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In the U.S. alone there are reports of over 10,000,000 people going missing per year. Out of this figure 500,000 are never found. Some of these people are victims of crimes but some are just gone.
From NCIC Missing Person and Unidentified Person Statistics for 2006:
The National Crime Information Center's (NCIC's) Missing Person File was implemented in 1975. Records in the Missing Person File are retained indefinitely, until the individual is located, or the record is canceled by the entering agency.
As of December 31, 2006, there were 110,484 active missing person records in the NCIC. Juveniles under the age of 18 account for 58,763 (53.18 %) of the records and 12,657 (11.46 %) were for juveniles between the ages of 18 and 20.
Every one of them is someone's child, friend, spouse or relative, and I'm sure they would like to know what happened more than anyone else.
Originally posted by Skyfloating
* A less known theory is that it is possible to enter other dimensions while dreaming in your sleep. The idea is that if you practice "lucid dreaming" (dreaming while knowing that you are dreaming) there is the danger of entering another world or time-line...by which your existence and also your body disappear in this world.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
Well we know that a contractor of [xxxxx] is in all sorts of sex slave/work slave all over the world, kidnapping around 1.2 million people every year, selling them to rich people in the middle-east, asia, mafias, pedophiles rings, to presidents (US presidents, half kidding)... there's a lot of sick people around the world.
Originally posted by Majic
All that said, even the official statistics -- though far less spectacular -- are nothing to sneeze at. If we believe them, over a hundred thousand people have gone missing without explanation in the past three decades.
Originally posted by Moegli
If I knew about the possibility of entering a parallel universe whilst dreaming lucidly, I would have been reluctant to make any effort exploring the dream realm. Now that the ability to enter the dream realm is hard wired into my subconscious, I will take caution. Come to think of it, how do I know that I still reside in my original reality if the difference between the realities are almost unnoticeable? Highly doubt it, but a scary thought indeed.