News Briefs 13-06-2016

Klaatu barada ni…ah, never mind. Go for it Gort.

Thanks to @tenebrisvacuum and @djp1974.

Quote of the Day:

The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.

Bertrand Russell

  1. tunnel
    There is quite a big line drawn between Pagan, Illuminati, and Satanic rituals. I see a Pagan ritual, or more exactly, interpretive dance. Have any of them ever seen Cirque de Soliel? It’s just as mad if not worse.

  2. snakes
    Her greatest mistake was thinking that China would be open to helping their wildlife. Such a shame, although she should have avoided people as much as possible.

  3. The Billy Goat’s Bluff
    The Billy Goat’s Bluff –
    “One prime element of the magician’s craft is presenting something that represents only a portion of a larger whole and allowing the audience to mentally fill in the blanks and assume that the larger whole is present. For example, if a magician holds up a card that represents the Four of Diamonds, we view it as an ordinary playing card even though all we may have actually seen is half of one side of the card: Our minds are so used to the norm we don’t consider that perhaps only the top half of the card may be the Four of Diamonds while the bottom half (concealed by the magician’s hand) is the Six of Clubs, or that the card might be the Four of Diamonds on one side but the Jack of Hearts on the other side. (For this reason,
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    magic tricks that work well on adults sometimes fail spectacularly when presented to youngsters: Children may not yet have learned to mentally fill in the blanks as adults do, so they will often react only to what they can see and thereby catch on to tricks that depend upon the “portion of a whole” deception.)

    This same concept features in the form of college prank referenced above: Students round up some easily transportable livestock (e.g., pigs, sheep, goats), assign markings to them that omit one element from the middle of a sequence (e.g., they label three goats “1,” “2,” and “4,” or paint the letters “A,” “B,” “D,” and “E” on the side of four pigs), then set the critters loose on campus. Hilarity ensues when whichever hapless persons get roped into chasing down and collecting the animals quickly round them all up but then spend additional hours futilely searching for a non-existent critter — the “#3 goat” or the “C pig” — because they’ve mentally filled in the blanks and assumed the gap in the labeling sequence means one more animal is still on the loose.”

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