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…

Remains of the weekend 4-5 July 2015

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A bizarre crime wave is sweeping one part of England – thieves are stripping down Vauxhalls as their owners sleep. Source: The mystery of the ‘Vauxhall cannibals’    There are consequences to broadcasting seemingly extraordinary results to peers and the public before they are reviewed, or despite knowing that better data are just around the…

Sorry Charlie: Nobody DIED from the demon-summoning challenge

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Fake news sites are a menace. They hide their disclaimers well, but even if they had disclaimers right up front, you could bet many readers would not notice them and still believe the crazy stories and pass them on as real. Especially if the stories appear shocking and fit with the person’s personal beliefs. The…

Mystery ‘beast’ in Plymouth is… unknown

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A ‘big cat’ has been spotted prowling the Plymouth suburbs with locals wondering what the ‘mystery animal’ could be. Source: Mystery ‘beast’ spotted roaming Plymouth suburbs A mystery animal has been spotted prowling in the garden of a house on the outskirts of Plymouth. Office worker Carole Desforges saw the animal from her living room…

The Strange remains the same (but late) for 2 July 2015

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False information may continue to influence beliefs and attitudes even after being debunked if it is not replaced by an alternate causal explanation. Source: Journal of Experimental Political Science – Displacing Misinformation about Events: An Experimental Test of Causal Corrections   Kentucky argues Constitution blocks it from giving tax break to religious group. Source: Ark…

First American measles death in over a decade

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Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur. This…

China studying animals as earthquake predictors – Plausible but problematic

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It’s an idea rejected by many in the modern seismology world but there may be something to it. Nanjing city in East China’s Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks. Source: Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting…

Jim Carrey bent on ruining his career with dumb Twitter rant about vaccines

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Once again, an ACTOR is telling the public about a serious HEALTH concern that exists only in the anti-vax community. A celebrity critic of vaccines and former partner of another star with an autistic child has taken to social media to denounce a new California law requiring most children be vaccinated. Source: Jim Carrey denounces new Calif.…

Rogue copyright claims by self-described extraterrestrial channeler

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Tumblr is bending over to claims of copyright violations without giving users a chance to respond. The multiple claims from one New Age organization are disputed by the writers but Tumblr is not allowing them to show proof the work is their own. Tumblr’s GIF artists are upset, and rightfully so: Their works are being…

Odd things in the sky – over southeast and the space station – are not UFOs

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Space junk creates a spectacle over Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee. And a video being shamelessly promoted by tabloids sparks paranoia about NASA hiding evidence of UFOs. It’s just the normal stuff that goes on here at DN. A slow-moving mystery object lit up parts of the Georgia sky early this morning. NASA has…

Remains of the weekend 27-28 June 2015

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The Federal Trade Commission has stopped a group of marketers in California from using allegedly bogus “risk free trial” offers to sell skincare products online. At the Commission’s request, a federal district court has issued a temporary restraining order against the defendants halting their deceptive marketing practices, freezing their assets, and appointing a receiver over…

International Astrology Foundation smacked for deceptive practices in Iowa

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An Iowa judge has ordered a New York-based company that prosecutors say conned people into paying for outlandish psychic readings and prophecies to stop soliciting Iowa residents and refund nearly $14,000 already sent from them. Source: Court orders New York psychic outfit to reimburse Iowa residents for ‘outrageous’ deception Polk County District Court Judge Douglas…

Wi-fi marketing claim in China aimed at people who fear radiation

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An obvious case of devious advertising can misinform consumers in a big way. Two Chinese tech firms have clashed over a new wireless router with a special setting for pregnant women. Source: ‘Pregnancy wi-fi’ router causes controversy in China Qihoo 360 unveiled the device, an upgrade to an existing product, which has three settings it…

Not the ‘Holy Grail’ recovered

Part of the Nanteos cup.

Recall the story from last August when the police raided a pub thinking a stolen “relic” that was possibly the infamous Jesus cup? They found a wooden salad bowl. This time they recovered the “real” thing. The relic is understood to have been stolen from a woman who had borrowed it in the hope it would…

The strange remains the same for 25 June 2015

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We’ll consider this very doubtful until further information is forthcoming. Nigerian Professor Produces Antivirt, Anti Viral Drug That Cures HIV AIDS In 2 Months.   We apologize for this stupidity in advance. Source: Michael Jackson Moonwalks his Way Through Lightning Storm   Straight out of “The Twilight Zone.” Source: Giant vortex draining Lake Texoma  …

The Strange remains the same for 24 June 2015

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A fluorescent lamb that had been genetically modified with jellyfish protein to give it transparent skin ended up mistakenly being eaten in France, even though it was only meant to be used in research, reports said on Tuesday. Source: ‘Jellyfish-lamb’ ends up on French plates by error   Kentucky Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell…