September asteroid impact lie results in NASA statement

Rolling shutter causes lightning to look like weird pink column of light

Your weird but real creature of the day: Stygiomedusa gigantea

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

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.…

Another plague death in Colorado

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News tidbit: Centuries after ravaging millions, the plague has come to modern-day Colorado — killing one person in Pueblo County, authorities say. Source: Adult dies of plague in Colorado – CNN.com A teenager in Larimer County died earlier in 2015 from the plague. Plague pops up occasionally in the West via prairie dogs and other rodents…

When lightning strikes a gas station

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News smidgen: A gas station caught fire after a pump was struck by lightning Monday, August, 3. It happened around 6 p.m. at The Gas Depot in the 4800 block of Dixie Highway. Source: Gas station catches fire in Fairfield  In Fairfield Ohio on Monday, lightning hit the surface dome of an underground storage tank,…

Unknown symbol marks Nashville intersections

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Mysterious symbols have popped up around Elm Hill Pike in the Donelson neighborhood of Nashville. There appear to be seven such symbols spray painted on the road from a template with red paint. It has locals slightly freaked out. Source: Mysterious symbols pop up in Nashville; Police investigating Metro-Nashville police are investigating a number of…

Hawaiians protest telescope at meeting of International Astronomical Union

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The story of the protests over construction of a telescope in Hawaii continues. The demonstration occurred at the meeting of the International Astronomical Union in Honolulu. Demonstration over Thirty Meter Telescope comes after arrests near Mauna Kea construction site. Demonstrators carrying Hawaiian flags — some upside-down, as a sign of distress — held a press conference outside…

Gwyneth Paltrow not the one behind the vagina steaming claim

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News tidbit: Gwyneth Paltrow claims she wasn’t the one who suggested women steam their vaginas. While Paltrow approves all stories on her lifestyle website Goop, she claims the controversial “Conscious Uncoupling” headline on the 2014 piece, announcing her split from Chris Martin, and the January 2015 feature on “vaginal steaming” actually came from her editorial…

Crab cave on Mars

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Made you look! A NASA image of Mars being passed around on social media over the weekend has imaginations running wild. The photo shows a stone formation in front of what may be a kind of cave. Source: What The Heck Is This Thing On Mars? Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, said he…

Rose Marks loses appeal for fortune telling fraud; stays in jail

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No surprise here: Rose Marks loses her appeal. Convicted “psychic” Rose Marks, who is imprisoned for defrauding more than $17.8 million from clients of her family’s fortune-telling business, lost the appeal of her criminal convictions Tuesday. Source: South Florida ‘psychic’ who defrauded millions from clients, loses appeal of her criminal convictions  Marks was found guilty…