Gallipoli ‘ghost’ solved: A lesson in non-paranormal persistence

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Here is a great lesson for paranormalists: Don’t exhaust all the avenues of “normal” before you conclude “paranormal”. In almost all cases, you CAN get to a sound explanation. Gallipoli ‘ghost’ an open and shutter case. Fairfax photographer Joe Armao spent an entire night studying the strange, hair-raising blur on one of his pictures before…

Sprouting horns

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It’s strange but it’s not unknown or mysterious to have a horn-like growth. Man saws down horn growing from neck. An [sic] man who has lived with a thick horn growing from his neck for over 30 years said his greatest wish is to know what caused it, the Chutian Metropolis Daily reported. Li Zhibing,…

I don’t think she was really a psychic…

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Here’s a plan — let’s put Dad’s dead body in a storage unit and keep collecting his benefits check (because this psychic thing isn’t bringing in the cash). Mummified remains found in Lexington storage unit identified; daughter accused of stealing benefits; mother missing The mummified remains of a man found in a Lexington storage unit in January…

Facilitated communication case regarding sexual assault will go to court

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Anna Stubblefield, the chairwoman of Rutgers-Newark’s philosophy department, and an outspoken proponent of “facilitated communication,” is accused of abusing a severely mentally disabled 33-year-old man that she was using as proof of her claim that FC works. Spoiler: It doesn’t. Rutgers-Newark philosophy chairwoman fights criminal sexual assault charges | NJ.com. Today, Stubblefield, 44, is facing criminal charges of…

Asteroid Impacts More Frequent Than Previously Thought

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Making the news rounds early this week is the story of several former NASA astronauts who will be presenting a discussion on some disconcerting new asteroid impact data. Astronauts to reveal sobering data on asteroid impacts (Universe Today): In a recent press release B612 Foundation CEO Ed Lu states: “This network has detected 26 multi-kiloton…

The Strange Remains the Same for 21 April 2014

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“That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfeast cereals based on color instead of taste.” ― John Green – Paper Towns New Medicare Data Reveal Startling $496 Million Wasted On Chiropractors. Man claiming to be ‘magical warlock’ arrested for sex crimes against children…

AP poll has experts lamenting science literacy – It’s more complicated

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Should we be surprised by this? No, I’m not. Disappointed, maybe. But, we should be used to these results by now. Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans. Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own…

The Remains of the weekend April 19-20, 2014

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A word to the wise ain’t necessary – it’s the stupid ones that need the advice. ~Bill Cosby Metro woman believes her stroke was related to chiropractic manipulation of neck | fox4kc.com. Couple’s love story spans decades | Zanesville Times Recorder | zanesvilletimesrecorder.com Outrage: Library to Host UFO and Bigfoot Lecture! Say No to UFO…

The Strange remains the same for 18 April 2014

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The world’s shortest war was between Zanzibar and Great Britain. It happened in 1896 and lasted a total of 38 minutes. ~Mental Floss Dirty Creek, Old Purse Solve Four-Decade Mystery – ABC News. The New UFO Hunters | Motherboard. Rat Poison Harms Famous California Cougar | LiveScience. Police solve Brampton car damage mystery. Drunken Trees:…

Finding monsters via satellite is apparently a thing (UPDATE: Definitely boat)

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For your latest monster facepalm moment we take you virtually to Loch Ness. Satellite images from space and beamed to iPhone show Monster Nessie on Loch Ness. Amazing new images taken from space appear to show something swimming below the surface of the world’s most famous loch. The images were captured by two different amateur…

Mystery blob that appeared after Australian rain likely isn’t “jellyfish”

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Man in Australia finds gelatinous blob after rain. He assumes it’s a jellyfish. That’s probably not correct. With obligatory “baffled” experts. Is this a jellyfishnado? Possible jellyfish remains found after Smithfield “mini tornado” | News.com.au. MYSTERIOUS blobs of slime have been found in a park on a quiet, suburban Cairns street and even experts are…

9/11 truther Ruppert dead

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Author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist Michael Ruppert died from suicide on April 13, 2014. Sheriff: Author Michael Ruppert dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound Nationally known author Michael Ruppert died Sunday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in Calistoga where he had lived for a few months on a friend’s property. He was 63. A former…

The Strange remains the Same for 16 April 2014

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The electric chair was invented by Alfred Southwick, a dentist. Excellent work! When you’re not here to create an encyclopedia, your Wikipedia statistics show it | Skeptical Software Tools. German Shepherd called to jury duty in New Jersey. Vendors wanted for Bigfoot-themed fest. (Oh, no, Bigfootery is serious! Serious business, that is.) Cryptozoologists hunt sasquatch in…

Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

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It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

Instructions for making your own merbeing

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Friend of the site Paolo Viscardi is featured in this piece that investigates a “merman” at his museum. This is SO COOL! Mysterious mermaid stripped naked Paolo Viscardi reveals what it takes to make a convincing, fake mermaid Called the “Japanese Monkey-fish”, it turns out it is not monkey at all: “Is it real?” is…

The Strange remains the same 15 April 2014

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“All we are is dust in the wind’ Ick Ick ICK! Murder Victims Get the Final Word in Investigation Discovery’s “Cell Block Psychic” | TheFutonCritic.com. The Skeptic’s Boot.: A Demon Debunked! Residents panic after chicken begins talking before being slaughtered. NeuroLogica Blog » Why We Need a Skeptical Movement. Chinese Thunder God Herb Works as…

Jenny McCarthy claims she’s not anti-vax

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McCarthy tries to save face by pulling back on her anti-vax stance. She fails. Former Playboy model, Jenny McCarthy, pens op-ed: ‘I am not anti-vaccine’. Former playmate and current hostess of The View, Jenny McCarthy got the opportunity to “clarify” her thoughts on vaccines and autism Saturday in an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times.…

Hiding dead babies. It’s happened before.

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This is a shocking story. How and why did she do this? Many questions about mom accused in infant deaths – SFGate. Investigators are reconstructing a mysterious decade from Megan Huntsman’s life as they try to figure out how she concealed seven pregnancies before allegedly strangling or suffocating her newborns. Utah investigators are examining DNA from the…

Gut-busting meal for snakes

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Well, this is an unplesant case of food “poisoning”. Last Supper: Centipede Dies Eating Way Out of Snake Belly – NBC News.com. A Serbian herpetologist was out snake-tagging in Macedonia when she came across a bizarre find: A young viper, with a centipede’s head poking out of its abdomen. The snake, a juvenile female nose-horned viper…

This is one shell of a weird lobster

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We like freaky lobsters here at DN. See our collection of stories. Here is another. Rare two-toned lobster intensifies coloration | GrindTV.com Harley Quinn, a star attraction at the Scarborough Sea Life Center in Britain, added to its legacy recently when it shed its shell and emerged with newer, more vibrant colors, leaving the crustacean…