Questionable claims

The main problem with confession – it could be completely manufactured

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Think memory is like a videotape? Wrongity wrong wrong. It can be rather easily manipulated and is reconstructed without our awareness every day. Of special interest to criminal confession cases, it’s not really too hard to convince someone that they committed a crime. People Can Be Convinced They Committed a Crime That Never Happened –…

Brother catches fire in SECOND claimed spontaneous combustion (UPDATE: “Ruse”?)

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Doubtful News readers may recall the 2013 story of baby Rahul, a then three-month-old who was presented with burns experienced at home which, according to his parents, resulted from spontaneous human combustion. Now it seems his younger brother (at seven days old) is a victim of the same situation. Second Burning Baby in Villupuram Family…

Crocodile bile WAS NOT CONFIRMED as cause of dozens of deaths

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Dozens of people dead and many reported sick from poisoned beer in Mozambique, but is there REALLY a connection to crocodile bile? Even though that is making the headlines, this portion has NOT been confirmed. Mozambique links contaminated beer deaths to crocodile bile– The Guardian. Health authorities in Mozambique believe the contaminated beer that killed…

Psychic kicks off plan to “teach” telepathy and psychokinesis in 500 public schools

Out-Uri-ing Geller: Gerard Senehi must be for real -- he can bend TWO spoons!

Guest Post by Bo Gardiner The Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics recently hired a psychic to deliver his first in a program series for high school students designed to help them “reflect on their beliefs, values, and purpose”. Bronx School Hires Psychic to Build Kids’ Self-Esteem – Claremont – DNAinfo.com New York. Mentalist and mind reader…

Ancient interplanetary planes create disruption at Indian Science Congress

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What a strange topic for “science” conference. This is possibly another indication of India’s problem separating science fact from fiction. Or just rampant nationalism propaganda? ‘Ancient Indian Planes Could Travel From One Planet to Another’. Aeroplanes existed in India 7,000 years ago and they travelled from one country to another and from one planet to…

Animal sacrifices in Bolivia, or just a scary assumption?

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This article has been translated but also contains NO facts, just plenty of “factoids” we are supposed to assume are substantiated. Don’t be too sure. Nothing scares a community quite like the idea of Satanists in their midsts. Satanists sacrificing animals in Bolivia, activists say | Fox News Latino. Animal rights groups allege that animals…

Water divining in Australia: A fictional portrayal does not make for fact

Dowsing has been tested for centuries. It's never been proven to work better than chance.

A mainstream Australian media outlet publishes a ridiculous, unsupported bunch of hooey suggesting water diviners have some special physical powers to detect water. There’s a claim chock full of holes – like a leaky bucket, all the truth eventually streams out and nothing is left. Water diviners, dowsers, may have special sensitivity to electromagnetism. [M]y…

Web pages, including ours, deemed “critical” of Universal Medicine removed from Google Search results

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Well, well, well, looks like a certain alternative and controversial “esoteric healing” group was busy for a year or more trying to scrub their image on the internet. Doubtful News is one of many pro-consumer blogs that have reported information about Serge Benhayon’s questionable health treatments resulting in complaints to Google initiated by Universal Medicine (UM) and…

Mythbusters inspire investigators to examine the escape from Alcatraz

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If they did it at JUST the right time… Researchers were inspired by a Mythbusters episode (Season 1, episode 11) to see if the famous escape was plausible as they concluded. Dutch Scientists Claim To Have Solved Mystery Of 1962 Alcatraz Prisoner Escape. Dutch scientists claim to have solved the mystery of the infamous escape…

Brain train down the drain

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In unsurprising not-so-news, “brain training” doesn’t work. But exercise will. Go for a walk or take up a new hobby. Watch out for anything that promises a quick fix or sounds too good to be true. Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter – Scientific American. [T]here is no solid evidence that commercial brain games improve…

Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

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Another alleged case of a trusted consultant “hypnotizing” his female clients. As with the last case we reported on, there is much left unclarified in these sensational media pieces. Sheffield attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized women for sexual pleasure | cleveland.com. A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been…

Hair raising video making the rounds

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Well, isn’t this curious. A pocket of very strong static electricity is reportedly observed in London. Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph. Simon Legrand and a friend were walking past the tech giant’s office building on Friday night when they say they felt a “strong electric…

Man claims to have invented hand lotion against Ebola

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Capitalizing on fear? He says he doesn’t want the money. Valley businessman creates lotion that could protect against Ebola. A Scottsdale businessman says he created a lotion that could guard against Ebola. Richard Rich owns a company called R&R Lotion which manufactures and distributes lotions, sunscreens and other products for commercial and industrial use. Rich…