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But scaring yourself is so easy… US scientists challenge scares about food links to cancer | Science | The Observer. They are mainstay stories of tabloid newspapers and women’s magazines, linking common foods from burnt toast to low-fat salad dressing to cancer. But now US scientists have warned that many reports connecting familiar ingredients with…

Leftover Links for November 30, 2012

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OH MY GOSH! What a crazy news day. I couldn’t get to these. Check them out. Interesting. They don’t know what this crane-like bird is, may be hybrid. Mystery bird spotted at NM national refuge More on NASA’s efforts to squelch the Mayan apocalypse rumors NASA naysays Nibiru: space agency tries to battle 2012 apocalypse…

‘Satanic’ Tracker Chips in student IDs raises actual legitimate concerns

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Student Gripe Over ‘Satanic’ Student Tracker Chips Goes to Federal Court. To 15-year-old Andrea Hernández, the tracking microchip embedded in her student ID card is a “mark of the beast,” sacrilege to her Christian faith — not to mention how it pinpoints her location, even in the school bathroom. Starting this fall, the fourth-largest school…

Rhino horns theft from Leicester museum

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Rhino horns worth tens of thousands stolen from Leicester museum. Three rhinoceros horns worth tens of thousands of pounds have been stolen from a museum’s secure storage area. The items, which have been in New Walk Museum’s collection for 50 years, may have been stolen for sale on the black market. Dr Dave Unwin, of…

…and the assist goes to Scientology’s John Travolta

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John Travolta Boasts How He Helped Cure ‘Car Wreck’ Victim in Church of Scientology Magazine Interview – Celebuzz. John Travolta has claimed he helped a car crash survivor who was suffering “constant pain” from a broken ankle by using a mysterious Scientology procedure called “an assist” — leaving the victim “noticeably better” afterwards. “I was…

Strange sky event in China was European rocket launch

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Chinese UFO linked to rocket – Cosmic Log. Amateur astronomers in China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces reported seeing the weird phenomenon on Nov. 11. They watched as a luminous object moved through the heavens, shimmering with rays or rings of light. The reports made a splash on Chinese news websites such as Sina.com, as well…

Superstitions claim another victim looking for Lost Dutchman gold

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This is a cautionary tale about becoming too obsessed with a crazy idea. Body of man who hunted legendary 'Lost Dutchman's' gold mine believed found in Arizona mountains. Three years ago, a Denver bellhop ventured into Arizona’s Superstition Mountains determined to find the Lost Dutchman’s Mine, an elusive, vast gold reserve that has lured prospectors…

Colloidal silver concoction causes evacuation

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Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites evacuated as police investigate possible threat. Guests returned to the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites shortly around 5 p.m. Wednesday less than two hours after being evacuated by Gainesville police, who were investigating a report of a suspicious substance in a hotel room. Investigators eventually determined that the threat actually…

Unicorn lair in North Korea. I don’t even… (UPDATE: Not real unicorns)

Unicorn diagram. (Think Geek)

The perfectly doubtful news story. North Korea Has Found a Secret Unicorn Lair, Apparently “Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom,” reports the — wait. Stop. UNICORNS? That’s an actual snippet from a…

U.K.’s National Health Service warns about unproven treatment clinics abroad

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Cancer patients warned against clinics offering unproven treatments | Society | The Guardian. The government is taking the groundbreaking step of officially warning cancer patients and their families against substandard clinics – often abroad – that offer unproven treatments, following a Guardian investigation. The move follows coverage of the plight of children with neuroblastoma, a…

Leftover Links for November 29, 2012

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There were LOTS of things I found interesting today. Weird, wild and WTF? “I don’t know what to make of the signs – people do some weird things.” Sudbury’s mystery ‘Do not eat the flowers’ signs The future of medical devices. Really cool. Scan Your Temple, Manage Your Health With New Futuristic Device In Search…

Former Bigfoot hoaxer pulls Mars prank

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The Bad Astronomer, Phil Plait, exposes this one but it has a funny twist: Hoax site says NASA’s Curiosity rover found plastic beads on Mars. I got a note from my friend Jules at Geeky Pleasures letting me know that a hoax website has turned up claiming NASA found plastic beads on Mars. Let’s be…

Seralini GM maize study booted by EFSA

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An update to this story about a study condemning GM corn. European Agency’s Final Verdict on Controversial GM Study: Not Scientifically Sound – ScienceInsider. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) today delivered its final verdict on a controversial study that examined the toxicity of genetically modified (GM) maize. The study “does not meet acceptable scientific…

Children associated with cultish leader Pontbriand taken into custody

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Youth protection takes 10 children among followers of ‘guru’ – Montreal – CBC News. Youth protection officials from Quebec’s Montérégie region have taken custody of 10 children who had allegedly been living with followers of a self-styled prophet of the apocalypse in Arizona. Marcel Pontbriand, a former businessman from Beloeil, Que, who claims he can…

Vampire concerns reported in Serbia

Vampire of folklore Sava Savanovic and the mill house where they say he lived.

I’ve seen this one over the past week circulating on the Daily Mail and other tabloids which we normally don’t address here at Doubtful News (because EVERYTHING in the Daily Mail and The Sun ought to be assumed to be doubtful). But since it finally made it to mainstream news, it’s worth addressing. This piece…

Leftover Links for November 28, 2012

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Some interesting and very humorous stuff leftover today. Be enraged, and then have a good laugh. More on “curse” hoaxes by psychics. Toronto man charged in alleged witchcraft scam; victim paid $14K. This is just HILARIOUS. Don’t miss it. Bigfoot DNA confirmed: Bigfoot himself comments on the discovery | National Post. Phil Plait surveys the…

NYC had a very pleasant Monday

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No Violent Crimes Reported In New York City On Monday, First Time In Recent Memory. On Monday, New York City had its first day on record without a violent crime being reported. For the New York City Police Department, Monday was quite the anomaly. According to Reuters, the NYPD had no reports of a violent…

Psychic business not an “approved” use in California town

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Healdsburg planners reject ‘psychic palm and card reading’ business | PressDemocrat.com. Healdsburg doesn’t see a “psychic palm and card reading” business in its future. The Planning Commission on a 6-0 vote Tuesday night rejected an application by self-described psychic Mike Stevens to set up shop in a former insurance office downtown… The commission affirmed the…

The continuing saga of Sasquatch DNA

Watch out. Bigfoot (double) crossing.

It’s been a busy week in Sasquatchery. As we reported on Saturday, a press release was issued officially by Dr. Melba Ketchum’s DNA Diagnostics announcing the study she completed which is awaiting publication regarding the collection and analysis of supposedly Bigfoot DNA. Since then, many outlets have picked up the story, several have used our…

Ghost hunter dies of lung illness

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Poking around buildings, especially old ones, can be hazardous. Here is news of an investigator whose death has been linked by her husband to contaminants in a house. Ghost Hunter Dies After Harmful Exposure During Investigation @ Paranormal Research Society. A few weeks ago, PRS was contacted by Shane Harris, a fellow paranormal investigator based…

Leftover Links for November 27, 2012

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Busy day, so there are a number of leftover today. Good ones. Check them out… This one is a bit dubious. ‘Cagliostro ghost sightings’ spook Arezzo – GazzettaDelSud. Here is a good summary of the problems. Herbal supplement dangers: FDA does not regulate supplements and they can be deadly. – Slate Magazine. Conversion therapy has…

Christian magazine concludes sex with demons makes you gay (UPDATE: Correction!)

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I kid you not. (Edit: See more explanation below) Christian group says demon sex makes you gay – Salon.com. The reigning scientific consensus on sexual orientation is that it’s an inherited, biological trait, but that’s just because scientists don’t know how to party. A far sexier explanation has been offered up by Christian magazine Charisma,…

Thermography breast cancer testing under fire in Canada

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Some clinics are saying this thermography test is more accurate than mammography. That’s not been shown to be true and Canadian provinces are taking action. ‘Useless’ breast cancer test touted across country. Two provinces have issued cease and desist orders against medical clinics that promote the benefits of thermography, a diagnostic test for breast cancer…

Kim Jong Un-Sexiest Man accolade

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In doubtful news, in more ways than one… Chinese paper congratulates Kim Jong Un on being named ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ by the Onion. In a hilarious if increasingly common example of a real newspaper taking a satirical newspaper seriously, the People’s Daily—the website for the Communist Party of China’s newspaper—published a story on Tuesday congratulating…