Strange Mysteries

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Strange Mysteries is a YouTube channel run by Nathan Latvaitis[1][2] that promotes pseudoscience via clickbait, simililar to another YouTube channel.

As of June 2017, the channel had over 1.7 million subscribers and 344 million views.[3]

Beliefs[edit]

Ancient aliens[edit]

  • Humans are part alien[4]

Pseudohistory[edit]

  • More advanced civilizations predate our own[5]
  • Historical records are sparse and hard to interpret Ancient civilizations were mysterious and their descendants are among us![6]

Parapsychology[edit]

  • Human DNA contains "hidden abilities"[7]
  • The afterlife exists because different cultures have similar afterlife myths[8]
  • Despite all the above, they also think free will doesn't exist[9]

Pseudoastronomy[edit]

  • In the video "5 Planets That Shouldn't Exist", literally every planet is explained by conventional physics[10]

Supported conspiracy theories[edit]

Main article: Bullshit Conspiracy theories

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Strange Mysteries w/Nathan
  2. The channel's email is latvaitisn@gmail.com, which is linked to "latvaitisn" this name.
  3. About, YouTube
  4. Signs Humanity is Part Alien: "Are humans the genetic creations of another race of beings? Or are we their genetic relations? Might we be alien interlopers on planet Earth? And if so, what proof do we have of our extra-terrestrial origins? The story of how life began on Earth is one of the greatest scientific mysteries of all time, and even though we've got some pretty good theories, none come close to proving exactly how the party kicked off on Terra Firma. What do sunburn, bad backs and the agony of childbirth all have in common? The human race is leaps and bounds ahead of any other species on the planet by several orders of magnitude."
  5. Did Earth Have Technology in the Past Greater Than Ours Today?: "In our recent video on Four Things the Public Is Not Supposed to Know, we covered the story of how the electric car has been repeatedly suppressed for over a century. Only recently has this technology begun to emerge from the shadows, but are there other technologies from the past which have been mysteriously hidden or lost? Nikola Tesla was a brilliant scientist, and his contribution towards the design of our modern alternating current system of electricity means he will be remembered as a pioneer in his field for centuries to come. Whether you're old or young, rich or poor, we've all got that one song that just hits us right in the feels. At first glance this old Roman cup doesn't look like anything special; it's just a regular green goblet with a half-naked dude, a monkey and some chicks on it. King Mithridates the sixth of Pontus was the ruler of a region in modern-day Turkey between 120 and 63 BC who claimed to have been descended from Alexander the Great."
  6. 6 Hidden Clues Behind Mysterious Ancient Civilizations: "Mankind's history is like one big jigsaw puzzle, if that puzzle's pieces had been spilled down the back of the sofa and fallen through the floorboards. The Seven Mayan Prophecies foretold by the Mayan people claimed that a series of devastating events would occur to humanity beginning in 1999 and ending with Earth's apparent destruction on December 21st 2012. The ancient kingdoms of Egypt, Greece and the Mycenaeans were some of the most influential civilizations in human history, with many of their teachings and discoveries forming the basis of our modern scientific, religious and philosophical ideas. The Nazca Civilization existed in modern-day Peru between 100BC and 800AD, and this intriguing society seemed strangely advanced considering when and where they lived. The Sumerian people of southern-Mesopotamia were one of if not the very first examples of civilised society here on Earth, yet we still have a lot of questions about where these people came from, where their language was derived from, and where their genetic descendants are today. In the centuries since the west first clasped eyes on Easter Island's Moai statues, archaeologists have been confused over how the relatively primitive Rapa Nui people moved these big hunks of rock. Here's another mysterious bunch of old timey rocks for you, and we still don't know exactly how the Stone-age people of southern-Britain built this astonishing rock formation either. Viking lore is well known to many of us today thanks to the simple fact that it contains all kinds of awesome, but what remained a mystery for quite some time was exactly how these sea-faring Scandinavians interacted with their Norse mythology on a daily basis."
  7. 10 AMAZING Abilities HIDDEN in Your DNA: Science Unlocks Transhumanism: "Transhumanism: Amazing Genes are HIDDEN inside of us; Science has found it. In 2014 one of the craziest science experiments by some incredible scientists at Oxford University found that less than 10% of human DNA is active, meaning that the majority of your genetic code is just sitting around doing nothing. If you've ever been in a fight with a child, and I know I have, you'll soon realise that their bodies have an uncanny ability to heal faster than an adult's.Every human on Earth possesses a gene called ACTN3, but for some people this gene possesses a very special ability - the ability to be totally badass at sports.When my head is in a bouquet of flowers or I'm hovering over a batch of freshly baked cookies, I wonder how great this must smell to a dog. Remember that movie where Bruce Willis had unbreakable bones and Samuel L Jackson played a weird guy who said he was unbreakable and he proved it when he was in a car crash and his bones were unbreakable?The ability to hibernate for months at a time is a trait man has envied ever since the invention of the Lay-Z-Boy. Instead of sleeping for months, how awesome would it be to need no more than four hours sleep and still feel as refreshed as you would after sleeping in till noon? Remember the mice from the regeneration gene entry? Ever wanted to swim underwater without having to worry about that pesky little thing called drowning? On the surface this ability may sound pretty neat, because imagine how good chocolate or steak would be if your sense of taste was ramped up a few notches? The ability to become infected by an ancient virus may not seem like the best dormant trait to wake up, but they can't all be winners now can they?"
  8. Similarities in Afterlife Myths ACROSS Civilizations?: "Human beings have a limited time here on Earth in almost every religion and every myth with creation at its heart, there exist one or more supreme beings, and whether they're immortal hammer gods or sexy water goddesses, they all have one thing in common - they are better than you. And with afterlife myths this goes even further, because not only did they build you and create all that you know, but they also get to decide on where you go when you die. God was a pretty heavy topic to open with, so let's take a look at something simpler - fire. The idea of burning for all eternity in a world of fiery pits is commonly attributed to the Christian idea of Hell, but for some reason fire seems to play a role in many different after life myths, despite it being somewhat essential for cultured human beings to exist. We use fire to cook toast, to heat our homes, to light our reefers, but if you see flames after you've died, you're almost certainly in a really bad place. Another bizarre similarity between many different myths and religions is the idea that the good afterlife is located somewhere high up in the sky, whereas the bad people are sent deep underground to somewhere dark and terrible. Obviously this may have something to do with the fact that underground caves are dark and occasionally terrible, and clouds are super-duper pretty, but is this enough to explain the sheer number of religions who have adopted this idea? The Abrahamic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism believe that humans are judged based on their actions during life, after which they'll be sent to an afterlife which represents their moral purity. If you've kept your wiener clean, wore a hat on Thursdays or done whatever other crazy business your god asked of you, you'll go to the good kind of afterlife. And if not you'll go somewhere bad, forever. In both Aztec and Norse religions, the dead move on to either a world of endless war or paradise, depending on the whims of their god or whether they died in battle. Vikings believed that half of those killed in combat would continue to fight alongside Odin after death, whereas the others get to sit in a field and get drunk with the goddess Freyja; but there's no indication that Norse mythology used morals to determine which afterlife you got. And what's even more bizarre is that anyone who died from boring stuff like sickness or old age would head off to Hel - that's Hel with one L - for an eternity of dreariness and drudgery."
  9. Top 4 Facts FREE WILL Does Not Exist: Illusion of the Mind by Psychological Rationale: "op. Free will. Mind. Psychology. Dopamine. Mind blowing. Facts. Have anxiety, go to therapy maybe, feel some depression, fear, or horror sometimes? Is your mind a warehouse? Your mind is my warehouse for now. What did you do today? Did you get up out of bed? Did you kiss your partner goodbye? Did you shout at a jerk who held you up in traffic on the way to work? Whatever you've been up to, ask yourself this; how many of these things did you do because you wanted to, because you decided to? Let the mindblowing ensue. The most obvious place to look for evidence of free will is of course the brain, because you're not gonna find it in your ass are you? How would you define the concept of free will? Is it the ability to act independently of external forces? Let's play Devil's Advocate for a moment and say that free will does exist, and that even within the maelstrom of events, people and circumstances your brain has to cope with, that somehow it still manages to generate and process independent thought.If free will doesn't exist, then why do we humans have consciousness at all if we're nothing but slaves to our biological makeup?]
  10. 5 Planets That Shouldn't Exist: "There are many strange things we do not understand about our universe, with black holes, dark matter and a whole bunch of weird sights and sounds out there that we just can't figure out.TrES-2b is what space scientists call a Hot Jupiter, and this isn't because they like zit-shaming our local gas giant with its unsightly red spot. Since everything that exists in our universe is thought to have been created inside a star, you may think this entry sounds a little pointless. If diamonds are a girl's best friend then we'd better start shipping our ladies off to 55 Cancri e, because this world which is 40 light years away is comprised of so much diamond that if you mined them all you'd own 26.9 nonillion dollars-worth of shiny rappers' delight. Wasp 18b reminds me a lot of Hugh Hefner. Ever since Pluto was cruelly dropped to the bench it's seemed like we've been one planet short of a solar system, which sounds like a particularly cruel way of describing Kanye West right now."
  11. 7 Dangerous Cults That Still Exist Today: "The Bilderberg Group, The Freemasons, The Mickey Mouse Club - when it comes to bizarre and perverse practices, these are the secret societies most people think of almost immediately. Ordo Templi Orientis or Order of the Temple of the East is a secret religious society which began in a similar fashion to the Freemasons.When you think of the word Hashshashin what kind of image does it conjure up? Formed in 270 BC by Indian King Ashoka of the Maurya dynasty, this secret society contained only nine men, but was believed by some to be one of the most powerful groups in the world. Have you ever experienced that weird feeling you get when you suddenly learn a new word or phrase, then you can't stop seeing it everywhere for days, weeks or even months afterwards? This British society was basically a club for 19th Century horse whisperers, with its members required to be employed in the care of horses, to keep the secrets of handling horses, and be willing to shake hands with the devil during the group's acceptance ritual. Remember that Indian group with only nine members? Well the Giga Society is even more exclusive, consisting of just six or seven members in total, depending on which randomly Googled source you'd like me to believe. The Skoptsy are by far the most gruesome secret society on this list, as rather than celebrating human sexuality like Aleister Crowley and his pals, this brutal Russian sect would castrate men and mastectomise women in the belief that genitals and breasts were sinful."