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My Experiments with Pyramids

I have just started to do my own experiments with pyramids, after procrastinating for far too long, using excuses like, "not enough time" and "not enough space".  Well, no more.  I plan to update this page as I have results worth writing about.  I intend to experiment with different angles, materials, open-frame versus walled pyramids, alignment to true north versus magnetic north, among other factors.  I hope eventually to have something that can be replicated by interested customers.

I make a commitment to reporting all of my experiments as honestly as possible,
and without self-selecting which ones to report, and which ones to not.

Batch #1: Mung beans, Tomato and apple slices, and the Cut-Apple Experiment.

I just finished my first batch of three experiments.  I can't really say that it was a huge success.  In my workshop, I sprouted 30 grams of mung beans (about 200 seeds--I would guess) each in two small plastic containers.  

First I soaked them overnight, with one inside an 18" wide tabletop pyramid in the Giza dimensions, aligned to true north, and the control sample just a few inches outside the pyramid.  The sample inside the pyramid was sitting on an upside down plastic yogurt container to raise it up to the 1/3 level, at the center of the pyramid.  The control sample was also on a yogurt container.  After about 12 hours, I drained the water out of both samples, and let them sit in their respective places for 7 days.  At the end of 7 days, most of the seeds had sprouted (around 98%!) in both containers, and there was no noticeable difference in the size of the sprouts.  However, there was a noticeable amount of mold growth in the sample under the pyramid, but not in the control sample outside the pyramid.  I admit, I was a bit disappointed by the results.  I thought pyramids were supposed to retard mold growth, not the other way around.  So what happened?

This brings up a very important point when doing experiments:  One experiment with an anomalous result does not prove anything.  Just as this one experiment does not disprove the theory of pyramid power; nor, if the results had been the other way around, would it have proved it.  The holy grail of the scientific method is to be able to create an experiment that is consistent, statistically significant, and repeatable by others.

A couple weeks earlier, I was asked to speak about pyramids at the Triad Theater, in Yelm, Wa.  I decided that not only did I need to move "Pyramid Experiments" up to the top of my never-ending "To do list," but that I should read up and do more research on pyramids before my talk.  After starting my first pyramid experiments, I started to read more about others' experiments, and I noticed a common trend among the most successful ones:  Usually, the size of the sample inside the pyramid was relatively small compared to the size of the pyramid.  In Nancy Nelson's experiments, her pyramids were much larger than the ones I was using, and she was using like four seeds, compared to my 200 or so.

So it is entirely possible that the size of the pyramid that I was using was not powerful enough compared to the size of the sample to make a significant effect, and it is possible that there might have been one or two bad seeds in the sample under the pyramid that started the mold growth while there might have been no "bad apples" in the control batch.

Do I know for sure? Absolutely not. It is a theory. And the proper way to test a theory is to try to remove any hidden variables...and repeat the experiment. Which is exactly what I am going to do. In other words, the next time I do a sprouting experiment in the size of the pyramid I am using, I will try a much smaller sample and see what happens. And if it is a success, I will repeat the experiment again--because it is only when you can repeat an experiment with consistent or statistically significant results that it really has meaning.

The second experiment I did was to cut up both tomatoes and apples into slices, and to place them onto two similar plastic trays. One was placed inside a pyramid, aligned to true north, raised up on yogurt cups to the 1/3 level of the pyramid, and the other was placed outside the pyramid a few inches away, raised up to the same level. This experiment was also a disappointment: After 12 days, while all of the apple slices partially dehydrated both inside and outside the pyramid without any noticeable signs of mold, the tomato slices--which had a higher water content--grew mold. In fact, it seemed that the tomato slices inside the pyramid had slightly more mold on them. Geez.

If you look at the picture of my setup, you will notice that the control samples were situated very close between the two pyramids on the table. In my research, after starting these experiments, I read that not only can pyramids radiate their energy up out of the apex, they supposedly can also radiate it out through the lower corners and the sides. If true, it is possible that the control sample might have been affected by both pyramids. When I set up the experiments, not knowing about this possibility, I set up the control samples as close as I could to the pyramids themselves in order to reduce the differences that could be caused from different environmental conditions if they were further away. Even though the results were disappointing, I can see two potential mistakes I made in this experiment: I put the control samples too close to the pyramids, and they might have absorbed some of the energy. And also, again, I put way too many apple and tomato slices inside the pyramid that size.

My third experiment went the other way.  Shown in the pyramid on the left in the previous picture, I cut an apple in half with a sterile blade, and randomly put one half inside a pyramid, propped 1/3rd up on an upside-down yogurt container, and the other half was on a yogurt container outside of it.

After 12 days, this is what the half of the apple looked like inside the pyramid:

And this is what the other half looked like outside the pyramid:

As you can see from the pictures, there is definitely more mold growth on the half outside the pyramid. However, I am also going to say that the half that was outside the pyramid was closer to the moldy slices of tomatoes, so that could have been a possible influence. I will also say that this might be the best experiment so far because I had a smaller sample, and it was in the center of the pyramid, as opposed to the tomato slices that were spread out on a tray and were not in the direct center of the pyramid. The other interesting thing I found about this experiment, is that it was essentially the same as the one in the Mythbusters experiment that had amazing results. Because of this, I am going to focus solely on this experiment for my next set of experiments, which began today.

I believe that there are so many things that can go wrong when conducting an experiment with a pyramid: If it is not aligned properly, if the pyramid itself has metal in it or it is not made precisely enough, the amount of water in the sample compared to the size of the pyramid...just to name a few. It is important to remember, that just because one experiment doesn't show any significant results, it does not mean that pyramid power doesn't work. One failed experiment is not enough to prove anything--nor is one successful experiment.

Batch #2: Three Cut-Apple Experiments

In this batch of experiments, I focused solely on the infamous cut-apple experiment on the Mythbusters show, “Jet Pack.”  This is where you cut an apple in half and randomly put one half inside a pyramid, and the other half outside the pyramid as a control.  I carefully chose three apples that were free of blemishes and cut them into two equal halves with a sterile knife:

I set up three separate experiments, one was a repeat of my semi-successful experiment from two weeks ago, which is the pyramid on the left in the picture below.  In the second experiment, I tried to replicate the same setup that they did in the show: I used a larger, 2-foot pyramid (shown on the right), and instead of using an empty plastic container to raise the apple up, I cut pieces of 2x4s to the right length for both the control and experimental samples.  The conditions will not be exact, though, as I aligned my pyramid to true north, while theirs was aligned to magnetic north.  Also, while the relative humidity where I am conducting these experiments hovers right around 75% (a conducive environment for mold growth), it was at 20% in the Mythbusters experiment--bone dry.

My third experiment was done in my workshop with a Nubian-style cardboard pyramid at the 72 degree slope angle.  I made a tall rectangular box of similar volume for the control sample.  The picture below was taken shortly before I placed both the cardboard pyramid and box over both samples and aligned both to true north.

I also separated the control samples further from all three pyramids than in my first batch of experiments in case the energy of the pyramid might have an effect on objects placed near them.  I have heard that it is recommended to separate the controls at least 10 feet away, but I didn’t want to risk differences in micro-climates affecting the samples.  If I had a large room without windows and with a stable, consistent environment, I might be able to do that, but I don’t.  So the controls are only 2-3 feet away, which I hope will be enough.

After about 10 days, I checked on the experiment in my workshop with the Nubian-style cardboard pyramid compared to the cardboard box.  I was disappointed to find that there was actually more mold on the half of the apple inside the pyramid compared to the cardboard box.  I ended that experiment at that point.  It is interesting to note that both experiments done in this part of my workshop ended up with more mold in the pyramid sample than the control sample.

I continued the experiment in my friend's house for a longer period of time: 21 days.  For the larger 2-foot pyramid, there was slightly more degradation on the half of the apple inside the pyramid (left picture), compared to the control outside the pyramid (right picture):

As for the smaller pyramid to the left of the larger pyramid, there was a significantly less degradation on the half of the apple inside the pyramid (picture on the left) compared to the half outside of the pyramid (picture on the right):


I find it interesting that there seems to be a pattern:  The pyramid on the left has had better results than the control, while the pyramid on the left has had slightly worse results over the last few experiments.  Is it possible that the placement of the pyramid is crucial for effective results?

Batch #3: Two More Cut-Apple Experiments and Sprouting Popcorn

In this batch of experiments, I repeated the same experiment in my friend's house under the exact same conditions.  After about 15 days, it was clear that there was no noticeable difference between the pyramid halves of the apples, compared to the halves outside the pyramids, as all four samples had a significant amount of mold growth on them.

Patrick Flanagan claimed to get more impressive experimental results aligning pyramids (even non-metallic ones) to magnetic north, not true north.  Since that was the main difference between my cut-apple experiments and the one that Mythbusters did, I will try aligning my pyramids to magnetic north in my next experiment and let you know what happens.

I also have decided that I need to try different set ups and different locations, so I also set up two outdoor experiments replicating Nancy Nelson's experiments trying to sprout popcorn.  The popcorn seeds that I used were 25 years old, and none of them sprouted, neither inside or outside the two pyramids that I set up.  The seed was just too old, so it was a null experiment.  My thinking was that if I use brand new seed, they will probably all sprout, so I tried really old seed to what what would happen.  In my next batch of outdoor experiments, I will try and sprout 25-year-old black beans in one pyramid, and 8-year-old mung beans in the other one, and post the results in a little while.

Batch #4: Outdoor experiment with 25-year-old black beans and 8-year-old mung beans.

So I up two larger outdoor pyramids, one in the Nubian dimensions, and the other closer to the Giza dimensions:

They each have their own controls about 10-15 feet outside the pyramids.  I tried sprouting the 25-year-old black beans in the Nubian pyramid, and the 8-year-old mung beans in the Giza pyramid.  First, I randomly chose the six seeds for each sample, and then randomly chose which set would be inside the pyramids, and which set would be outside the pyramids.  Then I soaked the seeds in one cup of water for about 8 hours in their individual ziplock bags.  Then I drained the water in each bag and wrapped them in paper towels and added 4 teaspoons of water in each.  I covered each bag with a dry, clean washcloth to keep the sun from baking them so much.


After about five days, I opened them up and took a look.  None of the black beans sprouted either inside or outside the pyramid.  They were just too old.  All six of the mung beans sprouted both inside--as well as outside--the Giza pyramid.  However, there did seem to be a difference in the size of the sprouts:

The sprouts on top were the ones inside the pyramid, and the ones below were the controls outside the pyramid.  Here are close-ups of each sample:

I was excited to see that the sprouts definitely looked longer in the pyramid sample (top picture), as compared to the control sample (bottom picture).  I was just about to carefully space each set of six sprouts on their paper towels and measure their lengths, when a large gust of wind blew them off of the buckets they were sitting upon, and scattered them on the ground, leaving me unable to differentiate which ones were with which sample.  What a disappointment:  My most promising experiment yet got mucked up before I could get more data.  

I have often wondered whether I would get any significant results at all with my pyramid experiments, not because I don't believe that pyramid power exists, but because I have noticed that when one tries to do scientific experiments with anything involving the Mystic, it often disappears.  She is like an elusive bird: sometimes you catch a glimpse of her through the trees, most often when you are least expecting it, and then she is gone again--always there, always present--but only showing herself on her terms.  When one tries to force her to appear, using standard scientific protocols--the traps of the thinking mind that try to cage her--she always seems to slip through our fingers, never to be seen.  Such seems to be the way of the Mystic...

But I will continue to try, nonetheless, coaxing and beckoning--hoping that my thinking mind doesn't suffocate her too much, and make her fly away.


Batch #5: Sprouting 8-year-old mung beans

I repeated my outdoor experiments, following the exact same protocols as batch #4, except that I sprouted 8-year-old mung beans in both pyramids, and stopped trying to sprout the 25-year-old black beans.  I managed to botch the experiment in the Giza-style pyramid, losing two of the sprouts.  Overall, I didn't notice a huge difference in the size of the sprouts.  As for the sprouts in the Nubian-style pyramid, compared to its control outside the pyramid, I did notice a sizable difference.  After about 10 days, this is what the sprouts looked like outside the pyramid:



And this is what the sprouts inside the pyramid looked like:



Notice that the bowl in the top picture is larger.  That is because I did more of a close-up shot on the sprouts outside the pyramid because they were smaller.  If you were to imagine that I had taken each picture from the same distance away, and the size of each bowl in both pictures were the same, the difference in their sizes would become even more apparent.  I realize that there could have been other random factors involved that could have affected the size of the sprouts, including seed size and vitality.  Nonetheless, this experiment produced impressive results, and as a true scientist, I will repeat this same experiment for both pyramids and report back in about two weeks.


Batch #6:  The Cut-Apple Experiment Aligned to Magnetic North

I did one final cut-apple experiment in my friend's house with the two pyramids aligned to magnetic north instead of true north.  Actually, I did one cut apple experiment in one pyramid, and in the other I simply put one small slice of banana in the other pyramid, along with a control outside of it.  The cut-apple experiment was not impressive, since there was more mold on the half of the apple inside the pyramid, as opposed to the one outside it.  As for the banana slice experiment, both dried out without out any mold on them.  Both turned black, and the slice inside looked ever-so-slightly lighter in color, but not enough for me to consider significant.  In retrospect, it is not surprising that neither molded, as it was warm and relatively dry, and was a reminder to me to remember that the ideal experiment is to find the right balance between using samples that have enough water in them to mold under normal circumstances, but not to have so much water (or mass) to not have a significant effect in relation to how large the pyramid is.  In any case, I have decided to stop doing experiments with the smaller pyramids for the time being, and to focus on my larger outdoor experiments. 


Batch #7: Repeat of the Mung Bean Experiments

I repeated trying to sprout mung beans in my two larger outdoor pyramids.  It is summertime now, and the weather can turn very hot very quickly.  Well, even though I set up the pyramids and the controls close enough to each other so that they should get similar sun exposure, all of the mung beans inside the Giza pyramid got cooked; whereas, the ones in the control sample did not: 


For the Nubian pyramid, 4 of the 6 mung beans got cooked, while the ones in the control sample did not.  It is curious, because if I were to guess, I would think that the pyramid samples would get slightly less sun exposure, as they are a little bit closer to a nearby tree.  In any case, I am going to repeat the experiment using solid plastic food containers and cover them with white paper towels to try to help protect them from the heat.  I will report my results in a couple of weeks.  


Batch #8: Repeat of the Mung Bean Experiments

Well, my beans got cooked again, so I am going to take a break for a while and wait for cooler weather, and resume experiments then.