Superstition

Preacher Helen Ukpabio, child “witch hunter”, encounters trouble with London tour

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The Born-again Christian Pentecostal preacher Helen Ukpabio is hitting some walls in her visit to London. For good reason. She believes that children who act up are servants of Satan. Call to ban ‘witch hunter’ Helen Ukpabio who poses risk to children – The Independent. The Home Secretary Theresa May is being urged to step in…

The Big Bad Moon, used to sell fear to the superstitious

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Tuesday, April 15th marks the first of four lunar “blood moon” eclipses over the next two years. The tetrad — or four consecutive and complete lunar eclipses occurring at approximately six month intervals — will all be visible over the United States during 2014 -2015. The other dates are Oct. 8, 2014, April 4, 2015…

Headmaster of school ousted because of goblins

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Yes, it’s Zimbabwe again, the only place I’ve seen where goblins regularly terrorize schools. Villagers say strange occurrences have been ongoing since the early 90s when Mr Moyo joined the school but things got worse last year when the goblins’ antics turned to sexual abuse. Headmaster accused of owning goblins, ordered to leave school VILLAGERS…

Doctors in Pakistan feel threatened by anti-science proponents

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More trouble in Pakistan. Doctors who stand up to quackery claims are feeling threatened. Anti-quackery: Doctors uneasy after colleague evades kidnapping attempt – The Express Tribune. Medical practitioners in the city have expressed unease after the recent attempt to kidnap the general secretary of the anti-quackery committee of the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA), Dr Abdul…

California businesses looking for water with divination

Dowsing has been tested for centuries. It's never been proven to work better than chance.

Dowsing is based on magical thinking. In desperate times, people will reach for anything. California farmers hire dowsers to find water – The Washington Post. With California in the grips of drought, farmers throughout the state are using a mysterious and some say foolhardy tool for locating underground water: dowsers, or water witches. Practitioners of…

Witch hunts continue in Nigerian Pentecostal churches

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Anti-superstition advocate Leo Igwe informs Doubtful News that the witch hunters are again whipping up support in Nigeria in an event set for March 7. He writes: The world may not have seen the last in terms of the inane witch hunting campaign being waged by penticostal [sic] pastors in Nigeria. New christian witch hunters-pastors and…

Priest in Zimbabwe disappears in river, mermaids to blame

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A drowning in Zimbabwe. Another allegation of mermaids. Prophet drowns during cleansing ceremony, family blame mermaids | News 24. A self-styled prophet on Wednesday drowned in a river during a cleansing ceremony in Epworth, giving residents quite a scare. The prophet, Simbarashe Kamupondera, 31, of Nyeredzi Nhatu apostolic sect, met his fate around midday as…

NOAA makes statement about Bermuda Triangle myth

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Just as with mermaids, NOAA sees fit to make a statement that the ridiculous is indeed ridiculous. Nothing supernatural about the Bermuda Triangle, NOAA says – Sun Sentinel. For decades, rumors persisted that hundreds of ships and planes mysteriously vanished in the area between Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda because it was cursed or patrolled…

Philippino brothers charged in brutal murder, cannibalism of their mother

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Three brothers tortured, killed and then consumed their mother in what is being called a ritual killing, believing she was evil. Raps filed vs. siblings who killed, ate own mother | Nation, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com. Authorities will file on Monday criminal charges against three Moro siblings who slaughtered their 56-year-old mother and…

Exorcists argue over right and wrong way to cast out demons

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I can probably go a step further than this in saying… DUH! Skype Exorcisms Are Worthless, Say Full-Time Exorcists | Vocativ. Skype exorcisms would be an exciting advance in an otherwise ancient world of rituals—if, of course, they weren’t an Internet scam. “They just can’t be done that way,” says Reverend Isaac Kramer, director of…

Demonic tale sounds like Hollywood, has little else to hold it up (UPDATE: Hoaxed photo)

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A new and detailed case of reported demonic possession and exorcism is chronicled in an Indiana newspaper. As with almost all cases, we see typical behaviors related to “possession”. But we also see many eyewitness reports and ZERO solid evidence. Are they photos? Videos? None given. The medical records mostly state that the family suffered…

Do you believe in magic? Yes, says Indonesian prez

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The Indonesian leader goes public with his fear of black magic. Indonesian president says he believes in witchcraft | Religion News Service. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie” style encounter with black magic at his…

Police run screaming from ‘goblin’ in Zimbabwe

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Zimbabwe’s goblin problem continues. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Cops flee from station as family dumps goblin. A family from Bulawayo’s Nketa 7 suburb dumped its tenant’s “goblin” at the Tshabalala Police Station, sending cops fleeing in different directions. A family that claimed a lodger owned the goblin brought it to the station in a suitcase. The…

Zimbabwe official accused of witchcraft in political ploy

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Political rivals are still accused of witchcraft in order to make them look disreputable. PSYCHOMOTOR MINISTER FUMES OVER WITCHCRAFT ALLEGATIONS NewsdzeZimbabwe Former Masvingo Governor and now Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, Josiah Hungwe, is threatening to quit the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction after he was accused of practising witchcraft. Hungwe, who…

Thank God he let us win today

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I never understood why God would care about the outcome of a sporting event. With all the strife in the world, he’s going to listen to your fervent wish for your “team” to win? Half Of Americans Say God Plays A Role In Super Bowl Winner: Survey. Two weeks ahead of the Super Bowl, half…

Those little red pills have “magic” power to poison

The analysis of the two pellets (0.5–1 cm Ø) showed the presence of a high level of lead on the surrounding red paint. From Muller, et al.

We posted this story in leftovers yesterday but I found more and it’s important and it’s worth highlighting just for the weirdness. Swiss Man Takes Pill Of ‘Dead Priest Hair’ To Treat Bell’s Palsy, Gets Lead Poisoning Instead. A man in Switzerland was discovered to have suffered from lead poisoning after ingesting pills that he…