Possibly dangerous stimulant found in workout product

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No surprise: Another questionable ingredient, Amp or Amp Citrate, is found in less regulated dietary supplements. USA Today: Scientists warn about stimulant in workout supplements. Unapproved Synthetic Stimulant “DMBA” Found in Multiple Dietary Supplements – NSF International. Researchers from global public health organization NSF International, Harvard Medical School and the National Institute for Public Health and…

The Strange remains the same for 07 October 2014

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Mushrooms blamed for Norway’s radioactive reindeer – UPI.com. Watch: Is this the Huttock Top Beast caught on camera at a Rochdale farm? – Manchester Evening News. Umberto Eco | A theory of conspiracies – Livemint. BBC – Future – How con artists trick your mind. Complementary, alternative therapy use common among pediatric cardiology patients |…

Skeptical activists still asking questions of Psychic Sally (Updated)

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Dear Psychic Sally: If you are speaking with the dead, why haven’t you won a major scientific prize or accolades? Why aren’t you helping to find terrorists who murdered people? Why are you using your talent just in theatre shows for money? Just wondering… A skeptical campaign surrounding Sally Morgan continues despite the legal threats…

One not too impressive study does not prove life after death

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Once again, we see an exaggerated headline and all the eggs metaphorically in one basket. No, this study is not evidence for life after death. First hint of ‘life after death’ in biggest ever scientific study – Telegraph. The largest ever medical study into near-death and out-of-body experiences has discovered that some awareness may continue…

Bear mystery: How did a dead bear cub end up in NYC’s Central Park?

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An unexpected find in one of the largest cities in the world leaves investigators with a mystery. In a Mystery, a Baby Black Bear Is Found Dead in Central Park – NYTimes.com. The furry black mass lay hidden under a bush near Central Park’s main loop, unnoticed, unmoving and partially concealed by an abandoned bicycle.…

Half-baked ideas about diet, autism and fluoride in Australia

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If you don’t know who “celebrity chef” Pete Evans is, you’re probably not Australian – or you missed several years of TV shows involving food judging, food eating, more food judging and eventually judging of what the audience considers nutrition by one of the judges. To be honest, you didn’t miss much; these shows all…

Chinese herbal product associated with lead poisoning

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Another warning by the US Food and Drug Administration that an imported herbal compound meant for children may contain heavy metals in dangerous amounts. They are unregulated, unproven, and you risk your health when using them. Lead In Chinese Cold Remedy Poisons Toddler; Possible Counterfeit?. An herbal cold remedy called Bo Ying Compound has been…

Accused charlatan “healer” ‘John of God’ coming to Australia

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Infamous, so-called faith healer John of God is coming to Australia – a prospect that has alarmed the Australian Medical Association. Critics show little faith in healing powers of Brazilian ‘trickster’. THE website video shows Brazilian Joao Teixeira de Faria, a self-described “simple farmer” with no medical training, as he exposes the breast of a…

The Strange remains the same for 2 October 2014

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China performs cavity searches on 10,000 pigeons ahead of National Day event – Asia – World – The Independent. Yes, no, goodbye: The ouija board used for spirit communication – JREF. Social Media Ebola Hoax Causes Deaths : Discovery News. Yahoo News spews NaturalNews anti-vaccine (and other) propaganda « Science-Based Medicine. Cerro Rico: Devil worship…

Extreme result from hair chewing habit

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In extreme cases, it can cause serious problems. Huge 9lb hairball removed from teenage girl’s stomach. Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, from Kyrgyzstan, suffered months of dehydration and malnourishment because she couldn’t eat or drink, and came close to death. But when doctors in the capital city of Bishkek cut open her stomach, they found a giant…

Death from whooping cough: Child becomes statistic in Australia

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No details have been provided but another baby has died from whooping cough in Australia. Anti-vaccine sentiment from misinformation organizations such as the former Australian Vaccination Network, and the now-retracted paper from Andrew Wakefield, has contributed to lower immunization rates and, subsequently, more deaths around the world. Dead baby was not protected from whooping cough…

Fear of underground invasion from North Korea is unfounded

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Well, this is certainly full of doubtful claims! Thanks to our various tipsters who wanted this story published. Is North Korea still digging tunnels to the South? – CNN.com. Gen. Hahn Sung-Chu never believed North Korea could dig a tunnel that reached Seoul — until now. Standing inside a basement of an apartment block in…

The Strange remains the same for 1 October 2014

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Antivaccine cranks try to create Vaccine Injury Awareness Month. Everyone either yawns or laughs. – Respectful Insolence. ‘Drunk’ Moose Terrorizing Sweden Probably Not Even Drunk: Scientist. Wildlife Extra News – Tigers recorded in Thailand’s Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary for the first time Firemen give pet hamsters oxygen | Orange UK. ‘Warlock’ trial begins – Bluefield Daily…

Law clinic investigates 27-year old “Satanic Panic” child abuse conviction

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The Duke Law Wrongful Convictions Clinic takes on a doubtful case of Satanic ritual abuse that landed a man in jail for 27 years. Duke law clinic to review 1987 conviction. Duke law professor Theresa Newman has three boxes full of files about Andrew Chandler Jr.’s case: details about the bizarre allegations, the expert testimony…

Pseudoscientific technology for Australian rugby team

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This piece that appeared in the Australian media is full of errors, false assumptions and credulity. Just awful! A National rugby team is using controversial new technology to up their game. Or not. Revealed: Sports science secrets of the South Sydney Rabbitohs as they head into grand final. THIS is the top-secret sports science technology…

Black eyed kids of Cannock Chase is a spooky myth

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The Birmingham Mail cites a 2013 unconfirmed story to scare people. Spooky but very contrived – a modern urban legend with no sound evidence that the events related even occurred. Black Eyed Child returns to haunt Cannock Chase. A leading paranormal investigator has scoured a Staffordshire beauty spot following chilling sightings of a spectre known locally…

Imaginary art is a hoax

The million dollar invisible art exhibit.

Million dollar invisible art is as worthless as invisible money and just as real… New York artist creates ‘art’ that is invisible and collectors are paying millions. 27-year-old artist Lana Newstrom says she is the first artist in the world to create invisible “art.” In this documentary we traveled to her empty studio to learn…

Remains of the weekend 27-28 September 2014

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Paranormal expert ‘open minded’ as to whether ghosts exist | Derby Telegraph. Helen Trengove drank five litres of water as part of a health kick, nearly killing herself | Gold Coast Bulletin. Windsor man charged with hiding 51 turtles on body in bizarre smuggling case – Windsor – CBC News. Richard Wiseman and Simon Singh:…

Hungarian ‘miracle healer’ makes appearance in Australia

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In typical, theatrical faith-healing fashion, a brazen preacher conducts events in Australia. Hopeful attend Hungarian ‘miracle healer’ at Bentleigh tabernacle | Herald Sun. “CANCER, AIDS, HIV? No, problem, Jesus will heal you.” That was the bold assertion made by the self-proclaimed “miracle healer” Laszlo Magyari last Friday night at God’s Glory Tabernacle in Bentleigh. Magyari…

Ghost-like little girl with deer – some fake, some real

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Most photos of little girls or other figures captured on trail camera (so they say) are fake. They are photoshopped or otherwise manipulated, often created with use of a ghost app on a phone. But the latest one, making the rounds on paranormal and mystery mongering feeds on Facebook, looks shocking, creepy, sparking speculation as to…

Congregation appears to drink gasoline, pastor says he’s made it harmless

Pastor Lesego Daniel walking all over his people.

Megalomaniacal preacher encourages his followers to drink petrol under the guise of a miracle. If it burns, it AIN’T pineapple juice. This guy can’t even do a conjuring trick and may be willingly poisoning people. Pastor’s petrol performance may endanger congregation | The Citizen. During a recent Sunday service at Rabboni Center Ministries in Pretoria,…

It’s not magically harmonized water – just snake oil

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From the company who brought you nonsensical “drinkable sunscreen” comes more pseudoscience: “harmonized water”. They claim it is done with newfangled technology and mystery waves that people didn’t learn about in school and that their products are able to produce beneficial effects. Firm denies quackery claims. A New Zealand company selling bottles of water it claims…

Espanola police conclude “ghost” is the only possible explanation for an insect on the camera

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Each day, I come across a half-dozen “news” stories about officials who sanction ghost hunts in their buildings or use ghost tours as fundraisers or tourism draws. See Paranormal testing scheduled for Southwick Town Hall | masslive.com. Medina Paranormal Society to discuss building findings Monday – The Daily News Online: News. Even most sceptical spooked…