The Strange remains the same for 11 Dec 2013

Lovely leftover links for you this evening. 2 Unicorns for sale. Must go together.. A Hypnotherapist Built a Career on Alien Abductions, and Her Experiences May Unnerve You – Page 1 – News – Los Angeles – LA Weekly. Mystery of boy who ‘fell from the sky’and landed in Coventry – Telegraph. We’ve covered almost…

Claims that a misinformative TV show possibly caused an extra 2000 heart attacks

In an update to an earlier story about an Australian TV show that scared patients regarding their heart medicine, there is more startling news. Catalyst: Heart Foundation survey raises more concerns over ABC’s controversial cholesterol medication episode. A controversial ABC television program that called cholesterol medication “toxic” could be responsible for causing 2000 more heart…

The Strange remains the same for 10 Dec 2013

Whoa, got a veritable cornucopia of leftovers for you this midnight. Enjoy… From Smaug to the Clangers: a brief history of dragons | Film | The Guardian. Playing pretend scientists. Group of former lawmen to investigate Brown Mountain Lights, Bigfoot – The News Herald: News. Why Eerie Green Lightning Zapped an Erupting Volcano | LiveScience. Five…

Word puzzle contains hidden insult: “Murdoch is evil’

Deliberate or accidental? Hmm. Awfully convenient coincidence. Insult about Rupert Murdoch buried in Sunday Telegraph puzzle. Eagle-eyed readers of last weekend’s newspaper may have spotted an unusual assemblage of letters in Harry the Dog’s regular word puzzle. The puzzle, on page 79, had an “animals of Indonesia” theme, with readers asked to spot words such…

There is no excuse for listening to the ludicrous ravings of celebrities

This appears to be another case of Hollywood celebs trying to keep as much attention as possible even if it means saying really crazy stuff. Or, in other news, DON’T listen to celebrities pontificate about history. Tila Tequila Claims ‘Hitler Was A Good Man,’ Paul Walker’s Murder Was ‘Ritualistic’: LAist. Tila Tequila, the former reality…

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.…