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What happened to Thomas Curry’s body?

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In 1925, a runaway from a boys reform school met an untimely end. When researchers tried to find out how he died, they found a disturbing surprise. They opened the casket… and it was empty. New Dozier mystery: Investigators find dead boy’s grave empty (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times. [...] University of South Florida forensic…

Action against MMS product called for in Ireland

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This product, which fits the description of “snake oil” very well, is still being administered to children through an Irish church. Senator wants action on bleach ‘cure’ | Irish Examiner. Health Minister Leo Varadkar has been urged to address the Seanad over what action officials are taking to prevent a “toxic chemical” form of bleach…

River woes as mystery spills pollute water

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A giant wave of foam overtakes the River Lea in London while unidentified brown “gunk” affects an Ohio river making locals nervous. A wall of suds appeared on the River Lea. Authorities have not been able to figure out how it developed. Huge mass of foam floats down River Lea in north-east London – News…

Goblin extraction may result in death

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We don’t know why, but almost every time we cover a story about goblins, it’s a story from Zimbabwe. I’d love to find out why this is such a thing there! Man dies in goblin exorcism ritual. A 72-year old man from Gokwe died under mysterious circumstances a few minutes after a traditional healer (tsikamutanda)…

Natural trap in Wyoming yields important ancient animal remains

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This is so exciting! Animal misfortune 20,000 years ago is a scientific bonanza today. Treasure trove of prehistoric animal remains discovered – CNN.com. Scientists descended into a deep cave, hoping to find Ice Age mammals’ remains. What they found stunned them: the remains of hundreds of big prehistoric mammals. The treasure trove was discovered in…

Afghan curse of 39 causing economic problems

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There is supposedly a curse associated with the number ’39’ in Afghanistan. People are refusing license plates that has that number and it’s beginning to piss off the government. This exact issue has come up in the past as well. Afghan car buyers urged to defy the ‘curse of 39′ – Yahoo Finance UK. Afghans’…

The Strange Remains the Same for 6 June 2014

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To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself. ~Anne Rice Drexel Scientists Find Common Sweetener is a Safe Insecticide | Drexel University. Claims of strange UFO sightings over West Wales last night | Carmarthen Journal. BBC News – Fox behind Leeds footwear theft crimewave. Belleville woman charged with lying about terminal…

The Strange Remains the same for 5 June 2014

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“Nothing could be more damaging to science than the abandonment of the critical attitude and it’s replacement by too ready acceptance of hypotheses put forward on slender evidence.” ~WIB Beveridge I used to be a skeptic, but then… | Doubtful — by Sharon Hill. Hidden Beached Whale Revealed in 17th-Century Dutch Painting – Yahoo News.…

Can we put the Solway Spaceman mystery to rest?

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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…

The Strange Remains the same for Thursday 22 May 2014

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Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors. Whooping cough outbreak on P.E.I. continues to spread – Prince Edward Island – CBC News. Backlash to Big Bang Discovery…

Native hunters offer to help search for girls, armed with magic

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They aren’t afraid but the bravado is misplaced. Traditional Nigerian Hunters Want to Find Girls. Traditional hunters armed with homemade guns, poisoned spears and amulets have gathered in their hundreds, eager to use their skills and what they believe to be supernatural powers to help find nearly 300 schoolgirls abducted by Islamic extremists. With Nigeria’s…

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Family attack cat to the rescue

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OK, this may be the best pet cat ever. She’s a superheroine. AMAZING VIDEO: Cat saves boy from dog attack in Southwest Bakersfield – 23ABC News. A cat came to her best friend’s rescue Tuesday when a young boy was attacked by a dog in his driveway in Southwest Bakersfield and it was all caught…

Dog dislodges candy for choking owner

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This is a great story of what appears to be a panicky dog accidentally doing something heroic. Pawsome! Springer spaniel saves choking owner by performing the Heimlich manoeuvre. Super-pooch Mollypops saved her choking owner by using her “doggy sense” to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre on her. Terrified Rachel Hayes thought she was going to die…

The Strange remains the same for 03 March 2014

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“I have no response to that.” Opinion: Don’t like the exam question? Just cross it out…. Why Are Bankers Killing Themselves in Droves? | Skeptoid. See how to debunk viral photos in seconds using image search | Skeptical Software Tools. Baby to undergo blood transfusions despite objection of Jehovah’s Witnesses parents – Telegraph. Could mushrooms…