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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…

CIA psychic suit thrown out

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In an update to this story… Judge tosses Sacramento ‘psychic’ CIA lawsuit | news10.net. A federal judge has ruled the Central Intelligence Agency acted properly in responding to a retired California state worker’s search for information regarding an interrogation he claims took place nearly 50 years ago. Mosier sued under the Freedom of Information Act…

Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

LeBeau plantation house prior to complete destruction by ghost hunting trespassers

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…

More evidence suggests Toxoplasma infection may have permanent effects

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Parasites, what fantastic creepiness they bring to our lives! Toxoplasma infection permanently shifts balance in cat and mouse game. The toxoplasma parasite can be deadly, causing spontaneous abortion in pregnant women or killing immune-compromised patients, but it has even stranger effects in mice. Infected mice lose their fear of cats, which is good for both…

Discovery channel touts… giant shark. You KNEW this was coming, didn’t you? (UPDATE: Pwned)

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Discovery Channel, originator of the mermaid “documentary”, is now hyping the idea that the giant prehistoric shark, Megalodon, is still alive out there. Once again, they are getting pummeled by actual scientists and science writers whom they did not seek to consult. Take a look at their promotional video. I see some CGI, lots of…

Leftover Links for 8 February 2013

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Here are some worthwhile news stories we didn’t post today. Take a gander. Another case of danger in unregulated “medicine” TCM found to be poisonous in HK sells on mainland|Society|chinadaily.com.cn. Completely credulous story of Bigfoot in Florida. Question: There is one big deep print? No others leading to or away? Ridiculousness. io9 has a piece…

Pray to the alligator, maybe he’ll eat the murder evidence

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Suspects invoked ‘alligator god’ to destroy evidence of murder – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com. At least once a day, Robert Mackey and Paul Trucchio would pray to “the alligator god” that a human head, the only evidence of the brutal murder they committed, would be devoured by a reptile in the Everglades, two witnesses told jurors…

A zombie mind is a terrible thing to waste

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Here is your daily dose of “Republican congresspeople say the darndest things” Sen. Tom Coburn blasts homeland security spending as wasteful in report citing zombie apocalypse training – NY Daily News. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is taking aim at wasteful homeland security spending –and has zeroed in on a zombie apocalypse demonstration as one…

No stay to pray the gay away, says judge.

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While is was clear this would be fought in court, good news for science. 2nd judge refuses to block ban on sexual-orientation ‘conversion’ therapy – latimes.com. The day after a federal judge cast doubt on a new state law banning sexual-orientation therapy for minors, a second judge issued a ruling upholding it. According to Lynda…

Perceiving when you are being scammed – older versus young

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Elderly people are often targeted for scams because of their disposable funds and their percieved gullibility. Are they more gullible? Why? Older people are more susceptible to swindlers Stories of kindly grandmothers giving all their money away to nefarious confidence tricksters are unfortunately all too common. Now, researchers have suggested one reason why older people…

Leftover Links for October 31, 2012

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Hungry for more? Check out these tasty tidbits… No doubt they are valuable in searches but are they reliable? Sniffer dogs on trial. Are Dogs ‘Scientific Devices’? This is a very credulous and completely clueless reporter that has never heard of orbs showing up in photos. But the commenters knew. Mystery ‘orb’ memories haunt The…

Bigfoot researcher ad is bogus. What isn’t?

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Florida Bigfoot Researcher Ad on Craigslist Just A Hilarious Prank – Broward/Palm Beach The Daily Pulp. My brain exploded with excitement earlier this week. The catalyst: A help-wanted ad on Craigslist from a nonprofit in Pensacola for a Bigfoot researcher. The necessary qualifications were stringent, and the job duties exhaustive. Not only was the chosen…