The Strange remains the same for 04 December 2014

Looks like somecat got into a dumpster full of paint.

At This Ashram, A Guru’s Body in a Freezer, Angry Followers and Some Weapons. Facebook copyright notice hoax: How algorithms could stop misinformation. Video: Giant lobster ‘aged 70′ caught off Californian coast – Telegraph. Not True: Smithsonian Admits to Destroying Giant Skeletons. Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out : NPR. snopes.com:…

Kerala pursuing anti-superstition law

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It could be that the death of activist Dabholkar has had an effect and reason is spreading across the Indian states. Kerala plans bill to contain black magic and exorcism. The Congress led UDF government in Kerala on said it plans to bring forward a legislation to curb black magic and launch a massive awareness…

There shall be no mocking of astrology in India!

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I disagree fully. Therefore… commence mocking. Astrology is like astronomy, says BJP MP Ramesh Pokhariyal Astrology is like astronomy, claimed a BJP member in the Lok Sabha, drawing protests from some opposition members. While making references to traditional practices such as astrology and ayurveda, Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank said that among others, concept of atom, was…

The Strange remains the same for 03 December 2014

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Ailing Masses, Trailing Health Services And Healing Godmen of India This means raw: extreme dieting and the battle among fruitarians | The Guardian. Nightclub door that trapped fire victims supposedly ‘good feng shui’ | Inquirer News. Judge won’t clear couple accused of day care sex assaults | KXAN.com. That privacy notice you’re posting to Facebook?…

Brain train down the drain

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In unsurprising not-so-news, “brain training” doesn’t work. But exercise will. Go for a walk or take up a new hobby. Watch out for anything that promises a quick fix or sounds too good to be true. Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter – Scientific American. [T]here is no solid evidence that commercial brain games improve…

Religious belief warped judgment as dead body posed health hazard

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This is a case of religious zealotry affecting the people around them. It’s difficult to believe. Hamilton family left corpse upstairs for six months expecting resurrection. Peter Wald’s family truly believed he would rise from the dead. They believed it because they had prayed for it, every single day, while his corpse lay rotting for…

Freak out over parlor game: Silly warnings in Ireland about Ouija board

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In response to the film Ouija that was released in October, a group of exorcists warn against buying Ouija boards as Christmas gifts. People with strong supernatural beliefs give very silly advice. The Ouija board is a TOY that works via a known, natural effect. Exorcists warn against buying Ouija boards as gifts. Exorcists and paranormal…

Peter Underwood, paranormal researcher, passed at age 91

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I heard of the passing of paranormal researcher Peter Underwood via Twitter. Thanks to Cindy Bowers of Group of Fort FB group for finding this Hidden Highgate site obit. I have contacted some people who knew him and will add comments as I get them. Peter Underwood R.I.P 1923 – 2014 – Hidden Highgate. I…

Hard-to-stop convicted sex offender still practicing faith healing

Claude Provencher from W5 TV report.

There isn’t too much to say about this case except this is a stern warning that belief in a healer can make you blind to his treachery. This guy oozes hubris and perversity. W5 exclusive: Hidden camera investigation exposes faith-healing sex offender. In a tiny village called St. Mathieu D’Harricana in northwestern Quebec, there’s an…

Spiritual healer will continue to make cancer treatment claims in Australia

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The NT (Northern Territory, Australia) Health minister saw some brochures from this quack* and tried to take action. Unfortunately, there are no laws here that prevent him from practicing his mind-based “healing”. Faith healer Colin Thompson who made cancer claims vows to keep practising despite health findings. A man claiming to be a spiritual healer has said…

The Strange Remains The Same for 27 November 2014

Rather disturbing.

Thanksgiving leftovers… Over 16,000 pages of Darwin’s research on evolution released online. Undermining the Hippocratic Oath: the Medical Innovation Bill : The Lancet Oncology. 21st century exorcisms: Examining the psychology of possession – JREF. The Bulletproof Diet: simplistic, invalid and unscientific – Telegraph. Science (and Quacks) vs. the Aging Process – NYTimes.com.

New ideas arise from the grave – about vampire beliefs in Poland

'Vampire grave': A skeleton with the head between the legs, discovered in Gliwice, Poland.

This is an update to this story from July of last year. New Clues Point To The Origin Of Poland’s Mysterious ‘Vampires’. Unconventional burial practices to prevent vampires from rising up from the grave were common in post-medieval Poland, but historians aren’t entirely sure why certain people were targeted more than others. A new study…

Lawyer accused of sexually inappropriate behavior and attempted hypnosis

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Another alleged case of a trusted consultant “hypnotizing” his female clients. As with the last case we reported on, there is much left unclarified in these sensational media pieces. Sheffield attorney suspended after accusations he hypnotized women for sexual pleasure | cleveland.com. A Cleveland-area attorney accused of hypnotizing women for his sexual pleasure has been…

Anti-vaccination sentiment continues to kill workers in Pakistan

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Religious extremist and deep distrust coupled by anti-science sentiment results in health care workers killed trying to save lives in Pakistan. Attackers kill 4 polio workers in Pakistan – CNN.com. Four members of a polio vaccination team were killed in an attack by militants in western Pakistan’s Balochistan province on Wednesday, police said. Attackers on…

Hair raising video making the rounds

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Well, isn’t this curious. A pocket of very strong static electricity is reportedly observed in London. Video: ‘Beam’ of static electricity raises man’s hair outside Google offices in London – Telegraph. Simon Legrand and a friend were walking past the tech giant’s office building on Friday night when they say they felt a “strong electric…

Psychic hand waving taken seriously by airline

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I’m hardly enthused about covering such a ridiculous tabloid story. But this certainly qualifies as news concerning a behavior you SHOULD be completely skeptical about. Airline changes flight after renowned psychic predicts crash A renowned Brazilian psychic spooked an airline into changing a plane’s flight number after he claimed to have a vision that the…

The Strange remains the same for 24 November 2014

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The evangelicals who believe they can raise the dead – Telegraph. After 12 Deaths in Idaho: Should Religious Exemptions on Faith Healing Be Repealed? DUH! YEARS AND YEARS AGO. Catholic Campus Ministry hosts lecture on exorcisms | The Commonwealth Times. Patients of Abbotsford acupuncturist may have been exposed to Hep C, HIV – BC | Globalnews.ca.…

This just in: Pterosaurs are STILL dead, maybe even more so

CGI ropen from monster.wikia.com Ropens are not real.

Dr. Donald Prothero exposes the myth of the ropen, a pterosaur-like flying animal claimed to have been observed in Papua New Guinea. It has even been suggested it is a self-luminous creature. It’s a story well-known to cryptozoologists (the same stories get recirculated repeatedly to make up for no new evidence to fill a book). Turns…

Remains of the weekend 22-23 November 2014

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Furry mystery pops out of duffel bag: A feline from (far) away Iwo Jima: New mystery arises from iconic image – Omaha.com – Omaha World-Herald. Downtown Coyotes: Inside the Secret Lives of Chicago’s Predator. The real JFK mystery, 50 years later: Why the infamous murder must be reinvestigated – Salon.com. Energy Drinks are Risky, Especially…

Nessie: It’s big, it’s heavy, it’s wood

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The local nature conservancy group has proposed that runoff into the Loch Ness may spark reports of the mythical monster because people mistake logs as the creature. Has the mystery of the ‘Log Ness Monster’ been solved? – Environment – The Independent. After an unprecedented 18 months without a “confirmed sighting”, several people have come forward in…

Vanuatu lawmaker supports capital punishment for ‘sorcery’

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A Melanesian official states there should be a death penalty for practicing sorcery because it it real and causes real harm. Vanuatu MP Willie Jimmy proposes death penalty for witchcraft – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Vanuatu MP and former finance minister Willie Jimmy is calling for witchcraft to be made a crime punishable by…

The Strange Remains The Same for 21 November 2014

I believe this is photoshopped.

Ancient Egyptian Handbook of Spells Deciphered. Fake news stories fuel Ferguson anger. Dueling miraculous healing claims clash in Australia – JREF. Alberta Bigfoot researcher plans to petition U.S. Congress for species protection | Metro. Rampaging Woodchuck Terrorizes N.H. Neighborhood – New Hampshire news – Boston.com. Faith groups divided over God’s role in climate change, natural…

Miracle showdown!

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This is hilarious and very sad at the same time. Celebrity “healer” John of God is in Australia, on the turf of other so-called faith healers. The gauntlet has been thrown down. Or something. John Mellor challenges John of God to healing showdown | Caboolture News. THIS weekend Sunshine Coast resident John Mellor will be…

Man claims to have invented hand lotion against Ebola

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Capitalizing on fear? He says he doesn’t want the money. Valley businessman creates lotion that could protect against Ebola. A Scottsdale businessman says he created a lotion that could guard against Ebola. Richard Rich owns a company called R&R Lotion which manufactures and distributes lotions, sunscreens and other products for commercial and industrial use. Rich…

Psychic mail fraud scheme busted by U.S. feds

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The US Justice Department has brought the hammer down on a psychic fraud scheme that solicits customers via mail that looks personalized targeting elderly and and economically vulnerable people promising wealth. WASHINGTON: Did these mail-order ‘psychics’ see the Justice Department coming? | Suits & Sentences | McClatchy DC. The Justice Department on Thursday filed civil complaints…