Kentucky mountain lion appears to be wild; officials not convinced

Parents complain about wifi in school: I’ll sue ya!

September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

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

Video shows light streak – ball lightning or bug?

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Doubtful news blip: UFO videographer ‘saw a streak of light that I cannot explain or rationalize.’ Source: Tantalizing Theory Emerges After UFO Sighting In Lightning Storm A bright, glowing object appears from the left side of the video that is completely different from the high cloud to cloud lightning in the distant storm. Ball lightning? Maybe, but…

Strange remains for 14 Aug 2015

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Experts at the nature reserve of Torbiere del Sebino, Lombardy, are being led on a wild goose chase by a suspected escaped panther that they have been pursuing without success for two weeks. Source: Italian park held hostage by ‘veggie’ panther – The Local   It’s extremely rare for young girls to attempt murder. These…

Johannesburg’s “haunted hospital” plagued by trespassers

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A development company in South Africa says youngsters and ‘ghost hunters’ enter the abandoned Kempton Park Hospital, Johannesberg, for thrills. Criminals use it to hide. It causes extra expenses for security since the place gets vandalized. Source: ‘Haunted’ hospital off limits to ‘ghost hunters’ The place is known as the “haunted hospital”. As we reported in other…

Suffocation death by rosary

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Francesca Martire, 61, is accused of stuffing a rosary down her the throat of her 93-year old mother in an attempt to ‘cleanse’ her of evil spirits on May 27. Source: London art dealer arrested in Italy for suspicion of murdering her mother with rosary beads – Telegraph Italian-born Francesca Martire, 61, who ran a…

NJ is booming and shaking

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Did you hear booming noises this AM in central New Jersey? There was a small, shallow earthquake about 3km north of Bernardsville. The U.S. Geological Survey confirmed the small earthquake in Bernardsville rattled homes and businesses around 3:41 a.m. The Morris County Communications/911 center received calls from residents in Morristown, Morris Township, Randolph, Mendham Township,…

Leftover links for 13-Aug 2015

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Got some strange remains left today. So, enjoy… A reptile breeder in China was in for a surprise recently when he checked on his newly hatched snakes: a cobra with two heads! Source: China zoo takes in rare two-headed cobra (VIDEO)  Thanks to taxpayer dollars, a research team is testing L. Ron Hubbard’s controversial theories…

Break-in at abandoned mental hospital because it was “haunted”

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More “ghost hunter” criminal stupidity. Recall this story about a break-in at a Minnesota church. The goofballs were caught. Now another case of trespassing because a location is supposedly haunted. Source: Two arrested for Abbe Center break-in; suspects heard the shuttered building was haunted According to criminal complaints, two men — later identified as 19-year-old…

Psychic swindle targeted older woman in PA

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Stop me if you heard this one before… a woman is talked into paying for psychic services and loses a cartload of money. Source: ‘Psychic’ siblings in Bucks County face trial over swindling elderly woman | PhillyVoice A brother and sister in Bucks County who stole more than $17,000 from an elderly woman under the…

Miss Pennsylvania accused of taking money for faked cancer treatment

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A fact of life – People lie. And they lie about really awful things, like having cancer. Authorities accuse Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates, Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International, of casting aside those attributes and faking cancer in an elaborate scheme that raised thousands of dollars. Weaver-Gates lead everyone to believe that she had been diagnosed with chronic…

Has Nefertiti’s tomb been found? Too soon to tell.

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Label this “Too Early to Tell”: An archaeologist thinks he may have evidence that the tomb of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti is hidden in plain site. Source: Has Queen Nefertiti’s tomb been found? In a paper recently published by the Amarna Royal Tombs Project, Nicholas Reeves, an archaeologist at the University of Arizona, suggests that Nefertiti’s tomb may…

Pastor that encouraged eating live snakes is arrested and under investigation, his church burned

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Originally published 26-July 2015, updated Eating live snakes? Not my, or any sane person’s, idea of a reasonable action. But, people really believe this stuff and follow this megalomaniac pastor into the abyss of uncritical thought. A 24-year-old self-styled South African prophet who allegedly commanded a snake to turn into chocolate, then had his parishioners feast…

Fake UFO on Fakebook in wrong part of the world

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314,711 shares on Facebook? 6,100 upvotes on Reddit? 1.8 million views on Imgur? Of a reflection of a light in a window. Why? Because it’s stupid and it’s the internet. Here is today’s must read skeptical debunking of really stupid stuff on the Internet: The UFO picture from Australia, that Facebook are trying to remove! (Or a…

Bang bang! Mystery noise in Edinburgh

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News driblet: Alarmed Leith residents have been left puzzled after being awoken by the sound of loud bangs in the early hours of this morning. Source: Mystery over loud bangs heard in Leith – Edinburgh Evening News The noise in the Lindean Place and Primrose Street areas was reported to police – but officers are…

Underwire ricochet

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The metal underwire of a sports bra deflected a hunter’s stray bullet and may have saved a woman’s life, German police say. Source: Sports Bra Saves German Cyclist and Sets Off Debate Over Hunting – NBC News The cyclists had unwittingly headed into an area where a wild boar hunt was under way when they…

Vatican astronomer talks about extraterrestrial life, does not say UFOs are real

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The Vatican’s official astronomer talks about life in the universe and drifts into intelligent life, like us. Headline writers went nuts. The remarks come after the finding of Kepler 452b, an earth-like planet that may be hospitable to life. Source: Vatican chief astronomer believes in UFOs and aliens – IrishCentral.com The Pope’s chief astronomer Father Jose Funes…

Oh those crazy Raelians, Part Jew

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The last time we visited the Raelians, they were planning to build an extraterrestrial welcome center: Oh those crazy Raelians! Now, they have replaced the Jews. Is+Rael = Israel? Apparently so. They are pretty angry about the Jews treating their idea of the embassy with contempt and dissing the prophet Rael. Heeb Magazine disclosed a statement from the…

77 year old man killed by wild boar in Italy

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News clip: A 77-year-old man was mauled to death by a group of wild boar while walking his dogs in the Italian countryside. Source: Italian pensioner mauled to death by wild boar Sicilian Salvatore Rinaudo was reportedly “bitten to death” after trying to defend his dogs as charging boar approached them in the countryside outside the town…

Image of fabled sea serpent of Ireland retrieved

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An image of Co Clare’s sea-serpent – Victorian Ireland’s equivalent of the Loch Ness monster – has resurfaced after 144 years. The artist’s impression of the bizarre ocean creature, allegedly spotted off the coast of the resort village of Kilkee, has been found lurking in the depths of a London archive. Source: Ireland’s Loch Ness…

Should sky lanterns be banned?

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Chinese lanterns, also called sky lanterns, are small balloons made of paper that fly because of heated air from a small fire underneath. These devices are a prime source of “UFO” sightings since they move with the winds aloft and can accelerate unexpectedly but also remain seemingly stationary for a bit, confusing the witness. They…

Love struck

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News smidgen: Two teenagers have just added another chapter to their love story, one that includes possibly being struck by lightning in Claremont. Source: Teenagers Say They Were Struck By Lightning In Claremont Dylan and Lexie were walking along a tree-lined street in Claremont, California when it appears they were hit by lightning. “Next thing you know, we are…

Remains of the weekend 8-9 August 2015

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Castlemaine science writer and Honorary Visiting Research Fellow at La Trobe University Dr Lynne Kelly says she has uncovered the true meaning of famous archaeological sites including Stonehenge using Indigenous memory technology. Source: Indigenous memory technology used to explain Stonehenge    Getting a dog from a breeder can run you thousands of dollars, so it…

Curiosity’s photos reveal not woman on Mars but how silly “news” sites can be

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Slow news summer… when all news sites pick up a ridiculous story from non-reputable websites and couch it in illogical speculative terms that make it sound like they are being “critical” about the story. Unfortunately, that means more work for DN to note just exactly how doubtful these stories are and why you should not…

Mystery message in ancient Israeli bath site

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News smidgen: Well-preserved Aramaic inscriptions are discovered in a cave including a depiction of a the sacred menorah. Source: Mysterious Message Found in 2000-Year-Old Ritual Bath in Jerusalem : Discovery News A mysterious message has been found in an underground cave which turned out to house the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, the Israel Antiquities Authority…

There are stranger things…

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In our effort to supply the masses with information about the real world, here is a new video from the SERPENT project. This is a Rhizophysid Siphonophore possibly Bathyphysa sp. observed off Angola in 1325m deep water. Taken 15 June 2015. So, now you know these things are really real. When someone posts this video…

Secular blogger Niloy Neel murdered in Bangladesh

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Niloy Neel was an atheist blogger promoting secularlism in Bangladesh. This fatal attack against him is the 4th on freethinking advocates; the fifth if you count writer, Ahmed Rajib Haiderfollow, killed in the same way in 2013. Fundamentalists will vehemently fight to staunch progress. Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh A 40-year-old secular blogger was…

Mystery sound closes restaurant

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News driblet: A mysterious booming sound that appears to have originated at Sam’s Chowder House in downtown Palo Alto shook up the neighborhood but investigators say they don’t know what triggered it. Source: Palo Alto:Sam’s Chowder House temporarily closes after mysterious booming sound – San Jose Mercury News The boom could have been venting gas.…