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The Curse of Oak Island


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#1    Myles

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 12:57 PM

Has anyone seen this?
I must have missed the first episode, but I caught episode #2 last night.
Nothing great.   A couple brothers, Marty Lagina and Rick Lagina, from Michigan have purchased the island and are working with Dan and Dave Blankenship, permanent residents of the island.    Since I've always been intrigued by this mystery, I'll watch the show.
They throw allot of stupid stuff in there, and they don't seem to have an expert on the crew.

Personally, I don't think there is anything to Oak Island.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

I tend to agree.  They can dig until they are blue in the face and all they'll find is nothing.

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Posted 17 January 2014 - 02:35 PM

Right now they are trying to find undeniable proof before dumping Millions into it. I have been waiting to see someone else go after this for a long while.

I think there is something to it. Why have oak logs every ten feet with coconut fiber on top. I guess we will see.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 03:12 PM

View PostBMan375032, on 17 January 2014 - 02:35 PM, said:

Right now they are trying to find undeniable proof before dumping Millions into it. I have been waiting to see someone else go after this for a long while.

I think there is something to it. Why have oak logs every ten feet with coconut fiber on top. I guess we will see.

I sure hope you are right.    I'd love for them to find something.  
At this point, I don't see where they have the proper funding to get to the bottom of this mystery.   I would find the show much more appealing if they (or the History Channel) brought in a real scientist to contribute.


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Posted 17 January 2014 - 03:25 PM

It is a wonderful mystery that begs to be solved!

I have no expectation of what might be found and can only guess at the reason for the planking...the fact that someone went to the trouble of constructing this is amazing to me...

Over the years, I have became convinced someone did build it for something.  Maybe it was a primitive attempt at a de-salination machine?  Who knows...but it sure is cool to think about.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 08:50 AM

I only caught a small bit of the show, but it didn't seem to have a serious vibe to it. Either way, I'd love to see what they discover (if anything). Oak Island has always been an interest of mine.

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Posted 22 January 2014 - 02:16 PM

View Postdarkninja, on 22 January 2014 - 08:50 AM, said:

I only caught a small bit of the show, but it didn't seem to have a serious vibe to it. Either way, I'd love to see what they discover (if anything). Oak Island has always been an interest of mine.

I was a little bummed when it was announced that these guys bought most of the island.  I was hoping that when it was put up for sale, a billionaire would buy it so that money would not be barrier to solving this mystery.


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Posted 22 January 2014 - 05:23 PM

As with a lot of these types of mysteries, the details that many believe (including myself) tend not to be accurate.  Brian Dunning did a great review of the OIMP on an  issue of Skeptoid a few years back.  Podcast and transcript at the link:

http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4129

The Oak Island Money Pit

Is a pirate treasure buried in this mysterious pit in Nova Scotia?


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 01:36 AM

The only problem I see is that its a History Channel reality show which has nevers solved or unearthed anything of any real relevance. As always we will be tuning into hype and more questions than answers.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 02:42 AM

I've followed this off-and-on for a couple of decades. There is a school of thought that holds that most of what's been found is artifacts left by previous treasure hunters, so that the whole exercise is by now a dog-chasing-its-tail one.

Also, the presence of a treasure-hole doesn't necessarily mean the presence of a treasure. The complex original construction, to the degree that we can believe it existed, could be explained as a make-work project to keep otherwise idle men occupied while their ship was being repaired. "The Devil finds work for idle hands" is a very old management axiom.


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 04:02 AM

What I find fascinating is the level of engineering that would have went into building everything on the island (the money pit, the swamp, and the cove are all said to be manmade) and nobody has found a "bill of sale" so to speak.
it just seems the man power and time going into such a endeavor would have shown up on somebodies bank account

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Posted 23 January 2014 - 07:29 AM

I'm wondering about the conversation the pirates would be having.

"Why are we doing this again?"

"To bury our treasure and keep it safe."

"Oh...why aren't we spending it?"


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Posted 23 January 2014 - 05:14 PM

View PostJeremiah65, on 17 January 2014 - 03:25 PM, said:

It is a wonderful mystery that begs to be solved!

I have no expectation of what might be found and can only guess at the reason for the planking...the fact that someone went to the trouble of constructing this is amazing to me...

Over the years, I have became convinced someone did build it for something.  Maybe it was a primitive attempt at a de-salination machine?  Who knows...but it sure is cool to think about.

I was disappointed also. Seems like the "America Unearthed" type of 'discovery' alot of hype and little real substance.

Your de-salinization idea is best I've heard so far. Why not dig another hole @ an angle towards bottom to avoid all the water danger, etc???

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 02:41 AM

I enjoy the whole mystery of Oak Island. The TV show is SO SLOW moving though. There is so much wasted time. I have to watch it on ondemand and fast forward a lot of it. LOL
With the money, equipment, and technology, why can't somebody just go down there?  I'm sure it's not that simple, but it can't be that difficult either. They act like it's on another planet.


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Posted 24 January 2014 - 03:40 AM

I admit Oak Island has always interested me. I haven't seen any of the TV episodes, but then again, I can't really say I'm a fan of the History Channel anymore. I take it this one is fashioned as some sort of reality TV show? Reality TV is fast contributing to the dumbing down of America. But it's an interesting place with an intriguing history, and skeptic that I am, I can't outright dismiss the possibility that something's down there. Maybe a pirate boot.

It's also suitable fodder for novels. A pair of my favorite writers, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, wrote a novel called Riptide back in the late 1990s. It's a takeoff on Oak Island and a hell of a good book.

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