Epic Fail

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.…

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…

Don’t drink the holy water

This is not surprising. And, it’s actually predictable based on the absence of supernatural powers of healing waters. Study: Holy Water May be Harmful to Your Health – ABC News. Despite its purported cleansing properties, holy water could actually be more harmful than healing, according to a new Austrian study on “holy” springs. Researchers at the…

The most absurd “scientific” research project you’ve seen all day

We checked, this is NOT a story from the Onion! But it sure would fit. STUDENT “SCIENTIFICALLY PROVES” GAY MARRIAGE WRONG Amalaha says that his ‘groundbreaking’ experiments have shown that the north and south poles of two magnets are attracted to each other while same poles repel each other. He concludes that this “means that…

Stop passing these scary stories about Fukushima fish around social media!

Much is being made in the news about the Fukushima radiation leakage catastrophe. Yes, it’s bad. It’s troublesome, but it’s currently not global. If it was, we’d be hearing more about it, not from questionable scare-blogs. First, we saw a graphic of what was said to be radiation spreading across the ocean. That was a…

Animal Planet’s downward plunge – more mermaids

For some incredibly ridiculous reason*, Discovery Network’s Animal Planet continues to push the idea that mermaid can be real. More spectacularly anti-intellectual, mystery mongering and outright FAKE footage coming your way this weekend with a mini Monster-themed programming schedule. *ad revenue BusinessMirror – Animal Planet’s ‘Monster Week’ creeps back. ANIMAL Planet presents Monster Week, a…

Poll suggests 29% of Louisiana population is wackadoodle or likes to skew polls

Did you ever notice that 10-20% of survey respondents are probably taking the piss? Well, Louisiana is either loaded with pranksters or living in a alternate reality. New poll finds many Louisiana Republicans blame Obama for botched response to Hurricane Katrina | Blog of New Orleans. Who do you think was more responsible for the…

Bureaucracy in (in)action

Why am I not surprised by this? The Economic Development Administration (EDA) overreacted to being informed that they had malware on their internal system, to the point of physically destroying $170,500 of computer hardware (and would have destroyed more if they had not run out of budget to carry on that destruction). US agency baffled…