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Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing (UPDATE: Dowsing is pseudoscience)

What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

Dowsing? It’s still around.

No matter how many times dowsers get scientifically spanked they won’t go away. James Randi tested dowsers long before he was offering a million dollars to anyone who could demonstrate it worked beyond chance and they all failed spectacularly. This article is noteworthy just for the lack of skepticism. Dowsing rods come to the rescue…

Creator of gadgets for Ghost Adventures show says he does not believe in ghosts

Ghost hunters have been played by promoters of pricey ghost tech gadgets. Out in Popular Mechanics is a detailed article on the dubious history of ghost hunting gadgets. Three skeptics and a seasoned paranormal scholar chime in on the pseudoscientific basis behind these instruments but, in a revealing twist, two well-known “gadgeteers” of Ghost Adventures refused to talk. And…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

The Strange remains the same for 23 July 2015

Surfer Mick Fanning Escapes Shark Attack During Competition Broadcast. Older people are ideal targets because they often have ample savings, own their homes and may be lonely and susceptible to being deceived. Source: Swindlers Target Older Women on Dating Websites   Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in…

Water divining in Australia: A fictional portrayal does not make for fact

A mainstream Australian media outlet publishes a ridiculous, unsupported bunch of hooey suggesting water diviners have some special physical powers to detect water. There’s a claim chock full of holes – like a leaky bucket, all the truth eventually streams out and nothing is left. Water diviners, dowsers, may have special sensitivity to electromagnetism. [M]y…

The Strange remains the same for 30 October 2014

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’ |…

The Strange Remains the Same for 10 July 2014

If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom. ~Lord Byron Did Mick Jagger Jinx Brazil and Other World Cup Teams? – ABC News. Pope Francis and the psychology of exorcism and possession | Professor Chris French | Science | theguardian.com. Drought…

Company says their sciencey handwaving may have found MH370

A company with a mystery technology, GeoResonance, believes authorities have been looking in the wrong place for the missing plane. Exploration company believes it may have found MH370 – Yahoo!7. The company, GeoResonance, says its research has identified elements on the ocean floor consistent with material from a plane. It started its own search for the…

California businesses looking for water with divination

Dowsing is based on magical thinking. In desperate times, people will reach for anything. California farmers hire dowsers to find water – The Washington Post. With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of…