The Strange remains the same for 5 Dec 2013

Whew! The weird and woo went wild today! Here is a slew of leftovers worth checking out. Katie Couric on the HPV vaccine: Antivaccine or irresponsible journalist? You be the judge! – Respectful Insolence. Ladbrokes announce 2000/1 odds for zombie apocalypse on Christmas Day | Metro News. The Death Dealer | The Verge. Even I…

CDC releases statement about measles in the U.S.

When will we see a world without measles? It COULD have happened, if only… Measles Still Threatens Health Security | Press Release | CDC Online Newsroom | CDC. Fifty years after the approval of an extremely effective vaccine against measles, one of the world’s most contagious diseases, the virus still poses a threat to domestic…

A touching coincidence: Couple dies hours apart

Yes, this seems weird but it’s not all that strange. Coincidences happen and other factors add to the likeliness that the timing will be close. After nearly 65 years together, couple die hours apart | CharlotteObserver.com. Eleanor and Frank Turner were born within 26 days of each other in July 1926. They wed 22 years…

Manchester ghost photo or Rorschach test

This is news? No. It’s click bait. So don’t click. Ghosts in Manchester photographs: Have you ever seen one? Tell us about it – Manchester Evening News. A teenager from Nottinghamshire thinks he has managed to photograph a well-known ghost and we’re wondering if any of our readers have managed to spot any spooky apparitions?…

Kardashians Christmas greeting hides messages about membership to exclusive secret society?

Here’s some Hollyweird madness, more on celebs’ fascination with symbols of the Illuminati: Does the Kardashians’ Christmas card hide a secret Illuminati message?. Looking like a mix between a scene from Boogie Nights and the interior of a jazzed up Blackpool Pleasure Beach arcade, it’s gaudy clickbait replete with thinly veiled digs at celebrity culture.…

10 million up for grabs in new Bigfoot show

Just what we need, another Bigfoot show. This one, however, looks entertaining: less playing scientist and more gonzo. Featuring a blend of silly and serious, sort of like Survivor. “10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty” Premieres Friday, January 10 at 10pm ET/PT on Spike TV « Spike Press. Spike TV is raising the stakes by not…

Vitamin C in the shower?

Sounds woo-ey because it is. Does Bathing in Vitamin C Water Improve Health?. Vitashower, a company that sells vitamin C shower filters, claims that releasing the essential vitamin into a shower stream neutralizes the chemical chlorine that’s added to virtually all water in the United States. “By definition, chlorine is a nonmetallic element occurring naturally…

Oldest Human DNA Found! I love science.

This is such an exciting time (albeit frustrating) to be a researcher into human evolution. At 400,000 Years, Oldest Human DNA Yet Found Raises New Mysteries – NYTimes.com. Scientists have found the oldest DNA evidence yet of humans’ biological history. But instead of neatly clarifying human evolution, the finding is adding new mysteries. In a…

The Cryptozoologicon is here!

Updated from a post announcing that it was on its way on Oct 13, 2013. It is now here! Another do not miss cryptozoology book. The Cryptozoologicon – by John Conway, C. M. Kosemen and Darren Naish – is published by Irregular Books. via Tales from the Cryptozoologicon: BUNYIP | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network. Cryptozoologicon…

Seattle Seahawks fans make the earth move

The power of… celebration. Seattle Seahawks fans register as earthquake during football game – CNN.com. After setting a Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor stadium in September, CenturyLink Field went seismic during Monday Night Football, registering as an earthquake at a recording station about a block from the stadium. How big, you ask?…

The Strange remains the same for 3 Dec 2013

Don’t believe in miracles – Lawrence Shapiro – Aeon. Another social media hoax – this title is DN-worthy and the sentiment, be skeptical, is our motto. Little Ditty About Lackin’ Diane: Hug A Skeptic Today : Monkey See : NPR. Sharks Do Get Cancer: Tumor Found in Great White | LiveScience. Listen to Brian Dunning…

Vaccines: The reason we have 103 million FEWER cases of disease

We often get comments from anti-vaxxers who completely disregard the incredible benefit of vaccinations and instead hype up misinformation on alleged dangers. Well, suck it, antivaxxers! Why we vaccinate–103 million cases of diseases averted since 1924. A new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Willem G. van Panhuis, MD,…