Bruce Leonard Cathie
(1930–2013) [Wikipedia; obituary]
was a pilot for the New Zealand National Airways Corporation
. After a mysterious aerial encounter
in 1952, he spent decades plotting UFO sightings, scrutinising ham radio
operators, and developing an esoteric theory of reality
, a regular worldwide grid system
, anti-gravity [content advisory: gratuitous use of Matrix soundtrack]
, complex mathematics
, and the geometric properties of atomic bomb detonations
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is a text (often an inscription
), in which certain letters, construed as Roman numerals, express a date via the sum of their numerical values. For example, the sentence ‘L
s,’ printed on a pamphlet might indicate its year of publication as (L + D + V + M + C + I + V + V =) 1666. [more inside]
Do you like biology? Do you like numbers? Like, actual numbers and not the television show? Take a look at BioNumbers
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In 1913, a man named Noble Drew Ali, (born Timothy Drew) Formed a religious organization called The Moorish Science Temple, based on a supposed lost section of the Koran
. Drew's teachings were heavily influenced by Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, and The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ
, which was written by Levi Dowling in 1908, and flourished again in the late 60's
and was an influential precursor to the New Age
Movement. [more inside]
47 is a magical number.
It has appeared more than a few times on Star Trek
, and in many films
The 47 society
is dedicated to exploring the phenomenon that is 47
Am I supposed to be laughing or taking notes?
Comic Charles Fleischer, who played Carvelli on Welcome Back, Kotter
and voiced Roger Rabbit, gives a Ted talk
which degenerates into what appears to be a dissertation about the number 37 and its relationship to string theory, delivered in a rapidly shifting sequence of accents; watch the audience get more and more uncomfortable as they try to figure out whether they're watching a stand-up routine, a Kaufmannesque prank, or a guy going crazy right before their eyes. TED should have known what they were getting; Fleischer has been performing some form of this routine for decades
. (Warning: numbered suit.) Transcript of the routine. Fleischer's strange myspace page.
(Warning: strange music/talking on click which I can't figure out how to turn off.)
Just in case you haven't already heard about it, people all over the world have been experiencing the most amazing phenomenon in the history of our planet. I suggest that you click on The Rainbow Chamber link
The Number 23 has a movie.
It's been associated with everything from conspiracy theory to historical and scientific fact
, and now the obsession of thousands of Discordians and worshippers of Eris (not to mention KLF fans) is the specific subject of a movie directed by Joel Schumacher and starring Jim Carrey. It comes out in February. I don't think I need to tell you which day.
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in the context of a "good or evil" algorithm, gematria (גימטריה) is actually Jewish numerology, assigning values to the letters of the Hebrew alphabet and establishing mystical correspondences. It's basic to kabbalistic works like the Zohar
, and you can get detailed analysis here
. But we both know what you really want to do is plug words into a text box and get the result instantly, right? Here you go
. And to start you off, METAFILTER = 299 [מטאילטר] according to the traditional system; according to The Gematria of Nothing
, it's 31. Take your pick.
The only difference between Hotmail and Hailstorm is R and S... So what do the R and S stand for?
Reading this article a few months back, I was struck by how inappropriate the name "hailstorm" was for a feature whose sole intention is user-friendliness.
It just seemed too aggressive. Then, while reading something which also referenced hotmail's recent security problems, I misread "hotmail" as "hailstorm."
Now, I hate to seem like a numerologist here, or even worse, a scrabble player, but how else can you explain the similarity AND the impropriety of the name?
Getting to the point, does anyone have guesses about what the "r" and the "s" are brought to you by?
I'm posting this at 1:11.
Sites like this make the web worth it.