Epic Fail

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…

Caution: The irony will kill you

Mike Adams (of Natural News – worst pseudoscience site on the web is telling you how to avoid scams. Does he mention himself? He should know, he pushes lots of shit.) give us the epic fail of the day (although Discovery Channels Megalodon Shark Week garbage is neck and neck). Are you dead from astoundation?…

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…

Esquire digs into “heaven” doctor’s NDE story. It’s not pretty.

In a followup to this story about neuroscientist Eben Alexander and his so-called “proof” of heaven (a claim for which it falls FAR short), he’s having a hard time looking credible these days. The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science – Esther Zuckerman – The Atlantic Wire. A book called…

Ancient Mayan pyramid bulldozed

“Oops” is not going to cover this. Road-builder bulldozes one of biggest Maya pyramids in Belize; police open criminal probe – The Washington Post. A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract crushed rock for a road-building project, authorities announced on Monday. The head of…

The Independent (U.K.) gives Andrew Wakefield front page during measles outbreak

Just a few days ago, Andrew Wakefield made a statement (on the horrendous Age of Autism org site) that claims “British Government is entirely culpable for measles outbreak” because they did not allow for single vaccines. And, he goes on to say that the [combination] “MMR Vaccine Can Cause Autism” (completely false) thus leaving parents…

Stay calm, she says: Lobbyist leaves bottles of herbs in congressional offices

Bottle of nutritional supplements causes scare at Sen. Charles Schwertner’s office – The Eagle: Local News. A natural medicine lobbyist dropped off a bottle of nutritional capsules labeled “Calm” to the office of state Sen. Charles Schwertner. They had the opposite effect. Staffers in Schwertner’s office called the Texas Department of Public Safety after the…