New Paper Claims Conspiracy Theorists are Prone to Commit Petty Crimes

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A newly published paper in a psychology journal offers the distressing conclusion that conspiracy theorists are prone to commit petty crimes. The unfortunate findings reportedly come via a pair of studies conducted by researchers in England. The first found that those who subscribe to conspiracy theories are also “more accepting of everyday crime” and the second survey determined that these individuals were likely to engage in such behavior in the future.

According to the paper, these hypothetical transgressions were along the lines of “trying to claim for replacement items, refunds or compensation from a shop when they were not entitled to do so.” The reasoning for why conspiracy theorists may be more willing to embrace the proverbial ‘five-finger discount,’ researchers argue, is that their alternative worldview causes them to become disconnected from the shared social contract in which such actions are frowned upon.

While one can take some solace in the fact that the study did not find that the possible crimes were particularly egregious, the overall conclusion is troubling nonetheless, since it paints conspiracy theorists in a rather unfavorable light. No doubt those who advocate for such controversial concepts will counter with the claim that the research was designed to do that very thing and is part of a larger agenda aimed at undermining their ideas.

Hot Rod Lincoln

My pappy said “Son, you’re gonna drive me to drinkin’,
If you don’t stop drivin’ that Hot Rod Lincoln. “

Have you heard the story of the hot rod race,
Where the Fords ‘n’ Lincolns were settin’ the pace?
That story is true, I’m here to say,
That I was drivin’ that Model-A.

It’s got a Lincoln motor and it’s really souped up,
That Model-A body makes it look like a pup.
It’s got eight cylinders and uses ’em all,
Got overdrive that just won’t stall.

With a four-barrel carb and a dual exhaust,
With 4-11 gears you can really get lost.
Got safety tubes but I ain’t scared,
The brakes are good, tires fair.

Pulled outta San Pedro late one night,
The moon ‘n’ the stars was shinin’ bright.
We was drivin’ up Grapevine hill,
Passin’ cars like they was standin’ still.

All of a sudden in the wink of an eye,
Cadillac sedan passed us by.
I said “Boys that’s the mark for me,”
By then the tailight was all you could see.

Now the fellas ribbed me for bein’ behind,
So I thought I’d make the Lincoln unwind.
Took my foot off the gas’n’man alive,
I shoved it on down into overdrive.

Wound it up to a hunderd an’ ten,
My speedometer said that I hit top end.
My foot was glued like lead to the floor,
That’s all there is an’ there ain’t no more.

Now the boys all thought I’d lost my sense,
Them telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
They said “slow down, I see spots,”
The lines on the road just looked like dots.

Took a corner’n’side-swiped a truck,
Crossed my fingers just for luck.
My fenders was clickin’ the guardrail posts,
The guy beside me was white as a ghost.

Smoke was comin’ from outta the back,
When started t’ gain on that Cacillac.
Knew I could catch him, I thought I could pass,
Don’tcha by then we’d be low on gas.

We had flames comin’ from outta the side,
You could feel the tension, man whatta ride.
I said “look out boys, I got a license to fly,”
And that Caddy pulled over and let us by.

Now all of a sudden she started knockin’
Down in the dip she started to rockin’
And I looked in the mirror, a red light was blinkin’,
The cops was after my hot rod Lincoln.

They arrested me ‘n’ they put me in jail,
‘n they called my pappy to throw my bail,
‘n he said “son you’re gonna drive me ta drinkin’
If you don’t stop drivin’ that hot rod Lincoln.

Black Snow Falls in Siberia

Footage coming out of a coal mining region in Siberia appears almost ‘post-apocalyptic’ with uploaded photos and video showing streets and cars covered by a thick layer of black snow. The inky precipitation is believed to have been caused by toxic coal dust from nearby mines, which critics blast as an ecological catastrophe. “It’s harder to find white snow than black snow during the winter,” said environmentalist Vladimir Slivyak. “There is a lot of coal dust in the air all the time.” According to activists, the dust contains hazardous heavy metals arsenic and mercury, and has lowered life expectancy in the region by three to four years.

The Face of Jesus Appears in the Oddest Places

Jesus Christ is everywhere during Holy Week, but one Orlando woman thought she was going crazy when she saw his image in the bark of a dead tree in her front yard.

“It’s Treesus,” the homeowner, Kim, said on the eve of Resurrection Sunday. “I find it very odd. For me, it’s unmistakable, and I’m not particularly religious. So I don’t know what it means.”

The Orlando Sentinel agreed to withhold her full name and address because she fears her home would turn into a mecca of pilgrims wanting to see the image.

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Here the face of Jesus manifests as a stain on a bathroom wall.

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Grilled cheese sandwich, actually this one is the Virgin Mary I think.

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There are no photos of Jesus (okay maybe the Shroud of Turin) and nobody painted him.  So how did we determine that he looks like the guy on the Kit Kat chocolate bar?

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Potato chip

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The image seems to materialize in hot places

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Pizza slice

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Why? Why would the Lord and Saviour, King of Kings, put his face on a bloody banana?  He might only convert 2 or 3 people with this stunt.  He should manifest on a giant billboard in Times Square.

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Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

There have been many instances of perceptions of religious imagery and themes, especially the faces of religious figures, in ordinary phenomena. Many involve images of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the word Allah, or other religious phenomena: in September 2007 in Singapore, for example, a callus on a tree resembled a monkey, leading believers to pay homage to the “Monkey god” (either Sun Wukong or Hanuman) in the monkey tree phenomenon.

Carl Sagan hypothesized that as a survival technique, human beings are “hard-wired” from birth to identify the human face. This allows people to use only minimal details to recognize faces from a distance and in poor visibility but can also lead them to interpret random images or patterns of light and shade as being face.

Oh wow Jesus, this is really going to help people quite smoking.

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And then there are people nowadays who will never notice Jesus.

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The Pyramid of San Francisco

The Transamerica Pyramid is the second tallest skyscraper in the San Francisco skyline. Its height is surpassed by Salesforce Tower. The building no longer houses the headquarters of the Transamerica Corporation, which moved its U.S. headquarters to Baltimore, Maryland, but it is still associated with the company and is depicted in the company’s logo. Designed by architect William Pereira and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company, at 853 ft (260 m), on completion in 1972 it was the eighth tallest building in the world.

 

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Building facts:

There are 48 floors, 15 passenger elevators, 3 freight elevators, and 3,678 windows.

Because of the shape of the building, the majority of the windows can pivot 360 degrees so they can be washed from the inside.

 

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The decorative aluminum spire at the top is 212-feet tall – roughly 20 stories.

The spire is actually hollow and lined with a 100-foot steel stairway at a 60 degree angle, followed by two steel ladders.

 

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The conference room (with 360 degree views of the city) is located on the 48th floor and can be booked for $400-600 dollars…an hour.

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The building is covered in crushed white quartz, giving it its pure white color.

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It takes 18,000 work hours to get “brightened” every 10 years, last occurring in 2007.

 

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The building is a tall, four-sided pyramid with two “wings” to accommodate an elevator shaft on the east and a stairwell and a smoke tower on the west.

 

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