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DN is on indefinite hiatus. Thanks so much for your support! We still receive thousands of hits a day on archive stories, some of which are cited in publications and books, so we feel this project was a great success. The 7,745 existing posts are not only a record of several years of media weirdness that…

Baby tested last year for spontaneous human combustion has died

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A sad update to a very disturbing story that we reported on last year around this time and back in 2013. Two babies from the same family in India were treated for burns which the family alleged was the result of them spontaneously catching on fire multiple times. Media in India and around the world…

Concern bubbles up in Morocco

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This video reportedly from Doukkala region of Morocco was worth putting up and discussing. You can imagine if you were the people experiencing this you MIGHT be a bit concerned and amazed. There may be a reason to be concerned but it’s not from chemicals from planes but from what you dump into the river. It’s…

Astronaut and UFO conspiracist Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

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Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on the moon, and paranormal, conspiracy, and aliens advocate, dies at age 85. He had been the last surviving participant of the Apollo 14 mission. Here is his obituary on the NASA site: Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, passed away Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., on…

The X Files strange loop

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The X Files returns to TV tonight for a six-episode run. As Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever writes, the world is no longer a Mulder and Scully place; conspiratorial thinking is mainstream. I suspect that the X Files did what reality-type paranormal shows certainly did – latched on to a latent interest by the…

Real-deal “boy next door” medium? Or Hollywood hype?

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Back in July, I caught wind of yet another psychic medium “reality” show in development. This one seems tailor-made for Hollywood. Or, should I say… “tyler-made”? The eight-episode hour-long series “follows 19-year-old “celebrity medium” Tyler Henry, as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager.” He’s 20 now. Still, wouldn’t you think…

Zak’s Demon House docu gets delayed (UPDATE: House destroyed)

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Nearly two years ago, Zak Bagans, flashy ghost investigator from TV Ghost Adventures, bought the “demon” house in Indiana days after it made sensational headlines in the tabloids and even in more reputable news outlets. The story of Ammons family who lived in the house was that of a woman and her three children who claimed they…

Mass squid mortality in Chile leaves lingering stench

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Mystery mongering sites are saying that mass deaths of animals are a sign of the apocalypse. But animal mass deaths happen naturally (or sort of naturally, sometimes our carelessness helps it along). In this case, last week in Chile, there is a reasonable explanations, but end of the earth ISN’T it. The beaching of the…

Inaugural cryptozoology conference held – New society to be formed

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Science writer and author, Matt Bille (Shadows of Existence and Rumors of Existence) attended the inaugural International Cryptozoology Museum Conference in St. Augustine, Florida last week and reported on the proceedings. You can read his entire review of the 3-day event here but I’ll highlight some of the news and views that came out of…

Thanks to Kickstarter, those who promote silly hats got a pile of free money

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A hat that claims to shield your head from electromagnetic fields has become a successfully funded project on Kickstarter this past week. The people behind the campaign (whomever they are) took advantage of people’s ignorance and gullibility (and possibly paranoia) about the supposed harmful effects of electromagnetic fields. These beanies are basically just a fancy version…

Proof Nessie is an eel? Not exactly, but not a bad guess.

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The Scotsman newspaper regularly posts stories on its favorite lake monster just so she stays in people’s minds and brings tourists to the shores of Loch Ness. It’s unclear why this story of a video from 2007 is now making news again but it is, as are all Nessie claims, less than impressive and certainly…

Giant squid reveals itself to us, still no Bigfoot

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Last week, we were treated to the clearest video of what was claimed to be a giant squid near the surface from central Japan’s Toyama Bay. A brave diver jumped in to get up close and personal with the rarely seen 12 foot long animal. The video was undoubtedly real but some question remained. Deep Sea…

Train in vain: No sign of Nazi gold train

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A discouraging update on the Nazi gold train said to be located in Poland. Back in August, even the culture minister was hopeful it was real. Alas, there were many reasons to be very skeptical as we noted back then. It turns out, no evidence that it is real has been forthcoming. A team of…

Are people really this dumb to be scared of solar panels? (Update)

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So, the top story shared on my social media today is a point-and-LOL chortle-fest at a North Carolina town who has rejected a solar panel farm project. There are DOZENS of stories that make fun of the people who provided public comment against the rezoning decision in Woodland, NC because of their apparent ignorance of…

False flag rhetoric vomited across the ‘net by the usual buffoons

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The public response to the shooting in San Bernardino, California yesterday immediately included the ridiculous, baseless and perfidious comments by clowns like Alex Jones of InfoWars.com and the bottom-of-the-barrel sludgy-bits websites NaturalNews.com and Beforeitsnews.com. As with every real life mass shooting, crushing cognitive bias requires the labeling of these events “false flags” in order to demonize the government instead of…