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News Flash! Humans May not be so Horrible After all!

If you have heard about the Stanford Prison Experiment, you are excused from having to believe deeply in people. In that experiment, researchers said that they could induce people to deliver pain to others — even hearing their reactions —  by introducing an authority figure. In other words, we are a pretty weak willed species.

Hmmm … nicht gut! Especially with Donald Trump in the White House!

But it turns out that the researchers who did the Stanford Experiment faked the results. It was a fraud.

Wow! Not only that, it is coming out that a lot of other social science experiments were less than credible as well. Like the marshmallow experiment. And the one that supposedly demonstrated that will is like a muscle.

It seems that we have been the subjects of another type of experiment —- testing how gullible we  are.

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Visiting the Egg House

The story begins thus

Ellis is an egg who moved to the Lower East Side. Ellis the egg has fallen asleep. While he is sleeping you’re able´e to explore his home after indulging in some light “cracking” and entering,

Cracking and entering?   Uggh!

This sounds like a weird dream one might have after wolfing down  too many slices of pepperoni pizza. But it is the actual theme behind a real pup up destination in NYC that is open until some time in June. Pay the entrance fee (which aint cheap) and you get to wander around Ellis’s Egg House and see the installations.

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And of course, post your photos on Instagram.

BA has the story, if you yearn to be photographed in a n egg container.

For those who walk on the wild side …

Dame Agatha would have loved it! Incredible!

On March 23, 1994, the medical examiner viewed the body of Ronald Opus,  and concluded that he died from a shotgun wound to the head.

Mr. Opus had jumped from the top of a ten-story building intending to commit suicide. He left a note to that effect indicating his despondency.

As he fell past the ninth floor, his life was interrupted by a shotgun blast passing through a window, which killed him instantly. Neither the shooter nor the deceased was aware that a safety net had been installed just below the eighth floor level to protect some building workers, and that Ronald Opus would not have been able to complete his suicide the way he had planned.  The room on the ninth floor, where the shotgun blast emanated, was occupied by an elderly man and his wife. They were arguing vigorously and he was threatening her with a shotgun!   The man was so upset that when he pulled the trigger, he completely missed his wife, and the pellets went through the window, striking Mr. Opus.   When one intends to kill subject ‘A’ but kills subject ‘B’ in the attempt, one is guilty of the murder of subject ‘B.’

When confronted with the murder charge, the old man and his wife were both adamant, and both said that they thought the shotgun was not loaded. The old man said it was a long-standing habit to threaten his wife with the unloaded shotgun.    He had no intention to murder her. Therefore the killing of Mr. Opus appeared to be an accident; that is, assuming the gun had been accidentally loaded.

The continuing investigation turned up a witness who saw the old couple’s son loading the shot-gun about six weeks prior to the fatal accident. It transpired that the old lady had cut off her son’s financial support and the son, knowing the propensity of his father to use the shotgun threateningly,loaded the gun with the expectation that his father would shoot his mother.

Since the loader of the gun was aware of this, he was guilty of the murder even though he didn’t actually pull the trigger. The case now becomes one of murder on the part of the son for the death of Ronald Opus.

Further investigation revealed that the son was, in fact,Ronald Opus.He had become increasingly despondent over the failure of his attempt to engineer his mother’s murder.

This led him to jump off the ten-story building on March 23rd only to be killed by a shotgun blast passing through the ninth story window.

Oops! BTW, this has been reported as a true story. It is not. But it is a good one!

The Birth of the “Yikes!” Column

If you have not guessed it already, the Yikes column is for media clips that, well, cause one to think “Yikes!” Here is the inaugural post (from HP)

Bill showed up on the Trump Regrets (Twitter) account for a post asking the president-elect to stop tweeting. He has since deleted his original tweet ― he was getting tired of the ire coming his way on Twitter, which he mostly uses to post about sports.

Bill said he would like Trump to act more like President Barack Obama, who he voted against twice but considers “an extremely honorable man who served the country fantastically.”

Hmmm …  two votes against an honorable man who served his country fantastically? And then a vote for Trump? Yikes!