On the effectiveness of aluminum foil hats

(via Neatorama)

Time for all the nutjobs to pay attention! Some of the fine thinkers at MIT have taken the time to do an empirical study on the effectiveness of, well, like the headline says – aluminum foil hats. Since I know some folks use these fancy hats to block the UFO mind-reading rays (and probably the President Bush mind reading rays, the use of which was instituted shortly before he started using the weather controlling hurricane creating rays), you should probably spend some time finding out what protection they provide.
Here’s the abstract:

Among a fringe community of paranoids, aluminum helmets serve as the protective measure of choice against invasive radio signals. We investigate the efficacy of three aluminum helmet designs on a sample group of four individuals. 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.

Well, can you really trust them now? Maybe those hats work, and these guys are just part of the conspiracy? And why aluminum foil and not tin foil? Things that make you go hmmmmmm?

[tags]Aluminum foil hats, Protecting the brain from the UFO mind-reading rays[/tags]