Questionable claims


Yet another new theory about Jack The Ripper – Victim to be exhumed

Another theory about the identity of Jack the Ripper, another new book. Will this new theory hold up or will it be ripped to shreds like previous theories?

The body of infamous Victorian murderer Jack the Ripper’s final victim is likely to be exhumed following the release of a new theory on the identity of the killer.  After seeing the new theory, the Ministry of Justice has indicated it will grant an exhumation licence for the grave of East End prostitute Mary Jane Kelly, the first such license to be issued for the grave of one of the Ripper’s victims. The theory has been detailed in a new book, The Real Mary Kelly, written by Dr Wynne Weston-Davies.

Read more: Jack the Ripper’s final victim set to be exhumed following new theory on the killer’s identity.

Propellantless thruster claimant presents paper at a conference. Hype ensues.

Newton Not Impressed

News headlines are buzzing with headlines such as “Scientists Confirm ‘Impossible’ EM Drive Propulsion” (Hacked) and “‘Impossible’ propellantless engine appears to work” (Sydney Morning Herald). Doubtful News readers may have followed this story from August 2014, as well as renewed claims of results earlier this May. At a July Propulsion and Energy Forum held by…

Evidence of deadly viper loose in Georgia


A dangerous African gaboon viper was reportedly seen loose in a town northeast of Macon, Georgia. Source: Venomous snake possibly sighted in Milledgeville According to Mark McKinnon with the Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement Division, a gaboon viper was seen near the intersection of Hairwood Drive and Harrisburg Road. McKinnon said the snake is…

New study from tainted author with conflicting interests on GMOs


Back in September of 2012, French scientists led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said that they did a study that showed rats fed on a diet containing a Roundup-resistant maize variety or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. The study…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge


Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…

Rogue copyright claims by self-described extraterrestrial channeler

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Tumblr is bending over to claims of copyright violations without giving users a chance to respond. The multiple claims from one New Age organization are disputed by the writers but Tumblr is not allowing them to show proof the work is their own. Tumblr’s GIF artists are upset, and rightfully so: Their works are being…

Wi-fi marketing claim in China aimed at people who fear radiation


An obvious case of devious advertising can misinform consumers in a big way. Two Chinese tech firms have clashed over a new wireless router with a special setting for pregnant women. Source: ‘Pregnancy wi-fi’ router causes controversy in China Qihoo 360 unveiled the device, an upgrade to an existing product, which has three settings it…

Not the ‘Holy Grail’ recovered

Part of the Nanteos cup.

Recall the story from last August when the police raided a pub thinking a stolen “relic” that was possibly the infamous Jesus cup? They found a wooden salad bowl. This time they recovered the “real” thing. The relic is understood to have been stolen from a woman who had borrowed it in the hope it would…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

Support free speech in the public interest: Anti-SLAPP act proposed


It’s a shame that outspoken bloggers have to have lawyers at their disposal because of threats to take down pieces critical of some charlatan. This week, there is a new push to support anti-SLAPP lawsuits. Lawsplainer: The Proposed Federal Anti-SLAPP Act: What It Would Do, Why It’s Important | Popehat Last week, two members of…

Another “video games are dangerous” story – this time, misleading about Alzheimer’s

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As one commenter put it, “don’t use your brain, because you may get Alzheimers” is a pretty fair summary of this article that suggests that “boys” playing “action video games” may have increased risk of Alzheimers. Yes, the jump to that is quite a big one. Call of Duty increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease –…

Apocalyptic sounds 2015: The world is a noisy place


The “trumpets of the Apocalypse” story is going around again. A two year old video that collected a series of clips (some are admitted hoaxes, others are dubious) is recirculating via email and social media with a purpose that seems to be simply to make gullible people nervous. Snopes debunks it. People Hearing Apocalyptic Sounds…

“Right to Know” law is ignorant

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The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure when purchasing cell phones. Source: Berkeley Approves “Right to Know” Cell Phone Radiation Warning Ordinance | NBC Bay Area The Berkeley City Council late Tuesday voted unanimously to require retailers to warn customers of possible radiation exposure…

The scoop on the Roswell Slides: really pathetic hoax

Nice resolution, eh? Looks like a museum, you say? Hmm, yes, I believe you are right. What kind of idiots do you think we are?

Back in November 2014, we reported on a story from the UFO community – Thomas Carey told the audience at a conference that he had “smoking gun” evidence that extraterrestrials have been here – Kodachrome slides dated 1947 showing an alien. I don’t typically use Billy Cox as a source but he does note that people have…