“For an eternal moment he was still all things at once: the bird, the fish, the rodent, the reptile, and man.”
- A planet is born.
- My god, it’s full of billions of stars.
- Painting with mummies.
- AI straightens blurred lines.
- 'Unprecedented' marine extinction, courtesy of humankind.
- The Atlantic’s first marine national monument created by Obama.
- Atoms under the microscope.
- Which came first…The snake or the rattle?
- Will ancient remedies replace modern meds?
- Are you a hyper-sleeper? There are more hours in the day.
- The floating farms of the future?
- ’Supercute’ dinosaur unveiled.
- Looking into lignin.
- An ancient world without war?
- 6,000 year old indigo dye from Peru recalibrates ancient timeline.
- Lessons on how to raise a genius.
- Photos that helped create the United States' national parks .
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… Balancing ‘bots.
With thanks to Kat!
Quote of the Day:
“Genius is play, and man's capacity for achieving genius is infinite, and many may achieve genius only through play.”
I was dreamin' when I wrote this...
- Mystery of the red cap on Pluto's moon Charon solved. Mild spoiler: Charon is not a psychedelic mushroom.
- Taming quantum spookiness.
- Watch as five alarmingly calm men stand directly beneath an exploding atom bomb.
- 'Memory hacker' explains how to plant false memories in people's minds.
- People can consciously control mental activity using brain scans for neurofeedback.
- Monkeys 'typed' Shakespeare with their minds, scientists say.
- Rare bird, now extinct in the wild, joins clever animal elite due to its use of tools.
- Mermaid fossil goes on display at Harvard Museum.
- This special effects team hoaxes paranormal activity at haunted locations, and business is booming.
- Giant company Bayer just bought giant company Monsanto...which means it now controls more than a quarter of all seeds and pesticides on the planet.
- Dakota pipeline protestors claim Facebook censored live video of mass arrest.
- The 'Great Pacific Garbage Patch' was a myth...but the myth we needed to save our oceans.
- You just survived the hottest month ever. Again.
- Image of the Day: A timeline of Earth's average temperature, charted across human history since the last Ice Age.
Quote of the Day:
Life is just a party, and parties weren't meant to last.
Ever since the team of Mike "Pluto Killer" Brown and Konstantin Batygin noted an anomaly in the outer solar system, Earthlings have been waiting on pins and needles to see if we have nine planets once again. The anomaly in question being the convergence of orbits of several trans-Neptunian objects, like Sedna and VP 113 "Biden", suggesting they're under the gravitational influence of something huge!
In a couple of weeks, Brown and Batygin will be hogging the Subaru telescope in Hawaii for six days hoping to find our solar system's long-lost sibling. Where is it? Mike Brown gave a few clues to Patt Morrison at the Los Angeles Times:
We have done a pretty good job of narrowing down where in the sky it should be. It’s pretty close to the constellation Orion, which is kind of fun because that’s a constellation everybody knows. If people get up early in the morning this time of year, they can see Orion coming up and they can think, Planet Nine is right around there somewhere.
We’re waiting for another couple of weeks before it’s up high enough in the sky that we can start observing it and then we’re going to start systematically sweeping that area until we find it.
Click the map for a better view.
Despite tipping the scales at ten times Earth's mass and potentially two to four times Earth's diameter, spotting Planet Nine will be like finding a needle in the cosmic haystack. Outshone by Pluto 10,000 times over and more than 150 billion kilometers from the sun, you're not going to glimpse it with any amateur telescope.
Still there's an outside chance our solar system's family will be whole again by the holidays. As for naming this object, Brown and Batygin have been calling it George, Jehoshaphat, and Phattie. But Nibiru might be the best fit considering its highly elliptical orbit and proximity to the inner edge of the Oort Cloud, which is made up of icy objects and comets. Finding, and tracking, Planet Nine (or Nibiru) could help humanity keep an eye out for incoming icy impactors that could send us all back to the Stone Age.
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Gratitude to Joe Stieber for his assistance, and finding the star map.
Read this before you go obsolete
- Neolithic figurine, over 7,000 years old, unearthed at Turkey’s Çatalhöyük.
- World's second biggest meteor ever discovered buried in 'field of heaven’.
- Astronomers just found a second ‘Dyson Sphere’ star with dimming brightness.
- Entangled particles reveal even spookier action than we thought.
- The bonkers real-life plan to drain the Mediterranean and merge Africa and Europe.
- The long term benefits of LSD will change the way we talk about drugs and being high.
- Full and new moons may be linked to big earthquakes.
- Boston’s 1981 clown epidemic.
- Flat-Earthers have a wild new theory about forests.
- Unexplained stone structures found off Australia’s coast.
- Controversial Maya Codex is the real deal after all.
- Time crystals might be a thing.
- Should we seed life on alien worlds?
- Dataism: How data could eat the world.
- Washington witness describes UFO with fins.
Quote of the Day:
Homo sapiens is an obsolete algorithm
Yuval Noah Harari
TFW you realise our message to aliens was that we are a bunch of stalkery swingers...
- Ancient Egyptians collected fossils.
- Discovery of artificial irrigation system in 7000-year-old olive tree plantation in Israel will require a significant change in how we perceive the agricultural sophistication of ancient people.
- Megalithic tombs in India dated to 3000 BCE.
- World's oldest snowshoe discovered in Italian Alps.
- The extraordinary link between deep neural networks and the nature of the universe.
- The case for treating sugar like a dangerous drug.
- The full Moon is having a strange effect on cows.
- Russian nickel producer admits responsibility for 'red river'.
- When evolution fights back against genetic engineering.
- Catfish falls from the sky, hits woman in the face.
- Crop circle enthusiast spends months photographing patterns as they appear.
- Watch researchers use sound to move multiple objects with precision.
- Paralyzed man regains use of arms and hands after experimental stem cell therapy.
- Elon Musk has not ruled out UFO as cause of SpaceX explosion.
- In the search for human life, an all-too-human communication failure.
- The prankster and the assassin: why was the co-founder of Discordianism writing a novel based on Lee Harvey Oswald before the JFK assassination?
- Was Grease the story of a drowning woman's coma fantasy?
- Not funny: reports of creepy clowns spread to more cities.
- In 1981, clowns allegedly appeared across Boston, similar to current clown panic.
- North Dakota becomes first US state to legalise use of armed drones by the police. Which will totally end well I'm sure...
- Better use of the technology: drone surfing.
- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announces huge new 270-foot-tall reusable rocket.
- Image of the Day: photo of Burning Man taken from the TerraSAR-X satellite.
Quote of the Day:
We just don't know at this point, because we haven't had the chance to interview any clowns.
Greensboro police spokeswoman Susan Danielsen, discussing recent 'creepy clown' reports.
No the Moon and planetary bodies are not able to influence human behaviour, so shut up astrologists and full-moon fever theorists. They can only exert tiny forces, and thus can only be blamed for causing little things such as major earthquakes...
An almost-full, half-pie, waxing moon hanging lopsided in the night sky has long been a symbol of things to come. Now scientists have a new symbolism for the lunar phase we call first quarter: a looming risk of earthquakes.
...Studying data from the past two decades, Satoshi Ide and colleagues from the University of Tokyo measured the timing of high tides and reconstructed the amplitude of the moon’s pull at those times, focusing on the two weeks prior to large earthquakes. They measured the amplitude of the tides against the timing of those quakes, and found some of the largest and most devastating earthquakes in recent memory happened when the Earth’s crust was under the highest tidal stress.
...The mechanisms underlying this connection are not clear, however. The moon’s pull causes tidal disruptions that are orders of magnitude lower than those experienced in an earthquake. And not every change in tide comes with an attendant earthquake. Part of the problem is that scientists still don’t know exactly what causes a major earthquake. But one theory holds that they begin as smaller fractures that build up via a cascading process.
- Does Chinese civilisation come from ancient Egypt?
- Did Michelangelo paint a secret message on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel?
- Italian scientist claims he has solved the mystery of Atlantis.
- 16,500-year-old bird's head carving in Israel may have been part of a system for tracking the seasons.
- Disproving nine of the biggest 9/11 theories.
- There's a conspiracy theory that Taylor Swift is actually an Illuminati clone made from the DNA of a well-known 1980s Satanist. Sounds legit.
- Ayahuasca: the drug of choice for a new generation.
- Are fairy circles just the ghosts of termite nests?
- Global warming is thawing out the frozen corpses of a forgotten World War I battle.
- The strange and deadly musical properties of spider webs.
- The heat is on: Search begins for 'alien' life beneath Earth.
- Asteroid grazes Earth's upper atmosphere with only two days warning.
- Dolphins recorded having a conversation for the first time.
- How to develop a picture from a corpse's eye.
- Video of the Day: How long before drone-snatching is a thing?
Thanks Kat, Cat and Chris.
Quote of the Day:
The possible has been tried and failed. Now it's time to try the impossible.
This article is excerpted from Darklore Volume 9, which is available for sale from Amazon US and Amazon UK. Darklore 9 features essays from Alan Moore, Mike Jay, Robert Schoch and others, on topics ranging from hidden history to the occult.
Kerry Thornley was born on April 17th, 1938 in Whittier, California, the very same conservative bastion of Orange County blandness that bestowed upon us the honorable Richard M. Nixon, who some consider the physical embodiment of the Curse of Greyface.1
In 1958 – as an apparent counterbalance to Nixon’s ascension into the office of Vice President – Thornley and his teenaged pal Greg Hill (while sipping coffee in a Whittier bowling alley) inadvertently invoked Eris, the Greek goddess of chaos and discord. In the aftermath of their caffeine-induced vision, Hill and Thornley founded the so-called spoof religion Discordianism, as well as its disorganizational branch, The Discordian Society.
Initially an in-joke between Hill and Thornley, by the late 1960s the Discordian Society began to attract a loose knit group of writers, artists and free spirits who often adopted comical Pope names. Thornley embraced the Discordian persona of Lord Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst while Greg Hill became known as Malaclypse the Younger.
Other Discordian Popes included Playboy editors Robert Anton Wilson (Mordecai the Foul) and Robert Shea (Josh the Dill), who in tandem co-authored the counterculture classic, The Illuminatus Trilogy, with the first book in the series dedicated to none other than Hill and Thornley. Throughout Illuminatus are numerous references to Discordian memes such as The Law of Fives, The Sacred Chao, and the John Dillinger Died For You Society.
Many Discordian activities concerned pranks designed to not only poke fun at organized religion and uptight people, but also as a means of illumination through the use of surreal and irreverent humor. In recent years, the Discordian Society has grown into a worldwide underground phenomenon, although the only thing that its Popes and Momes can generally agree upon is that tried and true Discordian maxim: “We Discordians must stick apart!” For further information/confusion refer to Principia Discordia or How I Found Goddess And What I Did To Her When I Found Her.
During Thornley’s junior year of high school in the spring of 1956, he enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves, attending boot camp that summer, then returned to high school in the fall of 1957 for his senior year. The following year he attended the University of Southern California as a journalism major, but quickly lost interest in pursuing the academic life.
A budding writer intent on traveling the world, Thornley figured the most immediate way to do so was by fulfilling his two-year active duty in the Marines. Kerry enlisted in the spring of 1959, and his first stop was El Toro Marine Base, located near Irvine, California. It was here that his life was forever altered when his path crossed that of Lee Harvey Oswald.
The Prankster and the Assassin
At the moment I have every reason to believe I may get 20 years in a Louisiana prison for: 1) having gone to USC at the same time as Gordon Novel did; 2) having written a novel based on Oswald which re-inforced his apparent Marxist cover; 3) having been from that point out the victim of either the most fantastic chain of incriminating coincidences or the most satanically evil plot in history…
I was never very interested in the Kennedy assassination until lately. But goddamn and sweet Jesus do I want to see those bastards brought to justice now! Not out of revenge, but just simple self-preservation.
As I’ve been telling people, I’m up to my ass in a cheap spy novel. And right now that means I am in over my head.
– Letter from Kerry Thornley to Greg Hill, dated February 17th, 1968
Kerry Thornley and Lee Harvey Oswald were stationed at El Toro over a three month period, and much of their interactions occurred either during off duty hours at the rec hall, or in between drills and field exercises when the two engaged in ... Read More »
A summary of all the stories and news briefs posted on The Daily Grail over the past week. Feel free to share anything interesting!
- Darklore Volume 9: Now Available!
- Drone's-Eye View of the Pyramids of Nubia
- News Briefs 05-09-2016 (Monday)
- The Crystal Weapons of Prehistoric Spain
- News Briefs 06-09-2016 (Tuesday)
- Space Probe Found on Comet
- News Briefs 07-09-2016 (Wednesday)
- News Briefs 08-09-2016 (Thursday)
- The Psi Encyclopedia: An Alternative to Overly Skeptical Articles on Wikipedia
- News Briefs 09-09-2016 (Friday)
Have a good weekend!
“If you forget yourself, you become the universe.”
- A sea of black holes and a wrinkle in space-time.
- Osiris Rex probe seeks the origins of life… and Bennu.
- Set a course for Terzan 5.
- Gaia spacecraft poised to reconfigure astronomy.
- Two words… Time crystals.
- The Daily Grolier of the ancient Maya.
- Yoga, meditation and other integrative medicines do a body good.
- My god, it’s full of stars.
- Catastrophic wilderness loss since the 90’s, charted.
- An alien antenna on the moon?
- A canary in the duck factory.
- Judging a book by its cover.
- B & W images of NORAD.
- Exploding galaxies and soap bubbles.
- This week’s evidence of the looming robot uprising… EMIEW3.
Quote of the Day:
“All beings are by nature are Buddhas, as ice by nature is water.”