Skepticism fades in Chamberlain baby case as evidence shows dingos are dangerous

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Australian inquest opens in dingo-baby mystery A coroner on Friday opened Australia’s fourth inquest into the most notorious and bitterly controversial legal drama in the nation’s history: the 1980 death of a 9-week-old baby whose parents say was taken by a dingo from her tent in the Australian Outback. Azaria Chamberlain’s mother, Lindy, was convicted…

Cloud falls to earth, bounces around

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Strange cloud descends from Heaven From Gather.com article In one of the most unusual UFO videos ever posted, a “cloud” falls from the sky and the cameraman is able to put his hand right through it as it gets caught against a nearby fence. It’s not clear where the video was filmed, but the witnesses…

Creationism bill dead in Indiana

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Victory! Indiana House Kills Creationist Bill The Center for Inquiry (CFI) is happy to report today that leader of the Indiana House of Representatives is shelving a Senate-approved bill that would have allowed public schools across the state to teach children the creation stories of various mainstream religions. House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-District 88) announced…

Ladies and Gentlemen — the Pareidolia of the United States, George Washington (UPDATE: Sold $8100)

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Does this Chicken McNugget look like George Washington to you? A Nebraska woman is auctioning a McDonald’s Chicken McNugget that she believes resembles President George Washington. A check of eBay on Wednesday shows one bid for $100. The auction ends next week. Speights says the McNugget almost became a snack during a visit to a…

Scamming the Nigerian scammers

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Aussie woman scammed Nigerians: court A Brisbane woman fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket, a court has been told. Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an “agent” in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard…

Mysterious “black magic” creature scares Namibian village

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Mysterious ‘beast’ terrorizes villagers An unknown creature is reportedly frightening and threatening village residents in the Uukwiyu Uushona constituency (Oshana region). According to regional councillor Andreas Mundjindi, the mysterious animal was spotted late last Saturday chasing dogs and goats. Mundjindi says that the beast even almost injured a young man on Sunday afternoon on his…

New Bigfoot trackway discovered in Oregon (Updated)

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Guy Edwards from Bigfoot Lunch Club reports on an extensive new set of suspected (well, assumed) Bigfoot tracks found in Oregon earlier this month. Over 120 Sequential Sasquatch Prints Found South of Eugene A man named Max discovers the tracks and contacts Toby Johnson, Sasquatch investigator …over 120 footprint tracks were found in a clay-mixed…

Comprehensive study concludes raw milk products are unsafe in all cases

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In a followup to the raw milk controversy that was sparked by the latest outbreak of illness in Pennsylvania, here is the most comprehensive look at illnesses related to raw dairy products (milk and cheese). This report is available here (PDF) at the CDC web site. Although pasteurization eliminates pathogens and consumption of nonpasteurized dairy…

Santorum gets heat about Satan and called fake like Bigfoot

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Gee, Rick Santorum tends to be associated with some really fringe stuff, from the pornographic to the paranormal. Today, we see the former senator, now running for the Republican presidential nod, get looked at cross-eyed because he once talked about Satan attacking America. Blogs get devilish over Rick Santorum Conservative bloggers slammed the mainstream media…

Resurrection of the International Society of Cryptozoology is bogus

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Of interest to those hardcore cryptozoological folks, it appears that the International Society of Cryptozoology is resurrected, but it’s a sham… Cryptomundo » International Society of Cryptozoology ~ NOT!!!. Cryptomundo cites Wikipedia: With their website, Facebook group and the tagline ’studying the impossible since 1982′ the International Society of Cryptozoology has resurfaced once again in…

New tourism attraction in Port Arthur, Australia: Ghost hunting

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Chills and Thrills for Paranormal Tourism. The Minister for Tourism, Scott Bacon, today welcomed the exciting new late night, adults-only Paranormal Investigation Experience operating out of Port Arthur. “The Paranormal Investigation Experience will begin after the ghost tours finish and last about 4-5 hours and includes a supper mid-way through the investigation,” Mr Bacon said.…

Richard Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury debate origin of man

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“The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin”. Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of books, such as “The God Delusion” and “The Selfish Gene” will be debating the Archbishop of Canterbury about evolution and human nature at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Thursday, 23 Feburary 2012 4.00-5.30pm. The discussion will…

Scientists justifiably scared over the rise in anti-science sentiment

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Attacks paid for by big business are ‘driving science into a dark era’ Researchers attending one of the world’s major academic conferences ‘are scared to death of the anti-science lobby’ Most scientists, on achieving high office, keep their public remarks to the bland and reassuring. Last week Nina Fedoroff, the president of the American Association…

Westboro Baptist Church says: Gays no way, lying OK

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Staged photo? Westboro Baptist Church claims protest at Whitney Houston funeral when none is apparent | NJ.com. Westboro Baptist Church, the small congregation known for its propensity to hurl promises of hell at funeral mourners, claims to be in Newark confronting protesters at the funeral of Whitney Houston. A Twitter account cited as that of…

Beirut becomes the Red River Valley

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Beirut River mysteriously runs blood red The Beirut River mysteriously turned blood red Wednesday after a stream of unidentified red liquid began pouring from the southern bank of the river in Furn al-Shubbak. The source of the liquid had yet to be determined Wednesday evening, as the river continued to empty the red-colored water into…

Whitney Houston and the crazy occult conspiracy

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The Latest Conspiracy Theory: Whitney Houston’s Death Was an Occult Sacrifice | Michigan Skeptics Association. Michigan Skeptics Association has a post about one of those “You just can’t make this stuff up” conspiracy theories. This new conspiracy theory is a very good example of just how detached it’s believers can be. The author goes through…

Once again, research shows mercury and autism is NOT linked

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Mercury, Autism Not Linked, Study Finds | Urine Mercury Levels No Different in Kids with Autism | LiveScience. Mercury does not cause autism, another study now concludes. The levels of mercury in the urine of children with autism were no higher than urine mercury levels of children without the condition, the study from England found. The…

Pediatricians refuse to care for non-vaccinated children: No good solution

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More Doctors ‘Fire’ Vaccine Refusers – WSJ.com. Pediatricians fed up with parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of concern it can cause autism or other problems increasingly are “firing” such families from their practices, raising questions about a doctor’s responsibility to these patients. Medical associations don’t recommend such patient bans, but the practice…

New Hampshire antievolution bills ousted

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New Hampshire antievolution bills dismissed | NCSE. “The House Education Committee dismissed two bills this morning that would have dictated classroom lectures on evolution,” the Concord Monitor‘s State House blog reported (February 16, 2012). The bills in question are House Bill 1148, introduced by Jerry Bergevin (R-District 17), which would have charged the state board of education to…

Ghost nun appears in Irish photograph

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Ghostly image causes a stir Local photographer Jonathan Curran was taking a series of 13 photographs of the picturesque area in an attempt to create a panoramic view when he came across something very unusual in one of his shots. One of the images, which were taken less than a minute apart, appears to show…

Paranormal media manufactures mystery out of a meteor

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UFO Explodes And Crashes In South Carolina Upstate residents near Greenville reported a very bright light accompanied by an explosion shortly before 2 a.m., while others felt tremors from the nearby crash of the object. According to Fox affiliate, Fox Carolina — whose own security cameras caught the streaking object on video — many callers…