Questionable claims

China’s floating city is a likely CGI hoax (UPDATE)

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

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…

Did teacher “alter the brains” of teens so that they ended up dead? No.

A tragic case has been settled in Florida regarding the deaths of three high school students who were said to have been “hypnotised” by a former school official. The families of three students from North Port High School will receive $200,000 each from the Sarasota County School District under a settlement agreement. Because of this…

Science-based medicine writer sued by threatened doctor (UPDATE: Skeptic win)

UPDATE: Science-based medicine site reports that this lawsuit is over. On September 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida granted Dr. Novella’s motion for summary judgment, ending the lawsuit against him by Dr. Edward Tobinick and two of his companies. Earlier in the case, all of the other defendants had filed…

Exposed “healer” Popoff is back to take your money

We are again pleased to bring you news of brilliant skeptical activism from UK’s Good Thinking Society as they expose former fraud televangelist Peter Popoff. He’s back to his old tricks “healing” people. But also, he has what appears to be a lucrative fund-raising plan that demands money from patrons in exchange for gimmicks and…

Rumors are that it will be a disastrous week

A Blood Moon prophetic disaster? The restart of the LHC makes big bang of doom? Mercury in retrograde? Heaven forfend! There are all these weird noises too! What does it all mean? The Apocalypse? Well if you buy into tabloids, and religious and conspiracy sites hype (specifically from the WND site), it sounds like the…

Man hoaxes kidnapping claim

People lie about terrible things. That’s dumb. News smidgen: A Missouri man is accused in Illinois of falsely claiming he had been abducted after a night out with his co-workers. He sent texts and notices out that he was being held against his will. Filing a false report will get you in trouble. Source: Missouri…

Big ol’ sea wolf caught in Pacific (UPDATE: Don’t be ignorant!)

NEAT! (Originally published 16-Sept 2015) Remember, kids. Learn about nature so you can correct people who say this is some sort of “mutant monster” in your Facebook feed. An enourmous sea monster was caught by baffled Japanese fishermen off the island of Hokkaido. A ferocious looking fish with a gigantic head and sharp, protruding teeth has been found swimming in…

Sunburn is all natural. Is sunscreen?

Jessica Alba’s Honest Company has been sued by a customer who claims the company is making false claims in its marketing and labeling. The lawsuit alleges the Honest Company falsely says its products are “natural.” It further says that Honest’s sunscreen isn’t “effective.” Source: Jessica Alba’s Honest Company sued for alleged false labeling The Honest…

A Bigfoot fishing? Beary unlikely.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has this neat creek cam! It shows a salmon in the water, and then it’s grabbed at by a dark and mysterious clawed “hand”. Source: Mystery creature catches salmon: So what is it? – AOL Travel UK The video was taken at Icicle Creek in Leavenworth, Washington. While some…

Recovery water healing claim sounds like snake oil

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…