Never give up, even if you’ve been eaten

A paper just published in Herpetology Notes journal describes a very unusual observation – a blindsnake was eaten by a toad and passed through ALIVE! ‘Fantastic Voyage’: a live blindsnake (Ramphotyphlops braminus) journeys through the gastrointestinal system of a toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) [PDF] Here is the abstract. We report an unusual predator-prey interaction between the Common Asian…

The creepy Northampton clown revealed

An update to the East Midlands clown around town: Northampton Clown revealed as 22-year-old British film student Alex Powell  – NY Daily News. The mysterious Northampton Clown, first spotted roaming the streets last month on Friday the 13th, has been revealed to be 22-year-old film and documentary maker Alex Powell. The prankster, who’s built up…

Remains of the day 18 Oct 2013

‘Bridgewater Triangle’ documentary explores area’s paranormal accounts – Brockton, MA – The Enterprise. BBC News – The problem with taking too many vitamins. Sharyn Ainscough dies tragically because she followed the example of her daughter, The Wellness Warrior – Respectful Insolence. Archaeologists uncover Sweden’s largest pre-Christian Iron Age monument The Sykes documentary airing this Sunday…

Faith healing preacher Dufresne killed in plane crash

California faith healer, pilot in Kan. plane crash – Houston Chronicle. A traveling California faith healer and his pilot died Friday morning when their small Texas-bound plane crashed soon after taking off from a Kansas airport, authorities said. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter identified the victims as 72-year-old minister Edward Dufresne, a faith healer who…

Haunted property lawsuit dismissed as a joke

Another story about haunted or not haunted real estate and what that means for buyers. Well, it’s not clear what it means, actually. A judge dismissed a lawsuit after finding there is zero evidence that a building in Kitchener is haunted. The new owner felt the building was stigmatized and wanted out of the deal…

Color me skeptical about this dye job

Moms petition on Change.org to remove artificial dyes. They believe it makes their kids hyperactive. I’m skeptical. Moms Petition Mars To Remove Artificial Dyes From M&M’s : The Salt : NPR. “In this petition, I’m asking Mars to change to natural colorings,” mom Renee Shutters told me by phone. “It’s very doable.” Shutters, who lives…

Feel like the walking dead? It may be your medication.

A link between renal failure, acyclovir and Cotard’s syndrome is suggested in a new paper. This unusual syndrome leads people to believe they are dead or that their organs aren’t working. Strange. Reversing walking corpse syndrome: Cotard’s Syndrome trigger found – and it’s a household cold sore cream. Pharmacologists have discovered one of the mechanisms…

Big cat case closed in New South Wales

I hope they don’t think this will stop people from reporting them. People “KNOW” what they see and if they want to see a black panther, that’s what they will see. ‘The matter is closed’: new report into Blue Mountains big cat. Rumours have circulated for decades about a colony of “Big cats” roaming Sydney’s…

Remains of the day Oct 17 2013

I deliver you a bouquet of tasty treats as leftovers today. Fascinating stuff… Salem Psychic Studio Accused of Taking $16K to Remove Curse – Government – Salem, MA Patch. The Wait is Over: CFI Unveils New ‘Point of Inquiry’ Team! | Center for Inquiry. Dutch Court Rules Scientology Tax-Exempt – ABC News. Skull of Homo…

Low frequency noise bothers Southampton residents

A low-frequency droning sound is causing sleepless nights in Hythe, Holbury and Dibden Purlieu. Mystery noise causes misery across the county (From Daily Echo). Southampton residents say they are being plagued by the same sound that is making life a misery for people living on the eastern edge of the New Forest. Gordon Windebank, 82,…

A baby without the bump

Crazy stunt? Yeah probably. That’s what these two do, constantly. Aura Babies Are the New Celebrity Babies – The Cut. Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have announced that they want to conceive an “Aura Baby.” This “Aura Baby” will be a part of the SpiediShow, their reality show — which, like the Aura Baby, is…

Jaguars visiting Texas?

Possible? Yes. But you can’t tell from this picture. Big cats attack in Houston. The cell phone pictures are blurry, but to professional wildlife tracker and trapper Jerry Hunt, it’s pretty clear this is no house cat. “I think it’s a black jaguar. They are coming from Mexico. Arizona has nine of them radio collared…

Hampstead Heath hopper?

A man spots an unusual critter while walking his dog. Is mystery beast on Hampstead Heath a wallaby? – News – Hampstead and Highgate Express. If you decide to take a stroll on Hampstead Heath, you might expect to see dozens of dogs playing in the long grass or walking on their leads. What you…

Oreo-cocaine addiction scenario is overblown

Media went to the dark side on this one, they had cookies. Oreos As Addictive as Cocaine? Not So Fast | LiveScience. Oreos as addictive as cocaine? A new study purports to draw a link, but don’t check into a treatment center for your Double Stuf addiction just yet. Following a Connecticut College press release…

Remains of the day 16 Oct 2013

Just a few but they are good ones! Spend an hour with Monster Talk this week. Stellar stuff! Do not miss this! A counterpoint to The Conjuring and the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren Skeptic » Podcasts » MonsterTalk » Episode Notes for The Warren Omission. Bill Nye the Science Guy returning to roots…

Chelyabinsk meteor recovered from Russian lake

Cool find! They spent the entire summer trying to locate it in the lake sediments and pulled it out. BBC News – Meteorite pulled from Russian lake. Divers working at a Russian lake have recovered a half-tonne chunk of the space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk earlier this year. The object plunged into Lake Chebarkul…