Lost Sock Theory

Have you ever lost a sock?  Have you every wondered what happened to all those lost socks?  I have a few theories:

  • They were abducted by one footed aliens.
  • They went through the lint trap, which created a vortex and ended up in an alternate universe, where people find strange socks they don’t own in their dryer.
  • The spinning of the dryer created a paranormal suction and they are stuck in inter-dimensional space.
  • Kids used the socks to make puppets and buried the evidence in the yard.
  • Dogs used the socks as chew toys and buried the evidence in the yard.
  • The dryer gave the socks as an offering to the God of Appliances.
  • The socks ran away to live the single life.
  • The socks ran off in protest of stinky feet.

Do you have any theories as to where all the missing socks have gone?

Lost Sock Cartoon.jpg

Aging by Design

51Ca7KyEnDL._SL500_.jpg

According to Theodore Goldsmith he wrote Aging by Design because, “We cannot hope to understand or most effectively treat and prevent age-related diseases without understanding aging.”

The author covers two modern theories for why we age.  He discusses the pros, cons, and implications for each theory.

  1.  In the programmed aging theories, organisms purposely self-limit their lifespans and processes what amount to suicide mechanisms to accomplish this function.
  2. Aging is the result of the body’s inability to better combat deteriorative processes that affect all organized systems, such as wear-and-tear, oxidation, other molecular damage, or accumulation of toxic byproducts.

Before, reading this book I never considered the benefits of age related research or how that research could help find cures for common diseases that plague mankind.  This book  was eye-opening and put medical research in a whole new light for me.

I highly recommend this book.

Rabid – A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus

FullSizeRender-3.jpg

This book is unique, because it takes an in-depth look at rabies and how the virus influenced human history and our culture.

There is a historical section that describes treatments used in the middle ages.  The infected person would have the wound cauterized and blood would be drained from their bodies.  Various herbs and spices were also used in an attempt to purify the body.

Louis Pasteur developed a vaccine that could save victims if administered before they showed signs of the disease.  However, some physicians of that time did not believe in germ theory and felt the vaccine was dangerous or would be ineffective.

There is another section that explains how the virus is transmitted and how it kills the victim.  It also talks about the viruses ability to spread quickly within a geographical region and which animals are most likely to be carriers of the virus.

The final section of the book discusses how rabies has influence our culture.  Victims of the rabies virus displayed shocking symptoms, which influenced the folklore and helped develop stories about werewolves, vampires, and zombies.

Rabies also played a role in popular literature and in movies, for example:  Cugo, The Rage, and Old Yellower.

I enjoyed the book, because it was informative and I learned a great deal about the rabies virus.  I was also impressed by how much this virus influenced culture, literature, folklore, and movies.

Conspiracy – Documentary Series

conspiracy-uk-s01e01

I found Conspiracy, a TV documentary series that examines various conspiracy theories, on Netflix.

Here are a few of those theories:

  • Hitler did not commit suicide, instead a body double was murdered and reported as being Hitler in the news.
  • The Cold War was a hoax.  A former Nazi criminal began feeding information about the Soviet army to the Allied powers and is responsible for starting the Cold War.  However, much of what he said was a lie.
  • Charles Lindberg is responsible for having his own son kidnapped and murdered.  It is believed by conspiracy theorist that Lindberg was a narcissist and believer in eugenics.  However, his son had medical deformities and this resulted in Lindberg’s desire to dispose of the child.
  • Armstrong never landed on the moon and the moon landing was actually filmed in a studio.

There are many other conspiracy theories covered by this documentary series.  The producers did a good job of explaining the evidence for and against each theory.

I give the show an A+