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Snaggy

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Icon 3 posted August 10, 2009 19:07      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
OMG. MIT researchers conclude that tin foil hats amplify the government's ability to read your mind.

http://people.csail.mit.edu/rahimi/helmet/

and on that note, here's a shot of the Head of the Company wearing his...

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Xanthine

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Icon 14 posted August 10, 2009 20:29      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I thought I was going to break something laughing. OMG. I can't believe someone actually did the experiment. Bonus points for the interpretation of the results!

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Icon 1 posted August 10, 2009 20:35      Profile for The Famous Druid     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Snaggy:
OMG. MIT researchers conclude that tin foil hats amplify the government's ability to read your mind.

That's what THEY want you to think. [crazy]

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The paper is a bit thin, not exaclty up to peer review publication standards. Though if they had taken the time to do that , it would have brought a whole new level of amusement to this "joke".

ma fav. quote

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We hope this report will encourage the paranoid community to develop improved helmet designs to avoid falling prey to these shortcomings.


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____ Me thinks that this is happening!


http://tophattobacco.com/blog/07/21/tobacco-smoke-enema-really/


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tobacco_smoke_enema

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Must admit to wearing a tinfoil hat at Dragon Con Church of the SubGenius meeting. LOL
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There seems to be some debate about whether a tinfoil hat keeps the government out of your brain, or opens the door and welcomes them in.

The solution is obvious.

We must take our cue from that nice Mr Schrödinger - by wearing a tinfoil hat and not wearing a tinfoil hat at the same time!

That'll confuse them... [crazy]

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Wow... I should not have listened to the guy who convinced me to have a tinfoil hat permanently stapled to my head... wow... I'm an open book to the evil government...

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quote:
Originally posted by Grummash:
We must take our cue from that nice Mr Schrödinger - by wearing a tinfoil hat and not wearing a tinfoil hat at the same time!

Wow, Schrödinger's Hat.

Um, did anyone else notice that a scientific paper ostensibly from an American university used the word 'Aluminium'?

It's little mistakes like that that reveal the dark conspiracy beneath.

/me smells an MI6 rat.

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They spell it right more often than they spell it wrong in the rest of the paper so I think it's just a couple typos. [evil]

So for some reason I hit the linked references and found this which linked to to a hysterical rebuttal of the MIT findings.

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