Robert J. Boumis

Robert is a science geek with a passion for science fiction. He has a BS in general biology and currently works in an occupational health lab at The University of Arizona. Additionally, Boumis has published three short stories, all science fiction, and does costuming in his spare time. His interests include classic science fiction novels, sci-fi films, filmmaking, UFOs, and video games. Follow his Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robert-J-Boumis/142544852462290?ref=ts

Bielefeld Does Not Exist?

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Do you known anyone from Bielefeld? Have you ever been to Bielefeld? Do you know anyone who’s ever been to Bielefeld? The city of Bielefeld is allegedly located in North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany.  The population is supposedly about 323,000.  But no one on the Internet has been able to substantiate the existence of this town.…

Conspiracy Weekly: Bad UFO Photos

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So this one drives me nuts: today’s XKCD points out that cameras have proliferated to such a degree, we still don’t have any definitive proof of UFOs, thus disproving them. Now, most CW columns are generally skeptical in tone.  I love conspiracy theories, but the vast majority of them are just good campfire stories.  But…

ChemTrails

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Many towns are lousy with crude, spray painted signs advising you to Google chemtrails. Conspiracy nuts hold that chemtrails are evidence that the government is spraying something, without our knowledge or consent, from high altitude jets. As evidence, proponents hold that normal contrails, the white, linear trails that form when aircraft move through the air,…

Conspiracy Weekly: Underground Bases

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  As a change of pace, this week’s story has more than a grain of truth to it. Various organs of the United States government, as well as foreign nations’ agencies, have underground facilities.  During the Cold War, it was common for military bases to include underground fallout shelters and command centers to preserve second-strike…

Conspiracy Weekly: The Klerksdorp Spheres

Klerksdorp Spheres are the archetypal OOPA. OOPAs, or Out Of Place Artifacts are the holy grail of several different fringe groups.  An OOPA is an artifact that appears too advanced for its time.  Ancient alien theorists hold them up as examples of contact with a more advanced species.  Creationists hold them up as proof our…

Conspiracy Weekly: 1962 Mars Landing

This video clip and the accompanying conspiracy theory  is a personal favorite of mine.  Supposedly, at least one joint American-Soviet mission to Mars took place in the early sixties.  This sounds insane, but there’s video proof to back it up. The video consists of a spacecraft (Marscraft?) descending on the surface of what looks a…

The Face on Mars Gets Company

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In a story first brought to everyone’s attention by Reddit, a Mars rover has accidentally gone the route of many a tagger, and drew a penis in the sands of Mars with its tire tracks. Every time this story gets posted on a news site, one of the first comments has the word “accidentally” in quotation marks. …

In Soviet Russia, Space Probe is Discovered By You

More than half of the space probes humanity sends to Mars go missing.  For lander missions, the failure rate is even higher; more than two-thirds go MIA.  This “curse” was even playfully nicknamed “The Great Galactic Ghoul” by Time Magazine journalist Donald Neff, which went on to inspire an episode of the X-Files.  In all…

Fox Cracks Down on Jayne Hats

Firefly fans hold Fox in about as high esteem as Mal does the Alliance.  And Fox isn’t helping matters. Earlier this week, BuzzFeed broke the story that 20th Century Fox was cracking down on Etsy sellers selling “Jayne hats.”  These are knitted hats like the one the character Jayne wore during an episode of the…