• The Mandela Effect: More Proof of Parallel Universes?

    January 24, 2015
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    As a follow-up to my post on the Berenst#in Bears problem, I thought this was worth sharing.

    Yesterday, I found myself over at the subreddit r/Glitch_in_the_Matrix. And, wouldn’t you know it, the top post over there is about something called the Mandela Effect. This is the apparent name for phenomena like the Berenst#in Bears Problem, in which we remember something contrary to reality.

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  • The Berenst#in Bears Problem: Are We Living In An Alternate Worldline?

    January 21, 2015
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    A couple months ago, someone left an innocuous comment on my post 4 Weird “Clues” that Parallel Universes Exist. The comment was this:

    “You need to look up the Berenst#in Bears problem.”

    My response at first was probably what yours is now: The what? But after a quick Google search, I realized what this person was talking about. The Berenstein Bears.

    Now, if you don’t know about The Berenstein Bears, they were a series of children’s books, and eventually a cartoon, created by Stan and Jan Berenstein. They focused on a family of bears, and did the usual educational children’s book/tv series thing. Simple enough. I remember them, vaguely, and I believe I owned a book or two when I was a kid. It’s been a while.

    So what’s the problem?

    They’re not The Berenstein Bears. They’ve never been The Berenstein Bears. Despite the fact that many others remember them as The Berenstein Bears, and I myself still pronounce their name as The Berenstein Bears, this is false. This is wrong.

    They are The Berenstain Bears.

    The Strangest Thing

    It was such a strange feeling to find that out. To see Google correcting my spelling, to see the Wikipedia entry titled The Berenstain Bears, to see book covers that seemed at odds with the memories I had in my head. What was going on?

    The “problem,” as it were, became clearer when I found this post by someone named Reece (“a graduate student of physics”) at a blog titled the Wood between Worlds (an interesting place, check it out).

    Reece’s post is a trip down the rabbit hole for anyone, like myself, who remembers that cartoon family as The Berenstein Bears, not The Berenstain Bears. And with it comes a strange hypothesis.

    Did something in our universe change to make this happen? “Somehow, at some time in the last 10 years or so, reality has been tampered with and history has been retroactively changed,” Reece explains, “The bears really were called the ‘BerenstEin Bears’ when we were growing up, but now reality has been altered such that the name of the bears has been changed post hoc.”

    Reece’s proposal is essentially that somewhere along the way we shifted into an almost indistinguishable parallel universe. Almost, as there are minor differences, many we probably haven’t realized yet.

    “…we moved to the stAin hexadectant, while our counterparts moved to our hexadectant (stEin). They are standing around expressing their confusion about the ‘Berenstein Bears’ and how they all remember “Berenstain Bears” on the covers growing up.”

    In a later post, Reece would tackle some of the flaws in the idea. Many people do remember them as The Berenstain Bears, including members of the Berenstain family, of course. But perhaps these individuals are simply native to this Berenstain universe, and notice no difference. Others (perhaps yourself included) don’t remember one way or the other.

    Perhaps we all just read it and heard it incorrectly.

    Of Bears and Time Travel

    Another possibility, however, is that what we’re dealing with isn’t a matter of parallel universes naturally diverging, but rather a meddling time traveler interfering with the past. In fact, some have drawn a potential connection between this curious problem and John Titor, musing that Titor’s travels in our worldline caused a divergence that not only prevented the Y2K Bug, but also changed the spelling of Berenstein Bears.

    “…To me, this BerenstEin (which it WAS, and was supposed to have remained) Phenomenon is an Echo of Proof that OUR World-line was Affected by the Time/Dimensional Traveler, John Titor. Maybe he wasn’t in Our Specific World-line in 1975, but whatever he did There (or Then) caused Ours to be Created as a Branch-off from that point.”

    Could our false memories, in fact, be alter-vús?

    Well, myself, I’m willing to admit that I probably read the name wrong. It’s just one of those things that happens, and as always I ride that line between skepticism and belief.

    Or maybe I didn’t, and one of the above theories is true.

    Either way, it’s an intriguing outcome of events when so many people remember something a certain way, only to find out that the reality is entirely different. Check the links I shared above, dive down the rabbit hole yourself. There are apparently other inconsistencies. What do you remember?

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  • The Megalodon Situation

    January 16, 2015
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    Megalodon. According to Fossilguy.com, this extinct species of shark was somewhere upwards of 50 or 60 feet long, with teeth over seven inches. They were huge monstrosities that owned the oceans during the Miocene and Pliocene epochs, until they went extinct about 2.5 million years ago.

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  • Can We Time Travel Using Computer Simulations?

    January 9, 2015
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    I’ve often wondered how, if at all, computer simulations could be used for time travel.

    Thinking back to Bostrom’s and Tipler’s posthuman simulations of the universe, if we were ever able to simulate the world in such a way — especially something comparable to The Matrix — that would open up a number of strange possibilities. Things get even stranger when you consider that we may, right now, be living in a one.

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  • How to Break a Connection With a Ouija Board

    January 8, 2015
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    What should you do with a Ouija board once you’re finished using it?

    While researching my post on Zozo, the Ouija board demon, I came across some interesting advice about what a person should do once he or she decides to end spirit communication. How do you break that connection with the other side?

    Closing the Connection

    There are certain rules you should follow when dealing with a Ouija board, or so I’ve heard. One is that you should never use it in your house. Another is to never allow the planchette to move forwards or backwards through every letter of the alphabet or every number — a trick Zozo allegedly uses to escape the board.

    But the rule in question here is perhaps the most important one of all: make sure the planchette hits “Goodbye” before ending your session.

    Failure to do so may lead to unintended consequences, like an angry spirit overstaying its welcome. If a dark entity does cross your path, sever the connection with the Ouija board immediately. Tell the spirit you no longer wish to speak with it, and if it refuses, force the planchette to “Goodbye” yourself. Then remove the planchette from the board.

    This should break the connection, and the Ouija board should be “closed.” Store it by wrapping the planchette in cloth, separate from the board. Then, put them together in a safe place.

    But what if you no longer want the Ouija board around?

    Never burn it. It’s said that doing so would mean you’d be haunted forever. Instead, if you’d like to get rid of the Ouija board entirely, bury it in the ground (some recommend cutting it up into seven pieces before doing so, some don’t), and remember to keep the board and the planchette separated. Sprinkle the ground above with Holy Water, and also use some to cleanse the area where you used the board.

    Despite all of this, there are others who claim that once a connection with the spirit world is made, it can never be undone. Your fate, from the moment you use a Ouija board, is bound to the other side.

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  • What to Do If You Receive a Mogwai for Christmas

    December 26, 2014
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    Well, Christmas Day has come and gone, at least from where I’m sitting. But now we have to deal with the aftermath: wrapping paper clean up, return policies, traffic. And then there’s what to do with those gifts that are perhaps a little out of the ordinary.

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  • Is CERN’s Large Hadron Collider Actually a Star Gate?

    December 22, 2014
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    In March of next year, CERN’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will awake once more with nearly double the energy it had two years ago. When it does, scientists hope to achieve 13 TeV (teraelectron volts), which according to The Economic Times, is “an energy never achieved by any accelerator in the past.”

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