Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Truth About Tin-Foil Hats

Some MIT students conducted an empirical analysis of tin-foil hats, and their supposed ability to prevent the government, aliens, or other nefarious groups from reading or controlling your mind.  Their results:
Using a $250,000 network analyser, we find that although on average all helmets attenuate invasive radio frequencies in either directions (either emanating from an outside source, or emanating from the cranium of the subject), certain frequencies are in fact greatly amplified. These amplified frequencies coincide with radio bands reserved for government use according to the Federal Communication Commission (FCC). Statistical evidence suggests the use of helmets may in fact enhance the government's invasive abilities. We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason.
See the whole study here.

A new study critical of the MIT research is to be released soon by Dr. Walter Bishop.


  1. Really liking the 'centurion'. Stylish!

    Dr. Bishop appears to favor a fourth model, the 'bicorne', worn in
    the traditional fore-and-aft manner. Also stylish.

    And sadly, it seems, ineffective.

  2. That some frequencies are amplified makes sense. Tin foil is, well, a metal - and radio antennas are made of metal. Incidentally, on my roof, I have a discone omnidirectional antenna for my scanners, shortwave, other radios. Sometimes I put a tin foil hat on to boost signal strength.

  3. "We speculate that the government may in fact have started the helmet craze for this reason."
    I hate to say it, but there just may be some truth in this. Although I hope not.