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The Great Sock Mystery (Update!)

Update: Samsung and Marketwatch saw my call for investigation and devoted a study to this everyday mystery 🙂 Result!

Exploration of space, the mapping of the human genome, relativity, the shroud of Turin, dark matter, the origin of life, quantum physics, etc. are all good and well, but sooner or later we are going to have to face the true mystery of our time: socks disappearing in the laundry.

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Brussels bomber conveniently left a laptop behind

You guys, I need a sanity check. What is your first impression when you read the following facts:

  • One of the Brussels bombers left a laptop behind in a bin at the site of the attack
  • The laptop was not encrypted
  • The laptop contained a folder called ‘Target’
  • This folder contained documents describing locations and contacts for future strikes
  • The documents were in English

http://europe.newsweek.com/laptop-brussels-bomber-brahim-el-bakraoui-reveals-new-information-plan-attack-447315?rm=eu

 

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Scary live video manipulation

Recently, Stanford University released a research paper illustrating just how easy it is to tamper with real-time video, using just a simple webcam. This is illustrated by the video below. Scary to think how this could be used in the media. Do have a look, it is that good that at first I was convinced it was a hoax.

Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos (CVPR 2016 Oral)

 

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Conspiracy theory: Is Donald Trump running a false flag campaign?

Quite an interesting (and very current) conspiracy theory popped-up recently: one claiming that Donald Trump is running a false flag campaign to become the republican nominee / American president. Conspiracy theorists claim that his hidden objective is to support Hillary Clinton’s attempt at the Oval Office. Sounds ludicrous at first glance, but so does his rhetoric. Worth the read.

 

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Conspiracy theory: the NASA Moon landing

When Russia recently publicly announced to have serious doubts about the validity of the American moon landing, and even called for an investigation, I remembered my great grandmother always raising the exact same point. Turns out there actually are serious arguments against such a mission! While researching this matter online, I came across a strange fictional ‘mockumentary’, presented without any tongue-in-cheek notions and a very serious tone. If I’d be a conspiracy nutter, I would label it as disinformation. More valid documentaries under continue reading.

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Conspiracy theory: Nazi UFOs

Were the Germans developing flying saucers during World War II, as part of their wunderwaffen that were supposed to win them the war? Are UFOs really these crafts, having been further developed under the American flag, since the war? I really have no idea but it makes a highly interesting story, linked to many other conspiracies: Project Paperclip, Roswell, the disappearance of Hans Kammler, the Antarctic Nazi bases, project Highjump, the case of Victor Schauberger, etc. All great fun, and to be watched with either crisps or popcorn 🙂

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Conspiracy theory: Cicada 3301

For 3 consecutive years (2012, 2013, 2014, … not 2015, though) a mysterious organization called Cicada 3301 posted extremely hard and elaborate puzzles online, sometimes with real-world clues appearing all over the world. Their intent is to find highly intelligent individuals, but not much more is known. Is the intelligence community behind this? Headhunters? No-one knows. A fascinating digital mystery. More info if you continue reading.

Cicada 3301: The Internet's Most Secret Organization?

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Conspiracy theory: Titanic

The story of RMS Titanic has been in the collective memory for more than a century and does not need any introduction. Or does it? Persistent rumors insist to this day that Titanic was switched with sister ship RMS Olympic, which sank in an insurance scam. Another documentary if you continue reading.

Titanic: The Ship That Never Sank - GREATEST CONSPIRACY DOCUMENTARY

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Conspiracy theory: The Voynich Manuscript

In the early 20th century a mysterious manuscript from the 16th century turns up in London. Handwritten, extensively illustrated, quite sizable, but in an unknown language. Elaborate hoax or important discover? With clues in both directions, cryptographers are still trying hard to decode it. A second and third documentary are available if you continue reading.

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