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The Strange remains the same for 11 Feb 2014

We’ve had the three busiest days on DN ever as well as inquiries regarding the skulls and the Dyer bigfoot body… I am exhausted. Send chocolate! ~Editor UPDATE: ‘Big cat’ spotted at Horseshoe Point could be missing dog | Grimsby Telegraph. CFP: Interdisciplinary Symposium on Gef, the ‘talking mongoose’ « Mark Carrigan. Gender Tests for…

SETI scientist ventures an ETA for ET Contact: By the Year 2040

Seth Shostak

Seth Shostak isn’t hedging; the SETI Institute (“Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence”) director spoke at Stanford University, and made a prediction about said search. Bold Prediction: Intelligent Alien Life Could Be Found by 2040  (Space.com): By 2040 or so, astronomers will have scanned enough star systems to give themselves a great shot of discovering alien-produced electromagnetic signals, said Seth…

Satanic ritual leads to murder of Houston girl

A horrific story of a murder of teen based on superstition. Official: Deal with devil prompted girl’s killing : Stltoday. Two teenage boys were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they sexually assaulted and killed a 15-year-old suburban Houston girl in a satanic ritual, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Seventeen-year-old Jose E. Reyes…

Former “skeptic” is now an exorcist trainer

I use the term “skeptic” VERY loosely, because he is not using evidence but is simply too credulous. However, this sounds an awful lot like a testable claim… hmm. Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic, Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms. Quoted without corrections: A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to…

Hmm. Mysterious noise in Surbiton investigated.

Not much info on this but the local council has given residents noise diaries to keep notes on what they describe is an annoying low-frequency hum that has been bothering them for weeks. They hear it day and night but the source is unknown. Mysterious humming sound leaves residents baffled – council issues noise diaries…

Climbing crocs

A recent research report in Herpetology Notes [V7: 3-7 (2013)] reveals that the rumors are true. Sometimes crocodiles climb trees. Climbing behaviour in extant crocodilians[PDF] Although arboreality in extinct crocodilians is frequently suggested, the climbing abilities have never been discussed in any detail in scientific literature. We present an overview of on climbing in extant…

Eyewitness identification often points to wrong person: Police adjust

Several jurisdictions are adopting the method of the “double-blind sequential lineup” to reduce false identification of suspects. Prince George’s police to transform photo lineups – The Washington Post. The Prince George’s County Police Department is transforming how detectives conduct photo lineups in an effort to prevent innocent people from going to prison. Starting this spring,…

The Strange remains the same for 10 Feb 2014

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” The return of the revenge of high dose vitamin C for cancer « Science-Based Medicine. Olaus Magnus’s Sea Serpent | The Public Domain Review. Scots charity in plea for double-nosed dog that can’t find loving home – Daily Record. This Fish Is Driving Its Own Motorized…

Priest in Zimbabwe disappears in river, mermaids to blame

A drowning in Zimbabwe. Another allegation of mermaids. Prophet drowns during cleansing ceremony, family blame mermaids | News 24. A self-styled prophet on Wednesday drowned in a river during a cleansing ceremony in Epworth, giving residents quite a scare. The prophet, Simbarashe Kamupondera, 31, of Nyeredzi Nhatu apostolic sect, met his fate around midday as…

Interesting New Books Vol 4

We are a well-read lot. Here are some new releases available that Doubtful News readers might find interesting. This is the fourth edition of… INTERESTING NEW BOOKS. [This listing does not constitute endorsement. Feel free to send review books to us – contact editor@doubtfulnews.com for possible inclusion on our Book Recommendations page which ARE endorsed.] INTERESTING NEW BOOKS Nobel Prizes…

The Strange remains of the weekend 08-09 February 2013

“La-dee-da, la-dee-da.” BBC Religion & Ethics – The power of miracles: Naples’s prodigious blood. Cruelty Officer May Lose Santeria-Linked Face-Off via Courthouse News Service. Why Confounding Coincidences Happen Every Day : NPR. Happisburgh footprints: they will make us rethink what we know about early humans – Telegraph. Rise of the Werewolf Cats: a New Breed Is Born…

Congregation gets some resolution to Ponzi scheme fraud

In an update to this story, Bible marketing: Ponzi scheme took many investors, some members of the church have settled their suit. I-TEAM: Settlements for some in Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. He came into church with promises of riches for Bishop Eddie Long’s congregation. Ephren Taylor, a self-described financial guru, left with nearly a million…