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Astronaut and UFO conspiracist Edgar Mitchell dies at 85

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Edgar Mitchell, 6th man on the moon, and paranormal, conspiracy, and aliens advocate, dies at age 85. He had been the last surviving participant of the Apollo 14 mission. Here is his obituary on the NASA site: Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, lunar module pilot on Apollo 14, passed away Thursday in West Palm Beach, Fla., on…

Real-deal “boy next door” medium? Or Hollywood hype?

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Back in July, I caught wind of yet another psychic medium “reality” show in development. This one seems tailor-made for Hollywood. Or, should I say… “tyler-made”? The eight-episode hour-long series “follows 19-year-old “celebrity medium” Tyler Henry, as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager.” He’s 20 now. Still, wouldn’t you think…

Zak’s Demon House docu gets delayed (UPDATE: House destroyed)

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Nearly two years ago, Zak Bagans, flashy ghost investigator from TV Ghost Adventures, bought the “demon” house in Indiana days after it made sensational headlines in the tabloids and even in more reputable news outlets. The story of Ammons family who lived in the house was that of a woman and her three children who claimed they…

Odom’s condition shines light on dangers of poorly-regulated supplements

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As the media attempts to make sense of former pro basketball player Lamar Odom’s bizarre situation that resulted in him lying in a hospital near death, a report comes out in the NEJM showing that dietary supplements cause serious adverse affects that send people to the emergency room at an alarming rate. Odom spent three days in a Nevada…

Monkey News: Karl Pilkington is bananas

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It’s sometimes said that eating a lot of of bananas at once could be dangerous – it has even been suggest that eating more than six in one sitting could kill you. Can this be true? Source: Can eating more than six bananas at once kill you? – BBC News No. And yay BBC News…

The great and Doctorful Oz changing his show tune

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After he was grilled in congress and faced critical professional backlash, Dr. Oz met with physicians groups across the country to see what he could to fix his TV doctor reputation. Apparently, what he learned will result in changes to his show, about to enter its 7th season. What he didn’t realize was how he’d…

Sunburn is all natural. Is sunscreen?

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Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has been sued by a customer who claims the company is making false claims in its marketing and labeling. The lawsuit alleges the Honest Company falsely says its products are “natural.” It further says that Honest’s sunscreen isn’t “effective.” Source: Jessica Alba’s Honest Company sued for alleged false labeling The Honest…

Wayne Dyer, self-help guru and advocate of positive thinking, dies at 75

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Dr. Wayne Dyer, a self-help guru whose wrote the best-seller “Your Erroneous Zones” as a guide to better living, has died at 75. Dyer was promoted by Oprah Winfrey and several other celebrities. While self-help advice is typically harmless and may be advantageous to some people, the disturbing role of Dyer was to suggest that…

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

Popular “medium” Colin Fry passes away

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TV medium Colin Fry dies aged 53 Fry appeared on several British TV shows, notably Most Haunted, one of the most influential shows in the “reality paranormal” genre. Fry died of lung cancer. He was one of the rare physical mediums in the 1990s. That is, the “Spirit operators” use their psychic energy to produce manifestations such as noises, objects…

Dear John Oliver: Preach it, brother

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John Oliver of HBO’s Last Week Tonight takes it to greedy televangelists and those preaching the “prosperity Gospel” and “seeding”. Give money (seed) to get money. And people give… But it gets worse, some preachers push faith healing and collect money for their claims that God will heal. And people give… Oliver exposes the bizarre legality…

Miss Pennsylvania accused of taking money for faked cancer treatment

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A fact of life – People lie. And they lie about really awful things, like having cancer. Authorities accuse Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International, of casting aside those attributes and faking cancer in an elaborate scheme that raised thousands of dollars. Weaver-Gates lead everyone to believe that she had been diagnosed with chronic…

Gwyneth Paltrow not the one behind the vagina steaming claim

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…

Blink-182’s Delonge detours into UFO-alien land

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It’s not news that rock musician Tom Delonge has been deep into the UFO idea for years now. Once again, a celebrity is using his status to “investigate” something that others have investigated to death. Maybe he shouldn’t have quit his day job. Facebook statuses show Delonge meeting with NASA officials, as well as possibly the…

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

Jim Carrey bent on ruining his career with dumb Twitter rant about vaccines

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Once again, an ACTOR is telling the public about a serious HEALTH concern that exists only in the anti-vax community. A celebrity critic of vaccines and former partner of another star with an autistic child has taken to social media to denounce a new California law requiring most children be vaccinated. Source: Jim Carrey denounces new Calif.…

It’s a fake dinosaur, please stop tweeting

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Old hoaxes never die, they just fade away and resurface a year later. Last July, there was a Facebook kerfuffle about how stupid people could be. Due to a joke tweet showing a picture of Steven Spielberg during the filming of Jurassic Park posing with a dinosaur (umm, an animatronic one) with a satirical caption, many…

Enfield poltergeist set plagued by… fickle camera – OOOHH scary

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Let’s make a bit more publicity for this showing, shall we? Enfeld poltergeist filming hyped with haunts. TV stars left terrified after a ghost wreaks havoc with the set of a new poltergeist drama – Daily Record. Sounds scary! But it’s not. This article contains pretty much ZERO evidence of anything “wreaking havoc”. This is a…

The Daily Dose with Oz has expired

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GOOD NEWS!! Oprah just dumped Dr. Oz’s radio show The Dr. Oz media empire just took a blow from the woman who helped make him famous: Oprah Winfrey. According to New York Daily News, “‘The Daily Dose With Dr. Oz,’ a ‘radio minute’ produced by Oprah’s Harpo Productions, will end May 29.” Even more interesting: Oz’s…

Columbia U sticks by academic freedom for Dr. Oz

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Some doctors that were not from Columbia U asked the University why they put up with Dr. Oz. They were professionally told to buzz off. A group of doctors just asked Columbia to reconsider Dr. Oz’s faculty appointment. A group of doctors has had enough of Dr. Oz. On Wednesday, 10 physicians, surgeons, and professors…

Joni Mitchell’s health scare brings Morgellons condition back into the news

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Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell’s emergency hospital trip this week has brought Morgellon’s disease back into the media eye. What Is Morgellons? Singer Joni Mitchell’s Disputed Diagnosis – NYTimes.com. Joni Mitchell, 71, was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. In recent years, the…

Paleo diet book labeled dangerous for babies

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Publishers of a fad diet book have postponed release of a book that suggests you can feed your baby a mixture of liver and bone broth as an alternative to breast milk. At least someone was paying attention to the nonsense. Why did the editors not notice this earlier? Pete Evans Paleo diet book for…

Is it National Conspiracy Day and no one told me?

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I was dumping these links all in strange remains because I simply have nothing of value to say about them but they subliminally cried for me to put them together in their own post. Apologies to Jeb who begged me not to cover the ultra-dumb Tom DeLonge story but… can’t help it. Also, it’s good…

Charles Manson never did audition for The Monkees

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It’s a shame to ruin a good story with facts. But, the truth kind of matters. Charles Manson Monkees Audition Urban Myth Debunked By Mickey Dolenz. Dolenz recalled being a guest on radio legend Rodney Bingenheimer’s show Rodney on the ROQ on Los Angeles station KROQ (a CBS Radio station). “I just made a joke:…

What’s in a name? Narcissism apparently.

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Today I came across two stories related to names and probable narcissism relating to naming. North Korea directive reveals apparent ban on sharing Kim Jong-un’s name | The Guardian. A year before North Korean leader Kim Jong-un came to power, a directive was issued for anyone sharing his name to change it – maintaining a…