Yearly Archives: 2014

Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

sven1931_03

Another alleged case of a trusted consultant “hypnotizing” his female clients. As with the last case we reported on, there is much left unclarified in these sensational media pieces. Sheffield attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized women for sexual pleasure | cleveland.com. A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been…

Anti-vaccination sentiment continues to kill workers in Pakistan

Vaccination-polio-india

Religious extremist and deep distrust coupled by anti-science sentiment results in health care workers killed trying to save lives in Pakistan. Attackers kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan – CNN.com. Four members of a polio vaccination team were killed in an attack by militants in western Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Attackers on…

Hair raising video making the rounds

static

Well, isn’t this curious. A pocket of very strong static electricity is reportedly observed in London. Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph. Simon Legrand and a friend were walking past the tech giant’s office building on Friday night when they say they felt a “strong electric…

Psychic hand waving taken seriously by airline

luz

I’m hardly enthused about covering such a ridiculous tabloid story. But this certainly qualifies as news concerning a behavior you SHOULD be completely skeptical about. Airline changes flight after renowned psychic predicts crash A renowned Brazilian psychic spooked an airline into changing a plane’s flight number after he claimed to have a vision that the…

The Strange remains the same for 24 November 2014

snow monster

The evangelicals who believe they can raise the dead – Telegraph. After 12 Deaths in Idaho: Should Religious Exemptions on Faith Healing Be Repealed? DUH! YEARS AND YEARS AGO. Catholic Campus Ministry hosts lecture on exorcisms | The Commonwealth Times. Patients of Abbotsford acupuncturist may have been exposed to Hep C, HIV – BC | Globalnews.ca.…

This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so

CGI ropen from monster.wikia.com Ropens are not real.

Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns…

Remains of the weekend 22-23 November 2014

at_at

Furry mystery pops out of duffel bag: A feline from (far) away Iwo Jima: New mystery arises from iconic image – Omaha.com – Omaha World-Herald. Downtown Coyotes: Inside the Secret Lives of Chicago’s Predator. The real JFK mystery, 50 years later: Why the infamous murder must be reinvestigated – Salon.com. Energy Drinks are Risky, Especially…

Nessie: It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood

log ness monster

The local nature conservancy group has proposed that runoff into the Loch Ness may spark reports of the mythical monster because people mistake logs as the creature. Has the mystery of the ‘Log Ness Monster’ been solved? – Environment – The Independent. After an unprecedented 18 months without a “confirmed sighting”, several people have come forward in…

Vanuatu lawmaker supports capital punishment for ‘sorcery’

witchhunt_med

A Melanesian official states there should be a death penalty for practicing sorcery because it it real and causes real harm. Vanuatu MP Willie Jimmy proposes death penalty for witchcraft – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Vanuatu MP and former finance minister Willie Jimmy is calling for witchcraft to be made a crime punishable by…

The Strange Remains The Same for 21 November 2014

I believe this is photoshopped.

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered. Fake news stories fuel Ferguson anger. Dueling miraculous healing claims clash in Australia – JREF. Alberta Bigfoot researcher plans to petition U.S. Congress for species protection | Metro. Rampaging Woodchuck Terrorizes N.H. Neighborhood – New Hampshire news – Boston.com. Faith groups divided over God’s role in climate change, natural…

Miracle showdown!

cross

This is hilarious and very sad at the same time. Celebrity “healer” John of God is in Australia, on the turf of other so-called faith healers. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Or something. John Mellor challenges John of God to healing showdown | Caboolture News. THIS weekend Sunshine Coast resident John Mellor will be…

Man claims to have invented hand lotion against Ebola

DNlogo

Capitalizing on fear? He says he doesn’t want the money. Valley businessman creates lotion that could protect against Ebola. A Scottsdale businessman says he created a lotion that could guard against Ebola. Richard Rich owns a company called R&R Lotion which manufactures and distributes lotions, sunscreens and other products for commercial and industrial use. Rich…

Psychic mail fraud scheme busted by U.S. feds

psychic-crystal

The US Justice Department has brought the hammer down on a psychic fraud scheme that solicits customers via mail that looks personalized targeting elderly and and economically vulnerable people promising wealth. WASHINGTON: Did these mail-order ‘psychics’ see the Justice Department coming? | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC. The Justice Department on Thursday filed civil complaints…

The Strange remains the same for 19 November 2014

This is insane. Mike C ‏@MikeC4335, Seneca New York

‘Rampal is a fraudster who exploits the gullible common man’ – Hindustan Times. Woman dubbed ‘demon assassin’ to be tried in April – WTOP.com. ‘Mysterious’ fibers in Chino Valley are biodegradable gauze – CBS 5 – KPHO. Satanic child abuse claims are almost certainly based on false memories | Chris French | Science | The…

Magneto Boy? Try some powder or a shower

Nikolai Kryaglyachenko

An old trick, debunked multiple times. You can not become magnetic. This is clearly a hoax. Meet Magneto Boy, the kid who attracts metal with his body | New York Post. Twelve-year-old Nikolai Kryaglyachenko was walking home from school one day when he stopped to lean against a lamppost. Unfortunately for Nikolai, the lamppost had…

New Zealand monster eel video hoaxes

Giant eel hoax. I do wish this was real.

Once again, an example of why videos and photos are worthless as “evidence”. How to film a hoax: ‘Monster eel’ viral videos are fake. Two budding filmmakers have created fake videos featuring massive eels in a New Zealand river, to prove how easy it is to create a hoax viral video. The young brothers Ray…

Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus

Pisaster ochraceus, Ochre sea star is affected by the wasting disease (Wikipedia)

We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is…