UK man fined for selling colloidal silver as cancer cure

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Guy Chapman reports from the U.K. : A West Mersea man was fined £750 and £1,500 costs after pleading guilty to promoting colloidal silver as a cancer cure. He follows Stephen Ferguson and Errol Denton, live blood practitioners and acolytes of Robert O. Young, who is currently on trial for practising medicine without a license. Man…

Spinosaurus appears to have been toothy and semi-aquatic; but don’t call it a crocoduck

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Previously-known Spinosaurus was a dinosaur that blew my mind. I couldn’t figure out the deal with the sail and the ultra-long snout. Turns out it had more surprises in store. Scientists report first semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus: Massive predator was more than 9 feet longer than largest T. rex — ScienceDaily. Scientists today unveiled what appears…

Homeopaths get professional accreditation in UK – PSA gets a FAIL

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In other words, the foxes guard the henhouse. This is a terrible and stupid idea that opens the door to tacitly endorsed quackery. Independent quality mark for homeopaths. The Society of Homeopaths’ voluntary register has been accredited under a new scheme set up by the Department of Health and administered by an independent body, the…

Chinese pharmacies take significant step to end bear bile farming

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Excellent news as the tide is really turning on supplying bear bile products that cause terrible harm to wild bears. Thousands of Chinese pharmacies reject bear bile products. Animals Asia has announced that over 1,900 Chinese pharmacies have joined its Healing Without Harm programme – pledging to turn their backs on bear bile products. The…

Pseudoscience techniques rampant in schools because they sound like quick fixes

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A skeptical parapsychologists tells it like it is at an education conference – teachers embrace nonsense learning ideas because quick fixes are appealing. Long-term meaningful changes are hard. ‘Pseudoscience has nested in schools’ – news – TES. When Nick Rose worked as a parapsychologist, his job was to investigate why people believed they had been…

Real life pop rocks

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Imagine you are just walking around the solid rock under your feet starts to crackle and then POP as pieces fly apart. This doesn’t normally happen. A big chunk of the Sierra Nevada caught fracturing on video | Ars Technica. One interesting way that rocks weather and crumble apart is called “exfoliation.” Like the skin-scrubbing…

Bownessie reemerges as a funny dig at Scottish independence

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Sometimes, don’t you feel that the media just insults our intelligence? It’s a funny joke that a Scottish monster supposedly visits England during the independence referendum. Scottish independence: now Nessie defects – Telegraph. It seems that it is not just high-street banks, or hardcore unionists, who are looking for the exit door in Scotland should…

Kevin Trudeau Appeals Conviction: Says the government messed up the case

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As expected, Kevin Trudeau appealed his conviction on contempt of court charges that sent him to prison for 10 years. This article also give us some insight into why we still see his dubious books for sale and his ridiculous infomercials on TV. Infomercial Scammer Kevin Trudeau Appeals Conviction – Consumerist. The appeal contends that…

The Strange remains the same for 08 September 2014

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More lobsters. Because lobsters are freaky in all colors. Why Do People Believe in Ghosts? – The Atlantic. Tennessee woman uses faith healing as defense in teenager’s death – The Portland Press Herald. “The Springer” Leaps From WW2 Urban Legend To Anti-Fascist Superhero. New Series “Angels Among Us” | Ghost TV Blogs. Bigfoot’s local devotees…

Hitchin’ a ride: Wild cats are such opportunists

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The researchers at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in South Africa got a huge laugh out of not one but multiple unexpected snapshots of genets riding on the backs of cape buffalo and white rhino. Why? Who knows. Surprising Pictures: Wild “Cat” Rides on Rhino – News Watch. As cameras, social media, and technology advance, more and more…

Mysterious light pillars of Malaysia

Some seemed to think it was a meteor but the explanation is more likely light pillar due to atmospheric conditions

Pillar shaped lights are seen in the sky over a town on the island of Borneo. Do they have an earthly cause? Sabahans abuzz over mystery lights in the sky | The Star Online. Mysterious lights streaking across in the night sky here Tuesday had Sabahans abuzz in social media, with no one able to…

Has Jack The Ripper’s identity finally been determined?

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Another claim to have “definitively” solved one of the world’s most enduring mysteries. This time using modern technology. ‘Jack the Ripper was Polish barber called Aaron Kosminski’, new book claims. Jack the Ripper was a 23-year-old Polish immigrant called Aaron Kosminski, according to an author claiming to have exposed the serial killer’s true identity using…

Loftus Hall ghost photo goes viral but what good is it?

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A new ghost photo follows the pattern of all the others, there is little investigation of the circumstances and such evidence can’t be verified. That makes it interesting but not decent evidence of “ghosts” or the paranormal. This story, however, is chock full of paranormal themes, but little substance. Loftus Hall ‘ghost’ photo sensation. A…

‘Telepathy’ experiment suffers from overzealous news editors

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The headline sounds magical and makes people excited for the reality of psi but… take a closer look. This is not psychic, it’s technology. ‘Telepathy’ experiment sends 1st mental message – Yahoo News. For the first time, scientists have been able to send a simple mental message from one person to another without any contact…

The Strange remains the same for 05 September 2014

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Happy weekend, everyone. Yukon bar patron swallows famous sourtoe, pays fine, leaves town | Toronto Star. Sir David Attenborough ‘On the Hunt for the Yeti ‘ – Yahoo News UK. Isola La Gaiola Is Freakishly Cursed, But Freakishly Beautiful. On Bigfoot’s Trail The Pacific Northwest Inlander. Doctors Have No Answers for Colombian Teens’ Mass Hysteria…

I think we need a bigger steamer…

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Giant bugs of the sea, lobster and shrimp are. This is not something you can steam or saute in butter and garlic. It bites. Florida Angler Catches Giant, Terrifying Shrimp-Like Creature | Bleacher Report. Fox8Live.com’s Mandy Noell reports that an angler named Steve Bargeron was fishing off a local dock when he saw a nearby…

The Strange Remains the Same for 04 Sept 2014

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Well, this socks: Great Dane eats 43. Earth-shaking dinosaur discovered : Nature News & Comment. Brian Cox: scientists giving false sense of debate on climate change | Environment | theguardian.com. Selling Pseudoscience: A Rent in the Fabric of American Medicine – CSI. Skepticblog » A creationist mole and a sorry mess. Sir Paul Nurse criticises…

Uninvited wasps make really nasty houseguests

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This is a bit like a horror movie. Firefighters rescue couple after hornets nest fell through ceiling. A couple were forced to escape through their bedroom window after a nest of giant hornets crashed through their ceiling. The householders barricaded themselves behind a makeshift shelter as the angry swarm of yellow-and-black striped hornets invaded their…

Interceptor network for spying, hacking, or a marketing ploy?

ESD's map over the mysterious cell towers they have discovered up to now. Photo credit: ESD America

Well, this story is all over, making people paranoid. Les Goldsmith, the CEO of ESD America, who makes the $3500 Cryptophone tells Popular Science that the device, running a customized, higher security version of Android has detected phony cell towers called “interceptors” across the country that have turned off encryption. Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could…

Newly described animals do not fit into known phylum

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A new kind of animal, Dendrogramma, looks like a mushroom but does not fit into either the jellyfish or comb jelly family. It resembles fossils of some very ancient fauna. Their discovery could change the way scientists currently think organisms evolved. New Deep-Sea Animal Species Look Like Mushrooms but Defy Classification. The tiny animals, less…

The Strange Remains the Same for 03 September 2014

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It’s all random noise… NBC Developing Exorcism Drama (Exclusive) – Hollywood Reporter. EWWww. Fatberg strikes Shepherd’s Bush – Thames Water. New Series “Alaska Monsters” | Ghost TV Blogs. Does Bigfoot hang out at abandoned playground?. Paranormal festival will be out of this world. Albino Cobra On the Loose in Thousand Oaks. BBC News – Turkey: Farmer…

Ukpabio sues British Humanists for criticism of her anti-witchcraft methods

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Skeptics know very well what it’s like to be targeted litigiously by those who want to stop bad press. Helen Ukpabio, whom we’ve written about multiple times, is trying to silence criticism of her methods against witch children. Libel tourist and Nigerian ‘witch hunter’ (the self styled) ‘Lady Apostle’ Helen Ukpabio attempts to stifle critics by…

Young, female audience tunes in to Ghost Adventures

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What demographic does Ghost Adventures appeal to? What’s YOUR guess? Travel Channel Tells Ghost Stories to Young, Female Audience. Time shifting has helped Travel Channel grow the audience for Ghost Adventures, with the series’ most recent season clocking in as one of its most watched ever in total viewers. In its ninth season, Ghost Adventures—which…

The Strange remains the same for 01 September 2014

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Keep calm and carry on. Los Angeles Office Closed: James Randi Educational Foundation. 6 Tricks I Learned as a Faith Healer (for Scamming You). Archaeologists Confirm That Stonehenge Was Once A Complete Circle. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Witch-hunters descend on Zimbabwean growth point. Is ‘Long Island Medium’ Star Theresa Caputo A Fake? Woman Interviewed For Show…

Drowning deaths investigated for paranormal cause

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Let me understand this… there have been 10 river drownings in 17 years, all alcohol related, and there is a proposal that the deaths are “paranormal”? Am I missing something here? An emotionally-invested belief in the paranormal, it seems. Movie explores local river drownings. Ten young men have drown in La Crosse rivers since 1997.…