Dowsing useless in finding missing girl

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The “Find Me” crew is back in the news. And, again, not really helping. Private Investigator believes he knows who the suspects are in the Celis kidnapping The private investigator the family contacted said, “Whoever did this knows the family 100 percent guaranteed, and my suspect has a key to the house.” Retired federal agent…

Remains of the weekend 14-15 February 2015

No this is not real, but it's pretty darn neat.

There hasn’t been a whole lot of news worth talking about here over the past week. I have to admit I’m getting very jaded of the tabloid parade of sensational idiocy and people linking to stories from click bait sites and calling it “news”. Also, if it’s a strictly medical or science topic, I don’t…

Sheldrake collaborating on children’s book about psychic dogs

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Sheldrake’s idea that dogs know when there owner is coming home is unconfirmed and falls on the highly dubious side. But let’s tell kids about it! Boy’s Best Friend | Kate Banks, Rupert Sheldrake Kate Banks and world-renowned biologist Rupert Sheldrake collaborate on this novel about two boys who set out to prove that their dogs…

The Strange remains the same for 12 February 2015

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In Thailand, the Ghost Business Thrives – NYTimes.com. Suspicious banana in tree not a bomb Mystery surrounds Faringdon toilet block fire death. Obese 100-year-old crocodile dies from overeating after worshippers keep throwing it chickens and goats for good luck NeuroLogica Blog » Scott Adams on Science and Nutrition. New Jersey judge rules conversion therapy group…

The growing trend of confusing astrology with science

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Astrology is the fatally-flawed idea that the location and movement of stars and planets influence our lives here on earth. It’s the epitome of a NON-scientific idea that has been discarded centuries ago. No scientist studies it. However, a recent survey shows almost all population segments, especially young people, mistakingly think this field is considered…

The Strange remains the same for 11 February 2015

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The Health “Danger” Ranger Mike Adams gets the “Pants on Fire” rating about vaccines. No real news there. He’s always spouting nonsense. Anti-vaccine claim rooted in bad science, confusion | PolitiFact Georgia. California officials warn against ‘measles parties’ – The Washington Post. 83% Say Measles Vaccine Is Safe for Healthy Children | Pew Research Center for…

The Food Babe spends more time trying to piss off critics than doing research?

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Vani Hari, “The Food Babe” (*gag*), has been repeated raked over the critical coals for her often terrible information that she passes to the public. She’s attacked beer, airplane air and Subway bread. Though she often makes egregious mistakes and is great at fear mongering and getting media attention, she’s is TRULY annoyed with any…

Ancestry.com now labeled evil due to copyright claim cheap shot

Many reports will not contain enough information to determine the cause. But unexplained DOES NOT mean unexplainable.

In a strange update to this story, government files obtained through FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) have been claimed to be copyrighted. Jason Colavito notes it in this piece: the Black Vault database of Project Blue Book was taken down after Ancestry.com asserted that it owns the copyright (!) to the Air Force’s UFO files,…

‘Charles Manson in a box’ sideshow plan falls apart

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Shall we have a pity party for either one of these darlings? Charles Manson wedding off after it emerges that fiancee Afton Elaine Burton ‘just wanted his corpse for display’ Serial killer Charles Manson’s supposed budding romance with a woman 53 years his junior has been allegedly exposed as a money-making scheme. According to journalist…

Remains of the weekend 07-08 February 2015

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Defeating the devil: why exorcism in Australia is on the rise. The Politics of Fraudulent Dietary Supplements – NYTimes.com. BBC News – Woman’s stool transplant leads to ‘tremendous weight gain’. Anti-Vaccine Movement Spreading to Pet Owners — NYMag. When Mercury’s in retrograde, madness rules. Or so the astrologers say. – The Washington Post. SAN ANTONIO…

Northwest US experiences dusty rain (UPDATE: yep, dust)

Fine particles in the rain remain after the water evaporates.

This rain cleaned the air but made everything else dirty. Mystery milky rain falls on Washington, Oregon. Rainfall described as milky-colored, dusty or dirty fell across parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with its origin is unclear. Suspects include volcanic ash from worldwide volcanoes that mixed with the moisture. Such rain is very common near…

The Strange remains the same for 06 February 2015

This woman would save a fortune using Falkenham's revolutionary tattoo removal cream.

Neil Young’s PonoPlayer: The Emperor Has No Clothes. An Underwater Volcano Just Created A New Island. More Cities Should Make Mythbusting Maps Like This – CityLab. (I’ve been on this D.C. tour!) Police arrest pet store owner in boys’ snake deaths. (Still no clear answers, though.) Is there an award for “Stupid parents?” He’s scarred…

Bullseye: Lars Andersen’s extreme archery is Skeptically Pwnd

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When this video by Danish archer Lars Andersen first came out, a DN reader asked about it. Was it real? He seems legitimate with his skills, but what about the history? We didn’t have the info to address it then, but now our friends Anna (an archery instructor) and John (video producer) made a kick-ass skeptical response…

Bad spirits raised after health care home calls in an exorcist

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Seriously, NOT a good move. Norway care home hired psychic for exorcism. A municipal care home in Norway has been slammed for “poor judgement” after managers hired a clairvoyant to drive out evil spirits because staff were spooked by random flickering lights. Lasse Svenstrup Andersen, an official from the local Agder County governor’s office, ruled…

Owl dive bombs people with hats

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It actually seems rather common that people make owls nervous and they announce their presence in such a way. Owl attacks joggers and steals their hats – The Guardian. Oregon officials are warning early morning joggers and park visitors in the state capital, Salem, to watch out for an owl that steals hats after at…

A British pub ghost debunked… by the Daily Mail?

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The Daily Mirror reports today on some “ghostly” goings-on in Birmingham pub “The Old Crown”. The incident amounts to little more than a bottle tipping and rolling to the floor, seemingly without interference. Here’s the video on youtube. Details of the incident are sketchy in the Mirror, but ironically, The Daily Mail carries much more information…

Assault case is damaging the reputation of exorcisms, says professor. Oh is that it?

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A pastor is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during an exorcism. A local church official says that’s not what exorcism is about. I fail to see his point, though. Toronto sex assault case unfairly demonizes exorcisms: Expert. A pastor accused of sexually assaulting a woman during an exorcism is giving a bad name to a…

Wisconsin budget cites hefty sum to study a nonexistent hazard

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A Wisconsin-sized waste of money. Scott Walker’s Budget Includes $250,000 To Study ‘Wind Energy System-Related Health Issues’. The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines. Page 449 of the budget proposal includes a recommendation from the governor “directing…

Anonymous commenters undermining science have negative impact. We knew this.

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This is further justification why we do not allow anti-science commenters on this site. It’s not a debate but the reader often does not know that. Healthcare websites are attempting to educate about health risks but a new study shows, surprisingly, that readers may be influenced more by online comments than by credible public service announcements.…

Frost quakes possible cause of winter booms in Missouri

Six days of sub-freezing temperature at Puget Sound Energy's power plant in Goldendale, Wash. left a growing hoarfrost on anything exposed to the wind, including barbed wire. (Photo credit: iWitnessWeather user gardnertoo)

Booming noises continue in Kansas City, MO. One possible cause is frost quakes or cryoseisms. ‘Frost Quakes’ May Be the Source of Puzzling Booms in Kansas City – weather.com. Planes, trains and other ideas are being floated as possible sources of the booms. This is the time of year for cryoseisms, which we’ve covered extensively last…

The Strange remains the same for 04 February 2015

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Senator says restaurant employees shouldn’t be required to wash their hands – The Washington Post. Destination America Announces Two New Paranormal Shows: Ghosts in My House and Ghostly Encounters Newfound ‘Gospel of the Lots of Mary’ Discovered in Ancient Text. After 25 years, AIDS fraud comes back swinging – Retraction Watch What’s That Strolling Through…

Markuze (Mabus) to be sentenced tomorrow (UPDATE – now June)

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Doubtful News and yours truly have been harassed by Dennis Markuze for several years. Most recently, under the name Arnold Ruge [corrected]. There is news of his recent situation. Man who made online threats to be sentenced Thursday | Montreal Gazette. A Quebec Court judge is expected to be presented with a joint sentencing recommendation…

The Strange remains the same for 03 February 2015

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Ouija board dog killer’s wife and step daughter arrested after fire destroys their home. (That’s some headline. The story is even weirder and awful.) Darwin Day resolution in Congress | NCSE. Anonymous Seahawks Player Ponders Anti-Marshawn Lynch Conspiracy | Bleacher Report. Bright pink smoke sparks hilarious theories from bemused passers-by | UK | News |…

NY takes serious action against dietary supplement retailers for misleading advertising

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We’ve posted a lot on the effect of bad regulatory policy for dietary supplements. Here again is an example of why the law that allows these products to be put up for sale without proper consumer protection is just an all-around flawed idea. AG: Stores sell mislabeled herbal supplements | wivb.com. New York State wants certain herbal…

Wascally wabbits invade neighborhood

Unwelcome guest. Photo by Kayla Straabe.

Bring back predators? The citizens wish for something to keep this in control. Dozens of dog-sized jackrabbits swarm development in North Dakota. A “huge flock” of jackrabbits in a Fargo, North Dakota, neighborhood has homeowners feeling jumpy. More than 50 jackrabbits the size of small dogs have been hopping around backyards and a park of a…