Jesus H. Christ mystery: Shock theory reveals origin of letter H – Where did it come from?

Jesus H. Christ is a more obscure version of the name Jesus Christ brought to wider attention in Mark Twain’s autobiography during the 19th century. The American novelist was recalling his time as a printer’s apprentice when he decided to get his revenge on old mentor from the time. He had been tasked with printing pamphlets of the sermons of Reverend Alexander Campbell. Unfortunately, the printer had dropped some letters so he abbreviated Jesus Christ to JC.

He was chastised by the livid preacher who made him reset all the text so as not to “diminish” the Lord’s name.

Twain obliged by simply writing Jesus H. Christ instead of Jesus Christ in humorous retaliation.

The phrase had already become known in wider circles as a mild expletive, based on the common conception that the “H” was Jesus’s middle name.

But now one online theory has debunked the meaning of “H”, saying it does not mean the middle name of Jesus after all.

Website MentalFloss claims the “H” is a misreading of an early motif, known as a monogram, used to represent Jesus.

Monograms overlap more than one letters to create a unified symbol and were used in ancient times to denote a person’s name.

Christians often used the familiar Chi Rho monogram but a less familiar one was the IHC monogram, which you can see below (will have pic).

IHC used the first three letters of the Greek spelling for Jesus, Ἰησοῦς.

These looked similar to Latin letters and in more recent centuries, scholars who read the Greek text mistook the I for a “J” based on the Latin alphabet.

Taking ‘C’ to mean Christ, they then concluded “H” must be Jesus’s middle name.

Christ is often nowadays considered to be Jesus’s last name but MentalFloss explains that is wrong.

Christ is an epithet – a byline explaining a person’s characteristics – and means “anointed one”.

So the phrase “Jesus H. Christ” was completely inaccurate as an expletive.

This is believed to have happened some time in the early 19th century.

And that so happens to be the period during which Mark Twain was alive.

His use of the phrase will no doubt have added to the plausibility that Jesus did in fact have a middle name.

Politician’s Press Conference Dogged By Accidental Facebook Cat Filter

Politicians, take note: If you want to spread your mission far and wide, use a cat filter.

Shaukat Yousafzai, a regional minister in northwest Pakistan, discovered that the hard way on Friday when he did a Facebook Live chat in order to brief voters in his area.

Unbeknownst to him, a staff member added a cat filter on the camera, which made Yousafzai look, well … adorbs?

Live viewers tried to alert the people doing the press conference, but The Verge reports the stream continued on with the cat filter for several minutes.

However, Yousafzai’s political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party, deleted the video after the conference wrapped.

Still, Agence France-Presse reports that screenshots of the conference quickly spread far beyond the area he represents. Yousafzai’s felined face ― pink cat ears and all ― went global.

The PTI released a statement on Saturday about the incident, which it blamed on human error, according to CNN.

The party insisted that “all necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incident in future” while claiming that its “social media team is deemed to be the pioneers of Social Media in Pakistan.”

Yousafzai seemed less defensive about the incident, but emphasized he wasn’t the only victim.

“I wasn’t the only one ― two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter,” he told AFP.

MH370 shock claim: Captain Zaharie Shah was ‘hiding secret mistress’

MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, when the jet mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board. The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea, before vanishing from civilian radar screens. Radar data shows the jet suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean, leading some to claim Captain Zaharie Shah played out a suicide mission.

A shock report last week claimed the pilot was “clinically depressed” and decide to take his own life, along with the passengers on board.

However, according to Qantas’s former manager of flight training, David Shrubb, the disappearance was actually meticulously planned by Mr Shah after he fell in love with a worker at Kuala Lumpur airport.

The source claimed Mr Shah had enjoyed several mistresses over the years but “Rina with her long, lustrous hair and sensuous figure”, was the one who stood out.

Mr Shrubb went on to claim the captain used connections to get two stolen passports and that on the evening of March 7, 2014, he packed his flight kit with extra warm clothes, a bright waterproof torch, a whistle and a parachute so he could bail mid-flight.

MH370 researcher Ean Higgins dubbed the revelation “my favourite theory so far” telling investigators to “exclude all others”.

The senior reporter at The Australian included it in his new book “The Hunt for MH370”, where he theorised how the event may have played out.

He wrote: “The love tryst couple decided on an elaborate plan to elope and secretly establish a new life in another obscure but pleasant Asian country.

“Seeing the lights of the fishing boat he was expecting, just as planned at the precise agreed coordinates, Zaharie put a deflated life jacket on along with his parachute.

“He returned to the passenger cabin and opened one of the exit doors just behind the wings, after pushing a lifeless flight attendant who had collapsed there out of the way.

“Within 15 minutes the love of her life was safely aboard and in her arms, ready to secretly elope overseas and start a new life, the cash from the inheritance secure in the hold.”

There have been countless claims over what happened to MH370.

Some state the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a  “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

Over the years there have been all sorts of claims over possible sightings, from Maldive islanders to oil rig workers in Vietnam.

However, we are still no closer to knowing the truth.

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MH370: Why investigator proposed simple theory on what happened – ‘Just like in 2005’

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 left Kuala Lumpur airport on March 8, 2014, destined for Beijing, China, with 239 passengers on board. However, the Boeing 777 jet mysteriously disappeared over the South China Sea, after its final communication with air traffic control at 1:19am. Over the years, the captain – Zaharie Shah – has come under fire amid claims suggesting he went on a suicide mission after analysis of radar data suggested he made a “final goodbye” gesture.

However, air crash investigator Tony Cable has another theory. 

He believes the plane’s strange, sudden movements suggest the pilot was not in control.

Instead, Mr Cable told NDTV’s Sanya Jain that he believed a member of the cabin crew had entered the cockpit.

She wrote in April: “Air accident investigator Tony Cable believes that an earlier aviation disaster could offer clues. 

“In 2005, Helios Airways Flight 522 failed to make radio contact with ground, just like MH370.

“A fault in the flight’s pressurisation system made the pilots pass out as the aircraft flew on autopilot. 

“Fighter jets that made visual contact with the flight found a flight attendant entering the cockpit and sitting down on the pilot’s seat.

“Tony believes that something similar may have happened to flight MH370, and that would explain why it flew off course.”

The idea that that the pilot, alongside First Officer Fariq Abdul Hamid suffered from hypoxia – when the body is deprived of oxygen – has been popular among researchers.

Christine Negroni, the author of “The Crash Investigators” explored this during her new book.

However, Ms Negroni believes the bizarre movements on the flight path were produced by the erratic, illogical thoughts of a pilot suffering hypoxia.

She wrote in 2018: “To me, that insensible action [the turn] is a bright and shining clue that the pilots’ actions were illogical because they were incapable of logical thought. 

“My scenario is that the plane depressurised at 35,000 feet.

“The first officer, alone in the cockpit, put on his emergency oxygen mask but failed to get 100 percent oxygen under pressure which would be required to restore his intellectual acuity.

“Instead, with the insidious feeling of wellbeing that characterises hypoxia – or oxygen starvation – the pilot turned the plane back towards Kuala Lumpur.”

Ms Negroni went on to detail what she believed happened next.

She added: “He knew there was a problem but didn’t have the brain processing power to act appropriately. 

“This explains why he turned in one direction then another before passing out as the plane headed into the world’s most remote sea.”

However, the theory comes within a mountain of other theories of what happened five years ago.

Researchers Teach Gray Seals To Sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’

As cute and lovable as seals are, their contributions to the musical canon have, frankly, been minimal at best.

But that could theoretically change now that researchers in Scotland have taught three gray seals to actually sing songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and the “Star Wars” theme.

Scientists at the University of St. Andrews raised the seals from birth in order to study how successful the animals might be at vocal learning, a skill crucial for learning a language but one that is relatively rare in animals.

According to a new report published in the scientific journal Current Biology, researchers wanted to see whether the seals could be taught to copy melodies and human formants, the parts of speech sounds humans use to encode information.

“For example, different vowels only differ in their formants,” researcher Vincent Janik explained to New Scientist.

The seals were trained to copy sequences of their own sounds, and then to turn those into melodies.

The animals also learned to copy human vowel sounds, Janik said. 

It wasn’t easy at first, but the seals eventually caught on.

“It takes hundreds of trials to teach the seal what we want it to do, but once they get the idea they can copy a new sound pretty well at the first attempt,” he said.

One seal, named Zola, learned to bark out both “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and the theme to “Star Wars,” as the video here demonstrates.

To be fair, Zola’s voice sounds more like a setting on a cheap Casio keyboard than, say, Rihanna, Beyoncé or Ariana Grande. 

Nonetheless, her vocal prowess gets a thumbs-up from lead researcher Amanda Stansbury. 

“I was amazed how well the seals copied the model sounds we played to them. Copies were not perfect but given that these are not typical seal sounds it is pretty impressive,” she told the BBC.

“Our study really demonstrates how flexible seal vocalizations are,” she added. “Previous studies just provided anecdotal evidence for this.”

But while seals might be able to learn to make vocal sounds resembling singing, Janik pointed out there’s a big difference between copying language and understanding it.

“Our study suggests that [seals] have the production skills to produce human language. Whether they can make sense of it would be the next question,” he said, according to the Evening Standard“We would have to investigate whether they are able to label objects vocally, which is a key requirement for actually talking about things.”

So while these seals have a long way to go to match the musical efforts of the Beatles, the Eagles or even the Arctic Monkeys, Janik does think their work will help scientists better understand human speech disorders.

“Since seals use the same neural and anatomical structures as humans to produce these sounds, they provide a good model system in which to study how speech sounds are learned,” he said.

MH370 shock: Obsessed pilot disconnected from reality ahead of fatal flight, friend claims

MH370 mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board while travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in 2014. While pieces of the Boeing 777 aircraft have washed up, the plane was last recorded flying over the South China Sea. Radar data showed a sudden change of direction for the Malaysia Airlines plane which flew back across Malaysia before heading towards the Indian Ocean which some believe was part of a suicide mission.

Mr Shah’s lifestyle ahead of the flight has been brought into to question to shed light on to what potentially happened.

One friend claimed the captain was “obsessed” with following models on Facebook, according to The Atlantic.

The source said Mr Shah would leave “shyly sexual” comments on photos.

They added Mr Shah spent an unhealthy amount of time on social media leading him to become disconnected from reality.

READ MORE: MH370 shock: How plane could have suffered ‘electronic takeover’

The shock report noted Mr Shah had been battling with depression with loneliness.

US aviation writer William Langewiesche theorised Mr Shah killed the 238 passengers on board by starving them of oxygen.

He believes Mr Shah went on to fly alone for hours with the bodies in the plane.

Mr Langewiesche wrote: “There is a strong suspicion among investigators in the aviation and intelligence communities that he was clinically depressed.”

The Atlantic report suggests Mr Zaharie sent his young co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid out of the cockpit before depressurising the aircraft.

He would have then ensured passengers’ deaths by climbing above cruising altitude to starve them of oxygen.

While cabin oxygen masks would have dropped, their intended use is for no longer than 15 minutes to altitudes where the air is breathable.

However, if the Boeing 777 was at 40,000ft the oxygen masks wouldn’t have worked.

Mr Langewiesche added: “The cabin occupants would have become incapacitated within a couple of minutes, lost consciousness, and gently died without any choking or gasping for air.

“The scene would have been dimly lit by the emergency lights, with the dead belted into their seats, their faces nestled in the worthless oxygen masks dangling on tubes from the ceiling.”

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Philippines on earthquake and tsunami alert after giant 14ft oarfish washes up on shore

The fish, said to swim in shallow water ahead of an earthquake, comes as a warning to the residents. Measuring at 13.9 feet, the fish washed up in Barangay Poblacion in Compostela town in northern Cebu yesterday. The deep-sea fish died when locals tried to pull it from the rocks where it was hiding and ripped off its head.

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office shared a photo of the fish on Facebook.

The group said: “Those who found the fish said it suddenly appeared hiding on the rocks located near the dike.

“They caught it by the head and started to pull it hard not knowing that it had a soft body, the reason why its head was ripped off.”

One resident said it was the first time the fish had washed up on their shorelines, according to CDN.

READ MORE: Rare MONSTER fish which only surfaces after earthquakes caught

The fish are traditionally known as “Ryugu no tsukai” in Japanese, or the “Messenger from the Sea God’s Palace”.

Legend has associated the huge fish as an omen.

The myth gathered believers after the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and subsequent tsunami, which killed more than 20,000 people.

The quake had a magnitude of nine and was one of the biggest recorded in a century.

A dozen oarfish had washed up onto Japan’s coastline in 2010 before the disaster.

But scientists dispute such claims.

Uozu Aquarium keeper Kazusa Saiba told CNN that global warming or subtle changes in the Earth’s crust could “cause the current to stir and push creatures at the bottom to the surface.

“There is no scientific evidence at all for the theory that oarfish appear around big quakes. But we cannot 100 percent deny the possibility.”

MH370 bombshell: Investigator warned he will be KILLED if he continues disappearance probe

In 2016, Mr Gibson rose to prominence after claiming debris he found in Mozambique belonged to the plane. Since then, The Sun reports that Mr Gibson has found a further 16 pieces of alleged wreckage from that flight. The pieces have turned up at spots in Madagascar and South Africa.

But William Langewiesche, a pilot turned writer, said Mr Gibson had “began receiving death threats” after he found the first piece three years ago.

Mr Langewiesche said: “One message said that either he would stop looking for debris or he would leave Madagascar in a coffin.

“Another warned he would die of polonium poisoning.

“He has been traumatised.”

READ MORE: MH370 shock claim: Captain Zaharie Shah was ‘hiding secret mistress’

The self-styled investigator added: “He largely avoids disclosing his location or travel plans, and for similar reasons avoids using email and rarely speaks over the telephone.

“He frequently swaps out his Sim cards. He believes he is sometimes followed and photographed.”

MH370 was travelling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, China, when the jet mysteriously vanished with 239 people on board.

The Boeing 777 aircraft last communicated with air traffic control at 1.19am when the plane was flying over the South China Sea, before vanishing from civilian radar screens.

Radar data shows the jet suddenly changed course and flew back across Malaysia before turning south of Penang and then towards the southern Indian Ocean, leading some to claim Captain Zaharie Shah played out a suicide mission.

There have been countless claims over what happened to MH370.

Some state the plane was hijacked, either by terrorists on board or through remote cyber hacking.

While more outrageous ideas have claimed the plane was a “flying bomb” due to the cargo of five tonnes of mangosteens and 221kg of lithium-ion batteries.

I’ve Never Stopped Thinking About The Quiznos Spongmonkey Commercials

Three things punctuate my memory of 2004: crying over how pathetic I was at Dance Dance Revolution, Lindsay Lohan and a series of commercials featuring two haunting creatures with misshapen eyes and mouths screaming at me about the delights of Quiznos subs.

“We love the subs, coz they are good to us,” yelled a weird and disconcerting creature in a bowler hat, before going on to describe the sandwiches at Quiznos as tasty, crunchy and warm.

So, you’re probably wondering: Why am I talking about this now, in the year 2019?

Well, a tweet reminiscing about those creatures ― the spongmonkeys (yes, that’s their actual name; more on that in second) ― and their musical stylings by writer Erin Sullivan took off on Sunday night. Which made me realize that I still remember every single lyric to these dumb ads.

Sullivan’s tweet quipped that the spongmonkeys were why millennials don’t own homes ― a riff off the very 2019 internet joke that stems from claims that millennials can’t afford homes because of things like avocado toast and lattes. The tweet has more than 15,000 retweets and 58,000 likes.

In response to Sullivan, I’ve been pleased to realize that I’m not the only who remembered and have never stopped thinking about these bizarre commercials:

Let’s get back to the basics here. For starters, what the actual fuck is a spongmonkey?

As spongmonkey is a portmanteau of the term “spong,” which on British website b3ta means “the practice of adding large staring eyes with small pupils to an image,” plus, well, monkeys. They were created by writer and animation director Joel Veitch, who appeared to have made them in 2003 and featured them in a delightfully odd video called “We Like the Moon.”

“The song was improvised with my brother Alex. We had been to the pub, and bashed the song out when we got home. I made the lyrics up as I went along, and it was recorded on to a video camera. The next morning I watched it back, still liked it, so I put together the animation and whacked it up on the internet,” Veitch told me via email.

Quiznos didn’t elaborate on how it became intrigued by the spongmonkeys, but told HuffPost that its “brand team has enjoyed taking a trip down memory lane in the Twitter comments.”

“Some things will never change, though. We still love da moon, and we still have a pepper barrr,” Mark Lohmann, Quiznos’ chief brand officer, said in an email.

I learned how Quiznos got ahold of them via a 2004 Slate interview with the company’s chief marketing officer, Trey Hall.

Apparently, the brand’s ad firm received a clip of Veitch’s “We Like the Moon” from his site rathergood.com and “decided it was perfect for a new campaign.” The sandwich brand was apparently seeking to make a “dramatic” statement with its small advertising budget; the spongmonkeys Quiznos commercials became part of a Quiznos ad campaign that hit TV screens all around the United States during the 2004 Super Bowl.

Veitch told me that Quiznos had their “agency writing on the songs [too], as they are commercials and that’s how commercials work.” He also indicated that his favorite of the spongmonkey ads ― yes, there was more than one ― was the one where the creatures are dressed as Huns, helmets and all.

“It’s not particularly well known but it is my favourite. I feel like there is something particularly noble in their assertion that they are too civilised to eat raw subs. Yes, those little Spongmonkies are very refined, and anyone who thinks otherwise should be ashamed of themselves,” said Veitch.

Quiznos’ chief marketing officer later told AdAge that the campaign succeeded in creating “awareness and buzz,” so they later “pulled back on [the branding ads] to sell real product benefits.” That same report noted that the brand received as “many as 30,000 calls the first week” the ads aired and that some franchisees weren’t happy with the critters.

When I first saw them in 2004, I hadn’t seen anything like the spongmonkeys on television before. I remember being utterly transfixed, laughing out loud every single time I saw them and scream-singing their lyrics everywhere I went for weeks. My sister and I often were left gasping for air whenever the one spongmonkey aggressively exclaimed, “THEY GOT A PEPPER BAR!!!”

Spongmonkeys were the sort of odd internet amalgamation that, at the time, we had seen only when we sneaked downstairs to the only computer we had access to, fired up the AOL modem and lurked on eBaum’s World.

The bug-eyed musicians have made many reappearances on social media over the years, dominating Reddit boards and even making Time’s “Top 10 Creepiest Product Mascots,” alongside Burger King’s King and McDonald’s Hamburglar, despite Quiznos as a brand rapidly shrinking (Quiznos filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2014 and was down to 800 stores worldwide as of 2018).

Veitch says he reacts “with utter joy to all the attention they get.”

“I am humbled and overwhelmed with glee. Hooray for the world, as it is a world that allows my little Spongmonkeys to sing their joyful song to the people,” he told me.

In a world where Denny’s casually calls freckles “body pepper” and VitaCoco begets social media feuds that end in urine-filled jugs, it’s not clear whether or not the spongmonkeys would have what it takes to break through the noise like they did in the early aughts. But they’ll always have a place in my unhinged little heart.

This article has been updated with comments from Quiznos.

Life after death: Mother sees ‘Heaven’ scrawls ‘it’s real’ after she dies for 27 minutes

Tina Hines gestured she wanted to write something and scrawled “it’s real” on a piece of paper after momentarily being revived. When her family asked her what was real she looked upwards and nodded. She later claimed the note refers to Heaven existing. And she revealed what the astonishing scenes she saw while unconscious, which include a Jesus-like figure appearing. 

Tina told AZfamily.com: “It was so real. The colours were so vibrant.”

The drama began when the active mum was on her way for a hike with her husband near the couple’s home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Tina collapsed and turned purple according to her husband Brian.

He gave her CPR and brought her back twice before paramedics arrived.

On the way to hospital in the ambulance, paramedics lost Tina and resuscitated her six times before she arrived in hospital.

Tina was dead for a collective 27 minutes, the family have revealed.

In the hospital with a tube in her mouth and unable to speak, she was given a pen and piece of paper when she wrote the almost unintelligible note.

She later described seeing a figure she says was Jesus.

He was standing in front of some black gates and was surrounded by a bright yellow light.

Most people who temporarily die from cardiac arrests have no memory of this period.

However, between 10 to 20 percent say they have near death experiences.

A study on rats by the University of Michigan showed a burst of brain activity in the moments before death and complex thoughts.

Scientists claim the brain activity may allow people to have memories of the period before death.

But Tina is convinced what she saw means God and Heaven exist.

And her family are equally convinced.

Her niece Madie Johnson even has the note from Tina tattooed on her wrist.

The mother from Arizon is not alone and there are numerous others with similar visions and beliefs.

Just weeks ago after suffering a life threatening injury.

He said: “The ground was sandy but solid, and I could smell the desert air.”

He added vivid description of what he say bt then “snapped back to reality” and found himself in hospital.

Another man, writing in the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, said .

He then saw Jesus “standing on the other side of a bridge” and revealed Jesus asked him: “Gary would you like to stay for eternal peace and happiness or go back?”

Gary asked to return and then woke up back in his body.

He wrote: “If an experience like this doesn’t change you, then there’s something wrong with you.”

And Dr Sam Parnia, director of critical care and resuscitation research at NYU Langone School of Medicine in New York, recently said in a debate how people describe a “sensation of a bright, warm, welcoming light”.

Others report “watching doctors and nurses working on them”.

But Dr Parnia insists there is a scientific explanation and that the brain scans itself as a survival technique.