Evidence of troll wars! Wait… it’s not?

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Iceland. I’m going to go there some day. Mystery of Bizarre Icelandic Lava Pillars Solved – Yahoo News. The mystery of a series of strange, knobby pillars of rock that formed in Iceland has been solved. A creeping lava flow and a stream of water mixed to create hollow, rough pillars that dot the Skaelinger…

I’m not gonna pay no stinking taxes!

Another “sovereign citizen”. This is just a reminder that there are all kinds. And there always will be those on the edges of society. ‘Sovereign citizen’ convicted of income tax fraud – Springfield, IL – The State Journal-Register. A southwestern Illinois man who insisted he wasn’t bound by U.S. tax laws faces up to two…

Big cat that’s not a Big Cat shot in Australia

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Interesting size of this kitty. But there is little to go on in this piece. It wasn’t weighed or measured or even photographed well. So while this would have been a great documentation of a “big cat” that’s not really a Big Cat, the eyewitnesses dropped the ball. Giant cat not a puma: hunter |…

LA Times: What climate change controversy?

The LA Times has integrity, not going to allow factual inaccuracies to pollute the Letters page if they can help it. The Letters editor announces that letters from climate change denialists will not be published. Good. On letters from climate-change deniers – latimes.com. Simply put, I do my best to keep errors of fact off…

The kid is gone, call the psychic!

At least she called the police. I hope that was the first call. Mother called 911 and psychic when toddler disappeared – CBS Atlanta News. Tearah White, 24, made two phone calls Monday night around 8:15 p.m. after she could not find her 18-month-old daughter. “I wanted to find my baby. I hoped they would…

A prehistoric donation

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You find some odd things in the attic or basement. Funny to think someone could have just boxed this up and not been curious about it or sold it. Mysterious 10,000-Year-Old Mastodon Tooth Found in Charity’s Donation Pile | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo. John Timmer, an employee at the charity’s warehouse, found the ancient…

Remains of the day 10 Oct 2013

GAH! I totally forgot to post this last night… It was left as ‘draft’ Sorry. Mystery Monkey 2: Possible Patas monkey on the lam in Lakeland | wtsp.com. ‘Worried well’ just feel worse if they catch cyberchondria – Telegraph. Naturopaths and vaccines – Respectful Insolence. I had been thinking about posting this in the leftovers.…

Madagascar faces plague epidemic

Recall that not long ago, we had a report of the plague in Kyrgyzstan. Now, we have an issue in Madagascar. BBC News – Madagascar bubonic plague warning. Madagascar faces a bubonic plague epidemic unless it slows the spread of the disease, experts have warned. The Red Cross and Pasteur Institute say inmates in the…

Acute liver failure reported with connection to dietary supplement (UPDATE)

Originally published Oct 4, 2013 See updates below Healthy adults trying to lose weight or gain muscle have experienced acute hepatitis or liver failure possibly from a dietary supplement. The federal shutdown is hampering efforts to investigate the cause. More cases of liver failure linked to diet supplement – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and…

A bloody mess: Relic from king’s death is questioned

Legend has it that a witness to the 1793 beheading of Louis XVI soaked up his blood with a handkerchief that was preserved in a gourd. The owners used the cloth for DNA testing but needed a relative of the king to see if there was a genetic match. This is turning out to be…

Remains of the day 09 Oct 2013

It’s approaching that time of the year again, where we see more and more ghosties in the media. I declare all paranormal special Halloween presentations to be DOUBTFUL. Washoe Ed offers ghost, paranormal classes | Reno Gazette-Journal | rgj.com. It’s aliiiive! Haunted-house industry scares up big money – NBC News.com. Was this man robbed by…

Yep, you’re officially dead, no going back now

What does this guy do now? Talk about being off the grid. You’re still dead, Ohio court tells man. Donald Miller, 61, testified Monday that he disappeared in 1986 after losing his job, leaving behind a wife, two children and thousands of dollars of unpaid child support, according to James Hammer, the attorney for Miller’s…

Interesting new books!

I found some new books and new releases available that some Doubtful News readers might find interesting. I loves me some books and often review the books that are sent to me. So here is a selection for this first installment of… INTERESTING NEW BOOKS Undiluted Hocus-Pocus: The Autobiography of Martin Gardner [Kindle version] Are…

Florida will kill you

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There may be something to this “Strange Florida” thing. Bizarre causes of death are common in Florida – Sun Sentinel. Welcome to Florida, where something’s always trying to kill you. The Sunshine State is the lightning-strike capital and the shark-bite capital. We have hurricanes, tornadoes, stealthy sinkholes, rabid raccoons, abandoned pythons, venomous spiders and, yes,…

Was Jesus created as Roman propaganda?

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A controversial topic will be presented by Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill: The entire story of Jesus was fabricated. Ancient Confession Found: ‘We Invented Jesus Christ’. The talk will be part of a symposium taking place in London on October 19th. How will this be received? Probably skeptically. Although to many scholars his theory seems outlandish,…

Remains of the day 08 Oct 2013

Here is a bouquet of remaining links left over from today’s news. Virginia TV anchors lose it over new (alleged) videos of Bigfoot – latimes.com. The Top Five Vitamins You Should Not Take – Forbes. Former Military Agent at UFO Conference: No Hard Evidence of UFOs – LevittownNow.com : LevittownNow.com Book review of Daniel Loxton…

First hint of Sykes’ Yeti book

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Professor Sykes’ new book, tentatively entitled “Quest for the Yeti”, has been announced. This information describes the rights for the book (but not in the U.S., so it’s possible U.S. readers will have to wait a bit longer). There is no release date listed. Genetics professor investigates the Yeti | The Bookseller. Bryan Sykes, professor…

Bomb targets polio workers in Pakistan

We’ve covered stories about anti-vax extremists in Pakistan who have murdered vaccine workers. It reached the point where the UN temporarily shut down their program. Now, bombs. BBC News – Pakistan deadly bomb targets Peshawar polio campaign. Two people, one a police officer, have been killed by a bomb which went off near anti-polio campaigners…

More of the Marks family sentenced for psychic fraud

After Rose Marks was convicted (has yet to be sentenced) for various fraud charges, other parts of her clan made a plea deal. Psychic fraud case: First three members of Marks family sentenced – Sun Sentinel. Three members of a South Florida family of fortune-tellers stood before a judge Monday, vowing to turn away from…