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Old 10-30-2021, 01:39 PM   #2571
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Wow. That honestly sounds like an interesting therapeutic or psychiatric technique, for someone emotionally well-prepared to think upon their mortality.

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Old 11-17-2021, 03:58 PM   #2572
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The town of Trasmoz, in Spain (Aragon), was cursed and excommunicated around the late 1400s. The excommunication has never been lifted.

The town is still populated (a little under 100 people), and annually awards a "Witch of the Year" title for service to the community. The old castle, mostly burned down but partially rebuilt, now houses a Museum of Witchery.
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Old 11-18-2021, 09:32 AM   #2573
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Dissolving the Fermi Paradox is a paper by GURPS Transhuman Space author Anders Sandberg, Eric Drexler, and Toby Ord that takes a hard look at the Drake Equation and similar estimates, and concludes that there's a very substantial chance we're alone in the universe. There are other weird ideas by the same authors on Arxiv, including the "Blueberry Earth."
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Old 11-20-2021, 08:28 AM   #2574
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There are other weird ideas by the same authors on Arxiv, including the "Blueberry Earth."
First sentence: "This paper explores the physics of the what-if question 'what if the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries?'"

Sure -- but what if the blueberries were PSYCHIC? And then got embedded in a orbiting matrix of muffin mix?
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Old 11-21-2021, 01:12 PM   #2575
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First sentence: "This paper explores the physics of the what-if question 'what if the entire Earth was instantaneously replaced with an equal volume of closely packed, but uncompressed blueberries?'"
Sounds familiar. xkcd doesn't have publish dates for their "What If" subsection, but based on the copyright, I think "Mole of Moles" actually predates "Blueberry Earth." Glancing through the paper, I did rather like the following sentence: "The end result is a world that has a steam atmosphere covering an ocean of jam on top of warm blueberry granita."
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Old 12-03-2021, 05:34 AM   #2576
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There's a rare chicken breed from Java that is entirely black. Not only are they black on the outside - their meat and their eggs are also black. Only their blood is the normal color.

Imagine the first one of these being butchered. That would have been an omen to remember.
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