A Mixed Up Week on Doug’s Darkworld: Devil’s Footprints, Mothman, and Cosmological Balloons
I’m trying something different this week. (At least I was until reality interrupted yesterday.) I wrote all my posts over the weekend instead of during the week, or more accurately, at five in the morning of the day of the post. I’m not sure what difference that will make to my gentle readers, but at least they can be assured that if I get hit by falling UFO parts on Wednesday, the blog will carry on without me for a few more days. And I’ll be famous too, I don’t think anyone has ever been killed by falling UFO parts. No worries though, I’m not going anywhere, my life plan includes being murdered at age 105 by a jealous husband.
Moving right along, going to continue my exploration of the weirdness in the world this week. A post on the Devil’s Footprints in 1855 England, something left a fresh track of mysterious footprints in the new fallen snow one morning, and it extended over 100 miles! It’s one of my favourite stories from my youth. Then there’s the Mothman, never looked much into the Mothman sightings. In fact until recently I thought Mothman was a Japanese monster from a 1950s movie, but apparently there’s more to it than that. Then a post on how to blow up a balloon. I really do try to cover a wide range of topics on my blog, what can I say. And of course blowing up a balloon helps understanding some of the deepest mysteries of the cosmos, and no, no one slipped something into my coffee. I wish they would sometime, though preferably on a weekend when I’m not quite so busy.
And here, the rest of this post was deleted because I covered a lot of it yesterday. And worse, now I have writer’s block. Both kinds. The kind where I can’t think of a topic. And the feline kind, imaged above. Hell, to add to my writing travails, my black cat came down from his beam in the skylight. Now he want to live on my lap. The orange cat doesn’t want to relinquish his cherished lap though, so now I often have two cats in my lap while I type. Yes, it is a pain. Especially since they don’t like each other. I’ll leave that to the gentle reader’s imagination.
So, in desperation, I’m simply going to write down a list of random factoids from the depths of whatever it is that I have between my ears:
1. It’s been seriously proposed that music preceded speech in human evolution. IE cave men were playing drums and dancing and singing before they could talk. Partly this is because of how the brain is structured, music and speech are in different parts. A person can literally suffer a brain injury where they lose the power to talk, but they can still sing songs! They can’t learn any new ones though.
2. Photosynthesis is so efficient that even organisms in the abyssal depths use it, where a chlorophyll cell may only be hit by one photon every eight hours. Photosynthesis is so efficient in fact that it’s now suspected that it makes use of quantum entanglement. If you understand what that means, your mind should now be boggling. If you didn’t, remind me and I’ll blog on it soon.
3. A mastodon (or any elephant) skull looks like a giant human skull with one eye socket seen from one direction. In fact a disarticulated mastodon skeleton looks very much like the skeleton of a giant human. And even more amazing, in at least once instance ancient Greeks carefully reburied a mastodon skeleton in a grave laid out as if was a person’s skeleton. In other words, at least one ancient people apparently had good logical reason (with the data they had) to assume that giant humans with one eye existed. There’s a zillion implications here, again, maybe fodder for a blog post.
4. They are starting to catch criminals based on their relative’s DNA. IE they have the DNA of a criminal, and lo and behold they find that another person in the DNA databank is related to their mystery DNA. And from there it’s easy to check out the known guy’s relatives to see if any of them could have been the criminal. In other words, even if they don’t have your DNA, it may not matter. Eventually this is going to solve a lot of cold cases, they have “Dan Cooper’s” DNA for example, the mystery guy who hijacked a plane and parachuted out in 1971. Well, he had to have some relatives, someday one of them will end up in a DNA database.
I could probably write a whole book full of snippets like that.
(The above image was taken by the author of the blog. Credit and copyright Doug Stych. I can’t imagine why anyone would want to use the image, but as long as it’s properly attributed, links back to this site, and is not used for profit, no problem. The cat’s name is SnowMeow, aka SnowBee and EvilBee. Again and again I’ve explained that’s an armrest for when I use the mouse, not a cat platform. I also get a kick out of the fact that this cat is partially made of reconstituted rat, rather than being created purely from cat food. He averages several a week, and eats them right under my chair. This is why I have a stereo next to my desk, so I can drown out the sounds of his little meals.)