By James Randi, Arthur C. Clarke
600 and sixty-six entries, in addition to 1000's of illustrations, on such subject matters because the Abominable Snowman, astrologer Jeane Dixon, and the monster of Loch Ness reveal the cranks, charlatans, and myths of previous and current.
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Runes A common time period utilized to a sort of sticklike writing came upon on stones in Germany, Denmark and Southern Sweden, and to a point Iceland, the areas the place the inscriptions received the best value and the place such a lot are came across. The oldest runic inscription present in Denmark dates from round four hundred advert. most likely as a result primitive taste of the symbols, magical features were ascribed to them. although, runes have been used for plenty of functional reasons by way of warriors and retailers. a few have been written on huge status stones to commemorate the demise of a son, erected in honor of the useless one that, in line with an analogous inscription, could have been buried abroad. it appears an important functionality of this kind of stone used to be to notify the realm that the individual that erected it, might inherit the location of the deceased. Runes are usually utilized by trendy mystics in acting divination. The letters are inscribed on wood blocks, that are then thrown like cube to come back up with random phrases which may then be “interpreted. ” scholars of runes, approximately fifty years in the past, wrote and released books at the topic that may simply compete with the most eldritch kabala weirdo's output, yet this present day no critical scholar believes such nonsense. One explanation for this go back to sanity is that the runologists came across they'd to find progressively more “sacred” numbers, and if the quantity wasn't “holy,” might be when you cut up it — for example 11 into 4 and 7 — so you'll get at the least one holy quantity. in spite of everything, all of it turned ludicrous and few runologists at the present time can speak about their technology with out blushing whilst “holy runes” are pointed out. Runic writing has reportedly been present in the recent global, although it's hugely uncertain that any of this fabric is real. Russell, Charles Taze See Jehovah's Witnesses. S Sabbat An meeting of witches and wizards, held each 3 months on February 2, Walpurgis evening (May Day Eve), Midsummer's Eve, and November Eve. Anointed with the perfect substance made up of the fats of murdered (preferably unbaptized) little ones, and utilizing belladonna and aconite (see additionally flying and ointment) the attendees arrive flying on goats, broomsticks, rakes, and different not going conveyances. devil himself presides, frequently within the kind of a crow, cat, or goat. Nakedness is the authorised dress for the party. Sai Baba (Sri Satya Sai Baba, 1926- ). The notice baba is derived from the Turkish note for “papa. ” Born Sathyanarayana Ratnakaru Raju, this contemporary Indian yogi has a wide following worldwide, between them Harry Saltzman, manufacturer of the James Bond movies. His association is governed from his ashram Prasanti Nilayam (meaning “abode of serious peace”) at Puttaparti. He claims to be the reincarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi (1856-1916). His fans declare that he can produce vibhuti (“holy ash”), gold jewelry, or even sleek Seiko wristwatches for them by way of easily attaining into the air. There are claims that he has raised the useless, levitated, healed melanoma, or even performed his model of the loaves-and-fishes miracle.