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  1. Birds aren't real.

    1. cupcakeman


      how so???? 😮 

  2. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Discovered in 1858 by famed English entomologist, Alfred Russel Wallace, the Wallace giant bee, scientifically known as Megachile pluto, lives up to its reputation as the largest bee in the world. It boasts a wingspan of two-and-a-half inches and a length of an inch-and-a-half, about the size of a large egg. After its initial finding by Wallace, the bee proved so elusive that it was declared extinct until 1981 when American researcher Adam Catton Messer observed several males and females on three different islands located in the Moluccas, otherwise known as Malukus, an archipelago in eastern Indonesia. Wallace’s giant bee dwarfs the common honey bee in size. (Composite) © Clay Bolt | claybolt.com Now, 38 years later, a team of researchers from the Search for Lost Species Program at Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC) has reported finding a female Wallace giant bee. And, believe it or not, they have the photos to prove it. A Bee of a Tale GWC researchers scoured the Bacan Islands in the Moluccas- one of the last-known areas of habitat for the enormous bee. The research team tasked with finding the “holy grail” of bees included entomologist, Eli Wyman, ornithologist, Glenn Chilton, behavioral ecologist, Simon Robson, and natural history photographer, Clay Bolt. Their successful find has not only proven an internet sensation but has sparked hopes of preserving what remains of this remarkable species. The bee itself is about the size of a human thumb. Females of the species sport massive stag-beetle-like mandibles. These make the flying giants look like the work of nightmares. Despite their vicious appearance, the arthropods serve a wholly, peaceful purpose. Females use their jaws to scratch resin off trees, which they then use to build their nests. Finding an Elusive Creature How did the team find such a shy creature? They started by pouring over Messer’s notes from his encounter with the large insect. According to Messer, the bees liked to build their nests in the lowland forest inside the homes of tree-dwelling termites. Using satellite imagery, the GWC team identified the best areas to search and familiarized themselves with the island’s terrain. But once they arrived, they only had five days to find the creature. While interviewing locals, they felt disheartened to learn that no one had ever heard of, let alone seen, the behemoth they were looking for. The insect seemed to have virtually disappeared. Scoping Out Termite Nests Disappointed by the lack of local eyewitnesses, the team started scoping out termite nests. They spent hours observing what entered and left each burrow. In a few instances, the team thought they’d found a specimen, only to realize a wasp had duped them. The work proved hot, muggy, and grueling, but they weren’t about to give up. Finally, on the last day of their five-day excursion, they spotted a termite nest with serious giant bee potential. Suspended eight feet above the ground, the only way to access the termite home was by climbing, and that’s exactly what Bolt did. What he saw inside proved both humbling and breathtaking — the first sighting of a Wallace giant bee in nearly forty years. © Clay Bolt | claybolt.com The Discovery of a Lifetime Just four years prior, the GWC team had dreamed of seeing a giant bee in the wild, and now they couldn’t believe their eyes. Capturing photos to confirm their discovery proved of the highest order; they patiently waited for the shy bee to emerge from her termite nest. After a couple of hours, she poked her head out and proved otherwise camera shy. The researchers finally resorted to tickling her with a piece of grass in the hopes of getting her to emerge. Soon enough she crawled into a large tube that the team provided. The researchers captured photos before and during her flight as she was released from the tube. Natural history photographer Clay Bolt photographing the rediscovered Wallace’s giant bee in a flight box, which was used for the team to observe the bee for a few minutes and document the rediscovery. © Simon Robson A Future for the Wallace Giant Bee The researchers hope that by sharing the news of this discovery, they’ll raise public awareness and support for the plight of the Wallace giant bee. They also hope that the rediscovery will spark future research. If scientists can learn more about the life history of the bee, perhaps they can better protect it from extinction. © Clay Bolt | claybolt.com Deforestation continues to ramp up in Indonesia making it more important than ever to educate the public of the high stakes involved in preserving this incredibly rare species. What’s more, the international trade of this species remains unrestricted– another factor impacting the bee’s fight for survival. If the Wallace giant bee can become an iconic symbol of the conservation movement, perhaps they’ll stand a fighting chance. And, perhaps, more than a handful of researchers will have the opportunity to observe them in the wild. “It was absolutely breathtaking to see this ‘flying bulldog’ of an insect that we weren’t sure existed anymore, to have real proof right there in front of us in the wild,” said Clay Bolt. By Engrid Barnett, contributor for Ripleys.com Source: Rediscovering the Earth’s Most Enormous Bee View the full article
  3. Where does this lead? What happens there?
  4. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! It’s an urban legend that has gained serious traction since the 1990s and it all started with one-dollar US bills stamped with a conversation bubble near George Washington’s mouth reading, “I grew hemp.” Those supporting modern-day legalization of marijuana jumped on the notion with a fury. Whispered rumors and stamped currency transformed into full online treatises about Washington’s weed growing—and smoking—days. By 2015, blog posts examined whether or not the founding father was a user of medical marijuana, too. But, does any of this hold up to a fact check? Let’s dive into this fascinating topic to find out whether or not our first president was a “Founding Father of Weed.” The “Muddy Hole” Marijuana Scandal The “First President of Marijuana” legend resurfaced in August 2018. That’s when Smithsonian Magazine reported that industrial hemp was again being grown and harvested at Mount Vernon, the site of Washington’s plantation. Oddly enough, this report was 100 percent accurate, both in terms of the contemporary news story and its historical underpinnings. According to the Washington Post, a farm journal entry from August 7, 1765, proves that the first president did indeed cultivate hemp on a large plot of land that he referred to as “Muddy Hole.” In the journal entry, he notes having taken too long to separate the male from the female hemp plants. However, his journal falls far short of extolling marijuana for its medicinal—let alone recreational—purposes. As it turns out, hemp was a popular cash crop in the Americas, highly valued for its numerous industrial applications. Washington wasn’t alone in his hemp cultivation interest. Thomas Jefferson also enthusiastically wrote about hemp’s potential as a cash crop. Among his favorite things about the plant? It proved highly productive and hearty, growing forever on the same plot with little farmer-intervention needed. Hemp’s Myriad Uses For both Washington and Jefferson, hemp represented a cash crop. In other words, they didn’t intend to use the plants they harvested for themselves. Rather, they sought “cash” for them on the market. Either way you slice it, hemp was a handy commodity to have around, from bringing in money to providing necessary fiber products for the farm. How did 18th-century hemp get used? Its tough fibers proved excellent for crafting rope and canvas or spinning into cloth. However, its myriad uses didn’t end there. Hemp oil could be extracted from its seeds and used to manufacture everything from varnishes to paints. In essence, hemp represented a cash crop of the first order. Of all the parties interested in hemp exports, the Royal Navy proved the most enthusiastic. After all, strong ropes and canvas sails proved crucial to the daily operations of British sailing ships. The Plant that Helped Britain Rule the Seven Seas Britain’s navy proved very active at this time and was considered the most effective fighting force in the world—having won all of the great battles and many wars at sea in recent memory. No event better illustrated this reputation than the conclusion of the Seven Years’ War in 1763. Known as the French and Indian War in North America, it came with decisive victories for the UK against both France and Spain. Now, the Royal Navy had more territory than ever before to maintain and, as a result, it required more rope and canvas in the process. In essence, the hemp fields of Virginia buttressed up Britain’s ambitious exploration, militarization, and colonization efforts around the world. American Farmers and Hemp Production Over time, America became synonymous with hemp production. Hemp farmers in the thirteen colonies represented an integral part of ensuring the Royal Navy’s strength. And after the Revolution? The newly-minted US government encouraged hemp production for the budding nation’s industrial needs. Besides rope, canvas, and cloth-making, hemp also came in handy for a wide variety of other tasks that would have been crucial to late 18th-century and early 19th-century agricultural practices. These included making sacks to store grain and seeds, weaving linen for clothes, and even repairing nets used during fishing trips to the Potomac. No wonder Washington and Jefferson proved such staunch supporters of this immensely useful plant. But, oh, how times would change! In 1937, the Marihuana Tax Act categorized hemp, along with marijuana and other forms of cannabis, a highly suspicious substance. By 1970, the Controlled Substances Act classified all forms of cannabis (including hemp) Schedule I drugs. The fate of American farmers who cultivated hemp changed radically within just a few short decades. The Founding Father of Weed? When it’s all said and done, Washington wasn’t smoking blunts or advocating for legalized marijuana. After all, it wasn’t even illegal yet. Despite hemp’s tarnished 20th-century reputation, Washington and Jefferson didn’t grow strains of the crop that would be recognized as marijuana today. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) levels were far too low to induce any kind of “high.” And, as Washington’s journals clearly indicate, he was interested in hemp solely for its industrial purposes. Nonetheless, when hemp became illegal to grow and possess in 1970, knowledge of its industrial uses vanished, too. And the history of one of America’s most important cash crops disappeared in the shadow of the “War on Drugs.” By Engrid Barnett, contributor for Ripleys.com Source: Was George Washington The Founding Father of Marijuana? View the full article
  5. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Gilbert Atomic Energy Lab In 1950, American inventor—and magician—Alfred Carlton Gilbert sought to bring the marvels of nuclear physics to the playtimes of children all across America. Gilbert was no stranger to producing playsets for children, becoming most famous for producing the commercially successful Erector sets in the 1920s. While the popularity of the Erector brand would last to this day, Gilbert had much higher hopes for the sophistication of children’s playtime. As America entered the age of the atom, it seemed as though there was no problem that wouldn’t be solved without the help of nuclear physics. While atomic gardening was marketed to housewives, the Gilbert U-238 Atomic Energy Lab was meant for the kids. The kit included a cloud chamber for viewing particle physics, a Geiger counter for monitoring radiation levels and measuring radioactive decay, as well as radioactive ore. Despite containing radioactive uranium, he claimed the kit posed no danger to children. Then-popular comic character Dagwood even appeared in an included comic book explaining the very basics of atomic energy. The kit really let anyone set up their own nuclear lab at home. The cloud chamber specifically allowed people to observe alpha particles moving 12,000 miles per second. To make things more fun, he suggested kids play a game of hide-and-seek with a gamma-ray source. The kits cost a mere $50, which would be about $400 adjusted to today’s dollars. Despite this steep price for a children’s toy, Gilbert advertised that children could use it to prospect for uranium. At the time, the United States government was offering a $10,000 reward to anyone who identified new sources of fission material. When the kits launched, children were generally overwhelmed by their complexity, and Gilbert later admitted that some of the kit’s features may have been a bit advanced for young children at home. As safety concerns mounted, the kits were quickly removed from store shelves, though an estimated 5,000 made it out into the world. Source: The 1950s Science Kit That Had Real Uranium View the full article
  6. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Twice a year, Tibetan monks don menacing skeleton masks and dance. The chief performers reenact the story of the Citipati—a pair of graveyard-bound skeletons, hell-bent on punishing criminals. The Citipati is a pair of skeletal deities in the Buddhist tradition. A male and female pair often depicted in a state of dancing furor, they have a tragic origin despite their outward exuberance. According to legend, a pair of ascetic monks were meditating near a graveyard. They were so intent on their pursuit of enlightenment, that they didn’t notice a thief creeping closer and closer to their still bodies. The thief killed and beheaded the monks, leaving their bodies in the dirt. Attaining a form of high enlightenment, the monks’ spirits swore vengeance against the thief and all criminals. Bound to graveyards, they became the Lords of Cemeteries and protectors of the dead. Their story is remembered not just as a warning against thievery, but also as a lesson of the impermanence of life. The Citipati are played by the most skilled dancers in Tibetan festivals, where they dance and blow horns. Their acts of joy and celebration are also offered as a sort of penance for their esoteric attachments to meditation in life. Tibetan celebrants put on skeleton masks made of paper mache to honor the Citipati. The performers representing the fateful pair normally have more elaborate masks featuring crowns of multiple skulls. The simpler mask in the Ripley collection was likely used by more junior performers. Source: The Thief-Hunting Skeletons Of Citipati View the full article
  7. I think this one is the real infographic:
  8. Hi everyone, When Titor was posting, TTI was running on an old version of Ultimate Bulletin Board: https://web.archive.org/web/20010422203520/http://www.xone.net/tti/board/ubbhtml/Forum1/HTML/000433.html Somewhere along the line, those original threads got corrupted/lost. Whether that was caused by the software acting up or Mop's server just eating itself, I can't say. Remember that Titor's first thread broke after it hit 11 pages and that the server itself seemed to have consistent issues (especially near the end of Mop's ownership). I do know that Mop didn't purposely delete any of that information. As you've seen with TTI/Curious Cosmos over the years, converting and updating sometimes causes data loss or corruption. That's just how it goes with personal websites sometimes, and we're talking about very early forum software. Back then, most free/afforable forum scripts were pretty rickety. By the time I came around, all that remained of the original threads were: 1: Darby's own copies he'd saved to his personal Dropbox 2: An export Mop gave me of the corrupted content (basically just a text file with a lot of encoded character garbage that needed cleaning up) 3: Archive.org's copy of the site I used all three of those as references to reconstruct Titor's threads. However, IP addresses weren't part of the archived content because viewing that was a function of the original software pulling that info from the database on the fly. There was never a way to recover any of that, even before we moved to the xenForo software in 2012 or when I took over in late 2014. While I was messing with that stuff and getting everything migrated to my own server, I asked Mop about the IP address out of curiosity. He told me that at the time, he'd looked it up and it ended up tracing back to Celebration High School. He didn't have the original IP address and didn't share the method he used to look the IP up. He only had that one bit of information to share.
  9. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Father Vince Lampert is giving a tour of his latest church as the midday sun shines through its stained glass windows. “No,” he says in response to a question, waving it away. “Not a chance.” He’s visibly entertained by what I’ve asked and, because of his profession, I think he’s very qualified to answer. We sit in a pew. The church is quiet and peaceful. “It just wouldn’t work,” he says. See, our discussion centers on the controversial ending of the movie, The Exorcist. I think Father Lampert would be able to comment on this because he’s a real exorcist. We’re sitting in St. Michael Church in Brookville, Indiana For 28 years Lampert has served as a priest in the Indianapolis Archdiocese, and in July, he was transferred to St. Michael. It’s a beautiful church from the 19th century that’s undergoing a total exterior renovation. For the past 14 years, he’s also served as the exorcist for the Diocese. Trained in Rome, he’s performed six official exorcisms over that time and counseled hundreds of others. He says he gets 1,800 requests for help every year. I want to know everything about exorcisms—about what we think we know from the movies and books we’ve read. And more importantly, I want to know what’s incorrect. But before all of that, I had to ask about The Exorcist movie. I’ve always been a bit torn about what went down at the end of the film. (SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THIS 46-YEAR-OLD MOVIE) Who won? Was it God, because the young priest stole the demon from the girl and threw himself out the window to die, and—I assume—kill the hellacious demon with him? Or was it the Devil, who wound up causing the young priest to do all of this in the first place? According to Lampert, none of that really matters. While movies tend to get some things right—yes, he’s seen people froth out the mouth, show crazy amounts of strength, and even levitate in this last scene they got it all wrong. With that, here are 10 things we think we know about exorcisms—but we really don’t. 1. The Considerations Those seeking exorcisms must first be vetted through a procedure where they undergo physical and psychiatric testing. “Can this person’s problem be explained by the medical health field or by the person’s medical doctor?” Lampert asks. “All explanation has to be explored.” 2. The Demons Those who are possessed are actually normally done so by more than one demon. Sometimes, it could be as many as 10, and each must be dealt with separately, as some are more powerful than others. “It’s always a cluster,” Lampert says. “The weakest (demons) are always the first to go.” 3. The Unwilling Some people actually turn down help. There is a rigorous process before someone is approved for an exorcism, and only then can Fr. Lampert advise whether an exorcism should be performed. But, some turn down the advice. “You can’t perform an exorcism on somebody against their will,” he says. “(They think), ‘If I do this, will this get worse?’ It’s like surgery, you hope the pain you go through is short-term.” 4. The Invitation People can become possessed through any number of, what Lampert calls, “entry points.” These could be as simple as inviting a demon into you or experimenting with an alternative religion. “How did evil enter into this person’s life?” he asks. “The average person, if you’re going to church and you’re praying … the Devil’s already on the run.” 5. The Location One thing every movie always gets wrong is location. An exorcism must take place at a sacred space, a chapel, or a church. It would never take place in a house or someone’s bedroom. “The Devil doesn’t get to decide where he’s going to be defeated,” Lampert says. 6. The Audience No one besides religious personnel would ever be welcome in the room with the possessed. “The Priest determines who will be present,” Lampert says. “Obviously myself, the one who is afflicted, a family member or two of the person. There’s no such thing as Exorcism Tourism—no one is just there out of curiosity.” However, Lampert also says he will never meet alone with the afflicted. For example, he will always bring another priest with him. 7. The Possessed Most of those who come seeking guidance for exorcisms are women. “I think women are more inclined to ask for help,” he says. “I also think women are more inherently spiritual, if you will. When men become exposed to evil, they’re less likely to ask for help.” 8. The Duration These things take time. Lampert says he’s seen exorcisms take as long as five years, where the possessed make regular appointments to come see the exorcist, as they would a psychologist. The hope being that the demon weakens over time. 9. The Ritual Exorcists must follow a strict ritual of prayer. There would never be any ad-libbing. “Stick to the ritual of the church,” Lampert says. “Don’t ad-lib. Don’t ask unnecessary questions. Then you’re allowing the evil spirit to control the session, if you will. The exorcist needs to be the one in charge.” 10. The Likelihood Lampert says very few requests actually result in exorcisms. Some have psychological or physical problems. Only one in 5,000 require exorcisms. Back to the ending of The Exorcist—it makes no sense, he says. “If you think about it, if this were the way it worked, every exorcist would only perform one exorcism,” Lampert says, laughing. What he means is, they would always die at the end. So, you can’t just take the demon from a person and transfer it into you? “I don’t have any special powers or abilities. If we’re relying on me, we’d all be in trouble,” he says. “If we’re relying on the power of God, that’s where we need to be. Exorcism is always a matter of faith. (We) help a person connect or re-connect with God.” Listen to the full interview with Father Vincent Lampert in Episode 4 of Ripley’s Believe It or Notcast. By Ryan Clark, Contributor for Ripleys.com Source: The Fact And Fiction Behind Exorcisms View the full article
  10. Wait, didn't I have an avatar?

    1. Einstein


      This is probably a test. Just to see how well the mind control is working.

  11. Back from camping 😉

  12. The redpill is just a vitamin supplement that builds up your fortitude enough to be able to acknowledge the Kali Yuga.

  13. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! Prim and proper are far from present for pooches arriving at the Sonoma-Marin Fair each June. Atypical from the poised, pedigree dog shows seen on television, the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest showcases the less-than-perfect appearances of its contestants. For nearly 30 years, Petaluma, California, has hosted pups from near and far who are hoping to make a name for themselves as the World’s Ugliest Dog. While the title may not seem worthy of a five-foot trophy, the impact on the pet community proves otherwise. Meeting the Puparazzi While there is no formal documentation to signify the official contest debut, it’s believed that the competition began as a local community-building event and eventually made its way to the fairground, as a result of its growing popularity. “In a world of marketing beauty… the true love for an animal, or anything, can get lost.” – Allison Keaney, CEO Sonoma-Marin Fair Participant pre-show is a true testament of pampering and paparazzi. Pups and handlers begin with a backstage reception for some relaxation before being greeted by the press. CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center The contest begins with a prideful walk-of-fame down the red carpet. Amidst judges, media, celebrities, and fans, these canines prove to be the true shining stars of the show. At the end of the carpet, contestants are brought to the judges’ table for evaluation. Dogs are evaluated on first impression, originality, audience appeal, and natural ugliness. Decisions are truly in the eye of the beholder. CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center Once a Top 3 has been established, the judges kick it over to the audience for determination of a winner. Measured by a round of applause, the first-place champion is crowned as the World’s Ugliest Dog. Telling the Tail of Champions Since the start of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest, there have been many notable champions including World Record Holder, Chi-Chi. Chi-Chi won contests held in 1978, 1982-84, 1986-87 and 1991, giving her 7 total titles. Other first-place recipients include Quasi Modo (2015), a hunchback, 10-year-old Pitbull-Dutch Shepherd mix; Walle (2013), a 4-year-old pup with an unusually large head and duck-like waddle; and Princess Abby (2010), a one-eyed Chihuahua with a back deformity. 2019 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest Winner, Scamp the Tramp CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center This year’s winner was Scamp the Tramp, complete with big, bug-eyes and dreadlocked fur. His owner, Yvonne Morones, found Scamp on Pet Finder in 2014 and decided it was time for this Compton street-dog to come home. Yvonne knew he was something special from the moment she met him, stating, “There we were, two strangers in a car on the way home to a new start. Bob Marley was playing One Love and I looked over and little Scamp was bobbing his head. It was like he knew he had found his forever home.” Ain’t Nothing but a Pound Dog In many cases, these winning mutts are rescued from shelters, abusive households, or puppy mills. Without their caregivers, many of them would have had incredibly short lives and, evidently, untapped potential. As the contest continues to evolve, its mission holds true: all animals deserve to find a loving home. Creating these spokesdogs for adoption is just one facet of the pro-rescue mission, in addition to the Sonoma-Marin Fair’s “pet fest.” On the morning of the contest, local vendors, veterinarians, and rescue organizations set up tables for discussion surrounding the importance of adoption, animal health, and other areas of pet expertise. This gives local specialists the opportunity to not only showcase their wares but educate fair-goers about the importance of this mission. CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center Major Barking Rights First place winners receive a five-and-a-half foot tall, three-tiered pink trophy, complete with the World’s Ugliest Dog logo, and some pocket change: $1,500. They also get more than just their five minutes of fame with a trip to New York and a seat alongside hosts of the Today Show. Owner, Ann Lewis and 2019 2nd Place winner, Wild Thang CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center Second place winners receive a $1,000 prize and third place $750. The greatest prize, however, is the generous contribution made by donors of the contest. Each finalist receives a prize match to donate to their animal charity of choice. Owner, Molly Horgan and 2019 3rd Place winner, Tostito CC: Will Bucquoy Photography, courtesy of The Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds & Event Center “The real spirit behind this competition is that every animal deserves a loving home. Every animal contributes to a family in some way, and the stories behind some of these little guys are amazing, they really are.” – Allison Keaney, CEO Sonoma-Marin Fair The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest acts as a shining example of the fact that pups don’t have to be pedigree to be pawsitively perfect. Source: The Beauty of The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest View the full article
  14. Featured in Ripley's Believe It or Not! While light may be beneficial in helping your body produce vitamin D, the healing properties of luminance were once promised to cure cancer, diabetes, and even gangrene. Dinshah Ghadiali—honorary M.D., M.E., D.C., Ph.D., L.L.D., D. O.P.T., N.D., L.M.N.O.P.—invented the Spectro-Chrome Metry machine. As the chairman of the self-created Electro-Medical Hall, he certified that the device unlocked the medical secrets of using light to cure all sorts of diseases and afflictions. Ghadiali was born in Bombay, India, in 1873. He served as an assistant to the Professor of Mathematics and Science at the nearby Wilson College. He reached a turning point in his medical career when he treated a friend’s niece. The story goes that traditional music had failed her, but Ghadiali had an alternative treatment in mind. He filtered the light of a kerosene lantern through indigo-colored glass, shining it on her. He also put milk in a blue bottle and let it sit in the sun, absorbing light. Allegedly, she was back on her feet in just three days. This medical success put Ghadiali on a path to discover the “secrets” of chromopathy—healing with light. By 1920, Ghadiali was ready to show his invention to the world. He began marketing his Spectro-Chrome box in New York. Establishing the Electro-Medical Hall, he trained an estimated 800 health professionals to use colored light to treat peoples’ medical conditions. The box itself is made of aluminum and houses a 1,000-watt lightbulb. A timer on the side is turned as instructed per Ghadiali’s prescription and then colored glass, referred to as “Attuned Color Wave Slides,” is slid into place, making the light the color of your doctor’s choosing. While a normal doctor might prescribe an insulin regiment to someone with diabetes, the Electro-Medical Hall said there was no need. Simply treat yourself with yellow light. If a wound became infected, green light was said to keep the gangrene away. Legitimate doctors immediately took issue with Ghadiali’s teachings. He arrived on the scene when governments all over the world were dealing with an onslaught of medical gadgets and gizmos. Many of these devices weren’t for medical use at all, and others had no basis in scientific fact. In 1924, the Journal for the American Medical Association dedicated an entire article to debunking Spectro-Chrome Metry. While many readers thought they were wasting their time debunking such a preposterous idea in the first place, medical doctors of the time had legitimate concerns. Ghadiali’s device was keeping people with serious medical issues from seeking help. Leaving tuberculosis, ovaritis, and syphilis untreated could spell long-term disaster for patients. The head of the Electro-Medical Hall would go on to make over a million dollars on his devices, but not before many more brushes with the law. Oregon newspapers report he was arrested for engaging in a pistol battle in 1925. He was found in violation of the Mann Act—transporting a 19-year-old girl across state lines for “immoral purposes.” Given five years in prison, his sentence was commuted by President Herbert Hoover for helping prison services during a disease outbreak. He promptly returned to selling Spectro-Chrome Metry machines. Ghadiali was later indicted in 1931 for defrauding customers and falsely representing the healing powers of Spectro-Chrome Metry. Though it seemed like an easy case at first for prosecutors, the doctor of light was able to produce three sterling medical witnesses that soon convinced the jury that light medicine had worked for them. He received a “not guilty” verdict. It would take another 17 years before the FDA forced Ghadiali to dissociate himself from medicine. Source: The Lunacy Of Light Medicine: Spectro-Chrome Metry View the full article
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