Month: July, 2021

Contact Was Wrong – Aliens Can’t Hear Us

Carl Sagan is an absolute legend and a hero, and his book Contact and the movie it’s based on is phenomenal. HOWEVER… we examined the central conceit of the story – that aliens pick up our radio signals and return a message with instructions to build a machine – and look at the stars inside the 100 light-year bubble around Earth where our radio waves have traveled. And the potential of this happening… Well, it isn’t good.

Sorry Carl.

The Mystery of Phantom Limb Pain

Up to 70% of amputees claim to feel pain in their missing limbs, and we’re still not completely sure why. Some of the theories range from nerve damage to crossed wires in the brain to a redrawing of the mind’s map. And some new therapies involving simple mirror illusions and cutting edge technology are helping amputees live less painful lives. And it’s also making us question the very nature of reality.

Peter Bergmann: The Man Who Never Existed

On June 15 of 2009, the body of a middle-aged man was found on Rosses Point Beach in County Sligo, Ireland. He had no identification on him, no passport, even the tags had been removed from his clothes. Over the following days, as authorities reviewed his activity with security camera footage, they found that he went to great pains to dispose of his personal effects without anybody seeing. This was a man who wanted to disappear completely. And he was almost successful. But one random thing went wrong and turned him into one of the biggest internet mysteries of all time.
Who was Peter Bergmann?

Spring-Heeled Jack: The First Urban Legend

How did a crazed serial attacker in 1830s London become an urban legend, then a fictional anti-hero, then the inspiration for Batman? It’s a fascinating mystery that has never been solved. So let’s talk about Spring-Heeled Jack, the first urban legend.