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The Saga of Psychic Sally and the Persistent Skeptics

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Sally Morgan calls herself “the original 21st Century medium.” Her Facebook page has over 93K “likes”. Her bio reads: Sally’s sell out theatre shows have been seen by a staggering half a million people, her hit television shows are watched by millions and her books are best-sellers! With her unique personality, refreshing approach and uncanny…

Doubtful News is changing

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Life moves forward. Dear Readers: Thank you for the many years of support and growth of Doubtful News. It’s been a very satisfying experience and I’ve learned so much and intend to keep learning and supplying information to the public in support of scientific reasoning and evidence-based skepticism. I’m not going anywhere. In fact, I’m…

Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A DN Exclusive

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Doubtful News is pleased to present this EXCLUSIVE piece by author and researcher, Benjamin Radford, on the Discovery Channel’s presentation airing TONIGHT! [Warning: Spoilers] Dyatlov Pass and Mass Murdering Yeti? A Closer Look at Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives A new two-hour Discovery Channel “documentary,” Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, revisits the curious case of…

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…

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…

2012: A monstrously good year in review

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After gathering all the best cryptozoology stories on the site for the year, on one evening, I consulted the experts – Blake Smith, Ben Radford and Karen Stollznow of Monster Talk – to talk about the year in strange creatures. Here are the best of the best stories in the crypto world this year. 1.…

Doubtful News favorite stories of 2012

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It’s that time of year where you see list after list of the BEST this or that. Well, these weren’t necessary the best but they were our favorite stories of the year here at Doubtful News. We posted around 2000 stories so it was a lot to dig through. But, your two editors picked out…

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…

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…