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Indian baby catches on fire – Spontaneous combustion or abuse? (UPDATE: Tests normal)

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Astounding treatment of a probable child abuse case in India. Diagnosis: Spontaneous combustion. Tamil Nadu’s baby Rahul sets on fire by himself : South, News – India Today. Three-month-old Rahul, who is admitted in the Kilpauk Medical College Hospital (KMCH) in Chennia with 10 degree burn injuries because of a condition called spontaneous human combustion…

Ghost hunters teach kids mistaken ideas about “science of the paranormal”

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My pet peeve – ghost hunters playing pretend scientist. Ghost hunters to present program for kids at Clymer Library, Pocono Pines | PoconoRecord.com. Watching ghost hunting television shows might help eak the interest of paranormal experiences for some kids. But what you see on TV isn’t always how it really is behind the scenes. A…

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…

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…

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

Bran Castle ("Dracula's castle") which is attached to the Dracula legend in Romania.

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…

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

The Surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness monster. Known to be a hoax (click on picture)

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…