Torkel Ødegård

Co-editor of Doubtful News.

Mother suspected of poisoning son with lethal doses of salt (UPDATE: Conviction)

safety_sign_poison

In an update to this story from June 2014, Lacey Spears is convicted of deliberately poisoning her son, killing him. “The motive is bizarre, the motive is scary, but it exists,” Assistant District Attorney Patricia Murphy said in closing arguments Thursday. “She apparently craved the attention of her family, her friends, her co-workers and most…

Triple sunrise

three suns

Ice crystals cause ‘triple sunrise’ in Russian city – in pictures. Chelyabinsk, the city made famous by a meteorite that exploded over its skies two years ago, was witness to another rare phenomenon on Tuesday: a triple sunrise over the morning sky. The combination of low temperatures, estimated to be –25C, and clear skies enabled…

Tattoo me skeptical!

This woman would save a fortune using Falkenham's revolutionary tattoo removal cream.

Tattoo removal as simple as rubbing lotion on it? This new $6 cream promises to painlessly fade your tattoos away. A Canadian uni student has invented a new tattoo removal cream that makes the ink fade away forever by replacing the ink-filled cells with new, clean cells. So Alec Falkenham, a PhD student in the…

Bad spirits raised after health care home calls in an exorcist

Medieval_ghost

Seriously, NOT a good move. Norway care home hired psychic for exorcism. A municipal care home in Norway has been slammed for “poor judgement” after managers hired a clairvoyant to drive out evil spirits because staff were spooked by random flickering lights. Lasse Svenstrup Andersen, an official from the local Agder County governor’s office, ruled…

The Strange remains the same for 03 February 2015

Freddie's ghost?

Ouija board dog killer’s wife and step daughter arrested after fire destroys their home. (That’s some headline. The story is even weirder and awful.) Darwin Day resolution in Congress | NCSE. Anonymous Seahawks Player Ponders Anti-Marshawn Lynch Conspiracy | Bleacher Report. Bright pink smoke sparks hilarious theories from bemused passers-by | UK | News |…

The Strange remains the same for 29 January 2015

meditating mummy

Gene Hackman Is Alive and Well, So Stop Spreading Rumors About Him, OK?! Deepak denies that HIV causes AIDS « Why Evolution Is True. (What a pathetic excuse for a “doctor” he is!) 200-year-old mummy found meditating in Mongolia. BABY GOAT BEHEADED; ANOTHER GOAT TAKEN FROM NEW ORLEANS PARK. Lies, fraud, conflicts of interest, and…

The Strange remains the same 23 January 2015

metal_school_bus

Mystery deepens: Prime bird death suspect ruled out – SFGate. Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy. Strange Comet Discoveries Revealed by Rosetta Spacecraft. Mysterious ‘Loud Boom’ Wakes Residents – Asheville Source of loud booms unknown. Even Elusive Animals Leave DNA, and Clues, Behind – NYTimes.com. (But not Bigfoot?) Confederate gold…

The Strange Remains The Same for 20 January 2015

Weirdo!

Rare and terrifying frilled shark catch in Victorian waters the first for fishermen in local living memory Astronomers detect hints of two more planets in our Solar System. When the rats are away, Galapagos tortoises can play. Basketball player likely died from chewing gum in sleep. Meet the Multi-Headed Caterpillar. Snake bites customer on head…

The Strange Remains the same for 14 January 2015

Release the hounds... wolves.

Newcastle man discovers a SNAKE in his supermarket shopping bag Iceland brewery makes beer using smoked whale testicles. Officials in one Southern Indiana town consider removing fluoride. Gilbert woman provides therapy through cuddling Five earthquakes rattle eastern Connecticut Monday. Tynemouth UFO: More sightings made of floating object in sky over North Tyneside The Skeptic’s Boot:…

Action taken against Tanzanian witchdoctors to combat killing of albinos

tanzaniateen

People with this genetic characteristic are treated barbarically and are constantly in danger of losing body parts and their lives for ridiculous superstition. Tanzania bans witchdoctors in attempt to end albino killing. Tanzania has banned witchdoctors in an attempt to combat a rise in the killing of people with albinism for their body parts, officials said…

The Strange remains the same for 06 January 2015

Are you talking? I don't understand.

‘Nazi cows': British farmer Derek Gow forced to cull herd of aggressive aurochs-like Heck cattle. Herbal medicines from quacks hit unborn babies’ brains – The Times of India. Michio Kushi, Advocate of Natural Foods in the U.S., Dies at 88 – NYTimes.com. ‘Alien abduction’ artist admits he fooled everyone – Telegraph. Did you hear that?…

Remains of the weekend 29-30 November 2014

giant penguin

Man injured by Amsterdam pop-up toilet. BBC News – New Zealand: Giant penguin bones lay in shed for years. Vaccine alternatives offered by homeopaths ‘irresponsible’ – Health – CBC News. We Got a Paleontologist to Call Bullshit On the ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer | VICE | United Kingdom. Pizza Hut’s crazy new menu lets you order…