Remains of the weekend 08-09 November 2014

Another very log-like Nessie emerges.

We’re all conspiracy theorists now – even our lizard overlords. ‘Cultism’ sticks in clerics’ throats – Gauteng | IOL News | IOL.co.za. KSTP points finger at Minneapolis mayor, critics gang up | Star Tribune. Long-term study finds zero link between violence in video games and real life – ScienceAlert. The Church of Satan wants you…

Catholic priests in Kenya preaching unfounded claim about tetanus vaccine

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This story is making the rounds on unreliable “news” sites like Natural News. Back in October, the BBC ran a story on how the fear being stoked about tetanus vaccinations is unfounded. But are Kenyans listening. ‘A mass sterilization exercise’: Kenyan doctors find anti-fertility agent in UN tetanus vaccine. Kenya’s Catholic bishops are charging two…

UK paper stokes fire of Satanic Panic. False before, what makes it true now?

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Sounds horrific. However, it also sounds exactly like claims made in the U.S. in the 80s and 90’s and resulted in ABSOLUTELY NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE that satanic cults were operating and doing the incredible crimes they were accused of. So, there is a good basis to be solidly skeptical about these new sensationalistic claims. EXCLUSIVE:…

The Strange remains the same for 07 November 2014

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Kentucky Teacher Resigns Over Dumb Ebola Fears — NYMag. The Hunter, The Hoaxer, And The Battle Over Bigfoot. Taxidermy and cryptozoology merge in unusual hobby – Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationists | Smithsonian. Newly discovered fossil could prove a problem for creationists – The Washington Post. The…

Alternative to health: The Telegraph does a totally credulous piece on naturopathy

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There is so much pseudoscience being spouted off in this piece it’s hard to keep track of it all. A smorgasbord of nonsense health treatment claims. Alternative health: what is naturopathy?. It is perhaps easier to list what the naturopath Katrin Hempel doesn’t offer her clients than what she does. “Bioresonance and live blood analysis,…

The Strange remains the same for 6 November 2014

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1977: The Amityville Haunting and the Enfield House | The History Reader. Man buys home, finds corpse inside | WGAL Home. Why the Pope Shuns Creationism But Supports Exorcism : Discovery News. Victorian woman offered compensation after being ‘run over by dog’. snopes.com: Are the Spider Eggs Used to Fill Beanie Babies Hatching?. Urban Legend…

Out of place pufferfish found on UK beach

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Pufferfish, balloon fish, porcupine fish, are native to tropical waters. This was not a typical visitor to the UK shoreline. Poisonous Pufferfish found washed up on Chesil Beach. A POISONOUS tropical pufferfish has been found washed up on Chesil Beach. Richard Fabbri, who works at Weymouth Watersports, found the 12-inch oceanic pufferfish while on a…

South African police force has an elite occult-trained division

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The local Cape Town police force has specially trained 40 officers in occult crime investigation. Good idea or not? Seems like a bit much. SAPS has 40 ‘ghostbusters’, Nhleko reveals. In a written parliamentary reply on Tuesday, Nhleko said there were 40 detectives within the SA Police Service who had “received additional training relating to occult-related…

Additional evidence that ghosts may be all in the mind

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A study of people with brain injuries or those that have experienced hallucinations, suggests that environmental miscues can fool our brains into thinking there is something there that is not. Spooks generated by brain-body mismatch. [U]nder some circumstances, real people can also believe that a non-existent person is close to them — extreme mountaineers often…

Fakey “guardian angel” photo provides comfort (UPDATE: Hoax)

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What are we to make of this ghost photo? It looks a bit too remarkably statue-like. Guardian angel ‘ghost’ photographed at dying grandfather’s bedside. A grandson photographed the ‘ghost’ of a guardian angel as his dying grandfather was being read the last rites in hospital. The apparition of the veiled woman appeared at the bedside of…

The Strange remains the same for 05 November 2014

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Pediatrician: Vaccinate Your Kids—Or Get Out of My Office – The Daily Beast. Opening arguments heard in faith healing couple’s manslaughter trial. Bloody goat heads discovered hanging over Brooklyn street – NY Daily News. Reece Shearsmith and the haunted rectory. Can Imaging Analysis Solve Mystery of Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance?. Arrest made in San Francisco ‘blessing’…

Guilty: Mother who killed autistic son cites facilitated communication as evidence

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This sounds more like a psychological horror than anything. The details include mention of the mob, sexual abuse of a child, death threats, suicide attempts, and a hoax communication technique. The child was the ultimate victim. A short mention is given that the evidence for the defendant included messages obtained via “facilitated communication” via a Blackberry…

Witchcraft death in Paraguay

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An unusual event in Paraguay – a woman is killed for witchcraft allegations and nine men have confessed. Paraguay: woman accused of witchcraft burned alive. An indigenous woman was burned alive in Paraguay after being accused of witchcraft, a local prosecutor confirmed Wednesday. Prosecutor Fany Aguilera said that members of the Mbya Guarani ethnic group…

El Kookooee photo explained

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We showed this mystery picture in a Leftovers Link a few days back. It was a matter of time before someone found a reasonable explanation for it. Ghost hunter explains ‘spirit’ in El Kookooee photo | KRQE News 13. The photo has been getting a lot of attention online after people noticed a strange figure looming…

Creationist views not welcome at California State U

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An open young earth creationist claims he was fired for religious discrimination after he got legitimate work publishing in a journal. Or, his very anti-science ideas were simply not appropriate for promotion within an academic institution. University sued after firing creationist fossil hunter. In May 2012, Mark Armitage made a discovery that he had dreamed of…

The Strange remains the same for 04 November 2014

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Pope Francis ‘praised exorcists’, says group who warn ‘the battle against evil is an emergency’ – The Independent. In ‘Undeniable,’ Bill Nye Speaks Evolution Directly to Creationists – NYTimes.com. Kids’ Beliefs About Soul, Afterlife Persist as Adults | Psych Central News. Michiganians out to crack island mystery. The Most Dangerous Idea in Mental Health –…

U.K. paper posts the year’s worst story on dowsing (UPDATE: Dowsing is pseudoscience)

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What a bizarre article! “Scientists”? Dowsing is a science? No details? Complete rubbish. (I’m picking up the UK lingo…) Dowsing discovers plague pit in Tunbridge Wells. | Kent and Sussex Courier. A trio of scientists claim to have made the gory discovery after exploring the popular town centre park. They tested a secluded part of…

Comment policy updated

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THIS IS NOT A FORUM FOR DEBATE This site attempts to counteract misinformation. It is not a forum, nor a place to debate claims. Therefore, we will not allow the comments section to be a platform for outside misinformation. We heavily moderate the comments section to only include worthwhile contributions by our discretion. Comments should ADD to the interpretation of the…

The story behind the story behind the stories of the Ammons exorcism

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Indianapolis Star reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski wrote the story about the “Hell House” exorcisms of Latoya Ammons and the trouble she had with her home and children in story from January 2014. That story was huge garnering international coverage. It became the most popular story the paper covered. Ever. And interest continues. Exorcism: The story behind…

Why are there giant, ancient stone circles across the Middle Eastern landscape?

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Huge stone circles have been found in the Middle East. It’s not clear why they are there or how they got there. Such stories will prompt radical speculation. But if the archaeologists don’t have leads, a amateurs and fringe watchers won’t know either. Will this become another “earth mystery”? The giant stone circles in the Middle…

Remains of the weekend 01-02 November 2014

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The Creepiest Ghost And Monster Stories From Around The World : NPR. A Therapy That Should Have Been Exorcised Years Ago – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society. First Afghan Fanged Deer Seen in More Than 60 Years : Discovery News. Using the fear of Ebola to promote the placebo legislation that is “right to…

Haters will hate if you kill a spider

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We all heard the story of the researcher who caught the giant “puppy sized” spider. Well, people who don’t know how science works have sent him death threats. People can be very very ignorant and awful. Entomologist Slammed For Euthanizing ‘Puppy Spider’ : NPR. Piotr Naskrecki’s blog post about finding a “puppy-sized” spider in the…

People in China pay a hefty sum for a dead wife for their dead bachelor son

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Investigation is ongoing after 11 people were arrested for grave robbing to fulfill a very strange Chinese superstitious practice. 11 arrested for tomb-raiding and selling women’s corpses for ‘ghost marriage’ rituals. Police in eastern China have arrested 11 people for their alleged roles in digging up dead women’s bodies which were then sold into ritual…

The Strange remains the same for 30 October 2014

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When Spirits ‘Dictate’ Books: What’s to Believe? : Discovery News. Do skeptics kill Halloween fun? Ask ‘The Shining’ hotel paranormal investigators – Faitheist. Magic May Lurk Inside Us All – NYTimes.com. Ghosts in the machine? Using the Kinect to hunt for spirits | Polygon. Liberians fast, pray for three days to break Ebola ‘curse’ |…

Tale of demon-possessed house is refuted by former residents

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This is a follow-up to a story we posted last February about a supposedly demon-infested house near Pittsburgh. Mr. Cranmer didn’t appreciate our skepticism for his outrageous stories. Neither do the former residents of the so-called haunted house. Former residents of Brentwood ‘demon’ house dispute book’s claims. In his recently released book “The Demon of Brownsville…

The Strange remains the same for 29 October 2014

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Why Witches on TV Spell Trouble in Real Life | TIME. Sellers of Pottstown home: ‘Our house is haunted!’. Skeptic » Insight » Kirk Cameron and His Critics: Is Halloween Christian or Pagan?. The Anti-Vaccine Movement Is Forgetting the Polio Epidemic – The Atlantic. Ghostbusters inspired me to work as a parapsychologist, hunting ghouls |…

A piece of the Earhart plane? Remains are a QUESTIONABLE claim

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TIGHAR stuff AGAIN?! These guys don’t quit. I’ve been getting emails about their supposedly big find for a few days now. Here it is. It’s still a QUESTIONABLE CLAIM. Amelia Earhart Plane Fragment Identified. A fragment of Amelia Earhart’s lost aircraft has been identified to a high degree of certainty for the first time ever since…

Pope says evolution and Big Bang are A-OK routes when God still drives the bus

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Pope Frank breaks with former Pope Benny in embracing scientific concepts of the origin of the universe and the process of evolution as being not inconsistent with faith. Meh. Nothing new. Catholicism is in desperate need to look relevant in the modern world and to distance themselves from clearly wrong and ridiculous ideas about how…

The Strange Remains the Same for 27 October 2014

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Medical mystery: Iowa boy, 12, has no urge to eat, drink. New ‘sightings’ in Queensland of the mythical Yowie have sparked a spat between rival hunters | The Courier-Mail. Attorneys: Exorcism drove confession in IHOP death Prayer, not pancakes. University of Northampton academics win funding for research into life after death | Northampton Herald & Post.…