Divorce decree: Possessed by jinn

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So, she won’t have relations with him. Obviously that is her fault, she must be possessed. She is punished. We are certainly NOT getting the whole story here. Dubai: Husband divorces wife possessed by djinn – Yahoo Maktoob News. A court granted a divorce to a man after he discovered that his wife was possessed…

Challenge issued to Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

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A Chinese doctor issued a RMB 50,000 reward to anyone who can prove he is wrong in saying “Chinese medicine is a fake science”. Ah Bao, thinks Traditional Chinese Medicine is nonsense and has put up his own money. And the reward grew… Skeptic Offers Huge Reward to Debunk Traditional Chinese Medicine | TheNanfang. Two doctors so far have…

The Strange Remains the same for 20 October 2014

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What happened to the American Society for Psychical Research? Michael Prescott’s Blog: Decline and fall. Ebola paranoia: We need precaution within reason  – JREF. At FTC’s Request, Court Stops Supplement Marketers From Deceptive Advertising and Illegally Debiting Consumers’ Accounts | Federal Trade Commission. Violent video games research: consensus or confusion? | theguardian.com. Just In Time For…

Jack the Ripper mystery: Back to square one

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You’ll recall last month this blockbuster story “Jack the Ripper identity confirmed by DNA”. Well, as we suspected… meh. Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’ – The Independent. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried…

Another Brazilian wandering spider found in produce in the U.K.

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Those crafty little buggers, hitching a ride… Killer spider found in family’s supermarket shopping | UK news | The Guardian. A family has been left “deeply traumatised” after one of the world’s most poisonous and aggressive spiders was set loose in their south London home following an online delivery from Waitrose. A lethal Brazilian wandering…

Suggestion of jinn possession is on the rise in Muslim women

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Belief in jinn as the cause of health issues is becoming alarmingly more common among Muslim women. Healthcare providers fear that they will seek out alternative healers instead of seeking medical attention. Conditions such as bad luck, marital infidelity, epilepsy and schizophrenia may be blamed on spirit possession. Muslim women’s centre reports rise in number…

The Strange remains the same for 17 October 2014

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Fox trashes pub after falling down chimney | Meridian – ITV News. Meet The Actual Ghostbuster | Fast Company | Business + Innovation. Bayer Sued Over Allegedly Misleading Marketing Of One-A-Day Vitamins – Consumerist. Panic as Plymouth police called to crocodile on the loose – but find an inflatable toy | Plymouth Herald. Disgraceful Revelations…

Masaru Emoto, who believed water reacted to positive speech, has died

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Masaru Emoto, 71, died of an illness. His odd and unscientific ideas were accepted by some fringe researchers but never scientifically established as valid. Masaru Emoto Passes Away. Dr. Masaru Emoto a renown scientist that had been visually documenting molecular changes in water by means of his photographic techniques, and in doing so, had expanded…

Ebola roundup – facts, fear, fiction

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There are so many news stories out today about Ebola, we’ve grouped them! They all involve questionable claims and hyped fear. FDA cracks down on Ebola scams. At least three companies have been issued warnings by the Food and Drug Administration in the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola, the deadly virus…

Media continue to promote fearful stories of condition that may not even exist

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Beware of human interest stories that make you sympathetic but use a probably false diagnosis. We’ve had many stories of people feeling incapacitated by environmental sources. But the data for their self-conclusions are poor. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can’t leave his house… or enjoy any modern pleasures inside. He can’t use mains electricity for…

Guilty of sex trafficking, woman found to be controlling victims via witchcraft belief

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Another case of exploiting people’s beliefs to do them incredible harm, women from Nigeria are trapped into the sex trade due to threats from witchcraft. BBC News – Lizzy Idahosa guilty of ‘juju’ sex trafficking at Cardiff Crown Court. A woman has been found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to…

The Strange remains the same 14 October 2014

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GET….OUT!!! Homeowners at war with ghost hunters over ‘portal to hell’ located on their property | myfox8.com. and The inevitable rise of Ebola conspiracy theories – The Washington Post. Four Big Ways the Media Got the Marijuana Study Wrong | Dana Larsen. Vt. man accused of killing teacher told police about ‘ghost man’ | WMUR. Calif. atheist awarded…

Mystery boom heard Monday afternoon in Louisiana (UPDATE: Something on radar?)

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See an update below on something odd caught on weather radar that could be related to this story… A big boom was heard throughout the Shreveport Louisiana area Monday afternoon around 4:27 pm. The source of the boom remains unknown. Source of boom heard around ArkLaTex not identified – KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana.  The…

Exorcism suspected in India after doctor notices injuries to dead woman

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A college student was brought dead to the hospital in Kerala, India. When the doctor noticed injuries on her body consistent with an exorcism, he called police who are investigating. Kerala: 18 year old girl dies during exorcism. In the recurring exorcism killings in Kerala, a college student, Aathira, 18, lost her life in Pathanamthitta…

The Strange remains the same for 13 October 2014

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‘Spiritual healer’ in Sydney charged with 40 counts of sexual and indecent assault. ‘Vampire grave’ found in Bulgaria – Telegraph. Talking parrot missing for 4 years found, now speaks Spanish. The murderous Chinese cult that thinks Jesus has returned — as a Chinese woman – The Washington Post. Scientology members speak about drugs in Tennessee…

Mystery object falls from sky in New Jersey, nearly hits plant workers

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A strange square. Could it be a heat-resistant tile from something? Falling Metal Object Mystifies New Jersey Plant Workers. Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a heavy, metallic object fall from the sky Wednesday, and they want to know where the potentially deadly projectile came from. The workers said the object…

Hippo living in the Chicago River? Are you kidding me? (UPDATE: publicity stunt)

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As suspected, this was not real. It was a publicity stunt for a mortgage company. Originally published 23 September 2014 Will people believe anything these days? Yep. They will. Is There Really a Hippo Swimming in the Chicago River?. A video posted on YouTube three days ago claims to show a hippopotamus swimming in the…

Acupuncture or child abuse? Child in China abused by teacher

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This would not be called acupuncture in the US, it would be called outright abuse, which it is. Girl gets kidney failure after kindergarten teacher forcibly performs acupuncture on her. A three year old girl was diagnosed with pulmonary infections and kidney failure after her kindergarten teacher in Zhumadian, Henan province allegedly performed acupuncture treatment…

Remains of the weekend 11-12 October 2014

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Right Chemistry: We need rational discussion about pesticides, without rhetoric. Subtitled – Why Dr. Oz is a dangerous quack. Mom accused of trying to kill children to send them to meet Jesus | Aurora Beacon-News. Replace Jesus with “Satan” in that headline and see what would happen. Police sorry for telling wrong family of death.…

Alleged witches burned to death in Tanzania

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Witch killing continue in Tanzania. Will the arrests do anything if the belief remains? Seven accused of witchcraft burned alive in Tanzania. Attackers in Tanzania burned alive seven people they accused of witchcraft, police said Friday, who have arrested 23 people for murder in the latest killings of suspected “witches”. “They were attacked and burnt…

Historical sites get bombarded with requests by ghost hunters

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It’s the silly season. As you can probably guess, I have a Google alerts for “paranormal investigator” and, I’ll tell you what — I am SOOOOOOOOOO jaded with shallow, incredibly stupid stories of amateur paranormal investigators doing “research”. At least this piece was a bit different and points out an obvious problem. Do you cheapen history…

The Strange remains the same for 10 October 2014

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Pharmacy to Remove Homeopathic Product Following Complaint | The Society for Science Based Healthcare. Before being sacrificed, goat kills 13-year-old boy in Turkey   – NY Daily News. I think I accidentally started an urban legend. My bad. – Hit & Run : Reason.com. When art attacks: City pulls sculpture after visitor’s jacket singed by…

Deliberately stoking fears of the ultimate evil in Northern Ireland in the 70s

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Sometimes, there really is a government conspiracy. Agents play on the fears and superstitions of the targeted population to gain an advantage. A new study claims that British intelligence officers created a Satanic Panic in Northern Ireland war zones in the 70s. Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles | UK news…

The Strange remains the same for 09 October 2014

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Man believes snake spotted in East Grinstead is king cobra which has been eating cats | East Grinstead Courier & Observer. Leaked memo highlights new axis of pseudoscience between Dr. Oz and Consumer Reports? | Genetic Literacy Project. Norway’s First Child Wedding Was Arranged To Prevent Others From Happening | Bored Panda. snopes.com: Man Murders…