Yearly Archives: 2014

The Strange remains the same for 23 April 2014

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“Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?” Faith Healers Can Be Con Artists in Disguise | Mariam Khan. Spoon-bending psychic Geller helps Israelis defy disasters – chicagotribune.com. Creationists Say Smithsonian Is Pushing “Religion of Naturalism”. ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Spurs Conversations And Controversy On Near-Death Experiences. Bus-ticket mystic is taking us for a ride, say NHS…

Gallipoli ‘ghost’ solved: A lesson in non-paranormal persistence

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Here is a great lesson for paranormalists: Make sure you exhaust all the avenues of “normal” before you conclude “paranormal”. In almost all cases, you CAN get to a sound explanation. Gallipoli ‘ghost’ an open and shutter case. Fairfax photographer Joe Armao spent an entire night studying the strange, hair-raising blur on one of his pictures…

Sprouting horns

Photo credit: Chutian Metropolis Daily

It’s strange but it’s not unknown or mysterious to have a horn-like growth. Man saws down horn growing from neck. An [sic] man who has lived with a thick horn growing from his neck for over 30 years said his greatest wish is to know what caused it, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported. Li Zhibing,…

I don’t think she was really a psychic…

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Here’s a plan — let’s put Dad’s dead body in a storage unit and keep collecting his benefits check (because this psychic thing isn’t bringing in the cash). Mummified remains found in Lexington storage unit identified; daughter accused of stealing benefits; mother missing The mummified remains of a man found in a Lexington storage unit in January…

Facilitated communication case regarding sexual assault will go to court

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Anna Stubblefield, the chairwoman of Rutgers-Newark’s philosophy department, and an outspoken proponent of “facilitated communication,” is accused of abusing a severely mentally disabled 33-year-old man that she was using as proof of her claim that FC works. Spoiler: It doesn’t. Rutgers-Newark philosophy chairwoman fights criminal sexual assault charges | NJ.com. Today, Stubblefield, 44, is facing criminal charges of…

Asteroid Impacts More Frequent Than Previously Thought

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Making the news rounds early this week is the story of several former NASA astronauts who will be presenting a discussion on some disconcerting new asteroid impact data. Astronauts to reveal sobering data on asteroid impacts (Universe Today): In a recent press release B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu states: “This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton…

The Strange Remains the Same for 21 April 2014

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“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.” ― John Green – Paper Towns New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors. Man claiming to be ‘magical warlock’ arrested for sex crimes against children…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

The Remains of the weekend April 19-20, 2014

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A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice. ~Bill Cosby Metro woman believes her stroke was related to chiropractic manipulation of neck | fox4kc.com. Couple’s love story spans decades | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com Outrage: Library to Host UFO and Bigfoot Lecture! Say No to UFO…

The Strange remains the same for 18 April 2014

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The world’s shortest war was between Zanzibar and Great Britain. It happened in 1896 and lasted a total of 38 minutes. ~Mental Floss Dirty Creek, Old Purse Solve Four-Decade Mystery – ABC News. The New UFO Hunters | Motherboard. Rat Poison Harms Famous California Cougar | LiveScience. Police solve Brampton car damage mystery. Drunken Trees:…

Finding monsters via satellite is apparently a thing (UPDATE: Definitely boat)

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For your latest monster facepalm moment we take you virtually to Loch Ness. Satellite images from space and beamed to iPhone show Monster Nessie on Loch Ness. Amazing new images taken from space appear to show something swimming below the surface of the world’s most famous loch. The images were captured by two different amateur…