INVESTIGATOR 20 (1991 September)
NO INVASION PLANNED
A lot of Australians still believe that the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942 saved Australia from imminent Japanese invasion.
This myth was popularized in an Australasian Post article of 1946 intended to sell lots of copies.
Some experts conclude that there was no Japanese intention to invade Australia. (Action Stations Coral Sea by Coulthard-Clark, C.)
Others conclude there were provisional intentions to invade subject to the Japanese first gaining complete superiority at sea – which they didn't come close to achieving. (Japan's Southward Advance to Australia by Frei, H. P.)
It took only one or a few articles in a popular magazine to mislead people on this question for almost 50 years. What sort of effect will the hundreds of articles on psychics, astrology, New Age, Numerology, Flying Saucers, be-Lucky Systems, Pyramids, etc, in popular magazines have?
Probably the perpetrators
don't think about
that question and don't care about the answer either.
The booklet The Spirit
by the Worldwide Church of God gave this evidence for the supernatural:
MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL; WHO IS THE FAIREST OF THEM ALL?
I never really believed in
Snow White and
the Seven Dwarfs and the talking mirror.
Soon, however, every "wicked
will be told she's the "fairest in the land". The Japanese have
a talking mirror that delivers "ego boosting messages" when its sound
is triggered by a voice.
Someone claimed that if the energy of TEN minutes of sex could be harnessed it would suffice to power all household appliances including air conditioner. (New Woman, May 1991, p. 22)
I think I disagree.
Consider: Ten minutes of sex uses 200 calories per person – 400 calories if two people are involved. My Science Data Book gives 4.2 joules as the equivalent of 1 calory. That's 1680 joules used in 10 minutes sex.
Another book, Electricity Made Simple, says:
Energy (in joules) = Power (in watts) x Time (in seconds).
It should follow that a 40-watt globe switched on for 42 seconds uses 40 x 42 = 1680 joules of energy. Therefore rather than 10 minutes of sex being able to power all household appliances it's only sufficient to light up your life for less than one minute.
Whether I'm right or wrong
you will notice
that when real and genuine forces are considered precise calculations
known formulae and known values can be made. This is not the case when
dealing with alleged "forces" and "energies" associated with astrology,
lucky numbers and other humbug.
INVESTIGATOR 24 (1992 May)
INERRANCY ON TOP
Conservative forces in the
Convention (America's largest Protestant group) believe in "the literal
truth and inerrancy of Scripture". In 1990 they defeated the moderates
after a long struggle and purged faculties and staff in seminaries.
Hundreds of people in
Britain have allegedly
been injured by hot liquids when mugs exploded upon being removed from
microwave ovens. One theory is that when mugs do not have any cracks or
dust in the structure it allows formation of superheated layers or
If liquid or sweetener then penetrates the hot spot, rapidly expanding
bubbles can result and the explosion follows. If mugs do have dust or
in their structure bubbles form around them, which heat up more slowly
and prevent superheated layers from forming. (The Advertiser 1991
21 p. 24)
Theories of the Earth and the Universe (1988) by Tasmanian scientist S W Carey is a new edition of his 1950s theory that planet Earth is expanding at 5cm per year. The theory was based on observations around the ocean margins that the continents had once been joined and had separated.
Carey's Expanding-Earth theory actually lost out in 1962 when plate tectonics became popular. Large earthquakes around the Pacific indicated that ancient oceanic crust was being subducted beneath the continental "plates" at the same rate that new oceanic crust is formed in mid-ocean leaving the Earth the same size.
Carey's book gives no
references other than
his previous works.
PIED PIPER MYSTERY
The costumed character ended the rat plague by leading the rats with his flute into the Weser River. In 1284 on June 26 he led 130 children of Hamelin (Saxony) into oblivion. The Hamelin museum has 350 books on the subject and gets 200,000 tourists yearly.
According to Reader's
May) rats are driven mad by high frequency notes. The 130 children were
really the unemployed and teenagers recruited by Count Nicholas von
to colonise Germany's eastern frontier. They boarded a ship at Stettin,
400km north of Hamelin, which sank on the Pomeranian coast. Legends
have a basis in fact
INVESTIGATOR 26 (1992 September)
SKEPTICAL OVER GHOSTS
The following is an extract from The People's Journal of 1847:
Happily married Sam Yiu
Chi Law, 32, killed
himself and his daughter following gloomy predictions by two
The first told Mr Law's wife that "Australia was not good for their
predicted she would remarry and that Mr Law would not be rich for 20
and urged them to move to Taiwan. While he was in Hong Kong a second
teller confirmed the words of the first. Mr Law then turned a gun on
and daughter, 2, in a hotel. (The Advertiser 1992 July 25)
THE BIBLE – AN UP-TO-DATE BOOK
Many North American hospitals have humour rooms where patients read funny books and magazines, watch funny films, and exchange jokes and funny stories. Laughter is known to reduce pain and stress, increases resistance to infection, makes you more creative, and alleviates emotional problems. Laughter does this by stimulating the blood circulation and the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline.
According to Dr David Garlick of the University of NSW School of Physiology: "There can be a release of brain substances as well as body hormones which may lead to an improvement in the immune system. (The Advertiser SA August 21)
According to the Bible: "A
is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones."
GOOD LUCK BRACELET
Fernando Fernandez shot a
policeman in Miami
(Florida) during a bank robbery in May. He confessed to Lazaro
a priest of an Afro-Caribbean sect, who sold him a good luck bracelet
$79. For two weeks the priest waited while the reward money passed
The good-luck bracelet then broke and Fernandez telephoned to ask:
does it mean?" The priest replied "Bad luck" and turned him in.
A FALSE FLASH
Does a person's entire
life flash before
him during the moment of death? Or is this popular notion false? People
who escaped death by the narrowest margin and were resuscitated, have
that they didn't see their life flash by. Instead they had focused
on efforts to escape and save themselves.
Smoking is linked with
cancer. Another drawback
is that it's linked with vascular disease as well which in turn is a
of impotence. Blood flow to the penis also drops during a smoke. Said
McMahon, an expert on impotence, on August 29: "The message is
cigarettes kill penises."
ESP TAKES A DIVE
A "psychic test" on A Current Affair (Channel 9, Adelaide July 14) received 8,500 replies. It consisted of guessing what was on four sealed cards:
Card 1 whether an arrow pointed up, down, left or right;
Card 2 a vegetable;
Card 3 a letter of the alphabet;
Card 4 a simple diagram.
The result was announced on August 4th.
20% got question 1 right;
0.01% - only one person - guessed yam for question 2;
0.45% got question 3 right;
0.00% got question 4 right.
The best eight scorers each got two right answers. Simon Turnbull, President of the Australian Psychics Association, scored zero. Turnbull agreed that: "It wasn't a good day."
There are such things as
factors". A lot of people have a biase to the letter "A" or the number
3 or 7. If an ESP test included such preferred symbols among the
answers there would be a seeming confirmation of ESP. The test on
9, however, avoided this error.
Project Urquart, a three-year study of Loch Ness the largest freshwater lake in the British Isles, started in July. Many scientists from all over Britain are involved. A 150-ton boat with the latest sonar technology will map the depths which were last investigated 90 years ago with piano wire and lead weight.
4,000 sightings, including
by Andrew MaKillop
a monk in the nearby abbey, have been reported of the Loch Ness
The scientists, however, don't expect to find it. Worldwide there are
of reports of other monsters, none confirmed by science.
According to the Biblical
Review the remains of Caiaphas, the high priest who handed Jesus to
the Romans, may have been found – the first archaeological remains of a
New Testament person. The ossuary (burial box) is mid first century
by coins minted in 42 and 43 AD found nearby), the bones were of a
old man, and the inscription read: "Joseph, son of Caiaphas." The high
priest's original name was Joseph and "Caiaphas" was the surname.
INVESTIGATOR 29 (1993 March)
BELIEVERS IN E.T.
A survey of 400 people in
Adelaide last December
by McGregor Marketing found that 99 believed contact with
life is likely within 20 years; 206 believed it unlikely; 95 were
Radical Feminists and
been known to claim that up to 9 million people were burned as witches
in early modern Europe.
Brian P Levack, a professor of history in Texas, relying on recent research, says that the total number tried for witchcraft throughout Europe was about 110,000. Of these about 60,000 were executed.