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    @Vornaskotti - Sounds awesome, hope you get a chance.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2013
    Anthropologist Held Hostage By Elves For 7 Years
    Seven years after she vanished without a trace, a female anthropologist emerged from a mysterious cave where authorities believe she may have been held hostage by real-life elves!
    Danish researcher Kalena Søndergaard was stark naked, covered by dust and babbling incoherently when rescuers found her outside a tiny opening in the famous Elf Rock, traditionally believed to house the underground dwelling place of mankind’s tiny cousins.
    “She was crouching like an animal and spoke only in a language unrelated to any we know,” said Armor Guðjohnsen of the National Rescue Service, which airlifted the 31-year-old survivor to a hospital by helicopter.

    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 14th 2013
    Bob, I hate to be the one to shatter your illusions but this story is published on a fiction site.

    Also :

    The author of this article wrote the blood-curdling horror novel Hour of the Beast, considered by many the best werewolf story since The Howling. In the shocking and controversial first 13 pages, a young bride is raped by a werewolf on her wedding night. After that, things start to get out of hand.

    Yeeesh... so when, exactly do you start to consider that hings have gone "out of hand" ?
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    @256 - I agree that it's a bad example but I think there's something in the idea. Phonebloks might be a better example.
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    'so when, exactly do you start to consider that hings have gone "out of hand" ?'

    Soon as you need a rag to clean off (sorry!)
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    I'm not even that scared of spiders but nopenopenope!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2013
    Today I'm proud of my state and neighboring city San Francisco as it was transformed into Gotham for a day for a Make-A-Wish gift. This project has drawn attention not just from the entire god damn Bay Area, but the California DoJ got in on the action by sending him their plans on how to prosecute the Riddler and Penguin and he also received messages from Pres Obama and VP Biden.

    Sometimes, people can be fucking awesome.


    • CommentTimeNov 15th 2013
    @icelandbob,The author worked at Weekly World News!

    @Wood, That werewolf novel is so over the top and hacky that it has to be satire. I kind of want to dig it? If it weren't for the rapey stuff, I'd check it out.
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeNov 16th 2013
    Hey guys.

    I did of course check the site out so I did know that it was silly stuff lol. But it was interesting as it went viral in my country for sheer funniness alone.
    • CommentAuthorcardo
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2013
    @Vorn - It was obviously part of Allah's plan so never mind eh?
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2013 edited
    Not sure if authentic, but at least the technique of combining hacking with social engineering is plausible.

    100.000 euro Hackers

    EDIT: Ah, apparently it's a fake, or rather a PSA.
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2013 edited
    Right, some of you may be aware of the Finnish Valkee-earlight, which claims to treat seasonal affective disorder, depression, jetlag and other such problems. It's essentially a pair of led lights you stick in your ears, five euros worth of components sold for 200 euros. It was touted as the next Nokia (well, everything up here is…), won some prizes, had great visibility up here…

    …except it looks like they led with marketing and a start-up-"can do" attitude instead of research, and may have actually fudged some research results that showed a placebo worked better than their lights.

    I've been digging in to this a bit, including reading their research which they claim is a proof of efficacy. The site I linked made the company go into a rather active PR damage control mode, and they are pretty quick to reply to criticism in for example Twitter. The fact is, their proof so far seems to be pretty flimsy, and frankly I have a big problem with their "marketing first, proof later" approach to selling a very expensive product that can be seen to prey on vulnerable people, such as those who are depressed. A case in point, their next "proof" of efficacy is a press release. "The newly presented results will next be submitted for a peer-reviewed publication." A-yup… So, academic publishing via media? Stay classy. They have been complaining that peer reviewed publishing may take three years and they just couldn't wait that long. I can't be the only one who has a problem with selling an expensive device that claims to have health benefits before the said health benefits are actually demonstrated in a double-blind placebo study?

    Honestly, if this was or turned out to be an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder, depression etc. I'd be on the front lines of cheering this innovation and marketing it, but so far it seems to gather quite a many ticks in the "alternative medicine hoax" checklist. I wish I was wrong, but doesn't really look like it…

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      CommentAuthorPurple Wyrm
    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2013 edited
    Yet another news story that proves the Onion isn't that far from reality after all...

    Carleton cancels Shinerama; says disease only affects “white people”

    Carleton University Students’ Association is cancelling Shinerama, the school’s popular fundraiser for cystic fibrosis, after the council said the fatal disease is not “inclusive” enough. The motion, which passed 17 to 2 at the association’s Nov. 24 meeting, read: “Whereas Cystic fibrosis has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men…Be it resolved that: CUSA discontinue its support of this campaign.”

    • CommentTimeNov 20th 2013
    Nuh uh! No way! That's also not totally accurate. It's not JUST white people, just more common in white people. It's also diagnosed in men and women equally—but for some reason women die faster. Even the article says that!!

    Reference number one.

    In clearer English on Wikipedia.

    Also I just looked this up—apparently this article is from 2008. STILL. SO DUMMMMMBBBBBB.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013 edited
    NASA plans to grow plants on the Moon by sending capsules aboard Google's Lunar X Prize contestants in 2015.

    Interesting for a number of reasons including:
    a) The budget - a mere $2 million.
    b) Potentially the first lunar lander since the USSR's Luna 24 in 1976.*
    c) Plants on the moon.

    * Not counting impactor missions. China and India are also planning lunar lander/rover missions between now and 2016.

    Edit: Browsing the X Prize site, apparently China are to launch their Chang'e 3 lander/rover mission early next month!
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2013
    Women 'held as slaves for 30 years'
    Three women have been "rescued" from a south London house as police investigate claims they were held as slaves for at least 30 years.

    Police arrested a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman in Lambeth.

    Last month officers were contacted by Freedom Charity after it received a call from a woman saying she had been held against her will for decades.

    A Malaysian woman, 69, an Irish woman, 57, and a British woman, 30, were rescued from the house on 25 October.
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    @Dorkmuffin - Also I just looked this up—apparently this article is from 2008.

    Ahhh geez.
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd 2013
    Still a bajillion kinds of ridiculous.