To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The latest and silliest Date: Fri, 26 Jan 199

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From: James Randi --- Wizard To: broadcast-randi-hotline@ssr.com Subject: The latest and silliest Date: Fri, 26 Jan 1996 14:20:24 -0500 SILLIER AND SILLIER.... Hard to believe, but the Quadro QRS 250G Tracker story gets bigger by the minute. In the last two days I've handled some 200+ messages here on the Internet about the subject, the media have tied me up on the phone, via fax, and in person, and there seems no end to how incredibly silly the whole Quadro operation is. Try this on for size: The FBI, during their raid on the Quadro Corporation headquarters in Harleyville, SC, entered the "secret research facility," as Quadro president/founder Wade Quattlebaum called it. There they were shown how the "signature cards" -- which are said to be tuned to the "molecular frequency" of the substance being sought -- were prepared. I hope you're seated as I describe this. To prepare a "carbocrystalized signature card" tuned to cocaine, the white-gloved Quattlebaum took a Polaroid photo of the substance. That photo was then taken to what appeared, to the uninitiated person, to be a Canon copier. In actuality, explained Quattlebaum, this was an "electromagnetic frequency transfer unit." Science marches on. An enlarged photocopy of the Polaroid photo was made, which "extracted the molecular structure and its subsequent frequency emission from the photo." That piece of paper was then cut into tiny squares, one of which was inserted into the plastic "signature card" chip. Et le voila! But there's more! Aware that some competitor might cut open the plastic chip and discover this high-tech secret, and sure that foreign governments would want to steal this technological leap, Quattlebaum cunningly changed over to making the photocopies ON BLACK CONSTRUCTION PAPER, so that the image could not be seen..... To turn to a cheerier development in human progress, I must tell you of an article in the November, 1993, issue of "Coonhound Bloodlines," a journal with which not many of us will be familiar. Under the "Product Review" section, an author named Steve Fielder wrote a 5-page analysis of the Quadro QRS 550 DL Tracker, a variation on the regular model, designed by the geniuses at Harleyville to locate lost coon dogs. Mr. Fielder, after three months of trying to use the toy, did a most perceptive, penetrating and sensible investigation, and concluded, in part: It is my opinion that...as long as the user knows where the [target] is, he will be totally convinced that the unit works....I believe that the user can unconsciously influence the movement of the antenna. The unit is intricately balanced and can be moved from right to left with the slightest tilt of the hand. And there, from a non-scientist who has the good sense to examine the device carefully and without bias, is the "secret" behind the success of the Quadro Corporation in selling their products. Mr. Fielder, my compliments. You have done what numerous highly-educated academics, chiefs of police, school principals and journalists have found to be beyond their abilities. It's called "common sense," and it is not taught at schools. More, much more, anon..... James Randi.

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