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The Strange remains the same for 28 July 2014

This is me on a good day.

Monsters are such interesting people… Sea monsters of the Strait – Local – The News. New Comcast scam may catch hundreds. Revivalist preaching hampering fight against AIDS in PNG – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Tax incentives sought for Noah’s Ark theme park. UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports. News To Me:…

Cop fired when supernatural beliefs got in the way of doing his job

Photo credit: Robert Kalfus

Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination. Cop claims feds are targeting him because he believes in ghosts. A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the…

Professor claims he’s victim of phantom “air pressure magneto sex therapy”

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I knew that would get you to click the link. Just what the heck is that? Honestly, it sounds suspiciously like sleep paralysis. Spooked professor cries attack from blood-sucker spirit. X-files of Madhya Pradesh [India] police are replete with complaints of blood-curdling spirits on prowl, forcing police on a blind chase of the supernatural. And…

Killer giant anteaters – Digging claws turn into knife-like weapons

Giant Anteater. Wikipedia

A timid animal that may appear to be harmless may have some formidable weaponry that poses a serious threat to attackers. Two fatal attacks by giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) have been documented in a wildlife journal. The typically nonaggressive animals have sharp claws and inflicted serious wounds when they were cornered and undertook defensive behavior. The…

Remains of the weekend 26-27 July 2014

A fluorescent flower hat jelly (Olindias formosa)

For most Americans, Friday afternoons are filled with positive anticipation of the weekend. In Washington, it’s where government officials dump stories they want to bury. Good news gets dropped on Monday so bureaucrats can talk about it all week. ~John Sununu The Chinese Guide to Selling Haunted Homes: Realty Today. Megan Fox believes in Bigfoot,…

Mike Adams insinuates some scientists should be killed, then looks like a bigger idiot (UPDATE: legal trouble?)

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Is Adams under observation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)? See update below. Mike Adams, the Health (Ranger) Danger of the arguably worst site on the internet, Natural News, wrote an insane rant that went a bit farther than usual, where he equated Monsanto and its collaborators to Nazis. A list of journalists,…

Haunting evidence spooks local news crew — Would it spook a real investigator? (UPDATE: Shenanigans)

Screen cap from video taken by homeowner during news crew visit. Shadow darts from right side and back.

UPDATE: (30-Jul-2014) The homeowners have refused an investigation by objective researchers – me and Kenny Biddle. Suspicious? Yes. It gets better… see below. Another claim of an extremely haunted house. Who do they call? Paranormal investigators, mediums, priests and TV show producers, then the local news team. Ghost attacks in Hanover haunted house | WPMT…

‘Chilling’ floating head looks rather obviously like a boring old reflection

Note the reflection of lights above the window which has an apparent "head"

I’m not sure what this is EXACTLY because data is missing from the news story. But from what we are given, this is far less than “chilling” and no evidence for “head of a saint hovering in mid-air” Chilling ‘ghost’ video reveals head of a long-dead saint hovering in mid-air – Mirror Online. Tourists are…

Blood-red water flows through Wenzhou

Photo credit: TencentNews

It’s really foreboding when the waters run red like blood. In this modern society, it typically means pollution. Suspicious Blood-red Water Inundates River in Wenzhou. An inner city waterway in the eastern city of Wenzhou was found to have been inundated by an influx of blood-red water this morning. Local residents say the river was…

Absurd idea for video enhancement to “capture proof of ghosts”

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$50K for a video service to see ghosts, or should I say more rightly, anomalies that people will say are ghosts. TVTechnology: New Video Enhancing Service Looks to Find Ghosts. The creator of a new Hidden Intelligence Tracking (HIT) technology is seeking crowdfunding under the auspices of helping users capture video proof that they are…

The face of god in the sky?

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The perceived image of bearded man appeared through the clouds over Snettisham, Norfolk. The photo was taken by Jeremy Fletcher who says it could be the face of “God” though we do not know what that actually looks like. We can say it looks like several people here and passed. ‘God’ seen in photograph of clouds…

The Strange remains the same for 24 July 2014

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Let sleeping foxes lie. Scientologists accused of brainwashing French company’s employees – France – RFI. Most ‘dangerous’ anti-science GMO critic? Meet Mike Adams–Conspiracy junkie runs alternative ‘health’ empire | Genetic Literacy Project. Thousands of women, accused of sorcery, tortured and executed in Indian witch hunts – The Washington Post. Dr. Oz, it’s time to heal…

USA Today tackles Burzynski again – His lawyer makes ludicrous assertion

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Earlier this month, we posted the story of how controversial cancer doctor Stanislaw Burzynski was under fire once again from the Texas state medical board citing a long list of complaints regarding his practice in Houston using a dubious, unproven cancer treatment. Now, USA Today, who did a huge expose on Dr. B, is back…

Ghost hunting at the museum with XBOX LASER technology!

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The Laurel Museum in Laurel, Maryland is supposedly haunted. A group of ghost hunters was called and did some investigating. Or did they? I wouldn’t call it investigating… Is the Laurel Museum haunted?. The Laurel Museum is operated by the Laurel Historical Society out of a restored 19th-century mill worker’s house adjacent to Riverfront Park.…

This problem has teeth, lots of them

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Oh my gosh, this poor kid! Surgeons remove 232 teeth from Indian teenager – Yahoo News. Surgeons in Mumbai have removed 232 teeth from the mouth of an Indian teenager in what they believe may be a world-record operation, the hospital said Thursday. Ashik Gavai, 17, sought medical help for a swelling on the right…

The Strange remains the same for 23 July 2014

Huh?

There were days when I thought a half-dozen leftover links was a full day… The Vaccination Chronicles | Australian Skeptics Inc. U.S. senator appears to have plagiarized his master’s thesis | Retraction Watch. George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles | National Post. BBC News – Human skull left outside Wareham church. BBC News –…

Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor

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It is not rare for purveyors of woo to resort to legal threats against skeptical advocates. They don’t have the facts in their favor so they use baseless threats. Well, not so baseless. Several cases have resulted in financial worries for those who are attempting to inform the public about dubious products, people or nonsense.…

Stupid beliefs kill rhinos; penalties becoming harsher in South Africa

white rhino

Organizations to save rhinos from poaching to their extinction call for a zero tolerance policy. In order to achieve that, harsher penalties must be proposed. This newest sentencing is much harsher but probably not enough to stem the killing. South Africa: Rhino Poacher Gets 77 Years in Jail – ABC News. A rhino poacher in…

Backfire Effect? Herbalife shares up despite webcast to investors decrying practices.

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Scientific skepticism is viewed by many as an intersection between science education and consumer advocacy. To that end, Doubtful News has had its eyes on news items concerning Herbalife, a multilevel marketing company who has recently had to ask its distributors to tone down medical claims about its products, and has come under fire by critics for its…

The Strange remains the same for 22 July 2014

Megaloptera specimen found in China

If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos. ~E. O. Wilson Why the Malaysian Jet Crash Sparks Conspiracies : Discovery News. 40 Mexican bishops are taking an ‘intensive’ exorcism…

Billions of mayflies swarm the Mississippi valley

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A mass hatching of mayflies, also known as shadflies, invaded the LaCrosse, Mississippi area Sunday night and hatched all along the Mississippi river valley. Mayflies hatch along Mississippi. The hatch was so large you could see it on radar maps. The bugs are harmless and they’re actually a sign of a healthy river because they can…

The Strange remains the same for 21 July 2014

giant rubber duck

Monday is like a math problem. Add the irritation, subtract the sleep, multiply the problems, divide the happiness. ~Unknown Robert Kennedy Jr.’s belief in autism-vaccine connection, and its political peril – The Washington Post. Student filmmakers find themselves drawn into the vaccine/autism fray – LA Times. Sixth-Grader’s Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists : NPR. Creationist…

Beware of scams regarding the victims of flight MH17

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This excellent consumer warnings website out of Australia warns of fraudulent activity online surrounding information on the MH17 tragedy – dubious ads, malware and fake charities. Beware of scammers taking advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy. Scammers have set up false Facebook profiles for Australian victims of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy…