Yearly Archives: 2013

It’s just the normal noises here: Booming Kentucky, then a quake

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A sharp-eyed reader sent me this story about an earthquake last week in Kentucky that was preceeded by a mystery boom days before. Related? It’s a possibility. Small early-morning quake recorded in Bath County | State | Kentucky.com. A relatively small earthquake early Monday morning shook parts of Bath County, the Kentucky Geological Survey said.…

Drone causes trouble; mystery mongering site calls it “UFO scare”

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Drones, drones, drones. They’re everywhere and causing problems. Police arrest four in Beijing after mysterious drone forces diversion of civilian planes | South China Morning Post. Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital’s airport, forcing the…

Medical “Advice from a Caterpillar” – I taste yucky

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In a story that begs references to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s fifth chapter, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany have discovered a nicotine-puffing caterpillar. Alice in Scienceland! Caterpillar puffs nicotine to ward off spiders (NBC News): While this find may not push Alice’s hookah-smoking insect from its psychedelic pedestal, this caterpillar…

Croppies almost certain THIS one is a “hoax”. Yeah… (UPDATE: Soon to be gone)

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A technology-themed symbol appears as a crop circle in a Salinas CA field. It’s some sort of viral marketing gimmick but, believe it or not, there are still some people out there who thing some crop circles are made by aliens. Yes, people really do believe this stuff. [UPDATE: Revealed] Mysterious Crop Circle Spotted in…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

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While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Can dogs be psychotic murderers?

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A woman is severely injured and her husband dead after attempting to break up a fight among their pets. Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs. Former Mayor Diane Vick and her husband, Tom, tried to intervene after one of their six dogs, a boxer, attacked another, a cocker spaniel, Mayor Jack Hakim said.…

Expert debunks Fukushima radiation as link to starfish catastrophe

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In November, we brought you links to the disturbing story of the starfish wasting syndrome. The cause is unknown. The cause is STILL unknown. However, blame has fallen on Fukushima radiation for a huge array of real and imaginary problems noted in the Pacific. Here’s why this problem is NOT related to the Fukushima disaster.…

Marie Laveau’s tomb regularly vandalized

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Voodoo queen Marie Laveau’s tomb is regularly vandalized by those who think their wishes will be granted by painting an ‘X’. Now someone has gone beyond that, and painted it all pink, highlighting the problem with cemetery maintenance in NOLA. Marie Laveau’s tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 painted pink by mysterious vandal |…

There is no such thing as a magnetic man

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Magnetic people have been debunked OVER and OVER. This is a gimmick. The dude has sticky skin. The most attractive man in the world – Yahoo!7. A 42-year-old Georgian man has broken the world record for being the most attractive man on the planet. Etibar Elchiyev, called the ‘Magnet Man’ broke his own Guinness World…

Hello, Police? I need to report paranormal activity

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I wonder if the local paranormal investigators are in the Yellow Pages or connected to the emergency services line… Gloucestershire police’s calls about aliens revealed | Gloucestershire Echo. Gloucestershire police are one of 17 forces to have received 999 calls about UFOs and the supernatural. According to the Daily Mail, 17 police forces in England…

CHEESUS! This is ridiculous.

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This. Is. Silly. But people see meaning in the darndest things. An Arizona family is getting publicity after their cheesecake flopped. That is, upon cooling, it cracked into the shape of a cross. Holy sighting on Scottsdale cheesecake?. Family members say they won’t be eating the cheesecake. Instead they plan on selling it and donating…

23 yr old woman killed during ‘healing’ exorcism in Yemen

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Not much info in this piece but a religious “healer” killed a woman while attempting an exorcism for her “psychological” problems. Healer means something different in my mind… Quran ‘healer’ kills patient in Yemen | GulfNews.com. Police in Yemen arrested a Quran “healer” who allegedly cures spiritual and physical diseases by reciting verses from the…