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Will the church argue that this is REALLY the body of Christ?

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We don’t typically get into religious arguments here but this lawsuit has a physically questionable claim they are attempting to make. Lawsuit pits Catholic archbishop against satanist group over sacred item purported to be used for ‘black Mass’ | News OK. Oklahoma City’s Catholic archbishop filed a lawsuit against a satanist group Wednesday, alleging it…

Healer’s belief may have killed hundreds in Sierra Leone

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Herbalist began inviting clients across the border with promises of salvation. Sierra Leone’s 365 Ebola deaths traced back to traditional healer – Times LIVE. The outbreak need never have spread from Guinea, health officials revealed to AFP, except for a herbalist in the remote eastern border village of Sokoma. “She was claiming to have powers…

Light-headed: Partial albino crocodile killed man, then was killed itself

The part-albino crocodile called Michael Jackson. Photo credit: Adelaide River Queen Jumping Crocodile Cruises

A distinctively colored crocodile was top predator in his neck of the river. But once again, man will be the ultimate arbiter. Part-albino crocodile shot after fatal attack was ’1-in-100-million rarity’. An albino-headed crocodile that killed a man fishing on a Territory river has been described by an expert as a one-in-100-million rarity. The distinctive…

Mind control victims advocacy group is denied tax exemption

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A group claiming that the government is secretly conducting mind control experiments and damaging citizens has been denied a tax-exempt status by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service IRS Denies Tax Exemption to Mind Control Group. The Internal Revenue Service has denied tax-exempt status to a group that claimed it was dedicated to protecting the human…

Leave my GOBLIN alone!

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I can’t help it, I really can’t. Your Zimbabwe goblin story for today… Woman said her goblin is NOT the problem here. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Woman threatens to kill tsikamutanda over ‘her’ goblin. A 40-year-old Gokwe woman left villagers’ in shock when she used a machete to scare away a traditional healer popularly known as…

Frank Sumption, inventor of the “ghost box” has died

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The inventor of a device that, to some, allows communication with the dead, has now crossed over for us to perhaps better test the device. Paranormal Pop Culture: Ghost Box Creator Frank Sumption Has Died. Frank Sumption, the inventor behind the paranormal investigating device known as “The Frank’s Box” has reportedly died of a heart…

Facepalming article suggests Darwin may fall via epigenetic findings

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One Australian reporter (so far) gets the headline and story WRONG WRONG WRONG. Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged by University of Adelaide genetic memory research, published in journal Science. Adelaide research showing that sperm and eggs appear to carry genetic memories of events well before conception, may force a rethink of the evolutionary theories of…

Exotic lion on the loose in California? (Update)

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See UPDATE below. Originally published on 4-Aug-2014 Mystery animal roaming California neighborhood was caught on a security camera. Experts say it’s not a cougar but resembles a lion, leopard or older dog. Of course the headlines have to make the most outrageous assumption. African lioness in Norwalk? Experts analyzing grainy video. Grainy surveillance footage of…

The Strange remains the same for 13 August 2014

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UFO enthusiasts: Blurry object definitely a UFO … definitely – Houston Chronicle. Simon Singh to receive HealthWatch Award – Healthwatch. Politicsweb – “Ghosts haunt our houses!” – Daily Sun – iSERVICE. [I do not follow this story.] Fantastically Wrong: Ridiculous Mythical Critters Dreamed Up by 19th Century Lumberjacks | Science | WIRED. BBC News –…

Goblin extraction may result in death

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We don’t know why, but almost every time we cover a story about goblins, it’s a story from Zimbabwe. I’d love to find out why this is such a thing there! Man dies in goblin exorcism ritual. A 72-year old man from Gokwe died under mysterious circumstances a few minutes after a traditional healer (tsikamutanda)…

By a knife’s edge

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An odd occurrence. How did he NOT know what hit him? Knife falls from sky into Chinese man’s head – Telegraph. Last Thursday morning, 57-year-old Xiao Yunzhi was taking a stroll in his home town of Guangyuan, Sichuan province, when his head started feeling strangely heavy. But it was only when the local tobacconist stared…

Remains of the weekend 09-10 August 2014

Nativity or dinosaurs? What do YOU see?

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.” ― Neil Gaiman Fresh effort to secure a pardon for Scotswoman convicted of witchcraft | Herald Scotland. Purported ‘Buddha’ Blames Followers for Wealth, God-Like Status | The Cambodia Daily. The God Blog: Catholic…