The Strange remains the same for 15 April 2015

Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 6.48.19 PM

Anti vaccine cult – violent threats against California Senator. Bigfoot paper corrected because it doesn’t exist – the author’s institution, that is – Retraction Watch. How Smoke Rings Get in Your Skies – World Science Festival. Rare Omura’s whale carcass find in Western Australia excites scientists | Environment | The Guardian. Giant 40-pound wolverine caught…

Lesson? Don’t shoot an armadillo, with a pistol… Use something more powerful

armadillo

Only in the South… Man shoots at armadillo, bullet hits mother-in-law Authorities say a woman was accidentally shot by her son-in-law while he was trying to shoot an armadillo. The incident had a lot of people scratching their heads- even law enforcement. “Just the circumstances, just all the way around, the whole situation was unusual,”…

The Strange remains the same for 14 April 2015

georgia photograph

Psychic to refund $7K to Iowans promised wealth, miracles | Local News – KCCI Home. A cluster of lead poisoning among consumers of Ayurvedic medicine. – PubMed – NCBI. How should journalists cover quacks like Dr. Oz or the Food Babe? – Vox. Christian Scientists granted immunity from no jab, no pay policy snopes.com: Angels…

Two-year old dead after parents try to rid him of ‘demon’, attempt resurrection

abuse bible

It’s these stories that really make you wonder how someone can get this far away from reality. A child is dead because his ultra-religious parents neglected him thinking he was possessed. Woman Arrested in Attempt to Resurrect Child: Police A woman who operated a church at her suburban Dallas home has been arrested for allegedly…

Have your say to the FDA on homeopathic products!

????????

The US FDA will hold a public hearing on homeopathic products. What does this mean? It means the agency is considering adjusting the current enforcement policies to reflect changes in the homeopathic product marketplace over the last approximately 25 years. That sounds like a PLAN and a great opportunity! Homeopathic Product Regulation: Evaluating FDA’s Regulatory…

Pope fueling trend to blame the Devil

devil-winning

Great… back to the Dark Ages where we blame personal and social problems on supernatural entities instead of effectively dealing with harsh reality. How is that helpful? ‘Pope Francis effect’ leads to exorcism boom – Telegraph. The “Pope Francis effect” has been credited with encouraging a resurgence in faith among rank-and-file Catholics but it has…

Good thinking about homeopathy funding

thinker-blue-graphene1

In February 2015, The Good Thinking Society in the UK, headed by Simon Singh, challenged Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Groups’s decision to approve spending on homeopathic treatments under the contention that it was potentially unlawful and contrary to the best interest of local patients. Public funds for health care are precious and should not be wasted…

Remains of the weekend 11-12 April 2015

Fake. No surprise there.

Childcare rebates could be denied to anti-vaccination parents under new Federal Government laws (Australia) Rogue Microwave Ovens Are the Culprits Behind Mysterious Radio Signals Man Retires, Moves, Discovers His Doppelganger Cabal keeping UFO secrets to blame for world’s woes, says former cabinet minister Paul Hellyer Cashing in by retracing steps of mythical beast Bigfoot Rare black…

Fire sinkhole story shows how mystery mongering site gets your ‘click’

"sinkhole" of fire

A certain mystery mongering, ad-infested site that declares an apocalypse every friggin’ day is reporting this story about a “sinkhole” spewing fire in China. It took me about 20 seconds to figure this out (being where I am in the world). While it may look like a volcanic vent, China is not particularly volcanically active…

The Strange remains the same for 10 April 2015

i godzilla toyko

Aussie organisation linked to anti-vaccination campaigner Sherri Tenpenny has charity status revoked. Belle Gibson’s cookbook still for sale, despite doubts about cancer survival claims. 3 charged in bogus kidnapping report Dogs trained to detect prostate cancer with more than 90% accuracy Dawkins book denied distribution in Chilliwack schools Mapleton teen rises above rare allergy to…

Today’s forecast: Red rain

red rain sri lanka

Prepare for a fall of blood rain. No, it’s not a portent of doom, well, it does bode ill for those with asthma and breathing problems. The fine particles in the air create pollution. ‘Blood rain’ to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa – Telegraph. ‘Blood rain’ will fall on…

More evidence that near death experiences are related to brain activity, not the supernatural

near death NDE OBE

It’s long been suspected that what we describe as near death experiences (NDEs) may be related to processes in the brain that create a flurry of activity to produce the strange sensations. Those that survive the beginning of the shutdown process may tell about it as a religious or spiritual experience. Well, it’s certainly strange. New…

UFOs over US and I ain’t too surprised

UFO By Marc Dantonio

According to this map, we are being invaded in the 21st century. This is a time series visualization of UFO sightings in the US since 1933. Adventures in Data Analysis-UFO Sightings and Visualizations in CartoDB | QuantBait. The first thing that jumped out was the increase in sightings during the 1950s and 1960s. It turns…

Unfortunate misunderstood creature caught by wildlife officials in Malaysia

hairless sunbear

Even natives are ignorant about local animals when they look different. They call it a monster, alien, or mutant, and they beat it. The unfortunate critter was just very ill. The video of the frightened animal in Sarawak appeared in January, but this story has just resurfaced as wildlife rescuers have finally captured the animal, a…

Serious health risks from dietary supplements, action not taken in US

supplements

We keep posting more and more news that provides reasons to NOT use any diet supplements. It’s just getting ridiculous. A “broader problem”? I’ll say so! Sometimes the FDA takes action but often only after another party does the leg work and finds the problem. Study Warns of Diet Supplement Dangers Kept Quiet by F.D.A.…

The Strange remains the same for 07 April 2015

Monkeyface orchid... because it's strange and amazing.

Woman at Franklin restaurant finds 51 pearls after biting into oyster The “Food Babe” Blogger Is Full of Shit. Geologists claim stats, science prove Jesus buried in Jerusalem with wife and supposed son Herbalife Contacted by Law Enforcement Agencies Coastguard believe foghorns behind mystery sounds coming from the Mersey – Liverpool Echo. Mysterious UFO sighting…

Black ring appears in Kazakhstan sky

Photo credit: Vicky Britton

It’s another black smoke ring. NBC News’ Alan Boyle covers it and includes link to DN. Let’s not panic. This Black Smoke Ring Is Amazing, But It’s No Mystery – NBC News.com. I noticed an increase in hits to this previous post from last year at this time:  What is the Black Ring of Leamington…

Belief against blood transfusion blamed for death of baby and mother

blood donate

One woman and her baby dead, a family loss, and caregivers traumatized because of a really stupid religious tenet. Pregnant Jehovah’s Witness’ decision to refuse treatment ‘harrowing’ for hospital staff after mother and baby die. A pregnant Jehovah’s Witness and her baby have died after the woman refused a blood transfusion in a Sydney hospital.…

Haunted history of Bobby Mackey’s Music World fails to stand up to scrutiny

"Warning" sign at Bobby Mackeys. Photo: http://http://ghostadventures.wikia.com/

Editors Note: In cooperation with the Anomalies Research Society, we present this exclusive feature report based on the investigation of the Military Veterans Paranormal organization. By M. Cadwell and S. A. Hill Bobby Mackey’s Music World is well-known to paranormal researchers as one of America’s “Most Haunted” places (Argie and Olsen, 2014). Located at 44 Licking Pike…

Remains of the weekend 04-05 April 2015

funny-pictures-easter-egg-birds

Rolling Stone’s investigation: ‘A failure that was avoidable’ – Columbia Journalism Review. ‘Miracle baby’ Eli is one in 197 million born with rare facial anomaly Sinbad the cat’s 3,000-mile journey from Egypt to Hereford in shipping container Woman slits husband’s throat, claims she was dreaming of filleting a fish  

Sykes’ reputation and his Yeti project get slammed

nature of the beast_sykes

As we updated yesterday, Bryan Sykes’ claim of mystery DNA is being hyped by the media apparently ahead of his new book about his Yeti/Bigfoot project (the results of the Oxford-Lausanne Collateral Hominid Project which had a goal of collecting organic material for so called “cryptids”, including that which people believe may be from Bigfoot, and…

Moldy ghosts?

got-mold

Another hypothetical idea about “ghosts”. This one also sounds scientific on the surface, but so far, does not have the chops to explain hauntings. Ghost sightings in haunted houses linked to toxic mould. Researchers studying ghostly apparitions said that hauntings are usually reported in old buildings which often have poor air quality from pollutants. Previous…

Oh those crazy Raelians!

rael UFO

The Raelians are planning to construct and embassy to welcome extraterrestrials, they stated in a press release today. (No, not yesterday; I’m pretty sure they are serious). Wanted: An Embassy to Welcome Extraterrestrials’ Return to Earth Representatives of the International Raelian Movement (IRM) are officially handing over to the White House today a project file…

Joni Mitchell’s health scare brings Morgellons condition back into the news

Typical fibers found in our environment from fabrics, hair, carpet, etc.

Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell’s emergency hospital trip this week has brought Morgellon’s disease back into the media eye. What Is Morgellons? Singer Joni Mitchell’s Disputed Diagnosis – NYTimes.com. Joni Mitchell, 71, was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. In recent years, the…

The Strange remains the same for 31 March 2015

meme full of lies

Priest carries out mass exorcism at religious camp for children in Poland. OC Paramedic Helps Rescue Doctor Who Saved His Life as Baby; Pair Reunited Police warning residents about ‘mystery shopper’ scam What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Wi-Fi — Science of Us. AncientBiotics – a medieval remedy for modern day superbugs? How ‘The…

The era of fish oil as medication is over

omega fish oil

Another very popular supplement is found to be… worthless. Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research – NYTimes.com. Fish oil is now the third most widely used dietary supplement in the United States, after vitamins and minerals, according to a recent report from the National Institutes of Health. At least 10 percent of Americans take…

A hundred times NO – the moon does not cause a crazy night at the hospital

If the moon ever REALLY looks like this, we're DOOMED.

Yet another analysis has come out to kill the idea that hospital admissions and human birth rates are greater during the full moon than at other times. More than one analysis of such data shows conclusively that the moon has no correlation with these conditions. But, it’s such a widespread belief, I’m not sure another study…

Loftus Hall heavily playing up the paranormal – now with added spookiness

Photo credit: Thomas Beavis

The paranormal promotion continues at Loftus Hall. You may recall this story of a ghost photo that appeared last September. Photos are terrible forms of evidence of the paranormal since they are so easily misinterpreted or faked. So called investigators rarely attempts to recreate the event and are easily impressed when environmental variables are, well,…

Remains of the weekend 28-29 March 2015

Photo: Multnomah County Animal Services, Randall Brown

Real-Life Vampires Exist, and Researchers Are Studying Them. Mystery Over Southern California Hilltop Piano Solved Tannerite targets rattle Kelly residents. Oregon’s pink chicken mystery solved; owner explains I was a lying telephone psychic – Salon.com. Weather Extremes : Possible New Continental Heat Record for Antarctica | Weather Underground.