Supernatural Influences on WIF

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Influences on Earth

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph depicting modern looking aircraft at a temple near Abydos

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyph depicting modern looking aircraft at a temple near Abydos

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Throughout history, humans have noticed and wondered about various phenomena that they could not easily understand or explain.  Though modern science has often tried to find reasons for such “super” natural occurrences, many people remain unconvinced, leaving room for speculation and wonder.  Certainly many aspects of religion might qualify as supernatural, and since the majority of people believe in one sort of religion or another, it would be logical to conclude that the majority of people accept at least some supernatural phenomena in their set of beliefs.  Here we list 10 reasons upon which people can logically base a belief in the supernatural, whether religious, alien, magical or unexplainable by the current state of science.  Are teleportation and time travel just a few scientific discoveries away from becoming a reality?  Are there multiple universes or realities/dimensions?  Feel free to offer your nominations for events or conditions that you feel “prove” the existence of the supernatural.

Look closer and you will see…

10. Ancient Accomplishments.

Some people take the physical evidence of ancient, sometimes primitive, people who oftentimes had no machines, no computers and no written alphabet pulling off wondrous architectural feats as proof of divine or alien intervention.  The Great Pyramids of Egypt are a frequent example, as are the Nazca Lines in the Andes, the Bimini Island formations in the Caribbean and underwater formations off the coast of Japan which are said to be 12,000 years old, long before civilization as we know it existed.  Much has been written on this subject, one of the earlier and most influential books on this subject is  Erich von Däniken’s Chariots of the Gods which took an incredulous world by storm in 1968 and then again as a television special in 1970.

9. Biblical Events.

Obviously, for this subject to have credibility, the person doing the pondering must believe the Bible or other holy text is basically or entirely true in the first place.  Presuming that it is, the events described therein are often blatantly out of sync with normal rules of nature.  That is why miracles are miracles, because they are supernatural, not natural.  Did Ezekiel actually see a space ship when he saw the “wheel?”  If Balaam’s ass talked to him, that is a bit special in itself.  The Assumption of Mary, the Resurrection of Christ, Mohammad lifting off to heaven, the Buddha achieving Nirvana, all these and more might have more simple, natural or scientific explanations, but not in the way they are believed.

8. Extra Sensory Perception (ESP).

Extra sensory perception is a phenomenon that  has been repeatedly witnessed by humans throughout history, manifesting itself in a variety of ways.  Examples include: seeing future events; sensing danger with no rational reason but being correct nonetheless; reading other persons’ thoughts; having knowledge of past facts that one could not know; and uncannily being able to describe what is on the face of a card when only seeing its back.  Like the other phenomena described in this list, the vast amount of evidence and number of witnesses is enough to demand consideration instead of instant dismissal.  Telekinesis, the psychic ability to cause movement,and pyrokinesis, the psychic ability to set things on fire power, if you believe the reports, would also lend credibility to this area of the paranormal.

7. Déjà vu.

Nearly every person has felt the incredibly bizarre feeling that they have seen a particular event or heard a certain sound or felt a particular sensation or smelled a particular fragrance before.  Often the phenomenon is like reliving something for a second time.  This condition is widespread and seemingly universal, definitely something to give pause to the most doubtful person.  Honorable mention to dreams, especially the ones that cannot be told apart from reality.

Nearly every person has felt the incredibly bizarre feeling that they have seen a particular event or heard a certain sound or felt a particular sensation or smelled a particular fragrance before.  Often the phenomenon is like reliving something for a second time.  This condition is widespread and seemingly universal, definitely something to give pause to the most doubtful person.  Honorable mention to dreams, especially the ones that cannot be told apart from reality. (Hee Hee)

6. Tachy Psyche or Tachypsychia.

Tachypsychia is when a person experiences a distortion in the perception of time, basically experiencing events in a sort of slow motion rather than at the speed they are transpiring.  In times of great stress, or when one is under the influence of drugs, or while experiencing physical trauma, or even through exquisite mind control, the flow of time can slow down.  I know from personal experience that I have made carefully thought out and deliberate observations and decisions in a fraction of a second.  People involved in shootings, accidents and other high-stress incidents often report this experience.  Scientists believe the production of dopamine and norepinephrine in the body causes the brain to work super fast.  Believe me, it does.

5. Twins.

The special bond between twins is now commonly accepted as being some sort of psychic connection between the two.  Science in its current state cannot account for why it is so, but twins have often reported feeling sensations their twin is experiencing even though they may be separated by many miles.  They also often seem to be able to read each other’s minds.  The most egregious violations of the privacy and rights of twins through the misapplication of “research” was by Nazi pseudo-scientists in World War II.

4. UFOs.

Far from merely being a subject for science-fiction books and movies and far from being confined to only being seen by stereotypical country bumpkins, the reports of unidentified or seemingly alien machines and life forms have persisted across history in numerous societies.  Furthermore, many credible people such as airplane pilots, police and military types have been among those reporting UFOs or alleged alien activity.  At times, scientists seem to be able to satisfactorily explain the event, but at others, they are at a loss.  Again, the sheer weight of events, despite the obvious hokey incidents, lends at least some credibility to the idea that aliens exist, have existed, and have in one way or another visited Earth or sent reconnaissance vehicles here.  Incidents that national governments acknowledge as being unexplainable are often attributed as being “supernatural” or alien in nature.

3. Near-Death Experiences.

So many people have “died” but came back after a brief period in which everything indicated that they were dead.  These people often report the same or at least very similar experiences, giving persuasive evidence of an afterlife.  The sense of leaving one’s body, the bright light, the visions of loved ones who had already departed and the overwhelming feeling of comfort run like a common thread through the reports.  People who have reported near-death experiences are not always crackpots but are often known and respected people from all walks of life.

2. Ghosts and Spirits.

All over the world and in every society, people have reported sensing ghostly contacts.  Can this widespread phenomena be casually dismissed?  The sheer weight of the testimony lends a certain degree of credibility to the idea that ghosts or spirits, at least at times, occupy our zone of reality.  Chances are you or someone you know and trust has had such an encounter.  As so many people have, even doubters have to wonder.

1. Life and its Diversity on Earth.

Despite strenuous efforts, we have not yet proven that life exists or has ever existed on any other planet or heavenly body.  Why Earth?  Can our planet be so unique in a universe of trillions of solar systems?  Many do not accept the theory of evolution as sufficient enough to explain the incredible diversity of life on Earth.  The theories of how the spark of life started on Earth are far from proven and remain only theories.  Mighty efforts have been made to “create” life in the laboratory, but they have been without success.  Creating amino acids is as far as science has gotten.  Was the spark of life that started it all Divine intervention?  Alien origin?  Perhaps we will never know, but for now it can to be considered “super” natural until we get a better explanation.  Additionally, some folks, even educated ones, are skeptical about the possibility that life could have reached such incredible diversity in the timeframe given by scientists.

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 64

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Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 64

…Constance meets Fanny Renwick…

—–‘Where is that waiter with my bill?’ Constance Caraway wonders, eating out alone having vowed that she would never do so, ‘only losers eat by themselves’. Having broken off yet another relationship the week before, the 24 year old coed she finds herself alone again. She has taken her time at university, not able to focus in on any specific major, although she always fancied herself a writer, ‘You are a bore, Connie, face it. You need some excitement in your life. Why write about something, when you can experience it first hand’.

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“Who are you talking to?” asks the waitress, who had been working that lounge side of Yancy’s Place, replacing Constance’s former male server.

She puts away her journal, looks around as if losing track of someone, “I was—well— looking for the waiter, you know I am done eating and I’d like to leave.”

The young girl notices the legal pad, “Are you a writer? I love to read, reading Agatha Christie on my breaks.”

Murder at the Vicarage?” Constance does fancy herself the heroine type, especially a younger version of Christie’s Miss Jane Marple. “ I haven’t written much of anything lately.” Constance is secure in that statement, but upon closer examination, she takes notice of the perky redhead handing her the bill she had been looking for. Upon further inspection, this young woman seems overqualified for waitressing “I do not recall seeing you in here before.”

 

Fanny Renwick at your service; would you like dessert, we have lemon meringue pie, rice pudding and the chef’s famous triple fudge mousse?” Fanny does well do recite the desert menu. “I usually work the bar.”

“I’ll have the mousse, thank you,” she had not planned on topping off her meal with a treat, but what the hell. She will temporarily ignore those 5 extra pounds as swimsuit season at Panama City Beach is around the bend. For the present, she will risk the extra calories in the interest of prying into this Fanny-person’s life status.

 

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Kumari Kandam, Hy-Brasil , Lyonesse and Mu – WIF Lost Lands

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10 Mysterious Lost Lands

Has the geography of the world changed enough that entire lands and continents have disappeared? Throughout history, a lot of people have thought so. The drowned continent of Atlantis is the most famous of these mysterious lands, but there are dozens of others.

Some of these lands may have disappeared due to erosion, ice melt and tectonic plate shifts. Others could simply be the result of poor navigation by confused sailors. But the stories of lost lands linger on, appearing and reappearing at the edges of history and science. One things’s for sure: there are a lot of mysterious lands supposedly out there.

10. Mayda

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Also known as Maida or the Isle of Mam, Mayda is a phantom island in theAtlantic Ocean located southwest of Ireland. Sailors in the Age of Exploration considered Mayda very unsafe — a 1397 map showed it surrounded by dragons and sea monsters, and it included a warning in Latin about the dangers waiting for anyone who sailed too close. The mysterious island first showed up on maps in the Middle Ages and continued to appear throughout the centuries, always as a crescent-shaped island. Its final appearance was on a 1906 map published by Rand McNally, a surprisingly recent appearance considering there’s nothing to be found to the southwest of Ireland.

9. Cantref Gwaelod

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According to legend, this beautiful Welsh kingdom was found in what is nowCardigan Bay. Because it was below sea level, a sluiced dike protected it from the water. The kingdom stayed safe until a visiting king seduced the maiden responsible for closing the gates at night. They were left open, and the kingdom was flooded by the rising seas.

In February 2014, storms in Cardigan Bay stripped away layers of sand to reveal a forest of petrified stumps, as well as ancient timber walkways. Further out to sea, a pile of stones and boulders resembling a ruined building became visible. But whether these are the remains of Cantref Gwaelod or simply prehistoric artifacts that gave rise to the legend may never be known.

8. Lyonesse

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Lyonesse is a lost island off the coast of Cornwall in England. It’s famous both as the home of Sir Tristan in Arthurian legends and for its mysterious disappearance. According to folk stories, the land was drowned in a single night as punishment for the sins of its inhabitants. Only one man escaped, racing ahead of the flood on a white horse.

Modern archeologists speculate that the legend refers to several of the Isles of Scilly. These were above sea level at the time of the Roman conquest of Britain but were later covered by water due to changing currents and ice melt. Diving expeditions have found the remains of many settlements on the submerged islands. In spite of various scientific explanations, the legend remains. Locals will tell visitors to listen for the bells of drowned Lyonesse, which can be hearing ringing under the water on stormy nights.

7. Mu

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Much larger than a single island, Mu was an entire drowned continent in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Mu was supposedly inhabited by members of an ancient civilization that dispersed to places in Eurasia, Northern Africa and the Americas. This explains, believers claim, how ancient cultures like the Mayans, Japanese, and Egyptians became so advanced.

The possibility of an entire continent disappearing without leaving a trace has been generally debunked by scientists. However, underwater mysteries keep the story alive. One of the most controversial is the Yonaguni monument. Beneath the Yaeyama Islands of Japan, divers have found ruins of what appears to be an temple on the ocean floor. Skeptics claim these giant, step-like structures are natural formations. Others say that they are physical evidence of sunken continent that could be Mu. Whatever the truth of this underwater riddle, the site is a popular destination for divers and believers alike.

6. Kumari Kandam

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The legend of Kumari Kandam comes from the Tamil people of the Indian subcontinent. According to written and oral tradition, Kumari Kandam was the birthplace of the Tamil nation. Kumari Kandam was believed to stretch across the Indian Ocean, connecting Madagascar, India, Sri Lanka and Australia. It was a thriving, peaceful civilization where the Tamil poets created their greatest works. According to legend, Kumari Kandam was lost to kadatkol — the ancient Tamil word for “the sea devours the land.”

The Silappathikaram, one of the most famous Tamil literary works, describes hills and kingdoms that were “submerged by the raging seas.” Whether these passages refer to an entire continent lost beneath the waves of the Indian Ocean or to islands covered by rising sea levels is unknown. However, many Tamil scholars agree that their ancestors were displaced by some cataclysmic event.

5. Mauritia

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It turns out that a drowned continent linking India and Madagascar isn’t impossible. In 2013, scientists found evidence of one off the coast of Mauritius. Called Mauritia, the microcontinent is thought to have once been part of the land mass that joined India, Madagascar, Australia and Antarctica. It now lies below sea level, buried under masses of volcanic crust.

Of course, the lost continent of Mauritia differs from lands like Atlantis and Kumari Kandam in one crucial respect: scientists believe it drowned due to plate tectonics and the breakup of supercontinents about 85 million years ago. But where one drowned continent exists, there could always be another…

4. Hy-Brasil

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Hy-Brasil was a small island off the coast of Ireland that appeared on maps during the Age of Exploration. Sound familiar? It was sometimes confused with the island of Mayda, but in most instances it has its own distinctive circularshape.

For centuries, many mariners returned to their homes with tales of landing on Hy-Brasil. These visitors described a mysterious island appearing out of the mist, and peaceful island inhabitants who gave them gifts of silver and gold. After the nineteenth century Hy-Brasil no longer appeared on official maps, since its location couldn’t be verified. Anthropologists suspect that Hy-Brasil came from the Irish myth of Bresal, a mysterious island of fairies and kings that appeared once every seven years.

But underwater islands have been discovered off the coast of Ireland, especially in the shoal area known as Porcupine Bank. Although scientists say these islands were covered before humans settled there, believers claim they’re proof that ancient mariners may have stumbled upon a mysterious island after all.

3. Thule

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Thule was first identified by the writer Pytheas in the fourth century BC, who described it as an icy, misty land somewhere north of Europe. Because the original account of his journey was lost the exact location he traveled through is unknown, leaving the identity of Thule a lingering mystery.

References to Thule appear everywhere from the writings of Virgil to the explorations of Columbus, who claimed to have reached Thule on his way to America. Sometimes Thule is a mysterious land all its own, and other times it’s identified with real places. The fifth century AD poet Claudian described it as “ice-bound beneath the pole-star,” leading some historians to suspect that Pytheas traveled to Scandinavia or Iceland. Others speculate that he was referring to Britain or Scotland. Whatever the truth of its location, Thule is unique among the lost lands in that many historians believe it hasn’t been lost at all, but perhaps merely mislaid.

2. Iram

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Iram, also known as Iram of the Pillars or Ubar, is another unique lost land. It wasn’t drowned by water, but by sand. It’s first referenced in chapter 89 of theQuran as “Iram who had lofty pillars.” According to Islamic texts, it was a rich kingdom built at the command of King Shaddad, who wanted it to be the most magnificent land on earth. But Shaddad’s vanity drew the wrath of Allah, who sent a sandstorm to cover Iram as punishment.

For centuries, scholars believed Iram was only a legend. But in 1992, an archeological expedition to Oman discovered the ruins of a giant city buried beneath thousands of tons of desert sand. The team that unearthed it discovered artifacts dating back as far as 2000 BC, and a pattern of destruction that seemed to match the cataclysmic account of the “Atlantis of the Sands.”

1. Shambhala

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Shambhala first appeared in the Hindu text Mahabharata, then later in theBuddhist Kalachakra texts. In both traditions, the hidden kingdom is a beautiful, peaceful valley whose wise inhabitants lived for thousands of years, never growing sick or old.

Shambala was introduced to the Western world by Lost Horizon, James Hilton’s 1933 novel about Shangri-La, a fictional paradise based on the myth of Shambala. While spiritualists believed it was a real location, most scientists and historians doubted that it was anything more than a myth. However, in 2007 a team of archaeologists exploring the ancient kingdom of Mustang in Nepal found a series of caves and valleys that contained a treasure trove of ancient religious texts and art. These artifacts were centuries old, dating from before the Tibetan conversion to Buddhism. The team speculated that these hidden sanctuaries could have been the original spiritual paradise of Shambala.

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 59

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Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 59

…“FM has been around since the Dark Ages, we are talking some 1400 odd years?” Martin does the historical math…

“Prior to modern communication, the FOREVER MASTADON outfit did not have the World Agnostica Unlimited corporate tag; what’s in a name when you can operate covertly. That is more than one reason the CIA was created three years ago; the OSS needed a post-war overhaul and I jumped at the chance,” when you’re good at something. “And though I worked for the FBI for the last 10 years they are too closely tied to Constitutional law to be effective. Some ventures require extra-legal latitude. This situation is one such undertaking,” insists the man whose CIA codename is “The Rogue”.

“Were you aware that Willard Libby was a target for FM?” Constance narrows down the time-line. “And did you know that Libby had regular conversations with the FBI?”

“I did and I did, but I could not jeopardize my cover, plus I had no idea where that whole thing was headed. Libby seemed like a pretty small fish to me, not knowing of his involvement with the Manhattan Project or this whole carbon dating deal. As far as this operative is concerned, this is my only priority and no option is off the table.”

“So you just let it happen?” Martin experiences the harsh reality of the ‘greater good’ or ‘the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few’. “Well for your information, we just returned from finding Willard Libby—and he is but a shell of his former self.”

Daniels is taken aback, “You mean you didn’t bring him back?”

“Disappointed are we?” Constance is not impressed with what she is hearing thus far. “We need to know where your loyalties lay, a little matter called trust.”

“I may be paid by both sides, but my employer of origin is in Washington D.C. and I can be taken out of action at any time, without discussion by either side.” His job security is tenuous at best. “It is everyone’s interest to include me in your plans. I bring a certain skill set to the game.”

“We could use the help,” Constance admits, “but Libby is off limits to the Feds, the people above you. If there is a chance that he can recover, we—Fanny, Martin and I, need to look out after HIS best interest.”

“Understood and I agree. What Washington knows about Libby comes through my input, so I will follow your lead,” Agent Daniels knows that he is not operating from a position of power, often left to speculate on what’s what. “Something must be up because they have me flying back to Rome.”

The role of a double agent is precariously fluid, especially as it applies to his placement inside a group called FOREVER MASTADON.

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CONSTANCE CARAWAY P.I. ~ Episode 56

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Forever Mastadon ~ Episode 56

…Prisoner of the mind Part three…

“We will leave him in your care, but I need your personal guarantee that you will not tamper with him. As long as he maintains physical viability, leave the rest alone. I mean it.” Martin takes responsibility for his friend.

“Message received loud and clear.”

“And I will be calling you every day for updates on his condition. And if anyone else calls about his considering his health or lack thereof… you tell them he didn’t make it. No one beside us is to  know that he is still alive.”

“I think I understand where you are coming from. That is agreeable. If you call me at home, at this number,” he hands Kamen a doctor’s script with his home telephone, “say 8:00 PM sharp, I will be available.”

‘Don’t leave Martin; I have things to tell you. Mastadon was misspelled, I don’t know why. Wolf told me that they were in control; a Mastodon is like a Wooly Mammoth, lived 12,000 years ago, identified the age of one correctly sometime, I do not remember. Take me with you, I know you told Doctor to fake my death, don’t allow that to be prophetic. The dinosaurs walked the planet with the mammoth and humans. I sure could go for a plate of steak ‘n eggs. Take care of Martin, you mystery girls, he is my only hope, tell him to look in my bookcase, it is behind FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.  Hemingway is one of my guilty pleasures; hear that he drinks whiskey, smokes Cuban cigars loves adventure. I want to be the swashbuckling type, danger around every corner. My complete paper is behind A FAREWELL TO ARMS and THE SUN ALSO RISES, do not know why I had to hide it something about mastodon there too. Never did trust that Wolf, but he was at the meeting in the woods by my house, Aunt Mary Sister Joseph didn’t like him from the start, should have booted him out. ’

“We are going to head back to the University Doctor Steinberg. Maybe the answers we are looking for is right under our noses.”

Will Libby hears clearly and would nod his approval if only he could move his head.

‘The bookcase Martin, Hemingway, Wolf.’

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Novelty Songs – WIF Style

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10 Novelty Songs

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Recently, we listed 10 of our favorite novelty songs, and it immediately became apparent that 10 songs are not enough!  There are just too many good ones out there, and so here are 10 more of our favorites.  As always, feel free to mention any we may have forgotten or not yet gotten to.

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10. “My Ding-a-Ling,” Chuck Berry, 1972.

A #1 hit for Chuck, his only song to reach that position, this slightly risqué song teases you with sexual innuendo.  More importantly, however, this song provides the basis for a knock-off version I personally made up called “My Yuengling,” obviously about my favorite beer. (No, “my” song is not available for sale or downloading!)

9. “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” Brian Hyland, 1960.

Another of the many novelty songs to top the charts, Hyland sings about a bashful girl who is “afraid to come out of the water” in her bikini. (Brian Hyland has to be one of the least recognized great rock and rollers in history, at least by the hoi polloi.)

8. “She Can’t Find Her Keys,” Paul Petersen, 1962.

This is a song about a young man waiting in vain for his goodnight kiss from his date who is emptying her purse of an incredible (and funny) array of objects while attempting to find her keys.  Petersen’s biggest hit was “My Dad,” a great song but not a novelty.  In the 1950s, he had starred with Shelley Fabares on the Donna Reed Show.  Fabares also had a hit song in 1962 with “Johnny Angel.”

7. “Pink Shoe Laces,” Dodie Stevens, 1959.

In this song, Dodie Stevens sings about her boyfriend, Dooley, whose odd taste in fashion gets him in trouble with the Army when he is drafted.  Dooley even ends up requesting to be buried in his “tan shoes with pink shoe laces…. And a big Panama with a purple hat band.”  Incredibly, Stevens (not her real name) was only 13 when she recorded this song.

6. “Beep Beep,” The Playmates, 1958.

Sung about a race between a “little Nash Rambler” and a Cadillac, this is a cute little song that went to #3 on the charts and sold over a million copies.  Because of goofy British laws, the song had to be modified for play in the UK by deleting the brand names of the cars and replacing them with “limousine” and “bubble car.”

5. “Dinah-Moe Humm,” Frank Zappa, 1973.

If you are into “different,” this is it.  A song about making a woman “come” (sic…) on a bet, it is not for prudes or young children.  For open-minded adults, though, it is pretty funny.  As a child, Zappa’s sinus problems were treated by having radium pellets inserted up his nose.  Perhaps that is where he got his oddball ideas from!  Not surprisingly, and perhaps as a result, he died of cancer (prostate) at age 52.

4. “The Streak,” Ray Stevens, 1974.

Capitalizing on the fad of running around naked known as “streaking,” Stevens put his novelty-song talent to good use and took this song to #1 on the charts.  Look out, Ethel!  Honorable Mention to “Gitarzan.”

3. “Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport, Rolf Harris, 1960.

Reaching #1 in Australia in 1960, this song was released in the U.S. in 1963 and made it all the way to #3 there.  Distinctly Australian in sound and tone, it is about an “Old Australian stockman” who is dying and leaves his last wishes.  After  “Waltzing Matilda,” it is this song that is most closely associated with the land Down Under.

2. “Lunchlady Land,” Adam Sandler, 1993.

This tune about the trials and tribulations of the venerable “Lunch Lady” (who ends up married to “Sloppy Joe“) appeared on Sandler’s 1993 comedy album They’re All Gonna Laugh at You as well as on the late-night comedy show Saturday Night Live.  Done in a sort of quasi Bruce Springsteen sort of way, we feel this is Sandler at his best, although we must give honorable mention to the his“Chanukah Songs.”

1. “Wet Dream,” Kip Addotta, 1984.

This is an absolutely hysterical spoken song that uses multiple aquatic references as double entendres.  Since “Kip” is actually the comedian’s birth name, it seems his comedic streak was preordained.  He truly is a funny guy.

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Most Valuable Collectables – WIF Memorabilia

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10. Most Valuable VHS:

Tales from the Quadead Zone

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Value: $1,000 – $2,000

An original VHS copy of the John Carpenter horror classic Halloween was apparently sold on eBay for the amazing price of $13,220 on May 31, 2013. But a number of people have questioned the authenticity of the sale — the bidding history was erratic, and it’s unclear if the condition of the tape was good or if money even changed hands. If the sale was legit then VHS aficionados, which apparently exist, think it was simply a fluke and that that version of Halloweenisn’t worth that much.

What collectors consider the most valuable VHS tape is a film called Tales from the Quadead Zone, a trilogy of horror stories. In one vignette a woman reads stories to her dead son’s ghost, and in another there’s a zombie clown from Hell. It was written, edited, produced and directed by Chester Novell Turner, an amateur filmmaker who gained cult status for his bizarre films featuring African-American actors. His only other film, Black Devil Doll From Hell, is also quite valuable.

The last time a copy of Tales from the Quadead Zone sold, it went for $700. If a copy were to go on sale again, it would probably get a price of $2000. It’s often referred to as the “Holy Grail” for VHS collectors which, to our continued surprise, really do exist.

9. Collectable Card:

Pikachu Illustrator Card

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Value: $20,000

There are a number of collectable card games out there, and the most valuable card from all of them is a Pokémon card called the Pikachu Illustrator. Originally a prize for a Japanese illustration contest in 1997, there were only six cards created and only five are officially in circulation. The last one sold for $20,000, and in early 2015 there was a mint condition Pikachu Illustrator on sale on eBay for a whopping $150,000.

8. Video Game:

Gamma Attack

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Value: $20,000 – $50,000

The Atari 2600 game Gamma Attack only sold about 20 copies upon release. Only one is known to exist today, and collector Anthony DeNardo owns it. In 2008 he tried to sell it on eBay for an astonishing $500,000, but no one bought it. Experts thought that DeNardo’s price was too high, and estimated the value to be between $5,000-$10,000 at the time. In today’s market, they think it could be worth anywhere from $20,000-$50,000. Check your closets!

7. Record:

Double Fantasy by

John Lennon and Oko Yono

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Value: $525,000

Before you start jumping for joy, thinking you’ve struck the jackpot because you own this album, we’ve got some bad news for you. Only one copy of John Lennon’s final album is actually worth that much, and it belonged to Mark David Chapman, who had Lennon sign it five hours before he murdered him. The record is currently on sale with an asking price of $525,000 through a memorabilia website.

As for the most valuable record based on the record itself and not who owned it, the 1958 edition of That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger by the Quarrymen was priced at about $310,000 by Record Collector Magazine. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Quarrymen and how they could have the most expensive records, the band featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison. They, of course, would go on to form the Beatles. The record is a two-song demo, with one being a cover of “That’ll Be The Day” by Buddy Holly and the other an original song. There’s only one known copy, and Paul McCartney owns it. He had it restored in 1981, and he printed 25 copies for friends. That re-issue is the second most valuable record in the world, worth about $15,000.

6. Movie Poster:

Metropolis

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Value: $1.2 million

While a lot of posters of Universal monster movies are considered valuable, the movie with the most expensive poster ever is for the 1927 German silent science fiction movie Metropolis, one of the most influential films ever made. Heinz Schulz-Neudamm painted the poster, and it’s believed there are only four remaining copies. A collector purchased one for $690,000 in 2005, but in 2012 the collector had to file for bankruptcy and the poster was auctioned off. A collector and dealer named Ralph DeLuca bought the poster for $1.2 million on December 13, 2012. If you’re a fan but don’t have that kind of cash on hand, replicas are readily available.

5. Comic Book:

Action Comics #1

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Value: $3.2 million

Superheroes have been an indelible part of pop culture for 75 years, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the first superhero comic is considered the most valuable comic ever. It’s Action Comics #1, which introduced the world toSuperman. It contains his origin story, as well as a number of short stories like one where he saves a falsely accused woman from being executed by arresting the real murderer. Lois Lane is also introduced in a story where Superman saves her from a gangster who has kidnapped her.

In August 2014, what is thought to be one of the most pristine copies sold for$3,207,852 on eBay. It’s estimated that only 50 copies still exist, and not all of them are in great shape.

4. Photograph:

“Phantom” by Peter Lik

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Value: $6.5 million

Australian photographer Peter Lik sold his photograph “Phantom” for $6.5 million through a private sale to an anonymous buyer. The photo, which was taken in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, is monochromatic and shows light entering in through a crack in a cave.

The sale was a bit of a shock to the art community, because many critics don’t consider Lik’s work to be all that artistic. In fact, they find his work shallow. They conceded that the picture looks nice, but does that make it worth millions of dollars? With that being said, four of the 20 most valuable photographs in the world were taken by Lik, so maybe he’s onto something.

3. Printed Book:

Bay Psalm Book

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Value: $14.1 million

The Bay Psalms book was the first book printed in English in North America. The book is the Puritan’s interpretation of Psalms from the original Hebrew script. Starting in 1640 they printed about 1,700 copies, of which 11 are thought to exist today.

Two of them belonged to the Old South Church in Boston, and they decided to sell one to pay for ministries and repairs. It sold at auction for $14,165,000 on November 26, 2013 to David M. Rubenstein of the Carlyle Group. He plans on lending the book to libraries across the United States before finding it a long term home.

2. Sculpture:

L’Homme qui marche I

by Alberto Giacometti

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Value: $103.4 million

Alberto Giacometti was a Swiss artist based in Paris. He worked in surrealism and abstract art before World War II, after which he moved into existentialism. He often did sculptures of people and L’Homme qui marche I (Walking Man I) is his most famous.

The bronze sculpture depicts a skinny man in mid-stride. It stands at about six-feet tall and was completed in 1961. A German banking group called Commerzbank owned the sculpture and had Sotheby’s auction it off. BillionaireLily Safra bought the piece for $103.4 million after eight minutes of bidding on February 3, 2010, meaning he only needed eight minutes to spend more money than most of us will ever spend in our lifetimes.

1. Painting:

The Card Players by Paul Cézanne

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Value: $250-$300 million dollars

The most expensive piece of art in the world is The Card Players by Paul Cézanne, a French Post-Impressionist artist. The painting, part of a series of five, was completed during his final years sometime in the early 1890s.

A Greek shipping magnate had owned the painting for years, but sold it to theQatar Royal Family just before his death in March 2011. They supposedly paid $250 million for the painting, although it has been rumored they spent closer to $300 million. Whether the painting is actually worth that much is debatable. It’s a famous painting by a revered artist, but it would pale in comparison to a hypothetical sale of a painting by, say, Pablo Picasso or Vincent Van Gogh.

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