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The Strange remains the same (but late) for 2 July 2015

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False information may continue to influence beliefs and attitudes even after being debunked if it is not replaced by an alternate causal explanation. Source: Journal of Experimental Political Science – Displacing Misinformation about Events: An Experimental Test of Causal Corrections   Kentucky argues Constitution blocks it from giving tax break to religious group. Source: Ark…

Remains of the weekend 27-28 June 2015

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The Federal Trade Commission has stopped a group of marketers in California from using allegedly bogus “risk free trial” offers to sell skincare products online. At the Commission’s request, a federal district court has issued a temporary restraining order against the defendants halting their deceptive marketing practices, freezing their assets, and appointing a receiver over…

The strange remains the same for 25 June 2015

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We’ll consider this very doubtful until further information is forthcoming. Nigerian Professor Produces Antivirt, Anti Viral Drug That Cures HIV AIDS In 2 Months.   We apologize for this stupidity in advance. Source: Michael Jackson Moonwalks his Way Through Lightning Storm   Straight out of “The Twilight Zone.” Source: Giant vortex draining Lake Texoma  …

The Strange remains the same for 24 June 2015

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A fluorescent lamb that had been genetically modified with jellyfish protein to give it transparent skin ended up mistakenly being eaten in France, even though it was only meant to be used in research, reports said on Tuesday. Source: ‘Jellyfish-lamb’ ends up on French plates by error   Kentucky Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell…

The Strange remains the same for 23 June 2015

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‘Electrosensitive’ people are flocking to the West Virginian home of a deep-space telescope, attracted by the rules prohibiting phones, TVs and radios. But, as Ed Cumming reveals, their arrival means Green Bank is far from peaceful. Source: The town that banned Wi-Fi    Study after study show vitamins don’t lower cancer or heart-disease risk. In…

Remains of the weekend 20-21 June 2015

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Keepers at San Diego Zoo had used acupuncture and hydrotherapy to treat his arthritis and other ailments. Treat? Nope. Source: Galapagos tortoise, aged 150, put down in California   While the mayor stressed the alleged assault was an “isolated incident”, she did recount numerous verbal attacks from people who were anti-fluoride over the last two…

The Strange remains the same 19 June 2015

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Spirits might haunt the old York County prison, but the curious public must continue to wonder.York City’s Redevelopment Authority rejected a request Wednesday from the Northeastern Paranormal Association to conduct a two-day investigation at the Chestnut Street site. Source: York City denies paranormal prison request   Want to read a really gullible piece of reporting…

The Strange remains the same for 17 June 2015

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A house-shaking explosion noise has baffled Auckland residents.The mammoth bang was heard by residents in the suburbs of Onehunga and Mangere Bridge about 10.30pm on Sunday. Source: Mystery noise baffles Auckland residents   We used to laugh at conspiracy theorists, but from Fifa to banking scandals and the Iraq War, it seems they might have…

The Strange remains the same for 16 June 2015

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“Acts of revenge, now occurring between assassins and the government; deaths here, deaths there, and deaths everywhere: this violence is nothing else but the Devil who is tearing us apart,” he lamented. Source: Cardinal Presides Over “Great Exorcism” to Protect Mexico from Return of the Devil   There is no scientific evidence that ghosts exist.…

Remains of the weekend 13-14 June 2015

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A FATHER whose five-month-old daughter has been diagnosed with measles has written a scathing letter aimed squarely at anti-vaccination advocates. Source: Measles: Baby infected, father hits out at anti-vaccination parents   A new policy adopted at the association’s annual meeting this week will create guidelines for media doctors and pathways of discipline for those who…

The Strange remains the Same for 12 June 2015

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Remarkable news this morning in one of the main newspapers in The Netherlands (Algemeen Dagblad):UWV, the agency commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment to implement employee insurances, has payed for a course in clairvoyance. Source: Dutch Employee Insurance Agency (UWV) pays for courses in clairvoyance   Human skeletons discovered at an Atherton…

The Strange remains the same for 11 June 2015

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Wainuiomata woman Janet Moses’ family believed she was possessed. They still do. Source: Wainuiomata ‘exorcism’ film to premiere at New Zealand International Film Festival    In a report released in February, the National Health and Medical Research Council concluded that “there is currently no consistent evidence that windfarms cause adverse health effects in humans”. Liberal…

The Strange remains the Same for 9 June 2015

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Green Tea: Panacea or Poison? « Science-Based Medicine Warning over bogus ‘miracle cure’ which could be on sale in Surrey | Surrey News   The act-of-god defense for extreme weather impacts is being challenged in court. Source: Can Local Officials Who Ignore Climate Change Risks Be Sued? – Scientific American   Ban on imported Italian…

Remains of the weekend 6-7 June 2015

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We couldn’t hold a few zinger stories posted this weekend but here are the remains. An octopus has been captured on film exhibiting one of the most remarkable (and amusing) examples of tool usage in the animal kingdom. Source: Incredible Octopus Behavior Nearly Caused Scientist To Drown From Laughing   GENEVA — Is there a…

The Strange remains the same for 5 June 2015

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US agency’s updated temperature records suggest that global warming continues apace. Source: Climate-change ‘hiatus’ disappears with new data : Nature News & Comment   Earlier this month, NHS Halton CCG confirmed to us that they will no longer be funding homeopathy. The number of CCGs who still fund homeopathy grows ever smaller. Bristol Homeopathic Hospital…

The Strange remains the same for 4 June 2015

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In a letter to Alan Johnson, Prince Charles wrote: ‘I cannot bear people suffering unnecessarily when a complementary approach could make a real difference.’ Source: ‘Black spider memos': Prince Charles lobbied over NHS homeopathy funding   He just sent an email to the editor about a month ago… A St-Laurent man with mental health problems…

The Strange remains the same for 3 June 2015

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Thousands took part in “Contact in the Desert,” a California UFO conference, to hear from experts and lecturers about aliens. Source: ‘Woodstock of UFOs’ event is bigger than ever in third year   Where’s the ghost hunters? A family of Twashuka compound in Luanshya is leaving in fear and has deserted their home following an…

The Strange remains the same for 1 June 2015

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‘Minerva Monster’ documents Bigfoot scare in 1978 No shocker here: UFO Mystery Mongering Uses Satire Sites as News Sources Questionable: Aston Villa Fan ‘Loses House’ After Being Told by Psychic They Would Win FA Cup UPDATE: Refer back to the Charlie Challenge post for an update and despair.   Immunotherapy is fast becoming a powerful new weapon…

Remains of the Weekend May 30-31, 2015

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She’s young and beautiful. A glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune. She’s Nepal’s Living Goddess, or Kumari, who is selected as a small child and lives a life of isolation and secrecy. Source: The Very Strange Life Of Nepal’s Child Goddess : Parallels : NPR   Scientists don’t think talking about climate…

The Strange Remains The Same for 29 May 2015

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A journalist’s fake chocolate weight loss study was widely reported by news media, and only came to light when he admitted it. Source: Journalist Details Chocolate Weight Loss Media Hoax now.snopes.com   Lost memories have been retrieved with the help of light in a study that could further the understanding and treatment of patients with…

The Strange Remains the same for 28 May 2015

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Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 million-year-old new human ancestor species. Upper and lower jaw fossils recovered from the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar region of Ethiopia have been assigned to the new species Australopithecus deyiremeda. Australopithecus deyiremeda | Cleveland Museum of Natural History   Everybody from Woody Harrelson to Kanye West…

The Strange remains the same for 26 May 2015

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Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by two of his closest associates. Source: B.B. King’s daughters: Dad was ‘poisoned’ – CNN.com   What’s the matter? Bugs are organic! Last week, we shared the mildly disturbing news that four different people in three states had found a…