Students asked exam question about Bigfoot

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Rather odd way of phrasing this question, not sure I agree it was good. Common core exam includes question about Bigfoot. After reading an excerpt about a mud fossil and an analysis of mysterious hair samples that suggest the existence of a Sasquatch, students were asked: “Which detail from the article best supports the claim…

NASA Propellant-less Propulsion Story Gains More Momentum than it Should

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Several news stories have made the rounds this week regarding an apparent microwave space propulsion system with no on-board propellant. NASA validates “impossible” space drive (Wired): Nasa is a major player in space science, so when a team from the agency this week presents evidence that “impossible” microwave thrusters seem to work, something strange is…

The Strange remains the same for 04 Aug 2014

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Oh, poo. Was Six-Million-Year-Old Turd Auctioned for $10,000 a Faux Poo?. ‘Impossible’ Space Engine May Actually Work: NASA : Discovery News. Alabama burglar breaks into Vietnam vet’s home, smokes his dead wife’s ashes  – NY Daily News. Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains : NPR. Some of you may know that I (idoubtit)…

Remains of the weekend 02-03 August 2014

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Marijuana activist says he’s behind white flags on Brooklyn Bridge, report says – CBS News. Goodness gracious! Great ball of lightning fries 170 pigs – News – The Weather Network. [I'm not convinced this really had ANYTHING to do with "ball" lightning, actually] Woman finds Ikea bags stuffed with 80 skeletons – The Local. Crustacean sensation:…

The Simpsons die hours apart

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A heartbreaking loss for a family but a poignant beauty underneath. A True Love Story: Couple Married 62 Years Die Together. Don and Maxine Simpson, of Bakersfield, Calif., were married 62 years and died within four hours of each other. Two weeks ago Don Simpson was taken to the hospital for a broken hip, but…

Ghost with axe photo and story lacks all credibility

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A strange photograph has people online jumping to paranormal conclusions. Are there more obvious explanations? Perhaps the better question to start with is how do we know this even happened? Ghostly image causes online stir – Yahoo!7. A photo showing a ghostly figure, apparently wielding an axe, has spread viral goosebumps across the internet and…

Mystery lake appears in Tunisia, may be radioactive

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It’s not everyday that a lovely lake appears in the middle of the desert. For good reason… Mystery as ‘lake’ appears in middle of Tunisian desert and becomes overnight tourist attraction. A mysterious lake that appeared suddenly in the Tunisian desert has created an impromptu “beach” in the drought-ridden country. No explanation has been given…

Houston center offers Bigfoot classes

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Another one! Do you sense a trend in cheap quality “education”? Note this is a “college-style” class. Not college level AT ALL. Houston Bigfoot hunter offers college-style class for budding cryptozoologists. A Houston-area man who has spent his whole career investigating the existence of the “Hairy Wild Man” known as Bigfoot is now offering a…

UK couple convicted in fake bomb detector scam

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Doubtful News has kept up on the ongoing accusations, arrests and convictions of those involved in a scam that garnered millions of dollars from security forces around the world in exchange for a cheap, useless “bomb detector” and device that was claimed to find other things including drugs and missing children. Jim McCormick and Gary…

Ebola outbreak out of control and misinformation helps it spread

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The Ebola outbreak is putting plenty of people on edge and creating problems. Now we have faith healers saying they are treating it. GREAT! THIS IS ALL WE NEED! Nigerian official warns pastors and healers to stop making false Ebola-cure claims. African governments are doubling down on efforts to contain the widening Ebola outbreak in…

Lovely Bavarian crop circle lures new agers

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It’s a bit humorous that people still treat crop circles with such spiritual significance when it’s well-known that they are human-created. Still, they are so artistic and quite beautiful. Crop circle in Germany attracts many visitors – US News. Thousands of people are trekking to a Bavarian farmer’s field to check out a mysterious set…

Is it ‘occultists’ or plain old political infighting that is making a mess of Wells?

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Uh oh, when your town goes woo-ey, the politicians give up and run away. UKIP candidate for Wells Jake Baynes resigns: claims Glastonbury occult infiltrated party | Western Daily Press. One of the highest-profile Ukip candidates at the next General Election sensationally resigned tonight – along with his local party chairman – amid bizarre claims…

I’d like to sign up for the class on Alien Visitations

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Why not cater to the students, maybe they will get paid to be UFO researchers… Polaris Career Center offers job training – and “documented” evidence of aliens: “Hey, Taxpayer!” with Mark Naymik. Polaris Career Center has been teaching teens and adults from Northeast Ohio for decades how to repair automobiles, whip-up culinary delights, operate heavy…

16 year old subjected to traumatic watery treatment to cleanse her aura

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What strange therapy is this? It appears multiple people failed in their responsibilities in this story of a New Zealand alternative practitioner. Girl dunked in river to fix ‘blocked auric field’. An alternative health therapist has been censured after attempting to heal a girl’s aura without her consent. The 16-year old went to the massage…

The Strange remains the same for 28 July 2014

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Monsters are such interesting people… Sea monsters of the Strait – Local – The News. New Comcast scam may catch hundreds. Revivalist preaching hampering fight against AIDS in PNG – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Tax incentives sought for Noah’s Ark theme park. UFOs Over Toronto Caught On Tape, Prompting Police Reports. News To Me:…

Cop fired when supernatural beliefs got in the way of doing his job

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Oh brother, this guy’s extreme beliefs impeded his ability to do his job and affected others in the workplace. But he’s claiming discrimination. Cop claims feds are targeting him because he believes in ghosts. A Department of Veterans Affairs cop [Valdo Vaher], convinced his former New Jersey workplace is haunted by evil spirits, says the…

Professor claims he’s victim of phantom “air pressure magneto sex therapy”

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I knew that would get you to click the link. Just what the heck is that? Honestly, it sounds suspiciously like sleep paralysis. Spooked professor cries attack from blood-sucker spirit. X-files of Madhya Pradesh [India] police are replete with complaints of blood-curdling spirits on prowl, forcing police on a blind chase of the supernatural. And…

Killer giant anteaters – Digging claws turn into knife-like weapons

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A timid animal that may appear to be harmless may have some formidable weaponry that poses a serious threat to attackers. Two fatal attacks by giant anteaters (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) have been documented in a wildlife journal. The typically nonaggressive animals have sharp claws and inflicted serious wounds when they were cornered and undertook defensive behavior. The…

Remains of the weekend 26-27 July 2014

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For most Americans, Friday afternoons are filled with positive anticipation of the weekend. In Washington, it’s where government officials dump stories they want to bury. Good news gets dropped on Monday so bureaucrats can talk about it all week. ~John Sununu The Chinese Guide to Selling Haunted Homes: Realty Today. Megan Fox believes in Bigfoot,…

Mike Adams insinuates some scientists should be killed, then looks like a bigger idiot (UPDATE: legal trouble?)

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Is Adams under observation by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)? See update below. Mike Adams, the Health (Ranger) Danger of the arguably worst site on the internet, Natural News, wrote an insane rant that went a bit farther than usual, where he equated Monsanto and its collaborators to Nazis. A list of journalists,…

Haunting evidence spooks local news crew — Would it spook a real investigator? (UPDATE: Shenanigans)

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UPDATE: (30-Jul-2014) The homeowners have refused an investigation by objective researchers – me and Kenny Biddle. Suspicious? Yes. It gets better… see below. Another claim of an extremely haunted house. Who do they call? Paranormal investigators, mediums, priests and TV show producers, then the local news team. Ghost attacks in Hanover haunted house | WPMT…

‘Chilling’ floating head looks rather obviously like a boring old reflection

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I’m not sure what this is EXACTLY because data is missing from the news story. But from what we are given, this is far less than “chilling” and no evidence for “head of a saint hovering in mid-air” Chilling ‘ghost’ video reveals head of a long-dead saint hovering in mid-air – Mirror Online. Tourists are…