Expedition Unknown Premiere

Amelia Earhart

Expedition Unknown premiered last night at 9pm on the Travel Channel, with former SyFy Destination Truth host Josh Gates.  Fans of Destination Truth would recognize his old crew member and cameraman Evan Goldberg as his new cameraman on Expedition Unknown.   In Destination Truth, he seemed to be a target for paranormal activity.  In this episode, as stated above, Gates was investigating the famous aviator Amelia Earhart with the humor his fans have come to love.

“Aviator Amelia Earhart was born on July 24, 1897 in Atchison, Kansas. In 1923, Earhart, fondly known as “Lady Lindy,” became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot’s license. She had several notable flights, becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1928, as well as the first person to fly over both the Atlantic and Pacific. In 1937, she mysteriously disappeared while trying to circumnavigate the globe from the equator. Since then, several theories have formed regarding Earhart’s last days, many of which have been connected to various artifacts that have been found on Pacific islands—including clothing, tools and, more recently, freckle cream. Earhart was legally declared dead in 1939″ (from http://www.biography.com/people/amelia-earhart-9283280).

It was these theories that Josh Gates went to investigate.  He spent a lot of time with the locals in Papua New Guinea, and did an interview during a sizable earthquake.  Throughout the show, in true Josh Gates style, he drank strange drinks, was at the wrong end of a spear, traveled to a village in a float (that was just barely afloat).  He also nearly passed out while trying some strange fruit-like drug.  In the end, he wound up spending time with the local police.  Josh chased down every lead he could find, in several places.  He found a few planes that definitely did not belong to Amelia Earhart, but did belong to someone.  One was definitely a WWII Japanese fighter plane.  There were remains in the plane, underwater.  He also spoke to a man that was convinced he had a piece of Earhart’s plane recovered from a remote Island.  After chasing down all of these leads, Josh found a man who had found a box of human bones under his house in 1968 at the age of thirteen.  The man turned the bones over to the Fiji museum, where they were lost.  However, the man arranged for Josh to dig under his old home where the bones were found; it turns out the police never bothered to do that after human remains were found in the 60’s.  I wouldn’t want to die in Fiji.  After crawling under the little house, with lots of spiders, Josh dug in the sand and found a bunch of bones.  He decided to stop and inform the authorities.  When they went under the house in hazmat suits, to which Josh said, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  The police did confirm that at least one of the bones Josh dug up was indeed human. There his investigation came to an end, it was in the hands of the Fiji police.  Let’s hope they are more thorough than their predecessors.

It was a good show, similar to Destination Truth, but with more reliable rental vehicles and less crew members.  I’m sure the episodes to come will be worth watching.

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Winter Solstice Always Means Bad TV

Winter Solstice Always Means Bad TV

So I have a few shows I watch now: The Walking Dead, American Horror Story, The Curse of Oak Island, Haven, and America Unearthed.  Everything seems to be on break now.  Why?  What is it about the Winter Solstice that every station seems to feel they have to play crap instead of something good or at least somewhat interesting?  I tried to go on SyFy, you know what they were playing?  A CSI marathon!  Seriously!  WTF is CSI doing on SyFy?  Are there alien criminals?  Did the dead tell them who killed them?

SyFy doesn’t always play just science fiction, true.  However, it’s always in the SciFi/Horror/Fantasy/Paranormal genres.  CSI does not fit in any of those categories, it belongs on USA or something.  It’s going to take one show like this, and it will all be downhill from there.  It’s the same thing that happened to MTV, they don’t really play music anymore.  It’s a sad day.

Lusca or Giant Octopus

Lusca or Giant Octopus

Last week I was watching some old episodes of Destination Truth, SyFy channel had a marathon.  One of the episodes was of the Lusca, a Giant Octopus, in the Bahamas.  I had a hard time finding that episode online, since the SyFy channel cancelled this awesome show.  However, I was able to find the same creature on an episode of Monster Quest.  The legend of the Giant Octopus or the Kracken has been around for ages.  We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the waters of our own planet.  Anything could be lurking in the deep.  Nobody can say this creature, or any other creature for that matter, cannot exist because we just haven’t explored the deep waters enough.  Check out this video and see what you think.

 

Transplant Recipients Getting More than Organs From Donors?

http://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/the-unexplained-files/the-unexplained-files-videos/life-after-death.htm

Besides the few horror shows that I write about on this website, my tendency is to watch reality stuff.  I really like the Science channel, it’s one of my favorites and if I didn’t get it, I would probably bug the crap out of my cable provider until they got it for me.  There is almost always something good on the science channel.  Today I’ve been watching Nasa’s Unexplained Files and now The Unexplained Files.  They had a really interesting topic, and you can watch at the link above, if you like.  They have found that organ transplant patients seem to get the traits and in some cases memories and feelings from their donors.  One woman was a teen when she received a liver transplant, and her mother said she became a different person.  She never liked building blocks or working with her hands, then after the transplant she found herself going to hardware stores and buying stuff to work on her house and things like that.  The most incredible story was that of a little girl that received a heart from a girl that was murdered.  She began to have dreams of a little girl being murdered, and she gave this information to the police (she gave a description of the killer) which led to his arrest.  She didn’t know anything about this girl, and I’m sure her parents wouldn’t tell her that the girl was murdered.  I certainly wouldn’t if my daughter was in that position.  I guess we have to rethink what memory is and where memories are stored.  It may be that memories are stored in all the cells of our bodies, which is pretty interesting.

Zombie plausability

 

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I was watching “Z nation” this morning, and the idea of the plausability of a zombie came to mind (certainly not for the first time).  The first thing that I think of is my physiology lab.  Basically you scramble the frog’s brain with a metal stick.  Then you attach electrodes to the frog’s legs and make them hop with electricity.  The one kind of zombie apocalypse I can imagine as being possible is the result of technology and war.  What better way to infiltrate your enemy than by using their dead.  It would be a no risk strategy.  You’d be far away from your enemy, and all your troops are already dead.  You’d have to find a way to control them, some kind of remote control, as well as a wireless electricity system (something like a Tesla coil).

Tesla Coil (prop)

Any other kind of zombie apocalypse wouldn’t really hold up.  The dead decompose rather quickly, though I imagine those that have been treated with formaldehyde would last longer.  The newly dead would decompose within two – three weeks, which is why shows like” The Walking Dead” can never happen.  A dried up mummy wouldn’t be able to move with electricity, they’re too stiff and have no moisture.  Sorry, I just killed the theory of the old mummy movies too.  They move by magic I think, totally different rules.  Strictly science, the only way we could have a zombie apocalypse would either be what I stated in the first paragraph or something like the movie Quarantine.  The rabies virus is very similar, so someone could mess with the virus and it could potentially be very much like a zombie apocalypse.

Weird Reaction to Watching Poltergeist Diaries

https://www.youtube.com/user/PoltergeistDiaries

I posted last week about the Poltergeist Diaries, and after watching a few episodes I thought it was faked.  It sounded like they put music in and there was some weird stuff with the cameras that made me think it was staged, though damn well done.  I have changed my mind completely on that.  I’ve watched almost all of the episodes, and I seem to get very very sick each time I watch them (the later episodes especially).  I had stopped watching because I kept getting sick and feeling really weird every time I watched them.  Then yesterday I decided that was absolutely ridiculous and I can’t get sick from watching a video, that’s just silly.  Well yesterday when I was watching them, I got so sick I had to lay down.  Once I stopped watching the video, it subsided.  I got back up and decided to watch again, thinking it surely can’t be the damn video.  As soon as I started watching again it came on even stronger than before.  I was so sick and still somewhat feeling the effects today.  I always watch stuff like this and I’ve NEVER had anything like this happen before.  The camera’s are surprisingly not that shaky, or I’d say that was the problem.  I don’t know, it’s so weird.