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Indiana Jones & AI Drones

The first aerial photograph was taken in 1858 from a Parisian hot air balloon.  Today, archaeologists seek hidden ancient ruins with drones. It would take thousands of Indiana Jones(es) to process and analyze of the massive amounts of satellite, GIS, thermal, LIDAR, and historical archaeological data researchers use and cross-reference.  Indy didn't have AI, but we do. Buried Kiva In 2014, archaeologists surveyed an ancient Ancestral Puebloan site in New […]

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Schizophrenia or Saint?

What’s the difference between St. Joan of Arc’s visions of St. Michael and a schizophrenic who hears angelic voices? In Western culture, one is sainthood; the other, psychosis. Why the difference?  La Pucelle  First, some history.  Joan of Arc (1412-1431; aka Jeanne d’Arc in her native France) - was branded a witch and burned at the stake before she was named a saint.  Her heavenly visions, battles, trial, execution, and […]

todayJanuary 15, 2023 2

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Secular Witchcraft

"Atheist" isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a witch.  Some modern witches want you to reconsider that assumption.  Apparently, they don't all worship a Goddess and Great Horned God.   Science and the Supernatural Adoption of the scientific method and a rising distaste for organized religions have led to a sharp increase (and more popular acceptance) of atheists and agnostics.  Witches, however, continue to […]

todayJanuary 10, 2023 3 2

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Mass Hysteria

Most of us know at least one example of mass hysteria: the Salem witch trials (1692).  In modern times, some say the Roswell Incident (1947) neatly falls under the hysteria header. How - and why - do these group freakouts happen?   Forming the Egregore Most animals have a signature distress signal to warn the herd; humans are no different. Hysteria serves an essential survival purpose against actual threats. For imagined […]

todayJanuary 10, 2023 2

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Sonic Fringe

The Youtube Algorithm Gods have been serving up deliciously obscure music recommendations since we wiped our history.  Ready for some weekend Random Fringe ear candy - or just want to shake up your algorithm?  Enjoy our Fringe.FM auditory buffet:   70's Japanese Funk & Soul Ryo Kawasaki My Analog Journal - turns sassy at 51:22 Progressive & Math Rock Polyphia Dream Theater Africa Redux DJ Shinski Miriam Makeba Dreams of […]

todayJanuary 6, 2023 3 2

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Biphasic

If you’re an insomniac like me, you’ve tried warm milk, OTC sleep aids, and prescriptions. I hated being a constipated, broke zombie every morning - was there no other way? Bi-What? I didn’t intend to start a sleep experiment, but I naturally fell into a biphasic sleep pattern. Most people sleep in one long block of time, aka monophasic sleep. Other people - including most insects, birds, and animals - […]

todayJanuary 6, 2023 7

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3 Decades of UFO Data – Visualized!

Hold on to your tinfoil hats, folks. Researcher Caroline Swiger data-crunched decades of sightings into multiple charts with extensive background citations. It is staggering - and the most impactful UFO-related data summary and analysis we may have seen to date: Unidentified: 30 Years of UFO Sightings Here's a legendary, real-time eyewitness expose of Area 51 - was it a prank, or a frightening, real experience? You decide: Do you have […]

todayDecember 27, 2022 7 2

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Santa Phobia

Santa, it seems, can be kinda scary. * The happiest time of the year isn't happy for everyone. Holiday Shakes If enough people fear a thing, we invent a word to describe it.  Christmas has its own laundry list: Christougenniatikophobia: fear of Christmas Syngenesophobia: fear of family / family gatherings Heortophobia: fear of celebrating events Ghabhphobia: fear of receiving gifts Pediophobia: fear of lifelike dolls or toys (Annabelle, anyone?) Selaphobia: […]

todayDecember 23, 2022 7 2

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Fringe.FM Yule Gift Guide

‘Tis the season for tons of articles and recommendations about “the perfect gift.”  We gathered up a bunch of Santa's DMT Elves from the corners of the Fringe offices and asked them for recommendations. The Facebook elves beat us to the punch this week.  One of my clean-living family members was surprised when a vibrating cock ring showed up in his Facebook feed. I didn’t believe him until I saw […]

todayDecember 21, 2022 12

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