The Strange Remains The Same for 29 May 2015

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A journalist’s fake chocolate weight loss study was widely reported by news media, and only came to light when he admitted it. Source: Journalist Details Chocolate Weight Loss Media Hoax now.snopes.com   Lost memories have been retrieved with the help of light in a study that could further the understanding and treatment of patients with…

Creationist finds 60 million year old fossil, but he doesn’t believe that

Photo credit: University of Calgary

This is a great example of how even when faced with hard scientific evidence, some people just refuse to give up their cherished worldviews. You can make excuses for EVERYTHING, even fish fossils found in ancient rock. Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find. Canadian Edgar Nernberg isn’t into the whole…

The Strange Remains the same for 28 May 2015

Yes, this is probably a real red-winged blackbird on the back of an eagle but odds are he's not hitchin' a ride but harassing it to get away.

Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 million-year-old new human ancestor species. Upper and lower jaw fossils recovered from the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar region of Ethiopia have been assigned to the new species Australopithecus deyiremeda. Australopithecus deyiremeda | Cleveland Museum of Natural History   Everybody from Woody Harrelson to Kanye West…

Psychic netted $700K with evil spirits threat

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Quite the charlatan. Psychic fraud buster Bob Nygaard was called in. He’d seen not only this type of scam before, but also this same woman. Psychic cheats heartbroken man out of $700K after girlfriend dies | New York Post A “psychic” swindler preyed on a lovelorn Brooklyn man for nearly two years, using his girlfriend’s…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

The Strange remains the same for 26 May 2015

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Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by two of his closest associates. Source: B.B. King’s daughters: Dad was ‘poisoned’ – CNN.com   What’s the matter? Bugs are organic! Last week, we shared the mildly disturbing news that four different people in three states had found a…

What happened to the dinosaurs? They are used to indoctrinate children

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DN Reader David O’Hare passed along a tip to me yesterday to try googling: “What happened to the dinosaurs”. Here is the surprising and highly misguided result: The top result is from Answers in Genesis, Ken Ham‘s fundamentalist, anti-science, Christian group who believes that dinosaurs existed with humans and they are really a means to fool…

How low can you go: Potentially dangerous cancer cures promoted in “secret” presentation

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Black salve and Miracle Mineral Solution (MMS) are touted as fantastic cancer treatments “they” don’t want you to know about. Pushers of these items must avoid the law that prohibits them from saying these are “cures” but they can’t avoid the media. The Good Thinking Society in the UK went to a conference held on…

Remains of the Weekend 23-24 May 2015

John Nash, world renowned mathematician, dead at 86

A recall has been issued by Loblaws and Strang’s Produce after three people found metal objects in potatoes in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. this month in possible food-tampering cases. Source: Loblaws issues recall after metal objects found in Atlantic Canada potatoes – CBC News   Omanawa resident and EOL CEO Terry Coles heard what sounded…

Indian “institutes” teaching people “ghost hunting”

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Ghost chasing is becoming a more popular hobby in India. People are paying to take courses from “institutes” to learn how to operate the equipment. It seems like India may be about 10 years behind the US in the popularity of fall for such stuff. An increasing number of urban Indian professionals are signing up…

The Strange remains the same for 22 May 2015

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Illinois State University plays a key (and tough-to-spot) role in the remake of “Poltergeist” that opens Friday, May 22. Source: Poltergeist remake features Illinois State University cameo (Note: There is no Department of Paranormal Research at this uni or any other. It’s not a valid scientific field.)   Must have missed this from earlier. Maybe…

Siren sound sparks speculation in Cheyenne

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Here is a more interesting “strange noise” story – a siren sound was reported by about 100 people in Cheyenne Wyoming. No emergency sirens were reported. Many people in Cheyenne reported hearing a siren like sound with unknown origins on Saturday night Source: Mystery Noise In Cheyenne “I was called by the dispatch center with…

Mass animal deaths reported; fringe sites panic over headlines

Masses of dead vellella on the beach. It happens.

Mass animal deaths can be caused by a myriad of things – disease, natural toxins, algal blooms and other oxygen-depleting situations, human hunting and dumping, accidents, warmer waters, lack of food, etc. The mystery mongering sites will lump all the mass mortality events under one scary banner – DEAD ANIMALS! PANIC! They do a serious…

The Strange remains the same for 20 May 2015

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East African discoveries suggest stone-tool making started at least 3.3 million years ago. Source: Earliest known stone tools unearthed in Kenya | Science N   Scotland Yard kept a secret dossier on Star Trek and the X-Files in the run up to the millennium amid security concerns Source: Secret files reveal police feared that Trekkies…

Support free speech in the public interest: Anti-SLAPP act proposed

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It’s a shame that outspoken bloggers have to have lawyers at their disposal because of threats to take down pieces critical of some charlatan. This week, there is a new push to support anti-SLAPP lawsuits. Lawsplainer: The Proposed Federal Anti-SLAPP Act: What It Would Do, Why It’s Important | Popehat Last week, two members of…

Another “video games are dangerous” story – this time, misleading about Alzheimer’s

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As one commenter put it, “don’t use your brain, because you may get Alzheimers” is a pretty fair summary of this article that suggests that “boys” playing “action video games” may have increased risk of Alzheimers. Yes, the jump to that is quite a big one. Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease –…

The Strange remains the same for 19 May 2015

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Those who choose to celebrate birthdays, graduations or whatever other occasions with metallic balloons should make sure that they are properly weighted down so as to not knock out power for thousands of people, the spokesman said. Source: Power restored for thousands in San Francisco after two hour blackout – SFGate   Scientists are increasingly turning…

Bleach promoted as “cure” for autism is despicable – no two ways about it

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Cheers for NBC Chicago which presented a balanced piece on a bleach treatment for autism. That is, it’s clearly dangerous nonsense. There is no two ways about it. A so-called “miracle treatment” for autism, which includes the chemical chlorine dioxide, promoted by a Chicago native is stirring controversy among the medical community as doctors call it…

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place

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The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. snopes.com: People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

Remains of the Weekend 16-17 May 2015

Snake swallowed tongs AND rat (can see the rat ahead of tongs in digestion). The owner done goofed on this feeding.

Two people who saw a police encounter on Wednesday reported different details; surveillance videotape showed that both of them were wrong. Source: Witness Accounts in Midtown Hammer Attack Show the Power of False Memory – NYTimes.com   The longest tentacle was over 16 feet long and washed up in New Zealand. Source: Giant Squid With…

“Right to Know” law is ignorant

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The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones. Source: Berkeley Approves “Right to Know” Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance | NBC Bay Area The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure…

The Strange remains the same for 15 May 2015

This is a sea slug, Glaucus atlanticus. It's like weirdo, man.

In Russia, there are more faith healers than professional doctors. It’s a symptom of decades of chaos and authoritarian rule. Source: Black magic on Red Square | New Humanist   The documentary “Minerva Monster” premieres Saturday at the Ohio Bigfoot Conference at Salt Fork State Park. Source: Screening Room: Local documentary tracks ‘Minerva Monster’  …

The Strange remains the same for 14 May 2015

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Let the “haunted curve” tales begin… 1943 Frankford Junction train wreck – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   North Korea has reportedly executed a top official, Defense Minister Hyon Yong Chol, in a most North Korean manner: by shooting him to pieces with an anti-aircraft gun in front of a crowd of hundreds of other officials. That’s…

Lack of evidence at “root” of problem in claims products eliminate grey hair

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The FTC director makes a punny statement as the commission put the squeeze on companies who claim to be able to eliminate grey (and gray) hair. FTC Challenges Marketers’ Baseless Claims That Their Supplements Prevent or Reverse Gray Hair | Federal Trade Commission Two marketers of dietary supplements have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission…

Investigation after babies sickened after immunization shot; two dead (UPDATE)

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UPDATE 14-May 2015 We have an update to this story. It appears that the illnesses are consistent with bacterial infection of an as yet unknown origin. El director general del instituto, José Antonio González Anaya, aseguró que las vacunas contra hepatitis B que se aplicaron a 52 niños en la comunidad La Pimienta, no ocasionaron…

The Strange remains the same for 12 May 2015

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Chicken embryos have been altered so that the birds grow dinosaur-like snouts. Source: ‘Dino-chickens’ reveal how the beak was born : Nature News & Comment   A Louisiana state senator recently offered a puzzling rationale for why schools in the state should be allowed to teach creationism. Source: Louisiana Republican Recalls Imaginary Time When Scientists…

Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street

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Very disturbing news about the death of another outspoken writer who promoted science over religious dogma in Bangladesh. This is the FOURTH murder by fundamentalists extremists who object to the non-religious sentiment expressed by these courageous freethinkers. Another free thinker murdered | The Daily Star Blogger and an organiser of local Gonojagoron Mancha, , was…