Remains of the weekend 23-24 November 2013

Hook island monster - Hoaxed

What an array of remains we have this weekend. This fine rebuttal was added to the post regarding green anacondas in Florida. Living Alongside Wildlife: An Unstoppable Anaconda Invasion in Florida? What Slate Got Wrong. The Abominable Snowman remake coming from Hammer | SciFiNow. Mysterious chair appears in east Hollywood neighborhood | News – Home.…

Finally the end of AVN?

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We’ve followed the buffoonery of the AVN or Australian Vaccination Network (uh, formerly known as…). Is this the end as their appeal fails and their equipment is sold off? The Department of Fair Trading via the Minister for Fair Trading demanded that the Australian Vaccination Network change its name. Their appeals ruling came today. Read…

Holy TOENAILS, this is stupid

Toenails are groady - no matter whose they are.

Ten years ago since the Virgin Mary grilled cheese sandwich was on eBay, Jesus Christ’s toenails are up for auction. ‘Jesus” toenails being sold from Key Largo on eBay – KeysNet.com. The owner of the deified phalange’s coverings is selling them on eBay. “Condition: Used.” The Reporter attempted to contact the seller through his or…

Cancer, dogs and ancient Chinese mushrooms

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This sounds…interesting… but the skeptical red flags go up because of the portrayal of the facts and what is NOT quite fact. Mushroom Compound Offers Hope for Cancer in Dogs and Humans – Yahoo. Jeff Gillman and his German shepherd-husky mix dog Reuben have been together for 12 years, and now a deadly blood cancer…

Black widow spiders among the grapes

Spider saved after being found in the grapes

A Pennsylvania woman finds black widows in the grapes she bought at the local market. And this isn’t the only case of the venomous critters getting into our food supply. York County woman finds black widow spider among her refrigerated grapes – The York Daily Record. Among the grapes she spotted what appeared to be…

Ghost hunting group destroys historic mansion

LeBeau plantation house prior to complete destruction by ghost hunting trespassers

7 arrested after fire destroys LeBeau Plantation – FOX 8 WVUE New Orleans. Seven people have been arrested in connection with a fire that destroyed the LeBeau Plantation house in St. Bernard Parish. Sheriff Jimmy Pohlmann said the suspects are believed to have been smoking marijuana and drinking in the vacant house when the fire…

No juicy details given about haunted house reality show

The girl in the window is beckoning you to buy this house.

There are a few things of interest in this piece: A new reality show about haunted houses, the recognized popularity of such shows, and that there is a job title of “president of unscripted and alternative programming” at TV studios. Mike Darnell Back in Reality Biz with Haunted House Project at ABC | Variety. Mike…

The Strange remains the same for 22 Nov 2013

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I present the commentaries and leftover stories that you may enjoy as you are wide awake with insomnia in America or starting a new day overseas. Utah haunted house targeted by burglars on consecutive weekends | The Salt Lake Tribune. Big Jim: El Chupacabras. 50 Years of Conspiracy Theories — New York Magazine. Policy: Twenty…

Still fighting to expose Herbalife as pyramid scheme

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Hedge fund manager wants Herbalife to account for it’s victims. Bill Ackman won’t quit war on Herbalife | New York Post. Bill Ackman is not backing down on his Herbalife fight — no matter how bruising the battle gets. “I will go to the ends of the earth to shut this company down,” he said.…

Boy dies after receiving only “holistic remedies”

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This appears to have been a preventable death. Mother faces negligence charges in seven-year-old son’s death. A Calgary mother is facing criminal charges in connection with the death of her seven-year-old son. Police allege the boy, who lived in a suite with his mother, was suffering from a treatable illness, but that he was not…

A hazard of geocaching — cow attack

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It’s not clear how this happened but she was pretty clear that cows got her. Stampeding cows trample woman on treasure hunt near Lincoln | Lincolnshire Echo. A woman is in intensive care after she was trampled by a herd of cows during a hi-tech geocaching treasure hunt. Nurse Sarah Leonard, 59, suffered severe injuries…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

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Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

The Strange remains the same for 21 Nov 2013

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I bring you the best of the web that you may have missed but you should catch instead. Woman dies after ‘treatment’ by quack – Times Of India. WordPress.com Stands Up For Its Users, Goes to Court to Challenge DMCA Abuse | Electronic Frontier Foundation. Benjamin Franklin turkey symbol: Why he hated the bald eagle…

He’s really, most sincerely, dead (and still in bed)

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This is certainly is a “how in the world could this happen?” kind of story. Widow Sleeps With Dead Husband’s Decomposing Corpse For A Year After His Death. A woman had been sleeping next to her dead husband’s decomposed corpse for one year until authorities made the grisly discovery this week. Apparently, 79-year-old “Marcel H.”…

Surf and turf: Shark gets indigestion from eating moose, is rescued

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Moose is not a normal food for sharks. Land animals don’t go down as easy as the slippery sea critters. Moose-eating shark rescued in Newfoundland harbour – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News. Two quick-thinking men on Newfoundland’s northeast coast managed to save a Greenland shark from choking to death on a large piece of…

Baby found alive just prior to cremation

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“It’s alive!” yelled the funeral worker. Baby deemed dead found alive in China funeral home. A funeral home discovered a baby was alive two days after he was pronounced dead at a hospital in eastern China. Authorities revoked the license of the doctor who mistakenly declared the newborn boy dead, the health department in Anhui…

‘San Antonio 4’ women freed as eyewitness testimony claim crumbled

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Movement had finally occurred in this notorious false memory case. ‘San Antonio 4’ conviction overturned, three women to be freed | www.statesman.com. The remaining three of four San Antonio women imprisoned for sexually assaulting two girls in 1994 have been freed after a judge agreed that their convictions were tainted by faulty witness testimony. Elizabeth…

Rural Ugandan witch doctors report the plague using technology

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Here is a story about what kind of health care is feasible for these communities and the extra effort taken that makes sense. Many villages in rural Uganda do not have medical doctors but local healers. They are aware they can’t treat serious illnesses. A program has been developed to train the local witchdoctors to…

Good fences keep cows from falling through your roof

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I’m not clear how this happened. But we’ve had more animals on roofs stories than I ever imagined. BBC News – Cows fall through roof into Lamorna artist’s workshop. An artist “miraculously” avoided injury when two cows dropped through the roof of her workshop. The cows fell through a skylight after breaking through fencing in…

Don’t leave your gun unattended, the beaver may take it

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I hope this guy learned his lesson. Beaver steals hunter’s rifle | Out There. Nathan said Saturday didn’t start off as an extraordinary day. In fact, it was pretty low-key: He was sitting in a chair in the woods, hunting, watching as a doe crossed in front of him. After the doe left, he ate…