Perception

One not too impressive study does not prove life after death

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Once again, we see an exaggerated headline and all the eggs metaphorically in one basket. No, this study is not evidence for life after death. First hint of ‘life after death’ in biggest ever scientific study – Telegraph. The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue…

Fear of underground invasion from North Korea is unfounded

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Well, this is certainly full of doubtful claims! Thanks to our various tipsters who wanted this story published. Is North Korea still digging tunnels to the South? – CNN.com. Gen. Hahn Sung-Chu never believed North Korea could dig a tunnel that reached Seoul — until now. Standing inside a basement of an apartment block in…

Law clinic investigates 27-year old “Satanic Panic” child abuse conviction

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The Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic takes on a doubtful case of Satanic ritual abuse that landed a man in jail for 27 years. Duke law clinic to review 1987 conviction. Duke law professor Theresa Newman has three boxes full of files about Andrew Chandler Jr.’s case: details about the bizarre allegations, the expert testimony…

Was it religion, alcohol, or provocation that led to this marital assault?

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Likely all three combined to make for an explosive relationship. This is why divorces are legal, this is not a healthy mix. ‘Possessed’ husband spared jail after assaults on wife. A man was spared jail despite punching his wife in the face because she tormented him with accusations that he was the Devil. Anthony Berry…

A “real” monster is in the eye of the municipal council – Iceland worm exists

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Ah, I smell tourism, don’t you? This reward is a small price to pay for Loch Ness-sized advertising. Truth Commission: Lake Monster Does Exist. Lagarfljótsormurinn, the giant serpent rumored to inhabit the lake Lagarfljót near Egilsstaðir in East Iceland truly exists, as announced on Saturday by the majority of a 13-person truth commission established in…

It’s a spectre but not a ghost over Hungary

Photo credit: Ladanyi Tamas

This photograph was featured on the NASA Astronomy picture of the Day. It’s quite an impressive effect called a Brocken specter. Photographer shoots “ghost” over Hungarian city. The spectral apparition was shot by Hungarian photographer Ladanyi Tamas, on the morning of August 11. Tamas went to the top of a 20-storey building to shoot the…

Mystery figure in photo, witnesses adamant no one was there

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Mysterious photograph from Georgia is examined by expert in New Zealand. It’s likely no ghost, but has a very human and tech-based explanation. This explanation is further supported by a U.S. specialist in ghost photos. Haunting image left for capital sleuths to probe | Stuff.co.nz. A team of Wellington ghost-hunters have been left stumped after…

The face of god in the sky?

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The perceived image of bearded man appeared through the clouds over Snettisham, Norfolk. The photo was taken by Jeremy Fletcher who says it could be the face of “God” though we do not know what that actually looks like. We can say it looks like several people here and passed. ‘God’ seen in photograph of clouds…

God: I prefer his earlier work

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It seems the devil doesn’t just have the best music, God is deficient in lines of communication from the afterlife too. Various spirits are using social media such as Facebook, and “selfies” on cell-phones to communicate with the living, the creator of the universe apparently favours a more abstract, low-tech approach.  This includes communicating via…

Romanian woman receives the “selfie from hell”

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Chain rattling is so yesterday! Tales of warnings from the dead are nothing new, but its always interesting when an alleged spirit is familiar with modern technology. Take this story from Romania in today’s Daily Mirror, a deceased relative leaving a terrifying “selfie” on her grand-daughter’s mobile phone. Grand-daughter, Gina Mihai, 34, explains: ‘When I switched…

A stark and timely reminder of dangers of archaic superstition

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As the Catholic church recognises the International Association of Exorcists, seemingly adding credence to the concept of demonic possession and exorcism, a stark reminder of the possible consequences of such beliefs has emerged from  Pakistan. The Independent reports: Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman was reportedly beaten to death…

Vatican legitimizes process of exorcism

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This is ridiculous. It raises serious questions about the involvement of religious officials and medical professionals in mental health care. Vatican recognizes International Association of Exorcists – UPI.com. The International Association of Exorcists has been formally recognized by the Vatican’s Holy See, an indication the Catholic Church approves of the controversial practice of exorcism. The…

Time to publicly shame people who are STILL anti-vaccination?

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This is something that most of us already knew. Vaccines are safe, effective, and do not cause autism. Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously. – CNN.com. Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period. That’s what a review of more than 20,000 scientific studies on childhood vaccines concludes this week. The review appears…

When in trouble during election, claim your opponent is a robot look-alike

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Yeah… that’s the ticket. Just when you think it could not get any weirder, it does. A candidate in Oklahoma is contesting his opponent, because… he is a robot look alike. Oklahoma Republican claims congressional opponent is dead, replaced with body double | KFOR.com. Murray brings it up in his letter announcing his plan to…

Ouija board possession story needs no demons (UPDATE: drug use?)

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I hate to be cynical about stuff like this but there is nothing impressive about this story at all. Ouija Board ‘Possesses’ 3 With Demonic Spirits in Mexico: ‘We’re Going to Die,’ Says Young Woman (VIDEO). A Oujia board led to three people being “possessed” by evil or demonic spirits in San Juan Tlacotenco, Mexico,…