Torkel Ødegård

Co-editor of Doubtful News.

Thanks to Kickstarter, those who promote silly hats got a pile of free money

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A hat that claims to shield your head from electromagnetic fields has become a successfully funded project on Kickstarter this past week. The people behind the campaign (whomever they are) took advantage of people’s ignorance and gullibility (and possibly paranoia) about the supposed harmful effects of electromagnetic fields. These beanies are basically just a fancy version…

Malaysian school disrupted when girls claim to have seen a phantom

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News snippet: A school in Malaysia had a bout with “mass hysteria” last week. The learning session at a secondary school in Pokok Sena, Kedah was interrupted Wednesday when about 30 girls went into hysteria. Source: Pandemonium broke out in Pokok Sena school as pupils are hit by hysteria | Astro Awani It was reported…

Ancient Bronze Age Spartan Palace discovered

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An ancient Greek palace filled with cultic objects and clay tablets written in a lost script may be the long-lost palace of Mycenaean Sparta, one of the most famous civilizations of ancient Greece. Source: Lost Palace of Sparta Possibly Uncovered – Yahoo News The palace, which burnt to the ground in the 14th century B.C.,…

Popular polar bear had autoimmune inflamation of the brain

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Knut, the famous polar bear that drowned at Berlin Zoo in 2011, was found to have anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis which experts believe was the likely cause of his untimely death. Source: Knut polar bear death riddle solved – BBC News A new investigation has shown that he had a type of autoimmune inflammation of the brain…

Norwegian psychic claims to know what happened to Madeleine McCann

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Recall little Madeleine McCann? Back in 2007, she disappeared while on vacation with her parents in Portugal. 8 years later, the case is still unsolved. Norwegian clairvoyant and psychic Michael Winger, who we’ve talked about before, claims to know what happened to her. According to Winger, Madeleine was abducted by an unknown man who was trying…

Nazi treasure train supposedly found in Poland

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Ghost trains and secret tunnels? Treasure hunters claim they found the missing Nazi gold train. Two people in Poland say they have found a Nazi German train cloaked in mystery since it was rumoured to have gone missing near the end of World War Two while carrying away gems and guns ahead of advancing Soviet…

Gwyneth Paltrow not the one behind the vagina steaming claim

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News tidbit: Gwyneth Paltrow claims she wasn’t the one who suggested women steam their vaginas. While Paltrow approves all stories on her lifestyle website Goop, she claims the controversial “Conscious Uncoupling” headline on the 2014 piece, announcing her split from Chris Martin, and the January 2015 feature on “vaginal steaming” actually came from her editorial…

Unwarranted conspiracy continues over Cobain

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News morsel: Let it go people. It’s no mystery what happened here. Kurt Cobain’s death was officially ruled a suicide over twenty years ago, but hey, crazy conspiracy theorists will be crazy conspiracy theorists. Last year, Seattle police reviewed the case and examined four previously undeveloped rolls of 35mm film of the crime scene and…

Aircraft debris being examined – part of Malaysian flight MH370?

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Will the mystery finally be solved? Debris in Indian Ocean checked for MH370 ties. Apparent airplane debris found off the coast of Reunion island, a French department in the western Indian Ocean, is being examined to see if it is connected to the 2014 disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a member of the French…

The Strange Remains the Same for 28 July 2015

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The discovery of remains at historic Jamestown may provide new details about the nation’s earliest settlers. Source: Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box   Highway traffic was halted west of Bisbee earlier this month when one of the Southwest’s most iconic animals made a leisurely path across the roadway. Source:…

Professor makes “bonkers” claim that climate scientists killed by death squad

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See UPDATE below. Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. Source: Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims. A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated…

First American measles death in over a decade

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Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur. This…

The strange remains the same for 25 June 2015

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We’ll consider this very doubtful until further information is forthcoming. Nigerian Professor Produces Antivirt, Anti Viral Drug That Cures HIV AIDS In 2 Months.   We apologize for this stupidity in advance. Source: Michael Jackson Moonwalks his Way Through Lightning Storm   Straight out of “The Twilight Zone.” Source: Giant vortex draining Lake Texoma  …

Norwegian doctor loses her medical license, starts alt med practice

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When you can’t be a legitimate medical doctor, you can always turn alternative… Dr. Anette Horstmann lost her medical license earlier this year after 23 different malpractice cases from colleagues and pharmacists (not patients) over a two year period. Most of the cases are about her lax prescription methods, where pharmacists and other doctors claim…

The Strange Remains the same for 28 May 2015

Yes, this is probably a real red-winged blackbird on the back of an eagle but odds are he's not hitchin' a ride but harassing it to get away.

Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 million-year-old new human ancestor species. Upper and lower jaw fossils recovered from the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar region of Ethiopia have been assigned to the new species Australopithecus deyiremeda. Australopithecus deyiremeda | Cleveland Museum of Natural History   Everybody from Woody Harrelson to Kanye West…

Why would a picture of Shakespeare be in a botany book?

This is the most famous portrait of William Shakespeare. Whether or not it actually is the Bard himself is questionable.

It’s being called the “literary discovery of the century”. If we know anything here at DN, we know to be suspicious of hyperbole. ‘True face of Shakespeare’ appears in botany book. A 400-year-old botany book contains what could be the only known portrait of Shakespeare made in his lifetime, according to an academic expert. Botanist…

Mystery of the bleeding eyes and tongue

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A woman has a bizarre and troubling condition. It seems a true mystery. Hawaii woman who bleeds from eyes and tongue is desperate for answers Linnie Ikeda has already been diagnosed with one, rare disorder, but a symptom later emerged that is as puzzling as it is shocking. Dozens of doctors cannot figure out why…

Remains of the weekend 28 February – 01 March 2015

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Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links. Mr. Flare Explains: What Color The Dress Is. ‘Dr. Dino’ Hovind trial begins Monday. Blind Ester dog found alive after 2 weeks in cold 400 men cut their testicles off believing it would help them meet God State cancels Darwin Days events after Intelligent Design…

The Strange remains the same 27 February 2015

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The Wellness Warrior, Jess Ainscough, has passed away – Respectful Insolence. The Rational Paranormal: Hooray for The Daily Mail! A New Level of Stupid every day.. Woman who fatally shot herself in eye was adjusting her bra holster, St. Joseph police say Dutch town takes up umbrellas against rogue owl attacks. Port Angeles residents rattled…

The Strange remains the same 25 February 2015

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Antivaxers threaten to leave Facebook in droves after book review from the big Z. The Rational Paranormal: Don’t get your Hampton Court. New FREE eBook: Magic in the Classroom: Using extraordinary claims to teach critical thinking. Fireballs spotted over western U.S. as Chinese rocket burns up. Season of the witch: why young women are flocking…