I AM looking for ideas. For the last four years, I have had a challenge to psychics for them to find a promissory note with a value of $50,000. For the first six months, it was located within five kilometres of my tourist activity – Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World in Wanaka. I had two serious psychic challenges, each of whom seriously failed!
For the last three and a half years, the note has been located within a two hundred metre radius — along with a lock of my hair, just in case they need that dead body connection. Also another object, which I will not name — they can tell me.
In the last three-and-a-half years, I have not had one challenge even though it has been on TV news, many newspaper articles and numerous radio talk-backs. The psychics must know about the challenge.
I have created this challenge for three reasons. The main reason is to create a little balance to all the so-called psychic revelations that constantly assail us through the media. Another reason is to create an interesting and unusual display for my business theme of puzzling. The third reason was to get a lot of free publicity for my attraction! For an initial investment of $2000 for artwork and a new display cabinet, I have received at least $50,000 worth of free publicity!
I am looking for another similar challenge for the same three reasons. Has anybody any ideas?
I would like to do another challenge soon. The end of the year will be the millennium — there are going to be a lot of crackpot predictions. I want to create a little balance.
What about Nostradamus — perhaps somebody could let me know exactly what he predicts is going to happen this year. Are there any sects that believe the end of the world is going to happen in the near future? Will they want to give their money away before that time to save their souls?
I am thinking of opening a new bank account with the name Armageddon. They can save their souls by giving their money to me!
Any ideas out there? If so, write to me at Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World, Main Highway, Wanaka, Box 95.
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Jim Ring may have a wide ranging interest in skeptical topics, but knows bugger all about English politics of the seventeenth century, if he thinks William Laud was executed for persecuting heretics. [A Brief History of Skepticism] That’s the historical equivalent of calling the sun the big fire in the sky. In fact his death was just as much a result of his attempted financial reforms and reputation as a theological innovator. All sides in the religious debates of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were firmly convinced of the necessity of burning heretics – they simply disagreed as to whom to burn. Toleration possibly was essential for the development of science, but it was quite limited in its application at this time.
Why do scientific and medical Skeptics always make such a point of criticising those who stray outside their discipline, while at the same time feeling free to plunder history whenever they choose?