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DN was a great success!

DN is on indefinite hiatus. Thanks so much for your support! We still receive thousands of hits a day on archive stories, some of which are cited in publications and books, so we feel this project was a great success. The 7,745 existing posts are not only a record of several years of media weirdness that…

Haunted history of Bobby Mackey’s Music World fails to stand up to scrutiny

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Editors Note: In cooperation with the Anomalies Research Society, we present this exclusive feature report based on the investigation of the Military Veterans Paranormal organization. By M. Cadwell and S. A. Hill Bobby Mackey’s Music World is well-known to paranormal researchers as one of America’s “Most Haunted” places (Argie and Olsen, 2014). Located at 44 Licking Pike…

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…

The Best of Doubtful News 2013: This is not a hoax

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We delivered to you the weird, wacky and woo-woo all year long. Thousands of stories that you won’t see given the skeptical eyeball hardly any place else. We, your editors, are happy to bring you our picks for the most awesomely strange news stories from 2013. And, the top 10 stories YOU picked via our…

Goblin beheaded in Zimbabwe, house explodes killing five

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Whoa. Goblin beheading. Where are the pictures?! Sadly, only dead people are found. This story is a whopper, exactly the kind we mean to cover here. This is an update from a story last week about the explosion. CHITOWN BLAST : BEHEADED GOBLIN FOUGHT BACK, SAYS EYEWITNESS. A traditional healer and a survivor claim that…

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

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

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

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

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…

The doubt-filled year in Sasquatchery 2012

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It’s been a big year in Bigfootery. Let’s face it, DNA results or not, the mystery and mayhem of Sasquatch isn’t going away (but hopefully Finding Bigfoot will…) Bigfoot Lunch Club has a month to month rundown of Bigfoot news in review. Here is the first half of the year and here is the second.…

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.…

20th Anniversary of Skeptic Magazine

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Skeptic magazine and the Skeptics Society celebrates 20 years. And “skeptics” sure have changed. Skeptic » eSkeptic » Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. At the time we founded the Skeptics Society there was a great deal of debate about the wisdom of using the term “skeptic.” Was it too negative? Did it sound to much like…

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…

Commentary: A new look. The eyes have it.

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Hello Doubtful News readers. Welcome to our remodeled site! I hope you like the new theme as much as we do. We’ve also revamped the mobile site, Facebook and Twitter pages. We took your advice from the survey we conducted two months ago and spiffied things up a bit. I thought this would be a…

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…

From the editor: Here’s what you said about us.

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Thanks to everyone, all 437 of you, who responded to our reader survey last week. I wanted to share some of the results. Even though you all read news from the web, obviously, 39% of you reported you still get news from physical media like newspaper and magazines. That’s not really a lot and sheds…

The case of the acrobatic bear (or juvenile Sasquatch)

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The podcast Monster Talk – the science show about monsters – has a very interesting episode up that features an exclusive analysis of the Jacobs photos speculated by some to be a juvenile Bigfoot but to most others, show bear cubs and a mangy mother bear. Skeptic » Podcasts » MonsterTalk » Episode Notes for What…