Daily Archives: January 1, 2013

Leftover Links for 1 January 2013

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It’s the first of the year and there were a lot of zany stories that came across the feed. I have no response to these… Bird Removed From Chinese Zoo For Screaming Obscenities – Neatorama. UFOs & Venus and tsunamis Book reveals secrets of NZ archives. Freak accident: man dies as toy plane flies into…

Jeffs messes up again

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Oops, another false prophet. Twice unlucky for Mormon cult leader – 3 News. The leader of a breakaway Mormon sect has incorrectly prophesied the end of the world for the second time in as many months. Warren Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), issued his latest edict last…

Werewolves and the genetics of hypertrichosis

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This is an interesting piece from PLOS blog – genetic science behind “werewolf syndrome” (Ambras syndrome) The Curious Genetics of Werewolves | DNA Science Blog. The author notes that hypertrichosis, mentioned in a recent paper in PLOS Genetics, was known historically as “werewolf syndrome.” In the paper, geneticist Angela Christiano, PhD, and colleagues at Columbia…

Reverend fears occult practices in Wales

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This is a confused piece. Witchcraft ‘thriving in the Welsh countryside’ – Telegraph. Witchcraft is thriving in the Welsh countryside, a church minister has said, as he described stumbling upon an increasing number of effigies, users of the evil eye and exorcisms. Rev Felix Aubel claims occult practices in rural Wales have been increasing during…

Dr. Oz portrayed as a shill for useless treatments

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Oh I do like this piece, with quotes from Edzard Ernst and Steve Novella. Can you trust Dr. Oz? His medical advice often conflicts with the best science. – Slate Magazine. No. You can’t trust him. Edzard Ernst, has dedicated his career to analyzing research on alternative and complementary medicine; he found that the supplement…

Scientologists wish to preserve teachings no matter what befalls Earth

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I can’t put it past Scientologists to do seemingly wacky things but I’m not sure what to make of this story. Scientologists build underground ‘space alien cathedral’ – The West Australian. Scientologists have constructed an enormous underground “space alien cathedral” near Roswell in the United states, according to a BBC reporter. John Sweeney, who has…

Doubtful News favorite stories of 2012

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It’s that time of year where you see list after list of the BEST this or that. Well, these weren’t necessary the best but they were our favorite stories of the year here at Doubtful News. We posted around 2000 stories so it was a lot to dig through. But, your two editors picked out…