Hoaxes

Writer threatened over news of retractions

This is strange. Why do people go after Ivan’s Retraction Watch? It’s not like they are retracting the papers, just reporting that the papers were retracted. Streisand Effect engaged. Doctor Goes After Retraction Watch, Unleashes Streisand Effect | Reporting on Health. Ivan Oransky and Adam Marcus wrote about [Dr. Bharat] Aggarwal for Retraction Watch. Aggarwal threatened to…

Miami Vice ghost in Cleveland

Woman takes a picture with a cellphone, hands it off to someone, a photo later shows a “ghost”. Yeah, evidence… Cleveland-area woman finds ghostly couple in cellphone photo – Houston Chronicle. David took the photo about 4 p.m. April 15 at Cleveland High School, where she was trying to get a shot of her nephew,…

Just another day in Clearfield County PA

Everyday life in Clearfield County PA is outlined in the daily police blog. Lawrence Township An act of criminal mischief was reported at Edgewood Apartments. — Police assisted with a medical emergency at Clearfield Elementary School. — A disorderly conduct complaint was reported in Hillsdale. — Officers received a noise complaint in the Glen Richey…

Conspiracy Theorists: Predictable. Absurd.

{Commentary} I can’t and don’t wish to turn this blog into a compendium of Boston Marathon stories but will just bring up anything that I think it really important. There are far better sites that can cover the breaking news. For skeptical analysis and interesting updates, I’d suggest the JREF forum. Also, here is a…

Nessie legend is a tourist draw

Monster and paranormal tourism is very popular. This is a good piece on 80 years of Ness lore. BBC News – Loch Ness Monster: Is Nessie just a tourist conspiracy?. It is 80 years since hotel manageress Mrs Aldie Mackay first reported seeing a “whale-like fish” in the waters of Loch Ness. Now an academic…

Heroin addict faked cancer fundraisers

People will go to great lengths… Long Island Woman Caught in Cancer Scam to Pay for Heroin – ABC News. Brittany Ozarowski, 21, of Long Island, allegedly scammed donors for at least 13 months, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. She collected money from donation jars at small businesses and fundraising events created…

Fraudster caught red handed

The Calgary Police Service finally stop this bloody mess. Fraud Charges / The City of Calgary Newsroom. During each incident, a man entered a store carrying a shopping basket, or pushing a shopping cart. After adding high-cost items to his cart, or basket, he then allegedly cut himself on razor blades he previously embedded in…

Hard to take these claims Siriusly.

This film is LOADED with what I will too kindly call “questionable claims”. “This really is the greatest story never told.” Oh, really? Story, yes. Truth, you’ve GOT to be kidding. Sirius Film Feat. Dr. Steven Greer By Emmy Winning Amardeep Kaleka Opens April 22. ‘Sirius’, a provocative crowd-funded documentary film from Emmy winning director…

Popoff scumbaggery continues – Selling miracle water to wash away debt

We rarely will call a spade a spade in such a personal manner but there is no excuse left for former televangelist Peter Popoff to redeem himself. If there is a hell, Popoff will be Satan’s used car salesman. What a sack of s**t. Controversial Televangelist Peter Popoff Hawks ‘Miracle Water’. Peter Popoff, the controversial…

Psychic bag ladies appear in Melbourne

This scam targeting Asians is going around the world. Hard to believe people fall for it. Are they just trying to be polite? Or are they too gullible? Asian handbag scam hits Melbourne. Police are looking for a group of Asian women who are targeting victims and stealing cash and jewellery in Melbourne’s CBD and…

Are these North Korean hovercraft full of eels?

Seriously, I’m just going to include as “doubtful” ANY story that come out of North Korea. It’s like Pravda over there. Is This North Korean Hovercraft-Landing Photo Faked? – In Focus – The Atlantic. While researching a photo entry about North Korea’s recent threats of war, I discovered an image released by North Korea’s official…

Lawyers fall for Nigerian scam

Can’t make this stuff up… A Nigerian pulls a form of Nigerian scam from Canada on lawyers. Former Mississauga man guilty in defrauding lawyers | Toronto Star. A Mississauga man could face up to 20 years in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to fraud charges in connection with an international scam that has bilked…

McCormick fraud trial begins. Source of devices revealed – golf ball detectors

The trial of James McCormick on charges of fraud (for making and selling “fake” bomb detection devices) commenced yesterday at the Old Bailey. The trial is expected to take three weeks. But what is coming out so far is not surprising and does not bode well for Mr. McCormick. Businessman’s bomb-detection kits ‘were based on…