Q/A July 2019

This is the QA post for July 2019. See also similar post for June 2019.

I’m getting a lot of questions via Twitter. I’m trying to solve this challenge by collecting questions and answers to a monthly blog post. Please make sure to check these posts if you have a question. Also, if you want to help me in answering questions or providing new info, please leave a comment to this post.

“Rules of engagement” – before asking something via Twitter:

  • Check my Twitter timeline. Also check tweets and replies.
  • Check this blog and QA-posts (use the search function if needed)
  • I try to answer frequent or interesting questions here or post them as tweets. I don’t have time to react to all questions so please keep checking my timeline and blog.

Note that this list of questions is not exhaustive. I’m simply unable to answer all questions due to lack of time.

Q: is this a real video of Jason Statham unscrewing a bottle cap by kicking?

A: yes. This viral #bottlecapchallenge apparently started in the mixed martial arts world. Follow the hashtag to see a number of similar kicks. Or read this article that contains multiple examples. Note that the cap is loose and somebody or something is holding the bottle. I’m not saying this trick is easy, and will not try it myself 🙂

Q: bottle cap challenge with a car?

A: looks like a computer render to me. If this were a real car, the stunt would require extreme precision driving which seems impossible. Also, the account that posted this is known for car themed CGI videos.

Q: is this a real tiger chasing a bike?

A: most likely yes. The video originates from a reliable source: Forest and Wildlife protection Society (FAWPS) on Facebook. The video doesn’t appear to be CGI. I’m not sure if the tiger is actually chasing the bike or just running for some other reason. Further reading via Snopes.

Q: food jumping from a plate

A: that’s probably real. It could be snake or fish meat reacting to salt. Or perhaps more likely, it could be Ikizukuri (Japanese food). Perhaps a prepared toad that’s still moving.

Q: storm in Miami?

That’s not real. PicPedant’s debunk below. This isn’t the first time Shavnore’s digital art has been misused.

Q: video of real paranormal activity?

A: this is an old hoax. See Hoax or Fact for details.

Q: what about this robot bowling video?

A: it’s CGI artwork just like the source above writes. This video has been copied and shared by many accounts who are sharing it without attribution using misleading titles like “robot overlords”.

Q: chilling ghost footage from a hotel (room 209)?

A: that’s an old hoax. See this article for details.

Q: paranormal activity in a cemetery?

A: there are several Tik Tok videos by “Security1275” (there might be other account names, too). This shouldn’t be a surprise: I don’t see any evidence of supernatural activity in these videos. Some of the videos include persons, perhaps children, that are supposedly “ghosts”. They are not. I’m leaning towards hoax, unless it turns out that the person who made these videos really believes in supernatural and was subject to a prank.

Reason is simple: there is no scientific evidence of supernatural things like ghosts, spirits, angels etc. I’m willing to change my opinion if any alleged supernatural claim would go through scientific analysis and survive. Ghost stories are very old and they are still very popular. However, it’s quite revealing that no supernatural event has ever been scientifically analyzed ending with conclusion: that’s supernatural.

Instead of scientific research we see a lot of wild claims, which are often hoaxes or pranks, or even lies. Many supernatural claims have been properly studied and all of them turned out to be some natural phenomenon.

Q: incredible zoom video

A: see my tweet

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