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07-09-2017, 07:58 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
(15-07-2017 02:59 PM)JesseB Wrote:  
(15-07-2017 02:52 PM)Full Circle Wrote:  I used to believe Americans would never vote a dumbass in as president.

And then they voted in Bush and Trump...... so you were doubly wrong Tongue

Edit^ I find it disturbing that Trump can make Bush seem smart in comparison....


Smart? Trump certainly makes W seem decent and well intentioned by comparison.

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07-09-2017, 08:02 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
Pains me to admit to this stain on my otherwise sterling record, but...

Way back when I was a kid I used to thing the moon landing was a hoax because the flaw waved in a place without wind, and humans couldn't survive passing through the Van Allen belt.

Thanks for that, dad. Dodgy

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07-09-2017, 08:37 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
(15-07-2017 02:23 PM)JesseB Wrote:  I used to believe I had a big dick..... Then I saw a porno and my pride was shattered.

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11-09-2017, 05:49 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
The bloody Amityville Horror hoax. I was 12 when the book came out and 14 when the movie did. The Lutz couple were doing the TV talk show circuit, radio interviews: seemed you couldn't turn an on switch without landing on a Lutz for a while there. It terrified me. I couldn't sleep without the light on for weeks after that bloody movie. I hate the Lutz's- I'd cheerfully dig George up to throw stones at his corpse. It was such a relief when it was thoroughly debunked: thank you, Dr Stephen Kaplan.

Still, it was that hoax that set me on the scepticism path, so perhaps I'll let George RIP. Bastard.

I wanted the Lochness monster to be real.
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11-09-2017, 06:11 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
(11-09-2017 05:49 AM)Sushisnake Wrote:  The bloody Amityville Horror hoax. I was 12 when the book came out and 14 when the movie did. The Lutz couple were doing the TV talk show circuit, radio interviews: seemed you couldn't turn an on switch without landing on a Lutz for a while there. It terrified me. I couldn't sleep without the light on for weeks after that bloody movie. I hate the Lutz's- I'd cheerfully dig George up to throw stones at his corpse. It was such a relief when it was thoroughly debunked: thank you, Dr Stephen Kaplan.

Still, it was that hoax that set me on the scepticism path, so perhaps I'll let George RIP. Bastard.

I wanted the Lochness monster to be real.

People still bring this up as proof of ghosts.
There was a good article in Skeptic magazine a couple months ago that went into just what BS it was. The people who had moved into the house after the murders more of less admitted that they just capitalized on the hype to make money.
As I recall the quote by the guy was "you can make movies and books about houses that aren't haunted if you want but I'll be reading them on a beach in the Bahamas".

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11-09-2017, 07:07 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
(11-09-2017 06:11 AM)BikerDude Wrote:  
(11-09-2017 05:49 AM)Sushisnake Wrote:  The bloody Amityville Horror hoax. I was 12 when the book came out and 14 when the movie did. The Lutz couple were doing the TV talk show circuit, radio interviews: seemed you couldn't turn an on switch without landing on a Lutz for a while there. It terrified me. I couldn't sleep without the light on for weeks after that bloody movie. I hate the Lutz's- I'd cheerfully dig George up to throw stones at his corpse. It was such a relief when it was thoroughly debunked: thank you, Dr Stephen Kaplan.

Still, it was that hoax that set me on the scepticism path, so perhaps I'll let George RIP. Bastard.

I wanted the Lochness monster to be real.

People still bring this up as proof of ghosts.
There was a good article in Skeptic magazine a couple months ago that went into just what BS it was. The people who had moved into the house after the murders more of less admitted that they just capitalized on the hype to make money.
As I recall the quote by the guy was "you can make movies and books about houses that aren't haunted if you want but I'll be reading them on a beach in the Bahamas".

Ed and Lorraine Warren two of the worst psychic/ religious charlatans were involved in the Amityville hoax and also the Smurls haunting in Pennsylvania. They were self proclaimed demonologists and used to see demons every damned place. Truly awful people.
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11-09-2017, 07:26 AM (This post was last modified: 11-09-2017 07:32 AM by Sushisnake.)
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
(11-09-2017 07:07 AM)adey67 Wrote:  
(11-09-2017 06:11 AM)BikerDude Wrote:  People still bring this up as proof of ghosts.
There was a good article in Skeptic magazine a couple months ago that went into just what BS it was. The people who had moved into the house after the murders more of less admitted that they just capitalized on the hype to make money.
As I recall the quote by the guy was "you can make movies and books about houses that aren't haunted if you want but I'll be reading them on a beach in the Bahamas".

Ed and Lorraine Warren two of the worst psychic/ religious charlatans were involved in the Amityville hoax and also the Smurls haunting in Pennsylvania. They were self proclaimed demonologists and used to see demons every damned place. Truly awful people.

Yep. There is good episode exposing them on Monster Talk - Skeptic mag's cryptozoology podcast.

Speaking of exposing, presenting the real Annabelle: she was a cute kid. What happened?

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Damn. Didn't work. I have no idea how to paste an image in here. Ah well, nevermind. If you don't know what the real Annabelle doll looks like, google it.
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11-09-2017, 08:11 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
Oh man, I used to believe some dumb things, such as:
Alien abductions and visitations (thought I had seen at least 2 UFOs)
Bigfoot
Loch Ness Monster
Ghosts and the paranormal


Basically if someone could make it sound convincing and at least half-assed sound like it was scientific, I probably considered it.

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11-09-2017, 08:19 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
(11-09-2017 08:11 AM)TheBeardedDude Wrote:  Oh man, I used to believe some dumb things, such as:
Alien abductions and visitations (thought I had seen at least 2 UFOs)
Bigfoot
Loch Ness Monster
Ghosts and the paranormal


Basically if someone could make it sound convincing and at least half-assed sound like it was scientific, I probably considered it.

UFOs are real.

If you saw two, and haven't since identified them, they still classify as UFOs.

Being unidentified doesn't make something extraterrestrial. Just unidentified.

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12-09-2017, 11:07 AM
RE: What nonsense claims did you used to believe?
I forgot about crop circles! I'm pretty sure I believed those were caused by aliens.

When I was in elementary school, I'd believe about any thing I heard. Two gems from third grade:
  • I heard that a crate of killer bees from Africa got loose in South America, and was headed this way. I was told that killer bees were hyper aggressive bees that would sting any person they saw within 100 yards, and the stings were 100% fatal. My understanding is there was a kernel of truth to each of those claims, but that was about it.
  • I heard George HW Bush was going to kill Michael Dukakis if he lost, and that made me think he was hardcore and should be elected. I guess I got my way.
(I think that last one just dated me within one year)
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