Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

Wait, WAAAAAAT? A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur. Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of…

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Alberta petroglyphs vandalized and ruined

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Alberta aboriginal rock etchings defaced with drill, power washer, acid. Ancient aboriginal pictograms and petroglyphs on an Albertan rock formation have been systematically destroyed by cultural vandals using a rock drill, acid and a power washer. The obliteration of the etchings on the Glenwood Erratic near Pincher Creek in southern Alberta was discovered last week,…

Chronic Fatigue virus connection not found. What’s the status of CFS? [Guest commentary J. Haban]

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This news is out today regarding an illness that has generated high levels of controversy. Doubtful News called on Joey Haban to provide us with informed commentary on the news and the status of CFS. Final Verdict: Virus Unrelated to Chronic Fatigue. The mouse virus XMRV is not associated with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), according…

Cause of chronic kidney disease in several countries is still a mystery that kills thousands

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As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers A mysterious form of chronic kidney disease — CKD — is afflicting thousands of people in rural, agricultural communities in Sri Lanka, India and Central America. The struggle to identify its causes is baffling researchers across multiple continents and posing a lethal puzzle worthy…

A vortex of fire in the Australian outback

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Rare Fire Devil Caught on Film. Nature’s not much for subtlety. Just ask Chris Tangey, the man who watched in awe as a 100-foot-high (30-meter-high) whirlwind of fire tore around a patch of Australian Outback on Tuesday (Sept. 11). Tangey, a filmmaker, managed to capture some very rare footage of the startling phenomenon while out…

A woman’s day in Australia is shallow and boring, I guess

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Australia’s #1 Magazine goes even softer… Woman’s Day gets more psychic Woman’s Day has beefed up its team of psychics and increased slightly in size as part of an overhaul of the top-selling weekly magazine unveiled with this week’s issue. The magazine has grown 3mm taller and 1mm wider and also refreshed its design with…

Teller, the rose, its shadow, and the honor system

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In an interesting and touching report, Esquire profiles magician Teller and his current unique situation. Teller Magician Interview – Chris Jones Teller Magician Profile – Esquire. Back in April, we posted this story: Teller sues to protect his magical work of art. Well, the claim has NOT been resolved and has gotten even more strange.…

Undead Threat: Zombie Scenario to Be Used as Training Tool at Counter-Terrorism Summit

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Security firm to hold zombie crisis scenario – Military Times. Forget the H1N1 pandemic. Could a future crisis arise from an outbreak of viruses that destroy brain cells and render people violently catatonic, like zombies? The far-fetched scenario of a government grappling a zombielike threat — think movies like “Night of the Living Dead” or,…

Dowsers quote Einstein in worthless appeal for legitimacy

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Press release for the Dowsing World Summit will leave you laughing/speechless/head-desking [choose one]… Einstein Thought Dowsing Was Genuine and Now 17 Experts Will Explain Why. To celebrate the possibilities dowsing offers, 17 international experts will be presenting their knowledge and use of dowsing at the inaugural Dowsing World Summit, held online at www.dowsingworldsummit.com, beginning September…

TV show sneaks nonsense in there: Aliens responsible for Easter Island Moai (Updated)

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This piece is from guest writer Molly Hodgdon: TV Show Says Aliens Visited Easter Island : Discovery News. A British television series called Wild Pacific is resurrecting the claim that the huge statues on Easter Island were created (or influenced) by extraterrestrials. According to one news story, the show asks,”Did extraterrestrials visit Earth, as… the…

Geological puzzle: Unidentified spherules found on Mars

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Strange Mystery Spheres on Mars Baffle Scientists – Yahoo! News. A strange picture of odd, spherical rock formations on Mars from NASA’s Opportunity rover has scientists scratching their heads over what exactly they’re looking at. The new Mars photo by Opportunity shows a close-up of a rock outcrop called Kirkwood covered in blister-like bumps that…

Skyshark causes UFO report again

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Not a UFO. No. Skyshark. Again. forgetomori » A UFO Shark Tale. Last August 26, 2012, four teenage girls from the city of Tres Pontas, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, captured the UFO video above. We can hear them gasping at the sight of what may look like a flying saucer. “We can see it…

I’m in ur suitcase, warming your undies

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Purr-fect stowaway: Bob-bob arrives at Disney after 10 hours in suitcase Bob-bob the cat wasn’t about to let his owner go to the Happiest Place on Earth without him. So he came along — in her suitcase. Days before her annual Disney trip, Ethel Maze of Circleville, Ohio, went through the familiar steps of confirming…

It’s always sunny in Iran…with the U.S. destroying the rain clouds and all

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Ahmadinejad says enemies destroy Iran’s rain clouds -reports Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his country’s enemies of enacting a sinister plan to create a drought by somehow destroying the rain clouds before they reach Iran, several Iranian websites reported on Tuesday. “The enemy destroys the clouds that are headed towards our country and this…

Just add “neuro-” in front of it to sound more sciencey

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An expose on the rash of popular neuroscience books that have appeared over the past few years. What should we think of them? Science? or Neuro-flapdoodle? Your brain on pseudoscience: the rise of popular neurobollocks An intellectual pestilence is upon us. Shop shelves groan with books purporting to explain, through snazzy brain-imaging studies, not only…

Rats! If you don’t cut the noise down here, I’m moving to a quieter neighborhood. Yours.

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Tunnel could create ‘ratpocalypse’ Seattle’s Alaskan Way viaduct tunnel project threatens to create an unpleasant spillover effect, and one that just might make your skin crawl. Millions of rodents and roaches have lived underground long before construction on the tunnel started. As the Puget Sound Business Journal first reported, when the giant boring machine goes…

Pi in the Sky

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Planes write out pi over the skies of San Francisco Bay Area | Crave – CNET The ephemeral event, known as Pi in the Sky, utilized five aircraft with dot-matrix skywriting technology to write out a thousand numbers of the beloved mathematical constant pi (3.14159..) at a 10,000-foot altitude. If that wasn’t impressive enough, the…

Encounter with “living beings” ends in death of seriously ill man

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YCSO investigating suspicious death at a ‘spiritual retreat’ in Congress, Arizona On July 21, Yavapai County Sheriff’s deputies found the body of 24 year-old Joe Fitzpatrick on the floor of a house in Congress, AZ. Now, the strange circumstances surrounding his death have the victim’s family asking if he had to die and law enforcement…

“Paranormal investigator” sues cops for treatment after arrest

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Everyone and their cousin can fashion themselves as “paranormal investigators” these days. The term is synonymous with poking around a property in the dark with scientifical gadgets. This one highlights another one of the hazards to said hobby- getting nabbed by the cops for suspicious activity. Ghostbusters! Chester cop, arrested, sues Upland Boro A Chester…

A mammoth blunder about living cells

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I saw this headline first: Siberian Mammoth remains found to contain ‘live cells’ and did a double take. It contained the obligatory references to cloning and “Jurassic Park” (mammoths did not exist at the time of dinosaurs). But the worst thing was the claim of  “living cells” as used. The cells are not “living” if…

Cortez UFO is identified as Juno missile

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Another UFO turns into an IFO UDPATE: Mystery solved — it was a missile! The light in the sky south of the Cortez Airport was from a missile contrail from the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. A spokesman for the U.S. Army’s White Sands Missile Range tells The Associated Press the…

Was Tutankhamen epileptic?

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A new theory emerges about the mysterious death of Tutankhamen – The Washington Post. Tutankhamen’s mysterious death as a teenager may finally have been explained. The condition that cut short the Egyptian ruler’s life may also have triggered the earliest monotheistic religion, suggests a new review of his family history. Since his lavishly furnished, nearly…

Meet the Lesula: A newly discovered monkey species

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New primate discovered. No, it’s not Bigfoot. ‘Gorgeous’ New Monkey Discovered in Africa The world’s newest-known monkey is a shy creature with bright-blue buttocks that lives quietly in the remote rain forests of central Africa, according to the American researchers who discovered a new monkey species. Cercopithecus Lomamiensis, locally called the lesula, is barefaced and…

The red Yangtze and other portents of doom spark political rumors in China

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No official explanation yet for why the Yangtze turned red. But, superstitions abound in China as several events are linked together in people’s minds. What has a ‘red Yangtze’ got to do with Xi Jinping? – The China Post. The Yangtze River mysteriously turned red. Thousands of alligators strangely surfaced at a lake in Nanjing.…

Psychic sued for fraud, allegedly bilked man out of $30K

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Man sues Auburn psychic, claims fraud. An Auburn psychic is facing a lawsuit from a dissatisfied customer who claims she bilked him out of more than $30,000 while claiming to pray for his relatives. Abraham Char contends a woman identified in court documents only as “Mama Tanya” tricked him into providing her with thousands of…

Mother Mary! Virgin birth in wild serpents.

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Virgin births discovered in wild snakes. Researchers in the US caught pregnant females from two snake species and genetically analysed the litters. That proved the North American pit vipers reproduced without a male, a phenomenon called facultative parthenogenesis that has previously been found only in captive species. Scientists say the findings could change our understanding…

Scientologist offering free ‘Detox’ treatment for Agent Orange victims in Vietnam

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Agent Orange Victims Get Scientology ‘Detox’ Treatment. The Vietnamese government is turning to a “detoxification” method developed by the founder of the Church of Scientology to treat victims of Agent Orange, a toxic defoliant the U.S. military used during the Vietnam War. According to local media reports, 24 patients from the central city of Da…