Professor makes “bonkers” claim that climate scientists killed by death squad

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See UPDATE below. Cambridge Professor Peter Wadhams suspects the deaths of the three scientists were more than just an ‘extraordinary’ coincidence. Source: Three scientists investigating melting Arctic ice may have been assassinated, professor claims. A Cambridge Professor has made the astonishing claim that three scientists investigating the melting of Arctic ice may have been assassinated…

Creepy Chicago cemetery enCLOWNter

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Creepy encounter in Chicago is the latest in a series of out of place clown sightings. The cell phone video tells it all: a person dressed in a clown suit, trespassing at historic Rosehill Cemetery in the dead of night. Julia Graham says she was “freaked out” at the figure as it ran toward the…

Bad science Writing Example A: Linking plesiosaurs to the Loch Ness Monster

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An obviously inexperienced science journalist latches on to the mistaken and downright nonsensical idea that plesiosaurs = Loch Ness Monster. Then, media outlets propagate the silliness. The fossil remains of a giant marine reptile have just been discovered by a team of researchers from the University Of Alaska Museum Of The North. The remains were…

Hmm, wonder why chiropractor would have to “sneak into” a hospital

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The board director and president-elect of the Chiropractors Association of Australia resigns over an unauthorised hospital visit to treat a baby. Source: Chiropractors Association of Australia president-elect resigns over unauthorised treatment of baby in hospital Dr Helen Alevaki reportedly used a closed Facebook group to reveal she had made “sneaky” visits to a Melbourne maternity…

Evidence of deadly viper loose in Georgia

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A dangerous African gaboon viper was reportedly seen loose in a town northeast of Macon, Georgia. Source: Venomous snake possibly sighted in Milledgeville According to Mark McKinnon with the Department of Natural Resources – Law Enforcement Division, a gaboon viper was seen near the intersection of Hairwood Drive and Harrisburg Road. McKinnon said the snake is…

The Strange remains the same for 24 July 2015

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The marine mammal was spotted in the narrow canal that connects the Chesapeake and Delaware bays just a few days after one was seen in an estuary of the Potomac River. Source: Delaware Gets A Rare Out-Of-State Visitor: A 7-Foot Manatee   Ashraf Mashaal was suffering from various psychiatric deficiencies which prompted his parents to…

‘Pluck-Ness’ monster resurfaces

Mystery animal snapping at bird in Pluck Lake, Swansea.

It’s summer, the silly news season… A fisherman, Kyle Chapple, spotted a creature floating in Pluck Lake, at the southern tip of Swansea Enterprise Park. He saw it leap from the water to try and snap at a low-flying bird. He thought it was a snake or croc but that’s not likely. What was it? Source:…

Kevin Trudeau must pay back millions of dollars

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A tentative plan was announced to provide refunds for hundreds of thousands of people who bought Kevin Trudeau’s silly diet book. Source: Judge may order refunds for buyers of Trudeau weight-loss book – Chicago Tribune The plan greenlighted by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman calls for the Federal Trade Commission to send several rounds of checks to…

Today’s weather – grasshoppers and beetles aloft

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It’s alive and it’s overhead. Nothing seemed unusual Wednesday when the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Norman, Oklahoma, picked up what appeared to be rainclouds over western North Texas. Nothing unusual … except the clouds weren’t rain. Source: Weather radar detects swarm of bugs – CNN.com They were grasshoppers and beetles all flying at…

The Strange remains the same for 23 July 2015

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Surfer Mick Fanning Escapes Shark Attack During Competition Broadcast. Older people are ideal targets because they often have ample savings, own their homes and may be lonely and susceptible to being deceived. Source: Swindlers Target Older Women on Dating Websites   Florida health and wildlife experts are warning residents to steer clear of armadillos in…

Holy Mother’s mouth

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Maronite Catholics in Sydney have filmed a painting of the Virgin Mary moving its lips in prayer, believing a miracle is occurring in their church. Source: Virgin Mary painting filmed praying in Sydney church Parishioners at Saint Charbel’s Maronite Catholic Church in Punchbowl in Sydney’s southwest have recorded a painting of the Madonna apparently praying…

Alternative cancer doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez, has died: “Health Nut” fans baseless fears

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A fringe cancer doctor has unexpectedly passed away, fueling even more baseless ideas that some foul play is occurring. Those who buy into alternative meds can be too easily led into false correlation. The same delusion goes with a conspiracy theory that groups coincidences under a common cause, made more prominent by media who wish to push their…

Fake Cancer Doctor Arrested in California

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In Northern California, an investigation by the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office and the Ventura County Interagency Pharmaceutical Crimes Unit resulted in the arrest of a man who reportedly targeted cancer patients with bogus treatments. “Doctor Dirt Bag”? Cancer patient says fake doc charged $2,000 for dirt (CBS News): The woman, who has late-stage cancer, reportedly…

Pluto “Truthers” and Spacefaring Denialists Present Teachable Moment

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NASA conspiracy theories are generally nothing new, especially as we celebrate the anniversary of our first steps on Earth’s moon (20 July 1969). But with NASA’s New Horizons Pluto flyby imagery released last week, some tired Moon Hoax conspiracy myths and misconceptions were recycled in the headlines. Inside the Pluto ‘Truther’ Movement, Which Claims Flyby Was…

What were these gold spirals for?

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Archaeologists Baffled By 2,000 Tiny Gold Spirals Discovered In Denmark A press release from the National Museum of Denmark reveals this mysterious find. Thousands of tightly-wound gold wires, each about one inch long, appears to have been buried in a box aged around 900 BC. Nearly 2,000 small gold spirals from the Bronze Age have come to…

The Strange Remains the Same for 13 July 2015

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Historic use of “recovered memory” therapy led to false allegations of abuse that continue to haunt the families involved. Source: The legacy of implanted Satanic abuse ‘memories’ is still causing damage today   A tribal labourer, his wife and four children — the youngest a three-year-old girl — were hacked to death here Sunday night,…

‘Little ice age’ headlines are misleading

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At the National Astronomy Meeting, one study regarding a new model of the Sun’s interior is producing predictions that are suspected to have some serious consequences for Earth. Professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University presented her results of the Sun’s interior dynamo at the recent event. Media outlets took it and twisted it just enough to…

Remains of the Weekend 11-12 July 2015

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Hello everyone! Just a quick reminder that both editors will be at THE AMAZ!NG MEETING in Las Vegas this coming week so posting and maintenance will be significantly lighter than usual. If you are attending the meeting, seek us out to get a Doubtful News logo pouch bag. Thank you for your support! Be skeptical.…

California coyotes getting very bold

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A warning has been issued to residents in an Irvine neighborhood where there has been a growing number of coyote attacks on children. Source: Irvine child’s coyote attack 4th in last two months | abc7.com A coyote attacked a 3-year-old girl at Silverado Park near Silverado and Equinox in May. Since then, there have been…

Anti-vax doctor dead of apparent suicide; conspiracists fired up (UPDATE on Bradstreet raid)

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There is an update on why the federal government searched Bradstreet’s offices. See below. Originally published on June 24, 2015 Dr. James Jeffrey Bradstreet, who goes by Jeff Bradstreet, an autism researcher who ran a clinic that endorsed pseudoscientific cures on autism patients and others, has died by apparent suicide on June 19. For several days over the…

Chip Coffey and WraithChasers to air exorcism of some random house

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Who wants to take bets this will be ultra-dramatic and incredibly stupid? Well, those are even odds. This story reeks of nothing but bald-faced money grubbing and sensationalism. Source: Exorcism: Live! Destination America to air first live televised exorcism | EW.com EW can exclusively reveal that Destination America will air the first live televised exorcism…

The Strange Remains the Same for 8 July 2015

A Monday, July 6, 2015 photo shows a rare orange-brown split colored lobster that arrived recently at the Pine Point Fisherman's Co-Op in Scarborough, Me.  According to research by the Lobster Institute, the chances of finding a split colored lobster is one in 50 million. Only the albino lobster, one in 100 million, is rarer than the split-colored lobster, according to the institute. (Yoon S. Byun/Portland Press Herald via AP) ONLINE OUT, ARCHIVE OUT

Authorities have warned California legislative offices to be on the lookout for a Southern California man arrested last week and suspected of spraying graffiti that threatened lawmakers for the approval of Senate Bill 277, which outlaws religious and personal belief exemptions for school-required vaccines. Source: CHP warns California lawmakers after arrest for anti-vaccine threats |…

Procera AVH memory-enhancing supplement BUSTED for deceptive claims

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If it sounds to good to be true… yada yada yada. Yay for the FTC but something tells me these settlement amounts are not quite high enough to act as deterrents for companies pushing useless supplements. The marketers of a dietary supplement called Procera AVH will relinquish $1.4 million under settlements resolving Federal Trade Commission…

Gibson’s untrue claims about cancer could have killed people

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Last Spring, it was revealed by Australian media that Belle Gibson’s story about cancer recovery through diet and alternative lifestyle was a hoax. The celebrity author’s publisher Penguin admitted it did not fact check her claims about being diagnosed with terminal malignant brain cancer in 2009 and then having a seemingly miraculous recovery by rejecting conventional medicine.…

New study from tainted author with conflicting interests on GMOs

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Back in September of 2012, French scientists led by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen and colleagues said that they did a study that showed rats fed on a diet containing a Roundup-resistant maize variety or given water with Roundup at levels permitted in the United States, died earlier than those on a standard diet. The study…

Seahorse Key island’s birds mysteriously abandoned their nests

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Where did all the birds go? Mass animal death stories typically get picked up by “apocalyptic news” sites and spread anti-scientific fear. But this case, which I haven’t seen getting traction on such sites (though it might be), is, for this environmentalist, more than a little disturbing. Thousands of little blue herons, roseate spoonbills, snowy…

The Strange remains the same for 7 July 2015

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Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented…

Philadelphia sky blob is not very spaceshippy

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A mysterious mass in the sky fascinated some North Philadelphia residents this weekend. Source: Viewer video captures mysterious mass floating in North Philadelphia Action News viewer Hector Garcia shot the video near 7th and Tioga streets Sunday afternoon. You can see a fast-moving, clear blob floating across the skyline. Here is the video It very…

Who’s a VERY NAUGHTY BEAR, then?

You can almost hear the gears turning in this bear's head. From the Minnesota Zoo.

Bear attacks are rare and escapes even rarer. But we wonder what was going through the mind of this grizzly. A grizzly bear at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley picked up a basketball-sized rock with both front paws Monday morning and repeatedly slammed it into a pane of glass, shattering the barrier as startled patrons…