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

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

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…

FDA says OK to migraine-treating magnet device

The evidence seems NOT that impressive at all for this new device. Migraine sufferers might try anything but perhaps should be wary of this. FDA Approves New Magnet Device to Treat Migraines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first device aimed at easing the pain of migraines preceded by aura — sensory…

Panther pranksters in Epping Forest

Someone saw an opportunity for a good laugh. Mystery of Epping Forest ‘big cat’ is solved – Home News – UK – The Independent. Two City of London forest keepers had quite a fright on Wednesday when they peered through the fog and spotted what appeared to be a black panther in Epping Forest, Essex.…

Pilot whale pod beached in Florida, malnourished, possibly sick

Mysterious mass stranding of a pod of pilot whales prompts study NOAA: 11 Dead Whales Suffered From Malnutrition « CBS Miami. Eleven of the pilot whales found dead in the Florida Keys were found to be emaciated and suffering from malnutrition, according to federal officials Monday. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stranding coordinator Blair Mase…

Eyewitnesses won’t give up on idea of big cat in NSW

Your perception and memory are not really that great. Blue Mountains panther spotted again. Weeks after the government declared the Blue Mountains big cat file closed, a Sydney father has spoken of a terrifying encounter with a panther-like creature outside his home. Peter Russell told NSW Police he feared for his life after being stalked…

Texas politics still mired in teaching of Creationism

This, folks, is an utter disgrace. Dear Texas, I feel for you. You are heading ever downwards. [Warning, commentary and name calling ahead. Is a weekend, indulge me.] GOP lieutenant governor hopefuls back creationism | Dallas Morning News. All four Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls have embraced the teaching of creationism in public schools. Lt. Gov.…

Historic, rare snow fall across the Middle East

A weather oddity! It is reportedly the first time in over a century that snow fell in Cairo where it hardly even RAINS! Snow closes roads in Israel, is a source of wonder in Egypt – latimes.com. Nearly three feet of snow closed roads in and out of Jerusalem, which is set in high hills,…

Anti-vax polio shootings continue in Pakistan

I am appalled to keep having to posts these stories. BBC News – Three killed in separate Pakistan polio shootings. Gunmen have shot dead at least two policemen providing security to a team of polio workers in north-west Pakistan. A polio worker was also killed in a separate attack, local media have reported. The two…

Woman found to be carrying rare “stone baby”

Fascinating! It’s very rare but it really does happen when a dead fetus will calcify and remain in the body. 40-year-old fetus found in 82-year-old woman: report  – NY Daily News. A Colombian woman thought to be suffering from gastroenteritis is actually carrying a decades-old lithopedion, or ‘stone baby,’ doctors at Tunjuelito Hospital in Bogota…

The Strange remains the same for 12 Dec 2013

A lovely array of leftovers today. (Hey, I made a rhyme!) Dan Aykroyd’s Asperger’s Fueled ‘Ghostbusters’ Obsession. Man convicted of the gruesome slaying of an American Fork woman and her baby says he’s tormented by ghosts : AFCITIZEN.com. Report: Official who OK’d Obama birth papers dies in crash. The Independent Investigations Group – Mermaid Skeleton…

Dog eats seven golf balls: Owner is teed off

I’ve heard of “Hoover dogs” that vacuum up everything, but this is ridiculous. Sometimes dogs are just stupid. Dog lucky to be alive after eating seven golf balls | East Grinstead Courier & Observer. Owner Tim Norris rushed his peckish pooch to the vets’ thinking his pet had swallowed a single ball at Royal Ashdown…

Something’s in the way: Seattle tunnel path blocked

What has stopped the drill bit is unknown. Engineers have to investigate. Don’t panic, yet. The mystery continues: What is blocking tunneling machine under Seattle. The Transportation Department and contractors building a highway tunnel under downtown Seattle are trying to identify the mystery object that has blocked their tunnel boring machine. The machine called Bertha…

Another toilet snake incident. *cringe*

Ouch. Too many euphemisms… Snake bites man’s penis. Kwabena Nkrumah was attending to nature’s call at a public toilet facility in a deplorable state at Faaman when he suddenly felt a sharp pain at the tip of his manhood. When he starred deep into the toilet, Nkrumah, who is a porter, nearly collapsed as he…

Some funny quantum entanglement business on Deepak Chopra’s Wikipedia page

We posted recently about the kerfuffle between Rupert Sheldrake, Deepak Chopra and the head of the Guerrilla Skepticism project on Wikipedia, Susan Gerbic. The rantings of Chopra took an interesting turn when people started looking into his own Wikipedia page. He who lives in glass houses, yada yada yada… Quantum variations in Wikipedia rules –…