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…

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…

Ebola roundup – facts, fear, fiction

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There are so many news stories out today about Ebola, we’ve grouped them! They all involve questionable claims and hyped fear. FDA cracks down on Ebola scams. At least three companies have been issued warnings by the Food and Drug Administration in the past month for selling treatments, solutions or therapies for Ebola, the deadly virus…

Media continue to promote fearful stories of condition that may not even exist

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Beware of human interest stories that make you sympathetic but use a probably false diagnosis. We’ve had many stories of people feeling incapacitated by environmental sources. But the data for their self-conclusions are poor. Electromagnetic hypersensitivity means Peter Lloyd can’t leave his house… or enjoy any modern pleasures inside. He can’t use mains electricity for…

Guilty of sex trafficking, woman found to be controlling victims via witchcraft belief

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Another case of exploiting people’s beliefs to do them incredible harm, women from Nigeria are trapped into the sex trade due to threats from witchcraft. BBC News – Lizzy Idahosa guilty of ‘juju’ sex trafficking at Cardiff Crown Court. A woman has been found guilty of trafficking two women from Nigeria to the UK to…

The Strange remains the same 14 October 2014

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GET….OUT!!! Homeowners at war with ghost hunters over ‘portal to hell’ located on their property | myfox8.com. and The inevitable rise of Ebola conspiracy theories – The Washington Post. Four Big Ways the Media Got the Marijuana Study Wrong | Dana Larsen. Vt. man accused of killing teacher told police about ‘ghost man’ | WMUR. Calif. atheist awarded…

Mystery boom heard Monday afternoon in Louisiana (UPDATE: Something on radar?)

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See an update below on something odd caught on weather radar that could be related to this story… A big boom was heard throughout the Shreveport Louisiana area Monday afternoon around 4:27 pm. The source of the boom remains unknown. Source of boom heard around ArkLaTex not identified – KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana.  The…

Exorcism suspected in India after doctor notices injuries to dead woman

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A college student was brought dead to the hospital in Kerala, India. When the doctor noticed injuries on her body consistent with an exorcism, he called police who are investigating. Kerala: 18 year old girl dies during exorcism. In the recurring exorcism killings in Kerala, a college student, Aathira, 18, lost her life in Pathanamthitta…

The Strange remains the same for 13 October 2014

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‘Spiritual healer’ in Sydney charged with 40 counts of sexual and indecent assault. ‘Vampire grave’ found in Bulgaria – Telegraph. Talking parrot missing for 4 years found, now speaks Spanish. The murderous Chinese cult that thinks Jesus has returned — as a Chinese woman – The Washington Post. Scientology members speak about drugs in Tennessee…

Mystery object falls from sky in New Jersey, nearly hits plant workers

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A strange square. Could it be a heat-resistant tile from something? Falling Metal Object Mystifies New Jersey Plant Workers. Workers at a New Jersey treatment plant say they saw a heavy, metallic object fall from the sky Wednesday, and they want to know where the potentially deadly projectile came from. The workers said the object…