Thursday, May 16, 2019

Yosan Bubblegum Contest (Indonesia) – Brad Steiger Debates Carl Sagan, Wins –Guard Misplaces Gun (India) –

The Jakarta Post
10 May 2019

Yosan bubblegum's missing letter ‘N’ found, busting decades-long myth

Those who grew up in Indonesia in the 90s may remember Yosan, a local bubblegum brand. Popular among children, the chewing gum was also known for its collect-and-win game. Offering interesting prizes, the game was simple, as one only needed to collect five different candy wrappers that each bore the letters Y-O-S-A-N. For decades, many tried their luck, unwrapping the paper covers and trying to collect all the letters. However, finding the letter “N” was like looking for a needle in a haystack, leading people to believe that the company had never actually printed the letter “N” and that it was only a marketing tactic. […]


Mysterious Universe
11 May 2018

Brad Steiger: Trickster Phenomena, Carl Sagan and More

[…] [Brad Steiger:] “In a most bizarre twist, dozens of men and women have approached me at various lectures and seminars, congratulating me about the manner in which I bested Dr. Carl Sagan in debate. The event allegedly occurred after a lecture when I happened to bump into the great scientist in a restaurant.  The eatery, according to the witnesses, was crowded with those who had attended the seminar, and they egged on a debate between myself and Dr. Sagan.  I mopped up the floor with him, countering his every argument against the reality of UFOs. The truth is that I never met Dr. Sagan, therefore, neither had I ever debated him. But from coast to coast, there are those who claim to have witnessed my triumphal bout.” […]


The Tribune [India]
16 May 2019

The right kind of chowkidars

V Viswanathan

[…] I have heard of a monumental goof-up story in a high security setup. I am not certain if it is apocryphal. The establishment had invited a senior official from another organisation as a delegate for an important meeting. The delegate drove in his car. As part of routine check, his car was stopped at the main gate. A gun-toting guard asked him to open the boot and after clearance, he was allowed to proceed. But there was another gate the delegate had to cross. At the next gate, the executive was stopped again and was asked to open the car’s boot. He did so. This time, the guard who inspected the boot became furious and started grilling him, suspecting him to be a terrorist! Did he notice anything in the boot? Yes. A machine gun! The visiting executive was clueless how the weapon shot itself into the boot. Within minutes, the guard got a call from his colleague stationed at the main gate. ‘My machine gun is missing. Looks like I placed it in a car’s boot while checking and forgot to take it out. Did you by any chance spot it?’ […]


16 May 2019

Heroin Overdose Parties Are a Dehumanizing Myth

[…] “Narcan parties” hit the news cycle in 2017 when media outlets like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution began reporting them as the newest scourge on their communities […]. The idea is that opioid users gather together, stocked up on Narcan (the main brand name of naloxone) and take turns intentionally overdosing and reviving one another. Believers of this myth theorize that people at these parties can “use the opioids to whatever degree [they] want,” attaining an optimal high with the safety net of being revived. […]

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