Texas Board of Education passes improved rules for textbook review

teach the controversy

A very positive step! Laredo Morning Times – Texas board approves textbook review rule changes. The Texas Board of Education imposed tighter rules Friday on the citizen review panels that scrutinize proposed textbooks, potentially softening fights over evolution, religion’s role in U.S. history and other ideological matters that have long seeped into what students learn…

Who let that guy in? “Check his press pass”

911-guy

What’s the frequency Kenneth? Oh nevermind… SECURITY! Man arrested after shouting about 9/11 at Super Bowl news briefing | Reuters. A man who interrupted a Super Bowl news conference on Sunday with Most Valuable Player Malcom Smith to shout a conspiracy theory about the September 11, 2001, attacks was arrested and charged, a New Jersey…

Holy Tumbling Tumbleweeds!

tumbleweeds

No, not an invasion of tribbles but it sure looks like it. Tumbleweeds devour New Mexico town  – NY Daily News. Giant tumbleweeds are covering houses in the eastern New Mexico city of Clovis, where bulldozers are scooping up thousands of the prickly pests after a bad storm on Sunday. “It looked like a herd…

Remains of the weekend 01-02 February 2014

It's a rodent, not a meteorologist.

No wire hangers, ever! Kuzbass Yeti moves to Kazakhstan. Strange News. Tengrinews.kz. Is this photographic proof of the Newport ghost? « Shropshire Star. Bad Kitty: Watch Puma Surprise Family By Breaking into Kitchen During Breakfast. Third prominent banker found dead in six days | 2014-01-31 | HousingWire. Will evolution debate blow up in the Science…

Like a blade through butter…

butter

Not many details on this story. Razor Blades Found Inside Butter Purchased at NJ Supermarket | NBC New York. Razor blades were found inside two separate packages of butter inside a New Jersey grocery store, and police are investigating the incidents as possible food tampering. Two customers reported finding a razor blade inside a stick…

Beekeepers abuzz with concern over “Zom-bee” parasite

"Female Apocephalus borealis ovipositing into the abdomen of a worker honey bee" from Wikimedia Commons

Apocephalus borealis fly parasite lays eggs inside honey bees and causes neurological changes, creating “walker bees.”1 ‘Zombie’ Bees Surface in the Northeast (ABC News): An amateur beekeeper in Burlington, Vt., last summer found honeybees infested with parasites that cause the insects to act erratically and eventually kill them. It was the first spotting of zombie bees…

Utah rock toppler charged with criminal mischief

goblin rock

Remember this guy? Dude who toppled goblin rock in Utah is looking more like a troll. Well, good news. He’s getting his. And I for one (I’m sure there are many others) have a big-ass smile on. Ex-Boy Scout leaders involved in pushing over ancient rock charged – CNN.com. Glenn Taylor, who pushed over the rock,…

The Strange remains the same for 31 January 2014

Supposedly in Minnesota, where you can literally freeze your ass off.

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore. Atlanta snow is fake? Latest conspiracy theory cites ‘plastic snow’ – Rolling Out. Also: Debunked: Fake Snow, Burning Snow. | Metabunk. NeuroLogica Blog » Death Rate for Home Births. Royal Caribbean Norovirus Nonsense | Skeptoid. Craziest North Korean News Coverage – Virals – ShortList Magazine. Intelligent…

Tragic death by escalator

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I have heard of people’s clothing or hair getting stuck but this went one step further. Montreal woman dies after her scarf becomes stuck in subway escalator | News.com.au. A WOMAN has died after her scarf got caught in an escalator in a Montreal subway stop. The woman was riding the down escalator at the…

The Strange remains the same for 30 January 2014

toe jesus

What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Modern human genomes reveal our inner Neanderthal : Nature News & Comment. Microsoft joins campaign to end bear bile farming in China. Teachers oppose Va. bill challenging mainstream science – The Washington Post. The Jersey Devil: The Real Story – CSI. Why Conspiracy Theories Provoke Violence :…

Snakes! Why did it have to be snakes?

python

Too many snakes, a messed up owner, and a HORRID smell. Police finally raid a house and find a disaster. ‘House of horrors’ loaded with live, dead pythons. The smell wafting from the house was bad, to put it mildly. It was the result of more than 200 dead pythons, 200 still-living snakes, and a…