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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-17-08 01:07 PM
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4. Brian Dunning did a nice job covering the crystal skulls on his Skeptoid podcast
I love Brian's podcasts for his laser precision in talking about skeptical topics in only about 10 minutes. I don't always agree with him, but I think his podcast is the best produced and written skeptical podcast out there today. Brian is also the person who is putting together The Skeptologists TV show.

It was 1926 when Anna Mitchell-Hedges, adoptive daughter of British adventurer and author Frederick Albert Mitchell-Hedges, was something of a real life Lara Croft. She was crawling through an ancient Mayan temple in Belize, long ago wrecked by the ages and the ravages of the encroaching jungle. Beneath a crumbled altar, she unearthed perhaps the most curious artifact from the ancient world: A perfectly clear crystal skull, expertly carved, and immaculately preserved, and about two thirds the size of a real skull. For nearly 30 years the Mitchell-Hedges family kept the crystal skull a secret, until F.A. Mitchell-Hedges mentioned it briefly in his book Danger My Ally. In this book he said the skull was 3,600 years old, and was used by Mayan priests to strike people dead by the force of their own will. After her father's death, Anna took this so-called "Skull of Doom" on tour throughout the world, and its strange powers became well known. Arthur C. Clarke even used the Mitchell-Hedges skull as the logo for his television series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World. The fourth Indiana Jones movie is about a crystal skull with mystical qualities, and furthers the theme originally proposed by Mitchell-Hedges that crystal skulls are alien in origin, coming from Atlantis or Roswell or some alien world. In fact, practically every reference to a crystal skull over the past 40 years or so has usually been specifically about the Mitchell-Hedges skull.
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  -You know, I like Indiana Jones just fine, but... Orrex  May-17-08 08:25 AM   #0 
  - Huh. I had never heard of crystal skulls before this movie  turtlensue   May-17-08 08:30 AM   #1 
  - You're welcome--you've opened my eyes on more than a few occasions, too!  Orrex   May-17-08 11:32 AM   #2 
  - Paratrinket! There's a useful new word!  onager   May-17-08 12:28 PM   #3 
  - Brian Dunning did a nice job covering the crystal skulls on his Skeptoid podcast  salvorhardin   May-17-08 01:07 PM   #4 
  - All fakes, according to this article in The Independent:  mr blur   May-17-08 03:04 PM   #5 
  - Oh well....  bhikkhu   Jun-15-08 02:03 AM   #23 
  - Funny Coincidence  SpookyCat   May-17-08 10:19 PM   #6 
  - Yeah I saw an ad for that...  turtlensue   May-18-08 03:46 PM   #7 
     - LOL! I was tempted, just to piss myself off  Orrex   May-18-08 10:35 PM   #8 
        - the ancient egyptians  realisticphish   May-19-08 03:45 PM   #9 
           - One of my favorite Egyptian stories...  onager   May-20-08 03:53 PM   #10 
              - i would be interested in reading his columns  realisticphish   May-20-08 05:43 PM   #12 
                 - You can find some of them here...  onager   May-21-08 01:19 PM   #13 
                    - cool  realisticphish   May-21-08 03:54 PM   #14 
  - I like him too, but he hasn't posted in a while.  DuStrange   May-20-08 04:45 PM   #11 
  - Meh, the link sort of undermines your point.  Bornaginhooligan   May-21-08 03:56 PM   #15 
  - You're right--I posted prior to seeing the film  Orrex   May-27-08 08:04 PM   #17 
  - Did you see that the History Channell did an Indiana Jones-themed special?  semillama   May-27-08 12:15 PM   #16 
  - "The Crystal Skull annoys the hell out of me"  jberryhill   May-27-08 08:18 PM   #18 
  - Finally got around to seeing this (SPOILER)  jberryhill   Jun-13-08 02:36 PM   #19 
  - The idea was good; the execution was IMO fatally flawed  Orrex   Jun-13-08 10:09 PM   #20 
     - Count me in to the group of five!  turtlensue   Jun-14-08 03:04 PM   #21 
        - Oh yeeeah. That film was so awesome. It didn't even try to make sense.  Random_Australian   Jun-15-08 01:55 AM   #22 
           - Yeah I did feel like that one scene was  turtlensue   Jun-15-08 06:19 AM   #24 
              - See, that's what a lot of Indy4 lunatics are saying  Orrex   Jun-15-08 08:06 AM   #25 
                 - I've found your problem IMO  turtlensue   Jun-15-08 08:42 AM   #26 
                    - I had the same thought! (spoilers)  semillama   Jun-16-08 10:19 AM   #27 
                    - I had the same reaction to The Mummy & Sequel...  onager   Jun-16-08 01:38 PM   #28 
                       - One disagreement  moggie   Jun-19-08 10:23 AM   #35 
                          - No, but I will put it on top of my list...  onager   Jun-19-08 10:50 AM   #37 
                             - Seriously put it near the top of your list, if you're a Bruce Campbell fan  semillama   Jun-19-08 04:34 PM   #39 
  - I thought the film was very entertaining..  and-justice-for-all   Jun-18-08 02:50 AM   #29 
  - the problem i've seen  realisticphish   Jun-18-08 06:37 PM   #30 
     - I just take it for what it is...nothing more.  and-justice-for-all   Jun-18-08 07:49 PM   #31 
        - no  realisticphish   Jun-18-08 09:39 PM   #32 
           - Oh man, your in for it...  and-justice-for-all   Jun-19-08 03:27 AM   #33 
              - Oh dear!  moggie   Jun-19-08 10:29 AM   #36 
                 - A-H-H-H-H!!!!!  onager   Jun-19-08 11:10 AM   #38 
  - Over twenty years ago  PATRICK   Jun-19-08 10:02 AM   #34 

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