Remains of the weekend 25-26 April 2015

This photo was really taken by Giordana Schmidt, AFP / Getty Images. It does not appear to have been manipulated.

See Mutant Baby Cow Born With Five Mouths. Bigfoot followers gather in Vilonia Billions of Blue Jellyfish Wash Up on American Beaches. Tragic result of traditional Chinese medicine manipulation: an unusual case report of bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations. – PubMed Could virtual reality bring your loved ones back from the dead? Pocket Sharks are Among…

Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

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Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged…

Want organic livestock? No real medicine allowed.

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Homeopathy – it’s just water. And it’s just stupid. EU orders Britain’s organic farmers to treat sick animals with homeopathy British organic farmers are being forced to treat their livestock with homeopathic remedies under new European Commission rules branded ‘scientifically illiterate’ by vets. Although homeopathy has been branded as ‘rubbish’ by the government’s Chief Medical…

The Strange remains the same for 23 April 2015

Lovely muscari (grape hyacinth) is blooming this time of year.

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards: USGS (fracking-related earthquakes) Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News Embryonic Twin Discovered in Woman’s Brain During Surgery in LA | NBC Southern California. Plane makes emergency landing in Buffalo after three passengers pass out – The Washington Post. (A case of conversion disorder?) Panel tackles question…

Hi-ho, the derry-o, the cow ate the sheep

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Talk about a change in diet. Kenya: Cow ‘starts eating sheep’ on Nakuru farm – BBC News. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, […]. Fresh food and water couldn’t tempt the cow, and another sheep met…

“Real” ghost claim takes a back seat to skeptical research

A screen shot from Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers offers the clearest copy of the photo by Mrs. Mabel Chinnery allegedly showing a back-seat ghost. Photo from Skeptic.com/Blake Smith

What paranormal enthusiast like me hasn’t seen this famous picture of the dead mother in law in the back seat of the old car? IT WAS CREEPY AS HELL and it was one of the most widespread photos promoted as “real” because there seemed no good explanation. That’s because not many people attempted to provide…

The Strange remains the same for Earth Day 2015

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FDA continues to warn consumers not to use Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd.’s “Bo Ying compound”. Study rules out link between autism and MMR vaccine even in at-risk kids – LA Times. (There is no “debate” or “controversy” about MMR and autism ANYMORE.) New mass extinction event identified by geologists – BBC News. Regulating…

Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)

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Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,…

The Strange remains the same for 21 April 2015

I have no response to this. Just remember, KISS had their own dolls and Colorforms, too.

Pasadena Artist Who Claims To Be Buddha Reincarnated Is Wanted In China: LAist. Strange roar heard Sunday night across wide area | GazetteXtra. Ghost hunters hear bumps in the night: it’s burglars raiding Derby store for imitation firearms | Derby Telegraph. Kanye West Denies Illuminati Ties. Secret file reveals scandal of the Natural History Museum…

Double DOUBLE rainbow!!! Whoa… it’s real

Photo by @amanda_curtis via Twitter.

When I first saw this pic, I was doubtful it was real, it didn’t make sense. But there actually IS an explanation. Is it legit? Rare quadruple rainbow photo goes viral – The Washington Post. While waiting for her train this morning at the Glen Cove train station in Long Island, NY, Amanda Curtis grabbed…

Google dives into Loch Ness; highlights great hoaxed photo

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the anniversary of the publication of the April 21 1934 Daily Mail photograph purported to show the infamous Loch Ness monster, Nessie. Known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the picture is one of the iconic “monster” pictures of all time. However, it’s fake. Most people do not realize it’s CLEARLY a fake,…

The Strange remains the same for 20 April 2015

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Mysterious ‘supervoid’ in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim – Telegraph. Woman ‘Freaks Out’ When She Meets Doppelganger For 1st Time In Ireland FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test Giant badger the ‘size of a pig’ terrorises pensioner New WikiLeaks documents reveal the inner workings of the Dr. Oz Show A…

The “hum” caused by ocean waves

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A geophysicist has proposed that the “hum” some people hear is caused by the interaction of ocean waves with the coast. Has the mystery of the Grimsby hum been solved? | Grimsby Telegraph. A mystery hum that has plagued people in the Grimsby area for more than a decade could have been solved – by French scientists.…

Did the parrot cry for help?

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Who’s a pretty smart girl? Parrot’s Cries of ‘Help, Fire’ Bring Firefighters to Burning House in Idaho Emergency crews responding to a house fire in Idaho Friday night expected to find an elderly woman inside the home when they heard cries of “help” and “fire.” “Once the captain did his walk-around, he could hear something…

Remains of the weekend 18-19 April 2015

Oarfish, not "sea monster". Let's be serious here. Photo: NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium

‘A ski accident left me with advanced mental abilities': US woman tells her extraordinary story. Town shocked by exorcism, bartered sex for services case. UFOs Confront Soldiers During War, Says Ex-Air Force Intelligence Officer. Goopy jellyfish fill Oregon, Washington beaches. Missing cat makes mystery 128-mile journey from North Wales to Yorkshire. Escaped zebras chased through…

Storms of sand and dust around the world

Around at 14:00 on April 15, Aershan in Mongolia experienced a red sky, accompanied by rain containing a black substance. By 2:50, the sky returned to normal.

There have been many stories in the past few days regarding rather frightening dust and sand storms that have kicked up around the world. Here is a roundup. Sandstorms have been sweeping across China’s northern regions. The storms caused disruptions and very poor visibility and air quality. Bejing had their worst storm in years. […] a mighty…

Rain of worms in Norway? (Fish in Thailand?)

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Thousands of earthworms have been reported on top of the snow in Norway leading people to conclude that it rained worms. When one report from Bergen was publicized on a Norwegian news channel, additional reports have come in from Lindås and Suldal near Bergen, and as far away as Femunden on the Swedish border. Earthworms rain…

The Strange remains the same 16 April 2015

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Mystery solved: Why do knuckles crack? – CNET. Nick Groff to lead sold-out ghost hunt at OSR. The mystery hum is back! Plymouth residents complain of ‘strange droning noise’ | Plymouth Herald. Winchester Mystery House will allow sleepovers, booze Earth’s Mysterious Hum Explained. This woman went to sleep in 2008 and woke up convinced it…

The Strange remains the same for 15 April 2015

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Anti vaccine cult – violent threats against California Senator. Bigfoot paper corrected because it doesn’t exist – the author’s institution, that is – Retraction Watch. How Smoke Rings Get in Your Skies – World Science Festival. Rare Omura’s whale carcass find in Western Australia excites scientists | Environment | The Guardian. Giant 40-pound wolverine caught…

Lesson? Don’t shoot an armadillo, with a pistol… Use something more powerful

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Only in the South… Man shoots at armadillo, bullet hits mother-in-law Authorities say a woman was accidentally shot by her son-in-law while he was trying to shoot an armadillo. The incident had a lot of people scratching their heads- even law enforcement. “Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,”…

The Strange remains the same for 14 April 2015

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Psychic to refund $7K to Iowans promised wealth, miracles | Local News – KCCI Home. A cluster of lead poisoning among consumers of Ayurvedic medicine. – PubMed – NCBI. How should journalists cover quacks like Dr. Oz or the Food Babe? – Vox. Christian Scientists granted immunity from no jab, no pay policy snopes.com: Angels…

Two-year old dead after parents try to rid him of ‘demon’, attempt resurrection

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It’s these stories that really make you wonder how someone can get this far away from reality. A child is dead because his ultra-religious parents neglected him thinking he was possessed. Woman Arrested in Attempt to Resurrect Child: Police A woman who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home has been arrested for allegedly…

Have your say to the FDA on homeopathic products!

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The US FDA will hold a public hearing on homeopathic products. What does this mean? It means the agency is considering adjusting the current enforcement policies to reflect changes in the homeopathic product marketplace over the last approximately 25 years. That sounds like a PLAN and a great opportunity! Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory…

Pope fueling trend to blame the Devil

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Great… back to the Dark Ages where we blame personal and social problems on supernatural entities instead of effectively dealing with harsh reality. How is that helpful? ‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom – Telegraph. The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has…

Good thinking about homeopathy funding

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In February 2015, The Good Thinking Society in the UK, headed by Simon Singh, challenged Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Groups’s decision to approve spending on homeopathic treatments under the contention that it was potentially unlawful and contrary to the best interest of local patients. Public funds for health care are precious and should not be wasted…

Remains of the weekend 11-12 April 2015

Fake. No surprise there.

Childcare rebates could be denied to anti-vaccination parents under new Federal Government laws (Australia) Rogue Microwave Ovens Are the Culprits Behind Mysterious Radio Signals Man Retires, Moves, Discovers His Doppelganger Cabal keeping UFO secrets to blame for world’s woes, says former cabinet minister Paul Hellyer Cashing in by retracing steps of mythical beast Bigfoot Rare black…

Fire sinkhole story shows how mystery mongering site gets your ‘click’

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A certain mystery mongering, ad-infested site that declares an apocalypse every friggin’ day is reporting this story about a “sinkhole” spewing fire in China. It took me about 20 seconds to figure this out (being where I am in the world). While it may look like a volcanic vent, China is not particularly volcanically active…

The Strange remains the same for 10 April 2015

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Aussie organisation linked to anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny has charity status revoked. Belle Gibson’s cookbook still for sale, despite doubts about cancer survival claims. 3 charged in bogus kidnapping report Dogs trained to detect prostate cancer with more than 90% accuracy Dawkins book denied distribution in Chilliwack schools Mapleton teen rises above rare allergy to…

Today’s forecast: Red rain

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Prepare for a fall of blood rain. No, it’s not a portent of doom, well, it does bode ill for those with asthma and breathing problems. The fine particles in the air create pollution. ‘Blood rain’ to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa – Telegraph. ‘Blood rain’ will fall on…

More evidence that near death experiences are related to brain activity, not the supernatural

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It’s long been suspected that what we describe as near death experiences (NDEs) may be related to processes in the brain that create a flurry of activity to produce the strange sensations. Those that survive the beginning of the shutdown process may tell about it as a religious or spiritual experience. Well, it’s certainly strange. New…