A “real” monster is in the eye of the munipal council – Iceland worm exists

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Ah, I smell tourism, don’t you? This reward is a small price to pay for Loch Ness-sized advertising. Truth Commission: Lake Monster Does Exist. Lagarfljótsormurinn, the giant serpent rumored to inhabit the lake Lagarfljót near Egilsstaðir in East Iceland truly exists, as announced on Saturday by the majority of a 13-person truth commission established in…

Scientists busy squashing silly rumors instead of sciencing at Yellowstone

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Volcanologists at the Yellowstone volcano observatory have been spending a lot of time putting out fires, internet rumor fires, that is, as people are afraid of a supervolcanic eruptions. Earlier this year, we told you about the unsubstantiated rumor that animals were “fleeing” the area and the speculation that something was going to happen. It…

The Strange remains the same for 26 August 2014

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Lots of fun stuff today. Scientology-related Narconon rehab center may have violated law | Tampa Bay Times. Frankenstein exhibition: how the monster changed shape – Telegraph. The Many Voices of Frank’s Box. snopes.com: Fraud at the CDC Uncovered?. Could Bigfoot be in Vicksburg? Nope, almost certainly not. Cracked: 5 Successful People Who Everyone Forgets Are Exposed…

Rare blue lobster found in Maine

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Continuing our long-running theme of weird lobsters… Blue lobster caught in Maine spared the dinner table, will head to aquarium. A lobsterman says one of his traps caught a one-in-two-million crustacean: a blue lobster. WCSH-TV reports Jay LaPlante of the Miss Meghan Lobster Catch company caught the curious creature in Scarborough around 10:45 a.m. Saturday.…

Not a ghost, but real, live, and 3 meters long

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Things in the house fell over, off shelves, off the wall. Furniture was moved. The family wonder what the heck was going on in the house. It’s no ghost, but an unwelcome intruder nonetheless. ‘You couldn’t pay me to go back inside’: Ontario family finds three-metre snake draped across couch in living room. For a week,…

Doctor claims to have a homeopathic, electronic treatment for Ebola

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There was a good bit of justifiable outrage on social media this week as a medical doctor claimed that his homeopathic nonsense was a way to supplement cure and prevention of Ebola. American doctor proffers technology cure for Ebola. American doctor, Dr. Bill Gray MD claims he has technological remedy to help people infected with…

It’s a spectre but not a ghost over Hungary

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This photograph was featured on the NASA Astronomy picture of the Day. It’s quite an impressive effect called a Brocken specter. Photographer shoots “ghost” over Hungarian city. The spectral apparition was shot by Hungarian photographer Ladanyi Tamas, on the morning of August 11. Tamas went to the top of a 20-storey building to shoot the…

Remains of the weekend 23-24 August 2014

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Child welfare advocates join fight against abuse law provision – News Sentinel Story. Sea plankton have been found on the International Space Station – but how did they get there? | Science | theguardian.com. 1-in-2M find: 14-year-old, dad nab blue lobster. California drought: Water witches in demand as wells run dry – SFGate. Zimbabwe urges…

Huge surface fracture in Mexico worries locals and surprises scientists

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A nearly one kilometer long gash has appeared in a remote farm area of Hermosillo Mexico leaving locals concerned and the rest of us amazed at the footage. Giant crack in Mexico seen by drone raises earthquake fears | News.com.au. The eight-metre deep trench opened up last week and severed Highway 26 between Hermosillo and…

Will the church argue that this is REALLY the body of Christ?

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We don’t typically get into religious arguments here but this lawsuit has a physically questionable claim they are attempting to make. Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for ‘black Mass’ | News OK. Oklahoma City’s Catholic archbishop filed a lawsuit against a satanist group Wednesday, alleging it…

Healer’s belief may have killed hundreds in Sierra Leone

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Herbalist began inviting clients across the border with promises of salvation. Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to traditional healer – Times LIVE. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. “She was claiming to have powers…

Light-headed: Partial albino crocodile killed man, then was killed itself

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A distinctively colored crocodile was top predator in his neck of the river. But once again, man will be the ultimate arbiter. Part-albino crocodile shot after fatal attack was ’1-in-100-million rarity’. An albino-headed crocodile that killed a man fishing on a Territory river has been described by an expert as a one-in-100-million rarity. The distinctive…

Suspected man-eating tiger killed in India

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Tigers and humans vying for the same space is NOT a good combination. The tigers lose. ‘Man-eating’ tiger shot dead in India’s Maharashtra. Forest workers say they have shot dead a tiger blamed for killing seven people in the past six months in western India. The tiger, described as a “man-eater” by authorities, killed the…

Mind control victims advocacy group is denied tax exemption

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A group claiming that the government is secretly conducting mind control experiments and damaging citizens has been denied a tax-exempt status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Mind Control Group. The Internal Revenue Service has denied tax-exempt status to a group that claimed it was dedicated to protecting the human…

Leave my GOBLIN alone!

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I can’t help it, I really can’t. Your Zimbabwe goblin story for today… Woman said her goblin is NOT the problem here. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Woman threatens to kill tsikamutanda over ‘her’ goblin. A 40-year-old Gokwe woman left villagers’ in shock when she used a machete to scare away a traditional healer popularly known as…

Sharks are attacking the internet

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Looks like it’s shark week here at DN too! Sharks Want to Bite Google’s Undersea Cables. There are many, many things that can go wrong as you lay thousands of miles of fiber optic cable along the ocean’s floor. Earthquakes can rip things up, as can fishing hooks. But now we know of a new…

Frank Sumption, inventor of the “ghost box” has died

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The inventor of a device that, to some, allows communication with the dead, has now crossed over for us to perhaps better test the device. Paranormal Pop Culture: Ghost Box Creator Frank Sumption Has Died. Frank Sumption, the inventor behind the paranormal investigating device known as “The Frank’s Box” has reportedly died of a heart…

Facepalming article suggests Darwin may fall via epigenetic findings

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One Australian reporter (so far) gets the headline and story WRONG WRONG WRONG. Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged by University of Adelaide genetic memory research, published in journal Science. Adelaide research showing that sperm and eggs appear to carry genetic memories of events well before conception, may force a rethink of the evolutionary theories of…

Exotic lion on the loose in California? (Update)

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See UPDATE below. Originally published on 4-Aug-2014 Mystery animal roaming California neighborhood was caught on a security camera. Experts say it’s not a cougar but resembles a lion, leopard or older dog. Of course the headlines have to make the most outrageous assumption. African lioness in Norwalk? Experts analyzing grainy video. Grainy surveillance footage of…

The Strange remains the same for 13 August 2014

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UFO enthusiasts: Blurry object definitely a UFO … definitely – Houston Chronicle. Simon Singh to receive HealthWatch Award – Healthwatch. Politicsweb – “Ghosts haunt our houses!” – Daily Sun – iSERVICE. [I do not follow this story.] Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks | Science | WIRED. BBC News –…

Goblin extraction may result in death

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We don’t know why, but almost every time we cover a story about goblins, it’s a story from Zimbabwe. I’d love to find out why this is such a thing there! Man dies in goblin exorcism ritual. A 72-year old man from Gokwe died under mysterious circumstances a few minutes after a traditional healer (tsikamutanda)…