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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.
More: http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4098
Or Listen: http://skeptoid.com/audio/skeptoid-4098.mp3
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