Calling the Breatharian Institute of America

The below was posted as a response to one of my YouTube videos, and it’s odd/funny/engrossing. A guy calls the Breatharian Institute of America, aka some crazy dude who offers to give a a 5-day workshop on how to be awesome for just $10,000 USD or gold. Please note that as of March 11 2009, the Breatharian Institute is now located on the 20TH DIMENSION EARTH PRIME. So yeah, we’re definitely dealing with someone with Time-Cube-level issues, but still: fascinating.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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  1. There’s no way this guy is all there. He really has gone so far over the delusional edge that I think he really should get some help. It’s funny but also really scary.

  2. It is really scary.

    Meditate on his magic words but only before drinking lots of diet Coke with caffeine in plastic bottles ONLY, and only with McDonalds double quarter pounder with cheese.

    I have heard of fasting to enhance one’s spiritual experience, but avoiding water and vegetables and only drinking diet Coke and eating McDonalds double quarter pounder with cheese?

    Do happy meals count?

  3. for more on this guy, there is an episode of Web Drifter (hopefully still available through Revision3) About this guy. It isn’t particularly skeptical but it’s funny, and that’s what really matters, right?

  4. From Alex Chiu to Timecube to this guy. I wonder what would happen if you put them together in a cage match fight to the death.

    The breatharian would hold his breath until he passed out.

    Timecube guy would rant about how the other two are STUPID EVIL EDUCATED! WHY CAN’T THEY SEE THE FOUR TIMES IN 4D?!?!?!!!

    Alex Chiu would be a zombie with a funny looking bracelet denying his zombieness, and claiming that he’s immortal. All the while, he’ll attempt to eat the brains of the other two.

  5. I get the impression that the guy on the other end of the phone knows he’s scamming people. When he asked if the caller saw the cost of the seminar, he seemed incredulous that someone actually called him. The website looks like a Poe site. Like a satirical swipe at Scientology. :)

  6. @VoxMachina: Sedona is beautiful, but it is full off the woo-woo, for sure. Although, Maynard from Tool has a wine vineyard there, so they keep some of their cool factor.

    928 isn’t exclusively Sedona, though; a lot of people who don’t live anywhere near Sedona have that # (usually cell phones).

  7. @Outsider: No, I was serious when I said it was only 90. That’s awesome. AND WEIRD. It was 107 the other day. We’re way below normal.

    It was also kind of humid.

    And we do get humidity. Monsoon come on hurrrrrrry!

  8. @Outsider: Lol 107 is nothin’ :) 115-120, then we’re talkin’ summer!

    My home town is notorious for getting 110+ and being 30%+ humidity, and threatening rain but NEVER raining. It’s awesome, lemme tell ya.

    And you’ve not felt heat until you’ve felt 126 degrees. That’s special.

    But you’ve not felt awesome until you’ve jumped into the 70 degree Colorado River when it’s 120+ out. Wooooah, boy.

  9. @marilove: 80 degrees and I bitch about the heat. Bring on the frostbite! And sadly, for all it’s perks, Portland, OR, has more than it’s fair share of woo, and it likes to play at being sophisticated, intellectual woo.

  10. I was wondering why my video got so many hits recently.
    If you think that was weird, you should read some of the comments on youtube. Yikes!

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