Epic Fail

Animal Planet and Discovery channels make MONSTROUS missteps for Monster Week

Last week was Monster Week on Animal Planet. This weekend is Monster Weekend on Discovery Channel. (The two channels are affiliated under the Discovery Network). I came across a series of stories today that relate to these Discovery Channel/Animal Planet offerings. I decided to put them all together. From the past offerings of a dubious…

Never pass up some alien clickbait from NASA

Geez, NASA people, watch your language. People really believe this stuff! Nasa: Strange Markings Across The Globe ‘Might Have Been Made By Aliens’. Ancient rock carvings found across the globe were made by human civilisations, long ago, right? Well…perhaps not. No less an authority than Nasa have suggested they could have been made by aliens,…

Student assignment on Holocaust denial sparks appropriate public outrage

A GIGANTIC mistake by teachers in a California 8th grade classroom where the students were given an assignment on Holocaust denial. EXCLUSIVE: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust. The Rialto Unified School District is defending an eighth-grade assignment that asks students to debate in writing whether the Holocaust was “merely a…

Dowsing for hepatitis NOW cures AIDS too!

Somedays, it actually does amaze me what seemingly sane people will think is real. The fake bomb detector/drug detector/dowsing devices are now claimed to cure AIDS and hepatitis C. It’s creating an international embarrassment for Egypt. Egyptian army’s AIDS-cure claim gets harsh criticism – CNN.com. Egypt’s army claims it has invented a cure for AIDS…

Anti-vax and psychic claims lead to worst story you will read in a while

I feel it was outrageously irresponsible for this media outlet to run this story. Not only are they allowing misrepresentation of vaccines, they present psychic information as valid, and one questionable medical opinion as trumping the entire body of vaccine safety. There is zero mention of the safeguards in place and the overall efficacy of…

Smoking gun shark photo that was doctored by Discovery

There were plenty of allegations about what was faked in the fake documentary by Animal Planet about Megalodon. Here is a piece of clear evidence. Did Discovery Channel fake the image in its giant shark documentary? | George Monbiot | Environment | theguardian.com. The suspicion that the Discovery Channel had abandoned its professed editorial standards…

Who let that guy in? “Check his press pass”

What’s the frequency Kenneth? Oh nevermind… SECURITY! Man arrested after shouting about 9/11 at Super Bowl news briefing | Reuters. A man who interrupted a Super Bowl news conference on Sunday with Most Valuable Player Malcom Smith to shout a conspiracy theory about the September 11, 2001, attacks was arrested and charged, a New Jersey…

Utah rock toppler charged with criminal mischief

Remember this guy? Dude who toppled goblin rock in Utah is looking more like a troll. Well, good news. He’s getting his. And I for one (I’m sure there are many others) have a big-ass smile on. Ex-Boy Scout leaders involved in pushing over ancient rock charged – CNN.com. Glenn Taylor, who pushed over the rock,…

Firefighters accidentally fight fire with fire

Oops. Wash. firefighters mistakenly pump jet fuel on fire instead of water. The Washington State Patrol is investigating a serious mishap that occurred Oct. 25th at its fire training academy in North Bend. During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash. Calkins said…

Texas politics still mired in teaching of Creationism

This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards. [Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.] GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism | Dallas Morning News. All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools. Lt. Gov.…

Burzynski gets FDA smackdown letters

The parade of bad press and trouble for Stanislaw Burzynski is sweet music to proponents of science-based medicine as Dr. B gets his ass handed to him by the FDA. FDA issues warning to controversial Houston cancer doctor. The Food and Drug Administration has issued a strongly worded warning letter to a controversial Houston physician, Stanislaw Burzynski,…

India’s gold dig is a bust

In an update to this story about looking for gold based on magical insight, “the dream is over”. Gold hunt in UP: Dream is over, India wakes up to reason : North, News – India Today. After 11 days of digging for the 1,000 tonnes of gold at the Daundia Khera village in Unnao district…