Two Cars & a Painting

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog

Synchronicity is a type of intelligence.


I met David when I was seriously involved in Transcendental Meditation. I even lived at the TM center on Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur, Texas.

TM significantly increased my synchronicity quotient.


Returning to David, he entered a lottery and won a new car.

He entered another lottery two months later, and won another new car.

I asked David about an unusual painting hanging on his apartment wall.

It was by a famous contemporary artist (whose name went down the memory hole).

David had been at an art exhibition, and laughed at the artist’s painting.

“What are you laughing at?” asked the artist.

“Well, it’s obviously a parody of the Dutch painting, The Wedding.”

“You’re the first person to notice that. It’s yours for free.”


You can find a picture of The Wedding in cyberspace.

The painting on David’s wall was nothing but two intersecting lines, one vertical and one diagonal, on a single-color background.


George Gamow (Thirty Years That Shook Physics: The Story of Quantum Theory, 1966) wrote …

“It is well known that theoretical physicists cannot handle experimental equipment; it breaks whenever they touch it. Pauli was such a good theoretical physicist that something usually broke in the lab whenever he merely stepped across the threshold. A mysterious event that did not seem at first to be connected with Pauli’s presence once occurred in Professor J. Franck’s laboratory in Göttingen. Early one afternoon, without apparent cause, a complicated apparatus for the study of atomic phenomena collapsed. Franck wrote humorously about this to Pauli at his Zürich address and, after some delay, received an answer in an envelope with a Danish stamp. Pauli wrote that he had gone to visit Bohr and at the time of the mishap in Franck’s laboratory his train was stopped for a few minutes at the Göttingen railroad station. You may believe this anecdote or not, but there are many other observations concerning the reality of the Pauli Effect!”


'Two Cars & a Painting' have 5 comments

  1. July 22, 2021 @ 12:03 pm Atom

    Q — I have never heard of iodine deaths, unless you are referring to radioactive iodine! The competing halogens (chlorine, fluoride, bromine/bromide) are to be greatly feared for their deleterious effects!
    A — MANY people have died from excess iodine — many more than now die from deficient iodine.
    It took little effort to document it in my e-book (Too Much Iodine?: Be Wary of the Heaviest Halogen), and anyone else can do the same if they don’t get sidetracked by all the marketing hype.–mini-e-books.php#Too-Much-Iodine


  2. July 22, 2021 @ 12:06 pm Atom

    According to KUT 90.5 (Jul. 15, 2021) …
    “Working A Minimum-Wage Job In Austin? You’d Have To Work 152 Hours A Week To Afford A 2-Bedroom Apartment.”


  3. July 22, 2021 @ 12:14 pm Atom

    Re: “Supplies of three of the world’s most necessary grains: corn, soybeans, and wheat, are shrinking, and it’ll doubtless take at the very least the following two rising seasons for provides to succeed in comfy ranges once more. That’s the prediction the USDA and plenty of personal grain analysts have come to in current weeks, and grain markets have taken discover.”

    Well, it’s a good time to give up grains! :-D


  4. July 22, 2021 @ 12:15 pm Atom

    According to George Carlin …
    “Birth control pills are still on prescription. You still need a note to get laid.”


  5. July 22, 2021 @ 12:17 pm Atom

    Re: Is a urine pH of 8.4 necessary for optimal health?
    It’s an indication of chronic illness if it remains at that level.
    Urinary pH is useless without a differential diagnosis.–e-books.php#Acidify-or-Die


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