Intriguing tales of coincidence: Significant meaning or just a bunch of stuff that happens

We’ve all experienced it at some point during our lives. Coincidence: “a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection”. Some may view coincidences as momentarily intriguing but ultimately insignificant in our daily lives. Others, however, will see a higher meaning and call it synchronicity. But for others, supposed coincidences are (as put so…

Was a doomsday device detonated in the WA desert?

On the morning of 20 March 1995 sarin nerve gas was released into the crowded Tokyo subway system killing 12 innocent commuters, seriously injuring 54 and leaving up to 5,000 sick. The chemical attack was carried out by a Japanese doomsday cult, Aum Shinrikyo, led by the charismatic yet crazed guru, Shoko Asahara. Just two…

Communicating with Martians: Early 20th century musings on our interplanetary neighbours

In 1877, Italian astronomer Giovanni Schiaparelli observed through his telescope long straight lines running across the equatorial regions of the Red Planet. He called these canali and they appeared to be confirmed later by Irish astronomer Charles. E. Burton who made some of the first drawings of these “canals”. Schiaparelli’s discovery caused a sensation. If there…