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Weekend diversions for 29 Aug 2015: Mars Iguana edition

The Iguana of Mars

Here are some stories I didn’t get to dig into this week. You know, if you are bored..   Mansfield Magistrates Court heard today (August 26) how the four males had gone to the site on August 7, after watching popular ghost-hunting TV show ‘Most Haunted’, which featured the property. Brentnall told the court he…

Remains of the weekend 15-16 August 2015

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Another day, another fun mystery brought to you by the creatures on Mars! Well, that or NASA’s rover Curiosity just experienced a little glitch … in two cameras … that make it seem like there’s a light on the surface of the Red Planet that’s moving around! Source: Mystery ‘light’ on Mars appears to move…

Strange remains for 14 Aug 2015

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Experts at the nature reserve of Torbiere del Sebino, Lombardy, are being led on a wild goose chase by a suspected escaped panther that they have been pursuing without success for two weeks. Source: Italian park held hostage by ‘veggie’ panther – The Local   It’s extremely rare for young girls to attempt murder. These…

Leftover links for 13-Aug 2015

Got some strange remains left today. So, enjoy… A reptile breeder in China was in for a surprise recently when he checked on his newly hatched snakes: a cobra with two heads! Source: China zoo takes in rare two-headed cobra (VIDEO)  Thanks to taxpayer dollars, a research team is testing L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial theories…

Remains of the weekend 8-9 August 2015

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Castlemaine science writer and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at La Trobe University Dr Lynne Kelly says she has uncovered the true meaning of famous archaeological sites including Stonehenge using Indigenous memory technology. Source: Indigenous memory technology used to explain Stonehenge    Getting a dog from a breeder can run you thousands of dollars, so it…

Remains of the weekend for 1-2 August 2015

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This month marks the end of four years for Doubtful News. So, to launch year five, I’ve decided to include what I would throw into leftover links as short individuals posts instead of doing a long-ish list in Strange Remains. This allows readers to comment on each individual story and makes it easier to search for…

The Strange Remains the same for 31 July 2015

R.I.P. Hot Rod

But pre-set expectations and testing questions make us wonder about our results. Source: The audiophile’s dilemma: strangers can’t identify $340 cables, either [Updated] | Ars Technica   The recent discovery of an Earth twin has boosted chances there is intelligent life on other planets. But while Pope Francis’s telescope scans the starlit skies, the Vatican…

The Strange Remains the Same for 30 July 2015

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This woman’s photo of her with friends in her hometown of Wem in Shropshire, U.K., looks ordinary until you look closely at the window behind them. “I truly believe there is a ghost woman and her baby in that window,” Natasha Oliver, 22, told ABC News. Source: ‘Ghost Woman and Her Baby’: Photo Shows Mysterious…

The Strange Remains the same for 29 July 2015

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An apparent Islamic Stt document found in the dry reaches of Pakistan’s tribal lands reveals that ISIL is recruiting a new terrorist army in Afghanistan and Pakistan and plans to trigger a war in India to provoke an Armageddon-like “end of the world. Source: Islamic State recruitment document seeks to provoke ‘end of the world’…

The Strange Remains the Same for 28 July 2015

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The discovery of remains at historic Jamestown may provide new details about the nation’s earliest settlers. Source: Jamestown excavation unearths four bodies — and a mystery in a small box   Highway traffic was halted west of Bisbee earlier this month when one of the Southwest’s most iconic animals made a leisurely path across the roadway. Source:…

The Strange Remains the Same for 27 July 2015

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Added sugar is bad for your health, studies indicate, while sugar substitutes do not deserve the bad reputation they have acquired. Source: The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar   Indian witch doctors are arriving in New Zealand on tourist or temporary work visas and duping vulnerable Kiwis into forking out thousands of dollars Source:…

Remains of the Weekend 25-26 July 2015

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Bruce Rutter of Medford was driving on Interstate 5 just south of Salem and captured video of a high-energy dust devil Thursday around 1 p.m. — but it was a swirling mass of hay. Source: I-5 ‘haynado’ was ‘spectacular; it was amazing’   This is not real. What do we have to do so that…

The Strange remains the same for 24 July 2015

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The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River. Source: Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee   Ashraf Mashaal was suffering from various psychiatric deficiencies which prompted his parents to…

The Strange remains the same for 23 July 2015

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Surfer Mick Fanning Escapes Shark Attack During Competition Broadcast. Older people are ideal targets because they often have ample savings, own their homes and may be lonely and susceptible to being deceived. Source: Swindlers Target Older Women on Dating Websites   Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in…

The Strange Remains the Same for 13 July 2015

By Dr. Darren Naish

Historic use of “recovered memory” therapy led to false allegations of abuse that continue to haunt the families involved. Source: The legacy of implanted Satanic abuse ‘memories’ is still causing damage today   A tribal labourer, his wife and four children — the youngest a three-year-old girl — were hacked to death here Sunday night,…

Remains of the Weekend 11-12 July 2015

Hello everyone! Just a quick reminder that both editors will be at THE AMAZ!NG MEETING in Las Vegas this coming week so posting and maintenance will be significantly lighter than usual. If you are attending the meeting, seek us out to get a Doubtful News logo pouch bag. Thank you for your support! Be skeptical.…

The Strange remains the Same for 9 July 2015

The scale of the plants reveal this is a VERY tiny "croc".

[Creationist] Kent Hovind was released this morning (July 8, 2015) and in on his way home. Hovind had faced trial in March on charges of contempt of court, mail fraud and conspiracy related to actions he took with respect to property seized by the government as the result of his 2006 conviction. The jury did…

The Strange Remains the Same for 8 July 2015

A Monday, July 6, 2015 photo shows a rare orange-brown split colored lobster that arrived recently at the Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op in Scarborough, Me.  According to research by the Lobster Institute, the chances of finding a split colored lobster is one in 50 million. Only the albino lobster, one in 100 million, is rarer than the split-colored lobster, according to the institute. (Yoon S. Byun/Portland Press Herald via AP) ONLINE OUT, ARCHIVE OUT

Authorities have warned California legislative offices to be on the lookout for a Southern California man arrested last week and suspected of spraying graffiti that threatened lawmakers for the approval of Senate Bill 277, which outlaws religious and personal belief exemptions for school-required vaccines. Source: CHP warns California lawmakers after arrest for anti-vaccine threats |…

The Strange remains the same for 7 July 2015

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Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented…

The Strange Remains the Same for 6 July 2015

SHARK TICKLE

Shark Week is here, and scientists are afraid. Not of the toothy swimmers — but of inaccuracies, bad science and the demonization of animals that aren’t as ferocious as Discovery Channel has made out. Source: After Sketchy Science, Shark Week Promises To Turn Over A New Fin   A Daugherty Township woman with a passion…

Remains of the weekend 4-5 July 2015

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A bizarre crime wave is sweeping one part of England – thieves are stripping down Vauxhalls as their owners sleep. Source: The mystery of the ‘Vauxhall cannibals’    There are consequences to broadcasting seemingly extraordinary results to peers and the public before they are reviewed, or despite knowing that better data are just around the…

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…

The Strange Remains the Same for 1 July 2015

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Holy crap, it’s July already! And I have a slew of leftover for you tonight. Click at your own risk.   Industrial bleach mixed with water is not a shortcut for curing cancer, health authorities say. Source: Miracle Mineral Solution ‘cure’ is dangerous – health authorities   A man recently claimed to find a rat…