Yearly Archives: 2014

The Strange remains the same for the last day of 2014

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Treat for UFO Enthusiasts, coffin-like object spotted on the surface of Mars Man charged in alleged exorcism Cyclone Tracy: Aboriginal people foresaw ‘bad event’ in Darwin Debunkings are Part of the Conspiracy: A Follow-Up on the Boyd Bushman Alien Video Claims – JREF. Black-eyed ghosts and giant mutant rats: the scare stories that nearly destroyed Britain…

Some rejoice in their fortunes to not be on doomed plane

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Here we go with luck and divine intervention nonsense again… What makes these people special in the eyes of God compared to those who tragically died? It’s called… coincidence. Illness, missed emails save 15 from Flight QZ8501 – CNN.com. Some may call it serendipity, others divine intervention. Either way, circumstances prevented two families from boarding…

Mystery booms of Idaho explosively explained

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In the leftovers of 29 December, we posted a link to a story about mystery booms in Idaho. Another mysterious explosion heard in Bingham County; residents in Riverside say boom shook their homes This has now apparently been solved; it was exploding targets. Bingham County Sheriff: Exploding targets are source of mystery “booms” Bingham County Sheriff…

The Strange remains the same for 30 December 2014

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Eric Metaxas: Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God – WSJ (subscription only). No, no it doesn’t. What planet are YOU on? Claim: A unique planetary alignment on Jan. 4, 2015 will cause partial weightlessness on earth. Two sons get mother beaten to death by occultist for good luck – Hindustan Times. Mystery Object Appears Near…

The Strange remains the same for 29 December 2014

Strange animal: stygian owl

The Campaign to Prove Shakespeare Didn’t Exist. South Africa: Man drowns as large wave hits Durban beach – Yahoo News. The World’s Largest Clairvoyance Experiment Has Begun No, China does not hold more than 50 percent of U.S. debt – The Washington Post. A man of healing, a saga of suffering | The Washington Post.…

TB Joshua continues to be psychically full of BS

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Once again, ridiculous preacher TB Joshua claims he predicted the latest air disaster. Missing Jet prophesy: UK High C’ssner taunts TB Joshua The UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Jon Benjamin has scoffed at Pastor TB Joshua over his claim that he predicted the disappearance of AirAsia’s Indonesia flight QZ8501 months before the incident occurred. The…

Remains of the weekend 27-28 December 2014

Hole punch cloud appeared on Christmas Day in Iowa.

‘Miracle cure’ exposed as bleach | Herald Sun. Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study | The BMJ. Video: Rogue ostrich causes commotion by racing cars on busy Chinese highway Power of Prayer? ‘Miracle’ Priest Rises from Wheelchair and Walks – NBC News.com. Mexico Crop…

Water divining in Australia: A fictional portrayal does not make for fact

Dowsing has been tested for centuries. It's never been proven to work better than chance.

A mainstream Australian media outlet publishes a ridiculous, unsupported bunch of hooey suggesting water diviners have some special physical powers to detect water. There’s a claim chock full of holes – like a leaky bucket, all the truth eventually streams out and nothing is left. Water diviners, dowsers, may have special sensitivity to electromagnetism. [M]y…

The Strange remains the same for 22 December 2014

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Things are usually fairly slow around the end of the year… so we are taking advantage of the calmness. Nevertheless, their remains the strange: Captive orangutan has human right to freedom, Argentine court rules | Reuters. JUDGE SAYS PET BOBCAT ROCKY MUST LIVE AT THE ZOO. BBC News – ‘Lost’ common seal rescued from field…

Homeopathy Plus unequivocally NOT a safer alternative to vaccination says court

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Breaking News delivered from Guy Chapman today. Homeopathy Plus has received a major smackdown from the Australian courts. A complaint regarding their advertisement of homeopathy as a “safer” alternative to vaccination, specifically for pertussis has been deemed misleading and deceptive. Homeopathy Plus is the trading identity of Australian homeopath Fran Sheffield (who originated the petition to…

Remains of the weekend 20-21 December 2014

These are not really baby owls.

Stop being so utterly silly! snopes.com: Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity – Float for 5 Minutes!. Religious group threatens to sue over tax credit denial for Noah’s Ark-themed park | Fox News. Do atheists believe in the Christmas story? A cautionary tale on polls. – The Washington Post. A Dark Forgotten Past, and Why it Needs…

Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance

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In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed…

The Strange remains the same for 18 December 2014

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Water birth leads to newborn’s death from Legionella | Dr. Jen Gunter. Psychic charged with swindling woman out of nearly $20,000. Strict Belief-Based Diet Contributes to Child’s Death : Discovery News. Chocolate-fed monkey terrorizes Marseille – The Local. 2014 in cancer quackery: UK edition – JREF. Slender Man: Both Stabbing Suspects Ruled Competent to Stand…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

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Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

Meldrum’s course on relict hominoids is a bit of a stretch

Frame capture from the Patterson Gimlin film, to date, the most discussed piece of Bigfoot evidence.

The Bigfoot professor, Jeff Meldrum, has proposed a new course for credit. It’s not sitting well with everyone. Bigfoot and you — ISU prof to offer class that factors Bigfoot into theory of evolution In the upcoming semester, Idaho State University professor Jeff Meldrum will be teaching an experimental course titled The Relict Hominoid Inquiry.…

The mystery of the burning couch

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This one might take some figuring out. A child tells an adult that there is a fire in a shop and saves a whole lot of damage. Young boy saves Fulham shop after spotting mysterious square fire – Get West London. A passer-by helped save a closed shop and flats from going up in flames…

From Alternative to Integrative, the NIH changes a branch name

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You KNEW this rebranding stuff was coming. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has changed its name to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Because alternatives to medicine DON’T work and they finally got that point. What the point of the rest of this is, I still don’t see. NIH complementary and integrative health…