The Fine Art of Bogus Science – Part 2

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Why Does Smoking Feel Good?

Just when you thought it was okay to start talking about the weather again this started, another bogus climate report came out. We live in a two-party science culture where whatever you believe will attract groupies, and in most cases, the groupies know more than the scientists. And that, my dear, is what makes science so much fun. (Pics)

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Make Your Own Custom Air Freshener On The Cheap


While most commercial air fresheners are a chemical soup, this simple DIY air freshener is cheap, easy to make, and you control what goes into it and how strong the scent is.

Here’s a simple technique for making your own air freshener, free of the overpowering fake scents found in commercial air fresheners and much cheaper too..

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Late For Work? No Problem! Check In With Your Fake Fingerprint

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Getting fingered on the job.

A special silica film that can help white-collar employees check in on time at office has been selling well in China recently.

One of its users is a woman surnamed Liu who works for an advertisement company in Fuzhou, capital of Fujian province. Often late for work, Ms. Liu has suffered heavy fines, paying as much as 200 yuan in October alone.

However, she said her “suffering” ended as soon as she spotted the silica film which help latecomers to fool their office’s finger print check-in system. Ms. Liu took her fingerprints with plasticine and mailed them to the designated address.

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Italian Scientist Figure Out Way to Reproduce Shroud of Turin

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An Italian scientist says he has reproduced the Shroud of Turin, a feat that he says proves definitively that the linen some Christians revere as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth is a medieval fake.
The shroud, measuring 14 feet, 4 inches by 3 feet, 7 inches bears the image, eerily reversed like a photographic negative, of a crucified man some believers say is Christ.
“We have shown that is possible to reproduce something which has the same characteristics as the Shroud,” Luigi Garlaschelli, who is due to illustrate the results at a conference on the para-normal this weekend in northern Italy, said on Monday.
A professor of organic chemistry at the University of Pavia, Garlaschelli made available to Reuters the paper he will deliver and the accompanying comparative photographs.
The Shroud of Turin shows the back and front of a bearded man with long hair, his arms crossed on his chest, while the entire cloth is marked by what appears to be rivulets of blood from wounds in the wrists, feet and side.
Carbon dating tests by laboratories in Oxford, Zurich and Tucson, Arizona in 1988 caused a sensation by dating it from between 1260 and 1390. Sceptics said it was a hoax, possibly made to attract the profitable medieval pilgrimage business.
But scientists have thus far been at a loss to explain how the image was left on the cloth.
Garlaschelli reproduced the full-sized shroud using materials and techniques that were available in the middle ages.
They placed a linen sheet flat over a volunteer and then rubbed it with a pigment containing traces of acid. A mask was used for the face.
The pigment was then artificially aged by heating the cloth in an oven and washing it, a process which removed it from the surface but left a fuzzy, half-tone image similar to that on the Shroud. He believes the pigment on the original Shroud faded naturally over the centuries.
They then added blood stains, burn holes, scorches and water stains to achieve the final effect.
The Catholic Church does not claim the Shroud is authentic nor that it is a matter of faith, but says it should be a powerful reminder of Christ’s passion.
One of Christianity’s most disputed relics, it is locked away at Turin Cathedral in Italy and rarely exhibited. It was last on display in 2000 and is due to be shown again next year.
Garlaschelli expects people to contest his findings.
“If they don’t want to believe carbon dating done by some of the world’s best laboratories they certainly won’t believe me,” he said.
The accuracy of the 1988 tests was challenged by some hard-core believers who said restorations of the Shroud in past centuries had contaminated the results.
The history of the Shroud is long and controversial.
After surfacing in the Middle East and France, it was brought by Italy’s former royal family, the Savoys, to their seat in Turin in 1578. In 1983 ex-King Umberto II bequeathed it to the late Pope John Paul.
The Shroud narrowly escaped destruction in 1997 when a fire ravaged the Guarini Chapel of the Turin cathedral where it is held. The cloth was saved by a fireman who risked his life.
Garlaschelli received funding for his work by an Italian association of atheists and agnostics but said it had no effect on his results.
“Money has no odor,” he said. “This was done scientifically. If the Church wants to fund me in the future, here I am.”

An Italian scientist says he has reproduced the Shroud of Turin, a feat that he says proves definitively that the linen some Christians revere as Jesus Christ’s burial cloth is a medieval fake.

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Recession Friendly Staycations: The Fake Vacation At Home

Recession Friendly Staycations:  The Fake Vacation At Home


During the recession, families are forced to cut back on luxuries in order to keep money in the bank for life’s unavoidable expenses. In lieu of taking an expensive, luxury vacation overseas, many families and individuals are opting instead for fake vacations at home which are creating a world of new business opportunities for entrepreneurs.

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ThinkGeek’s Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt


The Personal Soundtrack T-Shirt started off as a joke back on April fools day. The joke was launched by ThinkGeek who are known to act around on that day by launching a bunch of fake products. However, the joke T-Shirt triggered such a response that they actually went ahead and made it to sell.

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Counterfeit Proof Watch: No Way To Fake It


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 If you forked over $50,000 for a fancy Swiss watch, it would be pretty annoying to see your neighbor Vinny flashing around a knock off version that he bought at the flea market for $50. Here in New York City you’ll find plenty of places in Midtown or down around Canal Street, where you can get a “Rotex” that looks kind of like the real thing as long as you don’t get too close. For those willing to spend a little more for their phony bling, you can even get replicas that require an expert’s eye to reveal their deception. (Pics)


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Fake Bumps Used To Slow Down Drivers

 Fake Bumps Used To Slow Down Drivers

Some of the best bumps in in life are not obvious

Philadelphia is rolling out a program to try to get motorists to slow down.

The city is putting out high-tech plastic devices that create a 3-D image that looks like a bump in the road. Chief traffic engineer Charles Denny says in reality, the road is perfectly flat.

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PETA Offers X-Prize for Artificial Meat

PETA Offers X-Prize for Artificial Meat

PETA – The meat brand we’ve all come to love and trust

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to pay a million dollars for fake meat — even if it has caused a “near civil war” within the organization.

The organization said it would announce plans on Monday for a $1 million prize to the “first person to come up with a method to produce commercially viable quantities of in vitro meat at competitive prices by 2012.”

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