Exorcism assault case goes to court

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Another case of people taking a serious problem into their own unqualified hands and doing harm. Four on trial over week-long exorcism ‘torture’ – The Local. Three men and a woman are accused of tying up the Cameroonian teenager in the position of Christ on the cross and keeping her bound to a mattress for…

New owl of Oman, discovered by its hoot

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The newly discovered Omani owl was immediately recognized as unique by the expert who heard his hoot. This is the first new bird found in Arabia in 77 years. It is judged to be a rare bird indeed. But there are pictures. ‘Like nothing we had seen before’: New species of owl discovered – Nature…

Miracle at Medjugorje: Man claims he’s cured of ALS

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Claims of a cure of ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) symptoms is reported as a “miracle” from Medjugorje. Doubtful? You BET it is. World’s first cure from deadly ALS takes place in Medjugorje | MEDJUGORJE TODAY. Cristian Felice suffered from ALS which leads to sure death. But while in Medjugorje…

Body parts for ‘muti’ taken from hospital morgue

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We found this link on the What’s The Harm feed. What’s the harm in traditional meds? People steal dead body parts from morgues to use in rituals. ‘It’s R1 000 for a human brain’. An extensive black market in human body parts has been uncovered in Swaziland’s second-largest hospital. Demand is strong in the country…

Remains of the weekend 5-6 Oct 2013

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We present your leftover links of the weekend. Single mom ‘duped out of $27K by psychic’ | New York Post. Automatonophobia: Mother Lindsay Broom haunted by Muppet Show phobia | Metro News. Dogs Are People, Too – NYTimes.com. Yes, there is this. Beetlejuice would have approved. GhostSingles.com – The Best Dating Site for Dead Singles. Drug…

Credit card robocallers masquerading as ‘Teachers Phone’

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This is so smart and evil. There is a special circle of hell for robo-call telemarketers. A New Telemarketer Tactic: Impersonating Teachers | Credit.com Blog. Caller ID isn’t always what it appears, and increasingly, criminal telemarketers are taking advantage of that. Aggressive phone sales operators have pretended to be the IRS, and they’ve pretended to…

Another Erickson Project Bigfoot clip released

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As you can imagine, it’s blurry. Take a look at my commentary on why you should feel angry and insulted by Ketchum, Erickson and the media. They must think the public is a pile of dolts. Bigsuit and Bigroot: Not Bigfoot Addition: I found this on Erickson’s site. The mitochondrial DNA and nuclear DNA of…

Edwards unrepentant about his Nessie hump photo hoax

Photo credit: George Edwards/CASCADE NEWS

George Edwards’ Nessie hump hoax reads like Scooby Doo episode. Back in August 2012, Edwards came forward with this: It was unimpressive and it took barely any time to discover it was indeed a hoax that was easily explained: Doing the humpty hump: Edwards’ Nessie photo matches fiberglass prop | Doubtful News. Steve Feltham broke the…

Remains of the day 04 Oct 2013

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Another busy news day. Here are some remaining weird news stories that you should check out. NY woman who killed her 3 children in bathtub to ask judge for share of their $350,000 estate | Star Tribune. Remember the 13th: Viral marketing silliness.. Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology: Chile: Uncanny Winged Creatures Over Santiago de…

Dabholkar anti-superstition law is being applied in India

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The Anti-superstition law at work. Man arrested for practising black magic – Times Of India. About one-and-a-half months after the state government promulgated an ordinance against black magic, witchcraft and other superstitious practices, the Malegaon police on Monday arrested a 32-year-old man from Aqsa Colony area for allegedly duping a woman of Rs 3 lakh…

Fail-safes failed – Train mysteriously travel on its own

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A real unsolved mystery. So far. But investigator are getting technical. The Great Chicago Ghost Train Mystery | Motherboard. During Monday rush hour this week, a Blue Line train that was scheduled for repairs did a very mysterious thing: it took off without a conductor on board. After quietly and slowly maneuvering its way around…

Several people accused of organ trafficking are killed by Madagascar mob

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A disturbing story about witchcraft and organ trafficking in a tourist area. This area of the world is increasingly dangerous due to the growth of lawlessness and political unrest. BBC News – Madagascar mob kills Europeans over ‘organ trafficking’. Two European men have been burnt to death in Madagascar by protesters who suspected they trafficked…

Another psychic life coach on trial for swindling

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In an update to this story about the arrest and re-arrest of psychic Sylvia Mitchell, her trial has begun. NYC Psychic on Trial on Charges of Conning Clients – ABC News. The case, one of several prosecutions of fortune-tellers in recent years, probes at the line between selling a service, however unusual, and preying on…

Man receives strange painting of old woman with no explanation (UPDATE)

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Well this was a rude gift! The mystery of the ‘horrid old crone’: Pensioner left baffled after painting of ‘evil looking’ ugly woman is sent to him with no explanation. An elderly Winchester couple have been left baffled after a 300-year-old portrait of an “ugly” woman in a white headscarf was posted to them with…

Carey believed she was being monitored under Obama’s orders

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Not another paranoid conspiracy theorist!? We are getting more info on the Capitol Hill suspect and it’s not good. Capitol suspect Miriam Carey believed Obama electronically monitored her | abc11.com. The woman who led police on a high-speed chase near the U.S. Capitol before being shot dead had a history of mental illness. She believed…

Bulgaria vampire rituals are not a distant memory

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Traditions die slowly? Vampires live on. Bulgarians Practiced Anti-Vampire Rituals up until 25 Years Ago. Rituals aiming to prevent dead people from turning into vampires were practiced in Bulgaria until quite recently, according to renowned Bulgarian archeologist Nikolay Ovcharov. The archeologist, nicknamed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”, added that only 25-30 years ago in some of the…

The slums of scientific peer review

Scientific "peer review" may be done cheaply and sub-standard, not with integrity and ethics.

Take a gander at this. An investigator for Science mag, John Bohannon, pulls a sting operation to investigate predatory open-access journals. What he finds probably will not surprise you but it reveals a zone of rot in scientific peer review and publishing. Who’s Afraid of Peer Review?. On 4 July, good news arrived in the…

Giant hornets in China are deadly (and may be multiplying)

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Originally posted Sept 27, 2013 See update. Fear of bees, look away. I’m not joking. Deaths due to severe wasp stings raise alarm|Society|chinadaily.com.cn. Medical experts called for public awareness of the danger of wasps after stings claimed 19 lives within three months in Ankang, Shaanxi province. Guo Dongyang, a doctor in the nephrology department of…

Remains of the day 03 Oct 2013

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It was SUCH a busy day, I still have stories in the queue I didn’t get to but these are for your perusal. How to detect pseudo-science B.S. – NBC News.com. This Alkaline African Lake Turns Animals into Stone | Collage of Arts and Sciences. Missing Little Paxton parrot found on horse in Alconbury –…

Unexpected tiger quoll captured on game cam

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Another fine vindication of the power of game cameras. An surprise resident appears. Endangered tiger quoll spotted in Grampians for the first time in more than 140 years – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). A tiger quoll has been sighted in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria for the first time in more than…