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The Strange remains the same for 27 March 2015

I expect he's just had cheese!

Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 1) | VICE News. Mystery odor at Muncie Walmart sends 8 to hospital. (A very obvious case of “hysteria”.) Albino badger left for dead after love rivals ‘chewed his testicles’ (but don’t worry, he’s all-white) Why Is Food That Doesn’t Contain Any Grains Labeled ‘Gluten-Free’? Pa. mom facing…

Argentinian woman’s exorcism is stock behavior, unimpressive

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I find absolutely NOTHING remarkable about this “exorcism” video. Yet several sites are claiming it is convincing. Frankly, there is nothing in this video that most people could not recreate with ease. The display, in fact, is more evidence against “possession” being a mimicked behavior based on what we think demon possession should look like.…

No Satanic cult in north London – at least not one that is abusing children (UPDATE)

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Rumors of a secret cult that abused children were baseless. Just like all the other ones from 30 years ago… get with the times. [In an update to this story, the mother and her partner are being investigated for real abuse. See UPDATE below.] Originally published 19-Mar 2015 Satanic cult claims dismissed by High Court…

Kidnapped? Hoax? Drugged? Who knows?

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What the heck happened here? Denise Huskins’ abduction a hoax, police say – CNN.com. The reported abduction for ransom of Denise Huskins, a Vallejo, California, woman, was nothing but a hoax, police said. Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park called the case a “wild goose chase” that wasted department resources. Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn,…

There is seldom screaming or yelling at the haunted artifacts museum

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John Zaffis, the “Haunted Collector” gets approval for a new museum in New York. It’s another spoke in the wheel of the rolling cash cow of paranormal tourism. Adams Planners OK Haunted Artifacts Museum Site Plan Paranormal researcher John Zaffis’ site plan for his Paranormal Artifact Museum has received approval from the Planning Board. Paranormal…

The Strange Remains the same for 24 March 2015

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Rainbow lorikeets eating meat leaves bird experts astonished FDA: Consumer Updates > Are Some Cosmetics Promising Too Much?. Friend of Darwin and Friend of the Planet awards for 2015 | NCSE. Daughter comes forward to claim Purple Heart unearthed by Denver dog Reporter, deputy, family play key roles in ‘Minerva Monster,’ look back at 1978…

The Pope’s latest miracle hype is really lame

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There is nothing miraculous about this vial of “blood” that liquifies on occasion. Today we learn a new word: “thixotropic”. Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies. Pope Francis is being credited with a miracle — or at least a “half miracle” — after St. Gennaro’s blood liquified in his presence…

Evidence of huge impact event found in Australia: What did it mean for life on earth?

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Australian scientists announced they have discovered a twin asteroid impact crater in the Central Australia that may be the largest ever found. The question is, does it correspond to a major extinction event. Maybe, but it’s not clear yet as the age is questionable. World’s largest asteroid impacts found in central Australia | ANU. A…

Stop sharing this insane warning about vaccines and drug use!

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This photo was making rounds this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. Many people who should know better were blinded by the appalling ridiculousness and passed it along as a demonstration of stupidity. Stop. You are making things worse! Even by trying to express outrage, you will be amazed at how many will not read an explanation…

Remains of the weekend 21-22 March 2015

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Mystery coughing fit prompts Walmart evacuation Harry Houdini & Arthur Conan Doyle Series Picked Up By Fox, ITV The New York Times and fear mongering about the Apple Watch and wearable tech: The NYT response – Respectful Insolence. ‘Merchants Of Doubt’ Suggests We’re All Being Conned Rare Supertide Turns Ancient Abbey Into Isolated Island Online…

The Strange remains the same for 19 March 2015

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Sovereign citizens say they’re above the law. Speaking of thinking he’s above the law… Hovind guilty of contempt. Breastfeeding raises IQ… and some worrying questions Cruz Distorts NASA’s Mission, Budget. Court rules Stanley Romanek can stand trial Cyclone-ravaged Vanuatu steeped in superstition. Want to believe? Go on, it will make you happier Man’s girlfriend and ex-partner…

Blackpool poltergeist faked

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I love reading about poltergeist cases. I really wonder what is going on or who is pranking whom. In this case, the videos are easily faked but the woman’s distress appears real. Your first thought falls to a nylon thread moving the spoon, chandelier and earring. Her hand never goes near it and the camera is just…

The Strange remains the same for 18 March 2015

Rembrandt's "Storm on the Sea of Galilee" (1633) MIA

Singapore dismisses Lee Kuan Yew death report as hoax Priest arrested for exorcism on anorexic girl Holocaust-denying bishop plans consecration without pope’s consent Health Canada licensing of natural remedies ‘a joke,’ doctor says Mysterious ‘snow carrots’ observed at meteorite impact sites Family of Perth baby who died of whooping cough hope to raise awareness, prevent…

Elves rock in Iceland

This is said to be the mythological rock Ófeigskirkja, church of the elves.

Back in 2013, we told you that there was trouble with the elves. Elf advocates and environmentalists wanted the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula in Iceland because it contained an elf church. Finally, a compromised was reached that preserves a unique structure and…

Herbalife declared NOT fraudulent (Edited)

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More disappointing news on the legal front today. Herbalife is in the clear after years of dogged pursuit accusing them of fraud. Herbalife wins dismissal of U.S. ‘pyramid scheme’ lawsuit | Reuters. Herbalife Ltd won the dismissal of a lawsuit that claimed the maker of weight-loss and nutritional products fraudulently portrayed itself as a legitimate…

Hippocrates Health Institute “cease and desist” is withdrawn (UPDATE)

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I’ve received an update from the public relations firm that represents Hippocrates Health Institute – Vicki Johnson of Sachs Media Group. They have been cleared of all charges. Here is their statement. WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (17-March-2015) — The Florida Department of Health today formally informed Hippocrates Health Institute that it has withdrawn and dismissed the…

The Strange remains the same for 17 March 2015

Buzz Aldren makes a Stonehenge-sized statement. Photo by James O.Davies. From Twitter @TheRealBuzz

There is NOT ONE SINGLE thing “amazing” about this. Poor Nessie, reduced to click bait. Is this amazing new footage captured by a tourist the Loch Ness Monster? On St. Patrick’s Day, here’s the real reason Ireland has no snakes – CSMonitor.com. EPA debunks ‘chemtrails,’ further fueling conspiracy theories (+video) – CSMonitor.com. Scientists may have…

Geese fall from the sky, assumed diseased

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There are countless cases of mass bird deaths. The reasons can be various. In this case, officials suspect disease and are collecting the birds for testing and to limit exposure. ‘Basically, they just fell out of the sky’: 2,000 snow geese found dead in Idaho – The Washington Post. About 2,000 snow geese migrating from…