Boom boom, it’s not great to be crazy

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It’s not thunder, it’s not gas explosions. What is causing the mystery booms in Highgate? More mystery ‘explosions’ in Highgate baffle experts. Noise experts are scratching their heads over mysterious “explosions” in Highgate – after dozens of residents reported hearing 
another loud bang this week. People living in the Shepherd’s Hill and Archway Road area…

Though everyone else yelled “FAKE”, scholar says ‘Jesus’ wife’ evidence is genuine

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Another update to the back and forth about the piece of papyrus that suggests Jesus had a wife. Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say – NYTimes.com. A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity…

Of course it doesn’t work, there’s NOTHING IN IT

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Homeopathy fails. Again. And again. And again… A Major Australian Health Study Has Concluded Homeopathy Is A Total Joke, Doesn’t Work The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released a draft information paper which says there’s no evidence that homeopathy is an effective health treatment. The review by the research council found there’s…

Thanks anti-vaxxers for putting babies in the hospital

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It’s time to brutally honest and spread the word. Mumps, pertussis and measles outbreaks are making kids sick. Very sick. This is almost entirely preventable. Get your children vaccinated or YOU are contributing to their suffering, even death. Mumps outbreak has sickened 153, including 9-month-old baby The number of Ohioans sickened in a mumps outbreak…

Oso landslide was an anomaly

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An article in Science magazine describes how geology and heavy rains contributed to the huge Oso landslide that flowed much farther than other slides of similar size. Even for Slide-Prone Region, Landslide Was Off the Chart (Subscription only) As Science went to press, 27 people in that community of Oso, an hour’s drive north of…

Some jerk peppered the playground

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Have you ever touched your lips or eyes after handling hot hot peppers? I have. Unfun. Someone is trying to compete with razor blades on playgrounds. It’s a sick society. Hot peppers on the playground lead to school evacuation | The Sideshow – Yahoo News. Habanero peppers hidden on a playground led to the evacuation…

The Strange remains the same 8 April 2014

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Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is the fear of long words. I’m sure the reason it’s so long is just to f**k with the people who have this phobia. ~Mental Floss ScienceShot: Oldest Cardiovascular System Found in Ancient Shrimplike Creature | Science/AAAS | News. Bigfoot killed and other infamous American hoaxes – seattlepi.com. Bad UFOs: Skepticism, UFOs, and The…

Tinted windows in Zambia means you’re a Satanist

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Villagers rioted and acused teachers in a local school of practicing Satanism. Mpika villagers accuse teachers of satanism. OVER two hundred villagers from Mapoma and surrounding areas in chief Kopa’s area on Wednesday rioted and threatened to beat up teachers at Mapoma Basic School, accusing them of practising Satanism. Sinkamba said the villagers started accusing…

Star Trek captain narrates anti-scientific film (Update: Sounds fishy)

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Why? We don’t know. Geocentrism is just WEIRD. ‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth. A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth. “Everything we think we know about our universe is…

Spiders prefer Mazdas

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Mazda discovers: “A certain type of spider may weave a web in the evaporative canister vent line, potentially causing a restriction in the line.” BBC News – Spider invasion prompts Mazda software fix. Petrol-sniffing spiders have forced Mazda to issue a voluntary recall notice so it can apply a software fix to its cars. The yellow…

Let’s go have a drink at Chili’s! CHEERS

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When informed consumers go at your company, it’s advisable to pay attention. Is this latest skirmish between anti-vax promoters and a major restaurant chain a turning point in vaccination awareness? We covered this story in leftovers yesterday but it has hit the mainstream press today. I think that’s a VERY good thing. The autism org…

Remains of the weekend 5-6 April 2014

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The last person executed by guillotine was September 10th 1977 in France. ( And yes, that was actually AFTER Star Wars came out [in pop culture milestones]). From Mental Floss. Bizarre! 9-month old arrested for attempted murder in Pakistan | khou.com Houston. Woman dies after trip to [naturopathic] clinic | Ottawa Sun. Political push for…

Bryan College’s absurd clarification is causing low morale, staff resignations

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In an update to a story last month, Bryan College is having a bit of an issue with their ridiculously silly “statement of belief”. IT’S A COLLEGE, NOT A *#$*&!@+ CHURCH! Bryan College faculty prepare to leave over evolution controversy Faculty members say that a recent clarification to the school’s statement of belief that embraced…

Royal Society of Canada OK with Wi-fi

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Another evaluation says wi-fi networks show no evidence of harm. Now from Canada. Royal Society of Canada says Wi-Fi appears safe, exposure limits fine Canada’s Royal Society (equivalent to the US’ National Academies of Science) has just completed an evaluation of the county’s safety standards for wireless devices like Wi-Fi and cellphones. The review, done…

Uganda’s most wanted – man eating crocs

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In the country where Idi Amin, a horrific dictator, fed his victims to crocodiles in the Nile, the crocs are continuing to stoke their fearsome reputation terrorizing villagers and fishermen on Lake Victoria. Is Uganda’s notorious crocodile the world’s largest?. A killer crocodile which is said to have eaten four people in Jinja and Mayuge…

Australian court rules against anti-vax Mom in favor of pro-health Dad

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Another case of the courts considering childrens’ rights to health over one parent’s scientifically baseless and harmful claims. Court grants father right to vaccinate his children A western Sydney father has won the right to vaccinate his children after a drawn-out legal battle with their mother, who is strongly opposed to immunisation. The Family Court…

UK police get calls for cats

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17 reports in three counties in 3 years in an area that does not have [officially] large non-native cats. Calls to police reveal North East big cat epidemic…if you believe them – Chronicle Live. Freedom of Information requests showed officers have looked into 17 reports of big cats in Cleveland, Northumbria and County Durham since…

The bleeding road of Leek

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Locals have noticed a red discoloration in a roadway that makes it appear as if the road is bleeding. However, there is a logical, chemical explanation. Red stain on A523 road into Leek explained by Staffordshire County Council The presence of iron from a water seepage could be the reason for a road turning red…

Some mystery booms are small shallow earthquakes, like Moodus noises

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Doubtful News covers all kinds of weird noises that are reported. Many can’t be readily explained. But that doesn’t mean they are unexplainable. This piece on the Moodus noises in Connecticut is excellent and entertaining. This is fairly well-known as an area of shallow, very weak seismic activity. The shallow rock stresses and releases produce…

Exhibition of “real” fairy photos

Photo credit: John Hyatt

Well they are very pretty… bugs. Fairies John Hyatt Rossendale Valley: University professor says he has photographed mystery winged creatures [...]Manchester Metropolitan University lecturer John Hyatt claims he now has proof the creatures are real and are residing in the Rossendale Valley. John Hyatt, Director of Manchester Institute for Research and Innovation in Art and…

Harvard human-skin books? One claim sheepishly busted.

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I saw this story about book bound in human flesh make the rounds on social media earlier this week. I sat quietly and observed. Today, it’s slightly less interesting. Myth About Harvard Book Made of Human Skin Debunked. For one reason or another—perhaps it was the flashy headline, or the gruesome mysterious details—a nearly decade-old…

Even Presidents get curious about UFOs

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And why wouldn’t they? The idea of extraterrestrial life isn’t far-fetched as we continue to find more planets, as Former President Bill Clinton stated in an appearance with Jimmy Kimmel. Bill Clinton “Wouldn’t Be Surprised” If Aliens Existed (TIME): “If we were visited someday, I wouldn’t be surprised, I just hope it’s not like Independence…

The Strange remains the same for 3 April 2014

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The name of the Twitter bird is “Larry.” Obviously. Syfy Gives 12-Episode Order to a Weekly Comedy Show Starring Wil Wheaton | Splitsider. Maryland legislature passes naturopathic licensing bill, but with damage control « Science-Based Medicine. So many stories of conspiracies, demons, witchcraft are related to mental illness. It’s a problem that absolutely needs to…

Observations on Annihilation, and other Dark Matter(s)

Uncovering a gamma ray excess at the galactic center - Photo credit: NASA

While dark matter has provided fertile ground for misuse and sciencey speculation (Doubtful News), there have been a fair number of experiments intended to detect dark matter, a potentially promising result was published this February, and is making its rounds in astronomy-related news this week, indicating that we may have observed a dark matter annihilation…

Exorcists are getting younger all the time

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Exorcism, one would think, is a task for strong adult. Not so. You can exploit an 8 yr old to do it. It’s more impressive that way. Meet Alani Santos the Eight-Year-Old Exorcist ‘Saving Brazilian Slums’ In the slums of San Gonzalo, people flock to a small church where Alani Santos claims to exorcise demons…