Link Tank: Behind The Curve Takes on the Flat-Earth Movement

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Behind The Curve Takes on the Flat-Earth Movement

Psychologists have determined the key trait that psychopaths share.

“What makes a criminal a psychopath? Their grisly deeds and commanding presence attract our attention — look no further than Ted Bundy, the subject of a recent Netflix documentary, and cult leaders like Charles Manson. But despite years of theorizing and research, the mental health field continues to hotly debate what are the defining features of this diagnosis. It might come as a surprise that the most widely used psychiatric diagnostic system in the US, the DSM-5, doesn’t include psychopathy as a formal disorder.”

Read more at Inverse.

The documentary Behind The Curve takes on the flat earth conspiracy theory.

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Please watch Behind the Curve and become obsessed with this notion that the Earth is flat with me. For those unaware, there is a group of people who believe that the Earth is flat and that NASA and the government are lying to us and making up science just … because? That’s one thing I never understood throughout the documentary. Why would the government go through all this effort to lie about the Earth being round? Why fake sending astronauts into space and fake all these discoveries? I’m sure somewhere in the conspiracy theory it states why the government is “lying” to us all, but I’m more fascinated with those who believe in it.

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Evidence of a strong solar storm hitting the Earth was found in Greenland.

“Evidence of an unusually strong solar storm that hit Earth in 660 BCE has been detected in Greenland ice cores—a finding which shows we still have lots to learn about these disruptive events. An extreme form of solar storm, known as a solar proton event (SPE), struck our planet 2,679 years ago, according to new research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. If an event of such magnitude were to happen today, it would likely wreak havoc on our technological infrastructure, including communications and navigation. Lund University geologist Raimund Muscheler and his colleagues presented evidence in the form of elevated levels of beryllium-10 and chlorine-36 isotopes embedded within ancient Greenland ice cores.”

Read more at Gizmodo. 

Huawei has been caught using stock photos to promote smartphone camera.

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“New marketing for Huawei’s upcoming P30 smartphone has been caught trying to pass stock images as photos taken by the product’s camera. Last Friday, Huawei’s CEO for its consumer business group, Richard Yu, posted a collection of sample images for the upcoming phone through his account on Sina Weibo, a popular social networking service in China. All nine ads hyped up the P30’s camera by featuring individual images presumably taken by the phone and it’s powerful ‘periscope zoom’ camera.”

Read more at PCMag.

Mr. Rogers once taught kids about mutually assured destruction on television. 

“After months of hype, the ABC television network premiered a made-for-TV film titled The Day After on November 20, 1983. Presented with minimal commercial interruption, the two-hour feature illustrated a world in which both the United States and Russia made the cataclysmic decision to launch nuclear missiles. The blasts wiped a small town off the face of the Earth; the few who did survive writhed in pain, with their skin hanging off in clumps.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Here’s how American Gods adapted the pivotal House on the Rock scene. 

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“Can we talk about this place for a minute?” actress Yetide Badaki asks, as she yanks me out of the way of passing crew members. “I’ve about lost my mind!”We’re standing on one of a seemingly endless series of crisscrossing blood-red ramps in the phantasmagoric labyrinth known as the House on the Rock. This massive and decidedly strange tourist attraction in rural Wisconsin was the work of a semi-mysterious architecture buff named Alex Jordan, Jr. He began in the 1940s with a simple structure built atop a pinnacle of rock, and then just kept on building, filling the burgeoning house with all manner of eccentric oddities as the years passed. Eventually Jordan’s project became a complex maze of more than a dozen rooms, which can take many hours, if not several days, to walk through. The House on the Rock opened to the public in 1959, and fans of Neil Gaiman know it due to a crucial scene in his 2001 novel American Gods.”

Read more at Thrillist.