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I got the power! Power Bracelets... Yeah right.
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quantumfireball2099User avatarPosts: 155Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:52 pm Gender: Cake

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borrofburi wrote:I'm inclined to think the former: we don't teach or require nurses to care too much about scientific methodology, and mostly we tell them "here's how to do X with humans, it works because of Y"; since that's mostly what they're used to hearing, it makes them prone to "here's how to do crystal healing with humans, it works because the vibrations of crystals fix the vibrations of humans"...


I agree. My mother, who has been a RN all of her life gave me a box of oscillococcinum (http://www.oscillo.com/) when I had a flu. I took it, read the back and asked her why she would give me homeopathic medicine.

She didn't seem to understand that these remedies are a plecebo, and that it's basically just water. I told her that I could swallow every pill in the box and nothing would happen to me, and so I did. I didn't get better, but I didn't overdose either.

Maybe my problem was that I should have taken less, not more :lol:

FROM WIKIPEDIA: The preparation is derived from duck liver and heart, diluted to 200C,a ratio of one part duck offal to 100200 parts water.[2] This is such a high dilution that the final product likely contains not a single molecule of the original liver. Homeopaths claim that the molecules leave an "imprint" in the dilution that causes a healing effect on the body, although available evidence does not support efficacy beyond placebo.[3][4][5]
Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:03 pm
Your Funny UncleUser avatarPosts: 556Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 11:38 amLocation: UK Gender: Male

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Last year in the UK there was a mass homeopathic overdose organised by the 10:23 campaign.. I think they were inspired by a similar event in Belgium. I hear that they're organising something international for next year...
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Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:12 pm
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Gnug215ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 2544Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:31 pm

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Krazyskooter wrote:
Gnug215 wrote:
You know... someone should make a bracelet out of dried pieces of male bovine excrement, and call them magical.

And presto! Wearable bullshit!

I'd buy that.

LMAO, I just posted on my FB an hour ago telling people I had some magic petrified poo for them to sniff if they believed all that!



Maybe we could make a whole clothing line: "Crapwear - Fecal Fashion for you!"
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Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:28 pm
PulsarUser avatarPosts: 872Joined: Tue Feb 24, 2009 5:52 pmLocation: Belgium

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Your Funny Uncle wrote:Last year in the UK there was a mass homeopathic overdose organised by the 10:23 campaign.. I think they were inspired by a similar event in Belgium.

Yes, the organization Skepp tried to commit mass-suicide with homeopathy in 2004. They failed :)
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Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:46 pm
Duvelthehobbit666User avatarPosts: 1136Joined: Sun Aug 08, 2010 7:39 pmLocation: On a pale blue dot Gender: Male

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I hope that WHAH will become an official UN week. And then of course hand out free homeopathic medicine aka water.
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Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:59 pm
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Your Funny UncleUser avatarPosts: 556Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 11:38 amLocation: UK Gender: Male

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Yay! My Placebo Bands arrived from Australia! :D

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Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:02 pm
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NetheralianUser avatarPosts: 357Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:13 pmLocation: Underwater world Gender: Cake

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Funny - Someone showed up at our Cricket club a few months ago trying to sell these things to people. I am kind of disappointed that I wasn't there at the time.
The guy was some sort of new age medicine wack job anyway and I'm sure we could of had lots of fun with him. He did a couple of "tests" with some of the guys at the club. The additional claim was that these things neutralised the magnetic fields from things like mobile phones which affected your strength. He apparently demonstrated this somehow - not sure of the exact details but there was something about pulling something from someones hand that was holding a mobile phone with and without the band. Of course no one thought to ask him to do a double blind trial.

Anywho - I believe a couple of the guys fell for it - I think mostly because there are a lot of famous sports people wearing them.
Mon Nov 29, 2010 4:26 pm
NetheralianUser avatarPosts: 357Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:13 pmLocation: Underwater world Gender: Cake

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/power ... 5975249012
The ACCC ordered Power Balance Australia to cease marketing its wristbands with claims of boosted sporting performance, and demanded they refund people already duped by the purported benefits
Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:26 pm
DivergedwoodsUser avatarPosts: 62Joined: Wed Jun 16, 2010 3:41 am Gender: Male

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Netheralian wrote:http://www.news.com.au/technology/power-wristbands-banned-and-refunds-ordered-by-accc/story-e6frfrnr-1225975249012
The ACCC ordered Power Balance Australia to cease marketing its wristbands with claims of boosted sporting performance, and demanded they refund people already duped by the purported benefits


This really makes me happy, they just recently started selling them and mating on TV here in México, I hope something similar happens on behalf of the authorities (though I doubt it)
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:29 am
SquawkModeratorUser avatarPosts: 2011Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:25 pm Gender: Tree

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Netheralian wrote:Funny - Someone showed up at our Cricket club a few months ago trying to sell these things to people. I am kind of disappointed that I wasn't there at the time.
The guy was some sort of new age medicine wack job anyway and I'm sure we could of had lots of fun with him. He did a couple of "tests" with some of the guys at the club. The additional claim was that these things neutralised the magnetic fields from things like mobile phones which affected your strength. He apparently demonstrated this somehow - not sure of the exact details but there was something about pulling something from someones hand that was holding a mobile phone with and without the band. Of course no one thought to ask him to do a double blind trial.

Anywho - I believe a couple of the guys fell for it - I think mostly because there are a lot of famous sports people wearing them.



I mentioned the mate of mine who fell for them. He tried to do the test on me. Basically they get you to hold out your arms then they pull at them, and of course you go off balance. Then you put on the bracelet, repeat the test, and waddya know, your balance is better.

The obvious issue, you just experienced the loss of balance, so you're ready for it the second time. But most people don't think that one through.
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 1:35 am
Gnug215ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 2544Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:31 pm

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Squawk wrote:
Netheralian wrote:Funny - Someone showed up at our Cricket club a few months ago trying to sell these things to people. I am kind of disappointed that I wasn't there at the time.
The guy was some sort of new age medicine wack job anyway and I'm sure we could of had lots of fun with him. He did a couple of "tests" with some of the guys at the club. The additional claim was that these things neutralised the magnetic fields from things like mobile phones which affected your strength. He apparently demonstrated this somehow - not sure of the exact details but there was something about pulling something from someones hand that was holding a mobile phone with and without the band. Of course no one thought to ask him to do a double blind trial.

Anywho - I believe a couple of the guys fell for it - I think mostly because there are a lot of famous sports people wearing them.



I mentioned the mate of mine who fell for them. He tried to do the test on me. Basically they get you to hold out your arms then they pull at them, and of course you go off balance. Then you put on the bracelet, repeat the test, and waddya know, your balance is better.

The obvious issue, you just experienced the loss of balance, so you're ready for it the second time. But most people don't think that one through.


Get your friend to do the test on a third party... But this time, don't use the power-bracelet.

Instead, use the power of ARRRHHHH, the hearty pirate yell(tm).

Or use POWER CAKE(tm)! Eat it, and feel the power of cake!!!

Or the POWER UNDIES! Yes, finally, the underwear that harnessess all the power you have in your groin!!

Or something...
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 7:50 am
NetheralianUser avatarPosts: 357Joined: Wed Feb 25, 2009 3:13 pmLocation: Underwater world Gender: Cake

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Gnug215 wrote:Or use POWER CAKE(tm)! Eat it, and feel the power of cake!!!

Well that's an obvious scam! POWER PIE on the other hand...
Thu Dec 23, 2010 8:05 am
sgrunterundtUser avatarPosts: 254Joined: Thu Dec 17, 2009 8:23 amLocation: Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen Gender: Tree

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squawk wrote:The obvious issue, you just experienced the loss of balance, so you're ready for it the second time. But most people don't think that one through.


There is more to it than that. Watch Your Funny Uncles video on the first page.
Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:04 am
SquawkModeratorUser avatarPosts: 2011Joined: Sun Feb 22, 2009 8:25 pm Gender: Tree

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Netheralian wrote:
Gnug215 wrote:Or use POWER CAKE(tm)! Eat it, and feel the power of cake!!!

Well that's an obvious scam! POWER PIE on the other hand...


POWER PIE is a lie. Embrace CAKE!!
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 11:25 am
Your Funny UncleUser avatarPosts: 556Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 11:38 amLocation: UK Gender: Male

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I favour the power wombat as used in the Aussie skeptics' video.
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 12:14 pm
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MetalMeltdownPosts: 21Joined: Wed May 05, 2010 7:13 pmLocation: Italy Gender: Male

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The italian antitrust agency just fined ( 350.000 € ) the two companies that sold/marketed the bracelets here in italy for false advertisment.
:D

No refunds for anyone, sadly.
Thu Dec 23, 2010 4:38 pm
Your Funny UncleUser avatarPosts: 556Joined: Sat May 22, 2010 11:38 amLocation: UK Gender: Male

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MetalMeltdown wrote:The italian antitrust agency just fined ( 350.000 € ) the two companies that sold/marketed the bracelets here in italy for false advertisment.
:D

No refunds for anyone, sadly.

Great! Do you have a link to the story?
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MetalMeltdownPosts: 21Joined: Wed May 05, 2010 7:13 pmLocation: Italy Gender: Male

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Your Funny Uncle wrote:
MetalMeltdown wrote:The italian antitrust agency just fined ( 350.000 € ) the two companies that sold/marketed the bracelets here in italy for false advertisment.
:D

No refunds for anyone, sadly.

Great! Do you have a link to the story?


In italian:

http://www.corriere.it/economia/10_dice ... aabc.shtml

I haven't been able to find anything in english.
Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:15 pm
Gnug215ModeratorUser avatarPosts: 2544Joined: Sat Feb 21, 2009 10:31 pm

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Squawk wrote:POWER PIE is a lie. Embrace CAKE!!


Hehe.

Well, another thing you could do is to try giving a person the bracelet first, and then take it off for the second round of testing.

Your friend shouldn't have a problem with accepting those terms. :)
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Thu Dec 23, 2010 6:20 pm
Anachronous RexLeague LegendUser avatarPosts: 2008Joined: Mon Jun 07, 2010 4:07 pmLocation: Kansas City, MO Gender: Male

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Squawk wrote:
Netheralian wrote:Funny - Someone showed up at our Cricket club a few months ago trying to sell these things to people. I am kind of disappointed that I wasn't there at the time.
The guy was some sort of new age medicine wack job anyway and I'm sure we could of had lots of fun with him. He did a couple of "tests" with some of the guys at the club. The additional claim was that these things neutralised the magnetic fields from things like mobile phones which affected your strength. He apparently demonstrated this somehow - not sure of the exact details but there was something about pulling something from someones hand that was holding a mobile phone with and without the band. Of course no one thought to ask him to do a double blind trial.

Anywho - I believe a couple of the guys fell for it - I think mostly because there are a lot of famous sports people wearing them.



I mentioned the mate of mine who fell for them. He tried to do the test on me. Basically they get you to hold out your arms then they pull at them, and of course you go off balance. Then you put on the bracelet, repeat the test, and waddya know, your balance is better.

The obvious issue, you just experienced the loss of balance, so you're ready for it the second time. But most people don't think that one through.

It's funny you should mention it, I've seen similar things done before.

In fact, back when I was in Karate we used to break out videos of those prayer-healing reverends at their mega-churches and watch them execute a perfect throw on helpless old ladies and the terminally ill.

You know that thing where they push on your forehead, and people fall over? Yeah, so it turns out that if you push up and then down on somebodies head, at the same time as moving it backwards (the motion resembles a question mark), then there is absolutely no way that they will be able to take a step backwards, and as a consequence they will collapse as soon as you take them off-balance. The motion doesn't even have to be very big, you can truncate it down to the point where it just looks almost as though your hand is quivering.

Of course, these people were so primed it probably wouldn't have taken much to knock them over anyway.
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