The Strange remains the same for 30 October 2014

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When Spirits ‘Dictate’ Books: What’s to Believe? : Discovery News. Do skeptics kill Halloween fun? Ask ‘The Shining’ hotel paranormal investigators – Faitheist. Magic May Lurk Inside Us All – NYTimes.com. Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits | Polygon. Liberians fast, pray for three days to break Ebola ‘curse’ |…

Tale of demon-possessed house is refuted by former residents

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This is a follow-up to a story we posted last February about a supposedly demon-infested house near Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer didn’t appreciate our skepticism for his outrageous stories. Neither do the former residents of the so-called haunted house. Former residents of Brentwood ‘demon’ house dispute book’s claims. In his recently released book “The Demon of Brownsville…

The Strange remains the same for 29 October 2014

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Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life | TIME. Sellers of Pottstown home: ‘Our house is haunted!’. Skeptic » Insight » Kirk Cameron and His Critics: Is Halloween Christian or Pagan?. The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is Forgetting the Polio Epidemic – The Atlantic. Ghostbusters inspired me to work as a parapsychologist, hunting ghouls |…

A piece of the Earhart plane? Remains are a QUESTIONABLE claim

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TIGHAR stuff AGAIN?! These guys don’t quit. I’ve been getting emails about their supposedly big find for a few days now. Here it is. It’s still a QUESTIONABLE CLAIM. Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified. A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since…

Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus

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Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how…

Sad that disclosure of obviously fake aliens is the last thing you do

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This story makes me very sad and I wish it was not publicized. But it gives us a lesson about “deathbed confessions”. It also reveals how very desperate the UFO community is to provide “evidence” even when it is embarrassingly awful. Boyd Bushman spoke with independent aerospace engineer Mark Q. Patterson shortly before his death last…

The Strange Remains the Same for 27 October 2014

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Medical mystery: Iowa boy, 12, has no urge to eat, drink. New ‘sightings’ in Queensland of the mythical Yowie have sparked a spat between rival hunters | The Courier-Mail. Attorneys: Exorcism drove confession in IHOP death Prayer, not pancakes. University of Northampton academics win funding for research into life after death | Northampton Herald & Post.…

Remains of the Weekend 25-26 October 2014

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Haunted Houses and the Law: The Requirement of a Home Owner to Disclose Hauntings Prior to a Sale What it feels like to … be a parapsychologist | Herald Scotland. The Science (and Non-Science) of the Ouija : Discovery News. T.B Joshua: Send ‘Miracles’ to Victims’ Families or Be Held to Account By Leo Igwe…

Reptile Virgin Mary

Thelma, the reptile virgin mother. Wonder if they'll rename her Mary now.

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You don’t always need a male. But it helps. World’s Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species. An 11-year-old reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, where she lives with another female python, Louise. No male had ever slithered anywhere near the 200-pound (91-kilogram),…

What are Americans afraid of?

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A new study about fears of Americans reveals some predictable results about crime, natural disasters and what people are really afraid of. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears | Chapman University. Chapman University has initiated a nationwide poll on what strikes fear in Americans. The Chapman University Survey on American Fears included 1,500 participants…

The Strange remains the same for 24 October 2014

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Sphinx Head Found in Mysterious Greek Tomb : Discovery News. Strong Winds Create Reverse Waterfall | Odd News – Yahoo News. NeuroLogica Blog » The Many Interacting Worlds Hypothesis. Are Ghosts Real? | The Pseudoscience of Ghost Hunting. This is old post is getting big hits today: NASA video misinterpreted as ‘3-day total blackout predicted’ |…

Sweden feels violated by mystery intruder

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Sweden’s military launched a major operation after receiving what it said were credible eyewitness reports of some type of suspicious craft near Stockholm, into the Baltic Sea. The search for a submarine craft is over as whatever it was must have disappeared into the Baltic. Russian sub? Sweden ends search for mystery sub. Sweden’s military feels certain…

Confirmed: Death of girl IS NOT vaccine-related

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The medical examiner says that the HPV vaccine she was administered was safe and not the cause of her death that same day. Instead, it appears she suffered an overdose of antihistamines. Medical examiner: Girl’s death not caused by HPV vaccination A much-touted vaccine given to teens and preteens to prevent cancers caused by a…

Hawaiian natives protest Mauna Kea telescope

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Politics or spiritualism? There remains hostility over the United States’ annexation of Hawaii and an undercurrent feeling of astronomy as an “industry”. Very weird to us but not weird to natives who feel intruded upon. Seeking Stars, Finding Creationism – NYTimes.com. This month a group of Native Hawaiians, playing drums and chanting, blocked the road…

New York Bigfoot advocate wants the critter on the endangered species list

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It’s been a while since we had a nonsensical Bigfoot story. I know, I know. “Aren’t they all?” Endangered – seriously at risk of extinction. Bigfoot – not established as real, let alone at risk of extinction. Chautauqua legislators hear plea: Put Bigfoot on endangered species list. Wiemer wants the legislature to become the first…

The Strange remains the same for 22 October 2014

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Study finds drugs still in recalled supplements. Where To Hunt For Haunted Homes. The Roles of Acupuncture and Other Components of Integrative Medicine in Cataclysmic Natural Disasters and Military Conflicts Scientists Build ‘Long-Distance’ Optical Tractor Beam | Physics | Sci-News.com. Gran spends nearly £4,000 to protect her house against wi-fi and mobile phone signals (From…

Divorce decree: Possessed by jinn

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So, she won’t have relations with him. Obviously that is her fault, she must be possessed. She is punished. We are certainly NOT getting the whole story here. Dubai: Husband divorces wife possessed by djinn – Yahoo Maktoob News. A court granted a divorce to a man after he discovered that his wife was possessed…

Challenge issued to Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners

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A Chinese doctor issued a RMB 50,000 reward to anyone who can prove he is wrong in saying “Chinese medicine is a fake science”. Ah Bao, thinks Traditional Chinese Medicine is nonsense and has put up his own money. And the reward grew… Skeptic Offers Huge Reward to Debunk Traditional Chinese Medicine | TheNanfang. Two doctors so far have…

The Strange Remains the same for 20 October 2014

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What happened to the American Society for Psychical Research? Michael Prescott’s Blog: Decline and fall. Ebola paranoia: We need precaution within reason  – JREF. At FTC’s Request, Court Stops Supplement Marketers From Deceptive Advertising and Illegally Debiting Consumers’ Accounts | Federal Trade Commission. Violent video games research: consensus or confusion? | theguardian.com. Just In Time For…

Jack the Ripper mystery: Back to square one

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You’ll recall last month this blockbuster story “Jack the Ripper identity confirmed by DNA”. Well, as we suspected… meh. Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has ‘made serious DNA error’ – The Independent. A 23-year-old Polish immigrant barber called Aaron Kosminski was “definitely, categorically and absolutely” the man who carried…

Remains of the Weekend 19-20 October 2014

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UFO SIGHTING: Strange Objects Zipping Across The Moon. What’s Scarier, Haunted Houses or Haunted People? | WIRED. allAfrica.com: Ghana: Govt Struggles to Reintegrate ‘Witches’. Teacher in Strong on leave over Ebola concerns – Central Maine. Instant paranormal: The ubiquitous use of camera apps – JREF.

Another Brazilian wandering spider found in produce in the U.K.

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Those crafty little buggers, hitching a ride… Killer spider found in family’s supermarket shopping | UK news | The Guardian. A family has been left “deeply traumatised” after one of the world’s most poisonous and aggressive spiders was set loose in their south London home following an online delivery from Waitrose. A lethal Brazilian wandering…

Suggestion of jinn possession is on the rise in Muslim women

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Belief in jinn as the cause of health issues is becoming alarmingly more common among Muslim women. Healthcare providers fear that they will seek out alternative healers instead of seeking medical attention. Conditions such as bad luck, marital infidelity, epilepsy and schizophrenia may be blamed on spirit possession. Muslim women’s centre reports rise in number…

The Saga of Psychic Sally and the Persistent Skeptics

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Sally Morgan calls herself “the original 21st Century medium.” Her Facebook page has over 93K “likes”. Her bio reads: Sally’s sell out theatre shows have been seen by a staggering half a million people, her hit television shows are watched by millions and her books are best-sellers! With her unique personality, refreshing approach and uncanny…

The Strange remains the same for 17 October 2014

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Fox trashes pub after falling down chimney | Meridian – ITV News. Meet The Actual Ghostbuster | Fast Company | Business + Innovation. Bayer Sued Over Allegedly Misleading Marketing Of One-A-Day Vitamins – Consumerist. Panic as Plymouth police called to crocodile on the loose – but find an inflatable toy | Plymouth Herald. Disgraceful Revelations…

Masaru Emoto, who believed water reacted to positive speech, has died

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Masaru Emoto, 71, died of an illness. His odd and unscientific ideas were accepted by some fringe researchers but never scientifically established as valid. Masaru Emoto Passes Away. Dr. Masaru Emoto a renown scientist that had been visually documenting molecular changes in water by means of his photographic techniques, and in doing so, had expanded…