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Chipotle pulls an anti-GMO PR move

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Is this really feasible? Does it make sense? Chipotle dumps GMOs: Why the fast food chain’s latest achievement is so unprecedented – Salon.com. Chipotle, the “fast-causal” chain widely praised for catalyzing the downfall of McDonalds, has gone (nearly) GMO-free. The company announced Monday that it’s succeeded in ridding its menu of food made with genetically…

The Strange remains the same for 27 April 2015

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First Nations chemo case ruling amended to include child’s well-being. ‘Leech-nado': Scientists are working to identify the leech species swarming in this video Belle Gibson’s lies: Cancer researcher Dr Darren Saunders blames media. Pope Francis poised to weigh in on climate change with major document. Ouija Celebrates its 125th Anniversary in Baltimore: OuijaCon 2015 Wrap-Up.…

Criminal charges against naturopath who injected patient with magnesium (UPDATE)

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UPDATE: An unsatisfying ruling in this case. Mitra Javanmardi, Quebec naturopath in fatal injection case, found not guilty “The judge recognized that the victim died of receiving an injection that was contaminated [by bacteria], and obviously the accused is not supposed to do any injections or IV treatments here in Quebec,” Crown prosecutor Geneviève Dagenais said outside…

Remains of the weekend 25-26 April 2015

This photo was really taken by Giordana Schmidt, AFP / Getty Images. It does not appear to have been manipulated.

See Mutant Baby Cow Born With Five Mouths. Bigfoot followers gather in Vilonia Billions of Blue Jellyfish Wash Up on American Beaches. Tragic result of traditional Chinese medicine manipulation: an unusual case report of bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations. – PubMed Could virtual reality bring your loved ones back from the dead? Pocket Sharks are Among…

Wakefield advocating against pro-vaccination bill in California

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Medical community pariah antivaccination advocate Andrew Wakefield speaks at Life Chiropractic College West in California and continues his spreading of dangerous fear-mongering misinformation and ignorance. Anti-vaccine leader tells parents to fight immunization bill. Andrew Wakefield, the British scientist and former physician whose discredited research linking autism and immunizations helped launch a worldwide anti-vaccination movement, encouraged…

The Strange remains the same for 23 April 2015

Lovely muscari (grape hyacinth) is blooming this time of year.

New Insight on the Nation’s Earthquake Hazards: USGS (fracking-related earthquakes) Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos : Nature News Embryonic Twin Discovered in Woman’s Brain During Surgery in LA | NBC Southern California. Plane makes emergency landing in Buffalo after three passengers pass out – The Washington Post. (A case of conversion disorder?) Panel tackles question…

Hi-ho, the derry-o, the cow ate the sheep

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Talk about a change in diet. Kenya: Cow ‘starts eating sheep’ on Nakuru farm – BBC News. Charles Mamboleo, who runs a farm in south-western Nakuru County, discovered the cow feeding on a sheep one morning, having apparently gored it to death, […]. Fresh food and water couldn’t tempt the cow, and another sheep met…

“Real” ghost claim takes a back seat to skeptical research

A screen shot from Arthur C. Clarke’s World of Strange Powers offers the clearest copy of the photo by Mrs. Mabel Chinnery allegedly showing a back-seat ghost. Photo from Skeptic.com/Blake Smith

What paranormal enthusiast like me hasn’t seen this famous picture of the dead mother in law in the back seat of the old car? IT WAS CREEPY AS HELL and it was one of the most widespread photos promoted as “real” because there seemed no good explanation. That’s because not many people attempted to provide…

The Strange remains the same for Earth Day 2015

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FDA continues to warn consumers not to use Eu Yan Sang (Hong Kong) Ltd.’s “Bo Ying compound”. Study rules out link between autism and MMR vaccine even in at-risk kids – LA Times. (There is no “debate” or “controversy” about MMR and autism ANYMORE.) New mass extinction event identified by geologists – BBC News. Regulating…

Faked cancer or misdiagnosed? Book and app sales are on the line. (UPDATE: LIAR)

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Belle Gibson admits she lied about having cancer. She’s a very troubled person. It’s speculated she may suffer from a psychological disorder such as Munchausen syndrome where she fakes illness to get attention. Belle Gibson: ‘No, None of it is true’. “I think my life has just got so many complexities around it and within it,…

The Strange remains the same for 21 April 2015

I have no response to this. Just remember, KISS had their own dolls and Colorforms, too.

Pasadena Artist Who Claims To Be Buddha Reincarnated Is Wanted In China: LAist. Strange roar heard Sunday night across wide area | GazetteXtra. Ghost hunters hear bumps in the night: it’s burglars raiding Derby store for imitation firearms | Derby Telegraph. Kanye West Denies Illuminati Ties. Secret file reveals scandal of the Natural History Museum…

Double DOUBLE rainbow!!! Whoa… it’s real

Photo by @amanda_curtis via Twitter.

When I first saw this pic, I was doubtful it was real, it didn’t make sense. But there actually IS an explanation. Is it legit? Rare quadruple rainbow photo goes viral – The Washington Post. While waiting for her train this morning at the Glen Cove train station in Long Island, NY, Amanda Curtis grabbed…

Google dives into Loch Ness; highlights great hoaxed photo

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Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the anniversary of the publication of the April 21 1934 Daily Mail photograph purported to show the infamous Loch Ness monster, Nessie. Known as the “Surgeon’s Photograph”, the picture is one of the iconic “monster” pictures of all time. However, it’s fake. Most people do not realize it’s CLEARLY a fake,…

The Strange remains the same for 20 April 2015

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Mysterious ‘supervoid’ in space is largest object ever discovered, scientists claim – Telegraph. Woman ‘Freaks Out’ When She Meets Doppelganger For 1st Time In Ireland FDA Ponders Putting Homeopathy To A Tougher Test Giant badger the ‘size of a pig’ terrorises pensioner New WikiLeaks documents reveal the inner workings of the Dr. Oz Show A…

The “hum” caused by ocean waves

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A geophysicist has proposed that the “hum” some people hear is caused by the interaction of ocean waves with the coast. Has the mystery of the Grimsby hum been solved? | Grimsby Telegraph. A mystery hum that has plagued people in the Grimsby area for more than a decade could have been solved – by French scientists.…

Did the parrot cry for help?

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Who’s a pretty smart girl? Parrot’s Cries of ‘Help, Fire’ Bring Firefighters to Burning House in Idaho Emergency crews responding to a house fire in Idaho Friday night expected to find an elderly woman inside the home when they heard cries of “help” and “fire.” “Once the captain did his walk-around, he could hear something…

Remains of the weekend 18-19 April 2015

Oarfish, not "sea monster". Let's be serious here. Photo: NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium

‘A ski accident left me with advanced mental abilities': US woman tells her extraordinary story. Town shocked by exorcism, bartered sex for services case. UFOs Confront Soldiers During War, Says Ex-Air Force Intelligence Officer. Goopy jellyfish fill Oregon, Washington beaches. Missing cat makes mystery 128-mile journey from North Wales to Yorkshire. Escaped zebras chased through…