Questionable claims

Hope dashed for those who believed in demon fairies

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A creature promoted as being a “demon fairy” or “winged nightmare” by those who thought it matched a description in Revelation, has been revealed as a hoax. Synchronicity. Or something. Coincidences can seem very strange some times. Earlier today, I received an inquiry from Dr. Michael Heiser asking if I knew of anyone who had…

TIGHAR: The Ever-Optimistic

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My Washington Post newsfeed contained a familiar name with the same old story, rehashed once again in 2016 just like it was in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, and probably before that but I wasn’t keeping track on this blog. The wonderful thing about TIGHAR is TIGHAR thinks it’s a wonderful thing. It’s actually amazing…

Humber monster surfaces in the media to attract tourists

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This week’s media monster is the Humber monster, a Nessie-type creature (aren’t they all) that is being featured in the usual array of tabloids and on clickbait mystery sites. I’m not sure why it’s shown up now (silly summer season?) but I’d bet it’s deliberate. There is no new or good evidence that there ever…

Clowning around in Carolina (Update)

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By now it’s national news that creepy clowns are being reported in South Carolina. The latest clown flap started in late August when Greenville County, S.C. police said they received numerous reports of a clown trying to lure kids into the woods near Fleetwood Manor apartments. There was reason to be very skeptical of these…

No word on Wessie

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The mysterious giant snake of Westbrook Maine is still missing in action even after a snakeskin was found. Results from DNA testing of the shed skin showed that it was fresh and from a green anaconda, a species illegal to keep in Maine. The original sighting was obviously exaggerated. And the shed skin was not…

Big snake loose in Maine or is Wessie a hoax?

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Cross posted from DOUBTFUL. Back in June, locals of Westbrook, Maine said they saw a large snake slithering around. After no sign of the beast a week later, a Westbrook police officer witnessed it eating something near Riverbank Park on the Presumpscot River. A second officer called in also saw it. From their Facebook page: On…

Bigfoot skull fossil is a amateur mistake of wishful thinking (UPDATED)

It's a rock, not a bigfoot head. Sorry to disappoint but let's be serious here...

(Originally published on Jun 23, 2013) The assumptions in this story are astounding. Man believes he found fossilized Bigfoot head. “I found a fossilized Bigfoot skull.” A journalist can go his or her entire life waiting to hear those six magic words. And yet, on a recent weekday afternoon, that very thing happened. Todd May,…

Baby tested last year for spontaneous human combustion has died

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A sad update to a very disturbing story that we reported on last year around this time and back in 2013. Two babies from the same family in India were treated for burns which the family alleged was the result of them spontaneously catching on fire multiple times. Media in India and around the world…

Zak’s Demon House docu gets delayed (UPDATE: House destroyed)

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Nearly two years ago, Zak Bagans, flashy ghost investigator from TV Ghost Adventures, bought the “demon” house in Indiana days after it made sensational headlines in the tabloids and even in more reputable news outlets. The story of Ammons family who lived in the house was that of a woman and her three children who claimed they…

Train in vain: No sign of Nazi gold train

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A discouraging update on the Nazi gold train said to be located in Poland. Back in August, even the culture minister was hopeful it was real. Alas, there were many reasons to be very skeptical as we noted back then. It turns out, no evidence that it is real has been forthcoming. A team of…

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…

Inquest in UK teen suicide over wi-fi allergy claim

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Jenny, aged 15, committed suicide last summer. She had a history of health issues. Her mother attributed her problems to electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Mother claims wifi allergy killed her daughter and accuses school of failing to safeguard children – Telegraph Mrs Fry told Oxfordshire Coroners’ Court that Jenny had started showing signs of EHS in November…

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…

Halloween with the “Jersey Devil”

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It’s that time of year! Silly stories of ghosts and monsters are everywhere. We are happy to bring you a Halloween treat by Dr. Brian Regal who shares with us an imaginative meet up with a devilish figure from history.  I stopped in at O’Bryan’s Pour House the other night for a drink and ran into…

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…

Orgasmic mushroom story is a bit of a cock-up

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All the “cool” and “hip” “science” and “viral news” aggregators are reporting on a magical mushroom that results in “earth shattering” orgasms that occur in half the women who smell it. What is this all about? It reeks of exaggeration if not outright falsity. But it’s based on a journal article so that lends it…

“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…