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…

Nope, not a mountain lion in Ohio

This local news story caused some concern in Ohio. Was this a mountain lion? Animal Spotted In Canal Winchester is Identified. After viewing surveillance video, state wildlife officials have identified a large animal caught roaming through Canal Winchester. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says after seeing the animal move, they believe it is a…

Bigfoot promotes tourism

This is nothing new but how long will it take for people to miss the “fake” part. Not long, and since its for tourism, the promoters won’t care why you come, just that you come. Bigfoot videos planned to promote tourism – Logan Daily News: News. There’s enough interest in local sightings of Bigfoot —…

A Result Ten Times Fishier than Expected

Results based on observations from the 2010 Malaspina Expedition have placed a new estimate of the biomass of mesopelagic fish at approximately 1010 (ten billion) tons, which is ten times that of previous estimates. Large mesopelagic fishes biomass and trophic efficiency in the open ocean (Nature Communications journal): With a current estimate of ~1,000 million (Editor’s…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

More news on religious exemptions for children’s health care. Remember we told you about a new law in Idaho proposed to address a religious shield law that protects parents when kids are treated only with faith-based healing. Now, the Washingon legistlature is taken steps to fix their laws. Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington…

The Strange remains the same for 07 February 2014

Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Nominate Doubtful News for a social media award in the Shorty Awards “Fat Burners” or Money Wasters? – Healthy Skepticism | Healthy Skepticism. South Dakota “intelligent design” bill killed | NCSE. Rabid Raccoon Attacks Woman In Her Bed. German doctors save man thanks to ‘House’ – The Local. 8…

An earth shaking kaBOOM rattled Maryland

Was this another frostquake? It seems not. A quake shook Ocean City, Maryland Thursday around noon. Mysterious ‘Boom’ Rattles Maryland | Maryland Earthquake | LiveScience. It was also heard in Annapolis. But after local construction and blasting were ruled out (and no military testing admission was forthcoming), people suspected an earthquake or a frost quake. The…

Today’s special: Roasted man-flesh

This is what happens when you don’t have health inspectors. Nigeria: Restaurant Served Roasted Human Heads. A restaurant in the Nigerian state of Anambra has been shut down after the authorities reportedly found it has been selling dishes made of human meat. The police recovered at least two fresh human heads when they arrested 11…

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Nessie is MIA

There were no credible sightings in 2013. BBC News – No Loch Ness Monster sightings for first time since 1925. For the first time in almost 90 years no “confirmed sightings” have been made of the Loch Ness Monster, a veteran Nessie spotter has said. Gary Campbell, who keeps a register of sightings, said no-one…

I’m an Engineer, not a snake wrangler… Another 18-ft python in Florida

Another invasive Burmese python specimen has been found in Florida, this time by engineers in the everglades. 18-foot Python Found in Florida (CNN.com): The work crew came across the snake Tuesday in wooded uplands near wetlands a few miles north of Everglades National Park, Smith said. They called in the agency’s python coordinator, who killed the…

The Strange remains the same for 06 Feb 2014

Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ Singing fish scares off store intruder. Bigfoot Showing at Alamo Drafthouse Angers Cryptozoologists. Demand for traditional Chinese medicine is killing off the world’s quirkiest animal – Quartz. Scientology’s drug rehab facility in Nevada sued over the usual litany of deceptions « The Underground Bunker. The Koch Brothers…

Foerster, Pye and Ketchum collaborate: Paracas elongated skull exposed! (UPDATE)

NEW (09-Feb-2014): Brien Foerster has contacted me saying that Melba Ketchum is not the geneticist behind the released results. See more details in the update below. On the south coast of Peru in 1928, Peruvian archaeologist, Julio Tello, discovered a collection of remains of individuals with unusually elongated skulls. Cranial deformation is a widely known practice…