Virgin America Part 2: Celebrating Christmas

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Interesting results are out in a new poll from Pew Research about Christmas. Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project. Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. But only about half see Christmas mostly as…

Virgin America Part 1: Definitely some denial and ignorance here

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We have two stories today about belief in virgin births. This first one is a survey of pregnant women. The more religious, where virginity was valued, reported that they were still virgins. Is this what they believe or what they WANT YOU to believe. Regardless, this is a sad result that the researches first thought…

Haunted Whitstable shop exposed as TV hoax

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Once again, we have a case of a “haunting” or anomalous event being staged for a TV show. Our helpful tipster from the U.K., David James, has clued us in that the Whitstable drug shop was a staged hoax. We knew that but now more details are out. It was clear that there were some…

The Strange remains the same for 17 December 2013

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Your strange remains for the Tuesday. Multivitamins a waste of money? Editorial in medical journal says yes – CNN.com. Ice oddities – Mountain Beltway – AGU Blogosphere. Why do lottery players think they can defy odds?. Naturopaths and the creep of pseudo-science | Toronto Star. Local skeptics in Barcelona, Spain debunk a Finnish martial arts…

Climate change deniers booted from Reddit Science

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Comment moderation is becoming a force for good, science that is. I’m all for it. Reddit’s science forum banned climate deniers. Why don’t all newspapers do the same? | Grist. The forum, known as /r/science, provides a digital space for discussions about recent, peer-reviewed scientific publications. This puts us (along with /r/AskScience) on the front…

Looking for a family who lives in a haunted house

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ME TOO! CASTING FOR A FAMILY WHO LIVES IN A HAUNTED HOUSE : RealityWanted.com All Things Unscripted Social Network Casting Community. Looking for a family (must have children who live in the house as well) in the United States who currently live in a haunted house and are dealing with active paranormal experiences on a…

Creationist efforts fail at changing Texas textbooks!

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In an update to the battle between Texas school officials and textbook publishers regarding edits to the evolution portions of their books, recall that the publishers took a stand and things were going the way of reason. Finally, it looks like the fight is over. It’s a DarWIN! Breaking News: Texas Review Panel Rejects Creationist…

Speeding while drunk is adequate means to kill you and your passengers

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No conspiracy is needed. British police reveal there was no merit to new information they received regarding the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. Police knock down Princess Diana murder claim – CNN.com. There is “no credible evidence” to support a claim that the British military was involved in the deaths of Princess Diana, her…

Work can kill you: Young overworked copywriter dies

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What killed a young woman – was it long hours and reliance on energy drinks? Y&R Copywriter in Indonesia Dies After Tweet About Overwork | Global News – Advertising Age. On Saturday, young Y&R Indonesia copywriter Mita Diran posted a complaint on Twitter: “30 hours of working and still going strooong.” Soon afterward she collapsed.…

Horrorscope: Following zodiac nonsense can make you prone to bad decisions

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Horoscopes, worthless predictions about your day based on a bogus idea of star or sun signs, are not just for fun. They affect real-life decisions. Harmless fun? Horoscopes may be bad for you, study suggests – Telegraph. Consumers who read their horoscope daily were found to be more likely to exhibit impulsive or indulgent behaviour…

Castlewood clinic false memory suit to be dismissed

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In an update to this story about lives destroyed by unethical psychotherapy practice, there is news that these lawsuits against the clinic are being dismissed. Castlewood eating disorder lawsuit to be dismissed : Lifestyles. Two years after Lisa Nasseff accused psychologist Mark Schwartz of implanting her with false memories of sexual abuse and satanic cult…

The Strange remains the same for 16 December 2013

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Just a few loose ends for today. But GOOD ONES. Next Year, the Creation Museum Will Indoctrinate Children for Free. A year in debunks: Separating social media fact from social media fiction | Storyful Blog. Lather up now, germophobes: FDA readies limits on antibacterial soap – latimes.com.

End of the world preacher Harold Camping dead

Camping was most often observed in this position.

The preacher most known for his failed end of the world prediction(s), has finally had the hammer come down. Controversial preacher Harold Camping dies at 92. The radio preacher who predicted “Judgment Day” would come in May 2011 has died in northern California. A statement released late Monday by his Family Radio network says Harold…

Planely identified UFO in the news

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CBS in Richmond, Virginia (WTVR) has been asked to investigate a UFO report from footage captured by its own cameras. An embedded video and photo details two visually similar sightings in the station’s video clips. Viewer reports UFO at Henrico landfill: CBS 6 cameras were rolling when something streaked through the sky on Dec. 9…

Not Bigfoot prints in Malaysia

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Footprints on property caused a man to panic and think it was Malaysia’s Bigfoot. Giant footprints are not that of Bigfoot, says Wildlife Department – Nation | The Star Online. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) has poured cold water on bizarre claims by villagers that they found footprints belonging to a Bigfoot…

Trespassing ghost hunter injured in fall

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Another example of irresponsible “investigation” – trespassing in a dangerous abandoned building to look for paranormal activity. Clovis ghost hunter falls 30 feet inside an abandoned winery | abc30.com. A woman is in the hospital after an accident inside an abandoned winery in Clovis early Monday morning. Authorities went to the building on Clovis Avenue…

“Nose on a chip” handheld device claims to be able to monitor your food

Tellspec prototype. (It's chocolate, probably has nuts, lots of sugar and fat, BEWARE.)

Big promises with regards to identifying pesticides, allergens and nutrients in food. Is this real or fantasy? Time to be skeptical… Handheld Device TellSpec Can Detect Allergens, Chemicals, and Nutrients In Food | Singularity Hub. For this particular ill of the post-War era, there’s now a 21st-century workaround: a hand-held spectrometer that can determine exactly…

Firefighters accidentally fight fire with fire

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Oops. Wash. firefighters mistakenly pump jet fuel on fire instead of water. The Washington State Patrol is investigating a serious mishap that occurred Oct. 25th at its fire training academy in North Bend. During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash. Calkins said…

Cryptozoologist Roy P. Mackal status unknown, presumably lost to the world

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In a strange news bulletin, Loren Coleman reports that Dr. Roy Mackal, well-known cryptozoologist, appears to have passed away on September 13, 2013. No one said anything about it in the press or in the crypto community. Loch Ness Monster & Mokele-Mbembe Researcher, Cryptozoologist Roy P. Mackal Has Died. Mackal, 88, reportedly* died September 13,…

Remains of the weekend 14-15 December 2013

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It was a cold and snowy one on this side of the Atlantic and it was your co-editor’s BIRTHDAY on the other side of the ocean. Happy Birthday Torkel! Here are the remains of the weekend. And don’t forget to vote for your favorite Doubtful News story of 2013! Kenyan senator caught photoshopping Nelson Mandela…