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September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

Haunted history of Bobby Mackey’s Music World fails to stand up to scrutiny

Convicted “psychics” admit it was all a scam

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Several psychics that are in jail admit that they were scamming people. In other news, water is wet. But, there are several more interesting threads to this story that I encourage everyone to read in its entirety. Source: The Secret to the Psychic Trade? It’s in the Parole Board Transcripts – The New York Times Celia…

Don’t eat toad

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Folk remedies can go terribly wrong. A 70-year-old man in Shanghai was sent to hospital after eating three boiled toads believing it to be a folk remedy for his skin disease, Jiefang Daily said yesterday. The man, surnamed Gao, had a skin disease for many years. He was told eating toads could help clear toxins…

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

A solution to the information paradox? We need the information first.

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News blip: Physicist Stephen Hawking made a splash this week when he announced that he had solved a vexing conundrum that had puzzled generations of leading physicists — including the 73-year-old scientific superstar himself — for the better part of a half-century. During an eight-minute speech at a scientific meeting in Sweden, Hawking said that…

Popular “medium” Colin Fry passes away

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TV medium Colin Fry dies aged 53 Fry appeared on several British TV shows, notably Most Haunted, one of the most influential shows in the “reality paranormal” genre. Fry died of lung cancer. He was one of the rare physical mediums in the 1990s. That is, the “Spirit operators” use their psychic energy to produce manifestations such as noises, objects…

Photos of mystery person in black cloak sparks spooky speculation (UPDATE: Solved)

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See UPDATE below. An admittedly creepy photo of a hooded mysterious figure has sparked some speculation on the Internet. A picture of a cloaked person posted online sparked a Facebook frenzy Monday. And the speculation followed. Was she a witch performing a ritual, or was he a guy playing a prank? Source: Photo of cloaked…

Norwegian psychic claims to know what happened to Madeleine McCann

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Recall little Madeleine McCann? Back in 2007, she disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. 8 years later, the case is still unsolved. Norwegian clairvoyant and psychic Michael Winger, who we’ve talked about before, claims to know what happened to her. According to Winger, Madeleine was abducted by an unknown man who was trying…

Horrific “exorcisms” in Pakistan and Argentina in the news

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It’s awful to have to report more exorcism stories. Today we have limited information (as usual) of reports on two deaths in Pakistan and a horrific assault that left a young woman in critical condition and severely handicapped for life in Argentina. Both involved religious-backed actions. Police Hunt ‘Exorcist’ Whose Ritual Killed Two Women The killings…

Alaskan whales mass mortality event

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News snippet: Mystery Surrounds ‘Unusual’ Death of 30 Large Whales in Alaska Thirty large whales have died in the western Gulf of Alaska since May, now deemed an “unusual mortality event” by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The historical average for this time-frame is eight deaths, said Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for NOAA…

Let’s nit-pick this ‘mutant’ lice story

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Lice have mutated into some kind of super-bug that’s immune to regular insecticide treatments? Not quite. At least 25 U.S. states harbor lice with genetic mutations associated with resistance to over-the-counter insecticide treatments, according to an ongoing study by Kyong Yoon, PhD, of Southern Illinois University. Yoon and colleagues studied multiple populations of lice collected…

Portrait of a telepathic Yeti

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Good for a laugh. A Russian artist and sculptor has claimed that he met the mysterious and elusive Yeti in eastern Russia, and that the mythological creature even posed for a sketch. Andrey Lyubchenko, from Tashtagol, says that he had a close encounter with the Abominable Snowman when he was in the Kemerovo region… Source:…

Everyone loves oarfish

Photo: Annie MacAulay

Every time one washes ashore, it makes the news. A dead oarfish with a belly full of krill washed up on Santa Catalina Island this week, marking a rare sighting of the deep-sea creature and the largest to appear on the island in years, experts say. Source: Biggest oarfish seen at Catalina Island in years…

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet. NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking…

Creationists foiled again: Ancient rock painting is NOT a pterosaur

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The interpretation of ancient rock paintings of Utah’s Black Dragon Canyon should finally be put to rest. But it won’t be. Source: ‘Winged Monster’ Rock Art Finally Deciphered Now, using cutting-edge technology, researchers suggest the red paintings show five separate images, including a tall bug-eyed person, a smaller person, a sheep, a dog and a serpentlike…

Hamas nabs spy dolphin, but where’s the evidence?

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“Sources” say that naval guards of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas captured a dolphin off the shores of the Gaza Strip a few days ago equipped with special features. They claimed it was a spy for Israel. The sources said Hamas naval commandos had noticed the dolphin making “suspicious movements.” When they followed the mammal, they discovered…

Workers in Cambodia suffer mass faintings due to poor conditions

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Last week, nearly 400 workers fainted in four factories across Cambodia. On July 2 alone, 38 workers lost consciousness working at the Quint Major International factory in Phnom Penh. Source: 400 Cambodian Garment Workers Experience Unexplained Mass Faintings Within One Week WWD* reported that in 2014, the Ministry of Labor recorded that more than 1,800…

The Putin Murmuration

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Not anything weird, just murmuration. It turns out Vladimir Putin was seen invading the skies of New York City last week. Source: Putin’s face bird video: Did Putin’s face appear in bird swarm in NYC? Yes, you can visualize a face in this flock of birds but it’s just pareidolia – the human habit of…

Dear John Oliver: Preach it, brother

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John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight takes it to greedy televangelists and those preaching the “prosperity Gospel” and “seeding”. Give money (seed) to get money. And people give… But it gets worse, some preachers push faith healing and collect money for their claims that God will heal. And people give… Oliver exposes the bizarre legality…

Edgar Mitchell continues to make preposterous claims

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This silliness by Mitchell originated in tabloids like the Mirror and Daily Mail. But even Gizmodo is now publishing it. Why? It’s a baseless, vacuous assertion. It gets web hits. But it’s not news, it’s trivial journalism. Mitchell has been on about aliens for years and some news sources love to print sensationalist drivel. Veteran Astronaut…

Remains of the weekend 15-16 August 2015

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Another day, another fun mystery brought to you by the creatures on Mars! Well, that or NASA’s rover Curiosity just experienced a little glitch … in two cameras … that make it seem like there’s a light on the surface of the Red Planet that’s moving around! Source: Mystery ‘light’ on Mars appears to move…

Rolling shutter causes lightning to look like weird pink column of light

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An odd pink column appears in some photos of lightning bolts. Those who notice the oddity rather naturally think it’s strange. But a little googling can reveal the down to earth cause. This latest example appeared on Imgur earlier today. There is a lightning bolt in the vertical column. This is not an inter-dimensional portal…

Video shows light streak – ball lightning or bug?

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Doubtful news blip: UFO videographer ‘saw a streak of light that I cannot explain or rationalize.’ Source: Tantalizing Theory Emerges After UFO Sighting In Lightning Storm A bright, glowing object appears from the left side of the video that is completely different from the high cloud to cloud lightning in the distant storm. Ball lightning? Maybe, but…

Strange remains for 14 Aug 2015

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Experts at the nature reserve of Torbiere del Sebino, Lombardy, are being led on a wild goose chase by a suspected escaped panther that they have been pursuing without success for two weeks. Source: Italian park held hostage by ‘veggie’ panther – The Local   It’s extremely rare for young girls to attempt murder. These…