Flesh-eating fungus deaths were unanticipated consequence of tornado

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“This is one of the most severe fungal infections that anyone’s ever seen…” Fungus responsible for 5 deaths in the wake of massive tornado. A fast growing, flesh-eating fungus killed 5 people following a massive tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., according to two new studies based on genomic sequencing by the Translational Genomics Research Institute…

Help needed here! NOW, dog says

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Dogs are smart. Sun News : Dog honks horn for help. Muzzled and unable to bark for help, police say Kiki the husky found another way to alert helpful humans to its desperate plight. The dog honked a car horn. Police say the 13-year-old dog was left in deplorable conditions in a moving van, along…

Twitter rumors of planned shootings in Alabama kept kids home

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Yesterday was a painful day. As a parent, it’s extremely difficult to imagine anything worse than the Connecticut shooting. Before the news came out, this story was in the queue… Shooting rumors kept more than 1,000 Huntsville, county students out of class Wednesday More than 1,000 students were absent Wednesday at two schools following rumors…

Countdown: 6 days until the un-apocalypse

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December 21: nothing to worry about. It’s just another day: du du du du du… They have this cult in China. That doesn’t go over well. Doomsday Sect Clashes With Police. China perhaps misinterpreted the joke from Australia. China reacts to PM’s apocalypse message. Great page from NASA NASA – Beyond 2012: Why the World…

Leftover Links for December 14 2012

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We stopped posting stories earlier today due to the Connecticut school shooting news. Regular posts will now resume. An end of the world cult. China cracks down on slay red dragon doomsday cult | Reuters. Oh, I don’t know. Got quite the imagination. ‘He’s been watching too many films': crime fighting ninja falls foul of…

Tooth fairy accused of malpractice

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A disturbing warning about a magic stranger who may be harming your children appears in the prestigious British Journal of Medicine. The tooth fairy and malpractice We are concerned that the actions of the mythical character at the root of this report must be brought to the attention of the medical community, as it seems…

Every blob on camera is a ghost

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Did a Reporter Capture a Ghost on Camera in Haunted House? | Trending Now – Yahoo! News. Even those who may not believe that paranormal activity is real may find it difficult not to glimpse something mysterious in a video that is beginning to go viral. Vanessa Bolano, a reporter for WGNO in New Orleans,…

Anti-vaccination network in Australia ordered to stop misleading public

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Impressive news against an anti-vaccination hazard in Australia. Minister orders anti-vaccination group to change its name | News.com.au A CONTROVERSIAL anti-vaccination lobby group has been slapped with an order to change its misleading name or be shut down. The NSW Office of Fair Trading doorstopped the home of Australian Vaccination Network president Meryl Dorey yesterday…

Leftover Links for December 13 2012

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Oh, there was too much news today. Enjoy the leftovers… Legal update on Gallucci vs Boiron Science-Based Medicine » The CAM Docket: Boiron III, et al.. We’ll keep watching this one but there is nothing to go on yet. The paw print shown looks to be from a dog. Mysterious creature attacks animals in Shelby…

Baby sprouts feather

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This one definitely made me cringe. Two-Inch Feather Emerges From Baby’s Neck – Yahoo! News. No one knew what was bothering 7-month-old Mya Whittington. Her discomfort stumped her parents and doctors. She was finally hospitalized – and a 2-inch feather eventually poked its way out of her neck, shocking everyone. “[The pediatrician] threw on gloves…

Be skeptical of the white tiger

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They are mutants. White tiger controversy: Zoos shouldn’t raise these inbred, ecologically irrelevant animals. – Slate Magazine. A white tiger is a striking creature. Tigers are always impressive animals, but when you take away the orange, the result is a big cat that looks like a phantom out of a dream. They seem almost magical,…

Discovery Channel playing up real Zombie Apocalypse

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I’m really hating that word “apocalypse”. People believe this zombie thing is a real deal? Oh wait, hype… Could the ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Ever Happen? These People Think So (Exclusive Video) – Hollywood Reporter. “A zombie apocalypse happening is not a question of if it’s a question of when,” at least according to a group of…

The Long and Boring Road

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Lost time or boring road? Argentinians traveling Route 5 warned that they may experience “time anomalies”. Apparently several people traveling along Argentina’s Route 5 have experienced the classic “missing time” scenario that many UFO abductees say they have experienced. Drivers on the 35 km strip between the towns of Lonquimay and Anguil have reported feeling…

Man dies Gangnam style

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Poor guy. ‘Gangnam Style’ death prompts warning to middle-aged men not to attempt the vigorous dance. Eamonn Kilbride, 46, collapsed with chest pains at his office party in Blackburn last weekend after performing the dance moves made famous by the South Korean rapper Psy, who mimics riding a horse. Professor Bernard Keavney, a consultant cardiologist…

Countdown: 8 days until the un-apocalypse

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It’s getting closer. Time to send best wishes to those distant relatives for the last time. Nonsense debunking nonsense. Does it cancel out or produce a null set? Santa Cruz psychic debunks Mayan doomsday predictions Another one of those “safe” places? Rumors of an alien-built pyramid in the mountain have apparently driven doomsday-fearers to seek…

Leftover links for December 12 2012

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Here is a bit of the freaky stuff that’s leftover. I kind of don’t want to touch it… It’s growing some kind of mold and smells funny. Well, nevermind then. ABC Shelves ‘Weird Desk’ – Hollywood Reporter. I simply don’t have any comment on this because it’s all too woo for me. I used an…

Who orchestrated the Piltdown man hoax?

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A new look at an old mystery – the unsolved question of who hoaxed the Piltdown man fossils. Solving a 100-year-old scientific hoax –  NBC News It’s a detective story with a century-old crime: The forgery of a supposed “missing link” in human evolution that went undetected for decades. Now, researchers are set on identifying…

Free my e-reader during takeoff

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Well YAY. Because this is pointless. I’m bored during this time and dislike having to turn off the Kindle or ipod. Senator presses FAA to allow tablet use during takeoff, landing A United States senator wants the Federal Aviation Administration to relax its long-standing rule against the use of portable electronic devices on airplanes during…

That’s what psychic friends are for?

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This does concern me. Too many people find apps too easy to purchase and become attached to. This is quite the inroad for psychic services. A press release from the Psychic Friends Network: Psychic Friends Network (PFNI) Readies ‘Freemium’ Mobile Apps in Bid to Re-Dominate the Nearly $2.5B Psychic Entertainment Market Psychic Friends Network, the…

Squid by the ton (updated)

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There are record hauls of squid this year. Now they are washing up on California shores. Squid deaths are a many-tentacled mystery Legions of big predatory squid have gathered along the Northern California coast, where they are stranding themselves on Santa Cruz beaches by the hundreds in a mysterious frenzy of suicide. The jumbo invertebrates,…

Today is sponsored by the number 12

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Once-in-a-lifetime 12/12/12 date spawns mass weddings, superstitions – CNN.com. From India to Las Vegas, superstitious lovebirds and numbers geeks are reveling in a once-in-a-lifetime event: the date 12/12/12. Sure, it might be just another set of numbers for some. But unlike the past 11 years, this will be the last such triple date for almost…

Countdown: 9 days until the un-apocalypse

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Only 9 days left including today. Better start eating the perishable food in the fridge. LiveScience has a countdown clock. Yep, the myth of the Mayan Apocalypse is all a big sham. But you knew that. ‘Mayan Apocalypse’ Started With A Bad 70s Mushroom Trip, Not Ancient Civilization. A Turkish village has become the latest…

Leftover Links for December 11 2012

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Got a few leftover links for you today. Thanks for checking them out! See if there is something your speed. Oh, dear. Another “reality” TV show alleged to be not so real. ‘Storage Wars’ star claims in lawsuit that show is rigged – The Clicker. Ian Bryce presented “Investor beware – cold fusion and other investment scams”…

Deceptive advertising for mosquito repellent really bugs scientists

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We recently posted a story about how ultrasonic devices don’t work to rid your environment of bedbugs. Well, turns out they don’t work on mosquitos either. But this twist is quite a bit more serious. Mosquitos can be deadly. Ultrasound mosquito repellents: Zapping the myth It was a beautifully simple idea. No more need for…

Fox News IQ study hoax exposed

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“Researchers at The Intelligence Institute, a conservative non-profit group, tested 5,000 people using a series of tests that measure everything from cognitive aptitude to common sense and found that people who identified themselves as Fox News viewers and ‘conservative’ had, on average, significantly lower intelligent quotients.” *BUUZZZ* Wrong. Did you fall for this? I did…

Nothing but 12s for Kiam Moriya

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‘One minute out of a lifetime:’ Kiam Moriya will turn 12 on 12/12/2012, at 12:12 p.m. (video and gallery) | al.com. Kiam Moriya is just one of thousands of people in the United States who will turn 12 on Wednesday — 12/12/12. Kiam was born at 12:12 p.m., on December 12, 2000. He says his…

Astrologer says 12.12.12 spells chaos. Don’t fret.

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Back it up: Save everything important before 12.12.2012 | Information, Gadgets, Mobile Phones News & Reviews | News.com.au. BEFORE you leave the office tonight, back up anything important on a USB stick. That’s the advice of astrologist Jessica Adams, who told news.com.au that tomorrow’s date of 12.12.2012, will spell chaos for the internet and media…

Leftover links for December 10 2012

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There were a few gems that didn’t make the front page. Check them out in our leftover links for today. This has a happy ending, for now. Former “Ghost Hunters” Star Posts Suicide Note on Facebook, Goes Missing | Who Forted? Magazine. More twists in the ongoing, probably never to be solved mystery of Lord…

Fen Tiger is back with a friend

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‘Fen Tiger’ is back – and this time there are two of them. The mysterious “Fen Tiger” has been reported prowling the Cambridgeshire countryside again – but this time it had a friend. Gavin Elliott-Turner was cycling down Fowlmere Road towards Melbourn at about 5.45am on Wednesday when he saw two pairs of eyes glaring…

Ultrasonic repellents don’t work on bedbugs

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Be wary of product that promise pest control Commercial Ultrasonic Frequency Devices Do Not Repel Bed Bugs, Study Suggests Alternative means of controlling urban insect pests by using ultrasonic frequencies are available and marketed to the public. However, few of these devices have been demonstrated as being effective in repelling insect pests such as mosquitoes,…