Leftover Links for 1 January 2013

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It’s the first of the year and there were a lot of zany stories that came across the feed. I have no response to these… Bird Removed From Chinese Zoo For Screaming Obscenities – Neatorama. UFOs & Venus and tsunamis Book reveals secrets of NZ archives. Freak accident: man dies as toy plane flies into…

Jeffs messes up again

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Oops, another false prophet. Twice unlucky for Mormon cult leader – 3 News. The leader of a breakaway Mormon sect has incorrectly prophesied the end of the world for the second time in as many months. Warren Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS), issued his latest edict last…

Coyote attack in Kent, Washington

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Those buggers are bold. Kent man attacked by coyotes in his own backyard |KOMO News. A local man was attacked by coyotes in his own backyard and spent most of Friday night in the emergency room. Now he is now warning others to be on the lookout – and he’s especially worried for pets and…

Werewolves and the genetics of hypertrichosis

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This is an interesting piece from PLOS blog – genetic science behind “werewolf syndrome” (Ambras syndrome) The Curious Genetics of Werewolves | DNA Science Blog. The author notes that hypertrichosis, mentioned in a recent paper in PLOS Genetics, was known historically as “werewolf syndrome.” In the paper, geneticist Angela Christiano, PhD, and colleagues at Columbia…

Cannibalism reported in tea plantation murders

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Cannibalism suspected in India tea plantation murders | News.com.au. POLICE in northeast India say they believe workers on a tea plantation who bludgeoned their boss and his wife to death last month also ate parts of their bodies. “Our investigations say that at least five plantation workers ate the flesh of the tea planter and…

Dr. Oz portrayed as a shill for useless treatments

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Oh I do like this piece, with quotes from Edzard Ernst and Steve Novella. Can you trust Dr. Oz? His medical advice often conflicts with the best science. – Slate Magazine. No. You can’t trust him. Edzard Ernst, has dedicated his career to analyzing research on alternative and complementary medicine; he found that the supplement…

Scientologists wish to preserve teachings no matter what befalls Earth

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I can’t put it past Scientologists to do seemingly wacky things but I’m not sure what to make of this story. Scientologists build underground ‘space alien cathedral’ – The West Australian. Scientologists have constructed an enormous underground “space alien cathedral” near Roswell in the United states, according to a BBC reporter. John Sweeney, who has…

Doubtful News favorite stories of 2012

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It’s that time of year where you see list after list of the BEST this or that. Well, these weren’t necessary the best but they were our favorite stories of the year here at Doubtful News. We posted around 2000 stories so it was a lot to dig through. But, your two editors picked out…

Leftover Links for 31 December 2012

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It’s the end of 2012. Good bye year! This story was interesting in that the “psychic” somewhat reveals that she has a special power to relate to people and tell them what they want to hear. “Most people just want to know their loved ones are OK. It gives people closure.” Indeed. And there is…

HA ha: Our best titles of the year

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Just for fun today, I dug through the archives for 2012 and came up with best titles we devised for Doubtful News stories. It’s a fun way to look back at the weird and wild things that happened last year and to pat myself on the back for occasionally being punny. Very occasionally. People get…

South Dakota lawmaker talks of expanding vaccine exemption

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Lawmaker: Let parents opt out of vaccines for their kids | The Argus Leader | argusleader.com. South Dakota law has a religious exemption for vaccinations, but it requires opposition to vaccines to be part of a religion’s doctrine. Incoming state Sen. Jeff Monroe, R-Pierre, plans to introduce a bill letting any “sincere, verifiable religious belief”…

Telegraph’s bizarre front page story on cancer treatment

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Simon Singh tweeted this story by saying: “Great she is well, bad that patients will be misled: ‘organic diet helped me beat breast cancer’” Marchioness of Worcester: organic diet helped me beat breast cancer The Marchioness of Worcester has spoken for the first time about her successful battle against breast cancer, and has credited an…

Alternative ancient history author Philip Coppens dies

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Author and investigative journalist, Philip Coppens passes away. Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report] Philip Coppens, commentator on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: The Series, has reportedly died. Hundreds of “RIP” messages have poured in on the official Facebook page of Philip Coppens, the author and investigative journalist best known for his work…

Leftover Links for 30 December 2012

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Trying to hold up the site as pieces fall apart today. Does anyone have a dedicated server we can use? (*nervous laughter*) Here are a few bits leftover that you should definitely check out before year’s end. Hayley Stevens writes A Skeptical Review of 2012 | bladud Magazine for 2012 with a U.K. perspective. The Young Australian…

Obamacare covers alternative medicine treatments

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This sounds disturbing. Obamacare to cover acupuncture, alternative medicine. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as “Obamacare,” what is now called alternative medicine may become as accessible and as widely accepted as conventional medicine. The controversial act specifically mentions complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and integrative healthcare in seven different…

Vaccination workers back on the job in Pakistan

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An update to a story posted on Dec 19, here, the vaccination program has resumed. Polio vaccinations resume in Pakistan – SFGate. Under police guard, thousands of health workers pressed on with a polio immunization program Thursday after nine were killed elsewhere in Pakistan by suspected militants who oppose the vaccination campaign. Immunizations were halted in…

Leftover Links for 29 December 2012

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Forgot to schedule this for last night but the server crashed anyway. Sorry. Here are three leftovers. Cool ones too. ‘UFO’ Videotaped From Airplane: What Is It? : Discovery News. Mylar Balloon Sparks Power Outage: SDG&E | NBC 7 San Diego. Big cat sightings expected to hit a high in January | This is Gloucestershire.

New book out on Lake Champlain monster

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There is a new book out on Champ, the monster of Lake Champlain. And the author has concluded there really is something fishy in there, a monster even, but not what people love to think it is. Champ: Hook, line and sinker – Times Union. Bartholomew’s long investigation and endless fascination has resulted in a…

Leftover Links for 28 December 2012

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Some really cool links today. Check them out. This one is fun, EPIC FAIL APOCALYPSES The Mayans Aren’t the Only Ones to Get It Wrong – Worst ‘End of World’ Predictions… and the Embarrassing Excuses Rock Hill Herald Online. We were noting on the Twitter feed that there was rumor of a captured Bigfoot. I…

Chicken fire alarm

Cluck Cluck. Hero.

Wisconsin couple says pet chicken alerted them to blaze | Duluth News Tribune. A Wisconsin couple says clucks, not fire trucks, helped them escape a blaze at their home. Dennis Murawska, 59, said a pet chicken named Cluck Cluck woke his wife Susan Cotey, 52, with loud clucking from its cage in the basement two…

Big cat reports in Scotland down for 2012

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Investigators fear Big Cats could be dying out in Scotland – Daily Record. BIG cat investigators fear the elusive creatures could be dying out in Scotland after sightings plummeted to their lowest in 25 years. Around 70 reports have been made to Big Cats in Britain’s Scots-based team this year – almost half the number…

Injecting some sense into media stories

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Sense About Science charity criticises Simon Cowell for using ‘house healer’, but praises Stuart Broad and Gary Kemp Celebrities taken to task in annual round-up of scientific nonsense   Every Christmas, the charity Sense About Science (SAS) records the silly scientific things celebrities say and do in the hope that these high-profile figures might think…

Leftover Links for 27 December 2012

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Lots of succulent leftovers today. Enjoy. Cool stuff Man Walks All Day to Create Massive Snow Patterns (Part 2) – My Modern Metropolis. Gee, another unreality reality show. Color me surprised. snopes.com: Amish Mafia and, in town Presence of ‘Amish Mafia’ felt in Lancaster city – Entertainment. They had all good intentions. Mountains of Madness: Scientists Poised to…

The “meh” ghosts of 2012

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It was, frankly, a DISAPPOINTING year in good ghost stories. But we have a few. Hayley Stevens dug into some herself and provides the worst 5 on her blog. The 5 Worst Ghosts of 2012 | Hayley Stevens. Three of these also appeared here on DN. Casper the friendly bug appears on video. Shadowy photo…

Narconon dying in Georgia

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The continued bad vibes around Scientology include what sounds like a death knell for their Narconon program. Fourth Narconon Closure – Scientology Rehabs Collapsing. Scientology drug rehabs appear to be collapsing like a line of fragile dominoes as government and health agency investigations press on. Today, the state Department of Community Health in Georgia has…