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I heard this interesting dialog in Season 1 of Mad Men.

You know how Hitler got Neville Chamberlain to give him everything at Munich? He held the conference at an old palace that forbade smoking. And after an hour and a half of not smoking, Neville Chamberlain would have given Hitler his mother as a dance partner.

I've been trying to seek clarity of this online but haven't been able to find anything useful. Mad Men usually tries to honour history, but did this really happen? I guess the latter part of the statement which suggests why things went the way they did is subjective, but what about the actual setting of the meeting?


There's problems with that statement. The Munich Agreement was not agreed upon at "an old palace". In fact, Chamberlain and Hitler met at several locations prior to signing the agreement, none of which can be described as an "old palace".

First, on September 15th, at Berghof, Hitler's residence in the Bavarian Alps. This was hardly an "old palace", it was a house built in 1916 and renovated just a few years before the negotiations. Smoking was allowed on the terrace.

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On September 22nd Hitler and Chamberlain met again, this time at the Rheinhotel Dreesen in Bad Godesberg near Bonn. This was a hotel built in 1894, not an "old palace". As a hotel in the 1930s I can only assume they allowed smoking. This is a modern photograph, but the exterior hasn't changed much in 70 years.

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The final negotiations happened at the Führerbau, at the time a very new building. It happened in this very room, Hitler's office.

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Hitler himself detested smoking, but I can't find solid information about smoking at the Führerbau. I've found a great many contemporary photographs of people at the Führerbau, but none features an ash tray or someone smoking. As this was a large office building, I can only assume smoking was allowed else everyone working there would be made miserable.

There is a historically accurate deception story in the Munich Agreement negotiations.

Later in the meeting [on Sept 22nd at Rheinhotel Dreesen], a prearranged deception was undertaken in order to influence and put pressure on Chamberlain: one of Hitler's aides entered the room to inform Hitler of more Germans being killed in Czechoslovakia, to which Hitler screamed in response "I will avenge every one of them. The Czechs must be destroyed." The meeting ended with Hitler refusing to make any concessions to the Allies' demands.

It's unfortunate Mad Men chose to make something up rather than use a historically accurate story. You'd think this sort of power play would fit great with their setting.


The negotiations at Munich involved a lot more than one man's smoking habit and were very long and drawn out.

Ultimately, Chamberlain's willingness to allow the annexation of the Sudetenland was based on a desire for peace, not an attempt to get to a smoking room faster.

It should be mentioned that close advisors to Chamberlain had informed him (rightly or wrongly) that the Sudetenland was heavily Germanic and that the population in those areas resented Czech control. Since Poland got a slice of Czechoslovakia too, it was hoped that would make them happy.

From a social perspective, the main problem was not Chamberlain's smoking, it was the interaction between the upper-class Chamberlain and the lower-middle-class Hitler which produced a lot of friction because Hitler felt that Chamberlain was looking down his nose at him the whole time.

I realize that it may be seem cute and funny to reduce a pivotal world event like this to turn on a smoking habit, but in reality the idea has no basis in historical fact.


Agreements are worth nothing unless the other government officials and the general population are willing to abide by them. In the case of the Munich agreements most of the British and French population were more or less willing to go along with them. If they hadn't been more or less accepting of them there would have been massive protests against them and their governments would have had to back out of them.

Thus the Mad Men anecdote falsely depicts Chamberlain as having far more power to make agreements without considering public opinion than he actually had, so that depriving him of his nicotine fix would be enough to change the course of history.


Is The Zookeeper’s Wife Based on True Events?

Helmed by New Zealand director Nikola Jean Caro, &lsquoThe Zookeeper’s Wife&rsquo is a poignant war drama that tells the compelling tale of the Żabiński couple who saved hundreds of innocent Jewish people by hiding them in the Warsaw Zoo. The yellow-tinted indie film is backed by an impressive ensemble of the cast with the highlights of Jessica Chastain and Johan Heldenbergh.

The film received mostly favorable reviews from audiences upon its release in 2017. While critics felt that the depiction lacked adequate grandeur and impact that the story demands, audiences adored the unlikely foray into the Holocaust genre. If the narrative of the film has made you wonder whether it is tethered to real events from pages of history, here’s what you need to know about the origin of the film.


3 Oscar-nominated cinematographers share their favorite shots

It’s so beloved that it seems almost heretical to question any aspect of “Unbroken,” the best-selling book that has just been turned into a major motion picture directed by Angelina Jolie.

“Unbroken” is billed as the true story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who served in the US Air Force during World War II. While on a mission over the ­Pacific Ocean in 1943, his plane went down.

What follows is an account of human struggle and survival in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

While there’s no doubt that Zamperini, who died last July at age 97, is an American hero, we wondered whether parts of his story could have possibly, maybe, unintentionally been exaggerated or mis-remembered. Random House, which published the book, would not comment on its editing or vetting process, but The Post called upon experts in endurance, survivalism and torture to weigh in on some of the book’s more ­incredible claims.

  • Dr. Claude Piantadosi, professor of medicine at Duke University and author of “The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments”
  • Thomas Coyne, chief instructor at the Survival Training School of California who has also provided training techniques to the US Marines, Navy and Air Force
  • Dr. Allen Keller, director of the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture

1. While lost at sea on a life raft, getting burned daily by the equatorial sun, Louis went six to seven days without water. Is this possible?

“This is highly unlikely, but remotely possible depending on the shade and the temperature,” says Piantadosi. “If it was cool and shady, people can last perhaps up to a week if it is very hot and sunny, as little as 48 hours.” Keller agrees. “Very credible story,” he says. “At the two-week mark, you perish.”

2. Louis nearly drowns when his plane plummets into the ocean. According to the book, once underwater, he passes out, then comes to (no time frame is given). He begins “gulping reflexively,” swallowing salt water and gasoline. He then finds canisters of carbon dioxide, which propel him to the surface of the ocean.

Piantadosi says it’s possible to swallow water while drowning and survive. Keller agrees, but is more skeptical. “You have someone who was an Olympic athlete, but whether there’s some dramatic license with this . . . this description is incredible.”

How much water could Louis have swallowed? “Uhh . . . that’s a tough question,” Coyne says. “Not that much. You only have a few cubic feet in your lungs.” He doesn’t buy the account of the carbon dioxide canisters pushing Louis to the surface. “That sounds like a spy movie, like something out of ‘Mission: Impossible.’”

“Unbroken” director Angelina Jolie talks to the actors on set. AP

3. Could one sustain, as Louis claimed, six blows to the nose with the tail end of a flashlight without the nose breaking? In this case, Louis also claimed his nose was broken weeks before, so badly that the bone stuck out — and this was after the Japanese captured him at sea.

“Far-fetched,” says Piantadosi. “If the bones were exposed, and the person was badly malnourished, the infection rate would be quite high without good medical care.” That first break, Coyne says, “is not just going to heal up in a couple of weeks. For it to be hit six times with a flashlight — that would probably do some severe damage.” Keller thinks Louis “may have believed that, but I’m not sure he was really able to distinguish whether the site they were hitting had already suffered maximum trauma.”

4. While in a Japanese concentration camp, Louis suffers from dysentery, starvation and intermittent 104-degree fevers — and then he is placed in front of 100 soldiers who have each been ordered to punch him once, in succession. (The book claims there may have been as many as 220 blows to the face.) Is this survivable? If so, what are the chances you emerge without brain damage?

“This is a bit far-fetched,” says Piantadosi. “The blows would have had to have been pretty modest.” “My guess is recall bias,” says Keller. “I don’t know that he would have known it was really 100 times.”

This example gives Coyne serious pause: “With the fever, your brain’s almost cooking and wanting to turn off.” The bones of the eye sockets and nose, he adds, aren’t very solid. “It seems that would cause severe deformation of the face,” he says, adding that there are UFC fighters laid out by one punch. “One hundred punches in a row . . . I have no idea how anyone could survive that.”

5. Could Louis, days later, have the strength to hold a heavy, 6-foot-long wooden beam above his head for 37 minutes?

“I can’t answer this intelligently,” says Piantadosi. “It would depend on the weight [of the beam] and how weak he was.” Keller thinks Louis may have had a distorted sense of time, but Coyne finds the scenario laughable. “What the f–k. ” he says. “Sure. Why not while hopping on one leg and saying his ABCs backward?”


The Harrowing Story Of Filipina Women Enslaved In Japan's Wartime Rape Camps

It has taken M. Evelina Galang almost 20 years to chronicle one of her nation's greatest traumas. It's the story of how women finally broke their silence in the wake of war and terror a testament to their courage and their long-buried grief.

“I've been writing this book for a lifetime,” said Galang, 55, a Filipina-American novelist, essayist and educator.

In her unpublished manuscript Lolas’ House: Survivors of Wartime Rape Camps, Galang tells the often overlooked story of the hundreds of Filipina women who were forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War II.

“These ‘comfort women’ were mostly 13, 14, 15 years old. They weren’t really women, they were girls,” Galang said of the victims, who are now so old they're respectfully referred to as “Lolas,” the Tagalog word for grannies. “They were forced to do labor and raped up to 20, 30 times a day, every single day. The tragedy is colossal.”

Since 1998, Galang, the director of the creative writing program at the University of Miami, has been traveling to and from the Philippines to gather testimonies for her book. To date, she's recorded more than 40 hours of interviews with 15 Lolas, spent weeks visiting with the women and their families, and even traveled around the country with seven of them, bringing them back to the sites of their abduction and imprisonment.

“The stories poured out of the Lolas like water from a dam,” Galang said of the meetings. “Horrific testimonies of habitual rape and torture.”

Prescilla Bartonico was 17 when she was captured by the Japanese.

The year was 1943. Bartonico and a younger cousin were cowering in an air raid shelter on the Filipino island of Leyte with family members and neighbors the sounds of gunfire and bomb blasts punctured the still air.

The door banged open and soldiers from the Imperial Japanese Army were suddenly upon them. They grabbed Bartonico’s cousin and dragged her across the floor. The girl screamed and kicked and scratched the soldiers’ faces. Three soldiers took turns raping her before they killed her.

Witnessing her cousin's assault and murder, Bartonico wept as another soldier tied her up and raped her in front of her family and friends. “I wanted to resist, but I was too afraid,” she said. “[So began] my suffering . at the hands of the Japanese soldiers.”

For the next three months, Bartonico was imprisoned in a military garrison in the town of Burauen in the Philippines. She said she was raped multiple times daily, “by five to eight” men.

“[It was] mostly during nighttime because we were forced to work in the landing field during the day,” she said of those dark days. “Sometimes, they even brought us to the guard posts where they kept their machine guns in trenches made up of sacks filled with soil.”

An estimated 400,000 women and girls across Asia were abducted and forced to serve in so-called “comfort stations” by the Japanese military during World War II. A majority of these victims were taken hostage in South Korea and China, but women were captured in virtually every territory occupied by the Japanese, including Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

In the Philippines, researchers estimate that more than 1,000 girls and women were sexually enslaved by the Japanese during World War II.

Today, only 70 of them are still living.

Bartonico died in 2006. She did not live to see an apology or recognition from the Japanese government for the trauma she lived through.

But she did share her story.

“Every time a Lola gave her testimony, she relived that experience. She’s not talking about the past. She’s in it all over again,” said Galang, whose book includes Bartonico's account of the war. “When I ask the Lolas why they have come forward, they have two reasons. First, they are standing up for themselves and they are demanding justice. Secondly, they tell me, ‘So it won’t ever happen again.’”

For the women, sharing their stories was akin to reliving their torment, but receiving the women's testimonies brought its own trauma, Galang said.

The writer recalled the first time she interviewed the Lolas for her book. She and one of her students spoke to several of them, one after the next.

“ At the end of the day, Ana Fe and I were swollen from all the tears,” Galang remembered. “One of the Lolas said, ‘The stories have entered their bodies.’”

Galang would later be reminded of those words as she sat down to start writing her book.

“When I first started writing, I would grow tired after two hours and I’d have to stop,” she said. “I can sit before a screen for an entire weekend and write a novel or a short story. But these stories of the Lolas? At first I’d sit down to go through the transcriptions, or to write an essay and I would fall asleep right in front of my computer. I noticed a strange fatigue that would come over me. And then I remembered what the Lola had said: ‘The stories have entered their bodies.’”

It took fifty years before the Lolas' stories came to light.

In 1993, Rosa Maria Henson became the first Lola to come forward publicly about her experience. Henson had been 15 when Japanese soldiers abducted her. They incarcerated her for 9 months, and up to 30 men raped her every day.

“I lay on the bed with my knees up and my feet on the mat, as if I were giving birth. Whenever the soldiers did not feel satisfied, they vented their anger on me. When the soldiers raped me, I felt like a pig,” Henson, who died in 1997, described in her memoir. “I was angry all the time.”

For decades, no one except Henson’s mother knew about those days of abuse. Even Henson’s husband and her children had been kept in the dark.

“I am telling my story so that they will feel humiliated,” Henson said of the soldiers who raped her, according to a New York Times obituary. “It is true: I am an avenger of the dead.”

Inspired by Henson, 174 other Filipina women eventually came forward to share their stories.

“The culture of 'tsisimis’ and 'hiya’ -- shame and gossip -- is strong in Filipino society. When word got out that a woman was a ‘comfort woman,’ she might have been called 'tira ng hapones,’ or 'Japanese leftovers,'” explained Galang. “Some women were not taken back by their families after the war. Some Lolas who came forward had to deal with their sons and daughters and even husbands who got mad at them for speaking their truth."

Piedad Nobleza described how her aunt had "shot [her] a look" after she'd arrived home following weeks of sexual enslavement.

“ She did not say anything at all,” Nobleza told Galang. “I sat in the corner, crying and crying.”

Nobleza was captured by Japanese solders in 1942. She was dragged to a church near her home where she was raped by multiple men.

"That first night, the soldiers placed two pews together. Two of them argued who would go first. The first soldier was fair, not too tall, and not too fat," Nobleza recalled. "After that, seven Japanese soldiers raped me. They came every half hour. And after that, every night for two weeks, two or four soldiers raped me every night."

Nobleza told Galang that she felt an obligation to share her story with the world. “Young girls need to know what happened,” she said.

"So many of [these] stories were held in the women’s bodies for fifty years," said Galang. "A few of the women said when she told her story, 'Nabawasan ang dibdib ko. That phrase is hard to translate, but it means something like her heart grew lighter, the pain was less.”

The Japanese government has long contested the stories of rape told by Nobleza, Henson, Bartonico and the thousands of other comfort women across Asia.

In 2007, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe controversially claimed that “there was no evidence to prove” that the women had been coerced into sex. A few years later, Abe's name appeared in an advertisement in New Jersey's Star-Ledger newspaper protesting a memorial to the comfort women erected in Palisades Park, New Jersey. Abe was listed as one of the "assentors" to the ad, which called the stories of the comfort women a "fabrication of history."

“The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is engaged in an all-out effort to portray the historical record as a tissue of lies designed to discredit the nation," wrote Mindy Kotler, director of Asia Policy Point, in 2014.

“Mr. Abe’s administration denies that imperial Japan ran a system of human trafficking and coerced prostitution, implying that comfort women were simply camp-following prostitutes,” Kotler continued. "The official narrative in Japan is fast becoming detached from reality, as it seeks to cast the Japanese people -- rather than the comfort women of the Asia-Pacific theater -- as the victims of this story.”

The Japanese Embassy did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.

Last year, after years of diplomatic pressure from Seoul, Japan offered a formal apology and the promise of an $8.3 million payment to Korean women forced into sexual servitude during the war. In return, South Korea agreed to never raise the issue again -- so long as Japan also honors the accord.

But closure has hardly been reached. Just two months after the accord, Japan’s deputy foreign minister, Shinsuke Sugiyama, told a U.N. panel in Geneva that there was no proof that the Japanese military or government forced the women into sex, prompting rage from South Korea.

Activists have also insisted that the Seoul-Tokyo agreement did not go far enough, and that the wishes of the Korean comfort women themselves had not been taken into consideration during the negotiations.

Moreover, for comfort women in the Philippines and elsewhere, there have been no signs of an official apology or compensation from Tokyo.

“The Japanese government is doing their best to erase history,” said Galang. “They say there is no evidence, but I have heard the evidence, I have touched the evidence. When I spoke to the Lolas, they would take my hand and bring it to wounds on their body -- places they were hit by the soldiers or cut by knives, cigarette burns, bumps, scars and bruises.”

In January, when Emperor Akihito of Japan visited the Philippines, the few surviving Lolas gathered for peaceful protests in Manila. Now in their 80s and 90s, the women -- some of them leaning heavily on walking sticks, their bodies hunched with age -- stood in the blazing sun, chanting slogans and holding signs with the words “justice” and “historical inclusion” emblazoned on them.

But though the emperor, during his meeting with Filipino President Benigno S. Aquino III, did speak about the atrocities committed by the Japanese military during World War II, the comfort women were ignored.

“I was happy for the emperor’s visit because I thought he could bring justice for us,” 89-year-old Hilaria Bustamante, who was kidnapped at the age of 16, told The New York Times. “But he never mentioned us.”

Telling the Lolas' stories now, said Galang, is critical.

She hopes some of the elderly victims might themselves see justice in their lifetime (almost all the Lolas interviewed for her book are now dead), but she also believes that the women's testimonies are lessons deeply relevant to this age -- an era when thousands of women in Democratic Republic of Congo are raped every year, and America's schools and colleges struggle with a scourge of sexual violence.

“The ‘comfort woman’ issue goes beyond a history lesson, but is in fact an extension of our conversation about women and their bodies today,” Galang said. “This story is happening now. It’s happening in part because we have chosen not to hear the grandmothers. The Lolas’ stories, their experiences in wartime rape camps, and their fight for justice is a legacy to all women. What happened to them is happening now to women in Syria, in Bosnia, in the Congo, and on college campuses in the United States.”

“It seems to me that we have a culture where raping women and girls is not taken seriously,” she added. “We, as a global culture, need to stand up and say 'No. Stop. Not right.' Until we do, this history repeats itself. We need to document their stories. We need to understand their place in history. We need to make sure it never happens again.”


The last surviving soldier who helped liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz died in Germany over the weekend.

Veterans watched the opening of the British Normandy Memorial on the anniversary of D-Day.

The sun rose over Omaha Beach Sunday morning ahead of various celebrations to commemorate the Allied troops who landed.

On National Nurses Appreciation Day, 2nd Lieutenant Agnes Woods was recognized for her efforts in the Army Nurse Corp.


Tolkien’s Middle-Earth, true History?

Is it possible that the world J.R.R. Tolkien so elegantly defined for us in ‘Lord of the Rings’ has a ring of historical truth? Could elements of the ‘Hobbit’ and the following ‘Trilogy’ be his interpretations of actual events?

Jay Weidner’s work (see ‘Kubrick’ article on W-M) inspired this writer with a mention of ‘Tolkien’ while investigating Stanley’s mysterious death. Upon hearing a YT of Weidner on radio, he states a small tidbit of info this writer has come across down through the years…and that was the colorful characters and strange events Tolkien gave the world in his epics were NOT figments of his wild imagination they were REAL!

Consider the printed transcript of Jay’s radio show:

‘…J.R.R. Tolkien who’s the only person who can read the books in the basement of Oxford. He’s got all these (very old) books from Finland and Sweden and he’s the only guy who can actually READ them, alright? And he spends hours and hours reading all this stuff (history) that’s down there…

…and he writes ‘Lord of the Rings’ after he’s done reading it, OK? He says to his friends like C.S. Lewis…he says, there’s a whole History we don’t even know about. And, he told people in his letters that ‘Lord of the Rings’ was about Europe 6500 years ago that the Irish were the Hobbits and the elves were the Nords. He had this whole thing figured out…

…This is all based on Truth…and he would get ANGRY when people said this was only analogy and metaphor. He would say, ‘NO! It isn’t analogy and metaphor! This is what I learned from my reading…’

…There is this ‘Lord of the Rings’ like SATURN and his name is Sauron. Sauron is obviously so close to the Mesopotamian dictator Sargon who invented Time. He literally invented clocks, calendars, schedules and really delivered the world into the linear, monochromic world that we live in now…

…Tolkien understands this and is trying to show us that this Saturnian Power (alien?) came in and forced us into a kind of SLAVERY wrecking the planet destroying the planet using up all the energy of the planet for its own devices…

…We don’t really know what it is Sauron is trying to accomplish, not really…He’s trying to destroy the elves who know too much and have too much power. He’s trying to trap the Earth into an energy-sucking thing and he’s creating half-breeds of CLONES, the Orcs and all those who are not really human they’re only partially human, just like the Archons…

…And, he (Tolkien) knows all this (true History) and he’s reading all this. He’s absorbing it…and so this knowledge was in our own histories and it has been wiped out by these Archons these forces that don’t want us to figure out what’s going on…’

Such a wide array of creatures inhabits MIDDLE-Earth from beautiful elves to variations of Orc-monsters. Does Middle-Earth connect with (pre) Middle Ages? Phenomenal thought that the magical and menacing life forms we find in ‘Rings’ could have once existed being wiped out over the course of time.

Do the RINGS (and its Lord) really refer to Saturn’s rings? [Saturn, the planet ‘2001’ spaceship was supposed to go to like in the book, but was changed to Jupiter. Saturn, like the ‘Saturn 5’ MOON rocket that did not go to the planet of many rings].

One fact for certain is prehistoric GIANTS truly roamed the lands long ago as told in the Bible and in countless other stories around the globe. ‘Behemoths’ are specifically stated in Genesis. Legendary ‘Sons of Heaven’ (giant humans) came down (landed) and mated with the ‘comely’ ‘Children of Earth’ producing the ‘Titans’ of myth.

GIANT HUMANOIDS, like the large monster-Orcs in ‘Lord of the Rings,’ once walked the surface of Earth…as much as archeologists would like to sweep the following photos under the rug:

Ancient bones of human-like creatures from a range of 9 feet to over 50 feet have been unearthed, often. See the people in photos for scale. Giants do not adorn our museums, for the most part. Rather, the unconventional finds have been locked away in (Vatican?) archives or underground chambers for the world to NOT SEE. Reports exist of‘lives lost’ by researchers and locals who have tried to make such discoveries public knowledge (Pitcairn Island, 1934).

Same can be said about photos of aliens and UFOS, ‘what are we NOT seeing?’ Maybe we’re not seeing the good stuff? Could an uncensored financed detailed investigation reveal BONES of Centaurs, Minotaurs, Unicorns, Pegasus, Cerberus, Hydras, Griffins, Dragons, Orcs, Cyclops, Mermaids, Harpies, Pixies, Chimeras, Krakens and other mythological creatures? Possibly…physical evidence (fossils) for these life forms is locked away from us, far from public eyes?

Stay tuned coming up is how this ‘lost history’ and madness could have happened in the real world. Also, readers will discover…‘what happened to the prehistoric, genetic experiments?’ Here’s a clue: They were washed away. What’s the story of Unicorns missing Noah’s Ark?

Transcript of Tray Caladan’s interview for Russian TV, Feb., 2014:

‘…I believe the ancient constructions were done with anti-gravity…powerful lasers and super-computers. Everything that we have today, they had (long ago) in a greater form…

…They (we) had CLONING. Now, what was the problem in Atlantis? If they had all the power (in the world) they could generate…They actually had Utopia. Atlantis was Eden and we have this memory that we came from Paradise. That was Atlantis. Now, what happened to it?

…Well, if you had all this power…you’re Human you’re going to be producing the Next Generation of humans. They’re not going to keep the same Laws sacred anymore. (Time changes everything) You’re going to have ultimate Freedom and that’s what happens when you have all the technology in the world. You can do anything…

…WHY NOT CLONE SERVANTS? First, you may clone for body parts if you were injured. But later, you may have servants that are clones. Later…you may have SOLDIERS (that are clones) and create wars… (There may have been a growing desire in Atlantis for clones).

…And the funny thing that Edgar Cayce said he called them ‘things.’ Edgar Cayce did not have the word ‘clone’ (in his time)…(ancient) wars were about the ‘things.’ Are they property or do they have rights? What do you do?

…George Lucas made ‘Attack of the Clones.’ Maybe he knew something in History? Maybe Utopia became…that perverted in time? That’s the problem. We are so old of a species. We are so ancient…

The destruction of Atlantis was 12,000 years ago and like Cayce said…was electrical. This is the destruction of the World (Power) Grid. There was a NUCLEAR AGE 8000 years ago and then a World Flood 5000 years ago… (check the date Tolkien gave for Middle-Earth: 6500 years ago. Time fits with a NEEDED FLOOD 5000 years ago).

…I think the Great Flood really happened to cleanse all these ‘hot-spots.’ Because we have deserts today that aren’t natural formations. We’ve found GREEN GLASS in the Sahara in Australia in the Gobi Desert. When you do an atomic test and you pulverize the land with so much heat and sand that it creates glass…and we’ve done that in our tests and found this in the old deserts. There are ruins of this nuclear age…

…I believe the Great Flood also cleansed (killed)…ANIMALS that were cloned! We have mythological Greek and Roman legends of a half-man, half-horse 3-headed dog…all these mythical animals. They may have been genetic experiments…all that had to be wiped out in a Flood to LOWER RADIATION LEVELS…and to just get rid of the (cloned monsters) madness. And, what else would we be left with but the pyramids and fantastic constructions that we can’t build today…’ – TSC

Where is evidence for these so-called ‘monsters’ or genetic ARMIES and slaves in ancient times? The precise answer for one particular group of them is in what you call variations of ‘PRIMATES.’ These would be the actual varieties of sub-humans with sloped-foreheads or knuckle-draggers with brains the size of golf balls. Homo-Erectus, Australopithecus, Neanderthal to name only a few of the small-brained ‘clone armies’ where possibly the WAR-WEAPON of the time was genetics? [Brave New World’s Citizens A, B, C & D out of test tubes. Talking about the Ds].

NOT CRO-MAGNONS because they were the A-type Cloners! Cro-Mags had brains LARGER than modern humans of present times . Cro-Magnons were the ‘gods’ or human Ancient Astronauts. They were our Seeders the pyramid-builders and electrical Grid-builders Atlanteans and later Egyptians and Incas (Edgar Cayce wrote).

History never progressed. Maybe Tolkien was trying to tell us this with his Lost History of Middle-Earth? Not saying the ‘Lord of the Rings’ creatures were real, exactly. But, do not be surprised to discover a nuclear age neatly hidden away from you. And if that were true…then maybe sea shells truly found on top of Mt. Everest proving a global Waterworld was because…bizarre, unnatural creatures and their insane Cloners HAD to be removed. Great Flood was not an act of God but Science from ‘angels’ (Indians) with remnants of old technology fighting to save the planet (again) from dark forces.

See Doug Yurchey’s (Tray’s) registered script on World-Mysteries called ‘God.’
[ link: http://www.world-mysteries. com/doug_God_movie_script.htm ]
Readers will understand (in a wild story of genetic-mutations and nukes) the Old Testament stories better than any other source.

Speaking of NOAH…there’s big-money, big-budget Hollywood portraying the biblical story of the Flood. There’s Russell Crowe as Noah. There are all the animals LITERALLY walking up the plank in perfect pairs, not eating each other. Who’s going to clean up the bottom of the ark, that’s what I want to know? In my version, the true version…the animals’ DNA was on millions of crystal chips (suspended animation) on MANY ARKS that sailed! Science,people the ‘Forbidden Fruit’ of the ‘gods’ is the only thing to believe and have faith in!

Were the dinosaurs also a part (big part) of these prehistoric, genetic experiments? Consider the dinos not as old as we think which explains the famous enigma of the ‘squashed-Trilobite, sandal fossil’ and Puluxy River finds. (Carbon-14 is bogus).

The next quotes of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were snatched off the Internet and are revealing. J.R.R. apparently converted Lewis to the reality of mysticism, even religious mysticism…

‘…Tolkien’s encounter with the depths of Christian mysticism and his understanding of the truths of orthodox theology enabled him to unravel the philosophy of myth that inspired not only the ‘magic’ of his books but also the conversion of his friend C.S. Lewis to Christianity…

…Myths, Lewis told Tolkien, were ‘lies and therefore worthless, even though breathed through silver.’

…‘No,’ Tolkien replied. ‘They are not lies.’ Far from being lies they were the best way…sometimes the only way…of conveying truths that would otherwise remain inexpressible. We have come from God, Tolkien argued, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily toward the true harbor, whereas materialistic ‘progress’ leads only to the abyss and the power of evil.

‘…In expounding this belief in the inherent truth of mythology,’ wrote Tolkien’s biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, ‘Tolkien had laid bare the center of his philosophy as a writer, the creed that is at the heart of The Silmarillion. It is also the creed at the heart of all his other work. His short novel, Tree and Leaf, is essentially an allegory on the concept of true myth, and his poem, ‘Mythopoeia,’ is an exposition in verse of the same concept…

Bottom line: possibly, some of the familiar Greek/Roman stories of Mt. Olympus and other myths…may have roots in truth if we consider the Lost History of technology and bio-technology hidden from our view. Could some of the creatures of myth from goblins to banshees to werewolves to vampires…have seeds in historical reality if we trace the source? Does the reality of ancient genetic-engineers, even seen in George Pal’s ‘Atlantis, the Lost Continent’ (1961), make the legends more plausible?

Also consider the scientific reality that…huge amounts of water to the point of NO LAND would heal a war torn surface ravaged by atomics. We know nuclear warfare existed 8000 years ago from descriptions recorded in very early and sacred Books of India. Again, review Tolkien’s date for the chaos of Middle-Earth: 6500 years ago. Radiation levels would drop very fast after such an awesome Deluge of a global Flood. Not only would the land heal, but fascist cloners or genetic engineers and their monsters would all be washed away buried under miles of sedimentary deposits post Flood.

We should look at the Hobbit and Trilogy with new eyes. Not only may the creatures of Middle-Earth have some distant reflection of historical reality, but so might the actions and storylines. If J.R.R. was really writing about a Saturnian (Sauron) cult whose evil intent was the enslavement of our planet, then he could be talking of the NWO or Templar/masons. Such slave masters are not fictitious with their ‘Big Brother’ CBS ONE-EYE always watching us/programming us, like Sauron.

Will we be building genetic monsters in the future? The truth is ‘they’ already have. Tell me governments haven’t worked on making Super Soldiers! How different is that from cloning Orcs for battle? Why have we done such secret DNA experiments? Possibly, we have created monsters before in the buried past and are only repeating history?

We are missing the positive side of genetic-engineering. It’s not always monsters not if the society is enlightened, sophisticated and compassionate. It’s not always War. It’s also healing no birth defects perfect operations DNA choices, etc. There have been times in our long, lost history where we have (genetically) built PARADISE…


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Margaret Atwood has a new warning about The Handmaid’s Tale

Speaking in a 2017 interview with the La Times, Atwood explained: “Totalitarianism always has views on who shall be allowed to have babies and what shall be done with the babies.”

The author went on to point out that “the generals in Argentina were dumping people out of airplanes. But if it was a pregnant woman, they would wait until she had the baby and then they gave the baby to somebody in their command system. And then they dumped the woman out of the airplane.

“Hitler stole his children, blonde ones, hoping that he could turn them into blonde Germans. It’s been going on for really a long time.”

FGM (female genital mutilation)

In The Handmaid’s Tale, we see women punished for their ‘immoral behaviour’ by having their bodies mutilated – and it is made all too clear, on numerous occasions, that the Aunts also use FGM as a “corrective” punishment on anyone deemed an “un-woman”.

Tragically, the concept of female genital mutilation is not confined to the pages of Atwood’s book: 140 million women and young girls all over the world are believed to have undergone the procedure, which sees their outer labia, inner labia, and clitoris removed, often without anaesthesia or pain relief.

And it is estimated that some 23,000 girls living in the UK are at risk of FGM, too, despite the fact that the act was criminalised in the UK in 1985.

Nimco Ali, co-founder of Daughters of Eve, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower and protect people from FGM-affected communities, tells Stylist: “They say it makes you a woman it’s a rite of passage. But as you start to grow up and learn about feminism, you start to realise this is about control and fear.

“I look at my three-year-old niece and she’s free and fearless. That is what FGM is there to stop. Break the girl and then mould her into an image of what men want.”

Attitudes to rape

In The Handmaid’s Tale, June tells us about the deliberate humiliation at the Red Centre of Janine, whose dreadful experience of gang-rape was made to seem her own fault by Aunt Lydia, telling the others that Janine must have “led them on”.

“But whose fault was it?” she asks them.

“Her fault,” they chant in unison, pointing their fingers at the frightened woman.

Such attitudes are not, however, confined to Gilead. At the time of this article’s publication, the UK criminal justice system does not adequately support or protect female survivors of male violence indeed, just one in 70 reports of rape in England and Wales currently results in a charge, let alone a conviction.

17th century American-Puritan theocracy

In Gilead, the government rules in the name of God (or a god), which is why they continuously reference the fact that they are “under His eye”.

Nowadays, of course, the United States of America is founded on the idea of democracy – with the public electing officials to make laws and government decisions on their behalf, and according to the rules of the Constitution. But this was not always the case.

As Atwood explained to The Guardian in 2016: “America was not initially founded as an 18th-century enlightenment republic. It was initially a 17th-century theocracy.

“That tendency keeps bubbling up in America from time to time.”

Phyllis Schlafly

Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) is a major character in The Handmaid’s Tale – and, as those who have read the book will know, she played a major role in the shaping of Gilead’s regime.

That’s right: before the Republic was formed, Serena made headlines with her powerful lectures and essays on the subject of “a women's place”. She repeatedly argued that traditional gender roles should be upheld at all costs, that women should remain in the home, and that ‘wicked’ and ‘immoral’ females be punished for their ‘sins’. And, as we all know, her dreams of a misogynist future have come true – although she, like so many others of her gender, has been forced to pay for it with her freedom.

While Serena is undeniably fictional, it is fair to speculate that she was inspired by the real-life Phyllis Schlafly, who was a similarly paradoxically public advocate for domestic women. She began her political career as an anti-feminist in 1964 when she published her first pro-family book, and led the charge against the Equal Rights Amendment, insisting that women should stop focusing on politics and instead tend to their families and work inside the home.

It wasn’t long, however, before Schlafly’s words came back to bite her in the ass.

In 1967, she ran for president of the National Federation of Republican Women. However, her critics argued that, as a mother of six children, she couldn’t fully devote herself to a political post – and, after an ugly fight, Schlafly lost.


A Holocaust Survival Tale of Sex and Deceit

In 1942, Marie Jalowicz, a Jewish girl hiding in Berlin, watched as a barkeep sold her for 15 marks to a man mysteriously nicknamed "the rubber director." As Marie recounts in the recently published Underground in Berlin, a riveting chronicle of her story told in her words, she was desperate for a place to sleep. The barkeep pulled Marie aside before she left with the man. Her fabricated backstory was simple she just couldn't bear to live with her in-laws anymore. But, the barkeep added, her new patron was also "a Nazi whose fanaticism bordered on derangement."

Marie had reasons to be alarmed beyond the man’s avowed Nazism. The "rubber director" earned his nickname from his wobbly gait, and Marie once heard that people in the late stages of syphilis "walked as if their legs were made of rubber, and they could no longer articulate properly." The man walking her to his house was stumbling over his words. And she was to sleep with this man, just to have a place to hide.

They arrived at his apartment, and the man showed off his wall-to-wall collection of aquarium tanks. He recalled the time when he was in a sanatorium and made a matchstick model of Marienburg, dedicating it to the Führer. He showed her an empty picture frame. Marie recalls:

"Any idea what that is?" he asked me, pointing at it.

"No idea at all."

Even if I'd guessed, I would never have said so. Finally, he revealed the secret: he had acquired this item by complicated means and at some expense, as he told me, closing his eyes. It was a hair from the Führer's German shepherd.

They sat together and Marie listened to his Nazi rants, growing increasingly uncomfortable until she changed the subject back to the fish. And then she got extraordinarily lucky: "With bowed head and tears in his eyes, he said he was afraid he must disappoint me: he was no longer capable of any kind of sexual relationship. I tried to react in a neutral, friendly manner, but I was overcome by such relief and jubilation that I couldn't sit still, and fled to the toilet."

Underground in Berlin

A thrilling piece of undiscovered history, this is the true account of a young Jewish woman who survived World War II in Berlin.

Underground in Berlin is filled with similar stories that illustrate the sexual politics of being a young Jewish girl in need of protection during World War II. For 50 years, Marie kept quiet about her experience, but just before her death in 1998, she recorded her memories on 77 cassette tapes. In the 15 years since her death, Marie's son, Hermann, has been transcribing and fact-checking the tapes, and found that his mother remembered with near-perfect clarity the wealth of names and details of her life in Berlin.

For eight years Marie and her family had witnessed Hitler's rise to power: Jews, wearing the legally mandated yellow stars on their coats, were first excluded from many professions and public places, and then many were sent to do forced labor. Marie’s mother, who had been sick with cancer for a long time, died in 1938 her weary, lonely father in early 1941. Before her father’s death, Marie worked with 200 other Jewish women at Siemens, bent over lathes, making tools and weapon parts for the German army. She befriended some of the girls, and they rebelled when they could: singing and dancing in the restroom, sabotaging screw and nut manufacturing. When her father died, she convinced her supervisor to fire her, since Jews weren’t allowed to quit. She lived off the small sum she received from her father’s pension.

The temporary passport Marie used to reenter Germany from Bulgaria, in Johanna Koch's name. The German embassy in Sofia made this passport, and added a comment on another page: "The holder of this passport has not proved her citizenship of the Reich. It is valid only for her return to Germany by the Danube route." (Courtesy of Hermann Simon)

In the fall of 1941, about a year before her incident with the “rubber director,” Marie watched her remaining family and friends receive deportation orders to concentration camps for certain death. Her Aunt Grete, one of the first to be sent, begged Marie to come with her. "Sooner or later everyone will have to go," Grete reasoned. With much difficulty, Marie said no. "You can't save yourself. But I am going to do everything imaginable to survive," she told her aunt.

And so she went to great lengths to protect herself. Marie removed her yellow star and assumed the identity of a close friend, Johanna Koch, 17 years older than Marie. Marie doctored Koch’s papers with ink-erasing fluid and forged an approval stamp by hand, exchanged the photo on the ID card, and called herself Aryan. Sometimes, her deception also led her to take lovers and boyfriends as a means of survival.

On the eve of World War II in 1938, Marie and her father were living with friends, the Waldmanns. Marie's father and Frau Waldmann had a fling, and 16-year-old Marie took it upon herself to sleep with Herr Waldmann, to lessen the chance that he would turn Marie and her father out on the street in anger.

Later, hoping to emigrate to Shanghai, she found a Chinese man living in Berlin who agreed to marry her: "Privately I thought: if I can get a Chinese passport through him, that would be excellent, but this isn't a relationship that will come to anything." But even after applying for marriage, and making up a story about being pregnant, she couldn’t get permission from the mayor’s office to marry him.

While hiding in the apartment of a friend's cleaning lady, Marie met a Bulgarian named Mitko, a neighbor who came by to paint the place. The two instantly became fond of each other and planned to marry. Marie makes it to Bulgaria with Mitko, and he finds a corrupt lawyer who might be able to make her stay in the country legal.

"You are here with this enchanting lady from Germany?" [the lawyer] asked my lover.

"I could use her as a governess for my little boy! The papers wouldn't cost anything, if you take my meaning?," he winked in a vulgar manner.

Mitko, a naive but decent character, was indignant at this improper suggestion. "We can do without your services," he said brusquely, and he stood up and left.

"As you like," the lawyer called after him. "We'll see what comes of this."

The lawyer turned them in to the Bulgarian police, and Marie was sent back to Berlin alone. Mitko stayed behind with family, weary from weeks of going to great lengths to protect Marie and himself. Upon her return, she was asked to wait for the Gestapo to approve her “unusual passport.” She narrowly escaped the Gestapo by pretending to run after a thief. That night, with nowhere to stay and in need of a bathroom "for the full works," she relieves herself on the doormat of a family with a "Nazi ring" to its name.

Marie and her husband Heinrich Simon in 1948, soon after their wedding (Courtesy of Hermann Simon)

Marie's gripping, suspenseful story captures the gloom and anxiety of being alone in wartime Berlin and the struggle to survive on her own. Her will and wit echo the determination and optimism of other accounts of the Holocaust, like those of diarists Viktor Frankl and Anne Frank. But the scenes of sexual commerce and gender politics illuminate an untold reality of surviving as a Jewish woman in the Berlin underground. Marie relays these stories, in which sex is a means of staying alive, a transaction, with evenhandedness, with a sense that it was all worth it.

It's not just bedfellows who help her. Marie finds refuge with non-Jewish friends committed to protecting her, with people her father knew, and with other Jews struggling to live in Berlin. One friend introduces her to Gerritt Burgers, a "crazy Dutchman" who brought Marie to his apartment and tells his landlady, a Nazi supporter named Frau Blase, that

"he had found a woman who was coming to live with him at once. I would keep house for him, and he said I was also ready to lend Frau Blase a hand at any time. Since I was not racially impeccable, it would be better not to register me with the police, he added casually. That didn't seem to both the old woman, but she immediately began haggling over the rent with Burgers."

So begins another situation in which Marie is treated as a good to barter. When the landlord gets mad at Burgers for making a mess, she threatens to call the Gestapo on Marie. When Burgers sees Marie reading, he hits her with his shoe, and tells her, "You're not to read when I'm at home. You're supposed to be here just for me." She's angry, but she sticks it out she must. They get used to each other.

For as long as Marie lived in the apartment, the supposed wife of a near-stranger, her life is semi-normal, and she benefits from the exchange of her work and pretend love for the company and safety. Frau Blase and Marie share food, and Marie runs errands. Blase shares her life story, talks about her difficult marriage, the death of her son. Marie develops an ambivalent attachment: "I hated Frau Blase as a repellent, criminal blackmailer with Nazi opinions, yet I loved her as a mother figure. Life is complicated."

Hermann, Marie’s son, shares his mother’s post-war story in an afterword. After a long journey of extreme luck, happening upon sympathetic, generous strangers, including a Communist gynecologist and a circus performer, Marie survives the war, poor and with nowhere to go. She went on to teach at the Humboldt University of Berlin and raise a family. She made good on her promise to her aunt Grete, to survive. She knew all along that "other days would come" and she "ought to tell posterity what was happening."


6 Incredible True Stories That Should Be Made Into Movies

If you grew up in the United States, you probably learned American history. Heck, even if you didn’t grow up in the U.S., you probably learned American history. Colonialism, revolutions, wars, slavery, civil rights, women’s rights, scientific innovation, etc.—a lot of stuff happened that we know about. And while we keep making movies about WWII and musicals about the American Revolution, there are a ton of stories in American history that are ripe for adaptation. Here we humbly suggest six stories that depict people and places in the past that we would want to see on the big screen.

1. THE GI WHO BECAME A TRANSGENDER CELEBRITY

While we all know of Caitlyn Jenner, Christine Jorgensen was actually the first American trans woman who was widely known for having sex reassignment surgery. After a brief stint in the Army in 1945, she learned about and obtained special permission to get the surgery in Denmark in 1951. Her return to the U.S. in the early 1950s was her last stop when it came to her surgeries, which led to a public story about her in the New York Daily News: “Ex-G.I. Becomes Blonde Bombshell.” She wrote about her life and became a prominent trans figure, going on the radio, talk shows, and touring college campuses to talk about her life as a trans woman. She was an actress and nightclub singer, known for her wit. Just months before her death in 1989, Jorgensen said that she had given the sexual revolution a "good swift kick in the pants.”

There’s already been an indie movie made about Jorgensen (and Ed Wood’s Glen or Glenda blatantly tried to exploit Jorgensen's story), but we’d love a fun reboot where we got to spend more time on her winning personality.

2. THE WAR HERO-TURNED-PRESIDENT WHO WON THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE

was undoubtedly one of our most badass presidents. He was a sickly kid with asthma, but he worked toward becoming a naturalist, historian, and politician. He was also a war hero and a big proponent of war. Despite this, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work regarding the Portsmouth Treaty, where he invited delegations from Japan and Russia to solve the Russo-Japanese war through diplomacy. Similar to the movie Lincoln, why not do a long, extended look at the Portsmouth Peace Conference?

Not to say that this was Roosevelt’s only accomplishment. After his presidency, he also traveled Africa doing research for the Smithsonian, killing or capturing over 10,000 animals to send back alongside his writings. He also traveled the Amazon basin and, while campaigning for the 1912 presidency, survived an assassination attempt. (He kept giving his speech even when he was shot, and the bullet stayed in his chest for the rest of his life.)

3. AN AUSTRIAN PHYSICIST IN CALIFORNIA

We could all benefit from an outsider’s perspective, and there are few people wittier than Ludwig Boltzmann to give us that. An Austrian physicist’s travelogue of his time at the University of California in Berkeley in 1905 might seem random, but it’s always the smaller stories that are the most fun to adapt and watch. History can seem so distant and vast, but the details Boltzmann provides—of the people he met, the food he ate, and the beautiful imagery he saw—would provide a sumptuous and engrossing slice-of-life history. Plus, he’s a physicist, widely known to be the most charismatic of the scientists. (Just look at Albert Einstein, Neil deGrasse Tyson, or Richard Feynman.)

Boltzmann’s life certainly wasn’t a completely happy one (he committed suicide the next year and some historians believe he might’ve been bipolar), but he was a smart, complex person with the kind of witty observations that can make the past come to life.

4. THE FIRST NON-NATIVE AMERICAN NEW YORKER

Unfortunately, the beginning stages of America are a bit hazy in our U.S. history education. Oh sure, we know all about the Revolution, but what about before that? Many kids' educations are focused primarily on how the Native Americans in their respective state lived, then abruptly switched to the various colonies that struggled (like Roanoke and Jamestown) until one finally stuck.

But Juan Rodriguez’s story is different. Having come to America from what is now the Dominican Republic to what is now Manhattan on a Dutch ship in 1613, when the rest of the crew began preparing to return to Europe, Rodriguez decided to stay, becoming the first non-Native American to live independently in Manhattan for a prolonged period of time. (He was also the first Latino and the first man “with African blood” to arrive in Manhattan.) What was his life like? Why did he decide to stay? What did he think of this new country? A movie could explore all that and more.

5. THE INVISIBLE MEN AND WOMEN BEHIND THE REVOLUTION

Speaking of the Revolution: If you don’t know that story, we recommend listening to the Hamilton soundtrack. Hamilton is revolutionary in how it casts people of color as the Founding Fathers, turning the stories of revolution and change into modern, fresh ideas. But what about the actual people of color involved in the Revolution? The slaves, yes, but also the free black men and women, the immigrants (Rodriguez may have been the first Latino, but the second wouldn’t have been far behind), and the women who so often get pushed aside during the Revolution. Let’s hear about Sybil Ludington, who took a midnight ride like Paul Revere’s—except that she was 16 years old at the time, and rode twice as far.

What about the slave/spy James Armistead Lafayette, who took his friend’s name after the marquis petitioned to have him freed? What about Governor and General Bernardo de Gálvez, who organized a militia of Native Americans, freed African Americans, and his own Spanish soldiers to fight off the British? A movie that focused on these people with only glancing cameos of the Founding Fathers could be a thrilling change-up to the usual historical rendition of the Revolution.

6. THE GREAT FLU EPIDEMIC OF 1918

You’d think with all these plague movies and TV shows, the 1918 Spanish Flu (so called because the first papers to write about it were in Spain, as censors had quieted other European papers) would be up for a movie adaptation. But nothing seems to be forthcoming, which is a shame, because when it comes to real-life terrifying epidemics, the 1918 Flu is horrifying. It was so terrible it dwarfed the last year of the war, and caused a lot more deaths—up to 40 percent of the world’s population contracted the flu. Maybe it’s because, even though scientists have dug up the Alaskan graves of some of the dead and sequenced the virus’ RNA, they still don’t know what caused it. Forget an epidemic tale, this is a full-on horror story. (Especially when you hear about what happened to someone when they got the flu, which we hesitate to detail here). Worst of all: It was a horror story that everyone in the world was experiencing.


4 Japan Was Building A Tesla-Inspired "Death Ray"

The revolutionary ideas of Nikola Tesla have inspired electric car manufacturers, awesome T-shirts, and the "revolutionary" ideas of Thomas Edison. What you might not know is that Tesla also caused WWII-era Japan to aspire to even higher levels of batshit insanity when he uttered two little words: "death" and "ray."

After famously inventing an earthquake machine, alternating current, and even drones, Tesla claimed in 1934 that he had a "death beam" that could wipe out entire armies. This was never proven, and most of the world didn't seem to take the idea very seriously . except for Japan, who took it seriously enough to give their scientists the dramatic sum of 1 million yen to build one of these things. Future Nobel Prize winner Sin-Itiro Tomonaga was involved in the appropriately titled "Project Power," which by the end of the war had produced a legit death-ray prototype capable of killing at a distance of up to half a mile. The catch: The target had to stand perfectly still for five to 10 minutes, so this doomsday device would have been effective only against the extremely lazy.

The prototype wasn't particularly cool-looking, either. It was just a magnetron (equipment mostly used for radars back then) and a 75-foot mirror, which is generally not something you'd try to haul to a battlefield. Still, it was a work in progress, and it did work -- Japan's mad scientists successfully tested it against tied-up rabbits, monkeys, and marmots, and even managed to use it to stop a motor (if the hood was up). One of the experimenters tested it on himself for a few seconds and felt dizzy and fatigued for the next 24 hours. Presumably, he grew into a giant and stomped Tokyo after that.

Japan never got a chance to whip out their death ray during battle. We have no idea what happened to the prototype (some say they threw it into a lake), but we can only hope some American soldier snuck it home and used it to cook hamburgers from a mile away on the Fourth of July.

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