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The Strange remains the same for 30 October 2014

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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’ |…

Tale of demon-possessed house is refuted by former residents

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This is a follow-up to a story we posted last February about a supposedly demon-infested house near Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer didn’t appreciate our skepticism for his outrageous stories. Neither do the former residents of the so-called haunted house. Former residents of Brentwood ‘demon’ house dispute book’s claims. In his recently released book “The Demon of Brownsville…

The Strange remains the same for 29 October 2014

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Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life | TIME. Sellers of Pottstown home: ‘Our house is haunted!’. Skeptic » Insight » Kirk Cameron and His Critics: Is Halloween Christian or Pagan?. The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is Forgetting the Polio Epidemic – The Atlantic. Ghostbusters inspired me to work as a parapsychologist, hunting ghouls |…

Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus

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Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how…

Sad that disclosure of obviously fake aliens is the last thing you do

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This story makes me very sad and I wish it was not publicized. But it gives us a lesson about “deathbed confessions”. It also reveals how very desperate the UFO community is to provide “evidence” even when it is embarrassingly awful. Boyd Bushman spoke with independent aerospace engineer Mark Q. Patterson shortly before his death last…

The Strange Remains the Same for 27 October 2014

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Medical mystery: Iowa boy, 12, has no urge to eat, drink. New ‘sightings’ in Queensland of the mythical Yowie have sparked a spat between rival hunters | The Courier-Mail. Attorneys: Exorcism drove confession in IHOP death Prayer, not pancakes. University of Northampton academics win funding for research into life after death | Northampton Herald & Post.…

Remains of the Weekend 25-26 October 2014

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Haunted Houses and the Law: The Requirement of a Home Owner to Disclose Hauntings Prior to a Sale What it feels like to … be a parapsychologist | Herald Scotland. The Science (and Non-Science) of the Ouija : Discovery News. T.B Joshua: Send ‘Miracles’ to Victims’ Families or Be Held to Account By Leo Igwe…

Reptile Virgin Mary

Thelma, the reptile virgin mother. Wonder if they'll rename her Mary now.

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You don’t always need a male. But it helps. World’s Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species. An 11-year-old reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, where she lives with another female python, Louise. No male had ever slithered anywhere near the 200-pound (91-kilogram),…

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…