Steven Spielberg, dino hunter

Wait, WAAAAAAT? A Whole Bunch Of People On Facebook Thought Steven Spielberg Killed A Real Dinosaur. Internet humourist Jay Branscomb posted it on Facebook with the caption: “Disgraceful photo of…

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The Strange remains the same for 08 July 2014

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Really neat stuff I found before I lost internet access today. Posts may be a little clipped for the next week. Brain study switches a woman’s consciousness on and off – CBS News. #MassiveTeaching mystery captivates, confuses @insidehighered. When Beliefs and Facts Collide – NYTimes.com. Annabelle Opening in October – Dread Central. Mars ‘UFO’ Controversy…

The Remains of the weekend 5-6 July 2014

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Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it. ~Henry David Thoreau Another free energy claim gains 36K fundraising. 662 gullible people out there. Bring Quantum Generators to the World! by Hope Moore – GoFundMe. Wiltshire’s crop circles not just work of mankind, Devizes exhibition claims (From This Is Wiltshire). Coywolves, coyote-wolf hybrids, are…

Coffey brushes off those annoying skeptics and concentrates on his fan$

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You know what? I’ve always thought Chip Coffey was yucky. No change now. He’s also a coward to continually dodge calls for him to show actual evidence for the ridiculous claims he makes. Why should he? He’ll just continue to enjoy the 300K people on his Facebook fan page and the many guest appearances he makes. Skeptics don’t…

Ketchum wants you to help fund her study on human origins

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Melba Ketchum, veterinarian, is asking for $9000 to study elongated “human” skulls. It must be because she did so well with the Sasquatch genome study. She is spearheading a GoFundMe campaign to raise money. Ancient Human Origins, N American Giants by Melba Ketchum – GoFundMe. We have been doing genetic studies on the origin of…

For real! A monster salamander in Kyoto

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I thought this was a hoax. It’s not. There really are giant salamanders. This isn’t even the biggest. Found this on Twitter courtesy of @Matt_Alt via @TomHoltzPaleo     WOW! Look at that bugger! Japanese giant salamanders (Andrias japonicus) also known as the Ōsanshōuo, can get up 5 feet long (1.5m) and live a long time. This…

Romanian woman receives the “selfie from hell”

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Chain rattling is so yesterday! Tales of warnings from the dead are nothing new, but its always interesting when an alleged spirit is familiar with modern technology. Take this story from Romania in today’s Daily Mirror, a deceased relative leaving a terrifying “selfie” on her grand-daughter’s mobile phone. Grand-daughter, Gina Mihai, 34, explains: ‘When I switched…

Exorcism death by water

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There is not much information on this one but another example of a mistaken assumption of posession and the dangers of being in the hands of the superstitious. It’s not just Roman Catholics that practice exorcisms. Japan woman dies at hands of professional exorcist – Yahoo!7. Japanese police probing the death of a woman who…

The Warrens: Sorting the truth from the Hollywood myth

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People with any passing interest in the paranormal will be aware of the names Ed and Lorraine Warren, their activities, and their “museum of the occult” which is located in the basement of their home in Connecticut. The Warrens are the focus of a lot of media attention currently, as a result of the film…

A stark and timely reminder of dangers of archaic superstition

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As the Catholic church recognises the International Association of Exorcists, seemingly adding credence to the concept of demonic possession and exorcism, a stark reminder of the possible consequences of such beliefs has emerged from  Pakistan. The Independent reports: Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman was reportedly beaten to death…

Vatican legitimizes process of exorcism

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This is ridiculous. It raises serious questions about the involvement of religious officials and medical professionals in mental health care. Vatican recognizes International Association of Exorcists – UPI.com. The International Association of Exorcists has been formally recognized by the Vatican’s Holy See, an indication the Catholic Church approves of the controversial practice of exorcism. The…

The Strange remains the same for 2 July 2014

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You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. ~Hal Borland ‘Slender Man’ stabbing suspect mentally incompetent, doctor says – Nation – The Boston Globe. Why Some Urban Legends Go Viral. In ‘Deliver Us From Evil,’ Fighting Crime With Exorcism –…

U.K. woo-woo mag slams skeptics causing them trouble. Hilarity ensues.

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The notoriously bad rag What Doctor’s Don’t Tell You has gone bonkers on their Facebook page. Nothing unusual there. Guy Chapman gives us an update of the nonsense going on as they decry skeptical activists who are making a difference (and causing WDDTY heartburn). WDDTY goes “the full Errol” @ Guy Chapman’s Blahg. The fake health…

Nature pulls two papers on stem cells after investigation shows serious problems

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Nature publishes retractions of two high-profile papers that claimed a major advance in the field of stem cells. Science journal retracts paper on stem cell discovery. The scientific journal Nature Wednesday retracted two stem cell papers that received national attention when they were published in January. The paper by researchers from Harvard University and Japan’s…

Skeptics give FDA a smack upside the head about Burzynski

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The Center for Inquiry has requested in a letter to the head of the Food and Drug Administration requesting a reversal on its decision to green-light clinical trials of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. Stop Burzynski’s Dangerous Cancer Treatments, Science Advocates tell FDA | Center for Inquiry. The letter can be read here [PDF]. It states: It is our understanding…

Lorde Help Us!

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Several media outlets are running a story about pop-singer Lorde’s experiences with alleged “ghosts” in the recording studio. Lorde won’t record due to ghosts in studio | Music | Entertainment | Toronto Sun. Pop sensation Lorde is struggling to record tracks for the follow-up to her hit album Pure Heroine, because she fears ghosts in…

Ancient Roman ruins in Miami is a hoax

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A very silly story made the rounds on Facebook. No, those are not Roman ruins unearthed in downtown Miami. Obviously. In fact, they aren’t anything all that interesting. Fake news is REALLY annoying. Roman Ruins in Downtown Miami Hoax Debunked. The story flooded Facebook feeds all over South Florida last week. Topped with a photo…

Fantastic purple siphonophore – It’s like weirdo, man

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What a fantastically weird animal captured by the Nautilus - a remotely operated vehicle taking video and photos of the underwater conditions and whatever they find moving down there. See and hear the scientists describe this bizarre colony of organisms operating as a single unit. The public hardly knows anything about siphonophores. Now YOU know. Amazing purple…

Kamal-Ji, devotee of Sai Baba, charged with fraud

Yet another “spiritual healer” accused of fraud. I sort of like this trend, other than the obvious conclusion that people are still falling for this garbage. This person advertised via flyers and ads but many clients may have come via word of mouth. Since people are apt to trust “advice” from their friends, this is…

Time to publicly shame people who are STILL anti-vaccination?

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This is something that most of us already knew. Vaccines are safe, effective, and do not cause autism. Childhood vaccines are safe. Seriously. – CNN.com. Children should get vaccinated against preventable and potentially deadly diseases. Period. That’s what a review of more than 20,000 scientific studies on childhood vaccines concludes this week. The review appears…

Alt med treatments do not work for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma case

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Depressing story of a man who chose alternative treatments and is losing. Gerry has setback in his cancer battle (From Swindon Advertiser). DESPITE promising signs of recovery thanks to a catalogue of alternative therapies, lymphoma sufferer Gerry Hunt has experienced a setback this month. The drumming teacher from Wroughton was diagnosed with follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma…

The Saatchi bill, or “Quack’s charter”, puts “innovation” over patient safety

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In an update to this piece: A quacktastic piece of legislation in England and Wales (UPDATE: Revision), the debate about the Saatchi bill heated up last Friday in the U.K. The legislation to allow a “get out of jail free” pass to cancer quacks gained support from some reputable doctors. Others vehemently oppose this as misconceived…

The truth will come out about Egypt’s nonsense hepatitis device

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This is extremely annoying. Why are they doing this? The truth will out. (An update from earlier pieces.) It’s a ploy to say “needs more testing”. We noted back in February the dubious claim that a dowsing-rod gadget was claimed to diagnose and cure AIDS and hepatitis. It is a divining device (which DO NOT…

When in trouble during election, claim your opponent is a robot look-alike

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Yeah… that’s the ticket. Just when you think it could not get any weirder, it does. A candidate in Oklahoma is contesting his opponent, because… he is a robot look alike. Oklahoma Republican claims congressional opponent is dead, replaced with body double | KFOR.com. Murray brings it up in his letter announcing his plan to…