Mysterious window-rattling booms in Central Virginia

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People thought it might be an earthquake. Maybe it was. ‘Windows in the house were shaking,’ says couple awakened by mystery booms | WTVR.com Several viewers contacted WTVR CBS 6 News after they reported hearing loud booms early Wednesday morning. People in Chesterfield, Dinwiddie, and Prince George said the activity was so intense it shook their…

Toy tiger joyride scares a witness

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Who knew that stuffed big cats could cause such trouble! Here is another case of people totally misinterpreting what they see. It happens ALL the time. Source: Washington 911 Caller Was Convinced Stuffed Tiger Was Real – Yahoo The caller seemed so matter-of-fact, but what he told a dispatcher on a newly released 911 call…

Soft tissue preservation in dinos is fodder for Creationists

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As usual, Bible literalists think a few anomalies can overturn our entire established knowledge about the earth. Ain’t gonna happen, guys. Researchers have discovered what appear to be the remnants of red blood cells and connective tissue in 75 million-year-old dinosaur fossils. Source: ‘Blood cells’ found in dino fossils – BBC News The work could shine…

The Strange remains the Same for 9 June 2015

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Green Tea: Panacea or Poison? « Science-Based Medicine Warning over bogus ‘miracle cure’ which could be on sale in Surrey | Surrey News   The act-of-god defense for extreme weather impacts is being challenged in court. Source: Can Local Officials Who Ignore Climate Change Risks Be Sued? – Scientific American   Ban on imported Italian…

Russian psychic-astrologer-healer Dzhuna dies

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She appeared to be a well rounded mystic. Astrologist and healer Dzhuna, who reportedly treated top Russian politicians and celebrities, has passed away in Moscow. Soviet leader Brezhnev and director Fellini were among her patients, Russian media claim. Source: Famed Russian mystic Dzhuna dies at 65 If the Russian media says so, she was very…

Remains of the weekend 6-7 June 2015

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We couldn’t hold a few zinger stories posted this weekend but here are the remains. An octopus has been captured on film exhibiting one of the most remarkable (and amusing) examples of tool usage in the animal kingdom. Source: Incredible Octopus Behavior Nearly Caused Scientist To Drown From Laughing   GENEVA — Is there a…

Did it rain lampreys in Alaska? Not really

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When sea creatures appear on your lawn, you might wonder how the heck they got there. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says they are falling from the mouths of gulls. FAIRBANKS—Adult Arctic lampreys have fallen from the sky four times this week in Fairbanks, including at the Value Village parking lot, according to…

Malaysian minister believes disrespectful tourists caused earthquake

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This was the silly lead paragraph of story by Digital Journal: A group of western tourists who stripped naked at the peak of Mount Kinabalu last month will be prohibited from leaving Malaysia, as their act of “disrespecting the mountain” could have caused the devastating earthquake that killed at least 13 people. Could have? No…

Make James Van Praagh your mystical mentor

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A self-proclaimed psychic, who won’t even get tested properly for his “skills”, starts an online school to teach others. James Van Praagh Opens His New School of Mystical Arts After thirty-five years of talking to the dead on television, radio, and through live demonstrations, New York Times bestselling author, psychic medium and spiritual teacher James Van…

The Strange remains the same for 5 June 2015

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US agency’s updated temperature records suggest that global warming continues apace. Source: Climate-change ‘hiatus’ disappears with new data : Nature News & Comment   Earlier this month, NHS Halton CCG confirmed to us that they will no longer be funding homeopathy. The number of CCGs who still fund homeopathy grows ever smaller. Bristol Homeopathic Hospital…

Weird but real – Ribbon worms

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The headlines say it’s awful, but it’s totally fascinating! Check out this green ribbon worm with a long pink mouth appendage. Horrifying footage shows a long, bright green worm-like creature with a pink tongue-like appendage wriggling its way along the ground Mystery worm-like sea creature causes panic in Taiwan – Telegraph The footage was shot in…

The Strange remains the same for 4 June 2015

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In a letter to Alan Johnson, Prince Charles wrote: ‘I cannot bear people suffering unnecessarily when a complementary approach could make a real difference.’ Source: ‘Black spider memos': Prince Charles lobbied over NHS homeopathy funding   He just sent an email to the editor about a month ago… A St-Laurent man with mental health problems…

Homeopathy STILL doesn’t work – The Sequel. Sense a pattern?

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Royal Australian College of GPs also says pharmacists must stop stocking such products because there is no evidence they are effective in any way Source: Australian doctors told not to prescribe homeopathic items as ‘they do nothing’. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has formally recommended GPs stop prescribing homeopathic remedies and says…

The Strange remains the same for 3 June 2015

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Thousands took part in “Contact in the Desert,” a California UFO conference, to hear from experts and lecturers about aliens. Source: ‘Woodstock of UFOs’ event is bigger than ever in third year   Where’s the ghost hunters? A family of Twashuka compound in Luanshya is leaving in fear and has deserted their home following an…

The Strange remains the same for 1 June 2015

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‘Minerva Monster’ documents Bigfoot scare in 1978 No shocker here: UFO Mystery Mongering Uses Satire Sites as News Sources Questionable: Aston Villa Fan ‘Loses House’ After Being Told by Psychic They Would Win FA Cup UPDATE: Refer back to the Charlie Challenge post for an update and despair.   Immunotherapy is fast becoming a powerful new weapon…

How do chickens with eight legs cross the road? Litigiously.

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KFC (formerly Kentucky Fried Chicken) has said enough to the parade of crazy rumors about their food and have sought legal satisfaction from Chinese companies that promote hoaxes that damage their finger-lickin’ good reputation. KFC sues Chinese companies for online rumors about its food Restaurant operator KFC said Monday it filed a lawsuit against three companies…

His Noodlyness over New Zealand

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Ok, this is good for a laugh. Don’t be fooled by people posting this as real on your Facebook feed or in forums. Quite a disconcerting image and, therefore, we suspect hoaxing immediately. Thanks to Group of Fort on FB (especially Anthony Selletti and Jim Fitzsimmons) for pointing this nifty share out to me and coming…

Stuffed tiger wasn’t a grrrrrreat idea

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They were called to a report of a tiger in someone’s backyard. But, these officers had a little fun with this call! Source: Animal control officers called to protect neighborhood from stuffed tiger Animal control officers take calls about wild animals seriously. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, two officers were sent to a home on the…

Remains of the Weekend May 30-31, 2015

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She’s young and beautiful. A glimpse of her is believed to bring good fortune. She’s Nepal’s Living Goddess, or Kumari, who is selected as a small child and lives a life of isolation and secrecy. Source: The Very Strange Life Of Nepal’s Child Goddess : Parallels : NPR   Scientists don’t think talking about climate…

New research prompts call to reconsider mental health of those who hallucinate

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An international study led by The University of Queensland and Harvard Medical School found that hearing voices and seeing things others cannot impacts about 5 percent of the general population at some point in their lives. Source: Hallucinations and delusions more common than thought | EurekAlert! Science News “We used to think that only people…

Dr. Wallace Sampson, advocate for science-based medicine, dies

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Dr. Wallace Ira Sampson, 85, passed away on May 25, 2015 in California. We are very saddened at the news and remember Dr. Sampson’s great contributions to the public discussion about “alternative medicine”. Wallace Sampson Obituary Dr. Sampson was the editor in chief of the Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine, a blogger and editor emeritus at Science-Based Medicine,…

The Strange Remains The Same for 29 May 2015

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A journalist’s fake chocolate weight loss study was widely reported by news media, and only came to light when he admitted it. Source: Journalist Details Chocolate Weight Loss Media Hoax now.snopes.com   Lost memories have been retrieved with the help of light in a study that could further the understanding and treatment of patients with…

Creationist finds 60 million year old fossil, but he doesn’t believe that

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This is a great example of how even when faced with hard scientific evidence, some people just refuse to give up their cherished worldviews. You can make excuses for EVERYTHING, even fish fossils found in ancient rock. Whoops! A creationist museum supporter stumbled upon a major fossil find. Canadian Edgar Nernberg isn’t into the whole…

The Strange Remains the same for 28 May 2015

Yes, this is probably a real red-winged blackbird on the back of an eagle but odds are he's not hitchin' a ride but harassing it to get away.

Dr. Yohannes Haile-Selassie has discovered a 3.3 to 3.5 million-year-old new human ancestor species. Upper and lower jaw fossils recovered from the Woranso-Mille area of the Afar region of Ethiopia have been assigned to the new species Australopithecus deyiremeda. Australopithecus deyiremeda | Cleveland Museum of Natural History   Everybody from Woody Harrelson to Kanye West…

Psychic netted $700K with evil spirits threat

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Quite the charlatan. Psychic fraud buster Bob Nygaard was called in. He’d seen not only this type of scam before, but also this same woman. Psychic cheats heartbroken man out of $700K after girlfriend dies | New York Post A “psychic” swindler preyed on a lovelorn Brooklyn man for nearly two years, using his girlfriend’s…

Some guy named Frank says “Earthquake”. People panic. Don’t.

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When even the “Esoteric Metaphysical Spiritual Database” says an earthquake prediction is nonsense, then you KNOW you should not panic. Planetary Alignment To Cause 9.8 Earthquake Prediction for California On May 28th, 2015? : In5D Esoteric, Metaphysical, and Spiritual Database By now, many of you have heard about the 9.8 Magnitude earthquake prediction for May…

The Strange remains the same for 26 May 2015

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Two of B.B. King’s daughters are alleging that the blues legend was poisoned to death by two of his closest associates. Source: B.B. King’s daughters: Dad was ‘poisoned’ – CNN.com   What’s the matter? Bugs are organic! Last week, we shared the mildly disturbing news that four different people in three states had found a…