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…

The Strange remains the same for 16 December 2014

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I Lied About Being a Psychic. It Worked. — The Cut. Psychic Paula: let us test your pregnancy prediction powers | The Guardian. Stuyvesant High Student Admits He Didn’t Make $72 Million on Stock Trades – NYTimes.com. Man rings police after neighbour posts “creepy” picture of Cliff Richard in his window (From The Argus). The…

Mythbusters inspire investigators to examine the escape from Alcatraz

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If they did it at JUST the right time… Researchers were inspired by a Mythbusters episode (Season 1, episode 11) to see if the famous escape was plausible as they concluded. Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape. Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape…

Braingasm videos popular and plausible

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An internet sensation, autonomous sensory meridian response, is certainly plausible, at least for some people. A whisper, then tingles, then 87 million YouTube views: Meet the star of ASMR. This is Maria, a 28-year-old Russian expat in suburban Maryland, starring in a YouTube video that has been viewed more than 7 million times. Hundreds of thousands…

Is the Elf On A Shelf a real spy? Your kids may think so.

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Oh dear, the things people believe… A story has been circulating that the popular elf toy people place on their trees and fireplace mantles is REALLY a spy device from the National Security Administration. snopes.com: SNOWDEN: ‘Elf On A Shelf’ Actually Hugely Successful NSA Project. Speaking via Google Hangout to officials in Sweden last week,…

Mountain lion captured and killed in Kentucky

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This is extremely interesting news. If the animal was wild, it would be the first such confirmed mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War. Wildlife officer shoots and kills mountain lion in a tree in northern Bourbon County A state wildlife officer shot the mountain lion late Monday afternoon on Redmon Road in…

The Strange remains the same for 15 December 2014

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Montgomery police: Murder suspect thought her victim practiced witchcraft – The Washington Post. Cape Cod Mystery: A Surge of Stranded Turtles – NYTimes.com. Relatively Interesting 2014 Failed and Forgotten Psychic Predictions. Retraction Watch is growing, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation Mysterious Giant Creature Leaves Strange ‘Wake’ in Bay Of Islands. —…

The (cat) Beast of Bodmin Moor is old news

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Dr. David Clarke at Sheffield Hallam University, an expert in journalism in the U.K., has followed the “alien big cat” phenomenon. The ABC idea is that large, out of place (OOP) cats (lions, black panthers, pumas/cougars) have colonized the British Isles. Their presence is responsible for the reported sightings of big cats, livestock kills and mystery…

Remains of the weekend 13-14 December 2014

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Has this ghost hunter caught Wales’ most bloodthirsty ghoul on camera? – Wales Online. No. It’s the same old really lame “ghost photo” nonsense. No dogs in heaven: Pope’s remarks on afterlife widely misreported | CTV News. ‘Faith healer’ sex abuser claimed he could remove vagina ‘devils’. “They are microwave weaponry,” said Scottsdale resident Floris…

Todd Standing needs money for Bigfoot DNA testing

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We’ve written about Todd Standing before, back in April. After that, he made a name for himself by riding the coattails of Survivorman Les Stroud and by being associated with Utah Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University, Dr. Jeff Meldrum. While months have passed, oddly enough, nothing has changed. Standings evidence and claims are…

Talking telepathy in Turkey

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It’s probably time to worry if your nation’s leaders talk of delusional nonsense as real, especially in the political arena. Militant Islamist, Salih Izzet Erdis, who had been jailed for leading a terrorist organization and trying to overthrow the government is now proclaiming that someone on the outside is attempting mind control over him. Mind…

The Strange remains the same for 11 December 2014

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Vale Steve Walker – magician and skeptic | Australian Skeptics Inc. Shamans on govt service? Psychic searches for missing Tuva helicopter on official request — RT News. This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru’s Nazca Site. ‘Face in wave’ photo | Isle of Islay. Aquilops, the little dinosaur that could – The Integrative Paleontologists.…

Staff of controversial Florida alt med spa sues claiming illegal and unethical practice

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Trouble for the health spa that gained notoriety for treating First Nations (Canada) children for cancer is having some internal problems. Several former staff members of the Hippocrates Health Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida have complained of illegal and unethical practices. They were also fired. Florida spa that treated First Nations girls with cancer faces lawsuits from ex-staff.…

Controversial Ghanian church leader in trouble for violent exorcism on pregnant woman

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This guy is a menace. AI wants Obinim arrested over ‘stomping’ pregnancy exorcism. The Ghana Chapter of Amnesty International is demanding the arrest and prosecution of Bishop Daniel Obinim for stomping on the protruded belly of a pregnant woman during an exorcism session in his church. A 42-second video, which has gone viral on social…

The BIG difference between skeptics and deniers

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Here at Doubtful News we advocate science-based and evidence-based skepticism. We are not denialists. Journalist should get the hint (READ the MEDIA GUIDE TO SKEPTICISM). Bill Nye asks journalist to stop calling climate change deniers ‘skeptics’. Bill Nye and his colleagues in media and academia wrote a letter for the Skeptical Inquirer asking journalist to…

The Strange Remains the Same for 10 December 2014

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Bad science reporting blamed on exaggerations in university press releases – Science – News – The Independent. From scary specters to silly orbs: What happened to ghosts? – JREF. Faith healer uses ‘enchanted gold’ in scam | ABS-CBN News. Bacon, Pet Psychic Turn up Zilch in 5-Month Search – ABC News. Preventing bad reporting on…

FTC sprinkles refund checks on diet supplement consumers

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As previously covered on Doubtful News, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cracked down on Sensa Products for deceptive practices associated with it’s sprinkle-on powder allowing weight loss without diet changes or exercise. This week, consumers are seeing refund checks resulting from the settlement. Bought Sensa? You might soon get a refund check (CBS News):…

Ham shoots back at critics with Ark park advertising (UPDATE: Shot down)

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There is a major update today. Kentucky has withdrawn tax incentives for the Ark Park. This ship is sunk. HUZZAH! Kentucky: No tax breaks for Noah’s Ark project. Tourism Secretary Bob Stewart says the planned project had evolved from a tourism attraction into an outreach for the Christian ministry that is building it. Stewart wrote…

Discovery Channel programming is equivalent to what comes out the tail end of this poor snake (UPDATE)

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UPDATE (8-Dec-2014): This Discovery show has aired and was called a bait and switch. Are you surprised? I’m not. ‘Eaten Alive:’ Bait and, umm, switch – Newsday. “Eaten Alive!” the massively promoted Discovery Channel special that prompted PETA outrage, a thousand stories, possibly even some flyby viewing Sunday night, was a snake-bitten hoax. No one…

Exorcism classes in Delaware

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Exorcism is a more common subject than ever these days. The Lighthouse Church in Wyoming, Delaware is teaching about “deliverance” from Satan and his demons. They propose that everyone should know about it and it’s the root of many problems. Oh really…? Enlighten Me: Exorcism classes come to the First State Gore says Jesus Christ and his…

The Remains of the Weekend 6-7 December 2014

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You can’t detox your body. It’s a myth. So how do you get healthy? | The Guardian. Federal judge slaps down Kansas creationist lawsuit claiming evolution a ‘religious belief’. Oldest Art Was Carved Onto Shell 540,000 Years Ago : Discovery News. Researchers find “ghost ship” intact off of Oahu | KITV. Bill Nye Explains Why…

Dubious report of black panther in Queensland

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Claimed sightings of large black cats are widespread, but unless you live in an area where there are leopards or jaguars, you’re almost certainly mistaken. Farmer says he’s spotted black panther twice | Sunshine Coast Daily. JOHN Rourke didn’t always sleep with a cane knife next to his bed. But after seeing a black panther…

The Strange remains the same for 05 December 2014

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Worcester’s 2-faced cat dies at 15 – Worcester Telegram   When Is Fortune-Telling a Crime? – The Atlantic. The shocking predatory strike of the electric eel. The Viagra Of The Himalayas Brings In Big Bucks And Big Problems NPR. ‘Walking’ fish baffles bystanders in Bideford –  North Devon Gazette. Key elements of Rolling Stone’s U-Va.…

The Strange remains the same for 04 December 2014

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At This Ashram, A Guru’s Body in a Freezer, Angry Followers and Some Weapons. Facebook copyright notice hoax: How algorithms could stop misinformation. Video: Giant lobster ‘aged 70′ caught off Californian coast – Telegraph. Not True: Smithsonian Admits to Destroying Giant Skeletons. Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out : NPR. snopes.com:…

Kerala pursuing anti-superstition law

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It could be that the death of activist Dabholkar has had an effect and reason is spreading across the Indian states. Kerala plans bill to contain black magic and exorcism. The Congress led UDF government in Kerala on said it plans to bring forward a legislation to curb black magic and launch a massive awareness…