Category: Belief/Superstition

Elves rock in Iceland

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…

Slender Man stabbing case under psychologists’ scrutiny

The shocking story that brought Slenderman slithering into the public consciousness continues to get a bit weirder. What is going on with the attackers? Girl accused of Slender Man stabbing believes character is real – psychologist | World news | The Guardian. An attorney for one of two girls accused of stabbing their classmate to…

This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so

Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns…

Congregation appears to drink gasoline, pastor says he’s made it harmless

Megalomaniacal preacher encourages his followers to drink petrol under the guise of a miracle. If it burns, it AIN’T pineapple juice. This guy can’t even do a conjuring trick and may be willingly poisoning people. Pastor’s petrol performance may endanger congregation | The Citizen. During a recent Sunday service at Rabboni Center Ministries in Pretoria,…

Slenderman-obsessed Florida teen sets fire to house

Slenderman, the fictional character, has been a hot topic since two girls tried to stab to death their friend to appease the spindly creature. Now, whenever the name is even MENTIONED, it seems to create an overreact in adults. Florida teen obsessed with Slender Man set fire to own home as mom, brother slept: cops…

New paper says maybe mental condition really IS demons (UPDATE)

See how the journal reacts in the update below. Originally published 3 June 2014 Oh my… a paper published in the Journal of Religion and Health suggests that schizophrenia may in fact really BE demons! I almost have no response to that. Almost. Here is the abstract. I do not have access to the article.…

The naga of Loch Ness?

Interesting. The monster is no longer physical but “spiritual”. Loch Ness monster is “spiritual” say Buddhists – The Scotsman. The Loch Ness Monster could be confirmed as a “spiritual entity” when a new Buddhist centre opens in the Highlands, it was revealed today. Britain’s first Buddhist Lama, who is heading up the new project, said…

Headmaster of school ousted because of goblins

Yes, it’s Zimbabwe again, the only place I’ve seen where goblins regularly terrorize schools. Villagers say strange occurrences have been ongoing since the early 90s when Mr Moyo joined the school but things got worse last year when the goblins’ antics turned to sexual abuse. Headmaster accused of owning goblins, ordered to leave school VILLAGERS…

Bullet in a Bible

What if he was reading the Satanic Bible instead? Yep, that might have worked just as well. It’s physics, not a miracle. Dayton RTA driver saved by religious text Rickey Wagoner, 49, of Trotwood, was assaulted by three men in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue, while standing outside of his bus. Three shots were…

Pentecostal preacher featured in the media dies from snakebite

Jesus doesn’t save… the stupid. It was only a matter of time. Reality show snake-handling preacher dies — of snake bite – CNN.com. A Kentucky pastor who starred in a reality show about snake-handling in church has died — of a snake bite. Jamie Coots died Saturday evening after refusing to be treated, Middleborough police…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…

Exorcists argue over right and wrong way to cast out demons

I can probably go a step further than this in saying… DUH! Skype Exorcisms Are Worthless, Say Full-Time Exorcists | Vocativ. Skype exorcisms would be an exciting advance in an otherwise ancient world of rituals—if, of course, they weren’t an Internet scam. “They just can’t be done that way,” says Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of…

Bob Larson does exorcisms via Skype

Hmm, who would think of such a thing? Exorcisms as commonplace? Oh, I don’t know. Could it be… SATAN Bob Larson? He’ll resort to any means to push his idea that all the bad things in your life are caused by demons that he can release. Reverend Bob Larson performing exorcisms via Skype from Scottsdale.…

Two children stabbed to death during reported exorcism in Maryland (UPDATE: church members, “Demon Assassins”)

The background on this is very unclear but two children are dead and another 2 injured in a harrowing scene in a Washington, D.C. suburb. Women Killed Two Children in ‘Exorcism’ Attempt, Police Say. Two women charged with stabbing and killing two children in Germantown, Md., believed they were performing an exorcism, Montgomery County Police…

23 yr old woman killed during ‘healing’ exorcism in Yemen

Not much info in this piece but a religious “healer” killed a woman while attempting an exorcism for her “psychological” problems. Healer means something different in my mind… Quran ‘healer’ kills patient in Yemen | GulfNews.com. Police in Yemen arrested a Quran “healer” who allegedly cures spiritual and physical diseases by reciting verses from the…

Iceland allows elves a place at discussion table regarding land use

The Huldufolk must be consulted at least as a cultural tradition in Iceland. Iceland’s hidden elves delay road projects. Elf advocates have joined forces with environmentalists to urge the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project building a direct route from to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula, where…

“Face” is seen in the twisted steel remains of WTC

This is clearly a case of pareidolia where we recognize a face in the twisted metal. ‘Angel of 9/11’: Steel visage tricks the eye — and touches the heart – NBC News.com. From the right angle, construction workers at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at New York’s ground zero can make out a sad-looking…

Faith-based Schaibles plead “no contest” in death of child

This plea will avoid a trial. There was no trial necessary. They did not give their child medical care that he needed. No excuses. No contest plea by faith healers in death of 2d child. Herbert and Catherine Schaible – the Philadelphia couple who have watched two children die because of their belief in prayer…

Hamming it up to sustain the sinking Ark boondoggle

Now for some comic relief (although a few of the truly gullible will certainly fall for this). The gimmicks that Ken Ham and the AiG come up with NEVER cease to make me LOL. First, the sagging visitor numbers at his Creation Museum gave us such successful advertising stunts like cartoon dinos on billboards, real dinosaur…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

And REAL vertebrate paleontologists say “Grrrr…”

Yes, this will break your irony meter. Ken Ham acquires a nice Allosaurus for the Creation Museum – a fossil about 150 millions years old in a place where they believe the earth was created 6000 years ago and the dinosaurs died in freakin’ Noah’s flood. Large dinosaur fossil donated to Creation Museum. A Kentucky…