MPs want proof that God doesn’t heal. I suppose they willingly forego modern medicine…?

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Hapless MPs send daft letter to wrong people in attempt to defend faith healers – guardian.co.uk. A cross-party group of MPs have attempted to bully the Advertising Standards Authority over their ruling against faith healers; attacking the suggestion that people who make health claims should be required to provide evidence for them. As reported by…

AccuWeather messes up winter predictions, now blames tsunami debris. Uh, little science help here?

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AccuWeather heat wave theory: Japanese tsunami debris – Chicago Tribune. A meteorologist for AccuWeather — the forecasting company that predicted a winter so bad, “people in Chicago are going to want to move” — has a theory for the recent Midwest heat wave: Japanese tsunami debris. AccuWeather.com made headlines last fall, you may recall, with…

Think measles is not a big deal?

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Eliminating measles – personal stories Euronews. Nastasia has made a spectacular recovery. Just a year ago she was in a coma after contracting measles. The 16 year old who lives in Valence, in the South-East of France suddenly complained of a sore throat, red spots appeared and she had a high temperature. After one week at…

Nodding disease in Africa: Is “Mindless Zombie” label bringing needed attention to the crisis? (UPDATED)

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DailyTech – Baffling Illness Strikes Africa, Turns Children Into Mindless “Zombies”. World Health Organization is on high alert about new Ugandan outbreak, cause is not fully known. It’s called the “nodding disease” and it’s a baffling illness that has struck thousands of children in northern Uganda. The illness brings on seizures, violent behavior in some…

News “Flash”: Ghost hunters’ flashlight trick is not paranormal. Explanation revealed.

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A contributor to the JREF (James Randi Educational Foundation) forum, a premier site for skeptical discussion, has posted a superb video detailing why the ghost hunter flashlight communication method appears to work. Turns out it is not paranormal at all. Just science. This is SO good. It’s what TESTING is all about. (Ghost hunters have…

The battle over fluoridation in Montana

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Citizens petition to remove fluoride from Bozeman’s tap water – The Bozeman Daily Chronicle. For six decades, Bozeman has added fluoride to its water supply. At several recent Bozeman City Commission meetings, members of Fluoride Free Bozeman have asked the city to stop. “Swallowing fluoride causes harm,” Derek Grotheer, a young man in a plaid…

Luck of the draw? Or flaw? Multiple winning lottery tickets sold in same store

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5 winning lotto tickets purchased at Meijer store in Northville . Nine winning Mega Millions lotto tickets worth $250,000 each were purchased in southeast Michigan on Tuesday — including five at a Meijer store in Northville. Lottery officials say there’s a strong likelihood that the five tickets were purchased by the same player, but they…

When new parents do irrational things… Eww, don’t eat that.

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I Regret Eating My Placenta As a first-time pregnant lady living in crunchy Santa Monica, Calif., next to a raw food restaurant and a seemingly oxymoronic homeopathic pharmacy, hiring a so-called celebrity placenta processor seemed to make sense. Even the hospital birth class had suggested the practice of eating one’s own placenta as a natural…

How do homeopathic vaccines work? 200 year old magic

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Warning on homoeopathy vaccines Doctors are warning people not to trust homoeopathic whooping cough vaccines while health authorities fail to stop those advertising them during an epidemic that has claimed lives. Immunisation specialist at the Royal Children’s Hospital Dr Nigel Crawford said there was no evidence to support homoeopathic vaccines for whooping cough, which can…

Media suggests dubious connection between missing persons and Bigfoot. Author responds.

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Bigfoot authority takes on Park disappearances A noted Bigfoot researcher has written a book about disappearances in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and across the U.S. David Paulides, a California resident, came to Alcoa Tuesday to distribute copies of a new book to the media during a press conference that touted “disturbing new information” about…

Strange glow in New Jersey sky concerns locals

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N.J. residents baffled over strange glow in sky Parts of the Union County sky lit up early this morning, prompting a few strained necks and concerned phone calls from residents wondering what exactly was causing that glow. A house fire? No. An explosion? No. Extra-terrestrials looking for runway clearance at Newark Airport? Sadly, no. The…

News Brief from the week of March 18, 2012 [MP3]

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Here is an audio brief (4 minutes) of last week’s highlights of the weird and wild news stories we posted. News Brief for 18-Mar-2012 Topics: Faith healing deaths, FTC crackdown on fake news sites, failed earthquake prediction, mystery booms in WI, Baltic Cowboys and Flying Dutchman Let us know if you like it. Do you…

Acupuncture to look younger? Doesn’t make any sense, just dollars.

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Women Turn To Acupuncture To Maintain A Youthful Face « CBS Chicago. It’s been a little-known beauty secret to the stars for several years, but now it’s catching on across the country. …rather than undergoing painful and costly injections, more women are now turning to alternative Chinese medicine to try to look younger. Licensed acupuncturist…

Bigfoot hunter cited for commercial use on national park land without a permit

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Leader Of Bigfoot Expedition Cited For Permit Violation (NPS Digest). On February 24th, rangers received information from a concessionaire who reported that there were visitors in the park who were on a “Bigfoot hunting expedition.” …approximately 30 people had paid Matt Pruitt, who is affiliated with The Bigfoot Field Researcher’s Organization, to lead them on…

Town councilman believes his mother is an alien; says it doesn’t affect his job

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My ‘mother’ is a 9ft green alien, says councillor. Simon Parkes, who was elected to Whitby Town Council in February as a Labour Party candidate and may stand for Scarborough Council, claims he has a 9ft tall green “mother” and has been visited by extra-terrestrial beings throughout his life. He says he has also been…

Sceptics bring info to homeopathy meeting in U.K.

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Sceptics protest at homeopathy meeting -The Wokingham Times. A small but good-humoured protest outside Wokingham Town Hall greeted audience members at the first meeting of the Thames Valley Homeopaths. Six members of the Berkshire Skeptics Society handed out leaflets to those arriving to hear Dr Jayne Donegan’s presentation on a alternative approach to treating childhood…

Recruiting chiropractors and spreading the “message”

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Life University Launches Life In Your City Tour. Nationwide, nine-city tour will feature Continuing Education, Student Recruitment and Special Seminar for Chiropractic Patients Life University (LIFE) continues to carry the torch for the profession, announcing a nationwide, nine-city tour designed to help the profession help itself. LIFE in Your City is a three day event…

Ima let you judge the UFO ‘flash’ in music video

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UFO Mysteriously Appears In Aspiring Rapper’s Hip-Hop Video (VIDEO). Tellez, who performs under the stage name “Crhymes,” said the flashing orb mysteriously appears in the background of a video he was filming for a song called “Everyday.” Paranormal investigator Benjamin Radford looked at the video and believes there are two possible explanations besides it being…

Wisconsin’s Boom Towns – Noises heard 80 miles from Clintonville (UPDATED: Earthquake)

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Similar Booms In Montello – www.nbc26.com. This may be just the beginning of the “booming mystery.”  Strange sounds are also being reported about 80 miles away in Montello.  Police there are also investigating the similar booms.  Tuesday night officials received several reports of a loud noise around 5:30 a.m.  They checked to see if anyone…