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The mysterious case of the Brazilian men with the lead masks...

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"...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)

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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    Could it be something radioactive/nuclear if they're using lead masks and they'd have to put the mask on to protect from? Also the tablets could have been something to protect them from radioactivity. In X-Ray Clinics staff use lead collars on patients to protect the thyroid if the x-ray is high near the throat and wear lead aprons themselvesd or protect themselves in a room.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Could it be something radioactive/nuclear if they're using lead masks and they'd have to put the mask on to protect from? Also the tablets could have been something to protect them from radioactivity. In X-Ray Clinics staff use lead collars on patients to protect the thyroid if the x-ray is high near the throat and wear lead aprons themselvesd or protect themselves in a room.
    That's actually a really interesting theory, Rosie. It's mentioned that their insides were essentially roasted, yet their outsides seemed relatively normal. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Iodine tablets are meant to protect from Iodine 131.  However if they were conned and hit with a burst of some other form of radioactive elements either internally (the capsules they took) or externally they wouldn't have been protected.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    Internal Radiation Exposure

    Radioactive materials may be internally deposited in the body when an uptake occurs through one of the three routes of entry: inhalation, ingestion and skin contact. These exposures can occur when radioactive material is airborne; is inhaled and absorbed by the lungs and deposited in the body; is present in contaminated food, drink or other consumable items and is ingested; or is spilled or aerosolizes onto the skin and absorbed or enters through cuts or scratches. Internal deposition may also result from contaminated hands, with subsequent eating or rubbing of eyes.

    Internal exposures arise when radiation is emitted from radioactive materials present within the body. Although external hazards are primarily caused by x-rays, gamma rays, high energy betas and neutrons, all forms of radiation (including low energy betas, gammas and alphas) can cause internal radiation exposures. Alpha particles create a high concentration of ions along their path, and can cause severe damage to internal organs and tissues when they are inhaled, ingested or are present on the skin. Once these particles get into the body, damage can occur since there is no protective dead skin layer to shield the organs and tissues. Internal exposures are not limited to the intake of large amounts at one time (acute exposure). Chronic exposure may arise from an accumulation of small amounts of radioactive materials over a long period of time.

    It is known that many substances taken into the body will accumulate in certain body organs, called target organs. For example, iodine will accumulate in the thyroid gland. When iodine is inhaled or ingested, the body cannot distinguish stable iodine from radioactive iodine; a significant portion of the inhaled iodine will be deposited in the thyroid gland within 24 hours.

    read more
    http://www.orcbs.msu.edu/radiation/programs_guidelines/radmanual/16rm_exposure.htm

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads

    "swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal"
    December 13, 2013 1:12 PM   

    from Metafilter:
    The Lead Masks Case is the name given to a bizarre incident in August of 1966 in which two Brazilian television repairmen were found dead of unknown causes, wearing radiation-proof lead eye masks and raincoats, on a hilltop just outside the city of of Niterói in Rio de Janeiro. Along with a bizarre note left by one of the men which reads (in English), "16:30 (04:30 PM) be at the agreed place. 18:30 (06:30 PM) swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal," the unusual circumstances have prompted decades of speculation.

    The men, Manoel Pereira da Cruz and Miguel José Viana, had departed from nearby Campos dos Goytacazes three days earlier on a business trip to buy electronics equipment in Niterói, and they were found with a list of part numbers, suggesting they planned to return. Both men were clothed in raincoats and carrying towels. Because the hilly territory prevented an easy recovery of the bodies, autopsies were not performed in time to confirm any cause of death.

    The case was first publicized outside Brazil in UFOlogist Jacques Vallée's book Confrontations, and there is some evidence the two men were themselves UFO buffs who had stopped at the Morro de Vintern because of its reputation as a hot spot for sightings. Vallée considered it a "close encounter," other theories involve speculation about a failed attempt to purchase radioactive materials or simply a double suicide with esoteric motives (via Reddit comments).
    posted by kewb (40 comments total) 67 users marked this as a favorite

     
    The radioactive materials link says that it doesn't explain the capsules - surely it could have been iodine pills for radiation exposure, which fits the theory.
    posted by jason_steakums at 1:32 PM on December 13, 2013


    Towels? Interstellar hitchhikers perhaps?
    posted by Kabanos at 1:35 PM on December 13, 2013 [21 favorites]


    16:30 (04:30 PM) be at the agreed place. 18:30 (06:30 PM) swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal

    This seems like a pathological translation, to me. Possibly courtesy of Google, even. Another source offers this alternate translation:

    Read more
    http://www.metafilter.com/134764/swallow-capsules-after-effect-protect-metals-wait-for-mask-signal


    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    Maybe part of these men did actually "leave", and what was found was just what was left behind?
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    Definitely in one sense they "left" as we all will someday.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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