attacks the cow's spinal cord and brain, turning it into a stumbling, mindless attack cow.
And, when humans eat the meat ...
How it can result in zombies?
When Mad Cow gets in humans, they call it Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Check out the symptoms:
Changes in gait (walking)
Lack of coordination (for example, stumbling and falling)
Myoclonic jerks or seizures
Rapidly developing delirium or dementia
Sure, the disease is rare (though maybe not as rare as we think) and the afflicted aren't known to chase after people in murderous mobs. Yet.
But, it proves widespread brain infections of the Rage variety are just a matter of waiting for the right disease to come along.
Today i bring you a little brain teaser.
I will post the answer tomorrow, maybe you can guess it before that?
"A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires, the second is full of assassins with loaded guns, and the third is full of lions that haven't eaten in 3 years - Which room is safest for him?"
Have a lovely thursday.
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