FDA issues consumer update on supplements for concussions

The FDA issues a consumer update stating that unscrupulous companies are pushing useless “treatments” for concussions. Consumer Updates > Can a Dietary Supplement Treat a Concussion? No. Exploiting the public’s rising concern about concussions, some companies are offering untested, unproven and possibly dangerous products that claim to prevent, treat or cure concussions and other traumatic…

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Many of you tell me this is your favorite site to hit daily. I’m so proud of that. According to our WordPress stats, we had over 3 million page views last year and over 2000 new posts! If you would like to help us get some recognition for that, nominate us in the category of your choice for the 14th annual web blog awards – The Bloggies. You only need to put in three different URLs per ballot so only vote for the sites and categories you like or follow. Add your favorites in other categories as well. Bloggers work really hard for little reward so recognition like this is appreciated.

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Thanks for your support in 2013. It was a great year!

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The Strange begins for 1 January 2014

Happy New Year in the Strange, Weird and Woo. I’m waiting for the birds to fall dead from the skies and the sardines to strand themselves en masse. Cause that kinda stuff happens… For now, here are some unusual leftovers. The Year We Broke the Internet – Esquire. Suspected Ritualists Slaughter Teenage Girl | Leadership…

The number mumblers on ‘2014’

If you resolve one thing this year, resolve to stop buying into to utter nonsense. You will go far, my friend. What numerologists predict for 2014 | Cincinnati.com | cincinnati.com. If you believe numbers hold special meaning, 2014 will be a year of introspection. 2014 is a “seven year” (To get to seven, add up…

Fireball lit up the midwest after Christmas

A fireball rattled the mid-west on the evening of December 26. “Whew that was a close call” Light, boom – bolide | BrainerdDispatch.com | Brainerd, Minnesota. There is no doubt in Jim Wentworth’s mind about what caused the flash of light and building-rattling boom Friday night. Wentworth’s Fire in the Sky Observatory near Nisswa is…

The Strange remains for today wraps up 2013 with a bang

And… there is goes. An odd numbered year (which even your most unsuperstitious of editors hates) and we’re back to even. Let’s hope it’s a good one. Thicker brain sections tied to spirituality: study – Yahoo News Canada. Shapeshifting Northern Lights Dance Over Alaska in Amazing Photos | Space.com. And to end one year and…

It’s just the normal noises here: Booming Kentucky, then a quake

A sharp-eyed reader sent me this story about an earthquake last week in Kentucky that was preceeded by a mystery boom days before. Related? It’s a possibility. Small early-morning quake recorded in Bath County | State | Kentucky.com. A relatively small earthquake early Monday morning shook parts of Bath County, the Kentucky Geological Survey said.…

Drone causes trouble; mystery mongering site calls it “UFO scare”

Drones, drones, drones. They’re everywhere and causing problems. Police arrest four in Beijing after mysterious drone forces diversion of civilian planes | South China Morning Post. Four employees at a Beijing company were detained by police pending a criminal investigation on Monday after they flew an unmanned aircraft near the Chinese capital’s airport, forcing the…

Frog in salad: But it’s natural! It’s organic!

That means it’s all good, right? This is what happens when you don’t use pesticides. You get pests. But, perhaps the food preparation staff should be a bit more diligent. Woman Finds Frog In Pret A Manger Salad: Gothamist. There’s a new protein on offer at Pret A Manger but it’s only available as a…

Medical “Advice from a Caterpillar” – I taste yucky

In a story that begs references to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’s fifth chapter, researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Germany have discovered a nicotine-puffing caterpillar. Alice in Scienceland! Caterpillar puffs nicotine to ward off spiders (NBC News): While this find may not push Alice’s hookah-smoking insect from its psychedelic pedestal, this caterpillar…

The Strange remains the same for 30 December 2013

Welcome to the last day of 2013! Please vote for your favorite story before the day is over. Our Best Of… post will be on January 1st. A review of the top paranormal events of 2013. Not too impressive, actually. Kolkata is fertile ground for Indian ghost stories – latimes.com. A disappointing piece. Photo Captures…

God of the evolutionary gap in science understanding

While the overall percentage belief in evolution has stayed nearly the same since 2009, more people who characterize themselves as Republican reject evolution. Public’s Views on Human Evolution | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. According to a new Pew Research Center analysis, six-in-ten Americans (60%) say that “humans and other living things…

Can dogs be psychotic murderers?

A woman is severely injured and her husband dead after attempting to break up a fight among their pets. Bullhead City former mayor, husband attacked by dogs. Former Mayor Diane Vick and her husband, Tom, tried to intervene after one of their six dogs, a boxer, attacked another, a cocker spaniel, Mayor Jack Hakim said.…