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The superstitious flight to HEL

All passengers are now invited to board Flight 666 to Hel-sinki… Flight 666 To HEL Flies On Friday The 13th. Would you board flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th? For superstitious travelers, that might be tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki – which has the 3 letter designation HEL –…

A cursed coconut!? Run away!

This is just nuts. Maldives vote-rigging row after 'black magic coconut' is found near polling booth – Asia – World – The Independent. A vote-rigging row has erupted in the Maldives ahead of Saturday’s presidential election amid suspicions that one party is using cursed coconuts imbued with black magic spells to sway voters’ political allegiances.…

Your neighbors REALLY want you out for good

Accused of black magic, they will be killed if they return because their neighbors fear them. For Couple Accused of Sorcery, Still Not Safe to Return Home. An ethnic Jarai couple accused of sorcery and forced out of their village in Ratanakkiri province’s O’Yadaw district have failed to have their expulsion overturned by local officials,…

Pre-game ritual: Sheep slaughter

Apparently it’s tradition for this team to sacrifice a sheep before a (European) football match. The Scottish SPCA says, you’re not in your own country now. Shakhter Karagandy boss defends sheep slaughter ahead of Celtic game | Glasgow & West | News | STV. Shakhter Karagandy boss Viktor Kumykov plans to continue the Kazakh club’s…

Men arrested for witch accusation and abuse in Nepal

Old superstitions die hard. The Himalayan Times : Widow branded as witch‚ fed human excreta – Detail News : Nepal News Portal. A widow was accused of being witch, beaten up and forced to eat human excrement by her neighbours in Bishrampur VDC of Parsa district on Tuesday evening. Four locals including Devmati Chaurasiya, Laldevi…

Hungry ghost month affects decision-making

This piece is chock full of Philippine superstitious beliefs. It’s that time of year again – Manila Standard Today. According to Chinese culture, the Gates of the Spirit both from Heaven and Hell open and release spirits to freely roam the Earth. On Aug. 21, the 15th day, the Hungry Ghost Festival is observed when it is…

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

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 6 July 2013

Dishing out some leftover links for your perusal. Enjoy. Whoa! If this is what it looked like, I’d be scared too! But it’s a bit of an exaggeration, methinks. Beast of Bodmin spotted in Redruth | This is Cornwall. How alien conspiracists are just like creationists – Salon.com. How Sunscreen Can Burn You : Shots…

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…

Willow wallaroo wandered away

If you find this cute little thing, you may be tempted to keep her. The MidWeek | Baby wallaroo missing in rural Kingston. If you happen to see what looks like a miniature kangaroo hopping about, there’s nothing wrong with your eyes. Her name is Willow, and her human family would very much like to…

Flustered over the Pope’s impromptu exorcism

What did he JUST DO? The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist? The question has bubbled up ever since Francis laid his hands on the head of a young man in a wheelchair after celebrating Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, shook, then slumped in…

Bad karma to ticket scalpers

Oh man, you are inviting trouble if you capitalize on the Dalai Lama’s good graces. Dalai Lama ticket scalpers inviting bad karma | kgw.com Portland. Scalping tickets to the Dalai Lama’s May 10 speech in Eugene and a Portland environmental conference is legal in Oregon, but a follower says it’s bad karma. The Register-Guard reports…

Voodoo doesn’t work. Neither did the hit man.

Black magic used in domestic abuse. D.C. man who used voodoo to try to kill his wife sentenced to 4 years in prison – The Washington Post. Cheryl McLaughlin returned to her Northeast Washington home after work about two years ago to find candles flickering in her living room, with slips of paper under each…

Beheading over witchcraft in Uganda

Granted we are NOT getting the whole story on this but because of that, it makes it much worse. Farmer, Siraje Kayondo was attacked on Saturday evening at about 7pm as he returned from his field. He encountered a machete-wielding group. He was tied up and beheaded. Man’s head cut off over ‘witchcraft’ – monitor.co.ug.…

Widow cleansing superstition leads to spread of HIV

This is a story about the devaluing of women, the hold that superstition has on uneducated women and the serious consequences it causes. What’s the harm in superstition, right? Right… Lawyer fights ‘widow cleansing’ tradition in Malawi – CNN.com. One such custom, prevalent in the southern tip of the landlocked country, is “widow cleansing,” a…

Penis thefts in Africa. It’s a thing.

There have been some stories going around regarding the spate of penis thefts in Africa. Yes, you read that right. But the Alternet and Huffington Post pieces are not as good as this original one. While this is not technically “news” since the story is from earlier this month, and as you can see, it’s…

Six-year old abused for witchcraft in Nigeria

This story has allegations of witchcraft against a six year old child thanks to an unnamed “prophetess” in Nigeria. Father ties, locks up six-year-old daughter for witchcraft | OSUN DEFENDER. A 42-year-old father, Mr. Edet Etok-Akpan, is currently being quizzed at the headquarters of the Cross River State Police Command in Calabar for torturing his…