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The Horniman Merman - "Japanese Monkey Fish"

Friend of the site Paolo Viscardi is featured in this piece that investigates a “merman” at his museum. This is SO COOL! Mysterious mermaid stripped naked Paolo Viscardi reveals what it takes to make a convincing, fake mermaid Called the “Japanese Monkey-fish”, it turns out it is not monkey at all: “Is it real?” is…

Though everyone else yelled “FAKE”, scholar says ‘Jesus’ wife’ evidence is genuine

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Another update to the back and forth about the piece of papyrus that suggests Jesus had a wife. Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say – NYTimes.com. A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity…

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…

Un-stylish haircut hoax

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North Korea propaganda is always good for a joke. Mandatory Kim Jong Un haircuts a baldfaced lie? North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s distinctive hairstyle is the ‘do of the day on the Internet, thanks to a viral report that every male university student in the capital is now under orders to get a buzz…

Real razor blade hazard in Illinois

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We all hear stories about razor blades in apples or candy around Halloween time. The truth is, this is far fetched and doesn’t happen. But, this really happened. Child hurt by razor blades glued to East Moline playground equipment. Less than a week after the first day of spring began bringing children to Quad-City parks, a…

Before and after pics are less than truthful

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In the category of Quelle Surprise… extreme photos are not as they seem. Dieters beware: Those before-and-after weight-loss photos aren’t always legit. Many weight-loss ads draw you in with dramatic “before-and-after photos” of real people. But the truth behind some of those ads is surprising. One such ad, for Wu-Yi Source Tea, claimed to promote…

120 papers in scientese, I mean gibberish

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More gibberish than usual? I’m joking… Publishers withdraw more than 120 gibberish papers : Nature News & Comment. The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril Labbé of Joseph…

Smoking gun shark photo that was doctored by Discovery

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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…

Trust me, I’m a superhero. But I need money.

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This article is a raving mess. I can hardly follow it. But apparently you can make people believe you have superpowers. Or something… Chinese fraudster fakes superhuman powers to rob victims – Telegraph. A Chinese con-woman created a “superhuman” alter ego and claimed she possessed powers of invisibility in order to dupe her victims out…

The latest Trudeau show – He’d prefer waterboarding

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The Trudeau report: Still in jail. He’s adamant he does not have hidden money. (Such a trustworthy source he is.) Trudeau tells judge he would prefer waterboarding to jail – chicagotribune.com. [I have this feeling some people would like to make this come to fruition.] Jailed TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau told a federal judge Thursday…