Questionable claims

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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NFL player makes claim regarding the healing properties of fancy, “sciencey” nano-bubble water. Russell Wilson Says Recovery Water Healed His Head Injury from NFC Title Game  At one point in the story, Rodrick mentions a moment where Wilson claimed Reliant Recovery Water—a sports recovery drink in which he is a personal investor—helped him recover from…

“She was screaming for help” inside the coffin (UPDATE: Likely was not alive)

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Here is an extremely strange story out of Honduras. Neysi Perez, 16, had been buried, but her family heard her screaming, alive in the coffin. She had been buried the previous day.When they opened the coffin, Perez was dead. But according to relatives, she was still warm and had bruises on her fingertips. The glass viewing pane…

Let’s nit-pick this ‘mutant’ lice story

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Lice have mutated into some kind of super-bug that’s immune to regular insecticide treatments? Not quite. At least 25 U.S. states harbor lice with genetic mutations associated with resistance to over-the-counter insecticide treatments, according to an ongoing study by Kyong Yoon, PhD, of Southern Illinois University. Yoon and colleagues studied multiple populations of lice collected…

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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Many media sites as well as mystery mongering rubbish sites are hyping the prediction that an asteroid will hit earth in September prompting NASA to issue a statement. What good will that do? None. Crap news reigns on the internet. NASA has denied viral internet claims that an asteroid will strike Earth next month wreaking…

Hamas nabs spy dolphin, but where’s the evidence?

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“Sources” say that naval guards of the Palestinian militant organization Hamas captured a dolphin off the shores of the Gaza Strip a few days ago equipped with special features. They claimed it was a spy for Israel. The sources said Hamas naval commandos had noticed the dolphin making “suspicious movements.” When they followed the mammal, they discovered…

Rolling shutter causes lightning to look like weird pink column of light

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An odd pink column appears in some photos of lightning bolts. Those who notice the oddity rather naturally think it’s strange. But a little googling can reveal the down to earth cause. This latest example appeared on Imgur earlier today. There is a lightning bolt in the vertical column. This is not an inter-dimensional portal…

Miss Pennsylvania accused of taking money for faked cancer treatment

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A fact of life – People lie. And they lie about really awful things, like having cancer. Authorities accuse Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International, of casting aside those attributes and faking cancer in an elaborate scheme that raised thousands of dollars. Weaver-Gates lead everyone to believe that she had been diagnosed with chronic…

Has Nefertiti’s tomb been found? Too soon to tell.

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Label this “Too Early to Tell”: An archaeologist thinks he may have evidence that the tomb of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is hidden in plain site. Source: Has Queen Nefertiti’s tomb been found? In a paper recently published by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist at the University of Arizona, suggests that Nefertiti’s tomb may…

Curiosity’s photos reveal not woman on Mars but how silly “news” sites can be

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Slow news summer… when all news sites pick up a ridiculous story from non-reputable websites and couch it in illogical speculative terms that make it sound like they are being “critical” about the story. Unfortunately, that means more work for DN to note just exactly how doubtful these stories are and why you should not…

Florida cops become cult “experts” regarding triple homicide (UPDATE: Wicca conflation)

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Allegations of a witchcraft sacrifice during a full moon? This story is FULL of doubtful “facts” that propagate harmful myths. A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a “Wiccan ritual killing” related to the “blue” moon, police said Tuesday. The three victims, all from the same family, were found after a welfare check…