Image via Wikipedia
If you’re a fan of the Found Footage Festival (or the Found Footage Show on the AV Club), you may have already seen this video . Especially since they posted it a while ago, and I’d been meaning to post it then, but I never got around to it. If the title of the post didn’t tip you off, this one’s a little on the gross side. But I’d like to talk about it a bit.
OK — I know what this dude’s doing is a scam/pseudoscience/don’t work none. I haven’t tried it, but, well, I haven’t tried hovering outside my window and I know that won’t work either. But the thing is: I can’t figure out how he’s doing it. I’m also thinking that he’s not doing a scam intentionally — it just seems way too low-rent and well, weird — so I’m figuring he’s actually getting a whole bunch of phlegm (or something) out. I tried googling him, but his website is down and has been for quite some time, and there’re a couple of Usenet posts from him from like, 10, 15 years ago, but nothing else. And dude’s pretty old, so I’m thinkin’ maybe he died.
But my point: How’s he doing this? I’m… I’m a guy with a LOT of phelgm. And the idea of being able to, y’know, get a whole pile of the crap out of me at once, uh, that definitely appeals. And the stuff he’s spitting out LOOKS like phlegm. (I suppose it could be oobleck or something, but I’m not quite sure how he could really… “palm” that without folks either seeing it in his mouth or, um, him choking to death on it. So, yeah — if he IS expelling phelgm like that, I want in on that action.
Of course, even without that personal interest in that sort of thing, the skeptic/James Randi fan in me wants to know how it’s done anyway, just because, well, scams and tricks like that are kinda interesting. Even that butterknife-under-the-eyelid thing which is both completely creepy and gross and apparently absolutely safe and painless.
So, yeah — any insight is welcomed.