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Odd Things to Know

Some people know some things. Other people know other things. Nobody knows all things. We here at ReallyWeirdThings.Com wish to present you with some odd things to know.

Odd Things to Know

Odd Things to Know:

Odd things to know — Odd thing #1:

The Universe contains an embedded computer code.

In 2012, a theoretical physicist by the name of Dr. James Gates, specializing in string theory and working at the University of Maryland, announced that he had discovered, embedded within the naturally occurring mathematical equations of string theory, a computer code that was invented in the 1940s by a computer scientist named Claude Shannon. The name that Shannon gave to his computer code is “Doubly-even self-dual linear binary error-correcting block code.” The purpose of the computer code is to correct errors which occur in computer programs. And now this computer code has been discovered within the mathematical equations of cutting edge physics. Did you get that? The physical universe has a digital error correcting program built into it. Let that sink in for a moment– mathematical equations which describe the very nature of our universe and how it operates reveal that within these equations resides a computer program which has a known purpose toward correcting errors which may pop-up in its functioning.

…but, you’re still completely cray-cray to the max, Dude, if you even dare to give a passing moment’s consideration to any notion of a possibly intelligently designed universe.

Odd things to know — Odd thing #2:

You’re probably eating bug parts and don’t know it.

Many common grocery products (including yogurt, fruit drinks and candy) are colored with an ingredient called “carmine” that is actually made from insects: dead, ground up husks of cochineal beetles. If you see the words “carmine” or “cochineal extract” on the container of the food you’re eating, it is likely that the item obtained its red or pink color from bugs that were vacuumed up from cacti, then boiled in water, dried and then ground into a powder and placed in your food.

Also, many people seem to not know this, but gelatin (Like, as in what Jello is made of) is made from the boiled and then ground-up bones and hides of cows and pigs.

Odd things to know — Odd thing #3:

You’re not allowed to own a home.

Well, technically, I suppose, you may be allowed to own a house, but not the land it sits on. And, I bet you actually thought you were paying a mortgage for a reason, huh? As it turns out, all properties sold throughout practically the entire western world today are sold under something called a “Fee-simple” title. And, a fee-simple title does not confer ownership of a property. It merely grants the holder license to occupy a property so long as the holder of a higher title allows it. It also grants to the holder the ability to say who the fee-simple title shall transfer to upon sale of the title, or death of the holder.

If you think you own your property, you’re simply wrong. You can’t. You’re not allowed to own property. You’re merely allowed to occupy it until such time as the holder of a higher title wishes you to vacate the property. If you don’t believe this, ask yourself: Are you paying “property taxes”? Well, ask yourself what would happen if you stopped paying property taxes. Your property would be taken away from you, right? What other things can you think of that you “own” where you must make regular payments in order to keep owning it?

So, what is a higher title than a fee simple title? And, more importantly, can you obtain this higher title? The highest title available for a property is called an “allodial title.” If you hold the allodial title to your property, and only if you hold the allodial title to your property, do you own it. But, the allodial title, in this day and age, is never transferred to any private interests in any kind of regular transactions.

Is there a way to get the allodial title to your property? Sure there is. So, how can you get it? Try watching the movie Braveheart for an example of what you must go through in order to attempt obtaining allodial title to a property. William Wallace was basically fighting to obtain allodial title to Scottish lands from the British Crown.

Odd things to know — Odd thing #4:

The leading cause of death throughout most of the industrialized world is the Medical Profession.

It’s known by the technical name “iatrogenic causes” and it’s what kills more people than anything else in most industrialized countries. Simply stated, an iatrogenic cause is anything which is inadvertently caused by a medical Doctor practicing medicine, excepting for cases where Doctors intentionally harmed their patients. An iatrogenic cause is any cause of any harm which came about by medical professionals practicing medicine as it was intended to be practiced, but which yielded an unintended, harmful result.

What is truly scary is that it is widely accepted that only a fraction of such causes are ever actually reported– Doctors make errors, their patients experience adverse effects, but, many times, the patients don’t know the effects are due to any sort of error on the part of the Doctor, and the Doctor doesn’t tell them… or anyone else. Yet, not even taking into account the cases that go unreported, more people still die from these effects every year than from anything else.

In 2001, the top killers were officially listed as being heart disease in the number one spot, having taken 699,697 lives in the U.S. that year. And, in the number two spot was cancer, having taken 553,251 lives. Yet, in that very same year, 783,936 people were known to have been killed by medical error. So, why wasn’t iatrogenic causes listed as the number one killer? Quite simply because it’s the medical profession which tabulates the data.

It’s important to realize that they’re not exactly lying about it, however. They fully admit the numbers. They just like to present it in a way so as not to be so alarming to the public. When they tabulate the data, they don’t list iatrogenic causes as a whole. They merely list the specific types of iatrogenic causes for comparison to other causes. So, things like cancer and heart disease aren’t compared on the list to iatrogenic causes as whole. Instead, what is listed are singular iatrogenic causes like adverse drug reactions, surgical error, etc. Each of these by themselves, of course, don’t come close to causing the amount of death that cancer or heart disease cause. So, none of them end up appearing on any official top-ten lists. But, they’re all iatrogenic causes, and when you add them all together, they account for more deaths every year than anything else.

Odd things to know — Odd thing #5:

Rene DescartesModern science was founded by a vision of an angel who appeared in a dream.

Rene Descartes is regarded as the Father of modern science. It was his idea of what has become know as Cartesian dualism that gave birth to the very beginning of the modern scientific method. Descartes had an idea that the universe operated in two fundamentally different methods– there was, in fact, two separate worlds, distinct from each other, which made up reality. One was the spiritual, or mental, world, and the other was the physical, or material, world. He advocated that science was not equipped to be concerned with the spiritual realm — that was an area strictly for philosophers and theologians. Instead, science should concern itself with the physical, and anything that was not physical should lay outside of the concern of science. This was the birth of modern scientific thinking. It ushered in the age of enlightenment. Without this very important shift in scientific thinking we wouldn’t have the science we have today.

So, how did he come to this ever so important realization? In his own hand Descartes wrote that he had a dream in which an angel appeared to him and told him that “The conquest of nature is to be achieved through measure and number.” Reflecting upon the words delivered to him in his dream, Descartes formulated his philosophy of science.

Things to know about some odd things some people think they know but don’t:

  1. At no time in his career did Humphrey Bogart ever utter the phrase “Play it again, Sam.” Although, he did say “Play it, Sam” in the 1942 movie Casablanca.
  2. At no time in his career did James Cagney ever utter the phrase “You dirty rat!” The closest he ever came was in the 1932 movie “Taxi!” when he says “Come out and take it you dirty, yellow-bellied rat, or I’ll give it to you through the door!”
  3. Lemmings do not commit mass suicide. Nobody’s 100% sure how or why the myth got started– it was probably due to people witnessing the mass migrations that lemmings do engage in, and finding the bodies of a certain number of lemmings that inevitably die along the way. But, the wide-spread popularization of the myth was most likely due to the very successful, Academy Award winning 1958 Disney film “White Wilderness.” Believing the documentary nature film lacked impact, Disney faked scenes by launching live lemmings over cliffs, many of them to their deaths, using a high-speed turntable device.
  4. There is absolutely no reliable evidence that vikings ever wore horns on their helmets.
  5. The ancients did not believe the earth was flat. The idea they did is a Victorian era myth. People have known the earth was spherical going back at least as far as the building and use of the first seafaring boats– well over forty-thousand years ago. Christopher Columbus was not trying to prove the earth was round. He was trying to prove that India was much closer than commonly believed and that a ship could make the voyage from Europe without running out of supplies. It turns out he was wrong, however, and everybody else was right. Luckily for him he ran into the American landmass, otherwise he would have run out of supplies well before reaching Asia.
  6. And, by the way, his name wasn’t even Christopher Columbus, it was, as he signed it, Cristóbal Colón
  7. The United States Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776. It was signed almost a month later, on August 2nd. July 4th is the date that the final wording was approved by Congress.
  8. Poinsettias are not deadly to humans. There has never been a known case in medical literature of a fatality occurring from ingesting poinsettia leaves. They can, however, sometimes, cause rather nasty diarrhea and/or vomiting if swallowed.
  9. There is absolutely no reliable evidence showing that eating less than an hour before swimming increases the risk of suffering stomach cramps.
  10. Hydrogen peroxide is not effective for reducing the chance of infection occurring in wounds. Pouring hydrogen peroxide on an open wound does practically nothing… except perhaps to slow the healing process somewhat, as it damages skin cells.
  11. Before the date of September 12th, 2001, there was no known organized group on earth that referred to themselves as “Al qaeda” (or any other similar such word of alternate spelling)
  12. Thomas Edison did not invent the light-bulb. He developed a much more practical design for the light-bulb than what was available and in use at the time. Light-bulbs, of one form or another, had been around for while before Edison’s first design.