Monthly Archives: February 2013

Leftover Links for 28 February 2013

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Slow news day but here are some that just stand on their own… Really? If it’s not real, it’s funny. Beware of scams related to the Pope’s resignation | Suffolktradingstandards’s Blog. Burzynski saga continues: The 21st Floor » Blog Archive » Dolcefino: “Burzynski has published!”. A damning commentary: How many fatalities has acupuncture caused? And…

Punk singer’s brain tumor alleged to be from parasite in mishandled food

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Brain tumor caused by parasite? Punk Singer Gets A Brain Tapeworm From A Vegetarian Burrito. The singer of Australian punk band Frenzal Rhomb was diagnosed with a brain tumor after suffering seizures. After the tumor was removed, the doctors determined it was the result of an infection caused by a parasite. Specifically, a kind of…

West Virginia boom remains a mystery (Update: Solved)

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People are a bit nervous about mystery booms. What was that mystery boom? Even dispatchers aren’t sure  – Kanawha County – Charleston Daily Mail – West Virginia Kanawha emergency dispatchers were fielding dozens of Tuesday after a loud boom rocked several homes in Charleston and eastern Kanawha County. Dispatchers began receiving calls a little before…

Leftover Links for 27 February 2013

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Lots o’ links leftover today. Have a blast. DJ Grothe writes: What, exactly, is a Conspiracy Theorist? | Conspiracy Check. This looks like a MUST MISS: Erik Estrada Gets Back on His Motorcycle in the Syfy Original Movie ‘Chupacabra vs the Alamo’ – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers. For those who don’t know what science is: Ohio Court Spars With…

Dog shoots man

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These thing happen on occasion. Florida man shot by his dog, police say – U.S. News. Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, of Frostproof, Fla., told police Saturday that he and his dog were in their truck in nearby Sebring when the dog kicked a gun that was on the truck’s floor, the Highlands Tribune newspaper reported.…

Two young Zambian men suspected dead from witchcraft

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Old fashioned spell casting? Coincidence? Or fear? Two youths die of suspected witchcraft. Two youths both of Makalanguzu village in Kazungula district have died from suspected witchcraft while others are now living in fear after they swindled an unknown business woman who went to buy goods from Botswana. Patrick Machai and the other who has…

This guy cured a hangover with a pearl

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He thought that the raw oyster would be good for his hangover but I bet what else he found inside made him feel much better. James Humphries’ hangover cure contains pearl – UPI.com. A pearl has been found inside an oyster that was being used as part of a hangover cure. 34-year-old seafood lover James…

Cracked.com reminds us how to spot BS

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One of Cracked.com‘s feature articles today list the main reasons why our website, Doubtful News, exists and shows you how to spot a bad news story right off the bat. 5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet. The 5 reasons listed are: * It’s World-Changing News from Some Obscure Website…

‘Proof Of Heaven’ Bestseller to be made into movie

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Ick. Not my kind of movie. Eben Alexander’s book appeal to supernaturalists. Near Death Experiences is a hot topic these days. Universal Acquires ‘Proof Of Heaven’; Bestseller About Dying Surgeon Who Glimpses Afterlife – Deadline.com. Universal Pictures has won a bidding battle for movie rights to Proof Of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey Into The Afterlife, the…

Leftover Links for 26 February 2013

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Busy news day, everyone. Check out the ones that I collected into your Leftover Links for today. SyFy should just change their name to the paranormal channel. Syfy’s New Original Series ‘Deep South Paranormal’ Delves Into Dixie’s Rich Haunted History to Investigate the Region’s Southern Spirits and Ghostly Lore – TVbytheNumbers. This is criminal if…

The CCTV camera “ghost” [fake]

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Someone is pulling a fast one. But, take a look to see the state of ghost hoaxing these days. ‘Ghost’ caught on CCTV camera | Orange UK. CCTV footage said to show a ghost outside a London community centre is going viral after it was posted on YouTube. It shows a transparent figure leaving the…

Breaking bio on the Ketchum Sasquatch sequences

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Interested in what scientists trained in evolutionary biology think of the Melba Ketchum DNA paper? You’ll want to watch 25 minutes of this Google Hangout of biologists called Breaking Bio. The guest is David Winter, a PhD in evolutionary biology currently in New Zealand, who looked a bit closer at the sequences provided in the…

Cape Cod residents really feel the wind blow

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A costly proposal in more ways than one, residents want wind turbines removed due to illness. Cape Cod community considers taking down wind turbines after illness, noise | Fox News. Two wind turbines towering above the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, Mass., were intended to produce green energy and savings — but they’ve created angst…

Dowsing for hepatitis (UPDATE: See patent application)

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This is unreal… Developers say C-Fast – developed from bomb detection technology – will revolutionise diagnosis of other diseases Scientists sceptical about device that ‘remotely detects hepatitis C’ The device the doctor held in his hand was not a contraption you expect to find in a rural hospital near the banks of the Nile. For…

Frozen beach balls

Photo: Leda Olmstead

Strange and strangely beautiful. Ice boulder photos on Lake Michigan go viral Leda Olmstead came across dozens of ice boulders during her daily walk Thursday afternoon. The giant formations were scattered across a 100 foot section of the beach and were too heavy for her to pick up. Olmstead posted the photos of the ice…

BPA study causes controversy, as usual

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Controversy still rages over BPA, bisphenol A. Plastic packaging containing chemical BPA ‘harming brain and nerve cell growth in babies’. Scientists have found that bisphenol A (BPA), which is used in a variety of consumer products ranging from fizzy-drink cans to food mixers, affects the function of a gene called Kcc2 which is involved in…

Two funerals in one as man dies on the day of his wife’s funeral

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Sad and heartwarming at the same time, here’s one that makes you say “Aww….” I think this couple might have wanted it this way. Man dies at wife’s funeral, gets buried with her. Gwen and Norman Hendrickson were married nearly 66 years ago, vowing to never leave each other’s side. On the day of Gwen’s…

Antiscience bills die in Arizona and Oklahoma

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The NCSE gives us good news on these fronts: Antiscience bill dies in Arizona | NCSE. Arizona’s Senate Bill 1213 died on February 22, 2013, when the deadline for Senate bills to be heard in their Senate committees passed. A typical instance of the “academic freedom” strategy for undermining the integrity of science education, SB…

Leftover Links for 25 February 2013

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Busy day over in the Ketchum camp. Not a good one. I appeared on The Gralien Report to talk about the April Fools paper references. A few leftovers… More pieces fall apart, Bill Munns does not think the Erickson video evidence of the sleeping Sasquatch is anything but a person in a suit. Laugh it…

Russian psychic murderer suspected

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What a weird story featuring a “wizard”. Bad karma: Moscow ‘wizard’ held over serial photo-model killings — RT News. Moscow police have detained a psychic, who they suspect killed three photo models. All the victims, young ladies also allegedly engaged in prostitution, knew about the man’s ‘paranormal powers’ and are said to have visited him…

Completely boring literary device found in Bible makes news

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The what-now? ‘Genesis Death Sandwich’ Discovered in Bible : Discovery News. Researchers using text-analysis software say they’ve discovered a new literary device in the first book of the Bible: the “Genesis death sandwich.” The name refers to a familiar rhetorical structure — sandwiching bad news in between the good. In the case of Genesis, the…

Jesus’ message delivered by bird excrement

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Your pareidolia for today. Jesus is everywhere, looking right at you. Northeast Ohio man claims bird droppings show image of Christ. Is it a sign of a possible miracle on the car windshield owned by a Northeast Ohio man? See for yourself. Lawry was in the driveway of his parent’s Brooklyn, Ohio home when he…

Don’t say lost continent under Indian Ocean is Atlantis

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When I saw this story, I knew someone would go there. Good job MSN Now. Lost continent discovered under Indian Ocean. Could ‘lost’ continent discovered in Indian Ocean be Atlantis? Scientists discovered it by dating grains of sand on the beaches of Mauritius. Look, we’re not saying it’s Atlantis, but we’re also not NOT saying…