Talk:Brasil (mythical island)

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Isle of Mam merge[edit]

I suggest merging the two mythical islands, since they appear to be pretty similar. Are there any other sources for the Isle of Mam, apart from Donald S. Johnson's book?--Nydas(Talk) 20:21, 9 January 2007 (UTC)

Really? Other than the tenuous theory that they represent the same island, I don't see much similarity. There are very few sources for the island (most hits are copies of our article or misspellings of "Isle of Man"), but it is mentioned in the Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy (1915?)
"The far superior Catalan map in 1373 named this island as "St. Brendan's Isle," and gave another, "The Isle of Mam," farther to the south".[1]
Enough to confirm that Johnson didn't invent the island, although its notability could be questioned. Warofdreams talk 02:49, 10 January 2007 (UTC)
The thing is, it's a tenuous theory about a tenuous (and borderline non-notable) theory. I only found the Isle of Mam article because of the disclaimer on the Isle of Man article, and I sincerely doubt that anyone is ever going to get them mixed up.--Nydas(Talk) 10:46, 11 January 2007 (UTC)
Actually, I created the article in the first place mainly because people kept changing the redlink to the Isle of Mam to point to the Isle of Man. Strange, but they seemed to think that Man is a phantom island! Either way, I think we're agreed that there's nothing to be gained from a merger. Warofdreams talk 03:20, 12 January 2007 (UTC)

I'd also be opposed to a merger. Their respective articles put them in very different places. As the merge tag has been up since January and its now March, and the consensus has been to not merge, I'll go ahead and remove the tag. Bastun 12:30, 7 March 2007 (UTC)

HyBrasil sightings[edit]

A recent documentary on Irish television contained interviews with some people who claimed to have sightings of the island in very recent times. One described a group of buildings surrounding a much larger tower-like structure with dark and light bands or stripes. Their prevailing attitude to it was that there must be a scientific explantion of their experiences - none of them entertained any esoteria openly. An image of some far away place reflected on the sea-haar was suggested; 'That's what it must be, so...' —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:44, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

Yesterday I saw a show on History Channel, Ancient Aliens, which contained an interview with the two retired USAF TSGT's who claim to have seen a UFO outside the British base where they were stationed 30 years ago. One of the officers took down a binary code sequence from the vehicle he saw touched, and recently gave it to a computer programmer. Using this code sequence the programmer found a message which included the geographical coordinates corresponding to Hy Brasil. I searched the TV channel's website for this episode, but, apparently, it is too early for it to be listed as it was just shown 12/30/2010. When it appears on the website it may be possible to insert a link to it.claimman75 (talk) 19:07, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

if you look closely at the supposed message, the programmer has written above it, "possible message after removing noise and errors". Until the binary code and methodology are published, I don't think it's worthy of being included in an encyclopedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 12:59, December 31, 2010
Agreed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Claimman75 (talkcontribs) 23:07, 2 January 2011 (UTC)

{trivia tag}[edit]

I have removed this tag for two main reasons. Firstly, in the context of WikiProject Scottish Islands irrelevant trivia appears on a regular basis about real islands and is removed e.g. information about computer games that happen to bear the same name as the article's subject. Those which are germane i.e. the content of the reference bears a genuine relationship to the subject matter - they are a work of fiction set on the island for example - are generally kept. So far as I can see most (but not without further explanation all) of the examples in the 'In popular culture section' are about the idea of Hy-Brazil and potentially qualify as acceptable material on those grounds.

Secondly, Hy-Brasil (probably) doesn't exist - any description of the islands alleged qualities is almost by definition a quasi-fictional reference. In other words, it is a mythical subject matter whose existence is not independent of the 'popular culture'.

Completely irrelevant 'trivia' should of course be removed. In my book a simple correspondence of name is not evidence of relevance. Ben MacDuiTalk/Walk 16:04, 3 November 2007 (UTC)

I'm not saying the trivia items are irrelevant. I just don't like indiscriminate lists of unrelated facts in articles. The trivia tag suggests writing prose about these facts instead of listing them willy-nilly. Foobaz·o< 23:18, 3 November 2007 (UTC)
Fair enough. I'll add a {prose} tag.Ben MacDuiTalk/Walk 09:31, 4 November 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. Foobaz·o< 18:42, 4 November 2007 (UTC)


Someone might want to add this, as it's a fairly well known suggestion. Dougweller (talk) 18:08, 18 November 2010 (UTC)@