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Old 07-24-2013, 06:40 PM   #16
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There's one laughable segment where UM not only missed the boat with what they were saying, but missed the entire friggin' harbour! Remember that segment they aired shortly after the San Francisco earthquake, where this so-called expert, Dr. Iben Browning, predicted that a catastrophic earthquake was going to devastate the Midwest within the next three weeks? They even had Robert Stack provide safety tips about how to prepare for it! Apparently, Dr. Browning was known for accurately predicting earthquakes, but needless to say, he was WAY off on this one.

One of UM's more obscure segments and with good reason.
This is the exact segment I came here to post. The prediction being framed in light of the '89 SF quake dated the segment considerably.

It's totally silly to look at now. It smacks a touch of fear-mongering too, in my opinion. Dr. Browning had been correct in the past, but this particular prediction was called into serious question by at least one other scientist that I know of, and I'm certain there were countless others. I can only imagine the hyperventilating that went on over that one.
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Old 07-25-2013, 03:09 AM   #17
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I was about 18 when Geraldo did the live Al Capone's vault thing on TV. I was naive and actually believed they knew there was something in there or else they wouldn't have made such a big TV production out of it.

Blah, what a let down that was.

And now, he's tweeted a nearly nekkid bathroom mirror selfie.... at 70 years old! OMG!
yes yuck,and he thinks he looks 50.I'd dare him to put his age 50 photo beside that one. :O Looks like an old fogey to me.a pretty hairless one at that.
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This is the exact segment I came here to post. The prediction being framed in light of the '89 SF quake dated the segment considerably.

It's totally silly to look at now. It smacks a touch of fear-mongering too, in my opinion. Dr. Browning had been correct in the past, but this particular prediction was called into serious question by at least one other scientist that I know of, and I'm certain there were countless others. I can only imagine the hyperventilating that went on over that one.
Wasn't there another "doom and gloom" prediction segment which predicted another World War 3? Still waiting for that to happen...
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I would add the GD Anastasia/Anna Anderson segment... it was always likely she was faking, but now that's been conclusively proven.
Can't believe I forgot about that one. What really makes it horrible is that it's apparent she was desperate for her 15 minutes of fame.
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Wasn't there another "doom and gloom" prediction segment which predicted another World War 3? Still waiting for that to happen...
I recall a segment (and I'm virtually positive it was UM) that came out around the time of the lead-up Gulf War I which tried to use the predictions of "Nostredamus" to prove Saddam Hussein was the leader that would start WWIII or something of the ilk.

Along those same lines (but OT), I remember reading a book (I believe it was the Book of Lists II or something similar) that came out in the late 70s which had a bunch of predictions by self-proclaimed "psychics" until the year 2000 or so - I remember going through them in High school and even with a very liberal interpretation of the same, virtual all (like 99 out of 100) were totally wrong, usually so off-base as to laughable. Especially when you think of all the truly important things that happened in the world between 1980-2000, it just showed how utterly worthless these professional charlatans are.
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Can't believe I forgot about that one. What really makes it horrible is that it's apparent she was desperate for her 15 minutes of fame.
Let's be honest, though - if you were a mentally disturbed polish peasant girl and all of a sudden nobility started to think you were one of them and basically fed, clothed and supported you in luxury (whilst expecting nothing in return), can you really blame her?

I think it's a fascinating example of the DESIRE to believe (in this case, from friends and relatives of Anastasia Nikolaevna) in the face of evidence to the contrary that is applicable and evident in many, many other UM cases (like virtually ever case where a parent claims a suicide was actually murder and so forth)
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I don't look at these cases in a negative light, but it's interesting to look back at how technology would have changed/solved a lot of the fates for unsolved cases.

Pretty much all the UFO cases would be looked at differently today had there been cell phone cameras (assuming the stories weren't full of BS).

All the pay-phone related crimes (Angela Hammond, for one, would of had a cell) would have never happened.

Certain crimes would have probably been solved because with DNA advancements and having better capabilities to preserve/recover evidence from initial crime scenes.

I'm sure there's more.
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I recall a segment (and I'm virtually positive it was UM) that came out around the time of the lead-up Gulf War I which tried to use the predictions of "Nostredamus" to prove Saddam Hussein was the leader that would start WWIII or something of the ilk.
Funny thing is with Nostradamus, that NONE of these TV shows that like to "quote" him actually use things that he wrote. They just say he said these things without showing you where he said them. Much like the recent Decmeber 21, 2012 Mayan calendar crap. TONS of websites claimed that Nostradamus predicted doom and gloom on that day, but zero actually provided a relevant verse stating it.
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It's not every day you see someone walking around carrying a telephone!
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Ha! I remember that segment with The Countess lady.^
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Let's be honest, though - if you were a mentally disturbed polish peasant girl and all of a sudden nobility started to think you were one of them and basically fed, clothed and supported you in luxury (whilst expecting nothing in return), can you really blame her?

I think it's a fascinating example of the DESIRE to believe (in this case, from friends and relatives of Anastasia Nikolaevna) in the face of evidence to the contrary that is applicable and evident in many, many other UM cases (like virtually ever case where a parent claims a suicide was actually murder and so forth)
Exactly. I don't blame her for what she did. Plus the childhood friend was convinced it was Anastasia. I actually thought she was the real deal after viewing the segment for the first time. Have to admit, I was disappointed when the update said she wasn't the real deal.

And I do remember the Nostradamus-esque episode with someone saying Hussein would be the cause/start of WWIII. WRONG!
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Classic!
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Just thought of another: Melody Woods and Michael Short.

"Duh, I know what a beeper is."

"If it's important, I'll punch ya 9-1-1..."

I just kept wondering if TLC's "Waterfalls" ended up on their get-away drive mix tape.
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The Rae Ann Mosser case immediately came to mind. The mother's eyeliner is very outdated. Especially when the new UM reran the case and made no mention of the date of Rae Ann's death.
It was fashionable for a while for women with blue eyes to use navy eyeliner and mascara. I remember coming of age and beginning to wear makeup, and piling on navy mascara, not knowing "the rules" about eye makeup and eye color (my eyes are brown). The effect was..interesting.

I seem to remember Rae Ann's hairstyle in her senior class photo being pretty indicative of the era as well.
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Just thought of another: Melody Woods and Michael Short.

"Duh, I know what a beeper is."

"If it's important, I'll punch ya 9-1-1..."

I just kept wondering if TLC's "Waterfalls" ended up on their get-away drive mix tape.
"But Melody wouldn't leave without her HAIR DRYER!" That segment is hilarious for the acting and comments like that.

Another thing that dates it: He harassed Melody's house with phone calls and apparently the family didn't have caller ID. Now it would be all about him calling her a jillion times on her cell phone.
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