The psychic animals are back: Goat gets her chance

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It’s been a while. They’ve not really gone away but just so you don’t forget that the media considers this “news”, here ya go. No kidding – Psychic goat picked out result of Plymouth Argyle’s clash with Cheltenham | Plymouth Herald. PREDICTING the outcome of Plymouth Argyle’s clash with Cheltenham on Saturday was probably not…

Industrial Heat sinks money into E-cat cold fusion “technology”

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It’s been a little while since we heard what was happening with the E-cat cold fusion machine. You’ll recall it was HIGHLY questionable and HIGHLY implausible. See all stories here. It still has not been proven to work. But it appears there is an investor who has bought the rights to the technology. Dubious Cold…

Remains of the weekend 25-26 January 2014

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“Fortune, fame, mirror vain, gone insane but the memory remains” Bryan Adams takes son into woods, believing boy is ‘demon,’ investigators say | Treasure Coast News – WPBF Home. ARE BLACK WILDCATS PROWLING EAST COUNTY? | East County Magazine. On the trail of something big? | Asheboro Courier Tribune. Two racehorses killed in head-on collision…

Reincarnated kids TV show up for another season

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Last March, we posted on the casting for this show. Apparently it’s running into another season. Oh, yay. What crap. “The Ghost Inside My Child” Casting Call | Ghost TV Blogs. Do you believe your child was reincarnated? Have they told you stories about past life memories and have you discovered that the memories are…

Bob Larson does exorcisms via Skype

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Hmm, who would think of such a thing? Exorcisms as commonplace? Oh, I don’t know. Could it be… SATAN Bob Larson? He’ll resort to any means to push his idea that all the bad things in your life are caused by demons that he can release. Reverend Bob Larson performing exorcisms via Skype from Scottsdale.…

Robert O. Young quacks not guilty to felony charges

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I won’t be cheering until this guy is in jail for a long while. Controversial alternative health provider pleads not guilty – San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com. A man accused of going beyond advocating dietary changes and using intravenous treatments on “patients” he housed at his avocado ranch in…

Stars in his eyes, an unfortunate accident

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A very strange side effect of electrical shock is described here. Shock Leaves Man With Star-Shaped Cataracts – ABC News. Yes, you can have stars in your eyes. Unfortunately. That’s the lesson one electrician learned the hard way. The unidentified man, 42, developed star-shaped cataracts after being shocked by 14,000 volts of electricity on his…

There are no fairytale creatures in Lukhovitsky district, Russia

Now THAT'S a chupa.

Good to know a place is chupacabra- (and other mythical animal) free. Moscow Region Officials Formally Deny Existence of Chupacabra | Russia | RIA Novosti. The legendary monster chupacabra was blamed for the recent inexplicable death of 60 sheep in a remote corner of the Moscow Region. The livestock’s killer left no footprints in the…

The Strange Remains the Same for 24 January 2014

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“Round up the usual suspects.” Well-known woo-meister in trouble for illegal donations. Former College President Indicted In Manhattan Federal Court For Campaign Finance Fraud. Man claims to be rock star to avoid medical bills, police say | KSL.com. Big Data Crushes Anti-Vaccination Movement – Forbes. Human skulls found at Salem recycling center belonged to dead man,…

The New Madrid fault – and yet it moves

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Seismologists take a look at the aftershock activity on this intra-plate seismic zone and then make a Monty Python joke. Unfortunately, it’s not funny… Study: New Madrid fault zone alive and active. The New Madrid fault zone in the nation’s midsection is active and could spawn future large earthquakes, scientists reported Thursday. It’s “not dead…

Snorting candy: Kids are dumb, some school officials are too

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Yes, kids do stupid things. They always have and always will. But school officials saying dumb things to go along with it is NOT HELPING. Middle school warns snorting Smarties may lead to nasal maggots | wtsp.com. Officials at a Portsmouth Middle School in Rhode Island warned parents last week that they recently became aware…

Crying wolf: Lies and made-up police sketches of attackers

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People lie about the darndest things. We found two stories of female victims who claimed they were attacked, provided a description of their male assailant, and then were found to be hoaxing the incident by police. Police: Teen lied about attack at Toledo bus stop. On Jan. 16, a 14-year-old girl reported to police that…

Giant squid showing up in Japan

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The second giant squid of this year was caught alive in Japanese waters. Giant squid caught in fishing net in Japan – Telegraph. According to the Tottori prefecture fishing cooperative, the squid was caught on Monday evening off the prefecture’s coast, when fishermen were trawling for flatfish and crabs. The squid measured 11 feet long,…

The Strange Remains the Same for 23 January 2014

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Welcome to the jungle, we got fun and games. Paranormal Show to Film at ‘A Christmas Story’ House | FOX8.com. Antievolution legislation in Missouri | NCSE. Glenn Beck and Other ‘Too Little, Too Late’ Apologies – The Daily Beast. Alchemy May Not Have Been the Pseudoscience We All Thought It Was | Science | Smithsonian.…

Ship! Rats!

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I can’t really improve on the title of this piece: Ghost ship full of cannibal rats could be about to crash into Devon coast | Plymouth Herald. Reports that a ghost ship brimming with diseased rats is about to plough into the Westcountry’s coastline have been rubbished by the coastguard. The abandoned Lyubov Orlova has…

Herbadeath?

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Things heat up against Herbalife with a call to look into their business practices. Senator Calls for Inquiry Into Herbalife – NYTimes.com. Herbalife, the nutritional supplements company that has long been in the cross hairs of a powerful hedge fund manager, is coming under increased scrutiny in Washington. Senator Edward J. Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts,…

Mystery goo origin revealed via DNA: When the magpie met the frog

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This material found in a park in the U.K. had previously been tested and revealed to be frog spawn but they went another step. I really love that they tested this material. Test Results Back For ‘Alien Goo’ Found After UFO Sighting in Somerset. The mystery of alien goo which appeared in Somerset following an…

New, rare river dolphin identified in Brazil

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A not unexpected surprise. But a nice one. BBC News – Brazil dolphin is first new river species since 1918. Scientists in Brazil have discovered the first new river dolphin species since the end of World War One. Named after the Araguaia river where it was found, the species is only the fifth known of…

The Strange remains the same for 22 Jan 2014

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Mama always said life was like a box of leftovers. You never know what you’re gonna get. Man ‘prevented power cuts through prayer’ | News24. A Smart Movie That Questions Evolution (Yes, It’s Possible!) | Underwire | Wired.com. Bigfoot Lunch Club: 10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty Viewership Increases. GOP Senate Candidate Kathleen Tonn Delivers Message…