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15 Credibility Street #19: Leaping to doubtful conclusions

News items: A news blast from the paleo world made top science headlines this week saying the great and powerful T. Rex is unfeathered. Read the study that caused the news headlines and controversy. Washington Post piece Fantastic feathers Some paleobiologists said “told ya”! Others not so much. Check out this video by Trey the…

Earthquake lights reported associated with New Zealand event

Flashing lights have been recorded on video supposedly occurring in conjunction with the shaking from this weekend’s strong quake in New Zealand. The strong event occurred just after midnight on Monday and caused massive damage, a small tsunami and several deaths. We’ve covered EQ lights before and I have done some research on natural anomalies…

Fisherman catches “head of medusa” basket star, not an alien

While Crabzilla remains the top hit on tabloids (and here), the media never miss an opportunity to find a weird creature and assume it’s alien. VIDEO: Fisherman claims to have caught an alien | Weird | News | Daily Express. WRIGGLING around, this mutant creature could be proof there is extraterrestrial life in the sea.…

Was a tunnel superstition the cause of this accident?

I saw this story and did not immediately notice the link to superstition until it was pointed out to me by the tipster. What’s the Harm in superstition? It can lead to accidents. It appears to be the case here. Man holding breath in Oregon tunnel causes three-car crash – CBS News. A 19-year-old man…

Can we put the Solway Spaceman mystery to rest?

USAnians may never have heard of this really neat story that has remained a mystery for decades. Has the origin of this mysterious picture finally been solved? There is now an explanation for why there appears to be an astronaut in the background of a picture of a little girl in the English countryside. Of…

Priest in Zimbabwe disappears in river, mermaids to blame

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…

Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

7 arrested after fire destroys LeBeau Plantation – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans. Seven people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the LeBeau Plantation house in St. Bernard Parish. Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the suspects are believed to have been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house when the fire…

Bigfoot skull fossil is a amateur mistake of wishful thinking

(Updated on Jun 06 2016) The assumptions in this story are astounding. Man believes he found fossilized Bigfoot head. “I found a fossilized Bigfoot skull.” A journalist can go his or her entire life waiting to hear those six magic words. And yet, on a recent weekday afternoon, that very thing happened. Todd May, of…

Tricksy goblins steal underwear and cause fire

Your weekly goblin report from (where else?) Zimbabwe… You just can’t make this stuff up. I can’t help but wonder what the real story is. Bulawayo24 NEWS | Prophet sends goblins to steal woman’s g-strings. A Bulawayo woman is reportedly tormented by goblins which steal her g-string panties and whisper insults, accusing her of switching…

Animal Planet sciences up Mermaids with ‘A Body Found’

It’s MONSTER WEEK on Animal Planet May 21-28. The feature of the week is a new 2 hour program called MERMAIDS: THE BODY FOUND premiering Sunday, May 27. Mermaids: The Body Found | Animal Planet | Mermaids: The Body Found | Animal Planet | Press Release. This two-hour special is science fiction based on some real events and…