Questionable claims

Sykes’ reputation and his Yeti project get slammed

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As we updated yesterday, Bryan Sykes’ claim of mystery DNA is being hyped by the media apparently ahead of his new book about his Yeti/Bigfoot project (the results of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

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Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

A hundred times NO – the moon does not cause a crazy night at the hospital

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Yet another analysis has come out to kill the idea that hospital admissions and human birth rates are greater during the full moon than at other times. More than one analysis of such data shows conclusively that the moon has no correlation with these conditions. But, it’s such a widespread belief, I’m not sure another study…

No Satanic cult in north London – at least not one that is abusing children (UPDATE)

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Rumors of a secret cult that abused children were baseless. Just like all the other ones from 30 years ago… get with the times. [In an update to this story, the mother and her partner are being investigated for real abuse. See UPDATE below.] Originally published 19-Mar 2015 Satanic cult claims dismissed by High Court…

Kidnapped? Hoax? Drugged? Who knows?

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What the heck happened here? Denise Huskins’ abduction a hoax, police say – CNN.com. The reported abduction for ransom of Denise Huskins, a Vallejo, California, woman, was nothing but a hoax, police said. Vallejo police Lt. Kenny Park called the case a “wild goose chase” that wasted department resources. Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn,…

The Pope’s latest miracle hype is really lame

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There is nothing miraculous about this vial of “blood” that liquifies on occasion. Today we learn a new word: “thixotropic”. Pope Francis Credited With Performing ‘Miracle’ As St. Gennaro’s Blood Liquifies. Pope Francis is being credited with a miracle — or at least a “half miracle” — after St. Gennaro’s blood liquified in his presence…

Elves rock in Iceland

This is said to be the mythological rock Ófeigskirkja, church of the elves.

Back in 2013, we told you that there was trouble with the elves. Elf advocates and environmentalists wanted the Icelandic Road and Coastal Commission and local authorities to abandon a highway project to the tip of the Alftanes peninsula in Iceland because it contained an elf church. Finally, a compromised was reached that preserves a unique structure and…

New paper taking another look at “Yeti” data finds no evidence of new bear in the Himalayas

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More news in the Sykes Himalayan yeti saga. If you recall, Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes published a paper in a prestigious scientific journal in July 2014. The results were a disappointment for Yeti supporters, establishing that the mystery samples of DNA were not primate, but normal animals and human. The Sykes (et al.) study did, however,…

Icke sued, settles libel action against popular book

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Some interesting news regarding conspiracy promoter and the prince of looney ideas, David Icke. A lawyer, dogging him for years, has received a settlement claiming Icke’s book Children of the Matrix was defamatory to Jewish people. David Icke settles libel action via the website of Richard Warman, Canadian human rights attorney. British conspiracy writer David…

Nat Geo posts an “exclusive” stinker about a non-“lost city” in Honduras

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Nat Geo presented a not “new” finding and forgot they had done this before! Why? They did it for the Nookie, I mean, the hype, the clicks, the attention. Exclusive: Lost City Discovered in Honduran Rain Forest. In search for legendary “City of the Monkey God,” explorers find the untouched ruins of a vanished culture.…

Psychic who was no help in solving murder now claims she “saw” killer’s face

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Fascinating how psychic stories miraculously improve over time… “Spiritual medium” Lisa Lanno is best known for appearing weekly on a Hartford, CT, Fox TV morning “news” show called “Medium Monday.” In December 2012, Lanno appeared on PBS station WGBY’s nightly public affairs program “Connecting Point” to discuss communication with the dead. She was joined by the mother…

Tattoo me skeptical!

This woman would save a fortune using Falkenham's revolutionary tattoo removal cream.

Tattoo removal as simple as rubbing lotion on it? This new $6 cream promises to painlessly fade your tattoos away. A Canadian uni student has invented a new tattoo removal cream that makes the ink fade away forever by replacing the ink-filled cells with new, clean cells. So Alec Falkenham, a PhD student in the…

Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

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The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

Sheldrake collaborating on children’s book about psychic dogs

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Sheldrake’s idea that dogs know when there owner is coming home is unconfirmed and falls on the highly dubious side. But let’s tell kids about it! Boy’s Best Friend | Kate Banks, Rupert Sheldrake Kate Banks and world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake collaborate on this novel about two boys who set out to prove that their dogs…

Ancestry.com now labeled evil due to copyright claim cheap shot

Many reports will not contain enough information to determine the cause. But unexplained DOES NOT mean unexplainable.

In a strange update to this story, government files obtained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) have been claimed to be copyrighted. Jason Colavito notes it in this piece: the Black Vault database of Project Blue Book was taken down after Ancestry.com asserted that it owns the copyright (!) to the Air Force’s UFO files,…

Bullseye: Lars Andersen’s extreme archery is Skeptically Pwnd

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When this video by Danish archer Lars Andersen first came out, a DN reader asked about it. Was it real? He seems legitimate with his skills, but what about the history? We didn’t have the info to address it then, but now our friends Anna (an archery instructor) and John (video producer) made a kick-ass skeptical response…

Wisconsin budget cites hefty sum to study a nonexistent hazard

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A Wisconsin-sized waste of money. Scott Walker’s Budget Includes $250,000 To Study ‘Wind Energy System-Related Health Issues’. The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines. Page 449 of the budget proposal includes a recommendation from the governor “directing…