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The Marks psychic fraud trial (Chronology. Now gone to jury.)

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The chronology is below. We’ll be keeping tabs on this very interesting trial. I’m sure it will be full of revelation and drama. 29-Aug-2013 Psychic fraud charges – OrlandoSentinel.com. A grandma who gave $1 million over 30 years to a psychic she hoped would make her romantic dreams come true. A middle-aged woman convinced she’d…

Google to blame for UFO report last October

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I am so excited to bring you an update to one of our most intriguing UFO stories. SOLVED! The Untold Story of Google’s Quest to Bring the Internet Everywhere—By Balloon | Gadget Lab | Wired.com. On October 16, 2012, the granddaughter of one of Allen Epling’s houseguests spotted a shiny object in the sky. Epling,…

Mystery Priest Answers Victim’s Prayers (UPDATE: Identified)

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Originally posted on Aug 8, 2013 10:38 (see update below) Mystery priest appears to pray over crash victim, then vanishes This is a great feel good story to be sure, but the hype surrounding the “mystery priest” seems like much ado about nothing. [New London Fire Chief] Reed says Lentz was pinned in between the…

Summer of the out-of-place gators

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Alligators are everywhere they shouldn’t be this summer. We’ve been keeping track of alligators found in PA. Turns out we missed one back in June in Philadelphia making for a total of FIVE alligators found in the Keystone state this summer. Incidentally, they are NOT native to PA. Nor are they native to Kansas/Missouri where…

Paralyzed: A third visit to a chiropractor results in tragedy

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A case study published in May in a medical legal journal reveals the potential harm in chiropractic. It’s not small potatoes, that’s for sure. Another wheelchair filled with the help of a chiropractor | Edzard Ernst. Ernst describes the case. You can read the actual case study here. A 45 year old male with presented…

Schaible murder charge will stand in faith healing death

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The Schaible faith healing saga continues. They aren’t getting away with excuses. Judge won’t toss Philadelphia faith-healer’s murder charge | 6abc.com. A judge refused to dismiss murder charges Wednesday against a fundamentalist Christian in the faith-healing death of his son, saying things might be different if another one of his children’s deaths hadn’t landed him…

Escaped snake kill two kids (UPDATE: Huge python, pet owner arrested)

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Holy cow! This is astonishing if true. RCMP investigating sudden deaths of two children, Campbellton, N.B. – Royal Canadian Mounted Police. On August 5, 2013, shortly after 6:30 a.m., police officers with the Campbellton RCMP responded to an apartment on Pleasant Street in Campbellton, where the two boys were found deceased. The boys had been…

Eyeball licking story is fake, indicative of poor journalism

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I’m very happy to hear this tale was NOT true. It was quite disgusting. We didn’t do a story on this at the time but now we can post that it’s fakety fake. not an epidemic as reported. In mid-June, many web sites published the story about a new fad in Japan – eyeball licking.…

New cryptozoology book released. It’s a whopper!

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A groundbreaking new book on the subject of cryptozoology has been released. Even if you are not a big crypto fan, I encourage you to check it out as an example of sound research and followup. If you are a cryptozoologist – it is a must-have. There is nothing else like it. Abominable Science! by…

Three toed tracks discovery likely NOT cryptid-related

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A set of tracks found in New Hampshire has the crypto community stirred up. I found this piece about it on a decent site, Ghost Theory. At least they will print my comments and not make derogatory statements about skeptics. I have a disagreement about their banner declaring a “skeptical look at the unexplained” (psst…

AIDS denialist attempts intimidation of blogger

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Attention bloggers: The Popehat* signal has been activated. An AIDS denialist is using intimidation tactics on someone he wishes to suppress. Let’s get the word out. Ken White of Popehat is asking for lawyers to step up to defend someone who is advocating AGAINST junk science. *Popehat is a group blog mostly about law and…

Newspaper does a totally unbalanced piece on Warren and The Conjuring

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Poorly done story hypes the haunting and ignores the issues with the Warrens “true stories”. The ‘true’ story behind ‘The Conjuring’ | Daily Record | dailyrecord.com. ‘The Conjuring’ scared up a surprising $41.5 million over the weekend with a haunted farmhouse tale said to be “based on the true story” of ghost hunters Ed and…

Big black cat caught on film in Louisiana (UPDATE: not a panther)

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Originally published on July 5, 2013, see the update to this story below. This is our second black panther story of the day. What’s going on!? This one, however, is impressive and I would really like to see followup on this. Family spots possible panther – Acadiana’s Multi-Media News Station. Thursday night, at around 7:30,…

You’ve been slimed in the name of beauty

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I’ve seen this crawling all over the news, decided it was time to mention it here. Japan clinic launches ‘snail facial’ – Telegraph. Live snails, hailed as an elixir for youthful and beautiful skin, take centre stage in an unusual new “snail facial” launching tomorrow at a spa in central Tokyo. The treatment involves a…

Ghost chaser roundup — looking more and more like a religion

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The Summer is loaded with these stories about haunted places and haunted people. I’m not sure why there are so many in the news at this particular moment. It could be that The Conjuring is piquing paranormal interest. It could be that it’s just silly season and the news is slow. Here is a disturbing…

Fukushima vegetables scare resurfaces (UPDATE: Not quite)

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This is going to set you off salad for a while… I’m not sure I like the look of a tomato colony organism. Fukushima Vegetables Have Bizarre Tumor-Like Growths And Deformities: Is Nuclear Meltdown To Blame For Freaky Produce? [PHOTOS] – International Science Times. Photos of what look like malformed vegetables from Fukushima, Japan, have…

Nature strikes even indoors – Woman hit by lightning, twice

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A very frightening and strange event. Lightning strikes woman inside supermarket | HoumaToday.com. Brooks was struck by lightning Monday in the checkout line of Rouses. As she stood next to the register buying milk and cereal, Brooks saw a flash and heard a loud crash. “But I didn’t realize it was over me,” she said…

What Happened To Good Ol’ Fashioned Stakings? (UPDATE: Hangings?)

'Vampire grave': A skeleton with the head between the legs, discovered in Gliwice, Poland.

This suprise archaeological find is a friendly reminder that although we today laugh at the notion of vampires, once upon a time some cultures considered them a very real and dangerous threat. ‘Vampire’ Graves Uncovered in Poland Archaeologists in Poland believe they’ve made a startling discovery: a group of vampire graves. The graves were discovered…

Transylvania notices its missed opportunity: Dracula tourism

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They may get on track to promote tourism based on the horror story. This is a press release from the Romanian Federation of Tourism and Service Employers: FPTS: Dracula project to promote Transylvania as tourism destination to be the most profitable strategy. [L]ocal authorities in Transylvania understood that the Dracula myth represents an unrivaled vehicle…

Latest weird photo: Baby with ghost background

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I normally don’t link to reddit but I’d like some thoughts on this one. My auntie has just taken a picture of her son after his bath. They were the only two people in the house at the time. A strange figure with a weird shaped hand has appeared in the background and we are…

Esquire digs into “heaven” doctor’s NDE story. It’s not pretty.

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In a followup to this story about neuroscientist Eben Alexander and his so-called “proof” of heaven (a claim for which it falls FAR short), he’s having a hard time looking credible these days. The ‘Proof of Heaven’ Author Has Now Been Thoroughly Debunked by Science – Esther Zuckerman – The Atlantic Wire. A book called…

Loch Ness geological explanation resurfaces, is sunk

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A not new, not news, story is making rounds as “news”, a geological explanation for the Loch Ness phenomena. Loch Ness Monster: It’s Scotland’s Fault | LiveScience. […]Italian geologist Luigi Piccardi credits the Great Glen fault system for reported sightings of the legendary beast, Scientific American reports. “There are various effects on the surface of…