Sharon’s top 5:
- Sounds from the sky. This was THE THING in the beginning of the year – trumpets of the Apocalypse and all. Not only were some deliberately hoaxed, the rest had weird, made up, pseudo-sciencey explanations.
- Tom’s River, NJ haunting. I loved this so much for several reasons. First, it was ironic since the house used for the Amityville Horror movie was in Tom’s River. Second, the evidence was awful for a haunting and could be easily explained. Third, the paranormal investigators who commented on the thread were a treat. (You should have seen what WASN’T approved for comment.) Fourth, it was decided on the People’s Court. How awesome is that?!
- Beach rocks. A woman in Orange County California received serious burns when beach rocks she collected spontaneously burned. It wasn’t a stretch to figure out that they were contaminated with phosphorus. One part solved but where did they come from?
- Giant eyeball. Another story that was a fascinating find, interesting mystery and one you just knew would have an answer. When you find a giant eyeball on the beach, this is going to get good.
- Iceland worm. A strange disturbance is filmed in an Icelandic river. It is interpreted as a lake/river monster. Investigator (and Doubtful News supporter) Miisa McKeown figures it out.
Honorable mention: The return of Spring-heeled Jack, the lost ring recovered via carrot, the Siberian Mammoth video hoax and the East River monster. I could have done 50 favorite stories but, just go on and browse around for more. It’s fun.
Torkel’s top 5:
- The Onion used a legitimate source! Chinese newspaper falls for The Onion’s article on Kim Jung Un voted sexiest man alive in 2012 and Iranian newspaper falls for Onion’s article that more Americans would vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than US President Barack Obama.
- The Flying Dutchman: Hoaxed video by filmmaker Floris Kaayck showing a man with functional wings taking off in flight. It looked cool and we all kinda hoped it was real, didn’t we?
- Congo crypto expedition. After having successfully funded via Kickstarter a trip to Africa to look for dinosaurs, suddenly we didn’t really hear much about it. The project failed but have they paid back the money to the people who backed the project?
- Penis snake. (Or trouser snake as it was labeled in the media.) But it sure looked weird and brought visitors to the site!
- Melba Ketchum and Bigfoot DNA. This one takes a while to follow and digest. The story lasted all year!
Honorable mention: Sadistic dentist pulls out all the teeth of her ex, Animal Planet’s “Mermaid” “documentary”, Xocai puts the Streisand effect into hyperdrive and the Baltic Sea USO (which was just a natural geologic occurence)
Extra: Ben Radford picks his top NONstories which is interesting. Total Hooey: The Strangest Non-Stories of 2012 – Yahoo! News.