Diary of a Network Geek

The trials and tribulations of a Certified Novell Engineer who's been stranded in Houston, Texas.


Tin-Foil Hat Brigade

Filed under: Advice from your Uncle Jim,Deep Thoughts,Fun,Life, the Universe, and Everything,News and Current Events — Posted by the Network Geek during the Hour of the Tiger which is terribly early in the morning or 5:34 am for you boring, normal people.
The moon is Waning Gibbous

Do they really help?
Tin-foil hats, I mean. I’ve had some small experience dealing with nuts who are convinced everyone is plotting against them, so questions like this are very important to me. In fact, I’ve often wondered if wearing one would have improved that poor soul’s disposition and mental health. Probably not, but one can dream. And, I have to admit, it usually seems that the members of the Tin-Foil Hat Brigade actually hear more voices than the average schizophrenic. Well, there might just be a reason for that, according to this paper by an MIT researcher.
He found that tin-foil hats actually seem to improve reception of certain frequencies that just happen to be reserved for use by the Federal Government. Is it a vast, sweeping plot? Just an amazing coincidence? Well, if you ask a member of the TFHB, they’ll say it’s a conspiracy. Of course, most paranoids will also be convinced that any evidence contrary to their delusion is just proof that the person offering such “proof” is part of said plot.
My advice? Take off the shiny hat and try eating some protein for a change. The cult programming will wear off eventually.

Update: After writing this and posting it, I read my e-mail and saw that today is the anniversary of the Jonestown mass suicide. This topic suddenly became sadly appropriate.

Advice from your Uncle Jim:
"If you are all wrapped up in yourself, you are overdressed."
   --Kate Halverson


  1. Strangely, despite years of hanging out with Urantians, Elizabeth Claire Prophet devotees, Earth First!’ers, Rainbow People, Deadheads and supposed members of the OTO, I’ve never heard of this group. I even listen to Coast to Coast AM occasionally…

    Another group upon which to foist my air of superiority!

    Comment by Paul — 11/18/2005 @ 12:10 pm

  2. That’s because they’re all dead. Revrend Jones convinced them to all drink cyanide laced Kool Aid. In fact, I think that’s where the Heaven’s Gate people got the idea.

    Comment by the Network Geek — 11/18/2005 @ 12:18 pm

  3. As the saying goes, just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they really aren’t out to get you.

    Comment by Melissa — 11/18/2005 @ 3:32 pm

  4. Stranded in Houston is right. I am always amazed at the number of people who have moved here voluntarily. I don’t care how great the job is.

    Comment by Thomas — 11/18/2005 @ 3:32 pm

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