physicists see Michael Jackson’s face in hardened polymer

Jesus isn’t the only one who occasionally makes an appearance in, erm, alternative media. David Fairhurst, a physicist at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, explains the discovery:

The ugly-looking globular mound is a droplet of polymer solution, the kind of substance you might find in the ink cartridges of your printer. As the solution began to dry, Fairhurst noticed a number of small “spherulites” begin to crystallise on the droplet surface revealing what appears to be a tiny human face.

“I noticed it immediately and showed it to the other guys – we had a really good laugh about it,” Fairhurst told

The physicist and his group of PhD students reckon the face looks like a small girl, or possibly even the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Fairhurst adds that, after scientific analysis, it might not be the King of Pop after all:

I ran the image through an online face-recognition programme and the names that came out included: Rachel Carson, the American environmentalist; Marlene Dietrich the German-born actress; and (tenuously) Iggy Pop.

Well sure. The resemblance is … um …

Tenuously, Iggy

clicking embiggens :)

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the story story

A few weeks ago, the epic Story Musgrave came and spoke at the company I work for. It was as amazing and awe-inspiring and humbling as you can imagine (however when our VP thanked him at the end and commented that it had been humbling, Story shot back “well, it shouldn’t be.”) Because that’s the kind of straightforward, down-to-earth, get-things-done kind of guy Dr. Musgrave is.

Story Musgrave

So at the end of his talk, he opened it up to questions from the group. My boss, grinning, asked “so, have you ever seen a UFO?” Story’s answer was serious: first, he talked about the vastness of the universe and the strong probability that other civilizations exist, and that they very well may have the capability of interstellar travel. “But I have no evidence that they’ve been here,” he said, “and why would they want to? There are forty wars going on right now. Forty wars – there are two we hear about most, but right now, on this planet, forty wars. We’re killing each other all over the place. Why would a visitor from an enlightened civilization want to come here? If they did, we wouldn’t send communicators, we’d send guns.”

He paused, then repeated “Why would they come here?” He shook his head. “They wouldn’t.”

So straighten up, people. Get it together, stop all the damn killing. Nobody wants to visit a bunch of murderous assholes.

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