“Dirty” money is the new scam

Well this is a new one. Beware! Woman hands over banknotes ‘carrying deadly virus’. An elderly woman in Italy has been robbed by well-dressed bandits who convinced her to part with around $2000, saying her notes had been contaminated with a deadly virus. She said the women identified themselves as health department officials and asked…

New “Jordan River” appears in Nigeria; People flock to be “healed” in filthy water

Skeptical advocate Leo Igwe reports on a serious situation in Nigeria where desperate and sick people are flocking to a “miracle” site that will bring nothing certain except disease. ‘Mystery Lake’, Miracle Cures And The Looming Epidemic In Enugu State – ModernGhana.com. According to a local reporter, some Fulani herdsmen heard an explosion on the…

Ghost on the Thames photo, lamenting 2013

Meh. Color me tired of these same kinds of photographs. There is no reason to think this is a ghost. Photographer captures ‘ghost’ on camera – BT. Possible evidence of paranormal activity near the Houses of Parliament on New Year’s Eve has baffled experts after a ‘ghost’ appeared in a photo. Stunned photographer Jules Anna…

The Strange remains the same for 03 Jan 2014

Another SUPER busy day! Gee, I hope it isn’t this crazy all year, I’m worn out! Suspected World War II bomb detonates in Germany, killing 1 – CNN.com. Politicians throw science under the bus: Column. Piranhas – A True Fish Story – NYTimes.com. Acupuncture Shown Ineffective in Breast Cancer Study : Discovery News. Police: Man…

Finally, Bertha blockage diagnosed

We finally have news on the trouble with the Seattle tunneling project. (Dec 12, 2013: Something’s in the way: Seattle tunnel path blocked) As expected, it was not as spectacular as hyped. No buried UFO, no underground alien lair, no buried treasure. What’s blocking Bertha: a huge steel pipe | The Today File | Seattle Times.…

Did Kim Jong-Un Feed His Uncle To Dogs? (UPDATE)

North Korean Dictator Kim-Jong Un may not have had his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, and five of his closest aides executed by firing squad for crimes against the state as had been widely reported. A new story out of the Singapore Straights Times cites an unconfirmed report out of Wen Wei Po, a Hong-Kong based…

We warned you about the Chinese lanterns, California!

A hubbub was made over what seems obviously to be chinese lanterns in the sky across California on New Years Eve. UFO sightings reported across California | news10.net. Terry and Hans Mauth of Auburn said they watched a large egg-shaped object with a bright light shining upward drift over their neighborhood, then suddenly accelerate. “There…

Are stolen newborns actually a problem in Wisconsin?

Or are there other reasons to not announce new births? Birth announcements no longer released by Madison hospitals. The Wisconsin State Journal will no longer publish birth announcements because Madison’s two birthing hospitals will stop providing the information. Kathy Kostrivas of Meriter Hospital says birth listings set people up as targets for those who want…

Coins under the cushions? No, snake.

Another reason why you should probably not pick up furniture off the street. Snake in a couch: Grand Rapids woman finds boa in curbside sofa | wzzm13.com. Two months after she moved a second hand couch into her bedroom, a Grand Rapids woman discovered a boa constrictor was living under the cushions. Holly Wright says…

What pissed off this turkey?

Is it because the driver was dressed all in brown and looked like a threat? Video shows wild turkey harassing UPS driver. A UPS driver probably already getting grief for late packages was harassed by a wild turkey, much to the amusement of lunching hospital workers in Minnesota who recorded the event. According to the…

The Strange remains the same 02 January 2014

WHOA! We’re off to a sprinting start! SO many posts today. And so many I didn’t even get to. Sorry if I couldn’t read the studies or expound more. We were overwhelmed with strange stories. Has mysterious ‘Fen Tiger’ been seen in your area? – Official data of sightings in Cambridgeshire released by police |…

Dolphins getting high?

I don’t have much to say about this but apparently it’s something quite remarkable. Surprised, I am not. Skeptical, I am. Dolphins Seem to Use Toxic Pufferfish to Get High | Smart News. Humans aren’t the only creatures that suffer from substance abuse problems. Horses eat hallucinogenic weeds, elephants get drunk on overripe fruit and…