Starchild skull proponent Lloyd Pye has died

Lloyd Anthony Pye, an American author and paranormal researcher, has died after a bout with lymphoma cancer. He was best known for his promotion of the Starchild skull, a deformed specimen, which he claims is remains of an alien-human hybrid. DNA tests have shown it is human (and both parents were human) suffering probably from…

Glued to the toilet seat? (Revised)

Edited: I don’t know that the police had enough evidence to say the woman did this herself and it was irresponsible to say so. I saw this story yesterday and avoided it because it was weird. It is now suspected to be a prank but for a while the police said the woman hoaxed this.…

How’d that planet get there? Who knows.*

The universe continues to present us with exciting and mysterious surprises. This Exoplanet Is Turning Planetary Formation Scenarios Upside Down (Universe Today) What the heck is that giant exoplanet doing so far away from its star? Astronomers are still trying to figure out the curious case of HD 106906 b, a newly found gas giant…

Remains of the weekend 7-8 December 2013

Sometimes we find stories on major sites that are just too weird or unbelievable to say a darn thing about them. They are just to set some low bars. You’ve been warned. Acupuncture volunteer who suffered a black eye gets €6,000 – Independent.ie. 5 Insane Ways People Are Actually Trying to Be Ghost Hunters. Psychic…

Tech and crime is a cat-mouse game for the FBI

So the FBI can do some pretty wild surveillance things on your computer. But will they bother with the average person? I doubt it. A terrorist suspect was under a watchful eye… FBI’s search for ‘Mo,’ suspect in bomb threats, highlights use of malware for surveillance – The Washington Post. The FBI’s elite hacker team…

New superspy plane revealed: Now housed at Area 51

A highly classified plane developed in secret, is now flying. How often are these new aircraft reported to be UFOs? Revealed: Pentagon’s new superspy plane hiding in secret Area 51 hangar. Aviation Weekly’s Senior Pentagon Editor Amy Butler and Senior International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman got the skinny, along with details about its location. The…

Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia keeps keepin’ on

You may have seen the mumbling grumbles from non-skeptics like Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and The Daily Grail regarding Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia, a fantastic project from Susan Gerbic and crew. I am amazed at how much progress gets made. Here is a recent update. Guerrilla Skepticism on Wikipedia: Egg Balancing and more (lots more)…

Consumer advocacy group criticizes Canada’s Food and Drugs Act

An amendment to the Food and Drugs Act in Canada still exempts “natural health products”. Bad Science Watch Criticises Patient Safety Act for Neglecting Natural Health Product Users. Bad Science Watch has criticized the newly tabled Patient Safety Act, known as “Vanessa’s Law”, for explicitly excluding Natural Health Products from the regulations to appease lobbyists.…

A case of bad lionfish

South Carolina health authorities are investigating a case of food poisoning. Was it fish gone bad or the fish’s natural venomous defense. DHEC investigates Horry County man poisoned by Lionfish – WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC. A plan to battle invasive lionfish by dishing them up on America’s dinner plates may have…

The Strange remains the same for 6 Dec 2013

Some absolutely lovely leftovers for you today. Make sure you check out Melba Ketchum’s thoughts on Doubtful News at the bottom (where it belongs). Adam ‘The Monster Hunter’ searches for hidden animals. JURY QUICKLY CONVICTS WOMAN IN FALSE RAPE TRIAL via News from The Associated Press. The Onion Fools Many With ‘Stop-And-Kiss’ Parody Video [WATCH]. Don’t…

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…