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Doubtful News’ “Beyond Doubtful” list of no-go-to sources

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The purpose of Doubtful News is to expose questionable claims in stories you find on the internet. Mostly we deal with major news outlets because those are the stories that people will search on to find additional information. We get those searchers who then can see some science-based, rational takes on paranormal, anomalies and alternative…

Smart meter protestors arrested for preventing device installation

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This has gone too far. Naperville smart meter arrest – Chicago Tribune. Two vocal opponents of Naperville’s initiative to install wireless electric meters on homes were arrested after interfering with the installation process, according to city officials. [T]he Naperville Smart Meter Awareness group has expressed concerns over whether the wireless meters will affect health, security…

Discount for NECSS – Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism

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Now is the time to register for NECSS – Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism. The speakers for this event are always stellar and include people you don’t often get to hear. Check it out. You’ll see me there too! Doubtful News readers can get a %10 discount. Go the NECSS registration page (www.necss.org/register) Enter the…

Oregon howls attributed to Sasquatch

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Does Bigfoot go bump in the night? Bigfoot or animals? Strange sounds coming from swamp on Umatilla Indian Reservation | OregonLive.com. The eerie late-night serenades began in November and emanate from a brushy swamp on the Umatilla Indian Reservation east of Pendleton. The cries range from high-pitched screams to basso profundo roars. “It’s causing an…

A death in a house is not considered a “material defect” in Pennsylvania

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Superstitious about deaths in a house? You have to do your own detective work says PA court. Home sellers can keep murders, suicides secret – Philly.com. Planning on buying a house this year? If you’re even slightly squeamish, get ready to do some extra detective work. If the property was the site of bloody crime,…

HA ha: Our best titles of the year

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Just for fun today, I dug through the archives for 2012 and came up with best titles we devised for Doubtful News stories. It’s a fun way to look back at the weird and wild things that happened last year and to pat myself on the back for occasionally being punny. Very occasionally. People get…

Optical ghosting: Camera artifacts are not “paranormal”

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We here at Doubtful News often report on anomalous images that are unfortunately described as ghosts or UFOs or some other mysterious phenomena. I received this excellent (and quite technical) explanation describing some odd photo anomalies from DN reader Pete Attkins. I am glad to share it with you here as one of our features.…

Pepsi and Coke to launch more “health and beauty” drinks. Gulp!

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New Pepsi ‘Special’ Claims to Contain Fat-Blockers | Foodbeast. Pepsi Special, a drink deemed by the Japanese government as a “food for specified health uses,” is Japan’s newest addition to its soft drink repertoire. The dextrin found in this particular vein of Pepsi is reportedly helpful when it comes to blocking fat, making it difficult…

Poll about monsters and paranormal beliefs should NOT be compared to global warming opinions

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A Halloween-related poll looked at Americans’ views about the holiday and other paranormal and scary subjects. The media, however, chose to focus on the crosstabs query that shows that… Shocking Poll – More than Two-Thirds of Republican Voters Believe in Demonic Possession | Alternet. Less than one week away from the election, a terrifying new…

Romney Mega Prayer event hyped by gross misunderstanding of science (Update: FAKE!)

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See UPDATE below. Example of Poe’s Law in action. The night before Election Day, you can participate in a giant prayer event to get Romney elected. The promoters say “It’s Scientific!” Practical Christians Develop New Game Plan: Pray for Romney Because of Science […] one very rational Christian (with a flair for website design) who…

Whatever happened to the trip to the Congo to look for Mokele-mbembe?

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Whatever happened to those kids off to the Congo to look for living dinosaurs and giant spiders? Well, it crossed my mind today and I wondered why I hadn’t heard anything about Stephen McCullah’s successfully funded Kickstarter project. They were scheduled to leave in late June for Africa. If you recall, there was a bit…

What exactly does this question mean? The missing details in survey results about Bigfoot and Nessie.

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Two stories appeared last week in a blog by Douglas Todd in the Vancouver Sun. Both reference surveys done by Angus Reid regarding belief in creatures… One of five Canadians believe in Bigfoot (Sasquatch) | Vancouver Sun. One out of five Canadians believe the legendary Bigfoot stomps through the forests. Americans are even more inclined…

Sounds from the sky: Reflections on historical observations and recent events

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The recent wave of sky noise videos and reports from across the globe have sown concern and copycat hoaxes. Historical observations disclosed here reveal that mystery noises in the sky are not new and have many and various potential explanations. Our urban and industrial society may be contributing to the recent events, if they are…

Sasquatch watchers following Bigfoot blogs for the latest news on their favorite subject (Removed)

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REMOVED Why was this post removed? We at Doubtful News have decided that Bigfoot news is currently too absurd to warrant discussion on our site. There is no solid evidence that Bigfoot exists. Yet, TV shows and cryptozoology personalities have assumed the reality of the creature instead of considering all reasonable options to explain eyewitness reports.…

Burzynski “representative” continues a tirade against skeptics

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In an update to this post regarding the Burzynski Clinic cancer research, things have heated up. Doubtful News was included in the new round of threats delivered by MAS (Marc Stephens). Skeptic.com, where this feed is syndicated, was also included. MAS seems to be under the impression that we are all in cahoots to bring…