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‘Old Slave House’ legend demolished by archaeology

Archeologists do a scientific and through investigation into a house legendarily know for slave smuggling. They find the house was not likely to have been used the way local legend tells. Even the notorious third floor that was supposedly to keep kidnapped slaves, now claimed to be haunted, was found to be decorated just like the rest of house, disputing the sensational claims.

Read more: Report challenges ‘Old Slave House’ legend

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The Strange Remains the same for 31 July 2015

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But pre-set expectations and testing questions make us wonder about our results. Source: The audiophile’s dilemma: strangers can’t identify $340 cables, either [Updated] | Ars Technica   The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis’s telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican…

Key information on source of mystery booms around the world: sound travel is weird

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Scientists admit that loud explosions can be heard at astounding distances under certain conditions. This sounds like the key to many mystery booms around the world that appear to have no local source. The source of the “mystery booms” heard throughout California’s eastern edge with Nevada have been sourced to a military location. But it was…

Today in Exorcism for July 31, 21st century

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I am unclear why today has delivered me three stories on exorcism. It’s a hot topic, damn it. Maybe because The Vatican Tapes is showing. But the rite of exorcism is no more relevant or non-fictional than it was centuries ago. As an enlightened society, we probably should get over the whole demon possession scapegoat thing… it’s modern…

The Strange Remains the same for 29 July 2015

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An apparent Islamic Stt document found in the dry reaches of Pakistan’s tribal lands reveals that ISIL is recruiting a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan and plans to trigger a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world. Source: Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke ‘end of the world’…

UFO cult, alien possession, Russian spies, with Jesus, at Loch Ness, via telepathy

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This story is jam-packed with woo and ridiculousness. I had to read it slowly to pick it all up! SPECIAL branch operatives tailed a UFO cult leader who said he was in telepathic contact with aliens, it emerged today. Source: REVEALED: Special Branch tailed UFO cult leader for FIVE YEARS over fears he was communist.…

Elongated skull find in Russia hijacked for pseudoarchaeology ideas

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UFO watchers are in a tizz over the discovery of an ancient skeleton with an elongated skull that resembles an ALIEN. The humanoid skeleton was unearthed from a site known as Russia’s Stonehenge and it is being heralded as proof that aliens visited Earth thousands of years ago. Researcher Maria Makurova told Russian news agency…

Propellantless thruster claimant presents paper at a conference. Hype ensues.

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News headlines are buzzing with headlines such as “Scientists Confirm ‘Impossible’ EM Drive Propulsion” (Hacked) and “‘Impossible’ propellantless engine appears to work” (Sydney Morning Herald). Doubtful News readers may have followed this story from August 2014, as well as renewed claims of results earlier this May. At a July Propulsion and Energy Forum held by…

The Strange Remains the Same for 28 July 2015

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The discovery of remains at historic Jamestown may provide new details about the nation’s earliest settlers. Source: Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box   Highway traffic was halted west of Bisbee earlier this month when one of the Southwest’s most iconic animals made a leisurely path across the roadway. Source:…

The Strange Remains the Same for 27 July 2015

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Added sugar is bad for your health, studies indicate, while sugar substitutes do not deserve the bad reputation they have acquired. Source: The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar   Indian witch doctors are arriving in New Zealand on tourist or temporary work visas and duping vulnerable Kiwis into forking out thousands of dollars Source:…

A “psychic” named “Marks”? Run the other way

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A Charlottesville woman who claimed she had a “gift from God” and could see the past and future has been indicted on multiple federal charges she defrauded multiple clients, one of whom sent her more than $1.4 million. Source: Charlottesville palm-reader indicted; claimed ability to see future, talk to spirits A federal grand jury indicted…

Professor makes “bonkers” claim that climate scientists killed by death squad

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See UPDATE below. Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. Source: Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims. A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated…

Creepy Chicago cemetery enCLOWNter

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Creepy encounter in Chicago is the latest in a series of out of place clown sightings. The cell phone video tells it all: a person dressed in a clown suit, trespassing at historic Rosehill Cemetery in the dead of night. Julia Graham says she was “freaked out” at the figure as it ran toward the…

Bad science Writing Example A: Linking plesiosaurs to the Loch Ness Monster

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An obviously inexperienced science journalist latches on to the mistaken and downright nonsensical idea that plesiosaurs = Loch Ness Monster. Then, media outlets propagate the silliness. The fossil remains of a giant marine reptile have just been discovered by a team of researchers from the University Of Alaska Museum Of The North. The remains were…

Hmm, wonder why chiropractor would have to “sneak into” a hospital

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The board director and president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia resigns over an unauthorised hospital visit to treat a baby. Source: Chiropractors Association of Australia president-elect resigns over unauthorised treatment of baby in hospital Dr Helen Alevaki reportedly used a closed Facebook group to reveal she had made “sneaky” visits to a Melbourne maternity…

Evidence of deadly viper loose in Georgia

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A dangerous African gaboon viper was reportedly seen loose in a town northeast of Macon, Georgia. Source: Venomous snake possibly sighted in Milledgeville According to Mark McKinnon with the Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement Division, a gaboon viper was seen near the intersection of Hairwood Drive and Harrisburg Road. McKinnon said the snake is…

The Strange remains the same for 24 July 2015

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The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River. Source: Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee   Ashraf Mashaal was suffering from various psychiatric deficiencies which prompted his parents to…

‘Pluck-Ness’ monster resurfaces

Mystery animal snapping at bird in Pluck Lake, Swansea.

It’s summer, the silly news season… A fisherman, Kyle Chapple, spotted a creature floating in Pluck Lake, at the southern tip of Swansea Enterprise Park. He saw it leap from the water to try and snap at a low-flying bird. He thought it was a snake or croc but that’s not likely. What was it? Source:…

Kevin Trudeau must pay back millions of dollars

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A tentative plan was announced to provide refunds for hundreds of thousands of people who bought Kevin Trudeau’s silly diet book. Source: Judge may order refunds for buyers of Trudeau weight-loss book – Chicago Tribune The plan greenlighted by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman calls for the Federal Trade Commission to send several rounds of checks to…

Today’s weather – grasshoppers and beetles aloft

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It’s alive and it’s overhead. Nothing seemed unusual Wednesday when the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, Oklahoma, picked up what appeared to be rainclouds over western North Texas. Nothing unusual … except the clouds weren’t rain. Source: Weather radar detects swarm of bugs – CNN.com They were grasshoppers and beetles all flying at…

The Strange remains the same for 23 July 2015

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Surfer Mick Fanning Escapes Shark Attack During Competition Broadcast. Older people are ideal targets because they often have ample savings, own their homes and may be lonely and susceptible to being deceived. Source: Swindlers Target Older Women on Dating Websites   Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in…

Holy Mother’s mouth

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Maronite Catholics in Sydney have filmed a painting of the Virgin Mary moving its lips in prayer, believing a miracle is occurring in their church. Source: Virgin Mary painting filmed praying in Sydney church Parishioners at Saint Charbel’s Maronite Catholic Church in Punchbowl in Sydney’s southwest have recorded a painting of the Madonna apparently praying…

Alternative cancer doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez, has died: “Health Nut” fans baseless fears

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A fringe cancer doctor has unexpectedly passed away, fueling even more baseless ideas that some foul play is occurring. Those who buy into alternative meds can be too easily led into false correlation. The same delusion goes with a conspiracy theory that groups coincidences under a common cause, made more prominent by media who wish to push their…

Fake Cancer Doctor Arrested in California

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In Northern California, an investigation by the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly targeted cancer patients with bogus treatments. “Doctor Dirt Bag”? Cancer patient says fake doc charged $2,000 for dirt (CBS News): The woman, who has late-stage cancer, reportedly…

Pluto “Truthers” and Spacefaring Denialists Present Teachable Moment

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NASA conspiracy theories are generally nothing new, especially as we celebrate the anniversary of our first steps on Earth’s moon (20 July 1969). But with NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby imagery released last week, some tired Moon Hoax conspiracy myths and misconceptions were recycled in the headlines. Inside the Pluto ‘Truther’ Movement, Which Claims Flyby Was…

What were these gold spirals for?

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Archaeologists Baffled By 2,000 Tiny Gold Spirals Discovered In Denmark A press release from the National Museum of Denmark reveals this mysterious find. Thousands of tightly-wound gold wires, each about one inch long, appears to have been buried in a box aged around 900 BC. Nearly 2,000 small gold spirals from the Bronze Age have come to…

The Strange Remains the Same for 13 July 2015

By Dr. Darren Naish

Historic use of “recovered memory” therapy led to false allegations of abuse that continue to haunt the families involved. Source: The legacy of implanted Satanic abuse ‘memories’ is still causing damage today   A tribal labourer, his wife and four children — the youngest a three-year-old girl — were hacked to death here Sunday night,…