No, It's Not!

Common Myths and Old Wive's Tales...
An Infographic of Myths...
Love this link!
Click and enjoy!...
.... a young conservative writer named Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, ... explains that he doesn't like the book because, among other reasons, Ayn Rand held that the "parasitic weak deserve to be trod upon by the capitalistic powerful." Read, instead...

Judgment Day, Doomsday, The Rapture?

Apocalypse Now? [Wikipedia link]

...But I wrote this on May 22nd, 2011 !

From the original "Apocalypse2011" website...
Very clever wording, morons... "May 21st will be the start of the Apocalypse..."
"The Start..." ????
For $10.00, please deed me your house before you go, ok? If you don't get "saved," just pay me $100 and you can have the deed back... I guarantee it!
And I might even recommend a good psychiatrist, too.

Oh, wait... maybe it really happened and I've been left behind... I want a list of everyone who's missing since yesterday! LOL
A bag of popcorn on your counter
is a reliable nuclear radiation detector?

But if you believe that and forward it on
as "truth" you're a scientifically illiterate moron... no offense ...

(See also...)
Tsunami about to hit Sumatra?
All Dogs?
Not exactly!
It's a "do-it-yourself site...

It's the Westboro Baptist Church Sign Generator. "Enter some text and click the 'Go' button. A WBC church sign will be generated for you. Collect 'em, trade 'em, put 'em on your website, or e-mail 'em to your friends."

More Magic Numbers?
Kayak in a Whale's Mouth?

Click here to see it at

And a brief note about copyrights...
The photo of the whale's mouth and the kayak are © Tim Schobe

Because the Photoshopped picture combining the two images did not have a copyright logo on it, I copied the picture directly from the link.

A letter from Mr. Schobe's lawyers informed me that I had unwittingly made an illegal copy of the photo and for a mere $500 I could get a "retroactive minimum use license for the photo, even though it would be impossible to prove tangible damage to the creator of the photo.

I paid... You: Beware !

Don't Buy Gas Days ?

Don't pump gas on April,15 2012
KEEP SENDING THIS Lets all try this, wonderful if it helps.
I'Il do it! If running low, just get your gas the day before on April 14 or the day after on April 16. Every little bit helps.
In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.
On April 15th 2012, all internet users are to not go to a gas station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $1.20 a liter/$3.98 in most places.
If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on April 15th and let's try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

And what happens the next day
when everyone fills up?
D'oh!  << click to learn why...
Sea turtle egg poachers?

Most of what you've been led to believe
about Global Warming is Wrong!

Read the 05.2010 entry here... and ongoing comments in subsequent editions!
Frozen Wave in Antarctica?
No, It's Not!
At and also here at, and also some of the original photos here...
Huge Arctic Moon only visible at the Earth's Poles?


The claim is that near the North or South Pole, the the moon would appear to be much larger in diameter than the sun.

Few things can be further from the truth. This is the work of artist Inga Nielsen.
The moon does not look larger at the poles than it does anywhere else on earth. In fact, because the moon is roughly 4,000 miles further away from an observer at a pole than an observer near the Equator, it must appear smaller when viewed from the poles.

In addition, the moon's apparent diameter is roughly the same as that of the sun... from any point on earth. That's why we have solar eclipses, and slight variations in the earth-moon distance and other parts of the geometry create Total Eclipses or Annular Eclipses or Partial Eclipses of the sun. If the moon had the apparent diameter shown in this painting, virtually all solar eclipses would be Total and might last hours instead of few minutes. Back to Earth Science, kids!

Nope, not at all...
Pick any two-digit number.
Represent it as "AB."
Now think of it as "10 times A, +B."
When you follow the directions pretty much any similar "magic" or "mind reading" trick, you'll end up subtracting "A" and "B" from the original number, leaving you with, in this example, the result equal to "9A", which is always a multiple of 9!

Next time you run the program or link, take a closer look at the chart they offer up. You'll see that, no matter what the other boxes say, the boxes whose numbers are multiples of 9 all have the same "picture, label, word, whatever" in them... . If you re-run the link, the contents of the boxes that are multiples of 9 may change, but they're all the same as the other boxes that are multiples of 9 and will always be the same as the "magic item" you've chosen. Look closely next time and try the "mathemagic" on paper first, too.

Brilliant Idea to "Fix the Economy"?

You've probably gotten this or something like it, via email..

The Fix. There recently was an article in the St. Petersburg, FL, Times. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on: "How Would You Fix the Economy?" I think this guy nailed it!

Dear Mr. President,

Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the "Patriotic Retirement Plan":

There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

  1. 1) They MUST retire. Forty million job openings --- Unemployment fixed.
  2. 2) They MUST buy a new American CAR. Forty million cars ordered --- Auto Industry fixed.
  3. 3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage --- Housing Crisis fixed.

It can't get any easier than that!!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members in Congress pay their taxes...

While you're at it, make Congress retire on Social Security and Medicare. I'll bet both programs would be fixed pronto!

If you think this would work, please forward to everyone you know.

If not, please disregard.

Nope. You are much wiser to disregard the message than pass it on. Why?

It won't work and it can't work.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Did you know that $40 million times 1 million people equals 4x10^13 dollars?
  • A billion dollars is 1x10^9 dollars.
  • A trillion dollars is only 1x10^12 dollars.
  • This misguided idea would give forty trillion dollars to the "unemployed" to "get us out of this mess."
  • The US Gross Domestic Product, as of 2008 was a bit less than $14 trillion dollars.
  • You are suggesting that the "unemployed" be given about three times our GDP as a gift, to "solve our problems!
  • Where will the money come from?
  • It will come from your tax payments. ALL "Government money" comes from your tax payments.
  • How will the money be distributed?
  • By a government agency and a horde of bureaucrats, paid to implement and deliver on the program, and all are hired and paid out of MORE of your taxes.
  • Someone needs their head and their math skills examined!

And this is going to make WHOM rich? All of us??

Stop and think... for a change!

This year, Mars will be closer to the earth than ever before and look like this to the naked eye!

Nope... Once every 26 months or so, the Red Planet makes a grand appearance. This year, 2010, Mars reaches opposition and peak visibility in January, when it rightfully claims the bulk of our planet-viewing attention. But to see a view like that photo, you'll need a telescope of about 8" diameter or more, and some really high magnification.

To the naked eye, it will look like a reddish star. Don't believe me? Try!

And one more link for you, too... More Astronomical Myths, Debunked.

Duck quacks don't echo, [and 39 other claims...]

Nope... Well, not the quacks, anyway (#8)... click here, read the list, and then don't forward that email again.

Caption: Face to face with a manta ray in an aquarium
Monterey , California

Um, dude... that's not the manta ray's face...

God's Hands?

More Photoshop, silly!

More Photoshop, silly!
Merger of two photos.

Air Force helicopters have flown in front of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge, and sharks do attack their prey by leaping out of the water. However, a Great White shark has never attacked a helicopter in San Francisco Bay. The top image was created by an unknown hoaxer who pasted an image of a breaching Great White, taken by South African photographer Charles Maxwell, into a picture of a USAF helicopter hovering in front of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken by Lance Cheung.

... and how believing that crap can actually hurt you!
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