Perception

‘Chilling’ floating head looks rather obviously like a boring old reflection

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I’m not sure what this is EXACTLY because data is missing from the news story. But from what we are given, this is far less than “chilling” and no evidence for “head of a saint hovering in mid-air” Chilling ‘ghost’ video reveals head of a long-dead saint hovering in mid-air – Mirror Online. Tourists are…

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,…

LV murder-suicide tied to conspiracy theories, cosplay, racism and… Slenderman

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More violence from conspiracists who are more than a bit detached from reality. And well-armed. Two Cops, Three Others Killed in Las Vegas Shooting Spree – NBC News.com. A Las Vegas couple who shot to death two police officers, a third person and then themselves delivered an ominous message as they left home before the ambush…

Another Slenderman-connected attack. Another girl. More parental reaction.

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Another attack is connected to Slenderman, this time in Ohio. This one sounds less connected, more complicated, and like an overreaction to a scapegoat cause. We can’t tell if it is a copycat case or the Mother seeing a post hoc connection. Hamilton Co. mom: Daughter’s knife attack influenced by Slender Man | Local News…

Gender bruhaha over female storm names

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So, this caused a kerfuffle yesterday on the internet. A study regarding a gender bias turned into a debate about sexism and misogyny. Female hurricanes are deadlier than male hurricanes. Meteorologists and geoscientists have called for greater consideration of social science factors that predict responses to natural hazards. We answer this call by highlighting the…

Slenderman myth connected to attempted murder (UPDATE: Cult? Censorship?)

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This may be a first. Slenderman has gotten out of hand – attempted murder connected to the mythological monster. Two young girls are charged adults with first-degree attempted homicide of another girl. 12-Year-Old Wisconsin Girls Charged in Stabbing – ABC News. Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death…

Face it! Cydonia region of Mars Exposed

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Stuart Robbins of the Exposing PseudoAstronomy podcast has put together a great new video that, well, exposes some bogus claims in astronomy. This one is going to get Richard Hoagland a bit angered as he covers the speculation from the Cydonia region of Mars – you know, the face. Richard C. Hoagland made this famous…

“At first I was skeptical” is a convincing ploy, unless you are wise to it

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A new paper was just published in the Journal of Language and Social Psychology that is further confirmation of something skeptics of the paranormal and alt med treatments have noticed for a long time. It’s called the “avowal of prior skepticism”. This is a narrative device used by a person telling a story in which…

Chupacabra (mangey raccoon) killed in North Carolina

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Don’t tell the finder that it’s not the legendary monster chupacabra. Because he KNOWS it is. It exists, he says. Did elusive chupacabra attack farmer’s cows? Wildlife experts suspect sickly raccoon – Your Daily Journal – yourdailyjournal.com. After the disappearance of two goats, evidence of attacks on his cows and some mysterious late-night howls, James…

Love is in the eye of the beholder

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I don’t really have anything to say about this but lovely resemblance. Aww, The Broken Blood Vessel In This Woman’s Eye Spells “Love”. The video is pretty clear. Though, some people allege it’s fake. It may just be a strange coincidence. There is not additional further info or confirmation. People find this really amazing.