The Strange remains the same for 17 December 2013

Your strange remains for the Tuesday.

Multivitamins a waste of money? Editorial in medical journal says yes – CNN.com.

Ice oddities – Mountain Beltway – AGU Blogosphere.

Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?.

Naturopaths and the creep of pseudo-science | Toronto Star.

Local skeptics in Barcelona, Spain debunk a Finnish martial arts instructor’s no-touch combat style, called empty force and their video on Youtube goes viral (over 900,000 views as of December 17th 2013).

Somali refugee left disfigured by anaconda attack is transformed by Texas doctors | khou.com Houston.

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  6 comments for “The Strange remains the same for 17 December 2013

  1. Blargh
    December 18, 2013 at 6:32 AM

    An anaconda? In Africa? Doubtful indeed…

  2. Massachusetts
    December 18, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Lottery: the feeling that you’re sharing in a big event with the whole country, and you’ve got your ticket to entitle you to dream and ultimately complain tight along side everyone else, is a factor. When people spend the rent money on tickets then there’s something pathological going on. It’s ironic that people are MORE likely to play when the odds go down!

    Martial artist: they debunked another guy like this on Stan Lee ‘s superheroes. He claimed chi. I’m not sure they are deliberate hoaxers, why would they invite people to try if they knew it was fake? Really stupid hoaxers? It’s fascinating that, if not hoaxers, a closed group could condition themselves to react this way. Maybe that’s what goes on during exorcisms? Assuming there aren’t actual demons.

    • December 18, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      I think in the case of the martial arts instructor it’s a geniune belief that they have these awesome powers. But it’s so obvious (to non-believers and especially skeptics) that it’s just the power of suggestion that makes the believers fall down. One of the guy who falls for it even play along far enough to pretend he’s temporary paralyzed.

  3. Suzanne de Nimes
    December 18, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    I saw a different film of a different “no-touch” martial arts guy who challenged a professional MMA fighter in front of a sizable crowd. It was embarrassing, and more than a little sad, to see this guy who clearly believed he had super powers, and the MMA guy who quickly realized he was basically beating up a defenseless senior citizen.

    • December 18, 2013 at 9:01 PM

      I saw the video of that. It was a little sad watching the old guy getting his ass kicked, but he did ask for it.

      • Chris Howard
        December 19, 2013 at 7:34 AM

        Yeah, never should have taken that bet. If the old guy beats you up you look bad, and if you beat the old guy up you look bad.

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