idoubtit

Editor and owner of Doubtful News. Writer, specializing in science and society, science policy and education.

Remains of the weekend 20-21 December 2014

These are not really baby owls.

Stop being so utterly silly! snopes.com: Planetary Alignment Decreases Gravity – Float for 5 Minutes!. Religious group threatens to sue over tax credit denial for Noah’s Ark-themed park | Fox News. Do atheists believe in the Christmas story? A cautionary tale on polls. – The Washington Post. A Dark Forgotten Past, and Why it Needs…

Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance

golden_winged_warbler_male2

In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed…

The Strange remains the same for 18 December 2014

walken wonderland

Water birth leads to newborn’s death from Legionella | Dr. Jen Gunter. Psychic charged with swindling woman out of nearly $20,000. Strict Belief-Based Diet Contributes to Child’s Death : Discovery News. Chocolate-fed monkey terrorizes Marseille – The Local. 2014 in cancer quackery: UK edition – JREF. Slender Man: Both Stabbing Suspects Ruled Competent to Stand…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

Default DN logo

Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

Hairless, toothy mystery carcass in Santa Barbara has a normal ID

It's a dead mammal. No doubt about that. But it's "MONSTROUS" so go viral.

It’s hairless, bloated and decomposing. Of course people will freak out and speculate wildly. Unusual Creature Puzzles People on a Santa Barbara Beach | News – KEYT. A brownish creature, with sharp teeth and claws, is deceased on the beach in Santa Barbara after the latest storm, and many people are wondering what it is.…

From Alternative to Integrative, the NIH changes a branch name

nccam

You KNEW this rebranding stuff was coming. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has changed its name to National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Because alternatives to medicine DON’T work and they finally got that point. What the point of the rest of this is, I still don’t see. NIH complementary and integrative health…

The Strange remains the same for 16 December 2014

Scary!!!

I Lied About Being a Psychic. It Worked. — The Cut. Psychic Paula: let us test your pregnancy prediction powers | The Guardian. Stuyvesant High Student Admits He Didn’t Make $72 Million on Stock Trades – NYTimes.com. Man rings police after neighbour posts “creepy” picture of Cliff Richard in his window (From The Argus). The…

Mythbusters inspire investigators to examine the escape from Alcatraz

Alcatraz03182006

If they did it at JUST the right time… Researchers were inspired by a Mythbusters episode (Season 1, episode 11) to see if the famous escape was plausible as they concluded. Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape. Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape…

Braingasm videos popular and plausible

brain

An internet sensation, autonomous sensory meridian response, is certainly plausible, at least for some people. A whisper, then tingles, then 87 million YouTube views: Meet the star of ASMR. This is Maria, a 28-year-old Russian expat in suburban Maryland, starring in a YouTube video that has been viewed more than 7 million times. Hundreds of thousands…

Is the Elf On A Shelf a real spy? Your kids may think so.

elf-on-the-shelf-watching-you

Oh dear, the things people believe… A story has been circulating that the popular elf toy people place on their trees and fireplace mantles is REALLY a spy device from the National Security Administration. snopes.com: SNOWDEN: ‘Elf On A Shelf’ Actually Hugely Successful NSA Project. Speaking via Google Hangout to officials in Sweden last week,…

Mountain lion captured and killed in Kentucky

pumaimage

This is extremely interesting news. If the animal was wild, it would be the first such confirmed mountain lion in Kentucky since before the Civil War. Wildlife officer shoots and kills mountain lion in a tree in northern Bourbon County A state wildlife officer shot the mountain lion late Monday afternoon on Redmon Road in…

The Strange remains the same for 15 December 2014

atacama rainbow

Montgomery police: Murder suspect thought her victim practiced witchcraft – The Washington Post. Cape Cod Mystery: A Surge of Stranded Turtles – NYTimes.com. Relatively Interesting 2014 Failed and Forgotten Psychic Predictions. Retraction Watch is growing, thanks to a $400,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation Mysterious Giant Creature Leaves Strange ‘Wake’ in Bay Of Islands. —…

The (cat) Beast of Bodmin Moor is old news

Photo submitted as evidence in the study.

Dr. David Clarke at Sheffield Hallam University, an expert in journalism in the U.K., has followed the “alien big cat” phenomenon. The ABC idea is that large, out of place (OOP) cats (lions, black panthers, pumas/cougars) have colonized the British Isles. Their presence is responsible for the reported sightings of big cats, livestock kills and mystery…

Remains of the weekend 13-14 December 2014

Chad-Blakley-DSC_7669-copy_1418167807_lg

Has this ghost hunter caught Wales’ most bloodthirsty ghoul on camera? – Wales Online. No. It’s the same old really lame “ghost photo” nonsense. No dogs in heaven: Pope’s remarks on afterlife widely misreported | CTV News. ‘Faith healer’ sex abuser claimed he could remove vagina ‘devils’. “They are microwave weaponry,” said Scottsdale resident Floris…

Todd Standing needs money for Bigfoot DNA testing

"Sylvanic" Bigfoot photo by Todd Standing.

We’ve written about Todd Standing before, back in April. After that, he made a name for himself by riding the coattails of Survivorman Les Stroud and by being associated with Utah Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology at Idaho State University, Dr. Jeff Meldrum. While months have passed, oddly enough, nothing has changed. Standings evidence and claims are…

Talking telepathy in Turkey

mind control

It’s probably time to worry if your nation’s leaders talk of delusional nonsense as real, especially in the political arena. Militant Islamist, Salih Izzet Erdis, who had been jailed for leading a terrorist organization and trying to overthrow the government is now proclaiming that someone on the outside is attempting mind control over him. Mind…

The Strange remains the same for 11 December 2014

Screen Shot 2014-12-11 at 8.28.34 AM

Vale Steve Walker – magician and skeptic | Australian Skeptics Inc. Shamans on govt service? Psychic searches for missing Tuva helicopter on official request — RT News. This Greenpeace Stunt May Have Irreparably Damaged Peru’s Nazca Site. ‘Face in wave’ photo | Isle of Islay. Aquilops, the little dinosaur that could – The Integrative Paleontologists.…