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Formed in 1965 and originally a department of the FBI, the Bureau began as simply a group of debunkers, investigating supposedly paranormal events. Inevitably, the group came to be known unofficially as the Scoobies; they gained prominence throughout the 1970s and 1980s as “spiritual” frauds proliferated, eventually splitting off from the FBI in 1973. Rumours have long circulated that not all the paranormal events investigated have been fraudulent.

Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors
A children's story about the invention of the wheel and the development of the first wheeled vehicles, including chariots. This story was published in 1980 by Victor Sanderson. While it was a well-written children's story, the historical accuracy was almost nonexistent.

Genetic Fanatic
 
Genetic Fanatic
Title of a series on the field of race theory and its most famous practitioners throughout history, including such luminaries as Karl Marx, Herbert Hoover, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Adolf Hitler, Roman Polanski, Robin DiAngelo, Gazi Kodzo and Daniel Kibblesmith.

It was eventually turned into a best-selling anime and manga, in which a series of Race Masters passed down their knowledge from the dawn of time, each master picking an apprentice who would go out on epic adventures to prove his worth. Just goes to show what sort of degeneracy weebs are capable of.

The Flight of the Crazed Delivery Truck of Platoon 52
 
The Flight of the Crazed Delivery Truck of Platoon 52
Nollywood's first internationally distributed science fiction movie, or rather science fiction comedy notable for it's trailblazer role in establishing Nigerian cinema as equal to the west and African science-fiction as an international genre to follow. Today more famous for managing to entice American character actor Bruce Willis as said 'delivery truck' spaceship's Captain.... Just to have him killed off five minutes into the movie- after which the ramshackle crew and contingent of space Marines the ship is transporting spend the next 2 hours infighting and politicking before finally wising up and figuring out that all they have to do to save the ship is to engage the autopilot.....

US audiences may remember the film as 'Starship Troopers, the name under which it was distributed in American cinemas....

Okay so many loos ends, let's just select one.....

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Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (AKA The Last Ride of the Battlecruiser Rey Felipe II)
 
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors (AKA The Last Ride of the Battlecruiser Rey Felipe II)
Winner of the 1992 Euro Adult Animation Award for Best Dubbed Feature, the film brought Hispanic-Asian manga into mainstream popularity despite some critics arguing it was nothing more than a collection of badly dubbed soft-core scenes from various animations with a loose story line wrapped around it. It's success led to legal action by some of the original animators leading to two rival companies being established, one in New Kyoto, Japan and the other in Shining Path City, Peru. Both companies are still going strong today despite the latter's embrace of CGI technology.

The Sentience of Anna Kournikova
 
The Sentience of Anna Kournikova
A history detailing the tragic case of Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova, a Russian Equestrian Dressage Olympian who fell off of her horse at age 23, during the 2004 Olympics, and spent 16 years in a coma. During medical research in 2018, it was discovered that- despite her brain resembling that of Nancy Cruzan- she was demonstrably conscious, albeit in an odd state of mind. This was documented in the book.

The Square Root of Minus Garfield
 
A history detailing the tragic case of Anna Sergeyevna Kournikova, a Russian Equestrian Dressage Olympian who fell off of her horse at age 23, during the 2004 Olympics, and spent 16 years in a coma. During medical research in 2018, it was discovered that- despite her brain resembling that of Nancy Cruzan- she was demonstrably conscious, albeit in an odd state of mind. This was documented in the book.

The Square Root of Minus Garfield
A compilation of one and two page comics and short stories concerning the troubled Presidency of Chester Arthur following James A. Garfield’s assassination. Though why is unknown, Arthur frequently seemed to hallucinate Garfield’s presence in the Oval Office; these incidents serve as the main focus of the pieces, hence the rather curious title, a reference to imaginary numbers.

Huntik: Secrets and Seekers
 
Huntik: Secrets and Seekers
Huntik: Secrets & Seekers is an Italian live-action/CGI web television series created by Iginio Straffi, the creator of the animated series Winx Club. The series centers on four adventurers who belong to a group known as the Huntik Foundation. The Huntik team, led by their top operative Dante Vale, works to defend the world from the forces of two adversarial groups, the Organization and the Blood Spiral. Each episode takes place in a different historical city and features magical elements inspired by European mythology. Originally conceived as a Euro-Anime, it was rebooted as a live/action CGI project when purchased by Netflix, though it is still presented in a style that combines Japanese and Western culture.

Frémont Memorial coinage
 
Like a Sharp-toothed Anteater
Collection of Rankin-Bass animation studio fantasy creatures, beginning with the four animated versions of The Lord of The Rings, and ending with The Legend of Earthsea. The book itself is a coffee table collection of various animation panels and stages for the various serious fantasy productions that the studio had been involved in; the title came from their habit of using hybrid animals, most notably the spider-waps used to represent Shelob and her children in Rings.


Elevator Music
 
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The Islamic Conspiracy against Arabia, by Osama bin Laden
A book penned by notable Islamist Osama Bin Laden during a turbulent time in the Kingdom of Arabia in the 90s, where politics grew to be extremely divisive in the Shura Council between secularist parties (albeit divided between the left and the right wing) and the budding Islamist factions. Seeing much of the "corruption" and "debauchery" seen in many cities such as Baghdad, Damascus, Basra, and Jerusalem, he decided to write a scathing polemic against such proclivities practiced by the emerging middle class, although both critics and laymen readers of the time noted that much of these accusations were merely cultural influences carried over from the West, especially from Britain, Germany, France, and the United States. Examples listed included promiscuity, homosexuality/bisexuality, gender-bending norms, and etc.

Regardless, he considered these acts to be part of an "Islamic Conspiracy" done by nonbelievers and especially atheists. While Mecca and Medina remained "pure" in his eyes, he feared that it would only be a matter of time before kafirs would walk on the lands hallowed by the Prophet and the one true god.

While universally panned in the West and some of the Islamic world (especially in the Maghreb and Turkey who were much more secular), it proved to be exceptionally popular among conservatives and Islamists alike in the Middle East, who all feared the growing economic and cultural influence the West had on the Islamic world.

Within a few years, a new Islamist movement would emerge in both Sunni Arabia and Shia Iran, causing a stark cultural reversal compared to the 70s and 80s, where the culture was decidedly more liberal and secular, all without firing a trigger. Although it would die down by the late 2010s and 2020s, the book caused Osama to be put on the map as one of the leading conservatives and Islamist politicians.

The Falcon's First Flight
 
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The Falcon's First Flight
Written and published by the United States Air Force, The Falcon's First Flight by Robert Midner documents the history of the F-16 Fighting Falcon, moving from the conception of the Light Weight Fighter program, the acceptance of the F-16 as a multirole fighter, it's conversion into a de facto bomber by the -C variant, the acceptance of the F-16XL as an attacker, out to the Mitsubishi F-2 and the F-16S, a stealth/canard variant. The book was something of an embarrassment to the USAF, both because it was highly critical of the military procurement and budgeting process (including the failure to purchase any of the F-20 Tigershark, giving the lower-price fighter market to the MiG 29), and more notably, for putting classified information into the book on the F-16S, which had made it's first flight just prior to publication.

The latter was more problematic, since uncensored copies were still found being sold at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio, in 2012- a year after the issue was discovered.

Left Behind: How Religious Fundamentalism Will Destroy American Science, Technology and Education by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye
 
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Left Behind: How Religious Fundamentalism Will Destroy American Science, Technology and Education by Jerry Jenkins and Tim LaHaye

An extremist religious tract distributed by the Evangelical Church of God's Chosen Brethren. The church was founded in the late 70's by LaHaye and Jenkins who promoted a strange belief system that was religiously fundamentalist, against racism, and also against the current American government. The group saw, science, technology, and education as means to promote inequality and enrich Satan's cabal that lead the United States. Their goal was to unite all Christians to stop such practices by moving to religious communes (called"Churches") sharing goods in common, and providing for the education of children up until the eighth grade. The only "church" that was successful was one outside of Cheyenne Wyoming where a number of brethren had moved. Eventually though, a splinter group started to commit terrorist acts in the Denver Colorado area in teh 80's and LaHaye and Jenkins themselves eventually left the groups, with LaHaye becoming Catholic, while Jenkins became a Quaker. The Brethren still exist today, though their compound has moved from Wyoming to New Mexico.


Cash, Jobs, and Hope
 
With the end of the Vietnam War, Bob Hope did fewer USO tours. Meanwhile, Johnny Cash had mostly wrapped up his prison tour. Both men had seen how difficult mass entertainment was in adverse conditions, and met with a very young college dropout named Steve Jobs, who had been on a sort of hippie trek. The three worked together to make touring audio equipment, and a book about their partnership was published in 1995, but left out the most important member of the group, as the title “Cash, Jobs, Hope, and Wozniack” just wasn’t as catchy

The East Vietnam Sea
 
The East Vietnam Sea
Chinese name for the Sea of Haldeman, a large dust plain on Mars. Originally named after American science-fiction author and Vietnam veteran Joe Hardeman, the Chinese Communist Party adopted the name as a homage to the short-lived Communist Brother Republic of East Vietnam. Apparently they are still mad at Haldeman fo the way he portrayed the Chinese in his Vietnam memoir 'The Forever War' and it's successor 'The Tibetan Mandalorians'

Although China is so far the only nation using this expression while that rest of the world has accepted the International Astronomic Union's name 'Sea of Haldeman' the phrase continues to pop up in the news every couple of years as the Chinese Space agency continues to land probe after probe in 'the East Vietnam Sea' apparently for no other reason as to keep the name relevant.

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The Royal Highland Marines
 
The Royal Highland Marines

A Scottish Military Regiment established in 1980 after Scotland gained independence from the United Kingdom. The Unit is an amalgamation of former Scottish marine units of the British Army. The Unit has especially been known for playing a major part in UN peacekeeping missions around the world.

Bohemian Horseshoes
 
An early type of mine - Bohemian Horseshoes were first used in the Franco Prussian War. They were magnetic, and attached themselves to actual horseshoes.

A Snowball Down the Slopes of Mt Ararat
 
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