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A new continent of Zealandia? Wrong. Not new at all to scientists.

Heard the news about Zealandia, the lost continent? Then you probably heard it wrong. It’s not new, we’ve had the bathymetric data for a while. The submerged landmass was known as a microcontinent that included the surrounding land masses. The name “Zealandia” was first proposed in 1995 but it was also called “Tasmantis” (the “Tasmantis complex”…

Burzynski ruling is in: Stan (may be) saddled with an overseer

See update below. As regular readers know, we have chronicled the operations of Stanislaw Burzynski, a medical doctor who runs his own cancer treatment clinic using some alternative methods unsupported by evidence, who was the subject of propaganda movies and campaigns and who has violated research standards according to FDA inspectors while running a never-ending trial without…

Maine ghost group claims to have Eva Gray ghost pic (UPDATED: Eva real, ghost is not)

Update: The ghost group appears to have additional information that they have not yet released that indicates that this “image” is not paranormal, and we have confirmation on some details of Eva Gray’s death. See below. Originally published 17-Jan-2017 An amateur research and investigation group (ARIG) in Maine is getting local attention for their claim…

Tabloid pseudoscience alert: Alien claw

The usual tabloid suspects are hyping a non-story about the finding of an “alien claw” in Peru. ALIEN investigators claim this giant hand is REAL and could have come from a dead extra terrestrial being. Source: Researcher Brien Foerster claims ‘giant hand from Peru cave’ could be of alien origin | Daily Express and Institute…

Chilean object: A U.F.O. does not mean it’s a ‘UFO’ (Update: Likely explanation obtained)

UPDATE (8-Jan-2016): The most likely explanation for this “UFO” is that it was a plane. This detailed analysis of focal length and speed of object concludes “medium-haul aircraft”. The heat signature and shape of the object does suggest conventional dual-engine aircraft. A post on Metabunk has additional details and visuals to show why this case is almost certainly…

Demon tree very silly, and the clickbait is so sweet

There is this crazy viral photo going around of what some people gullibly think is a demon strolling down the street in Arizona. I doubt it. We have no verification, no other photos, no daytime photos of the same location, not even DETAILS of the location (which seems to be somewhere around Phoenix, AZ). AND……

15 Credibility Street #7 – Big old problem: they might be giants

In this episode, I talk with Jason Colavito about giants, angels and monsters. Or, giant monster angels, who may be anti-diluvians or Atlantians, and who watch, though I’m not sure what and why the hell they are watching. They may be Bigfoot ancestors, or space aliens, or demons, or sons of God, or just “men…

Boom reported on New Years Eve on NY-PA border

Several search hits on “explosion” “New York” and “Pennsylvania” encouraged me to check to see if any new mystery booms were reported. And, sure enough, as frequently happens on the last day of the year or New Year’s Eve, we have a big boom reported: People from Owego to Broome County reported feeling an explosion…

Shark-repelling device rather dramatically fails real-world test (Update)

See update below for response from the Sharkbanz company. A product called “Sharkbanz” is getting some terrible publicity today as a Florida teenager wearing the magnet bracelet was bitten by a shark prompting questions about how useful this product actually is. Wearing shark repelling band, Teen gets attacked by shark Zack Davis was a lifelong…

Rare black bobcat confirmed in Canada

A mysterious photo appeared on Facebook showing what looked to be a solid black bobcat caught in a snare and dispatched by a trapper. The photo came with no hints of time, place or other details and was being posted in various places disconnected from a source. You could not see the hands of the…

Huge snake found floating in Ohio river

Fisherman this week discovered a very large dead snake floating in the icy cold Chagrin River in northeastern Ohio. They fished out the body and reported it to officials, but also took pictures documenting the retrieval. The news anchor in the Fox News piece notes that the snake was a “boa constrictor” but the rest…

15 Credibility Street #6: A load of barnacles

Long ago, people thought birds were birthed from trees… A few decades ago, news was important stuff and came from reliable sources you trusted… In the old days, people used to read books or check out sources before deciding they were experts in something. Not so anymore – it’s a free for all. Thanks, Internet.…