Media

Real-deal “boy next door” medium? Or Hollywood hype?

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Back in July, I caught wind of yet another psychic medium “reality” show in development. This one seems tailor-made for Hollywood. Or, should I say… “tyler-made”? The eight-episode hour-long series “follows 19-year-old “celebrity medium” Tyler Henry, as he balances his unique abilities with trying to be a regular teenager.” He’s 20 now. Still, wouldn’t you think…

Are people really this dumb to be scared of solar panels? (Update)

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So, the top story shared on my social media today is a point-and-LOL chortle-fest at a North Carolina town who has rejected a solar panel farm project. There are DOZENS of stories that make fun of the people who provided public comment against the rezoning decision in Woodland, NC because of their apparent ignorance of…

On newsstands now… paranormal pandering from previously reputable sources

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National Geographic has a special issue out featuring “Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed”: Strange But True: Secrets of the Supernatural Revealed features the most wildly popular, incredibly weird, and totally true stories that only National Geographic could discover. Ripped from the headlines of National Geographic Daily News, these often weird, sometimes miraculous…

YouTube-Google lends a welcome hand to UFO debunkers

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It’s happened to lots of websites: criticism (or just a mention) of a product or a person results in an overreaction with an inappropriate claim of copyright infringement. How can you soundly explain the reasoning for why you think a certain photo is a bear, not a Bigfoot or that a UFO video is a hoax unless…

Bigfoot Captured breaks History: Channel continues to fake out viewers

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WOW! History Channel pulled a “Mermaids” gimmick. Why would they sabotage their credibility? Oh wait, ever since it became the “Hitler” Channel a while ago, it’s been heading downhill. According to this review of their latest special program, Bigfoot Captured, a “shameful fake documentary” about Bigfoot, it’s hit rock bottom. Reviewer Jim Vorel of Paste Magazine takes the…

Sweet Satan! It’s Exorcism EXTRAVAGANZA! (UPDATE: Snoozefest)

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UPDATE (editor) (2-Nov 2015): How did the broadcast go? Ratings are not in yet for cable but they WERE facing a World Series game and America’s Next Top Model. Both shows seemed to be more exciting according to reviews from Variety and the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Hopefully, they won’t try such blatant sensationalism nonsense…

Owners of legendary house conjure up a lawsuit against the movie company

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When the movie The Conjuring became a hit in the summer of 2013, the current residents of the supposedly haunted house in Rhode Island experienced trouble with curiosity-seekers. Norma Sutcliffe and her partner, aged 69 and 73, respectively, are harassed by visitors who seem to pay no mind to property laws and No Trespassing signs,…

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

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On October 13, I posted a link (in Chinese) to our Facebook page (which you might ‘like’) regarding a questionable image of a city in the clouds in Foshan, China. Even though this “mirage” was shown on Chinese television, it’s certainly not impossible that they are giving bad information to the public. Is this an optical illusion, or…

Tabloids totally wrong about Japanese tsunami mystery creature

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We are back again to do what we do best, totally bust an inflated story that the tabloids pass off as sensational news. It’s obvious they do NO checking or investigation of the stories, they simply repeat what silly story they make up or are fed from a dubious source. This time, Marcus Hemmler from Group of…

“Shark attack saved my life” story exaggerated

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There are so many unknowns and “ifs” in this story that it’s hard to know why it was news at all. Regardless, it is a case of coincidence in that he was prompted by a surprise incident to discover cancer very early. Good for him. But it’s not very accurate to bring sharks or outside…

Pennsylvania news outlets go overboard over “venomous” caterpillar

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Trending on Facebook today in Pennsylvania is the topic of the white hickory tussock moth (Lophocampa caryae). The headlines are that that this “venomous” or “poisonous” caterpillar from Canada has been spotted in PA. This is a clip from a “trending” page in Facebook: Oh my! Pretty scary stuff if you don’t know much about the…

Destination America now the haven of paranormal programming

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Last year at this time, SyFy gave up the ghost on new paranormal programming. That slack has been taken up with a vengeance by Destination America, a cable and satellite channel owned by Discovery Communications that features lifestyle, historical and travel programming focusing on the culture of the United States. From their lineup, paranormal themes play a huge…

Hoaxing happening regarding South Carolina flooding

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Historic, torrential rain and flooding has hit several U.S. coastal states this week. As we saw with Hurricane Sandy, hoax photos and tales run rampant across social media during a disaster. Don’t buy it! Please double check before passing on. There is no excuse for adding to panic. Dr. David Steen warns readers not to…

What’s worse? Evil spirits or a spider in your head?

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Today we present yet another plausible alternative to hauntings and possession. Spiders. The tabloids just love creepy stories about spiders. So, there were plenty of links to the story about the woman who heard scratching sounds and thought she was possessed by evil spirits only to find out there was something alive in her ear…

Big ol’ sea wolf caught in Pacific (UPDATE: Don’t be ignorant!)

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NEAT! (Originally published 16-Sept 2015) Remember, kids. Learn about nature so you can correct people who say this is some sort of “mutant monster” in your Facebook feed. An enourmous sea monster was caught by baffled Japanese fishermen off the island of Hokkaido. A ferocious looking fish with a gigantic head and sharp, protruding teeth has been found swimming in…

Betty and Barney Hill movie in the works

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A new partnership was announced to make a movie of the Betty and Barney Hill event – the alien abduction story that set the standard for all future abduction stories. Source: Gotham/Principal And Stellar Partner On Alien Abduction Pic ‘Captured’ The film will follow Betty and Barney Hill, an interracial couple from Portsmouth, New Hampshire…

A Bigfoot fishing? Beary unlikely.

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service has this neat creek cam! It shows a salmon in the water, and then it’s grabbed at by a dark and mysterious clawed “hand”. Source: Mystery creature catches salmon: So what is it? – AOL Travel UK The video was taken at Icicle Creek in Leavenworth, Washington. While some…

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet. NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking…

Carl Sagan bio pic in development

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News tidbit: Warner Bros. is developing an untitled drama about the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan. Lynda Obst and Ann Druyan are producing the film, which will be written by “Deadfall” scripter Zach Dean. Plot details are currently under wraps. Source: Carl Sagan Movie in Works | Variety Good news! Looking forward to it. Dr. Sagan…

Another new psychic show – The Last Goodbye

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In “TV is rubbish” news, I’m afraid there is yet another series promoting a “grief vampire”. In each episode of “The Last Goodbye,” viewers will follow Rebecca as she looks to bring people together with the spirits of those they’ve lost to help resolve the questions that death has left behind. Loved ones, who never…

Secular blogger Niloy Neel murdered in Bangladesh

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Niloy Neel was an atheist blogger promoting secularlism in Bangladesh. This fatal attack against him is the 4th on freethinking advocates; the fifth if you count writer, Ahmed Rajib Haiderfollow, killed in the same way in 2013. Fundamentalists will vehemently fight to staunch progress. Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh A 40-year-old secular blogger was…