Daily Archives: November 16, 2012

Leftover links for November 16, 2012

Got a few leftovers I gathered for you Friday night owls. Check it out! Author of new book on speaking to the dead refuses to answer basic questions to verify her claims. Psychic Mortician Avoids Skeptical Questioning They Cracked This 250 Year-Old Code, And Found a Secret Society Inside | Danger Room | Wired.com. Childhood…

Xocai update: They are gone

An update on our previous story on the Xocai chocolate company. Oops, I broke Xocai…* Two months ago it was concluded that the recruitment of Norwegian Xocai distributors had plummeted by 80%, from about 75 new Norwegain per week to about 15. The effect of the massive media attention this summer therefore had a tremendous…

Priming the community to watch for scams works!

Would-Be Victim Outsmarts Suspects in Weird Asian Ghost Scam, Four Charged – San Francisco – News – The Snitch. The District Attorney was pretty stoked to announce he’s charged additional suspects connected to that bizarre ghost scam that’s plagued San Francisco’s Asian community since early this year. “Our public awareness campaign is working,” said District…

Jesus shows his face while destroying a business

A face? Humans tend to see faces in everything.

Burnt Down but Blessed | WNEP.com. The flames coming from Joe’s Ranch House in Beach Lake quickly tore through the newly renovated restaurant and apartments along Route 652 in Wayne County. Hours later, owner Joe Krempasky sifted through the aftermath as current and former employees looked on in disbelief. Fire crews said it’s a total…

Suddenly Haunted Mansion. Hmm, suspicious.

mansion view

Here’s one from Halloween but more has surfaced with this one… Reporter, photographer stalk the paranormal at the Mansion View Inn It starts with an inquiry to John DuVall, the 46-year-old the caretaker of Mansion View Inn, and his agreeing to allow Blade photographer Amy E. Voigt and me to stay the night in the…

Austin Ramirez: Skeptical hero

Grocery store employee’s persistence saves elderly woman from scam A quick-thinking grocery store employee saved an elderly Kansas woman from losing $1,900 to a scam. An Overland Park Hy-Vee employee saw through the scam and persuaded the woman not to send money to a con artist. “When I heard her story I thought, ‘No way,…

Where the truth is blasphemy: The Edamaruku case

Skeptic Trump card by http://crispian-jago.blogspot.com/

India: Blasphemy backlash Catholic groups in India have brought blasphemy charges against Sanal Edamarauku, the country’s most prominent rationalist. They may get more than they bargained for, says Caspar Melville Edamaruku has become something of a star, the hardest working man in the debunking business – last year he estimates he did 200 appearances.  He…

A stinking badger

Palawan Stink Badger  (Mydaus marchei) highly resembles the carcass

Here is a strange story from Serawak in East Malaysia: Villagers mystified by strange animal An Indonesian plantation worker and a 75-year-old farmer got the shock of their lives when they were attacked by an unknown animal species in two separate occasions earlier this month. The farmer, Aris Kuna of Kampung Paon Gahat, was attacked…