Psychic fair at Ohio U draws big crowds

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Another example that education is failing at all levels to teach critical thinking to students. OU ‘psychic fair’ draws crowd of curious studentsOU ‘psychic fair’ draws crowd of curious students. Ohio University students showed up in hordes to take a peek into their futures Thursday evening. Several psychics sat down in Baker Ballroom from 4-8…

Leftover Links for 3 February 2013

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Not a sports fan or just in one of those countries where they just don’t care about the Superb Owl? Good for you. Weekends are slow with news, usually. We never know when days will be busy or dead. Battle-Scarred Skull of Suspected King Richard III Revealed | LiveScience. In breaking news, a sample from…

Ghosts: Even if lots of people believe in something, it doesn’t make it true

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A HuffPost/YouGov poll was conducted Dec. 17-18 among 1,000 U.S. adults. 45 percent of Americans believe in ghosts, or that the spirits of dead people can come back in certain places and situations. Spooky Number Of Americans Believe In Ghosts. The article states the poll reveals results that are consistent with other polls. It’s not…

Boom: That’s one way to kill a spider

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Trigger warning: Arachnophobia ahead Bathroom explosion as woman kills spider – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). A woman in Kirribilli New South Wales sprayed insecticide under her washing machine in attempts to kill a spider. Fire investigators believe the spray triggered the explosion. The explosion blew out the windows in the bathroom and kitchen. There…

Cryptozoology relaunched

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Is this a rebirth of cryptozoology? A new standard? A high one? I am excited to see it. Monster Hunting 2.0 | The Scientist Magazine®. Since the demise of the journal Cryptozoology in 1996, there has been no peer-reviewed English-language periodical for the controversial field, which studies animals known from anecdote, folklore, or fragmentary physical…

Leftover Links for 1 February 2013

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Happy Friday. If you are still up and on the web, thanks for making the Leftover Links so popular! Enjoy. What the heck? Has Cookie Monster gone bad? 44-pound chunk of German statue stolen – World News. This one didn’t get away. A hooked marlin sinks a fishing boat? Well, something like that. Very awesome…

Ingo Swann, of remote viewing notoriety, has died

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Prominent American psychic research subject, parapsychologist, and author, Ingo Swann, has died. Ingo Swann – Encyclopedia of Parapsychology. Born September 14, 1933, at Telluride, Colorado, he studied at Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, receiving a double bachelor’s degree in biology and art. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and served three years in Korea,…

Iranian space monkey hoax? (Updated: Mistake claimed)

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Inconsistant pictures of the monkey exposed. Is this a propaganda story? Was Iran’s monkey in space launch faked? Before and after pictures of space-travelling simian appear to show different animals – The Independent. The veracity of Iran’s triumphant claims to have launched a monkey into space has been called into question by before and after…

Meadowood monkey reported

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Residents and a conservation officer were trying to track down a “vicious” monkey on the loose Monday in Meadowood, British Columbia. Parksville Qualicum News – ‘Vicious’ monkey on the loose in Meadowood. Update from Ministry of Environment, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10:15 a.m.: “Early Sunday afternoon, COS and RCMP responded to a complaint of monkey at…

Chinese woman, 101, is not dead yet

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Zombie grandma? Nope, just a lucky lady who got to see what it was like to be at her own funeral. Grandmother, 101, wakes up while being put in funeral coffin in China | Metro News. Peng Xiuhua surprised her friends and family when she awoke in Lianjiang, Guangdong province, and asked why her house…

Leftover Links for 31 January 2013

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I hate to have to serve up some of this stuff, but if it’s your thing… This thing won’t go away. Go AWAY, thing! Man at center of Te’o hoax says he was in love – Yahoo! News. At least it’s not just U.S. politicians who are quite unqualified to sit on their science committees.…

Clean your PC and your wallet

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How many of our neighbors, parents, friends complain that their computers are running slow or giving them strange error messages, etc. Those are the kind of people, those who know enough to be dangerous, who fall for this overly simplistic solution and get themselves into bigger trouble by installing crap software that promises to fix…

Pigeons lost and found

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Yesterday, we saw a story about how dung beetles navigate by using the light from the Milky Way. Today we hear about how pigeons navigate. They don’t “see” the world like we do. Mystery of lost homing pigeons finally solved | Fox News. The mystery of how homing pigeons are able to navigate home may…

Criticism goes to court in case of fighting Bible archaeologists

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Feuding Biblical Archaeologists in the news. Under contention – what to think of those that make questionably significant scientific announcements in sensational films or trade book. A Feud Between Biblical Archaeologists Goes to Court | TIME.com. Simcha Jacobovici, a Canadian documentary maker specializing in biblical archaeology, is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum…

Leftover Links for 30 January 2013

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A bit of self serving on today’s leftver links. But some rather curious things… Everything on TV is edited. Don’t you forget it. MSNBC ‘reviewing’ Newtown ‘heckled’ video. Damn sinkholes. There is no solution. Massive sinkhole in China swallows building | The Lookout – Yahoo! News. Satan, blood, virgins. Cops: Satan worshiper facing harassment charges…

Amish Mafia: Fake AND degrading

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To the people of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, this nonsense was clear from the beginning. This is not reality unless TV is your reality. New tour takes aim at ‘Amish Mafia’ claims – News. Local author and historian Brad Igou is sure the hit television show “Amish Mafia” is a farce — and he’s willing to…

God cares about football?

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I always found this idea quite amusing. I bet the deity does too. Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins Sporting Events. Because it’s Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample…

Police guard killed protecting polio workers in Pakistan

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The ongoing saga of vaccinating the population against polio in Pakistan. No good news. Policeman protecting Pakistani polio team killed – Yahoo! News. Gunmen riding on a motorcycle shot and killed a police officer protecting polio workers during a U.N.-backed vaccination campaign in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, the police said. The attack took place as…

Leftover Links for 29 January 2013

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Don’t miss these. It was a busy day but here are some juicy leftovers. Cryptozoologist Loren Coleman leaves the popular blog Cryptomundo. You can find him here instead. CryptoZooNews. This blog generated HUGE buzz in the skeptisphere today. You’ll even see a comment by yours truly. It’s a must read to describe what skepticism SHOULD…

Criss Angel magic show just got real

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Criss Angel’s TV series has an intriguing advisor? Magician Criss Angel to Star in Spike TV Docuseries – Hollywood Reporter. The network is teaming with Criss Angel for an 11-episode series featuring new illusions and what it dubs are “apparent supernatural abilities.” Over the hourlong episodes, Angel will attempt new “demonstrations” never attempted by any…

Sports woo illustrated: Catch up on the latest athletic gimmicks

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The new sports WOO! Power balance pseudoscience repackaged. Same exact stuff. S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids Tracing the involvement of NFL, college football players with S.W.A.T.S. – NFL – SI.com. Key began by telling the players that there would be thousands of cellphones in the Superdome the following night and that frequencies from…