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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 02/07/2011 :  01:57:28  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As is so typical of my disorderly research methodology, I habitually get wildly distracted when looking up information. I may start with a desire to know more about one subject, then find an almost irrelevant link to another, then do the same thing again, all but forgetting my original "swamp-draining" ambition while ultimately learning fascinating tidbits about alligator psychology. (But hey, maybe I'm not the only one?)

So while reading up on Omar Khayyam and his Rubaiyat today, I stumbled onto the mystery of "The Somerton Man."


The Somerton Man.

This mystery, were the facts publicly known, might turn out to be truly amazing, or it might be quite mundane. What is known is that the most important facts are unknown, at least to the public. This case suffers both from too many facts and from too few facts. And all these factors combine to be sufficient to make the "Taman Shud" Case a true mystery.

Was it a crime of illicit passion, or the result of a Cold War spy skirmish? Or something sad but ordinary?

Please read about the Taman Shud Case for yourself, and feel free to express your guesswork or opinions here.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.

Edited by - HalfMooner on 02/07/2011 02:03:32

Dr. Mabuse
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Sweden
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Posted - 02/07/2011 :  09:23:40   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Send Dr. Mabuse an ICQ Message Send Dr. Mabuse a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

As is so typical of my disorderly research methodology, I habitually get wildly distracted when looking up information. I may start with a desire to know more about one subject, then find an almost irrelevant link to another, then do the same thing again, all but forgetting my original "swamp-draining" ambition while ultimately learning fascinating tidbits about alligator psychology. (But hey, maybe I'm not the only one?)

I know exactly what you're talking about.

I think this XKCD visualizes it perfectly...




Dr. Mabuse - "When the going gets tough, the tough get Duct-tape..."
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"Equivocation is not just a job, for a creationist it's a way of life..." Dr. Mabuse

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Send them unarmed civilians for target practice..
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
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Posted - 02/07/2011 :  17:35:25   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by Dr. Mabuse

Originally posted by HalfMooner

As is so typical of my disorderly research methodology, I habitually get wildly distracted when looking up information. I may start with a desire to know more about one subject, then find an almost irrelevant link to another, then do the same thing again, all but forgetting my original "swamp-draining" ambition while ultimately learning fascinating tidbits about alligator psychology. (But hey, maybe I'm not the only one?)

I know exactly what you're talking about.

I think this XKCD visualizes it perfectly...




You and XKCD nailed it. The Second Law of Thermodynamics must apply to Wikipedia research.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 02/07/2011 :  18:15:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It was a cool collaps though. Just sayin'...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mclp9QmCGs

I drove across it several times last year.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

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HalfMooner
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Philippines
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Posted - 02/07/2011 :  19:14:58   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This thread itself is demonstrating the Wikipedia Effect.

Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
Here's a link to Moonscape News, and one to its Archive.
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Kil
Evil Skeptic

USA
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Posted - 02/07/2011 :  20:15:07   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Kil's Homepage  Send Kil an AOL message  Send Kil a Yahoo! Message Send Kil a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Originally posted by HalfMooner

This thread itself is demonstrating the Wikipedia Effect.

Uncertainty may make you uncomfortable. Certainty makes you ridiculous.

Why not question something for a change?

Genetic Literacy Project
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CRUX
BANNED

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Posted - 09/24/2011 :  12:55:11   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send CRUX a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is he Sting's dad ?
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