The Strange remains the same for 26 June 2014

I don’t know what it was about today but it was annoying…

I’ve known from long ago that the universe was calling me. If you were one of those annoying adults that said, ‘Oh, what are you gonna be when you grow up?’ I would say, ‘Astrophysicist.’ And then they’d walk away real quickly.
~Neil deGrasse Tyson

Global warming conspiracy theorist zombies devour Telegraph and Fox News brains

Mysterious Earthen ‘Mima’ Mounds Created by Plants, Not Animals.

Don’t miss this gem: The Skeptic’s Boot.: He’s Not a Ghost Witness… He’s a Very Naughty Boy!.

Conservatives Don’t Deny Climate Science Because They’re Ignorant. They Deny It Because of Who They Are. | Mother Jones.

Psychic John Edward warns his kids: ‘Don’t Google Daddy’. (Icky. No pity party here.)

NeuroLogica Blog » Pesticides and Autism.

UN warns Britain over child voodoo victims, sex tourists – Yahoo News.

‘Spirit of little girl’ caught on camera in old pub | News. (A lot of people died EVERYWHERE. More lousy ghost photos.)

Trigger Warning: Incredibly stupid story — This Man’s Gaze Is Harmful to Pregnant Women.

I’m just posting this because “disco clam”. Mystery of disco clam’s stunning underwater light show finally solved | Science Recorder.

BBC News – Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem.

People automatically assume a mystery when there is likely an extremely normal explanation. Maybe they should get out more before proclaiming they find a “Loch Ness Monster” in Florida.

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  5 comments for “The Strange remains the same for 26 June 2014

  1. James G
    June 27, 2014 at 2:27 AM

    The whole ‘ghost picture’ genre has gotten so silly, I rarely read the stories any more.

    The app that they have for faking ghost images (and a similar one for UFOs) might turn out to be a good thing. It’s so easy to create fake photos now, that perhaps people will assume a hoax as their default position, which is probably what it should be.

  2. Chris Howard
    June 27, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    So, they assume “Nessie” in a state that is surrounded by water on three sides, and is largely swamp land?

    I think they’re skipping the more mundane explinations on porpoise.

    See what I did there?


  3. June 27, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    I’m noticing a serious problem with people being disconnected from the world around them. Yesterday I passed a woman freaking out because she’d found ants in her back yard. I had a swarm of honey bees settle on the back of my house a few weeks ago, one of my neighbours identified them as wasps, another knew they were bees but ‘some type I’ve never seen before.’ These are all people who live in a rural area, surrounded by arable farmland.

    An alarming number of people seem to think that mosquitoes are invasive species that have only appeared in the UK in recent decades.

    I think they’re skipping mundane explanations because their entire experience of the world comes from Rupert Murdoch and his cronies.

  4. Graham
    June 27, 2014 at 9:28 PM

    I would not blame Murdoch et al for people not reacting correctly to the natural environment. That kind of disconnect is typical of people who have moved from a more controlled (Urban) environment to a less controlled (Rural) environment. They simply have no experience with these kind of things and over react.

    It’s also how anti-global warming theories (Which are now starting to appear in the Conspiracy Press.) can gain traction.

  5. Peebs
    July 2, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    The reference to mosquitoes in the UK dragged up vague memory that Oliver Cromwell died from malaria.

    A quick search would seem to partially confirm this;

    The other cause would seem to be urolithiasis (kidney stones).

    The latter would seem to be remarkably common back then. So much so that when.a woman undergoes a gynaecological examination with feet in stirrups etc. It’s still referred to as the ‘Lithotomy Position’.

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